Middle

Tiffanie Brown

6 - 8 Grade Teacher • Middle

Tiffanie Brown

6 - 8 Grade Teacher • Middle

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.

Debbie Pahl

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Debbie Pahl

Grades 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Educational background: HR and Sports Management, Elementary Education Florida Southern College; Colloquy Concordia Ann Arbor

Institution(s) and Degree(s): Licensing: Elementary Education 1-6 Integrated Curriculum 5-9

Work History: Daycare Director – Lakeland Christian School 4 years, Children’s’ Services Coordinator – Salvation Army 5 years, Medulla Elementary 1 year.

Years at SPLS: 17

Favorite Scripture: Micah 7:7

Why you are drawn to/continue in ministry at SPLS?: Both my children went through St. Paul. My heart has always been here. Love the people I work with and the ministry we have here. It’s home.

What do you love about Lakeland/central Florida?: It’s a great  place to raise a family!

Family Info and/or Interesting Fact about You: Married 32 years to Kris. 2 Kids – 3 grandkids. Daughter Kayla, Son in law, Cory – their 2 girls, Adalyn and Ansley. Son Kevin, Daughter in law Maggie and their son Kai.

 

Deena Porter

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Deena Porter

Grade 6-8 Teacher • Middle

Daniel Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Daniel Bates

Music & Band Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Amanda Girau-Perez

Spanish Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Lori Lee Joerz

Resource and Learning Strategies • Middle

Educational background

Institution(s) and Degree(s): BA Concordia College, Bronxville NY; MA SUNY Stony Brook

Licensing: NY Elementary Education K-6 Permanent Certification, FL Elementary Education K-6, Exceptional Student Education K-12 (2016-2021)

Work History: I have been honored to serve several schools on Long Island as a middle school teacher, a preschool teacher, and as an administrator, as well as serving my alma mater as the Director of Church an Alumni Relations.

Years at SPLS: This is my sixth year.

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God”

Why you are drawn to/continue in ministry at SPLS?: I am honored to serve the students that God sends me and share with them the love of Jesus.

What do you love about Lakeland/central Florida?: I love that there are cows in a field as a drive around the corner, but I can go to the symphony right here in town! I love that when I go to a cashier, they will often say, “have a blessed day”. I love that the nurse who was with me for a test, offered to pray with me because she saw that I was nervous. The people here are lovely.

Family Info and/or Interesting Fact about You : My husband, Jeff and I love finding new places to visit, especially historical sites.  Sometimes our Daughter, Alyssa and our son-in-law, Stephen join us.  We like to go treasure hunting for antiques. My very favorite place in all of God’s creation is at the beach!

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Sherry Loveridge

Art Teacher • Elementary, Middle

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Wendy Petterson

Media Specialist • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Karyn Scarpa

Physical Education Teacher • ECEC and Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Educational background

BA (English), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Work History: 19 years, St. Paul Lutheran School, Lakeland, FL, 2 years, The Vanguard School, Lake Wales, FL, Water Ski Instructor, 15 years

Favorite Scripture: Phil 4:13

Why you are drawn to/continue in ministry at SPLS?: I am proud to work at St. Paul because I believe in the mission and I see the mission at work in my students.  Watching my students grow physically and spiritually and knowing I am part of their life makes my career very fulfilling. After raising my three girls at St. Paul and seeing how it impacted their character makes me always on a mission to recruit students to join us!

What do you love about Lakeland/central Florida?: I love Lakeland because of the climate and the lakes.  I am a water sport enthusiast. Waterskiing brought me here from Canada to pursue my competitive sport of barefoot waterskiing.

Family Info and/or Interesting Fact about You: My oldest daughter is starting her first job as a physician assistant in Spokane, Washington, my middle daughter is moving to Washington, D.C. to play with the Washington Spirit in professional soccer and my youngest is finishing her degree at San Francisco State University.

Ken Sherman

Minister of Music • Middle

Ken Sherman

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.

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