meet our staff

Dr. Nicole Frederick

Principal

As a Saginaw native and graduate of Valley Lutheran High School, I am thrilled to be back home after 15 years. I am a mother of two girls, one a student at Bethlehem and another at Valley Lutheran High School. I feel so blessed to be back home near family and friends, and I feel even more blessed that God opened the door with this opportunity for me to lead the students of Bethlehem Lutheran School.

 

As for my educational and work experience, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from the University of Phoenix with my M.A.E.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Shortly after that, I received National Board Certification in 2009. In July 2014, I graduated with my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.

 

I have 14 years of classroom and leadership experience in grades K-5 and 7 years of additional experience in higher education working with teacher candidates and graduate students.

 

I want you to know that I am dedicated to the vision and mission of Bethlehem Lutheran School. I care about each student individually and will do everything I can to ensure that our students receive the highest quality Christian education.

 

My door is always open, so I ask that should you have any questions, concerns, or praise, please stop in and visit!

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

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

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/7th Grade Teacher

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.

Trevor Parks

8th Grade Teacher

Mr. Trevor Parks is the 8th grade homeroom teacher. He has been teaching at Bethlehem since the 2007-2008 school year.

 

Mr. Parks teaches math and sciences for 7th and 8th grade. Mr. Parks holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Colloquy, and a Masters in Educational Leadership/Principalship.

 

Mr. Parks is happily married to his wife, Mary, for almost 18 years and has three wonderful kids: Jada, Mia, and Silas. 

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.

Katelyn Awad

Technology Teacher

Mrs. Katelyn Awad has served as the Technology Coordinator and Teacher at Bethlehem Lutheran School for the past 5 years. She attended Central Michigan University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-8). She went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. Mrs. Awad is married to her husband, Nathan, and they have a son, Brayden, who attends Bethlehem

 

Mrs. Awad loves traveling to different places, learning about new cultures, and spreading God's love to all people! Her hobbies include singing, Jiu Jitsu, coaching wrestling and spending time with family!

Amiee Doyle

4 Year Old Preschool Aid & Extended Day Director

Mrs. Amiee Doyle has been involved at Bethlehem since 2016. She
 helped out in various capacities until she found her calling as the 4 Year Old Preschool aid in 2017.

 

As Amiee’s love for the Church and School grew so did her job title. She now also serves as the director of the extended day program.


Mrs. Doyle and her husband RJ have two beautiful children, Jaxon and Andie. Mrs. Doyle feels blessed to be a part of the Bethlehem family. She hopes the children she works with will experience the  same growth and thriving she has experienced here at Bethlehem.

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Sue Brandt

Librarian

Mrs. Sue Brandt has served as a teacher at Bethlehem for over 25 years. Currently she serves as our librarian.

 

Mrs. Brandt earned her bachelors degree from Concordia Chicago and went on to earn a masters degree in Library Science at the University of Michigan.
 

When Sue and her husband John moved from St. Louis, MO they were among the first to teach in Valley Lutheran High School’s new building where Mrs. Brandt began the Library/Resource Center. She is grateful for the blessing of being able to now automate the elementary library at Bethlehem and teach library skills to all the students!
 

The Brandts are members at Bethlehem. Sue enjoys singing in the choir and participating in The Boars Head Festival at Christmas. She enjoys reading, friends, and travel. She and her husband especially enjoy traveling to visit their children and
grandchildren in California and the Netherlands.

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Saginaw, MI 48602

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