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.

Below you will find a staff and faculty directory along with biographical information about our professional staff.

PRINCIPAL

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

Mrs. Jennifer Ackmann

Asst. Principal & Preschool Director

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

Mrs. Keri Latin

Assistant Principal

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

Administration

Mrs. Darlene Buuck

Secretary - Getz Rd Campus

Mrs. Erin Clark

Admissions Director

Mrs. Rachel Eckert

Food Service Director

Mrs. Kathy Lash

Administrative Assistant - Union St. Campus

Mr. Kevin McGuigan

Teacher - Physical Education (Union Campus) & Athletic Director

Kevin McGuigan is our ESM Athletic Director and PE teacher at the Union Street cam...

Preschool Teachers

Mrs. Erin Bains

Preschool Teacher, Getz Campus

Mrs. Anna Davis

Preschool Teacher, Getz Campus

Miss Gwen Kanning

Preschool Teacher, Union Campus

Mrs. Colleen Kobi-Berger

Preschool Teacher, Getz Campus

Mrs. Michelle Madden

Preschool Teacher, Union Campus

Kindergarten

Mrs. Karen Houser

Teacher - Kindergarten

The youngest contingent of our student population delights in calling Karen Houser thei...

Mrs. Jewell LaBrash

Teacher - Kindergarten

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

First Grade

Mrs. Mary Smith

Teacher - Grade 1

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

Mrs. Bethann Wright

Teacher - Grade 1

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

Second Grade

Mrs. Kayla McCaig

Teacher - Grade 2

While newly married and new to our staff this year, Kayla McCaig is no stranger to ESM....

Mrs. Sarah Smith

Teacher - Grade 2

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

Third Grade

Mr. Paul Buuck

Teacher - Grade 3

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

Mrs. Amy Konow

Teacher - Grade 3

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

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Abby McCoy

Teacher - Grade 4

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

Mrs. Susan Murphy

Teacher - Grade 4

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

Fifth Grade

Mr. Joshua Eggold

Teacher - Grade 5

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

Mrs. Rachael Johnson

Teacher - Grade 5

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

Sixth Grade

Miss Courtney McMeen

Teacher - Grade 6

Courtney McMeen has been teaching for nearly 10 years and is excited to be wo...

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

Mrs. Rebekah Staub

Teacher - Grade 7 / Spanish Teacher

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

Eighth Grade

Mrs. Janelle Davis

Teacher - Grade 8

Janelle Davis joined our teaching staff in 2022 as an 8th grade teacher. She ...

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

Mrs. Pauline Benner

Teacher - Getz Rd Music

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

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...

Mrs. Stephanie Maxson

Teacher - 4th & 5th Music

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

Mr. Kevin McGuigan

Teacher - Physical Education (Union Campus) & Athletic Director

Kevin McGuigan is our ESM Athletic Director and PE teacher at the Union Street cam...

Mrs. Melissa Rush

Teacher - Technology

Originally from Columbus, IN, Melissa Rush has been part of the ESM teaching staff sinc...

Mr. Jeremy Staub

Teacher - Grade 8 / MS Choir Director

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

Mrs. Gretchen Weerts

Teacher - Physical Education (Getz Campus)

Inspiring our young ones to live active and healthy lifestyles is the goal of our K-3 P...

Resource

Mrs. Lisa Heilman

Resource Teacher - Union St. Campus

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

Mrs. Dana Hildebrand

Resource Teacher - Getz Rd Campus

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

Mrs. Lisa Meeks

Resource Teacher - Union St. Campus

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

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

Rev. Daniel Sheafer

Asst. Pastor - Emmanuel

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

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 ...

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...

Rev. Thomas Eggold

Senior Pastor - Emmanuel

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