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Together in Christ
Strong and Courageous

St. Paul Lutheran School provides an exceptional Christ-centered curriculum that celebrates academic excellence and prepares students for leadership and service. St. Paul provides small class sizes, highly-qualified devoted teachers and engaging opportunities for learning at all ages. We also offer arts and music, foreign language as well as after-school programs including competitive athletic teams. Here at St. Paul Lutheran School, we strive to give our children a full range of educational experiences. It is, “A Great Place to Grow.”

OUR MISSION

St. Paul Lutheran School is an instrument of St. Paul Lutheran Church to teach the Word of God’s Law and Gospel. Our goal is that all of our students and their families will know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receive by faith what He has done for us. Through His life, death and resurrection, and His Holy Word and blessed Sacraments He gives us forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.

OUR CORE VALUES

It is our desire to:

  • Be an avenue for the giving of the Gospel so that each child (and family) may believe in Jesus Christ for salvation

  • Train the children in the Biblical truths of Christianity as confessed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Provide a comprehensive educational program which fosters each child’s growth in knowledge, attitude and skills from a Christian perspective 

  • Enhance the self-worth of each child and lead them to awareness of Gos’ eternal presence in their live.

  • Help each child develop the talents God has given them

  • Provide a nurturing and caring environment in which each child can work, learn, love and grow.

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MEET OUR FACULTY

Principal

MARY LYNN BUCK

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MARY LYNN BUCK

Principal

Education: 

Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Concordia University

Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, English and Communications, Hope College

Lutheran Teaching Certificate

Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate

Michigan Administrator Certificate

Experience: 

20 years, 11 years as Principal of St. Paul

Educational Philosophy:  

I believe that Lutheran Education is a remarkable opportunity to make an eternal difference in the lives of children and families.  I believe that children needs a safe and loving environment in which to grow and learn about the world God created.  Education is about leading children to discover their individual strengths while growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It has been my greatest joy to see children grow into young adults who are accomplished scholars, confident leaders and  bold and courageous witnesses for Jesus. 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation to all who believe."  Romans 1:16

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JENNIFER OLKO

Middle School Science and Student Support 

Education:

Bachelor’s of Science, Oakland University

Michigan Teaching Certificate

Early Childhood Endorsement, ZA, Oakland University

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement, ZS, Oakland University

Experience: 

15 years, 3 years at St. Paul.

 

Jennifer’s Educational Philosophy:

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

I believe that every child should have a safe, comfortable, loving place to learn and grow. I strive to bring this to my classroom everyday. I believe in the words from Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Each child that walks into my classroom will feel loved every day.

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KATHRYN MOON

Teacher (Grades 3 and 4)

Education: 

Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan-Flint

Michigan Teaching Certificate

Language & Social Studies Endorsements

Master of Arts, Concordia University- Ann Arbor

Lutheran Teaching Certificate

 

Experience:   

17 years at St. Paul

Kathy's Educational Philosophy: 

I believe that education is extremely important to the development of our future generations. I feel that I have been given the awesome task of educating and nurturing the next generation both academically and spiritually. I need to share my knowledge with my students, and help them grow in their faith walk with Jesus Christ. In the classroom, I would like to see students succeed academically and spiritually. I would want them to use the gifts that they have been given to their full potential. I want to be a support and encouragement to my students and help them achieve success.

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KATHRYN YOUNG

Teacher (Kindergarten)

Education: 

Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Ann Arbor

Lutheran Teaching Certificate

Experience: 

26 years of teaching

Kathy's Educational Philosophy: 

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6.

It is a blessing to teach the children to become the person the Lord has created them to be. I partner with families to continue teaching by example, not only preschool skills, but also the love the Lord has for them. The program begins with building a positive relationship between the teacher, family, and the child. Once this relationship is built, we are ready to learn in a positive way.

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DAVID KING

Athletic Director / Middle School Teacher 

Education:  

Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Michigan Teaching Certificate

Experience:  

32 years teaching

David's Educational Philosophy:  

I believe that I can best serve the individual futures of our students by preparing them academically for their high school and college years, to secure their extended futures by preparing them to be Christian leaders as adults, and to serve their eternal futures by developing their relationships with their Lord and Savior.

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KATHERINE CAIN

School Librarian / Middle School Literature

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ANGELA CLARK

Teacher (Grades 1 and 2)

Education:   

Master of Education- Special Education

University of Michigan-Flint

Bachelor of Science-University of Michigan-Flint

ZA Endorsement-Oakland University

Michigan Teaching Certificate

 

Experience:   

21 years, 4 years at St. Paul

Angie's Educational Philosophy:  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

My goal as a teacher, is to aid in the development of a student’s character, confidence, and desire.  Character to accept failure and to turn it into success.  The confidence to ask what they do not understand, or to try what they have never done.  The desire to explore all that the world has to offer to them and to excel beyond the limits of their individual dreams and goals.

EARLY CHILDHOOD FACULTY/STAFF

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DANIELLE VOILES

Early Childhood Director / GSRP Lead Teacher

Education:

BS in Education from Central Michigan University, and ZA endorsements from Robert B. Miller College

Certification: 

Professional Teaching Certificate

Experience: 

9 years of teaching, 2 years at St. Paul

Danielle's Educational Philosophy:   

As a teacher, it is my goal to provide a safe and welcoming environment for my students where they can learn and thrive. It's always a wonderful feeling to see that spark of joy in their eyes when they are able to grasp the concepts that are being taught to them. I love 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Encourage one another and build each other up." Always remember, "The influence of a good teacher can never be erased" (author unknown).

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JULIE BRANDES

Assistant Childcare Director/Teacher

Education: 

Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Ann Arbor

Child Care Assistant Certificate, Baker College - Flint

 

Experience: 

10 years working in day care, 7 years at St. Paul

Julie's Educational Philosophy: 

I believe that each child is a gift from God and that it is our privilege to help them learn new things every day about the world God created. I believe that children learn the best when they are in a comfortable environment and surrounded by people that love them. I strive to provide this type of environment every day. 

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NIA MANNING

Assistant Teacher - Preschool 3

Nia's Background:

Nia Manning has been working in Early Childhood for the past two years. Nia holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint in Social Work.

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WANNETTA REID

Assistant Teacher GSRP

Wanneta's Background:

Wannetta Reid has worked in Early Childhood for the past five years. She holds a B.A. from Baker College in Early Childhood Education. and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mott Community College.

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DEBRA BRYANT-RISHMAWI

Teacher  - Preschool 3

Debra's Background:

Debra Bryant-Rishmawi has been an Early Childhood Teacher for three years. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint in Elementary Education and an Associates Degree in Child Development from Delta Community College.

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COLLENE MINTO

Teacher - Preschool 4

Collene's Background:

Collene Minto has been an Early Childhood Teacher for four years at St. Paul. She holds a Child Development Associates certificate and has taken advanced course work through Baker College in Flint.