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Jason Harris

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Jason Harris

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Nicole Kneser

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Nicole Kneser

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Mrs. Niki Kneser earned her BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University, Texas, in 2005 and her MS in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in reading from Concordia University, Mequon, WI, in 2010.  She has been teaching at St. Paul Lutheran School since 2005.  Her teaching certificates include Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (Grades 5-9) and English (Grades 5-9).

Mrs. Kneser is married to David, and together they have three sons.  Mrs. Kneser enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and playing sports and is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Stephanie Nestor

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Stephanie Nestor

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Ms. Nestor graduated from USF, Tampa, in 2000 with a degree in English Literature.  In 2012, Ms. Nestor earned a Masters in Reading K-12 from USF Polytechnic.  Ms. Nestor is in her 12th year of teaching, all in middle school.  Certifications in English 6-12, Reading K-12 and ESOL.  Ms. Nestor has one son, a student at St. Paul since Pre-K 3, now a middle schooler.  Ms. Nestor’s favorite things include:time hanging with her son,  days at the beach, days at Disney or time on her back porch reading a great book and soaking in God’s world.

Debbie Pahl

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Debbie Pahl

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

I graduated Florida Southern College with a degree in business. I put those business skills to work for several years heading up a child care center at a local church and then at the Salvation Army. God then called me into the classroom, so I went back to school.  After earning my elementary education degree, I taught one year in public school. In my interview for St. Paul, I was asked why I wanted to teach here – at this school? I responded, “because my heart is already here.”  Thus began 6 years in 4th grade. After receiving my colloquy from Concordia Ann Arbor, I became a called Lutheran school teacher. For the last 6 years, I have had the opportunity to be the 6th grade homeroom teacher while teaching a variety of middle school subjects.  I love my middle schoolers!  It is my prayer that they will know they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a Savior who loves them. I am married to my husband of 27 years and we have 2 adult children who had the opportunity and privilege to attend St. Paul PK-3 through 8th grade. And my heart continues to be here….

Jill Smith

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Jill Smith

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

One of my favorite Bible passages is from Jeremiah 29:11 – ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD. The Lord’s plans and his timing are always perfect. I graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI with my teaching degree. I moved from my hometown of Bay City, MI to Lakeland in June of 2000.  I have been teaching middle grades math (6-Algebra) for all of my years.  My husband is the Athletic Director at McKeel Academy of Technology and we have a daughter and a son.

Daniel Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Daniel Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Raphael De Oliveira

Kids' Club • Elementary, Middle

Raphael De Oliveira

Kids' Club • Elementary, Middle

Brandy Freidank

Computer Technology • Middle

Brandy Freidank

Computer Technology • Middle

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Gloria Klockziem

Minister of Music • Middle

Gloria Klockziem

Minister of Music • Middle

Mrs. Klockziem has been the Minister of Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School since 1996.  She is a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, with a BA in Elementary Education and a concentration in Music.  She has taught school (mainly grade 3 and 5) in Stuttgart, AR and in Hollywood, FL.  She is the Director of the Fine Arts School of Central Florida and directs the Ringing Eagles Handbell Choir.  She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran.  Her son, Jon, is a graduate of St. Paul Lutheran School.

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC, Elementary, Middle

Tim Turner

Contemporary Worship Leader • Middle

Tim Turner

Contemporary Worship Leader • Middle

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