meet our staff

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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.

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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 Director

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!   
 

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Jane Weiss
6th 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 over 30 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Deb Erickson
Technology Teacher

A graduate of Concordia St. Paul, Mrs. Erickson has been teaching in Lutheran Schools for over a dozen years. She started her career teaching grades 1-4 in a two room country school in Minnesota. She has also taught in public school systems here in Michigan,Texas, North Carolina and California bringing her years of experience to nearly 30 years. Retired in 2020, she is currently working part time in the Carrollton Shared Time program at Bethlehem. Her passion for teaching technology brought her back for another school year!

Having raised 3 children in the Saginaw area, she has a long history here. A member of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Mrs. Erickson was significantly involved in The Search for Jesus Easterwalk for over 10 years.  She spends her free time making memories with her grandchildren, crafting, playing guitar, gardening, camping and designing new Tech projects for her students. She recently added kayaking to her out of school activities as well as helping her son start a food truck business. 

Ginny Sowatsky
Preschool Teacher's Aid

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
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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.

Sue Brandt
Librarian

Mrs. Sue Brandt is the librarian here at Bethlehem.  Previously she taught 3rd or 4th grade and has been a teacher here for over 25 years. 

 

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

 

She is grateful for the blessing of being able to engage with students in the library at Bethlehem, share her love of books, and teach library skills to all the students from preschool through eighth grade.

 

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