Bethlehem Staff

Bethlehem Lutheran Church & School is blessed with an incredible, faith-filled staff that is dedicated to helping others to be fully alive in Jesus Christ. Below we offer you a chance to get to know a little bit about our congregation and school staff as well as contact them.

Bethlehem Church Staff

Scott Bubke

Director of Operations

I'm a CPA and a graduate of the University of Iowa. I feel honored to work for such an amazing church and school and have been at Bethlehem since 2002. I love the Colorado outdoors and enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and traveling.

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Doug Butte

IT Director

Hi! My name is Doug Butte. I joined the Bethlehem staff as the IT Director in the spring of 2015. I’ve been tinkering around with computers and networks since 2002. Prior to that, I served as a classroom teacher and a youth ministry director before making my shift into the IT field. I grew up in rural Nebraska, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and then moved with my new bride in 1997 to St. Louis, Missouri, where I completed a seminary degree and where we began a family. We moved to the Denver area in 2012. Outside of doing IT tasks, I enjoy coaching high school track and field, spending time with my wife and three kids, and being active outdoors. Other than one year, all of my 14 years in technology have been in schools and churches - so I feel wonderfully at home here at Bethlehem.

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Becky Chaplin

Director of Children's Ministry

My name is Becky Chaplin, and I am the Director of Ministry to Children and their Families here at Bethlehem. My wonderful hometown is in Macomb, Michigan, and I can show you exactly where that is using my hand as a mitten! I recently graduated from Concordia University Ann Arbor (also in the mitten) with a degree in Family Life Ministry and focus on Children’s Ministry. I love to travel and always dreamed of coming to Colorado, so living here now is a dream come true! Some of my favorite things include Vacation Bible School, Zumba dancing, watching movies, Diet Coke, and golden retrievers. My favorite golden retriever in the world is my dog, Charlie, who is back in Michigan with my wonderful parents and younger brother, Andrew. I love my family and I am excited to get to know yours too!

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Tony Creeden

Communications/Marketing

Hey there! I'm Tony and I have a B.A. in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI and an MDiv. from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, MO. I have a passion for expressing the love of Jesus Christ to all people and for the truth of God's Word to be made known throughout the world. I also love using media and pop-culture to challenge you to live the truth of God's Word and encourage you to rest assured in Christ's promise in John 16:33, ``I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.`` I have two amazing kids and I enjoy the arts, playing music, gaming, and I NEVER miss a Red Wings hockey game... ever.

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Sherry Glaubitz

Accounting Assistant, Billing and School Tuition

My name is Sherry Glaubitz and I work in the Finance Department. I have worked in church and school ministries for twelve years, and at Bethlehem since 2010. Prior to that, I worked in Corporate America and then took off about four years to stay home with my son until he started school. I love providing accounting support to our wonderful school families, congregation members and our awesome staff at Bethlehem! Parents call me the “money lady”. I am always happy to talk to families about financial options to help them with their school tuition.

My son, Tyler, is a Bethlehem graduate and I can personally attest to the fabulous teachers and the outstanding academics at Bethlehem. I am married to my husband, Chris, who is a commercial HVAC project estimator. I enjoy traveling, decorating, going to my son’s football games and spending time with my family!

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Nicholas Gonzalez

Pastoral Vicar (Intern)

Hey, what's up? I'm Nicholas Gonzalez, and I am very excited to be serving here at Bethlehem as the Vicar (Pastoral Intern) for the next year! I am originally from Lakewood, New Jersey; so really I'm just moving from one Lakewood to another one. Upon graduating high school, I attended Concordia College - New York. I loved living in New York, and I mean, why wouldn't you, if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere! But my journey took a bit of a different turn as mid-way through my junior year of college, I transferred to Concordia University Wisconsin. Although the transition wasn't the easiest, I made some good friends at CUW and in May of 2015 graduated. After that, my journey took me to St. Louis to start at the Seminary. It has been an amazing 2 years there, but I am glad to have a change of scenery for a year, and what better place to have that than here at Bethlehem in Colorado!

I am really looking forward to being involved at The Table, as well as working with youth ministry this year!

Finally, there are three things that are very important to me and they have all played a major part in who I am today, I call them the three F's. Faith. Family. and Fútbol. Each of these has impacted my journey into the ministry in many and various ways so if you ever want to know more about me, those are a great place to start!

Can't wait to see what God has in store for the year!

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Dave King

Director of Worship Arts

Hi, I’m Dave (don’t call me David). My passion for music started here in Colorado—after years of learning piano as a kid, my local church encouraged me to play bass guitar. I’ve been serving God through my music ever since, sometimes by rocking out with the other instruments and sometimes by leading worship.

Encouraging volunteers to pursue their own passion for music is my favorite thing about my job. I love bragging about our worship arts ministry team members; I am honored to share the platform with them and journey through life with them. I invest individually in every volunteer who demonstrates desire to serve.

I love being at home with my wife, two daughters, dog, and cat.

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David Langewisch

Pastor/Student Ministry

My name is David. For a brief time in high school I was 'Dave', but that was a phase. First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

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Peter Lorenzen

Assistant Director of Worship Arts

Hey. Hi there. It's me, Peter. I have been a member at Bethlehem my whole life, and played piano nearly as long. My absolute favorite things in my life are my wife and two daughters, followed closely by anything music related. It is a blessing to be able to serve the ministry at Bethlehem with music. I greatly enjoy working with all the delightful human beings on staff here at Bethlehem. Besides music, I spend my time with video games and catching snakes for my daughter. That is all. Peace and love.

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Kim Musselman

Church Office Manager

Hi! My name is Kim Musselman, and I have been the Church Office Manager at Bethlehem since 2006. I was baptized as an infant, confirmed and married at Bethlehem, so needless to say, Bethlehem is my home. Following 30 years in the legal and cable television industries, I decided to do what I love most -- Kingdom work! I am a huge Broncos and Rockies fan, and also enjoy a sandy beach and golf (preferably not at the same time!). Bethlehem is my family and I hope you will make it yours!

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Drew Ross

Pastor

Drew is a husband, father, and pastor, who is married to the love of his life, Sarah, and a dad to 3 pretty awesome kids (Espen, Isly, & Esti). He is also committed to connecting the local church into community partnerships, and as many people as possible into a life of becoming fully alive in Jesus. Previously, Drew has served churches in St. Pete / Clearwater, Florida, and St. Louis, MO; even starting new church campuses in Florida and metro St. Louis. Drew and his family like to spend as much time as possible outside exploring, whether on a paddleboard, a long board, snowboard, or ski’s – they all get the job done. Drew is also actively becoming a Bronco’s fan, after suffering through way too many years of Buccaneers misery.

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Jamie Swan

Custodial Office

Hello, my name is Jamie. I have been a part of this body of Christ for 33 years. My wonderful, loving wife of 33 years, Sheryl; brought me out to Colorado after our wedding, and I became active in this beautiful church, school and congregation. I became part of the staff here in 1995 and have been amazed and blessed by how God has brought together all these wonderful people of God to serve this community, through worship in our beautiful sanctuary and chapel, and Christ-centered school. I have been blessed to serve this community; from the 3yr old preschoolers, teachers, and pastors to the 90 years young saints who I have the honor of serving in my ministry support role. My passion for music has allowed me serve as a Worship Arts team member of several singing groups here over the years. I also enjoy using Drama arts to share the love of Christ through our Musicals, and other Christ centered productions over the years as well.

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Dean Von Holdt

Property Manager

I’m Dean von Holdt. My family has been members here since around 1996. My wife, Laurie, grew up at Bethlehem and went to school here. Laurie and I were married here in 1980, and we have three kids- Kyle, Keri and Kody, all who went through Bethlehem School. We have five grandchildren, two of whom live in Colorado and attend Bethlehem School. I’m a fourth generation Coloradoan (my grandmother was born on the corner of 38th and Wadsworth in 1899) and I have lived in only two houses my entire life, one in Lakewood and now in Wheat Ridge. I enjoy all outdoor activities including skiing (I learned to ski at Berthoud Pass ski area for those that remember it), hiking, camping, and especially riding my bicycle all over the state. After getting my degree in construction management from CSU, I spent my career owning and running a large commercial painting company in Denver. I sold the company in 2006 and started my second career here at Bethlehem in 2008. I enjoy the challenges of helping keep this place operational and providing support to the rest of our incredible staff and congregation

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Tim Wendelin

Pastor

Hi, I’m Pastor Tim. I’ve been a part of the Bethlehem family my entire life, 58 years and counting! Born, raised, and educated at Bethlehem’s day school, I went on to high school and then to college in the Denver area. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Master’s degree in Physics and have worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for 36 years. Yes, that’s a long time, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. Several years ago, I felt a pull to the ministry and so went back to school as a student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In early 2016, I was ordained and called as a pastor here at Bethlehem my home church. My wonderful wife Sandy, whom I met here at Bethlehem 28 years ago also serves here at Bethlehem as our Director of Discipleship. My main ministry focus is pastoral care and visitation. For now, I work full time as a research engineer at NREL and part time at Bethlehem providing visitation and pastoral care to those in care centers, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and homes. I also assist with worship on Sunday mornings, teach Bible study and sing with our contemporary worship teams. In my spare time I spend time with my wife and golf. There is a reason I have been at Bethlehem my entire life. This wonderful faith community is my extended family and I pray it can be yours too. May you find the love and gifts of Christ here at Bethlehem!

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Sandy Wendelin

Director of Discipleship

Hi, I’m Sandy and I’ve been around Bethlehem awhile. Some might consider it a long time, but I consider it a joy! I’ve had the opportunity to start my ministry here in Children’s Ministry in the early 80s, work in Assimilation, Small Groups, and our Early Learning Center to name a few areas! I love to create the vision for a ministry, get it going, and when it is chugging along, well… I like to move on to the next thing! I’m so grateful that there have always been ministries at Bethlehem that I get to move on to.

Currently, I do all things Discipleship. We are creating a Discipleship Pathway that causes people to embark on the journey of sharing life with others and growing closer to Jesus Christ. It’s fun, it’s big and I hope you will join us on the pathway!

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Bethlehem School Staff

Allegra Braasch

Music Director/Jr High Math

Career Teaching Experience: 8
Years at Bethlehem: 2
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.A., Education

My name is Allegra Braasch. This is my second year teaching at Bethlehem, but my 9th overall! I am the children's music director and teach Kindergarten through 8th grade music, Algebra, Geometry, and art! I love it here at Bethlehem! I went to school here when I was a kid and couldn't stay away! I have two wonderful children who also attend Bethlehem and they love it as well! I love to sing, dance, organize, camp, water ski, hike and be outside in beautiful Colorado! I also collect ducks! Bethlehem will always be my church home and the place where I get to serve Christ using the gifts He has given me.

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Tim Bradley

Physical Education/K-5 Computers

Career Teaching Experience: 3
Years at Bethlehem: 1
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Secondary Education (Social Studies)

I was born, raised, and currently live in Denver. As a child I was baptized, confirmed, and graduated from Bethlehem Lutheran. I went to high school at Denver Lutheran High school. I graduated from THE Concordia University in Seward, NE in 2012, and came back to Bethlehem Lutheran as a substitute teacher. For the past three years I have been teaching at Shepherd of the Hills Christian School as the Middle School Social Studies and Technology teacher.

I am very excited to be back at Bethlehem (GO BOBCATS!), and welcome the opportunity to establish and build lasting and meaningful relationships with the students, families, and faculty of Bethlehem. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

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Brad Buerck

Middle School Math

Career Teaching Experience: 18
Years at Bethlehem: 2
Academic Degrees: Lutheran Teaching Diploma, BS in education, and MA in teaching Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics, and Educational Leadership: Administration

While I grew up in the Lutheran school system, the 2016-2017 school year saw me accepting my third call, a call to join the ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran School. I have been blessed to be able to serve in Lutheran Education since graduating from Concordia University in 2000. My first call saw me serving at Grace Chapel in the St. Louis, Missouri area, as the fifth grade homeroom teacher and math teacher for seventh grade and the eighth grade Algebra teacher.

It was in St. Louis that I met my wife, Amy. Shortly after we met I took my second call to teach fifth grade at Peace with Christ in Aurora, Colorado. My ministry at Peace with Christ saw me transition from fifth grade homeroom to the middle school math and science teacher calling the eighth grade my home, during my thirteen years of ministry serving the families of their school. During those years I have been blessed to not only be a part of the lives of many families, but have also watched mine grow. Amy and I have been blessed with three healthy boys that are also now part of the Bethlehem community.

When you have three boys, there is not a lot of free time so it is a wonderful thing to say that my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wife and my boys. When I do venture out I enjoy getting in a round of golf or spending time with the friends we have made while in Colorado.

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Elyse Cattau

Kindergarten

Career Teaching Experience: 7
Years at Bethlehem: 7
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.A.: Education

Welcome to Miss Cattau’s Kindergarten class. I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful school.

I was born and raised in Denver. I attended Bethlehem Lutheran, Denver Lutheran High School and graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics minor.

As an avid fan of both the Bronco's and the Rockies, it is great to be back in the Rocky Mountains. I have really enjoyed being back at the school I attended as a child. I am looking forward to see what God has planned for this school year.

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Dan Deardoff Jr

Middle School English

I have been teaching in Lutheran schools for over ten years. I have taught in Chicago, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Nebraska, and now Lakewood. I have been a junior high and high school English teacher as well as one year as a principal. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and my Master’s degree from Concordia Portland, Oregon. I met my wife, Kristen, while at Seward. We have two wonderful children, Jonah and Ellie. I like gaming, biking, and hiking.

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Vera Feistel

School Secretary

Years at Bethlehem: 20
I have been connected with Bethlehem for many years. I am a former student of Bethlehem Lutheran School as well as all my children. I firmly believe that partnering with Bethlehem for my children’s education, both religious and academic, has given them a firm foundation for their faith and life’s journeys. I started as a volunteer at Bethlehem Lutheran School to be near my children, but ended up being hired as the school secretary. I have been a staff member since 1997. I enjoy DIY projects, crafts, camping, and Lake Powell.

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Annette Gallmeyer

Administrative Assistant

Years at Bethlehem: 12
Academic Degrees:
B.A., Secretarial Science
B.A., Court Reporting

Hi, I’m Annette and I’m one of the administrative assistants in the school office. Lutheran education has been in our family for many years. My husband attended a one-room Lutheran school and our children attended Lutheran schools growing up. I enjoy gardening, running and the out of doors. Serving parents, students and staff at Bethlehem is a joy.

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Gretchen Herd

Admissions Director

Bethlehem has been my church home since 2001 and my place of employment since 2004. Currently I am the Admissions Director of Bethlehem Lutheran School. My passion is connecting families to our School, Early Learning Center, and Summer Camp – if you want to know anything about these amazing ministries just give me a call! My family consists of a wonderful husband, Chad, and three amazing sons, Cameron, Jackson, and Grayson. All three of our boys attended Bethlehem Lutheran School.

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Martha Hischke

5th Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 32
Years at Bethlehem: 18
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Education
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction

I have had the privilege of being involved with Christian education for almost 32 years. Teaching God's children in Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and here in Colorado has brought great joy. My husband and I have two married children that live in the Denver area. Spending time with family, grandchildren, hiking, running, reading, and ATVing fills any free time. Jesus brings joy to life!

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Kris Hock

4th Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 39
Years at Bethlehem: 39
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Education
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction

I am blessed . . .
to have taught my whole career at Bethlehem with an awesome God-fearing staff.
to be able to participate in outdoor activities including running 5K’s (never the same one twice, except for the Bobcat Boogie, of course), fishing, and camping.
to have a wonderful family: husband Cory, daughter Jessie with husband Lance and two “great” grandsons, and son Jared.
with wonderful Bible study and Book Club friends.

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Sara Ipatenco

1st Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 7
Years at Bethlehem: 4
Academic Degrees:
B.A. Child Development and Elementary Education
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia Seward

This is my sixth year of teaching, four of which have been at Bethlehem, though with a nine year break to stay home with my two children, Amelia and William, who both attend Bethlehem. My children are sixth generation Lutherans! I'm blessed to be back at such a great school! 'Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts!' 2 Corinthians 9:15

I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Denver, and my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from the University of Denver. I also have a Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. While home with my kids, I wrote and published several articles about education, parenting, health, and nutrition.

I am married to my husband, Rob, who is a fire inspector for Fairmount Fire Department. I enjoy reading, sewing, crafts, gardening, cooking, and spending lots of time with my family riding bikes, taking trips to the mountains, and traveling, especially to places near the ocean.

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Yvette Kampschnieder

3rd Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 23
Years at Bethlehem: 15
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Education
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
Reading Specialist Certificate

I’m incredibly lucky to have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade over the past 23 years. I also had the special privilege of filling in as a principal for a year! I’m a Jesus lover, mother of 3, wife, teacher, friend, sister, daughter, coffee junkie, book hoarder, Pinterest addict, classroom theme fanatic, and passionate about everything related to school learning!

Outside of school I love spending time with my three children who attend Bethlehem, camping in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, hiking everywhere, reading, discovering new places, and dancing to loud music!

I received my Reading Specialist Certificate from Regis University in May of 2017. My love for reading and helping children learn has led to a new position in 2017. I will be the Reading Specialist for Bethlehem beginning in the fall of 2017. I look forward to helping students reach their God-given potential through systematic, explicit, differentiated instruction and assessment. Corinthians 12:7-11 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

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Nathan Richter

Principal/Administrator

I have been in Lutheran education for 17 years and a principal for 11. I have worked in Lutheran schools in San Antonio, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Decatur, Illinois and now Lakewood, Colorado. My Bachelor Degree is from Concordia in Seward, NE (Go Bulldogs) and my two Master’s Degrees are from Concordia in Austin, Texas (Go Tornadoes). I love running, hiking, golfing, hunting, and climbing 14ers.

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Linda Roybal

Middle School Social Studies

Career Teaching Experience: 25
Years at Bethlehem: 18
Academic Degrees
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Secondary Education (English/Social Studies)
Diploma in Nursing, R.N.

I have been a teacher at Bethlehem Lutheran school since 1998 where I have taught social studies, language arts, Spanish, art, and Latin. I also had an 18 year career as a registered nurse with a primary focus in emergency medicine and labor and delivery. I have four awesome children and three wonderful grandchildren. I enjoy reading, gardening, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and love to spend time with my pets. I have been blessed to be able to work in a place where the main thing (Jesus) is keeping the main thing (Jesus), the main thing (Jesus). It has been the great joy of my life to be able to work with the many wonderful young people who have touched my life over the years.

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Barb Schamp

1st Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 33
Years at Bethlehem: 31
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.A., Education
M.A., Diverse Learner

I have been teaching for 34 years.I taught 2 years in Port Huron, Michigan and 32 years here at Bethlehem. I have taught first grade, a first- second grade class, second grade and third grade. My undergraduate degree is from Concordia, Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. I have a Masters of Education in the Diverse Learner from the University of Phoenix. I have been married to Randall for 30 years and have 2 grown children, Josie (27) and Mariah (23). Ilike bowling, snowshoeing, reading, sewing, and spending time with my family.

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Paula Schwartz

Kindergarten

Career Teaching Experience: 32
Years at Bethlehem: 25
Academic Degrees:
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.S., Education

I have taught kindergarten at Bethlehem for 25 years. I also have taught third and fourth grades and coached sports in Minnesota, Florida, and Denver, Colorado. I received my Bachelor of Science degree and Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. I have taken graduate courses in Early Childhood curriculum and development. I have my Colorado Professional Teacher License.

My husband, Gary, teaches in the Early Learning Center at Bethlehem and our son is a Bethlehem graduate. Our son, his wife, and our three grandchildren live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I enjoy spending time visiting our son and his family, hiking in our beautiful mountains, swimming, collecting Mickey Mouse and teddy bear items, and visiting antique stores.

It is a joy to work at a school that teaches about Jesus and will Love On our students and families.

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Lisa Taylor

Middle School Science

Career Teaching Experience: 13
Years at Bethlehem: 1
Lutheran Teacher Diploma
B.A., Education
Hello! My name is Lisa Taylor and I am the middle school Science teacher at Bethlehem. I also teach an elective period of Spanish. I was born and raised outside of Chicago, IL and have been a life-long Lutheran. I have 4 children who bring me great joy as well as two little grandchildren!
I love riding my bike, traveling, and reading. In the last three years I have cruised to the Bahamas, gone to China, and had adventures in Costa Rica!
I am so blessed to be a part of the ministry at Bethlehem!

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Kim von Holdt

2nd Grade

Career Teaching Experience: 17
Years at Bethlehem: 2
Academic Degrees: Lutheran Teaching Diploma, BS in education, and MA in teaching Curriculum and Instruction

I am in my seventeenth year of teaching this year, and all of those years have been in Lutheran education. I have taught in Nebraska (student teaching), Australia (student teaching), Missouri, and Colorado. I have been teaching in Colorado for the past eleven years and loving it! I taught third grade for fifteen years prior to coming to Bethlehem to teach second grade. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Seward, NE. My Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction is from the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS. In addition to being a teacher, I am a Child of God, wife, stepmother, daughter, sister, friend, and so much more! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the mountains (Estes Park is my favorite), scrapbooking, travelling, watching movies, and reading.

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Early Learning Center Staff

Steven Bell

Team Teacher: Ocean Room

I have been working at Bethlehem in the Childwatch program, Summer Camp program, and as an ELC teacher since 2007. I went to Bethlehem as a kid and have been blessed to be able to come back and teach here. I received my Bachelor degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I just got engaged and will be getting married in March of 2017. I love the Kansas Jayhawks, watching college basketball, and playing golf.

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Jill Bobb

Team Teacher

I have been a Bethlehem ELC teacher for seven months, but have worked with children ages 2 years old to 11 years old for about 17 years, both in a classroom setting and as a nanny. I have been married to my husband Josh for almost 10 years. We have 2 boys that attend Bethlehem Lutheran School; Caleb who is 10 years old and Connor who is 7 years old.

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Rhonda Broscheit

Team Teacher: Mountain Room

I love working here at Bethlehem with the young children. My family has long standing ties with Bethlehem, my husband and my three girls all have attend school here. I have over 10 years of experience in a preschool setting. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. I love being with my family especially in our beautiful Colorado mountains. Our favorite place together is the Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs.

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Judy Crater

Team Teacher: Mountain Room

I have been an ELC teacher at Bethlehem for 17 years. I have also worked in Childwatch. I have been married to my husband, Mike for 32 years. We have 3 adult children, Jenni, Kim and Matt. I have 3 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kellen and Aiden. In what little free time I have, I like home remodeling and Bollywood movies.

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Lauren Dowds

ELC/CHILDWATCH ADMINSTRATOR

HI! I’m Lauren. I am so excited to be back at Bethlehem! I actually attended Bethlehem as a student from 4th grade - 8th grade (Go Bobcats!). I went to Denver Lutheran High (Go Lights!) for high school. In 2013, I graduated from Metropolitan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I absolutely LOVE working with kids and their families and have been doing for over a decade. My favorite part of my job is getting to see the kids as they grow in all aspects of their lives, but especially watching their faith grow. I’m a book nerd and spend most of my free time reading. I enjoy hiking and running in the beautiful Colorado weather. I’m grateful to get to be back home here at Bethlehem!

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Suke Gnagy

Preschool Director: Ocean Room

I have been a Lutheran teacher for 39 years working with preschool, kindergarten, and first graders. I received my Bachelor Degree from Concordia in Seward, Nebraska and later my Preschool Director’s License from Red Rocks College.
I met my husband Scott while in college and we’ve been married for 37 years. We have a son Zach and a daughter Hannah. Hannah and her husband Jarod have blessed us with two adorable granddaughters named Samantha and Madilyn.
Besides spending time with my granddaughters, I love to read, watch movies, and go to the beach.
The Ocean Room is a perfect place for me!!

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Marlene Hilbrecht

Team Teacher: Sky Room

Who says you have to grow up? I have loved playing with kids of all ages for almost 28 years now. I help lead the coolest summer camp program in lakewood. My love is being a preschool teacher here at Bethlehem for almost 8 years now. My husband mike I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. We have 3 wonderful children Rebecca , Justin, and Rachel.

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Cathy Koeltzow

Team Teacher: Mountain Room

I have been at Bethlehem for 19 years. I love working with children. They are always surprising me and a constant source of joy. I have worked with all ages but have found my true love with the new 2 year old program. The Jungle Room is a fitting name with all the monkey business that goes on.

I am married with 2 wonderful children and 2 grandchildren. I love to garden, fish camp, and can the veggies we grow.

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Tori Langewisch

Team Teacher: Island Room; ELC Nurse

Career Teaching Experience: 5
Years at Bethlehem: 11
Academic Degrees:B.S., Nursing, R.N.; M.A., Early Childhood Education

I have been at Bethlehem for my entire life! I attended school here, Bethlehem was my first job when I turned 16, and I never left. I have a great passion for children and love seeing their eyes light up when they learn something for the first time. I further have the privilege of using my skills as the nurse for the early learning center. When I am not here (which is pretty rare!) I enjoy making anything and everything from food to kitchen tables, singing, dancing, hiking, eating, playing board games, and building with Legos. My husband John also attended Bethlehem, and we have a rambunctious fur baby named Sampson.

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Sherri Lowrey

Team Teacher: Jungle Room

Years at Bethlehem: 2 years
Education: BA in Art Education from McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois

Hi! I'm Sherri, and I moved to Colorado in November, 2012 with my husband, Monte after retiring from the Air Force. God has blessed us with a wonderful son and daughter, and 4 fabulous grandchildren! One of my granddaughters is a student at Bethlehem Lutheran School and we meet in the hallways on occasion!

After receiving my BA, I taught art in a Home School Co-Op for 2 years, for children 5 years through 17 years old. 2 years ago I began working in ELC aftercare and joined the new 2 year old class (Jungle Room) when it opened in March of 2015. Teaching 2 year olds is a blessing and I have learned so much from the other ELC teachers, who are supportive and loving to students, staff, parents and are a true family of believers.

When school began this fall, I began teaching Art to grades 6th-8th, one hour a day and cannot express how thrilled I am to share with my new students the passion I have for the creative process.

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Debra Nathan

Team Teacher: Jungle Room


What a blessing it is to be a part of Bethlehem ELC! I attended Bethlehem 1st through 8th grade and loved it so much that I married a classmate (at Bethlehem) and we baptized and sent our four children to Bethlehem. Two of our children have also been married at Bethlehem. Having two granddaughters (also baptized here) gives me the practice I need for being with two-year olds in the Jungle Room. Sharing Jesus with toddlers is very rewarding . I am reminded every day about the importance of having faith like a child. Bethlehem is a wonderful place to watch the blessings of God's love blossom in His children. I am honored to serve here.

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Gary Schwartz

Team Teacher: Forest Room


Career Teaching Experience: 14
Years at Bethlehem: 6

I have taught middle school and coached in Lutheran schools in Minnesota, Florida, and Denver, Colorado. I have been blessed to have taught preschool children for the past six years in the Early Learning Center at Bethlehem. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and my Lutheran Teacher Diploma. I have my Early Learning Certificate from Colorado.

My wife, Paula, teaches kindergarten at Bethlehem and our son is a Bethlehem graduate.
Our son, Richard, his wife Jennifer, and our three grandchildren Calvin, Emma, and Eldon live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I enjoy visiting our son and his family. I love the Colorado outdoors and enjoy biking, hiking, and fishing.

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Kristin Stroope

Team Teacher: Sky Room

I grew up at Bethlehem, going to both school and church here. I love it so much that I am blessed to be back as a teacher. I graduated with a BA in Human Development from Metropolitan State University. I have been teaching at Bethlehem for 7 years. My passion is teaching children and it brings me so much joy to watch them learn and grow throughout the year. Our classroom is never without finger paint and glitter and learning through play and getting a little messy is what preschool is all about!

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Isaac for 5 years and we have a beautiful 1 year old daughter. I love to travel, shop, decorate, swim, snorkel, play games, do crafts, and bake!

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