Ms. Pfeiffer's kindergarten classroom is a cheerful place where learning is fun. The children in Ms. Pfeiffer's classroom feel safe and know they are loved--by both their teacher and their Savior. In this class children develop not only their foundational reading and math skills, but also their understanding of the world around them, their sense of humor, and their Christian faith.
Special activities that take place in Mrs. Pfeiffer's class include a trip to see a play at First Stage Theater, a visit to the Fire Department, a trip to the Police Department, a trip to Bookworm Gardens and the annual Early Childhood Christmas Service. Students also have "Gym Buddies" with the middle school students making that activity extra special for both groups of students.
Ms. Pfeiffer was truly called by God to teach … God gave her the gift of teaching and the patience to do it, and she has never wanted to do anything else. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a degree in Elementary Education, majoring in English and Human Performance. Ms. Pfeiffer is starting her 17th year of teaching, 15 of which have been at First Immanuel.
When Ms. Pfeiffer is not in the classroom, she serves as First Immanuel’s wedding coordinator and participates in the Adult Handbell Choir. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her two daughters: Sydney and Erin both who attend Living Word Lutheran High School.
“I thank God every day for all the dedicated Christian teachers I had in elementary school, high school, and even college. I pray that I can make that kind of an impact on my students and help them become well-rounded Christians.”
Mrs. Jackson uses the perfect mix of empathy, discipline, organization and fun to ensure our students first year in our Elementary School is successful and satisfying. She helps children know that a lot is expected of them, and assures they have the academic and social skills necessary to achieve their goals.
Mrs. Jackson is a very hands-on, active teacher, and one of the reasons she loves teaching at First Immanuel is because the small class sizes in the elementary school allow her to give attention to the needs of each and every student. She strives to make sure she always reaches every kind of learner--whether they are visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic.
When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. Jackson enjoys scrapbooking, watching the Packers, and volleyball. In the fall, she coaches First Immanuel’s 5th grade volleyball team.
Mrs. Jackson is one of four teachers that went to First Immanuel as children, then grew up, went to college, and returned to teach here. She has a degree in elementary and early childhood education from Concordia University Wisconsin, and more than 26 years of teaching experience. She and her husband Mike live in Cedarburg. They have two adult children.
“God has been so good to me and I want others to experience the same special relationship with their Lord and Savior that I have. That’s why I’ve chosen to work at a parochial school. Children help me see the simplicity of God’s love and remind me of what is important.”
Mrs. Behling is a warm and upbeat educator who is passionate about helping children grow in knowledge, productivity, responsibility, experience and service. She leads by example, and loves to see her students grow in all aspects of their lives … academically, socially and spiritually.
One of Mrs. Behling’s strengths is her ability to help her students see the practical applications of the things they learn in school. She believes that students learn best when they are engaged and involved in their learning, so she makes sure that every lesson involves a variety of activities that reach every type of learner. She also helps students learn that it is OK to make mistakes, and that making mistakes can be a great way to learn.
Some of the interesting activities that go on in Mrs. Behling's class include an apple unit that includes a trip to an apple orchard, a Dr. Seuss unit, a unit that helps students explore their own neighborhood, and a trip to see a play at First Stage Theater.
Mrs. Behling has a BA in elementary education and an MA in school counseling. She has 10 years of teaching experience, and previously taught 3 years at one of the largest Lutheran schools in our area, Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland. She lives in Cedarburg with her husband Jason, stepson Jake and baby boy, John. When she is not spending time with her family or at school, you can usually find her training for a marathon.
“I live by Proverbs 3:5-6: 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.'"
Mrs. Kison wants the time children spend in her classroom to be enjoyable, and she really fosters a love of learning. She is patient, empathetic and fair, and she expects each child to achieve to their full potential. She makes sure her students get lots of positive feedback, so each child knows that he or she is a good kid with unique gifts, valued by her and by God. Her goal is to have children ask at the end of each day, “Is it already time to go?”
Mrs. Kison focuses on life skills in addition to academics, helping each child learn to be more organized, handle responsibility, and try new things. She’s great at helping her students apply the things they learn in class to real life. She values the opportunity to teach at a Christian school, where she can apply God’s word and Christian ideals to those “real life” lessons.
Some of the special activities that happen in Mrs. Kison’s class include a “Poetry Café,” going to a First Stage play, making Christmas gifts for loved ones, a Flat Stanley unit where kids send their own “flat selves” on a travel adventure, and a trip to Shalom Nature Center.
Mrs. Kison is one of four teachers that went to First Immanuel as children, then grew up, went to college, and returned to teach here. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago and has taught for over 25 years. She and her husband Ed live in Cedarburg and have 4 grown children. She has been very active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and 4-H.
“The education of our minds and our souls can be done within the same classroom. I want the Lord to use my words and actions to guide the children and help each child reach his or her full potential.”
Mrs. Schaubs’ classroom is a loving place where children learn to stretch themselves and grow in a safe environment. Children come to class filled with excitement and anticipation for what the day will bring, and they can always count on Mrs. Schaubs for a smile and a hug. Still, Mrs. Schaubs is no push-over, and in her class children learn how to meet classroom expectations, follow a routine, and listen to instruction.
Second grade has a full curriculum including science, social studies, math and reading in addition to religion class. Mrs. Schaubs uses many techniques to make her lessons come to life. She really focuses on educating the whole child--academically, artistically, socially, physically and spiritually.
Mrs. Schaubs graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in elementary education and a focus in speech and drama. She has taught for over 31 years the majority of them at First Immanuel. As a teacher, her mission is based on the Great Commission in Matthew 28, and her ultimate goal is to bring the gospel to the children in her class.
Mrs. Schaubs was born in Milwaukee, and throughout her childhood slowly moved north until, as a sophomore in high school, she moved to Chilton and met her future husband--FILS fourth grade teacher Craig Schaubs. They have one adult son, Jacob, who is in graduate school in California. When she has free time, she likes to take long walks with her sister, play games and spend time with her family.
Mrs. Pipkorn brings a lot of creativity and energy to her work, which shows through in the many interesting projects that are at the core of her lessons. She strives to make her classroom very interactive, and there are always opportunities to work together and learn by doing. Because she was a shy child herself, Mrs. Pipkorn makes a special effort to assure that her classroom is a very safe place, where children feel respected and comfortable. She likes to get to know children personally, so she can connect what is being learned to each child’s unique interests.
Some of the special activities that happen in Mrs. Pipkorn’s class include small group center activities in Language Arts & Math, “Guest Readers”, going to a First Stage play, a study of animal habitats, Student V.I.P., and an end of the year walking tour of Cedarburg to learn the history of our community.
Mrs. Pipkorn graduated from Valparaiso University, and also has a master’s of education degree in reading from Concordia University. She has 6 years of teaching experience, and taught in New Mexico and Illinois before coming home to Ozaukee County where she was born and raised. In addition to her 3rd grade responsibilities, she coaches volleyball and track at FIL. When she is not working, she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her husband.
“‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.’ -Proverbs 22:6. It is my job as an educator to provide an interactive learning environment which helps my students develop academically, socially, emotionally and, most importantly, spiritually.”
You don’t need to spend much time in Mrs. Roeske’s classroom to see how much she enjoys kids, and she goes out of her way to get to know them and understand their backgrounds and interests. She uses creative ways to make learning fun, and even note-taking has a creative spin. Mrs. Roeske is a firm believer that every child can learn, and she goes out of her way to reach every child. She keeps everything as hands-on as possible, and her sense of humor and spontaneity keep her students on their toes!
Mrs. Roeske has a master’s of education degree in reading from Concordia University and 14 years of teaching experience, including experience teaching at the college level. She was born and raised in Cedarburg and is herself a graduate of First Immanuel. She is also an experienced coach and musical choreographer.
When she is not working at First Immanuel she enjoys mission work, travel, sports, reading and spending time with her family. Her husband, Karl, is First Immanuel’s Director of Missions and Outreach, and together they have 2 sons and 2 daughters.
“Philippians 4:13 is a passage that sustains me at all times: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’”
Fourth Grade Homeroom, Fourth/Fifth Grade Science
Each morning Mr. Schaubs stands by the door to greet each student as he or she walks into the classroom. The students greet him with a handshake, a hug, or other salutation, and have a chance to tell him how they’ve been doing since they left the classroom the previous day.
One of the highlights of any child’s career at First Immanuel career is Mr. Schaubs’ Chicken Project. Each spring in fourth grade, Mr. Schaubs incubates and hatches chicken eggs in the classroom. The chicks live in the classroom for a while, until they are big enough to be taken to his farm in Hilbert. Over the summer, Mr. Schaubs emails pictures of the growing chickens. Then, when the class is in fifth grade the following year, Mr. Schaubs hosts a Chicken Breakfast for the fifth grade, with eggs laid by the chickens and chicken soup--also provided by the chickens. It’s a great lesson in where our food comes from!
Other special activities in 4th grade include a field trip to Old World Wisconsin and the many cool science experiments the class performs. Mr. Schaubs’ classroom is always an adventure--at any one time Mr. Schaubs’ classroom will be home to some combination of rodents, reptiles, fish, and even hissing cockroaches! His classroom is an engaging place to be and students love to be there. His science lessons are always hands-on and focused on experimentation. He believes in “do to learn” versus “sit and learn.”
Mr. Schaubs graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in elementary education, and has over 30 years of teaching. He was born and raised in Chilton, Wisconsin, where he met his future wife -- FILS 2nd Grade teacher Kris Schaubs. They have one son, Jacob, who graduated from First Immanuel and went on to attend UW-Oshkosh. When he isn’t in his classroom, he is spending time with his family and/or at his farm. He is also active in the First Immanuel’s Stephen Ministry program.
“My ultimate goal is to help students develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.”
Fifth Grade Homeroom, Fourth/Fifth Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Valdez’s students know her to be patient and fun ... someone who genuinely cares that each one of them does well. She firmly believes that every student can learn, and works hard to find out how each person learns best. She strives to make sure that every class period has an element that is auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic.
Mrs. Valdez was a pioneer in using technology in the classroom. She uses her Smart Board extensively, and often incorporates the internet and video into her instruction. She uses tools like GlogsterEDU to help students express their identity or ideas, or demonstrate what they’ve learned in a class. She also does a major digital storytelling project, which includes bringing photographers, musicians, illustrators and other experts into the classroom, to help students bring their own stories to life. Her pioneering in this area led her to be named the LCMS South Wisconsin District Teacher of the Year in 2012.
In addition to her activities in the classroom, Mrs. Valdez is the Student Council advisor and active in Girl Scouts. She is also very active in the church, volunteering for the Share-a-Meal and Angel Food ministries.
Mrs. Valdez is one of four teachers that went to First Immanuel as a child, and then returned to teach here. She received her BA in elementary education from UW Oshkosh, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience--all at our school. She and her husband Scott live in Grafton with their daughter Marisa and son Benjamin, who both attend First Immanuel.
“Tying God’s Word into the regular curriculum is imperative to Christian Living in the 21st century. In doing so, the children are experiencing more than a school with a religion class, but are living and learning Christian principles.”