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 BubkeDirector 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.
Doug ButteIT 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.
Becky ChaplinDirector of Children's Ministry
My name is Becky Chaplin, and I'm the Director of Ministry to Children and their Families here at Bethlehem. Growing up I always knew I wanted to teach, but I wasn't sure how. But I knew I loved teaching Vacation Bible School, and from there I discovered how much I enjoy serving in kids' ministry. I grew up in Macomb, Michigan and then graduated from Concordia University Ann Arbor with a degree in Family Life Ministry and focus on Children’s Ministry. I love traveling and always dreamed of coming to Colorado, so living here is a dream come true! Some of my favorite things include Vacation Bible School (I have a collection of VBS themed buckets in my office, come check it out!), dancing, watching movies, and golden retrievers. My favorite golden retriever in the world is my dog, Charlie, who is back in Michigan with my parents and younger brother, Andrew. I love my family and I am excited to get to know yours too!
Sherry GlaubitzAccounting Assistant Billing & 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!
Sarah InfanteHuman Resources Coordinator
Hi! My name is Sarah Infante and I'm the Human Resources Coordinator at Bethlehem. I hold a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology both from Michigan State University. Coming from the mid-west, I'm a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan and was absolutely thrilled when they won the World Series in 2016 after 108 years. My husband, children and I moved to Colorado, from Michigan a few years prior and we couldn't be happier. We have fallen in love with Colorado; both the landscape and the people. I joined the staff in the fall of 2017. What I love most about my job is helping our amazing employees become even more amazing and fully alive in Jesus, through their service to others.
Dave KingDirector 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.
David LangewischPastor/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.
Peter LorenzenAssistant 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.
Kim MusselmanChurch 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!
Dean Von HoldtProperty 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
Tim WendelinPastor Of Care
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!
Sandy WendelinDirector 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!
Brenden HarrellVicar-Pastoral Intern
Hi, my name is Brenden Harrell. I am the current Vicar here at Bethlehem. Being a Vicar means that I am a student Pastor. I am currently in my third year of Education from Concordia Seminary St. Louis. I have been interested in ministry for a long time. Ever since I was twelve I have felt the tug on my heart to serve God in His church. It has been amazing to see the wonderful things He is doing in all the places I have had the honor to serve and grow up. I grew up in Virginia just a little outside of Washington D.C. After graduating high school I went to Regent University to earn my Undergraduate in Psychology. My beautiful wife and I just recently got married in May and have been loving our time here in Colorado before we go back to St. Louis to finish the last year of my Seminary education
Renee HarperMarketing and Communications
Hi, my name is Renee Harper and I am the Marketing and Communications Director here at Bethlehem. We've attended church here for almost 19 years. Within the last year, God opened the door for my youngest son, Aidan to attend school here, as well as the position to work here.. and I am so blessed to serve on staff. I love that I get the opportunity to spread our "Love On" message to the community through many avenues. My husband Brian and I have two boys, Ashe and Aidan. I love camping in our little 64 Shasta travel trailer in the summer, as well as cooking, gardening, and if I'm lucky....laughing.
Allegra BraaschMusic Director
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.
Brad BuerckMiddle 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. 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.
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.
Gretchen HerdAdmissions 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.
Martha Hischke4th 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!
Sara Ipatenco1st 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
Yvette KampschniederReading Specialist
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.
Sherri LowreyK-8th Grade Art
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.
Nathan RichterPrincipal / 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.
Linda RoybalMiddle School English and 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.
Barb Schamp5th 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.
My teaching experience at Bethlehem has been teaching kindergarten. 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 Nebraska. I enjoy spending time visiting them, hiking, swimming, fishing, and collecting teddy bear and Mickey Mouse items It is a joy to work at a school that teaches about Jesus and “Loves On” our students and families.
Robbin Skraznas3rd Grade
Career Teaching Experience: 24 Years at Bethlehem: 11 Hi! I'm Robbin Skraznas, 3rd grade teacher. I earned a Bachelor's Degree from Metro State in 1993, have taken a number of Master's level courses, completed the Lutheran Teacher Colloquy program through Concordia - Irvine in 2000, and have even worked as an editor for a children's book series. This is my 11th year teaching at BLS, and I'm thrilled to be in the Lord's ministry once again! I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades here from 2000-2009 during the time my children (Justin and Sarah Kitashima) attended. I also have experience teaching 1st grade, as well as 5th and 6th grade math. Having also taught in public, charter, and private schools, I love partnering with parents for their child's benefit throughout the school year - particularly in a Christ-filled setting. The energy and enthusiasm for learning students bring to class motivates me to do the same. I'm recently married to Rob, and we love God's gorgeous creation here in Colorado. We also enjoy working on home improvement projects together.
Lisa TaylorMiddle School Science
Career Teaching Experience: 15 Years at Bethlehem: 3 Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia University, Chicago 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 and am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Education for Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
Kim Von Holdt2nd 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.
Elysa MeinekeAdministrative Assistant
Hi! Although I may be a newer face to the School Office, I am no stranger to the halls of Bethlehem. It is my home away from home. Not only did I go here as a student myself from preschool through 8th grade, my mom taught at Bethlehem for 37 years, and my dad is currently working in Maintenance Operations for the building. Bethlehem is also my church home. I was born and raised here in Colorado and couldn't imagine any better place to raise my family. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Michael, and together we have two children – Aynsley and Ryker. Both of my children attend school here as well. When not at school, my family and I can usually be found camping, hiking, exploring, and enjoying the great outdoors! I’m so excited be here and can’t wait to get to know you all!
Mari WolfSchool Secretary
Hello and thank you for welcoming me to the Bethlehem family. I am so excited to be working in the school office! I received my BLS through Metro State, graduating in 2010, and have a passion for working with children. I come from a strong background of administration in a pediatric clinic and previously I supported a child psychiatry specialty clinic. I grew up in Colorado and my Spouse, Robert, and I have chosen Lakewood, CO as home to raise our two children. Our family likes to enjoy our time together at the zoo, museum, or one of the many parks that Colorado has to offer. You may see our daughter, Malia, in the halls at Bethlehem. Her brother Alano cannot wait to be by her side. I look forward to partnering with you and your family to continue a positive educational experience at Bethlehem. "
Early Learning Center Staff
Jill BobbTeam 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.
Judy CraterTeam Teacher Mountain Room
My name is Judy Crater and I am one of the teachers in the Mountain Room. The children call me Miss Judy. I have been an ELC teacher at Bethlehem for 20 years. I have also worked in Childwatch. I have been married to my husband, Mike for 35 years. We have 3 adult children, Jenni, Kim and Matt. I have 4 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kellen, Ari and Aiden. We have one grandson on the way. In what little free time I have, I like home remodeling. I look forward to getting to know your child.
Cathy KoeltzowTeam 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.
Lauribeth RoemerELC Director
My love for the Lord and His little ones has brought me to this place and time with you. I am grateful for my rich Lutheran heritage. There is a town and church in Norway inscribed with my family name, dated 1200 AD. My great-great aunt was a Deaconess and missionary from Norway to the United States, then on to China. I was baptized and confirmed in our Lutheran church in a tiny town of 300 people in the Red River Valley of the North. I was so in love with the Lord in high school that I started a youth group called ‘Jesus Rap’. This is a shocker- it was before anyone even used the word ‘rap’! My undergrad degrees are in Art/Art History from Concordia Lutheran College in Minnesota. My ECE education and director’s certificate was earned at ACC. I earned dual Masters’ degrees in Creative Writing and Conflict Management from Regis University. My career experiences include home-educating my children through their formative years, teaching preschool and pre-kindergarten, serving as Executive Director of a non-profit child care center, and directing a Lutheran preschool for 5 years in Golden. My passion is worship! Worship of our Lord- through His glorious creation, through ministry of music, through the eyes of His dear, little children, and through His powerful and life-changing Word.
Gary SchwartzTeam Teacher Bear Room
My teaching experience at Bethlehem has been as a lead teacher in the Early Learning Center. I have taught middle school and coached sports in Lutheran schools in Minnesota, Florida, and Denver, Colorado. I received my Bachelor of Science degree and my Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. I also have an Early Learning Certificate from Colorado. My wife, Paula, teaches kindergarten at Bethlehem and our son is a Bethlehem graduate. Our son, his wife, and our three grandchildren live in Nebraska and we enjoy visiting them. I love the Colorado outdoors, especially biking, hiking, and fishing. I am blessed to teach God’s precious children and share the love of Jesus every day.
Kristin StroopeTeam 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!
Hello! My name is Jennifer Harris. I am currently a teacher in the Mountain Room with the 3 year olds. I work in there with Judy Crater, and we have a blast teaching Bible stories, doing art projects, reading out loud, playing outside and more! I have a background in home education as well as a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I enjoy teaching students of all ages! I home educated my own 6 children and now am enjoying the opportunity to teach here at Bethlehem.
Hi! My name is Eliza Martinez and I have been a Bethlehem member since 2000. I have a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master's degree in psychology from Regis University. I have taught PE and computers and was a substitute teacher the last two years. This year I am blessed to be teaching in the ELC in the Forest Room. I am married and have 3 boys, all of whom started their education at Bethlehem and have or will continue through 8th grade. I love to share the joy and love of Jesus with kids of all ages! In my free time I like to read, sew, hike and spend time with my family. My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 - "have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Kacee BurkeELC Teacher
Hi! My Name is Mrs. Kacee Burke! I am one of the teachers in the Forest Room for the 2018-2019 school year! This will be my 1st year teaching in the ELC and I am excited to make this the best year yet! I have my Bachelors Degree in History, with a minor in Social Worker, my Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and this Spring I will be continuing my education and pursing my Elementary Education licensure from Metropolitan State University. However, this is not my first year in education, I previously worked for a neighboring district for 4 years, providing students K-12 with behavior interventions and support. Prior to my work with Intervention Services, I was a Social Caseworker for close to 10 years for one of the largest counties in Colorado. I have always worked with children in one aspect or another, but God called me to Bethlehem this past Spring. I have been married for almost 6 years to my husband Dan. We were blessed with our tiny miracle Jacob in 2014. The 3 of us love to watch Bronco games, play with our Jack Russell Terrier- Riley and spend time with our families.
Greetings! My husband, Rus, and I have three grown children and two grandchildren. Our family is blessed every day with the faith and goodness of Bethlehem. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and my Master’s in Library Science is from the University of Denver. I retired after 17 years as a youth librarian, offering storytimes and programming for young children that develop their early literacy skills. Teaching the children in our Early Learning Center is a joy because I can give these skills to your children each day that we are together. Early literacy skills are the the things that young children need to know before they are ready to learn how to read and write. These skills include knowledge of the ABCs, the ability to hear the sounds that make up words, enjoyment of books and how to use them, a large vocabulary, recognition of the print words in their environment, and how to tell a story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. This sounds like a lot to accomplish with children in the few short years before first grade, but it happens naturally in your daily life with your child. How? When you talk, sing, read, write, and play with your child, you are developing their early literacy skills! I am so happy to be a part of Bethlehem Lutheran School and to share these activities with your children!
Hi there! My name is Katie Harrell. I am the wife of the current vicar (pastoral intern) at Bethlehem, and we are both so excited to be in Colorado this year. We got married this past May and being a part of Bethlehem has been a complete blessing. I’m especially excited to be a part of the ELC team! I have had a passion for education from a very young age and went to Concordia New York where I graduated with a degree in elementary education with a specialization in theology. It is such a joy to be a part of the team and get to spend every day exploring new things with little ones.
Kristen RobertsIsland Room
Hi, my name is Kristin Roberts and I am a teacher in the Island Room. I am a Colorado native. I am married to a wonderful man named Allen, and we have three beautiful children. All of our children attend Bethlehem. Aidan is in 1st grade, Asher is in the Bear Room, and Addelyn is in the Jungle Room. My husband attended Bethlehem, so we feel very blessed to raise our children in the same environment. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in Elementary Education. After college, I taught 4th grade at Rocky Mountain Elementary. I then spent a couple of years at Pleasant View Elementary. I took a few years off to stay home with my kids, and now that they are all school-age, I am excited to be back working with kiddos!
Michelle MarinoOcean Room
Hi! My name is Michelle Marino and I am one of the co-teachers in the Ocean Room. I’m originally from the tiny state of Connecticut where I grew up on the beaches of Long Island Sound. I was a swimmer for all my life and was lucky enough to swim for the University of Connecticut and graduated from there with a degree in Therapeutic Recreational Services. Right after college, I worked on a pediatric unit for a year before deciding to move to Colorado for a change of scenery. I worked in the geriatric field for over 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom for 18 months. I missed working and decided it was time to go back, however I wanted to go back to working with children. I have been married over 10 years and have three kids. I love to run, ski and staying active with my family!