Early Childhood Staff
Denise Kegley (click any name or photo to email a staff member)
Early Childhood Programs Director & 3K/4K Classroom Lead Teacher
Denise Kegley is one of the newest members of the First Immanuel family. This is her second year teaching students in our 3K/4K school day class. Before coming First Immanuel, Denise spent 25 years
teaching all grades within her PK-6th grade teaching license. During her time at Our Redeemer Lutheran in Wauwatosa she taught second grade for 11 years, first grade for five years, and one year in the 3K/4K classroom. Before that she spent a year in 3rd and 4th grade at Oklahoma Avenue Lutheran and six years at Good Shepherd Lutheran, as 3K/4K and Kindergarten teacher, principal and a combined 3rd-5th grade classroom. Her first year teaching was 3rd grade, in a public school.
Denise graduated from the LCMS SLeD (School Leadership Development program) in 2014. She earned her Colloquy through Concordia-Mequon in 2003. Denise completed her MSE in Early Childhood Education from CUW in 1999 and her BSE in Early Childhood from UW-Whitewater in 1990. In 2011, Denise was the SWD Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Denise brings a passion for innovative strategies utilizing technology, literature, music and fun into her classroom.
Denise is married to Dustin. They enjoy bike riding and car trips together. Denise bagpipes in two bagpipe bands, playing for everything from funeral services to weddings, graduations, and National Fallen Police Officers and Fire Fighters memorials. She has played viola in the Menomonee Falls Symphony and the Beloit/Janesville Symphony.
4K Classroom Lead Teacher
Creating an environment that’s focused on learning, fellowship, fun and faith is the primary goal for the 4K classroom.
Daily 4K learning and socialization opportunities include worship time, circle time, center activities, art activities, book looks, music, movement, library time and chapel. The class day is a balance of individual, small group, and large group experiences incorporating many types of activities. Our 4K classroom is blessed to integrate technology through an iMac, several ipads and a SMARTboard. The 4K school year includes highlights such as a visit to Witte’s Vegetable Farm, our Noah’s Ark Costume Party, Fall Fun Day at Cedar Creek Park, Thanksgiving Celebration, Early Childhood Christmas Service, Happy Birthday Jesus Party, field trip to Home Depot, We Love Jesus Valentine’s Day Party, Easter Blessings Egg Hunt, Muffins with Mom, Drop off with Dad, field trip to Mequon Nature Preserve, and Springtime End of Year Picnic.
Mrs. Welzien graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in education, and has more than 14 years of teaching experience. Her family includes her husband Jim and daughter Megan, who attended First Immanuel Lutheran School.
"I am blessed to spend my days surrounded by smiles. When students come to First Immanuel they bring such joy and enthusiasm. Their love for Jesus is evident. They know Him and they know He leads our family here at FILS. “
Mrs. Cathy Fox
4K Classroom Teacher Aide
Mrs. Bridget Zautner
2K/3K Classroom Teacher Aide
Ms. Maria Steingart
3K Classroom Lead Teacher
Maria brings to us seven years of early childhood experience. Most recently, she was a lead teacher in our Extended Care/Summer Care Program. Maria is a Grafton native and mom to Nikolai who attends our school. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing with Nikolai. Her family loves to go parks, ride bikes, hike, and enjoy the many events our community has to offer. Her philosophy for education has always been to make learning hands on, exciting and fun, through literacy, music and multi modal activities. Maria feels blessed to be part of such a faith-filled school and can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with her students!
3K Classroom Teacher Aide
2K Classroom Lead Teacher
A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin Martina brings years of early childhood experience to the classroom. Her educational background and know-how for creating an environment where even the youngest learners are encouraged to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually are the building blocks of the program.