meet our elementary school Lead teachers

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  • Ms. Linda Pfeiffer


    Ms. Pfeiffer has a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Concordia University Chicago.  She has over 19 years of teacher experience.


    Ms. Pfeiffer's kindergarten classroom is a cheerful place where learning is fun. The children in her classroom feel safe and know they are loved--by both their teacher and their Savior. In this class children develop their foundation for reading and math skills, as well as their understanding of the world around them, their sense of humor, and their Christian faith.  Ms. Pfeiffer was truly called by God to teach … God gave her the gift of teaching and the patience to do it, and she has never wanted to do anything else. 

    “I thank God every day for all the dedicated Christian teachers I had in elementary school, high school, and even college.  I pray that I can make that kind of an impact on my students and help them become well-rounded Christians.” 


  • Ms. Hannah Creech


     Miss Creech joined our teaching team in 2018. She is a graduate from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Education and a minor in Adaptive Education. Miss Creech is looking forward to helping the students in her classroom discover their God given gifts, “…and how to open them in order to be successful in school and beyond.” 

  • Mrs. Teri Jackson

    First Grade

    Mrs. Jackson has a degree in elementary and early childhood education from Concordia University Wisconsin, and more than 26 years of teaching experience   

    Mrs. Jackson uses the perfect mix of empathy, discipline, organization and fun to ensure our students 1st Grade experience is successful and satisfying. She helps children know that a lot is expected of them, and assures they have the academic and social skills necessary to achieve their goals.


    Mrs. Jackson is a very hands-on, active teacher, and one of the reasons she loves teaching at First Immanuel is because the small class sizes in the elementary school allow her to give attention to the needs of each and every student.  She strives to make sure she always reaches every kind of learner--whether they are visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic.


  • Mrs. Jody Napoleon

    First Grade

    Mrs. Jody Napoleon joined our lead teacher team in 2018 after serving three years as a  paraprofessional in our kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  Mrs. Napoleon earned her Graduate Teacher Certification from Concordia University Wisconsin. 


  • Ms. Lindsey Frank

    Second Grade

    Miss Frank in a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin. She joined our lead teacher team in 2018 and brings with her two years of teaching experience at St. John’s Glendale in a combined second and third grade classroom.  Her philosophy of teaching is rooted in Proverbs 22:6. In her classroom, she strives to, “…incorporate faith into various aspects/subjects of the day…so that my students see that Jesus is a way of life.”


  • Mrs. Denise Kegley

    Second Grade   

    Ms. Kegley joined our teaching team in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Whitewater in 1990 and her Master of Science in Education from Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) 1999.  She earned her Teacher Colloquy through CUW in 2003 and graduated from the LCMS SLeD (School Leadership Development program) in 2014.  She has over spent 25 years teaching all grades within her PK-6th grade license.

  • Mrs. Alison Pipkorn

    Third Grade   

    Mrs. Pipkorn graduated from Valparaiso University, and also has a master’s of education degree in reading from Concordia University. 

    Mrs. Pipkorn brings a lot of creativity and energy to her work, which shows through in the many interesting projects that are at the core of her lessons. She strives to make her classroom very interactive, and there are always opportunities to work together and learn by doing. Because she was a shy child herself, Mrs. Pipkorn makes a special effort to assure that her classroom is a very safe place, where children feel respected and comfortable. She likes to get to know children personally, so she can connect what is being learned to each child’s unique interests. 

  • Ms. Taylor Kirkpatrick

    Third Grade

     Ms. Taylor Kirkpatrick joined our teaching team in 2019. She is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin. Ms. Kirkpatrick's additional experience at FILS includes her role as a paraprofessional, After-Care employee and student teacher. Her love for students has been very evident in her time here and we are blessed to have her.

  • Mrs. Tammie Behling

    Fourth Grade Homeroom

    Mrs. Behling has a BA in elementary education and an MA in school counseling. She is a warm and upbeat educator who is passionate about helping children grow in knowledge, productivity, responsibility, experience and service. She leads by example, and loves to see her students grow in all aspects of their lives … academically, socially and spiritually.

    One of Mrs. Behling’s strengths is her ability to help her students see the practical applications of the things they learn in school. She believes that students learn best when they are engaged and involved in their learning, so she makes sure that every lesson involves a variety of activities that reach every type of learner. She also helps students learn that it is OK to make mistakes, and that making mistakes can be a great way to learn. 


  • Mrs. Robin Roeske

    Fifth Grade Homeroom

    Mrs. Roeske has a master’s of education degree in reading from Concordia University and over 15 years of teaching experience, including experience teaching at the college level. 

    You don’t need to spend much time in Mrs. Roeske’s classroom to see how much she enjoys kids, and she goes out of her way to get to know them and understand their backgrounds and interests. She uses creative ways to make learning fun, and even note-taking has a creative spin. Mrs. Roeske is a firm believer that every child can learn, and she goes out of her way to reach every child. She keeps everything as hands-on as possible, and her sense of humor and spontaneity keep her students on their toes!   

    “Philippians 4:13 is a passage that sustains me at all times: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’”


  • Mrs. Nicole Valdez

    Fifth Grade Homeroom   

    Mrs. Valdez received her BA in elementary education from UW Oshkosh, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience--all at our school. 

    Mrs. Valdez was a pioneer in using technology in the classroom. She uses her Smart Board extensively, and often incorporates the internet and video into her instruction. She uses tools like GlogsterEDU to help students express their identity or ideas, or demonstrate what they’ve learned in a class. She also does a major digital storytelling project, which includes bringing photographers, musicians, illustrators and other experts into the classroom, to help students bring their own stories to life. 

    Mrs. Valdez’s students know her to be patient and fun ... someone who genuinely cares that each one of them does well. She firmly believes that every student can learn, and works hard to find out how each person learns best. She strives to make sure that every class period has an element that is auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic. 

    “Tying God’s Word into the regular curriculum is imperative to Christian Living in the 21st century. In doing so, the children are experiencing more than a school with a religion class, but are living and learning Christian principles.”