Department: Elementary & Middle School

 Staff Listing

Fourth Grade Teacher

Lucas, Lindsay

Joined St. James Team: 2022 Education: Western Governors University

Second Grade Teacher

Bunch, Caren

I believe learning is a life long endeavor. My classroom is filled with learning through fun and exploration. After six years teaching Kindergarten in Lafayette School Corporation, I am excited to return home to St. James where I previously taught 4th and 5th grades, Pre-Kindergarten and as GLASS Interventionist. Joined St. James Team: 2022 Education: Purdue University […]

Kindergarten Teacher

Pollard, Nikki

I am passionate about early childhood education. My hope is for your child to grow socially and emotionally and also in their faith. I strive to make my classroom a happy space. I emphasize kindness and being a good citizen. I moved to Lafayette from Peoria, Illinois during the summer of 2022. Before joining the […]

Music Teacher, Preschool - Third Grade

Keller, Maggie

I believe that music is a fundamental part of a well-rounded, Christ-centered education. I believe that all students should receive a quality music education so that they may become tuneful, beatful and artful, and connect to multiple generations through music. After graduating college with a degree in Music Education from Anderson University, I taught for 3 […]

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

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

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,

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 […]

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)