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.

Mrs. Keri Latin

Interim Principal

Keri Latin is currently ESM's interim principal. She, her husband Tom, and twin chi...

Mrs. Jennifer Ackmann

Interim Asst. Principal & Director of Early Childhood Ministry

Mrs. Erin Clark

Admissions Director

Administration

Mrs. Darlene Buuck

Secretary - Getz Rd Campus

Mrs. Karen Clendenen

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Sarah Lahey

School Nurse

Mrs. Kathy Lash

Administrative Assistant - Union St. Campus

Mr. Kevin McGuigan

Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director

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 ele...

Mrs. Bethann Wright

Teacher - Grade 1

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

Second Grade

Miss Rebecca Grim

Teacher - Grade 2

With twenty-three years of teaching experience, Becky Grim brings a wealth of knowledge...

Mrs. Kayla McCaig

Teacher - Grade 2

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

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. Susan Murphy

Teacher - Grade 4

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

Ms. Abby Wietfeldt

Teacher - Grade 4

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

Sixth Grade

Mr. Zachery Burchardt

Teacher - Grade 6

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

Mr. Stephen Bornheimer

Teacher - Grade 7 / Director of Instructional Technology

If it involves science or is powered by a battery, it’s probably piqued Stephen B...

Mrs. Kristen LaBahn

Teacher - Grade 7

Mrs. Rebekah Staub

Teacher - Grade 7 / Spanish Teacher

Eighth Grade

Mrs. Jennifer Cunningham

Teacher - Grade 8

Eighth grade homeroom teacher Jennifer Cunningham has been part of the ESM staff since ...

Mr. Jeremy Staub

Teacher - Grade 8 / MS Choir Director

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

Physical Education, Art & Music

Mrs. Casey Lee

Teacher - Union St Art

Mrs. Stepanie Maxson

Teacher - Getz Rd Music

Mr. Kevin McGuigan

Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director

Mr. Jeremy Staub

Teacher - Grade 8 / MS Choir Director

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

Resource

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. Shawn Davis

Missional Pastor - St. Michael

Rev. Thomas Eggold

Senior Pastor - Emmanuel

Rev. Daniel Sheafer

Asst. Pastor - Emmanuel