Teachers at our school are certified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as required by Wisconsin state law. In addition, they are also certified by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. What is a teacher colloquy program? A number of the faculty members have also continued their education by earning a master’s degree in education. All staff members have extra church responsibilities that include organist, handbell choir, Gabriel’s choir, senior choir accompanist, youth counseling and celebration worship.
Kristi Collins received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Concordia College River Forest, Il. Ms. Collins taught for two years at Hope Lutheran School on the south side of Chicago from 1984-1986. She then taught 5 years at Bethel Lutheran School on the North side of Chicago. She then stayed home several years raising her four children, all who attended and graduated from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School. From 2003-2016 Kristi taught in Genoa City, WI. In 2006 Kristi became a National Board Certified Teacher, and recertified in 2015. In 2016, Kristi answered the call to serve as the second principal of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School.
Phone ext. 111
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
Mrs. Strom serves as Our Redeemer School’s Secretary, and is also a member of the Church Tech Team. Mrs. Strom is the primary contact for general school information or questions.
Phone ext. 110
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:18-19
Pre K3 & 4 – Class Facebook Group
Mrs. Finnegan teaches both PK 3 and PK 4. She received her Bachelors degree from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. She is originally from the Chicago area, and taught preschool at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Munster, Indiana for 6 years before staying home with her children. Mrs. Finnegan joined the Our Redeemer family in 2015. Mrs. Finnegan is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education, with a focus on Autism, at UW-Whitewater. Mrs. Finnegan and her husband also teach the junior high Sunday School class, FBI.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
Kindergarten – Class Facebook Group
Mrs. Grabow teaches Kindergarten. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She earned her colloquy through Concordia University – Chicago in 2001.
Phone ext. 121
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Mrs. Moehling is our Kindergarten Aide. After earning a teaching degree from UW Whitewater, she stayed home to raise her 2 children then found a place at ORLCS as the Preschool Aide. Thirteen years later she graduated to Kindergarten. Mrs. Moehling is certified to teach Nursery through third grade and she has a minor in art which she loves to put to good use.
1st Grade – Class Facebook Group
Melissa Wallen teaches 1st grade. Melissa attended and graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Her minor was Adaptive Education. Melissa has 9 years of teaching experience in multi-grade classrooms. She joined Our Redeemer in 2016.
Phone ext. 116
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
2nd and 3rd Grade
Mrs. Rick teaches 2nd and 3rd grade. Hailey has attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in May of 2018 with Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education, as well as Early Childhood Special Education. Mrs. Rick was a part of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Child Care the summer of 2017 and joined the Our Redeemer school in 2018.
Phone ext. 115
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
4th Grade – Class Facebook Group
Ms. Kramer teaches 4th grade. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University at River Forest, Illinois. Ms. Kramer has been at Our Redeemer since 1991.
Phone ext. 123
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
5th and 6th Grade
Mrs. King-Hummel teaches 5th and 6th grade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and two Master’s degrees from Cardinal Stritch University. Mrs. King-Hummel joined Our Redeemer school in 2009.
Phone ext. 118
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:56
7th and 8th Grade Homeroom – Class Website
Mr. Moeller joined Our Redeemer in 2013. He oversees the 7th and 8th grade homerooms, teaches Algebra, 5th-8th grade History & Science, 5th-6th grade Religion, and serves as the school’s Athletic Director . Joshua also serves as the director for Our Redeemer’s 3 bell choirs. He is a trained NLSA consultant and is CPI certified. Joshua is from Roselle, IL and earned two Bachelor’s Degrees from Concordia University, Wisconsin in December 2012 for Elementary Education as K-12 Music Education.
Phone ext. 117
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Music Teacher – Class Website
Mrs. Penniman teaches general music for grades PK4-5th, directs the Day School children’s choirs, directs the Gabriel’s Choir for grades 6-8 and is the coordinator for the church’s Praise and Worship services. In addition, Mrs. Penniman is our new Resource Room coordinator. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in music from Concordia University at River Forest, Illinois and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education specializing in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Phone ext. 120
Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Mrs. Ritter joined the Our Redeemer staff in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a certification as a Director of Christian Education from Concordia University-Nebraska. Robyn works with a variety of grades and areas within the school as an aide.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Chester teaches band and band lessons to students in 5th though 8th grade. Chester received a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1995. He spent two years as the director of bands at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, WI. During that time he felt a passion for working with younger students, and accepted a position as a beginning and middle school band director in Lake County, IL at multiple schools. During that time Chester performed with the Antioch Community Band, College of Lake County Concert Band, as well as serving as director and performer for the Round Lake Symphonic Winds. Chester can be reached by email at Crschotanus@yahoo.com.
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24