Grades 3-4

Grades three and four are the heart of elementary education, where many of the basic skills and knowledge that are so important for every American citizen are learned. In addition to the core subjects taught in light of the Indiana Academic Standards, some of the other highlights have included:


  • Spelling Bee
  • National Geography Competition
  • Sci-Fest (Problem-Solving)
  • Rosetta Stone online (Spanish)
  • Keyboarding
  • Music - Recorders


  • varies from year to year


  • Assisting in chapel/church services
  • Book donations
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • Food pantry purchases/collections
  • Congregational member financial assistance (4th)
  • Mitten and scarf donations

Field Trips

  • Ruth Lilly Health Center
  • State Capitol
  • Farm
  • Vincennes
  • Children's Museum
  • Petco
  • Meijer
  • Rhythm Discovery Center
  • Others

On-Site Programs

  • Smokebusters
  • Colts Mini-Camp
  • Picnic Day
  • Spirit Week and Pep Assembly
  • Outdoor Ed lessons from Camp Lakeview staff


Grades 3-4 Staff

Mrs. Pam Johnson

4th Grade

Mrs. Pam Johnson

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.

Mr. Zachary Dirr

K-4 Physical Education

Mr. Zachary Dirr

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.