Grades K-2

K-2 classrooms are full of activity as we lay the building blocks for the coming years through our studies, activities, and hands-on experiences. In addition to Christian education, which is the focus of our studies, students receive instruction in all core subject areas, as well as opportunities in Music, Art, Physical Education, and Technology. Some of the highlights include:


  • Spelling Bee - Grades 1-2
  • National Geography Week Competition
  • Sci-Fest (Problem-Solving)
  • Spanish - Rosetta Stone
  • Music - Choir
  • Learning Center for students with learning difficulties


  • Assisting World Missions through Chapel Offerings
  • Mitten and Scarf Donations
  • Kids Against Hunger

Field Trips

On-Site Programs

  • Picnic Day
  • Spirit Week and Pep Assemblies
  • Annual Box Car Race in May
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Pairing of Letters Q and U





Grades K-2 Staff

Mrs. Valerie Schultz

2nd Grade

Mrs. Valerie Schultz

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.

Mrs. Sandy Pride

1st Grade

Mrs. Sandy Pride

Mrs. Pride earned her B.S. from Concordia University in Seward, NE, and an M.S. from Indiana University. She is in her 40th year of teaching and has been at St John since 1985.  

She taught third grade for one year at St. John, and then moved to first grade where she has remained. She has served at St. John Lutheran School in Napoleon, Ohio, teaching a first and second grade combination. She has also taught at Emmaus Lutheran in Indianapolis, where she taught 5th grade, kindergarten, and second grade.

Mrs. Pride's husband, John, a teacher in Lutheran schools for many years, was called to glory in October of 2011. She has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. She loves technology and trying out new trends in her classroom. She is a native of Nebraska and is very excited that the Cornhuskers are now part of the Big Ten. She reads, sews, and knits in her spare time.

Mrs. Cheryl Willig


Mrs. Cheryl Willig

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.


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.