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Meet Our Staff

Administration & Office Staff

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Dan Gehrke, Executive Director

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After graduating from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1995, Dan Gehrke served at Denver Lutheran High School as a math and theology teacher for eleven years. During those years, he was the varsity baseball coach and a C/JV basketball coach. He is now a member of the Metro League Coaches Hall of Fame. After completing his master’s degree in educational administration in 2005, he became principal at DLHS prior to the 2006-2007 school year. Dan has extensive administrative training, participating in the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools Leadership Training and 10 Talent Visionary Leadership programs. He and his wife Kristin have three young children: Ellie, Asher, and Emma.

Follow him on Twitter: @Lights2TheWorld

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David Ness, Principal

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David Ness grew up on a farm in Minnesota where he learned the importance of family, heritage, faith, and Christian education. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Morris with degrees in History and Social Science Education. As a history teacher, he taught in both Minnesota and North Dakota, serving his previous ten years at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo. While at Oak Grove, he completed his master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. In addition to teaching and coaching, he served in various administrative roles including Assistant Principal, Academic Dean, Middle School Principal, and Director of Campus Ministries. David began serving as Principal at Lutheran High School in 2010. His family is grateful for the prayers and support of many and their Heavenly Father’s daily provisions and grace. David and his wife Sara are the proud parents of Daniel, Samuel, and Rachel.

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Paul Blomenberg, Assistant Principal, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2007): Concordia University, NE – BS Secondary Ed. Physical Sciences
  • Lutheran High School (2012): Organic Chemistry, Mechanics, and Electricity and Waves
  • Past Teaching Experience: Denver Lutheran High School (2008)
  • Personal Verse: Col. 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"
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Mark Duitsman, Athletic Director, Girls Basketball Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (2003): Concordia University NE, B.S. Secondary Education (Theology & Physical Education)
  • Graduate Degree: Concordia University Irvine, M.A. Coaching & Athletic Administration
  • Lutheran High School (2004): Worship, Sports Information
  • Coach: Girls Basketball
  • Personal Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
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John Rinks, Director of Donor Advising

John Rinks came to LuHi in 2015 after 15 years at one of the largest Christian PS-12 school systems in southern California. He was development director there for 9 years, when the Lord inspired His people to donate $11 million for new facilities and other school needs. John also taught Economics during those 15 years, receiving a national teaching award in 2005 sponsored by the NASDAQ stock exchange, and in 2006 being selected for a team of high school economics teachers sponsored by the US State Department to observe secondary economic education in Russia. Before that John was a marketing executive in the defense/aerospace sector for 15 years at Hughes Aircraft Company, and at a Cal Tech start-up that went public and was acquired by Lucent Technologies during the late 1990s Internet frenzy. John also has a unique hobby as an amateur archaeologist, spending a month each summer excavating with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at a Bronze Age site in Israel. He and his wife Cindy have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Personal Verse: 2 Corinthians 8:7 "But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving."

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Hannah Buchholz, Director of Admissions & Marketing

  • Undergraduate Degree (2012): Concordia University, Seward, BS in Marketing, minor in Graphic Design
  • Lutheran High School (2015): Director of Admissions and Marketing
  • Personal meaningful verse: 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 "“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
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Martin Kohlwey, Director of Campus Ministry

  • Undergraduate Degree (1983): BS in Theology and PE/Coaching from Concordia University, NE
  • Graduate Degree (1998): Masters in Family Life Education/Ministry from Concordia University, NE
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Senior Theology and Director of Campus Ministry
  • Personal meaningful verse: John 10:10b "I have come that they my have life, and have it to the full." Jesus has given me identity, meaning and hope...in other words... full life.
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Loren Larrabee, Director of Campus Activities

  • Undergraduate Degree (1976): Physical Education/Geography
  • Graduate Degree: Masters of Education
  • Lutheran High School (1996): Director of Campus Activities (former Denver Lutheran teacher, AD, football coach)
  • Personal Verse: John 14:2-3 "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
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Cheryl Cattau, Enrollment Management/Assoc. Assistant

Cheryl graduated from St. John's College with an Associates Degree in Business in 1980. She started working at Lutheran High School in 1998 as the Attendance Secretary for Denver Lutheran before becoming the Development Assistant for the Association office in 2007. She and her husband, Tim, have four children who are Denver Lutheran High alumni, three are Lutheran school teachers and one is a nurse. Outside of work Cheryl enjoys DIY projects and spending time with their three grandchildren.

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Lynne Rodefeld, Controller

  • Undergraduate Degree (1984): Bachelors of Science, Accounting from Arizona State University
  • Other Certifications (1986): Certified Public Accountant
  • Personal meaningful verse: Philippines 4:13 "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."



Faculty & Staff

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Robert Allison, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree: BA from the University of South Carolina in Sculpture, BS from the University of South Carolina in Computer Science. Have attended dozens of workshops by renowned sculptors and studied in Florence Italy. I have been fortunate to have several life size commissions completed in Colorado and South Carolina.
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Ceramics, Sculpture
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Rachel Andersen, Director of Music Academy, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2014): Bachelor of Arts in Saxophone Performance, Colorado Christian University
  • Graduate Degree (2019): Master of Music in Performance, Denver University Lamont School of Music
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Wind Ensemble, Music Theory, Spanish IV
  • Personal meainingful verse: John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
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Carla Arensen, Program Coordinator CNA Training Course

  • Undergraduate Degree: BS in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago
  • Graduate Degree: MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College
  • Other Notable Experience: Worked as a missionary in Africa for almost thirty years
  • Lutheran High School (2019): Program Coordinator for the CNA Training Course
  • Personal meaningful verse: Eph 3:20-21 "The glory goes to Him who is able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine!"
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David Black, Teacher, Director of Lights Academy

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  • Undergraduate Degree (1988): Concordia University Wisconsin, double major of Theology and History
  • Graduate Degree (1998): Butler University in History
  • Lutheran High (2013): Director of Lights Academy and Theology I
  • Past Teaching Experience: Minneapolis Lutheran HS (1988), Calvary Lutheran School Indianapolis (1989-2000), Shepherd of the Hills Middle School, (2000-2013)
  • Personal meaningful verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
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Nikolas Blume, Teacher

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  • Undergraduate Degree (2013): Concordia University Wisconsin, BA in Physical Education, Licenses in Adaptive P.E., Health and Coaching
  • Lutheran High School (2013): Men's Christian Decisions and Men's Health
  • Coach: Throwers (Track and Field)
  • Personal meaningful verse: Exodus 15:3 "The Lord is a warrior, Yahweh is His Name."
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Kelsey Bockelman, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2015): Concordia University NE, B.S Secondary Education (Mathematics and Special Education)
  • Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix, M.A curriculum and instruction
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Math
  • Coach: Assistant Girls Basketball
  • Personal meaningful verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
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Emma Boyd, Teacher, Business Academy Director

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  • Undergraduate Degree (2016): Bachelor of Business Administration in Management; McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em!)
  • Lutheran High School (2018):Business Studies, Sales & Marketing, Accounting I, Personal Finance, Digital Productivity; Director of Business Academy
  • Personal Verse: Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
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Bill Brandsma, Teacher, Boys Basketball Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (2001): BS in Accounting and Vocational Ministry from Harding University, Searcy, AR
  • Continued Education: Certified Public Accountant
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Leadership
  • Coach: Basketball
  • Personal meaningful verse: Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
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Matt Buchholz, Teacher, Boys Soccer Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (2013): Concordia University, NE – BS Secondary Ed., Chemistry and History
  • Lutheran High School (2013): General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Minerology, and Earth Science
  • Coach: Head Boys Soccer Coach, Assistant Baseball Coach
  • Personal Verse: Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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Kevin Busch, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2016): Bachelor of Science Christian Education and Psychology, Concordia University, NE
  • Lutheran High (2016): Freshmen and Junior Theology
  • Coach: C Team Basketball
  • Personal verse: James 4:14-15 "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
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Brooke Davis, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2005): BS Secondary Education with an emphasis in History, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • Graduate Degree (2011): Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Regis University
  • Lutheran High (2006): Honors World History, U.S. History and Psychology
  • Coach: Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
  • Personal verse: Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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Mark Doebele, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2000): BS Secondary Education, Concordia University, NE
  • Graduate Degree (2011): Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University
  • Lutheran High (2015): AP US History and US History
  • Personal verse: Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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Ben Dwinell, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (1999): BS in Mathematics from USC Pueblo (now CSU Pueblo)
  • Lutheran High (2019): Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calc
  • Personal verse: Ephesians 4:29 - "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
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Karen Dyson, Secretary

Karen Dyson graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a BA in Business Administration.

She worked as an administrative assistant at Centura Health before coming to Lutheran High School in 2015.

After living all over the world growing up as an Air Force brat, Karen and her husband Fred have called Parker home since 1995.  They have been part of the LuHi family since 2008 and are the proud parents of Kaylee, Matt, Emily and Mary.

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Rebecca Elmshauser, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2010): BS Secondary Education – English and Vocal Music, Concordia University, NE
  • Graduate Degree: MS Education – Literacy & Reading Specialist Certification
  • Lutheran High (2013): American Literature, Honors American Literature, British Literature, Concert Choir (Women)
  • Personal verse: 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” - the things God has prepared for those who love him"
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Katie Eloe, Teacher

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  • Undergraduate Degree (2000): B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science with Area of Interest in Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Lutheran High (2016): Computer Programming and Web Design
  • Personal verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Tim Greve, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science Lutheran Secondary Education Broad Field Social Science, Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Graduate Degree (in progress): Masters from Liberty University
  • Lutheran High School (2018): Social Sciences
  • Personal meaningful verse: Philippians 2:3-4 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
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Jodi Hoehne, Administrative Assistant

  • Undergraduate Degree (1993): Concordia University Chicago Bachelor of Music Education, Piano Pedagogy
  • Lutheran High (2016): Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Admissions and Marketing
  • Personal verse: Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God"
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Jan Hoener, Teacher

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  • Undergraduate Degree (1975): Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE BS Secondary Education in English
  • Graduate Degree: MA Secondary Education from University of Houston at Clear Lake City with post graduate endorsements and emphasis in Special Education
  • Lutheran High (DLHS 1994, LHS 2014): British Literature, Public Speaking
  • Personal verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."
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Diane Hollenbeck, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (1986): BS in Secondary Education, English and Theology
  • Lutheran High School (1994 DLHS, 2014 LHS): British Literature, Honors British Literature, Intro to Literature, Honors Intro to Literature, and World Literature
  • Personal meaningful verse: 1 Corinthians 1:20 - "No matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ.
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Mark Hollenbeck, Teacher, Girls Tennis Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (1985): BS in K-12 Art Education and Elementary Education
  • Lutheran High School (2011): Art, Director of the Art Academy
  • Previous Teaching Experience: Lutheran High Schools in Queens, NY and Kansas City, MO
  • Coach: Girls Tennis
  • Club Leader: Art Club, Fashion Club, Ping Pong Club
  • Active Art Participant in: Parker Artist Guild, featured artist at the Denver Chalk Art Festival
  • Personal meaningful verse: 1 Peter 2:9-10 "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
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Kristen Howe, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2002): Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (summa cum laude) Secondary Education Program, Christ College Program, Concordia University Irvine
  • Graduate Degree (2006): Master’s Degree in Education, Concordia University Irvine
  • Lutheran High School (2019): English
  • Personal meaningful verse: Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
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Megan Obermueller, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2000): Concordia Seward, BS Secondary Ed, emphasis in Spanish and History
  • Graduate Degree: Masters in ESL
  • Lutheran High School (2015): Spanish
  • Previous teaching experience: Concordia Academy, Minnesota
  • Personal meaningful verse: John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Amanda Hoza, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2010): Bachelor Degree of Art and Design in K-12 Art Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • Lutheran High School (2018): Art
  • Personal Verse: Psalm 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Corrie Johnson, Counseling Department

  • Undergraduate Degree (2008): BA Communication/Journalism/Public Relations from Concordia University, NE
  • Lutheran High School (2018): Masters Business Administration from Concordia University, NE
  • Personal meaningful verse: Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth."
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Alicia Kidston, Teacher, Dean of Women, Volleyball Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (2003): Concordia University, NE B.S in Secondary Educations
  • Lutheran High School (2003 DLHS, 2011 LuHi Parker): AP Literature, Women's Christian Decisions, Dean of Women
  • Coach: Volleyball
  • Personal Meaningful Verse: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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Kelsey Krisch, Athletic Trainer

  • Undergraduate Degree (2012, 2018): Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rider University, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Graduate Degree (2020): Masters of Science in Human Performance and Sport with a concentration in Rehab Science
  • Lutheran High School: Head Athletic Trainer contracted through Synergy Sports and Rehab
  • Personal Verse: 1 Peter 5:8-10 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."
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Jillian Lietzau, Attendance Secretary, Registrar, Theatre Director

  • Undergraduate Degree (1999): Adams State University, BA in Theatre, minor in History
  • Lutheran High School (2008): Registrar, RenWeb Admin, Attendance
  • Club Leader: Head of Theatre Department
  • Personal Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”
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Chris Loesel, Director of Performing Arts

  • Undergraduate Degree (2008): Bachelors of Science in Education with endorsements in Theology and Vocal Music
  • Graduate Degree: Masters of Music Education - 2018 from University of Colorado Boulder
  • Lutheran High School (2009): Bel Canto, Jubilate Choir, Men's Choir, Worship Class
  • Personal Verse: Revelation 2:10b "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown."
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Sandra Loptien, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (1987): Colorado State University – BS in Mathematics
  • Lutheran High School (2007): Mathematics
  • Personal Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
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Jordan Murphy, Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree (2015): Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Graduate Degree (2019): Masters in Sports Performance, Denver University
  • Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Team Strength, Strength & Conditioning Program Director
  • Assistant Coach: Football
  • Personal Verse: Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"
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Michael Nelson, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2011): IT/MVC (Media Video Communication)
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Photography
  • Personal meaningful verse: 1 Corinthians 6:12 "I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything."
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Denise Noffze, Guidance Counselor

  • Undergraduate Degree (1983): Concordia University, Ann Arbor MI, BS of Education - major in English, minor in Social Science and PE
  • Lutheran High School (2000): Previously taught Freshmen English and Public Speaking, now full time Guidance Counselor
  • Club Leader: CrossPlay
  • Personal Verse: Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Emily Polanco, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2011): Bachelor of Arts English, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Graduate Degree (2015): M.Ed Reading and Literacy, 2015, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Lutheran High School (2018): English
  • Personal meaningful verse: Colossians 3:16 "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
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Jennifer Quinlan, Student Services

  • Undergraduate Degree (2002): Concordia University, Irvine, CA, Bachelors in Religious Studies
  • Graduate Degree (2008): Concordia University, Seward, NE, Masters in Family Ministry
  • Club Leader: Student Council
  • Personal meaningful verse: Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it's the Lord's purpose that prevails."
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Megan Reimnitz, CNA Instructor

  • Undergrad Degree (2006): BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Lutheran High School (2010): CNA Instructor
  • Personal Verse: Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
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Dave Renquest, Teacher

  • Undergrad Degree (1989): Concordia University Irvine – CA Math major, Spanish minor
  • Graduate Degree: Masters Degree in Education Administration from The Univ. of Phoenix
  • Lutheran High School (2011): Geometry, Honors Geometry
  • Coach: Assistant Golf
  • Past High School Experience: Lutheran HS of Orange County, CA 1989-1994, Denver Lutheran HS 1994-2011
  • Personal Verse: Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Derek Rinks, Teacher

  • Undergrad Degree: University of California - Irvine, B.A. In Social Science with Specialization in Secondary Education
  • Graduate Degree: Masters in Education for Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University (in progress), Alternative Teacher License: Science Endorsement
  • Lutheran High School (2017): Earth Science, Environmental Science, Honors Physics, Astrophysics
  • Canvas Administrator
  • Personal Verse: 2 Timothy 4:5-7: But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
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Rachelle Robbins, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree: Secondary Education, Concordia University, Seward, NE
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Freshmen English, Weight Training
  • Coach: Track and Field
  • Personal Verse: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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Stephen Robbins, Head Football Coach

  • Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Secondary Education English and Physical Education, Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Graduate Degree: Masters in Education Administration, Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Weight Training
  • Coach: Head Football Coach
  • Personal Verse: Revelation 2:10 "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."
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Matthew Rodefeld, IT

  • Role: IT Coordinator
  • Personal verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
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Savanna Rogness, Teacher, STEM Academy Director

  • Undergraduate Degree (2008): Colorado Christian University, BS in Biology with a Chemistry minor
  • Graduate Degree (2016): Regis University, Masters in Secondary Education
  • Lutheran High School (2013): Biology classes (Macro/Micro/etc), Anatomy & Physiology
  • Coach: Volleyball
  • Personal Verse: Romans 8:36-39 "As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Aaron Rudzinski, Teacher, Director of Collegiate Athletic Recruiting

  • Undergraduate Degree (2003): Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - Biology and minor in Art from Concordia University-River Forest
  • Lutheran High School (2018): Biology and Chemistry, Director of College Athletic
  • Previous Teaching Experience: Rochester Central Lutheran School - Rochester, MN (2003-2010) and Trinity Lutheran High School - Seymour, IN (2010-2018)
  • Personal Verse: James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
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Noah Schilling, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2015): Bachelor's in Language, Literature, and Culture (Spanish) and Teacher Licensure in 2015 at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins
  • Lutheran High School (2016): Spanish I and Spanish III
  • Coach: Tennis Assistant
  • Personal Verse: Romans 8:38 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
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Jonathan Schlecht, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2019): Bachelor's of Art, majoring in Lutheran Secondary Education, Math, and Theology (triple major) from Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Lutheran High School (2019): Theology
  • Personal Verse: Romans 8:28 "For we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, how have been called, according to his purpose."
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Troy Stelling, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (1990): Concordia University Nebraska, BS Secondary Education, majors in English and Speech/Drama
  • Graduate program: Emphasis in Family Ministry
  • Lutheran High School (1999): Theology II
  • Previous Teaching Experience: Lutheran High School, Ocala, FL
  • Coach/Club Leader: Football, Theatre Director
  • Personal meaningful verse: Matthew 9:37 "The fields are ready for harvest, but the workers are few"
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Kaylee Stith, Access Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2013): BA in English and Mass Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC
  • Lutheran High (2016): Access
  • Personal verse: Psalm 62:1-2 "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

Hannah Swafford, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2016): Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Focus in History, Concordia University Texas
  • Lutheran High (2018): World Geography, Government, and Public Speaking
  • Personal verse: Isaiah 43:1 - "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
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Tim Thomack, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2011): Concordia University, Wisconsin Math Secondary Education
  • Lutheran High School (2015): Honors PreCalculus, Statistics
  • Past Teaching Experience: Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Centralia, IL
  • Coach: Soccer
  • Personal Meaningful Verse: Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
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Daniel Vanderhyde, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2009): Concordia University, Irvine – Mathematics, Music, Secondary Teaching Certificate
  • Lutheran High School (2010): AP Calculus and Theology III
  • Club Leader: Lions for Life
  • Personal verse: Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
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Matthew Zoeller, Teacher

  • Undergraduate Degree (2005): University of Montana – Spanish Education
  • Graduate Degree (2018): M.A. in Educational Psychology Human Development
  • Lutheran High School (2012): Spanish and English as a Second Language
  • Previous High School Experience: Henderson, NV PSD (2005), Denver Lutheran High School (2007)
  • Club Leader: Yearbook
  • Personal Verse: Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."