meet our staff

Brenda Wilson principal photo

Brenda Wilson
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.  

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Shelli Miller
Administrative Assistant

A Bay City native, Mrs. Miller has worked in a variety of jobs, all which have uniquely prepared her for her role at Bethlehem. She received her BS in Dietetics from MSU and her BS in Accounting from SVSU.

Mrs. Miller has been married to her husband, Terry, for over 20 years, and together they have a son and two grandchildren who are “the little loves” of her life. Mr. & Mrs. Miller are committed Christians and attend Hopevale Church in Saginaw.

When not working, Mrs. Miller enjoys baking, cooking, playing golf, and spending time with her chocolate labs.

Shawn Griffore - preschool teacher photo

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 also works in our school library.

 

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.

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Lisa May
4 Year Old Preschool Teacher
Preschool Administrator

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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 2 crazy dogs. When not in the classroom, Mrs. May enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Rebecca Smith - Kindergarten teacher photo

Rebecca Smith
Kindergarten Teacher

Miss Rebecca Smith is a Bay City native and a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she earned her BA in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Arts, minor in Early Childhood Education, and Lutheran Teaching Diploma. 
 
Having attended Lutheran schools from preschool through college, Miss Smith is passionate about Christian education. Many of her teachers inspired her over the years, encouraging her to succeed and grow academically and spiritually. These teachers instilled a passion for learning and love of Christ that Miss Smith prays she can share with the students of Bethlehem. 
 
Outside of the classroom, Miss Smith enjoys performing in community theatre, playing the ukulele, and riding roller coasters. She resides in Saginaw with her best four-legged friend, Rory, the Australian Cattle Dog. 

Christine Englehardt - 1st Grade Teacher photo

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 photo

Sundae Peterson
2nd & 3rd 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!   
 

Annelise Holcomb - 4th grade teacher photo

Annelise Holcomb

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Annelise Holcomb is the 4th grade and Choir I teacher. She has been teaching at Bethlehem for the past four years after graduating from Calvin College in 2017 with a degree in elementary education. She has endorsements in integrated science and math, and she also has a music minor.

 

Mrs. Holcomb enjoys being outdoors, playing musical instruments, and spending time with her husband, Alex, and cat, Dunson. She grew up in the Grand Rapids area and loves visiting her family there.

 

At the beginning of each school year, 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 photo

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."

Kristi Devries - 3rd grade teacher photo

Kristi DeVries
6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. DeVries is excited to be the sixth 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.

Shelley Biver - 7th/8th grade teacher Photo

Shelley Biver
7th / 8th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Biver earned her elementary teaching degree from Central Michigan  University with a reading major and a math minor. Upon graduation she started  teaching at a charter school here in Saginaw until God called her to join  Bethlehem’s staff. Mrs. Biver has taught 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7thgrades prior to  joining Bethlehem. She has a love for teaching math and science and watching  God’s children grow and learn each day. 

Mrs. Biver has been an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Saginaw for  over 3 decades. She has attended Good Shepherd Lutheran School and graduated  from Valley Lutheran High School. 

Mrs. Biver and her husband live in Saginaw Township. She has a daughter, who graduated from Valley Lutheran, has an associate degree from Delta and currently  works at Good Shepherd Lutheran ECC, a step-son and daughter-in-law, and a  grandson who live in Taylor, MI. 

 

When not teaching, Mrs. Biver enjoys bike riding, going on trips with her husband,  and reading quietly in her backyard.

Kara Brown - art teacher photo

Kara Brown

Art Teacher

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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 Photo

Lisa Duclos

Physical Education Teacher

Saginaw native and lifelong Bethlehem member, Mrs. Lisa Duclos has been serving as the Physical Education since 2005!

 

Mrs. Duclos is married to her husband, John, and has three sons, Hayden, Will and Colten. All 3 of her sons attend Bethlehem!

Mrs. Duclos especially loves getting to know Bethlehem students and the family atmosphere of the school. In her free time she enjoys doing anything active -  water-skiing, snow-skiing to name a few.

Ginny Sowatsky - 3 year old preschool aide

Ginny Sowatsky
3 Year Old Preschool Teacher's Aide

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4 Year Old Preschool Aide

A busy mom of four, Mrs. Ginny is excited to help teach little ones. She graduated from Michigan State with a degree in kinesiology and worked as an exercise physiologist in the Detroit area before moving back home. She has led various groups including Mothers of Preschooler’s, Community Bible Study’s preschool program, and coached at Bethlehem for many years.


Being a mom has taught her many lessons and has grown her faith in so many ways. She has learned to see and trust God through the eyes of childlike faith. She loves to encourage and remind kids of all ages that God lavishly loves each of them.


Mrs. Ginny is married to Eric who has been a lifelong member at Bethlehem. His mom was a former preschool teacher. Their four kids have attended Bethlehem and are growing up too fast! She is so thankful for the foundation of faith that the teachers have helped to form in her family’s
life.

Dianne Gallegos - teacher's aide photo

Diane Gallegos
Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Gallegos has been working at Bethlehem since 2000. She serves as a paraprofessional for grades K-3 and assists in many other capacities around the school. 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.