Landon Zacharyasz

Principal
E-mail Landon Zacharyasz

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2011 – present)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  (Colossians 3:12-14)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I rejoice in the opportunity to serve at Mount Olive because parents give us the opportunity to train young minds for service on earth and we also give students the most important thing of all, that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose for them so they can be in heaven.

Jessica Enter

Early Learning Center Director, ELC - 3K & 4K
E-mail Jessica Enter

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2013 – present)

Riverview – Appleton, WI (2002-2004)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

My ministry at Mount Olive has been a great opportunity to serve our Lord and teach His lambs! It’s a blessing to be able to share my growing knowledge of and love for Christ, the Good News, and His Word in all aspects of our children’s lives. Go and Tell!

April Schaefer

ELC - 3K & 4K
E-mail April Schaefer

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive- Appleton, WI (2018 – present)

St. Paul’s- Fort Atkinson, WI (2009 – 2014)

Lamb of God- West Allis, WI (2007 – 2009)

Favorite Bible Passage:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I feel so blessed to spend my days teaching, caring and encouraging God’s little children. Mount Olive has such a warm, welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. What a privilege to partner with wonderful parents and the incredible Mount Olive faculty and staff to daily focus on the spiritual, academic and emotional growth of each precious child. Every day we joyfully prepare our students to share the one thing needful– Jesus!

Amy Cain

Kindergarten
E-mail Amy Cain

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2016 – present)

Star of Bethlehem – New Berlin, WI (2008-2016)

Sola Fide – Lawrenceville, GA (2000-2003)

St. John’s – Lewiston, MN (1994-2000)

Mount Olive – Bay City, MI (1992-1994)

Favorite Bible Passage:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

What I most enjoy about teaching is being able to share God’s Word with His precious little lambs.  I enjoy being with the children each day watching them grow in their knowledge of their Savior.  It is a joy to talk about heaven with them and see them making the connections with the people of the Bible.  I pray that each day the children know that Jesus loves each of them as redeemed children of God.

Junel Korth

Kindergarten
E-mail Junel Korth

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2010 – present)

Mount Calvary – Menasha, WI (2006 – 2010)

St. Paul’s – Livonia, MI (2005 – 2006)

St. Peter’s – Plymouth, MI (2000 – 2005)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy teaching at Mount Olive because everyone is so nice and welcoming here. I also enjoy working with a staff that is so supportive of everyone. I also like seeing how the older students interact with the younger students and how a younger student’s face lights up when they know an older student.

Elizabeth Loberger

Grade 1
E-mail Elizabeth Loberger

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2018 – present)

Christ the King – Palm Coast, FL (2012 -2018)

Good Shepherd – Omaha, NE (2009 -2012)

Prince of Peace – Salt Lake City, UT (2006-2008)

Immanuel- Hadar, NE (2003-2006)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy teaching Christ’s lambs as they grow closer to Him and as they form a love of learning, It is a blessing to be surrounded with teachers, students and families all serving their Lord in love.

Sarah Sehloff

Grade 2
E-mail Sarah Sehloff

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2001 – present)

Shepherd of the Hills – San Diego, CA (1995 – 2001)

Redeemer – Fond du Lac, WI (1984 – 1986)

Favorite Bible Passage:

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy sharing God’s love with the children and our whole supportive Mount Olive family. I love the way that we can grow in our faith together and encourage one another. We have a caring environment that encourages academic excellence.

Rachel Wordell

Grade 2
E-mail Rachel Wordell

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2018 – present)

Sienna Lutheran Academy – Missouri City, TX (2017-2018)

Favorite Bible Passage:

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

It is such a privilege to be able to influence young minds with the love of Jesus. Mount Olive is a school with high standards, amazing teachers, and a love for their Savior. It is a joy to work here!

Kari Tiarks

Grade 3
E-mail Kari Tiarks

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive –  Appleton, WI (2018 – present)

Christ – North St. Paul, MN (2011 – 2018)

St. Matthew’s – Oconomowoc, WI (2001 – 2011)

Favorite Bible Passage:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy teaching because I love watching children grow. It is a blessing to see them grow in stature, grow in knowledge, but most importantly grow in their love for the Lord.

Stephanie Olson

Grade 3, Grade 4
E-mail Stephanie Olson

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2019- present)

The Goddard School – Hendersonville, TN (2013-2019)

Lamb of God Lutheran – West Allis, WI (2003-2004)

St. Lucas – Milwaukee, WI (2001-2002)

Favorite Bible Passage:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

After working in the public sector for many years, where teachers were unable to share their faith with the children in their care, I am SO excited to be back in a Christian setting where I can share the love of Jesus with my students. I’m excited to learn and grow in my faith alongside the teachers and students at Mount Olive!

Petra Thao

Grade 4
E-mail Petra Thao

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2015 – present)

Favorite Bible Passage:

For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

Mount Olive has a great faculty, school, and congregation that offers so much support and love. The students are fun to work with! What a joy to be able to teach them and share the love of Christ with them. These are only a few of the reasons why teaching at Mount Olive is such a blessing!

Heidi Schone

Grade 5, Spanish
E-mail Heidi Schone

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2009 – present)

Good Shepherd Little Lambs Early Childhood Center – St. Peters, MO (2008 – 2009)

Favorite Bible Passage:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I love teaching God’s Word to his children and watching them learn and grow in faith and wisdom.

Brian Root

Grade 6
E-mail Brian Root

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (1980 – present)

Favorite Bible Passage:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy teaching at Mount Olive because it gives me the opportunity to share God’s Word with young people. I enjoy explaining God’s Word and helping the students gain a deeper understanding of it.

Ruth Pahmeier

Grade 6, Spanish
E-mail Ruth Pahmeier

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2019 – present)

Divine Savior Academy – Doral, FL (2018-2019)

Luther Prep – Watertown, WI (2016-2018)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy getting to know students and helping them grow in their faith. It’s such a blessing to be part of such a caring and supportive church and school.

Carissa Priewe

Grade 6, Flex Teacher
E-mail Carissa Priewe

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2019 – present)

Loving Shepherd – Milwaukee, WI (2018-2019)

Holy Cross – Madison, WI (2017-2018)

Atonement – Milwaukee, WI (2015-2017)

Favorite Bible Passage:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

Teaching at Mount Olive is a joy because Christ has given me the opportunity to spread his love to others and assist them in their academic learning.

Joan Mueller

Grade 7
E-mail Joan Mueller

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2012 – present)

St. Paul – Appleton, WI (2011 – 2012)

Mount Calvary – Menasha, WI (2003 – 2012)

Trinity – Brillion, WI (2002 – 2003)

St. Paul – Appleton, WI (1979 – 1980)

Favorite Bible Passage:

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 paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

Teaching at MO is a joy. Here my faith is strengthened through daily interaction with God’s Word. God’s Word and the Christian love that is shown to me by my colleagues, students, and parents are the anchors that ease me through daily lessons, long hours, and occasional challenging situations.

Nathan Gartner

Grade 8, Vice Principal, Athletic Director
E-mail Nathan Gartner

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2014 – present)

Favorite Bible Passage:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I enjoy teaching at Mount Olive, because everyday is focused around God. Working with staff, faculty, parents, and students that all share the same love for Christ makes teaching at Mount Olive a truly enjoyable time.

Julie Neujahr

Grades 5-8 Music, Staff Minister, Junior Choir
E-mail Julie Neujahr

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (1998 – present)

St. Paul’s – Columbus, OH (1985)

Favorite Bible Passage:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all you ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

I am humbled that I am able to serve doing the things I love- sharing God’s Word, teaching and music. Mount Olive is very supportive of the school and the families and teaching staff are amazing.

David Liebhard

Upper Grades, Technology Director
E-mail David Liebhard

Teaching Experience:

Mount Olive – Appleton, WI (2018 – present)

Mount Lebanon – Milwaukee, WI (2013 – 2018)

Saint Stephen’s – Beaver Dam, WI (2008 – 2011)

Favorite Bible Passage:

So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:10-12)

Why do you enjoy teaching at Mount Olive?

Supporting students, parents and adults with a Christ centered learning atmosphere is a great honor and privilege. God has placed so many dedicated workers at MO it is evident in the students’ academic and spiritual talks. It is by the Holy Spirit’s work in the daily gathering around the Word of God; a family atmosphere thrives and makes it a joy to learn and work here.