meet our staff

Krystena Drayer

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Drayer is a graduate of Ferris State University. Because her father's work in the Navy, she spent part of her childhood in Italy and graduated from high school in Virginia. Her family recently moved to the Tri-Cities area so she lives close to her mom's family. Krystena love musicals and going to concerts.

Kyrstena enjoys getting to know the kids and parents at Bethlehem, and has discovered a passion for researching and organizing school fund raisers.

Krystena is married to Zachary Drayer with whom she recently purchased her first home!

Shawn Griffore

3 Year Old Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Griffore has been serving at Bethlehem since 2011 in a variety of roles. She worked as a Paraprofessional and Preschool aid for 5 years and has been teaching 3 year old preschool since then.  She obtained her credentials through Care Courses, an online program specializing in Early Childhood courses. 

 

Mrs. Griffore and her husband, Darin, have been members of Bethlehem for over a decade.  Mrs. Griffore has two college-age boys, Ethan and Logan, who attended Bethlehem and graduated from Valley Lutheran.

Lisa May

4 Year Old Preschool Teacher

Preschool Director

Mrs. May's teaching journey began in 2005 when she began working in a Christian preschool. She obtained her Associates Degree in Child Development and Applied Science from Delta College and continues to learn through classes, workshops and conferences.

 

Mrs. May's experience as a mother has deeply influenced her teaching style. She loves integrating faith into every aspect of her classroom. Mrs. May is passionate about teaching children and is very excited to serve here at Bethlehem.


She lives in St. Charles with her husband, Dave. She has  4 children, Jenna, Jake, Mackenzie and Olivia and 4 crazy dogs. When not in the classroom, Mrs. May enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Brenda Wilson

Kindergarten Teacher

Principal

A Saginaw native, Mrs. Wilson was raised from birth in the Lutheran faith.  She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University, and also completed the Lutheran Teacher Colloquy Program at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. Mrs. Wilson has faithfully taught Kindergarten at Bethlehem for over a decade!

Mrs. Wilson is thankful to God for the wonderful teachers she had throughout her early school years. Those teachers have been her inspiration, and she strives to be like them - a teacher whose foundation for all subjects is the Bible.

 

Mrs. Wilson is married to her husband Scott and has two children, Jacob and Katie - both of whom are Bethlehem graduates.  

Christine Engelhardt

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Englehardt obtained a teaching degree at Central Michigan University with an emphasis in early childhood development. Prior to her current role, Mrs. Englehardt taught 3 and 4 year old children at Bethlehem's preschool.

 

Mrs. Englehardt is a member of Bethlehem along with my husband, Kurt, and their three daughters.

 

Mrs. Englehardt enjoys camping, Pinterest, spending time with friends and family and coordinating events for Bethlehem's Children's Ministry.

Sundae Peterson

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Peterson graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and mathematics.  She began her teaching career in 1995 in Grand Blanc.  She had the wonderful opportunity to be a stay at home mom for ten years, after the birth of her first child in 2000.  Mrs. Peterson has taught for over a decade in a variety of grades.

 

Mrs. Peterson has been married to her husband Joel for over 20 years.  They reside in Frankenmuth with their three children Brenden, Caden, and Abbi Lynn. 

 

When not working, Mrs. Peterson enjoys spending time with her family. In particular, she enjoys watching her children play travel sports. 

 

Mrs. Peterson looks forward to a wonderful school year with her 2nd grade Super Heroes!   
 

Kristi DeVries

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. DeVries is excited to be the third grade teacher this year at Bethlehem. She has previously taught middle school math and science, as well as third grade ELA at Lutheran schools in Missouri, Kansas, and Michigan. She attended Concordia University, Chicago, where she received her Lutheran Elementary Education degree, and met her husband Phill. They have been blessed with a daughter, Katie, and a son, Marcus.
 

Mrs. DeVries enjoys playing the piano and organ at her home congregation, Messiah Lutheran Church, in Carrollton, as well as reading, baking, and exploring the area with her family.

Annelise Holcomb

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Annelise Holcomb is the homeroom 4th grade teacher! She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in elementary education, focusing on math, integrated science, and music.

 

Mrs. Holcomb is passionate about spending time outdoors, playing the piano and organ, and enjoying life with her husband Alex.

 

She looks forward to building relationships with her students and helping them grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ.

Adam Paveglio

5th Grade Teacher

Mr. Adam Paveglio received his General Education teacher certification from Northern Michigan University, and Special Education endorsements in Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities from Saginaw Valley State University.

 

Originally from Bay City, Mr. Paveglio met his wife, Jill, at Northern Michigan University (NMU). The Paveglios are blessed with 3 children: Gina, Libby, and Grady. He and his family are members of Bethlehem Church. 

 

In his free time, Mr. Paveglio likes to tent camp with his family, participate in his kids’ extracurricular activities by coaching or other opportunities, and grow vegetables between the weeds in his garden. Overall, his motto is "keep it simple, and make a difference."

Jane Weiss

6th Grade Teacher

Assistant Principal

Dedicated educator, musician, wife and mother, sports enthusiast, and most recently dubbed “the world’s coolest aunt,” Mrs. Jane Weiss has enjoyed teaching and touching young lives at Bethlehem Lutheran for the past 33 years.

 

Raised and educated in a strong and fervent German Lutheran family, she is honored to share the Christian values of love, acceptance, and service that she was taught as a child with future generations. 

 

Mrs. Weiss is blessed at Bethlehem with two bands, four choirs, two string groups, and handbell choir.  She also enjoys teaching English, reading, writing, and Social Studies in grades 7 and 8.

Jonathan Korpi

7th / 8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Korpi was born and raised in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the small mining town of Ishpeming.  He had completed his bachelors with an emphasis on history, religion, and music from Northern Michigan university and then later his masters from Central Michigan University.  His research interests at the time included Christianity in the Middle Ages; primarily the start of the Benedictines, the Cistercian Reforms, and the preaching of the crusades, the Theology of mutual ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, and music history.

 

In Mr. Korpi's spare time he likes to sit and read a good book, play golf, or be around good company.  Before teaching he was a music director and liturgist for several churches in the Ishpeming and Mount Pleasant areas.  Most recently he is now engaged to his future wife that he met while attending CMU.  

Kara Brown

Art Teacher

Mrs. Kara Brown has had a wide variety of artistic and teaching experiences including serving as the Curator of Education at the Saginaw Art Museum, creating Art Across the Curriculum,  and working for the ArtSmart Youth Program of Saginaw and Bay Counties. Formerly the visual arts teacher at CAC Headstart in Saginaw, Mrs. Brown has  fostered the artistic growth and education of thousands of youth through numerous collaborations. 

Mrs. Brown focuses on art appreciation and gaining self-awareness and confidence in the classroom. She incorporates cross-curriculum strategies, techniques, media, and art history into many of her lessons. She looks forward to continuing at Bethlehem for many years to come!

Lisa Duclos

Physical Education Teacher

Saginaw native and lifelong Bethlehem member, Mrs. Lisa Duclos has been serving as the Physical Education teacher for over a decade!

 

Mrs. Duclos is married to her husband, John, and has three sons, Hayden, Will and Colten. Hayden and Will are currently attending Bethlehem and Colten will soon join them as a Charger!

Mrs. Duclos especially loves getting to know Bethlehem students and the family atmosphere of the school.

Deb Erickson
Technology Teacher

Michelle Dingman
Preschool Teacher's Aid

Since retirement, Mrs. Michelle has spent time volunteering in various Preschool classrooms and most recently became the 3- year-old classroom Teachers Assistant.

Michelle is married to her husband Charles, they were married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1972. They have 2 grown daughters, Lisa and Sara.  They are also blessed with 7 wonderful grandchildren, and 2 golden doodle fur babies. In her spare time she loves gardening, crafting with friends and spending time with her family.

Diane Gallegos

Teacher's Aid

Mrs. Gallegos has been working at Bethlehem since 2000. She serves as a paraprofessional for grades K-3. Mrs. Gallegos earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Delta College.

 

Mrs. Gallegos is a former Bethlehem student and a lifelong member of the church. She is married to her husband, Ricardo, and they have three daughters who also attended Bethlehem and Valley Lutheran.

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Saginaw, MI 48602

989.755.1144

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