University: Bates Voc. Tech.
Experience: 7 years; 2 years at Concordia
Yelm Community Schools · both in the classroom and office, 1992-1997
Concordia Lutheran School, 2011-present
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About Mrs. Cornelius…
Ann has had a wide variety of interesting jobs in her lifetime, each one building on her knowledge base to lead her to the next one on her adventure through life. She has been married to Paul for the more than 20 years. ·They enjoy travelling and spending time with their kids. ·She is looking forward to the near future when her husband retires. ·In her spare time she loves to gourmet cook and bake.· She also loves to do a large variety of arts and crafts. ·Her family attends church at Real Life Family Center in Spanaway.
Education: Tacoma Vocational School (Bates Institute)
Experience: 22 years; 15 years at Concordia
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Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 1990-1997
Concordia Lutheran School, 1998 to present
About Mrs. Gerken...
Ruth was hired·as the Kindergarten·educators’ assistant·at Concordia Lutheran School.· She now works with kindergarten, first, second and third graders.· She also works in the extended care after school program.· Ruth is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where her husband, Rev. Daniel Gerken, is currently pastor.· They have one son who is married·and·has given them·a handsome grandson.· Ruth is involved in choir, as chairperson of·The Good Shepherd’s Little Lambs Preschool Board, and as a volunteer at the Tuesday Night·Free Meal at Good Shepherd.· She also leads a women’s Bible study.· The Gerkens enjoy walking, biking, traveling, and taking photographs, as well as gardening and canning.
College: Pierce College, Puyallup, WA
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Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma, WA 2010-present
About Mrs. Christianson…
Käri and her husband Dana have been married for many years.· They have 2 sons that attend Concordia.· They enjoy spending time together as a family camping and boating.· She also enjoys cooking and baking.· Käri is also the secretary for the PTL (Parent Teacher League).· She is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and enjoys helping with Children’s Ministries.
Education: Fort Steilacoom Community College
Experience: 16 years; 8 years at Concordia
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Teacher Assistant at First Presbyterian Church Preschool· 1997 - 1999
Concordia Lutheran School, Library assistant Tacoma, WA· ··–– 2005 - 2007
Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma, WA· – Head Librarian;· 2007 - present
About Mrs. Montgomery…
When Terri was three she moved to Panama, Central America, where she lived for ten years.· She grew up climbing mango trees and catching royal blue butterflies and even saw a wild 3-toed sloth climbing on her tricycle one day.·· As a teen, Terri grew up in Tacoma and attended Ford Junior High, Lincoln High School, and Fort Steilacoom Community College.· She and her husband Greg have three children, 2 girls and a boy, and also a son-in-law. Terri loves to volunteer, so much so that at one time she led 2 Girl Scout troops, a Cub Scout troop and volunteered at many Concordia events as well.· Terri enjoys attending St. Luke’s Church in Federal Way, and her interests are photography, scrapbooking, and traveling (especially going on cruises).
Experience: 4 years
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Good Shepherd’s Little Lambs, 2009 to present
Concordia Lutheran School, 2011 to present
About Mrs. Long…
Caron was born and raised in Tacoma.·· She has a son who is a student at Concordia.· She also is an assistant teacher at Little Lambs Preschool and teaches Sunday school at Good Shepherd.· She enjoys camping and spending time with friends in her free time.
LUNCH PROGRAM SUPERVISORCarolyn Brown
Experience: 30 years; 9 years at Concordia
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Tacoma School Dist. #10· 1972-1978
Tacoma Day Nursery, Tacoma 1978-2002
Concordia Lutheran School 2002-Present
About Mrs. Brown:
Carolyn has been working with children from ages 2 through 14 for over 30 years, mostly as a caregiver.· Carolyn has been married to husband, Jack, for over 40 years.· They arrived in Tacoma in 1968, moving from Northeast Iowa to start their life together and raise their son, Jamey, who also lives in Tacoma.· Carolyn has worked with children from Jamey’s co-op preschool, on to elementary school, and then at Tacoma Day Nursery in the Hilltop area of Tacoma.· Thinking she was finished working, realized she still needed her “Kid Fix,” so she searched out Concordia Lutheran School for volunteer work which turned into employment.· Carolyn and Jack are outdoors enthusiasts:· ·tent camping, fishing, and rock hounding.· Carolyn attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Jack has been working in the lunchroom area for 1½ years. ·He sets up the tables and helps during lunch, then takes down tables, sweeps, mops and set tables back up for afternoon Extended Care.· Jack went into the Navy for four years right out of high school. ·When he left the Navy he and Mrs. Brown moved to Tacoma, where he worked in the cabinet/office furniture building industry for 45 years. ·Jack has many hobbies:· fishing, lapidary, carving, knapping (chipping arrowheads), camping, and gold prospecting. Jack attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
DIRECTOR of the EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE STAFFLaurice Kitchen
Ft. Steilacoom Community College
Clover Park Vocational College
Experience: 36 years; 20 years at Concordia
Tacoma Day Nursery and Pre-School; 1976-1992
Concordia Lutheran School 1992-present
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About Mrs. Kitchen…
Laurice has spent her working career with children; first, as a pre-school/daycare provider and later as a Learning Edge staff member and Director of Extended Care at Concordia. She and her husband Ben have been married for more than 30 years. They have four children:· one daughter and three sons (all Concordia alumni!) and two grandchildren. ·Laurice and her family enjoy being outdoors.· Fishing, camping, hiking, and being at the ocean are high on her list of favorite pastimes.· She and her husband attend Immanuel Church.
EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE CENTER
Experience: 17 years at Concordia
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Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma, 1995-present
About Mrs. Zajac…
Debbie has worked in extended care for many years. She is married to her wonderful husband Ken, and they enjoy going to estate sales and antique shows as well as camping in their motor home and taking long walks on the beach. They have 3 beautiful daughters, two of whom have graduated from Concordia and one who is presently attending. She has two awesome grandchildren whom she adores very much and cares for while their parents work. She enjoys reading and studying the Bible and attending a women’s Bible study group. Debbie is an involved member at By His Word Christian Center, actively teaching a children’s Sunday school class.. Debbie's interests involve what is most important to her:· her Lord and her family.
Experience: 20 years; 2 years at Concordia
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tacoma WA.· 2004-Present
Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma WA.· 2009-Present
About Mr. Dobiash. . .
Mike has done various jobs throughout the years, including long shoring, construction, and maintenance.· Mike enjoys the outdoors, bike riding, fishing and camping with his son David.· He especially enjoys gardening - growing vegetables and fresh fruit for his family.· Mike is currently a member and a Trustee at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Paul Von Rinehart
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom, WA
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Experience: 1 year at Concordia
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Graphic Designer/Instructional Design
Concordia, Tacoma, WA 2011 – present
About the Mr. Rinehart…
Paul is the father of three boys, all of whom went to Concordia. He is married to Debi, who is gifted with many talents. ·Paul has taught cartooning and guitar. He plays guitar and sings with Zionsfolke at his church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Paul also enjoys writing and fixing things.
Experience: 1 year at Concordia
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Concordia Lutheran School, Tacoma, WA. 2011-Present
About Mrs. Graham…
Lynn has been with Concordia for many years as a parent, volunteer and staff member. She has had two children complete their education through Concordia. She is married to Dan and together they cherish their time with their children. She loves to volunteer her time. Lynn is a member of United Lutheran Church.