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 Hope 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
If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. James 1:5
Pre K3 & 4 – Class Website
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 recently moved to Wisconsin with her family.
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
1st and 2nd Grade – Class Facebook Group
Melissa Sterken joined the staff at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School in the summer
of 2016. Melissa attended and graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 2008 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Early Childhood Education. Her minor was Adaptive Education.
Melissa comes to us with 7 years of teaching experience, having taught her last four years in 1st and 2nd grade at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Watertown, WI. Her initial years of teaching were also in lower elementary multigrade classrooms at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Melissa teaches 1st and 2nd grade at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School.
Phone ext. 116
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
3rd Grade – Class Website
Mrs. King-Hummel teaches 3rd 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. 121
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
4th Grade – Class Facebook Group
Ms. Kramer teaches 4th grade and 3rd grade Social Studies class. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University at River Forest, Illinois and a Master’s degree from Concordia University at Mequon, Wisconsin.
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 Grade Homeroom – Class Website
Miss Grott Joined Our Redeemer in 2014. She is the 5th Grade Homeroom teacher, teaches 5th and 8th Grade Language Arts, 7th and 8th Grade U.S. History, 7th and 8th Grade Art, and 5th and 6th Grade Physical Education. Kaitlin is from West Lafayette, IN and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in December 2012.
Phone Ext. 119
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
6th Grade Homeroom – Class Facebook Group
Mrs. Wittliff joined Our Redeemer School in 2009 and has the 6th grade homeroom, teaches 5th through 8th grade Science and currently serves as the school’s Computer Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master’s degree in Education from Aurora University. Mrs. Wittliff is also certified through the Department of Public Instruction as a Professional Development Plan Reviewer for Wisconsin teachers in addition to her professional licensure.
Phone ext. 118
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23
7th and 8th Grade Homeroom – Class Website
Mr. Moeller joined Our Redeemer in 2013. He oversees the 7th and 8th grade
homerooms, teaches 6th and 7th grade Math, 6th grade Language Arts, and History for
7th and 8th grade. Joshua also serves as the Bell Choir Director. He is a trained NLSA
consultant as well as a CPI certified. Joshua is from Roselle, IL and earned a Bachelor’s
Degree from Concordia University, Wisconsin in December 2012.
Phone ext. 120
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. 122
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. Alberts teaches Spanish to all students Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Mary College.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9