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Our Staff

  • Fred Willig

    Interim Principal

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    Fred Willig

    Interim Principal

  • Pastor Troy Countryman

    Senior Pastor

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    Pastor Troy Countryman

    Senior Pastor

  • Jeff Huntington

    8th grade

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    Jeff Huntington

    8th grade

  • Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer

    7th Grade

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    Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer

    7th Grade

    Mr. Zimmer, our athletic director and upper grades math teacher, earned his BA from Concordia River Forest and an MA from Indiana University. This year is his 36th year in the teaching ministry. His first eleven years in the teaching ministry were spent at Wyneken Lutheran School near Decatur, Indiana. His next five years in ministry were at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Kankakee, Illinois. For the past eighteen years, he has served at St. John.

    His wife Ivonne, is the business manager and development director at St. John. They have two children who are both married. One resides in Indianapolis and one in Chicago. He is an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoys deer hunting and fishing at the family cottage in Saskatchewan.

  • Jennifer Thomas

    Jennifer Thomas

    6th Grade

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    Jennifer Thomas

    Jennifer Thomas

    6th Grade

    Miss Thomas was born in Fort Wayne, IN. She holds a B.A. degree from Concordia University and has six years of experience teaching in Lutheran secondary education. Her previous position was in St. Petersburg, FL.

    As a Lutheran educator, Miss Thomas feels her primary mission is to serve as a Christian witness to the students, parents, and other individuals she comes into contact with. This mission is incorporated into everything she does in the classroom, from praying with students to glorifying God by teaching about His marvelous creation. She believes her ministry is not limited to the classroom and likes to be involved in sports, music, drama, and other areas of the students' lives.

    Miss Thomas is an avid reader and she loves being outside. In her spare time, you might be able to find her on one of the area bicycle trails.  

  • Kristen McCartney

    Kristen McCartney

    5th Grade

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    Kristen McCartney

    Kristen McCartney

    5th Grade

    Mrs. McCartney earned her B.A. from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She is currently in her 29th year of teaching, all at St John Lutheran School. She serves as the Kdg-2nd Grade choir director and is also an organist at St. John Lutheran Church and Good Sherpherd Lutheran Church in Franklin.

    Mrs. McCartney and her husband, Bill, have three children. She enjoys her family and friends and also enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading.

  • Pamela Johnson

    Pamela Johnson

    4th Grade

    Director of Music

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    Pamela Johnson

    Pamela Johnson

    4th Grade

    Director of Music

    Mrs.Johnson was born and raised in Montague, Michigan, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. James Lutheran Church. She attended Concordia Lutheran Junior College (now Concordia Ann Arbor) where she received her Associate of Arts degree, Concordia Nebraska, and Concordia Chicago, where in 1976 she received her B.A. in Education, D.P.M., and in 1998 her M.A. Mrs. Johnson is in her 26th year of teaching and has been at St. John since 1992.

    She has also served congregations and schools in Montague, Chicago, and Evansville. Besides enjoying her fourth grade students, she serves St. John as Director of Music, adult and children's choir director, and organist. She is blessed with sharing life with her husband Paul, and their four daughters and their families. She enjoys traveling (with only 3 states left to visit), reading, knitting, tennis, and waiting each fall to cheer on the Michigan football team.

  • Abby Garber

    3rd Grade

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    Abby Garber

    3rd Grade

  • Valerie Schultz

    Valerie Schultz

    2nd Grade

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    Valerie Schultz

    Valerie Schultz

    2nd Grade

    Mrs. Schultz earned her B. A. from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. She has taught at Lutheran schools Cleveland, OH, New Haven, MI, and at St. John. She also taught Art at Emmaus Lutheran School in Indianapolis. She is in her 23rd year of teaching and has been at St John since 1996.

    Mrs. Schultz writes children's devotions for “My Devotions”, published by Concordia Publishing House. She has also written Sunday School Curriculum for CPH.

    She and her husband, Wayne, enjoy spending time with their sons, Matthew and Aaron, daughter, Emily, son-in-law Chris, daughter-in-law Amy, and grandson Hudson. She also enjoys traveling and sports.

  • Emily Klick

    1st Grade

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    Emily Klick

    1st Grade

    Mrs. Klick is a May 2016 graduate of Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL where she majored in elementary education and completed her student teaching at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, IL.

    Emily is married to Ben, a Rose Hulman graduate who works as a civil engineer at Bowen Engineering in Indianapolis.

    Emily grew up in Marengo, IL and attended Zion Lutheran School. Emily is the oldest of three children.

    Mrs. Klick's interests include reading, volunteering, and she is looking forward to biking (with Ben) on the cool paths available in Indy.

  • Cheryl Willig

    Cheryl Willig

    Kindergarten

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    Cheryl Willig

    Cheryl Willig

    Kindergarten

    Mrs. Willig earned her B.A. from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. She has taught in Northville, MI, Mineola, NY, and two other Lutheran schools in Indianapolis. She is in her 31st year of teaching and has been at St John since 1992.

    Mrs. Willig is married to Fred, who is also a Lutheran school teacher in Indianapolis. They have a son, a daughter, and a two grandsons.

    She enjoys traveling, especially to Florida to visit her grandsons.

  • Pauline Lehenbauer

    Pauline Lehenbauer

    Preschool/PreK Teacher

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    Pauline Lehenbauer

    Pauline Lehenbauer

    Preschool/PreK Teacher

    Mrs. Lehenbauer earned her B.A. from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. She is in her 18th year of teaching and has been at St John since 1995.  

    Mrs. Lehenbauer and her husband, Jim, have four sons, one daughter, and twin graddaughters. They love spending time with their family, which entails much traveling to Wisconsin, Seattle, and will soon include San Francisco.

    In her free time, you will find Mrs. Lehenbauer with a book or knitting needles in her hand.

  • Anita Peterson

    Anita Peterson

    Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

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    Anita Peterson

    Anita Peterson

    Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

  • Linda Weaver

    Preschool/Pre-K Teacher's Aide

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    Linda Weaver

    Preschool/Pre-K Teacher's Aide

  • Roxie Wixson

    Roxie Wixson

    Learning Center

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    Roxie Wixson

    Roxie Wixson

    Learning Center

    Mrs. Wixson joined the St. John staff in 1994 when the Learning Center was opened. She worked previously as a Teacher's Aide in a learning disabilities classroom in Franklin Township. Mrs. Wixson was instrumental in establishing the Learning Center and has been its only director for 18 years.

    Mrs. Wixson and her husband, Jim, have two sons who help them with all of the work required to manage their sheep flock and farm.

  • Zach Dirr

    Zach Dirr

    K-4 Physical Education/1st Grade Teacher's Aide

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    Zach Dirr

    Zach Dirr

    K-4 Physical Education/1st Grade Teacher's Aide

    Mr. Dirr earned his B.A. in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University in Mequon, WI. This is his first year in teaching and his first year at St. John.

    He is also a business owner in the health industry as a professional trainer. He specializes in a wide variety of services to help people live a more healthy lifestyle. He also volunteers his time for Club 3:16, an after-school fitness club at Zion Lutheran School in New Palestine.

    Mr. Dirr is the oldest of three children in his family, has been a life-long resident of Indianapolis and is a proud Hoosier.   

  • Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson

    Band Director, Junior Choir Director, and teacher support

    Director of Outreach and Assimilation

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    Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson

    Band Director, Junior Choir Director, and teacher support

    Director of Outreach and Assimilation

    Paul graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Music Education with a dual major in Vocal and Instrumental Music. He received a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Evansville. Paul has over 35 years of ministry experience in Lutheran Schools and congregations.

    As a self-proclaimed “people Person” Paul is looking forward to engaging members of St. John in activities that will enrich their personal walk with Jesus, develop faith partnerships, encourage community involvement, and equip cross-generational ministry.

    Paul’s wife Pamela is 4th grade teacher and Director of Music at St. John. They have four daughters; Paula (Dave) in Indianapolis, Heidi (Matt) in Iowa City, Emily (Sean) in Durham, N.C., and Andrea in Macomb, MI.

     

  • Mary Maher

    Art Teacher

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    Mary Maher

    Art Teacher

  • Ivonne Zimmer

    Ivonne Zimmer

    Director of Development, Business Manager

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    Ivonne Zimmer

    Ivonne Zimmer

    Director of Development, Business Manager

    Ivonne has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana Business College and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    Ivonne worked in business specializing in accounting, human resources, and management. Prior to joining us at St. John she worked for the National Benevolent Association in the areas of gift planning and grants.

    Ivonne’s husband, Mark, teaches at St. John School. Their family includes son Thomas married to Britney and daughter Kelly married to Tyler. She likes to visit, read, keep up with the world of business and attend small group Bible Study. You might catch her yelling during a Purdue basketball game.

     

  • Lori Reno Howard

    Lori Reno Howard

    Administrative Assistant

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    Lori Reno Howard

    Lori Reno Howard

    Administrative Assistant

    Mrs. Reno-Howard earned her Bachelor of Social Science degree from Indiana University. She has been at St John since 2005.

    Mrs. Reno-Howard has 6 children, 2 that attend St. John Lutheran School. She is married to Kenny Howard Sr. They share a passion for family time, live music, and tennis!

     

  • Shannon Velzen

    Shannon Velzen

    Administrative Assistant

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    Shannon Velzen

    Shannon Velzen

    Administrative Assistant

    Shannon Velzen graduated from Indiana Business College (now Harrison College) with an Associate Degree in Business Management in 1987. She has worked as an accountant, paralegal and administrative assistant at various central Indiana businesses, before finding a truly enjoyable job here at St. John in 2006.

    In 1998 Shannon met and married Patrick Velzen, an Engineer with Ryobi Die Casting. A short three years later their first child, a little girl, was born and just a few years after that their family was rounded out with the addition of a son. Both of their children attend school at St. John. The children would insist that you not forget their two dogs and gecko that think they are also "children." When not chasing around children or animals or keeping Patrick in line Shannon loves reading "books" on her Kindle, enjoying family movie nights and traveling (especially their semi-annual family trips to Disney).

  • Heidi Mielke

    Communications Coordinator

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    Heidi Mielke

    Communications Coordinator