Meet Our Staff

Amelia Fortmeyer

Interim Principal

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Date Started:  August 1990

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The people/children we serve.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Teacher at St. Paul (Kindergarten, 5th grade, and many others)

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Rolla, Missouri

College and Degrees: Concordia University Nebraska-BS

Family: Bernie, Husband, Paul and Beth, Son and Daughter-in-law, Nolan, Grandson, Peter, Son.

Hobbies and Interests: Camping and Hallmark movies (especially Christmas in July)

Debi Bennett

School Secretary

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2005

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The families and students who attend

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Family: Shawn, Husband, Peyton and Tristan, Daughters.

Hobbies and Interest: I love spending time with my family!

dbennett@splcc.org

Elaine Hirter

Office Manager/Human Resources

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2004

Favorite thing about St. Paul: It’s great to see God at work in the lives of the students and families that we serve

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Sales- Mannichreek Business Design
Sales Rep.- leisure arts
Secretary/librarian/office manager

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: University of Missouri- Columbia- Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Family: Husband- Loren; daughter- Erin

Hobbies and Interest: Reading, Wool Rug Hooking, American history

elainehirter@splcc.org

Barbi Rich

Youth Activities Director/Preschool Teacher

barbirich@splcc.org

Jan Schmeisser

Preschool Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2006

Favorite thing about St. Paul: I love having my students share the Gospel. We also have the best staff to work with and a school board that is supportive personally and professionally.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Para Professional- Webster Preschool- 6 years

 

Current Congregation: St. Peter Lutheran

Hometown: Decatur, IL

College and Degrees: BA- Psychology  CDA- Child Development Associate Credential

 

Family: Husband- Rev. Kirk R. Schmeisser; Sons- Tim Schmeisser- Substitute Teacher- SJSD, Matt Schmeisser- Assistant Kitchen Manager- Jethro’s BBQ- Des Moines

janschmeisser@splcc.org

Emily Moyer

Kindergarten/3rd Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2010

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Being able to share the love of Jesus with my students.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Taught 1st grade for 2 years
Taught 3rd grade for 2 years

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Springfield, IL

College and Degrees: Concordia University, NE Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood

Family: Parents live in Ohio, 3 brothers, 2 sister-in-laws, 5 nephews, and 2 nieces.

Hobbies and Interest: Running, reading, baking

emoyer@splcc.org

Denise Tiffany

1st Grade Teacher

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Date Started at St. Paul – August 2017

Favorite Thing About St. Paul – We have an amazing staff! I love the closeness and family-like atmosphere.

Previous positions/jobs/years – 2nd Grade at Wathena Elementary for 11 years; Kindergarten at Wathena Riverside for 23 years.

Current Congregation – Savannah Christian Church

Hometown – Troy, Kansas

College & Degrees – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University.

Family – Husband (John), Son (Brady married to Micaela), Daughter (Blair married to Brandon), Daughter (Kassie married to Drew), Daughter (Mackenzie) and 4 grandchildren (Bennet, Brittie, Piper, and Remi).

Hobbies & Interests – I love family gatherings and spending time with my grand-babies.

dtiffany@splcc.org

Ashley Kruse

2nd Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: July 2008

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Teaching and sharing God’s love with my students and their families.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: 2004-2008 Christ the King Lutheran in Memphis, TN

 

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Batesville, AR

College and Degrees: Concordia University, NE B.S. in Education Concentration Special Ed. Minor Math

 

 

Hobbies and Interest: Love to read and be outside. A passion of mine is planning and taking trips to Ecuador to volunteer at For His Children Orphanage.

ashley.kruse@splcc.org

Amy Wisneski

3rd Grade Teacher, PE, Athletic Director

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Date started at St. Paul: 2002

Favorite thing about St. Paul: My favorite thing about St. Paul is the family type feeling I get from the wonderful congregation. Why I’m in the ministry is because I can share the love of Jesus in all subjects I teach.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: St. Paul is my first Call.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Cole Camp, MO then moved to Clarinda, IA in 1990

College and Degrees: B.S. in Education with concentration in Physical Education also have a Lutheran Teacher Diploma

Family: Married Andy Wisneski in 2009

Hobbies and Interest: I enjoy all sports- playing and watching. I also enjoy art and doing crafts. My favorite thing is spending time with family and friends.

amywisneski@splcc.org

Kendra Fleck

4th Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: Aug 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Students, families, staff and the loving Christian atmosphere

Previous positions: Preschool

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Graduated from MWSU with a bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Family: Husband, Terrence and children, Vayda and Nevaeh.

Hobbies and Interest: I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and being in nature!

kfleck@splcc.org

Nicci Engle

5th Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul:  August 2017

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The people

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Teacher at Martin Luther Academy

Current Congregation: Our Savior, Kansas City Kansas

Hometown: Peculiar MO

Education:  UMKC-Bachelors, Rockhurst-Masters

Family: Joe, Joey, Spencer, Cwalter (our dog)

Hobbies and Interest: 5Ks

nengle@splcc.org

Noah Auger

6th Grade Homeroom/6-8 History Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2016

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Watching student growth from year to year

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Bad Axe, Michigan

College and Degrees: I graduated from Concordia University Chicago in Spring of 2016 with a degree in Secondary Education: History Major and a Theology Major

Family: Bob and Missy, Parents, Chris and Emma, Brother and Sister-in-Law.

Hobbies and Interest: Most sports, Movies, Reading (Comics, Fantasy, and Historical), and Traveling.

nrauger@splcc.org

Ben Browne

7th Grade Homeroom, 6-8 Science

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Sally Dunham

8th Grade Home Room/6th-8th Language Arts/Math Course

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Date started at St. Paul: 2013

Favorite thing about St. Paul: I love the wonderful caring atmosphere, the excellent faculty, and the involved, supportive families we partner with every day.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: I’ve been fortunate to enjoy two careers- one as a foodscience business home economist, and one as a middle school teacher. I get to bring real world experience into the classroom, helping students see the value and answer to their question, “Why do we need to know this?”

College and Degrees: B.S. Iowa State University and  Education/Alternative Certification from Northwest Missouri State University.

sdunham@splcc.org

Shawna Macrander

Guidance/Math Course C/Technology

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Date started at St. Paul: 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Sharing the Gospel of Jesus

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: School Guidance Counselor for SJSD-12 years, Maryville High School Math Teacher, Graduate Assistant, School Counselor Horace Mann Lab School.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph, MO

College and Degrees: Northwest Missouri State University- Bachelors of Science Mathematics  Education, Masters of Science in Education- Guidance Counseling K-12

Family: I am married to my husband, Mark, since 1996. We have 4 children: Josiah and Delaney, Cassidy, and Kelsey.

Hobbies and Interest: Scrap booking, travel, collecting carousel horses, volunteering, shopping, and tutoring.

shawnamacrander@splcc.org

Angela Allison

Librarian

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Wonderful staff

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:

  • Preschool aide- 1 year
  • First Grade Aide- 2 years
  • Kindergarten Aide- 1 year

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Graduated from Missouri Western in May 1997 with a degree in Social Work

 

Family: Husband Jay- married since 1997,  3 daughters:  Lexi,  Emma,  & Gracie

Hobbies and Interest: Reading and scrapbooking

aallison@splcc.org

Leah Meek

Band Teacher & Church Secretary

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Date started at St. Paul: as Secretary, July 2010, started band fall 2011

Favorite thing a bout St. Paul: Christian family atmosphere

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Band Director at Stanberry School 2003-2006, Band/Music Teacher at Troy School 2006-2010

Current Congregation: St. Paul

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Missouri Western State University,  Bachelor of Science in Education, Music Instrumental Emphasis

Family: I have been married to my husband Chris since 2009. We have 2 children, Marley and Michael.

Hobbies and Interest: Gardening and Playing in community bands

secretary@splcc.org

Helen Shade

Choir Director & Music/Handbells Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: September 1997

Favorite thing about St. Paul: That we get to share Jesus every day with children… including those who have not heard His message of salvation.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Organist- Christ Lutheran Church- Platte Woods- 1981-1991
Admin Assistant- Wingert-Jones Music- KCMO- 1983-1992
Co-director- Parents Day Out- Central UMC- KCMO- 1994-1996

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

College and Degrees: William Jewell College- B.S. Church Music and Organ Performance

 

Family: Husband- Lee; son- Kyle- 22 years; daughter- Kayla- 20 years

Hobbies and Interest: Spending time with family and friends, Bible study, travel, scrapbooking, reading, accompanying high school students at district/state contest

shadyhil@stjoelive.com

Lourdes Douglas

Spanish

Greg Dunlap

Industrial Arts

Mary McClanahan

Kindergarten Aid

Patty Benton

Pre-School Aid

Maya Baltzer

Pre-School Aid

Betsy Richey

Pre-School Aid

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