Department: Elementary & Middle School

 Staff Listing

2nd Grade Teacher

Trautmann, Melissa

It is my goal to provide a classroom environment where all my students are excited to come to school each day. Learning should be fun, interactive, and relevant. I hope to provide a calm, supportive, and engaging environment in which students are given the tools and encouraged to become lifelong learners. Joined St. James Team: 1996 […]

Art Teacher

Tietz, Joan

Every child is an artist. Mistakes are opportunities. Each child’s art is unique. Creativity is encouraged. Joined St. James Team: 2013 (Also taught at St. James 1975-1999) Education: Concordia University, Nebraska B.S. in Elementary Education with Early Childhood and Art Endorsements

Kindergarten Aide

Sattgast, Mandy

Mandy Sattgast is originally from Illinois, where she attended Concordia Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and 2 dogs as well as anything outside. She really looks forward to getting to […]

1st Grade Teacher

Roland, Lydia

It is my hope that in first grade, my students will make memories, friends and relationships that last a lifetime. I daily remind each child that they are God’s forgiven child.  Joined St. James Team: 1989 Education: Concordia University, River Forest Bachelor in Elementary Education

Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies

Keiser, Lynn

Every child is a unique creation of God and education is one path to realize the God-given destiny. Joined St. James Team: 2013 Education: Purdue University B.A. and Masters in English and Psychology Education,

Assessment Coordinator

Huth, Carol

Joined St. James Team: 1996 Education: Purdue University Bachelor in Education with Endorsment in Special Education

3rd Grade Teacher

Hamilton, Cara

My classroom is a room where learning happens in a relaxed family environment. We are all learning together and we seek to find ways to make all students successful. Joined St. James Team: 2002 Education: Concordia University, Chicago Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

Director of Music

Goodspeed, Amanda

All children are musical and are encouraged to use their God-given talents and abilities to His glory. My primary goal in the music classroom is to provide students with experiences to be Tuneful, Beatful and Artful. I want for my students to be confident singers (in the car, in church pews or even in choral […]

Middle School Math and Science

Farrington, Jenna

God has given everyone amazing gifts and talents which can be fostered and developed. Every student can learn through practice, perseverance, dedication and motivation. Joined St. James Team: 2017 Education: Valparaiso University Bachelor in Education: Math and Science

5th Grade Teacher

Dombkowski, Amy

It’s not just the education of the mind, but the education of the heart that matters. Joined St. James Team: 1994 Education: Indiana University Bachelor in Elementary Education (Colloquy from Concordia, Wisconsin)  

4th Grade Teacher

DeBlieck, Morgan

Every child that enters my classroom is a redeemed child of God. They are loved, cared for, and respected. I aim to provide a Christ-centered classroom community that encourages students to work up to their potential, help them to be more responsible for their work and all that they do, and use their God-given abilities […]