Meet Our Staff

Being a Lutheran school professional is more than a job, it is a calling. ESM is blessed to have a dedicated staff of people that are committed to establishing Christ firmly at the center of life and connecting children and families to the grace freely offered by our loving Savior. All of our classroom educators are rostered and called to serve as Lutheran Church Missouri Synod teachers.

Learn more about our staff and faculty and contact them using the directory below.



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Mrs. Jennifer Ackmann

Assistant Principal - Preschool

Assistant Principal and Preschool Director, Jennifer Ackmann, is a product of Emmanuel-...

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Ms. Melissa Greener

Assistant Principal - Union Street and Athletic Director

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Mrs. Keri Latin

Assistant Principal

Keri Latin is ESM's Assitant Principal and has her office at the Getz Road cam...


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Mrs. Darlene Buuck

Secretary - Getz Rd Campus

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Mrs. Erin Clark

Admissions Director

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Mrs. Rachel Eckert

Food Service Director

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Ms. Melissa Greener

Assistant Principal - Union Street and Athletic Director

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Mrs. Kathy Lash

Administrative Assistant - Union St. Campus

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Rev. Jonathan Meyer

Shepherd of the School

Preschool Teachers

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Mrs. Erin Bains

Preschool Teacher, Getz Campus

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Miss Gwen Kanning

Preschool Teacher, Union Campus

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Mrs. Colleen Kobi-Berger

Preschool Teacher, Getz Campus

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Mrs. Michelle Madden

Preschool Teacher, Union Campus


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Mrs. Jewell LaBrash

Teacher - Kindergarten

Jewell Labrash is a graduate of Taylor University with a BS in elementary education and...

First Grade

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Mrs. Mary Smith

Teacher - Grade 1

Mary Smith is another proud graduate of Concordia University Chicago. With a BA in elem...

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Mrs. Bethann Wright

Teacher - Grade 1

First grade teacher, Bethann Wright, holds a BA in elementary education with a minor in...

Second Grade

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Mrs. Kim Faley

Teacher - Grade 2

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Mrs. Sarah Smith

Teacher - Grade 2

Sarah Smith joined the ESM teaching staff in 2022. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Sarah...

Third Grade

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Mr. Paul Buuck

Teacher - Grade 3

Understanding that there is good-natured rivalry between graduates within the Concordia...

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Mrs. Amy Konow

Teacher - Grade 3

After years of joyfully serving as teacher aide at ESM, Amy Konow turned her attention ...

Fourth Grade

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Mrs. Susan Murphy

Teacher - Grade 4

As a mother of three, Susan Murphy brings her maternal instincts and nurturing nature t...

Fifth Grade

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Mr. Joshua Eggold

Teacher - Grade 5

When Joshua Eggold is not front and center in his fifth-grade classroom, he is likely t...

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Mrs. Rachael Johnson

Teacher - Grade 5

Rachael Johnson is a native of Fort Wayne. She attended Bethlehem Lutheran Sc...

Sixth Grade

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Mrs. Abby McCoy

Teacher - Grade 4

Abby (Wietfeldt) McCoy joined the ESM family in 2021 as one of our 4th grade ...

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Miss Kathy Palmreuter

Teacher - Grade 6

The youngest of six children in her family, Kathy Palmreuter grew up on a farm in Vassa...

Seventh Grade

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Mrs. Rebekah Staub

Teacher - Grade 7 / Spanish Teacher

Representing Concordia University Chicago, Rebekah Staub has a BA in secondary educatio...

Eighth Grade

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Mr. Jeremy Staub

Teacher - Grade 8 / MS Choir Director

With a BS in secondary education and a concentration in biology and instrumental music,...

PE, Art, Music & Technology

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Mrs. Pauline Benner

Teacher - Getz Rd Music

Pauline Benner serves in a variety of roles at ESM. She teaches elementary general...

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Mrs. Casey Lee

Teacher - Union St Art, Finance Administrative Assistant

Casey Lee brings to ESM gifts in both education and administration.  She is a grad...

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Mrs. Stephanie Maxson

Teacher - 4th & 5th Music

Stephanie Maxson graces our campuses with the sound of music!  As St. Michael&rsqu...

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Mr. Kevin McGuigan

Teacher - Physical Education

Kevin McGuigan is our PE teacher at the both campuses and boys varsity basketball ...

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Mr. Jeremy Staub

Teacher - Grade 8 / MS Choir Director

With a BS in secondary education and a concentration in biology and instrumental music,...


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Mrs. Lisa Heilman

Resource Teacher - Union St. Campus

A Fort Wayne native, Lisa Heilman grew up attending St. Michael Lutheran Church and has...

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Mrs. Dana Hildebrand

Resource Teacher - Getz Rd Campus

Dana Hildebrand is a graduate of Concordia University-River Forest.  She serves at...

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Mrs. Lisa Meeks

Resource Teacher - Union St. Campus

Lisa Meeks graduated from Purdue University with a BA in elementary education. After se...

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Mrs. Kelly Steffen

Resource Teacher - Union St. Campus

The 2019-2020 school year marks Kelly Steffen’s twenty-first year in the educatio...

Church Leadership

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Rev. Daniel Sheafer

Asst. Pastor - Emmanuel

Pastor Dan Sheafer has served as associate pastor at Emmanuel since July 2016. He share...

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Rev. Shawn Davis

Missional Pastor - St. Michael

Pastor Shawn is the son of a retired Air Force Chaplin. Shawn and his wife Anna met at ...

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Rev. Dr. Dennis Goff

Senior Pastor - St. Michael

Rev. Dr. Dennis Goff was born in Columbus OH, the youngest of four children born to Lor...

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Rev. Thomas Eggold

Senior Pastor - Emmanuel

Pastor Eggold shares that "I love our church family. Preaching to, teaching, and c...