Mrs. Walker became the principal of First Immanuel in 2010, but she has been a positive force in our school since she came to FILS as a middle school science teacher in 2004. She has a passion for Christian education and her top priority is developing every student into a successful well-rounded young person--academically, artistically, physically, socially and spiritually.
One of Mrs. Walker’s strengths is her commitment to maintaining open communication between herself, teachers, parents and students. Her door is always open for anyone who wants to ask questions, express a concern, make a suggestion, or just say hi. Another is her total commitment to assuring that First Immanuel stays on the cutting edge of education, programming and technology.
In addition to her duties as principal, Mrs. Walker is committed to staying connected to the classroom, so she continues to teach one section of 6th grade religion.
Mrs. Walker graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1991, with a bachelor’s degree in education, certified for teaching life science and psychology in grades 6-12. She received her master’s degree in education from Concordia in 1995. Prior to coming to First Immanuel, she served at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, Concordia University Wisconsin and Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, IL.
Mrs. Walker grew up in Collinsville, IL, in a family of Christian educators. She now lives in Grafton with her husband Jeff, who serves as a football coach at Concordia University Wisconsin, her daughter Keri, who attends Living Word Lutheran High School (LWLHS), and her son TD who attends Jacksonville University. When she is not at school she coaches volleyball at LWLHS and spends time cheering for her kids in their athletic pursuits.
"We can use God’s Word as a direction for the students when they are coping with life’s issues in the classroom, on the athletic court, on the playground and when they are outside the walls of First Immanuel. It is this kind of training – using God’s Word as a guide for life – that I hope will stay with our students forever.”