Teachers and school staff
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to serve at Atonement Lutheran School. I’ve had different
leadership experiences throughout my career, but being here at Atonement is by far the best place
I’ve been blessed to work. I began my journey as an assistant basketball coach and health &
wellness teacher, director of residence life and intramurals, as well as, the campus chaplain for the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Brewton-Parker College. This is where I discovered my
passion for teaching students and education.
I spent five years serving in those various roles before moving back to my home state of Mississippi.
During 2015-2017, I was the director of student life at Belhaven University and an instructor at
Mississippi Valley State University in the Health, Physical Education & Recreation Department. I
moved to St. Louis in 2017, teaching with the Special School District and being the assistant
women’s basketball coach at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy. During 2020-2021, I
served as the head girls’ basketball coach at Gateway STEM High School, along with teaching at
Atonement. Throughout all of these amazing experiences, I simply just consider myself an educator
Currently, I am in the process of earning a Ph.D. in sport leadership from Concordia University
Chicago. My other educational background includes a Master’s of Science in sport administration
from Eastern Kentucky University, a Bachelor of Arts in health & recreation from Tougaloo College
and an Associate’s of Arts in health, physical education and recreation from Coahoma Community
College. In my pursuit of lifelong learning, my hope is to glorify God by being an example to students
and educators that we should never stop learning, continously live a life of wellness, and pay forward
the knowledge and experience that we obtain.
It is a privilege to lead Atonement and all of the talented teachers, staff and students here. My goal is
to continue to provide a supportive climate and culture that is conducive to teaching, learning and
spreading the love of Jesus to the world. I look forward to interacting and connecting more with our
entire school community!
I am excited to join the team at Atonement! I have been a member of the church since 2000, and I can’t wait to work with this amazing school staff and church staff.
I have worked in a variety of offices in the last 36 years, since graduating from Hickey College as a Certified Graduate of Cooperative Honors Secretarial School, including banking, legal, retail, and church. This new adventure should be a wonderful challenge.
Outside of the office I enjoy cooking/baking, nature, reading, and crafting.
Music/ Computer Lab
I embrace the opportunity to teach music and technology at Atonement Lutheran School. One of my primary goals is to provide an engaging, faith nurturing, and creative learning experience for the students as we delve into the wondrous world of music and technology. Here is a little background look into what makes me tick. As a writer, digital media producer, and composer of diverse sacred and secular music for over twenty-two years, I have taken readers, viewers, and listeners on poetic, digital, and musical excursions that touch upon multiple moods and emotions. My writing and music are infused with authenticity and wit, while my sacred work also evokes a deeply rooted faith. I am the founder of Journey Begun Media; worked as a Tech Troubleshooting Agent for Alorica; served as Composer-in-Residence, Digital Ministry Administrator, and Worship Ministry Coordinator at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, Missouri; am Artistic Director Emeritus for the Greenleaf Singers; have a unique project on Patreon, Journey Begun in Scripture; taught high school and middle school music; am an avid runner and cyclist; and spend as much time as I can with my two amazing children.
It is such a blessing to be a part of the Atonement family! I have been serving as the resource room teacher at Atonement since 1991. Atonement partners with my employer, Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE), to provide Christ-centered education to students with unique learning needs so they can grow academically, socially, and spiritually. In my role as resource teacher, I provide instruction and support for students and families with special educational needs and collaborate with teachers to make a difference in our students’ lives.
Outside of school, I enjoy singing in the choir at my church, spending time with family and friends, reading, and scrapbooking.
I love teaching the kindergartners of Atonement. I was born and raised in Jefferson City, MO. I attended grade school, high school and college right there in my home town. I was married to my childhood sweetheart. We moved to Harbor Beach, Michigan, where my husband was currently teaching at Zion Lutheran School. I became a part of that staff, teaching grades K,1 and 2. Two years later, we returned to Missouri to be close to family. We both began teaching at Hope Lutheran School in St. Ann, MO. I taught a morning Kindergarten and Language Art in grades 3-8 in the afternoon. Five years later I accepted a position as First Grade teacher at River Roads Lutheran School in St. Louis. Six years later, I started an All Day Kindergarten at that school. I continued that ministry for the next 12 years. I then became a part of the Atonement Family. This is my 24th year as Atonement's Kindergarten teacher.
I love teaching young children, but Kindergarten is my favorite. They are so eager to learn, and everything is exciting for them. I consider it a privilege to teach these children about their Jesus, their Savior.
In my leisure time, I enjoy sewing, crafts, reading and walking.
Pre K 3-4
Pre-K is my passion! When I first started my teaching career I never would have thought I would end up loving Pre-K this much. After graduating with my degree in Elementary Education, I taught one year of 5th grade in my hometown and when I moved to St. Louis in 2017, I started working as the lead Pre-K teacher at KinderCare, which led me to Atonement. This will be my 4th year teaching at Atonement and I am so happy God led me here to work with such an amazing staff! On top of teaching Pre-K, I also coach A & B volleyball.
I am happily married to my wonderful husband, Ryan. We have 4 dogs and we are expecting our first child! Ryan and I enjoy playing volleyball, travelling, and watching the Cardinals and Blues!
This is my 7th year teaching 1st grade and my 4th year here at Atonement. I graduated from Lindenwood and started teaching at Our Redeemer, but when that school closed I moved here to Atonement. In college I told myself that I never wanted to teach 1st grade but now I couldn’t see myself teaching anything else! I am also the Athletic Director and soccer coach. This year I will be helping coach volleyball as well.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs. I also enjoy watching sports, cooking, and reading.
I have been teaching at Atonement Lutheran
school since 2004. It has been a wonderful experience serving the students
and families over the years. I originally was hired to be the 5th grade
homeroom teacher. I also have taught 5th through 8th grade history.
Currently I have a 4th/5th grade self-contained classroom. Prior to working
at Atonement, I had experience teaching everything from kindergarten
through 8th grade, including middle school science. I value the
opportunities that I encounter everyday, and I make it a priority to always
put forth my best effort for my students. Meeting individual needs is very
important to me. I get the greatest satisfaction from watching my students
grow academically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. I consider myself
blessed to have worked together with such creative, talented staff members
as well. Being a part of the Atonement family for so long has made a
positive impact on my life.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling
(especially to National Parks and baseball stadiums), hiking, jigsaw
puzzles, volunteering, baking, coffee, and my dog!