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Mr. Schmidt

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Gerry Schmidt

My young years were on a Farm just south of Bonduel, WI. Out of seven siblings, I was the only one who attended College. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia, Milwaukee in the spring of 1982. My first teaching position was as a 4th & 5th grade teacher, just outside of Detroit MI. After my third year I was asked to be principal/7&8 grade teacher.

Being Wisconsin born, I had a desire to move back to Wisconsin. After 5 years in Michigan, I moved to a small country school, Zion Lutheran/Wayside WI., south of Green Bay, and became principal/7&8 grade teacher.
After 12 years I moved back to Bonduel as 7th grade teacher for 5 years, after which I became the Principal of St. Paul Lutheran school in Bonduel. After 22 years at St. Paul Lutheran in Bonduel, I decided to retire from my position to a part-time position.

Tell us a little bit about your family:

I married my girlfriend, Judy Euers, two weeks after graduating College. We have four children and I can say I taught each of them for two years while they were in attendance in the school I was serving. Each of my four children, two boys, two girls, are married and they each have children for a total of 10 grandchildren, 5 boys and 5 girls. They all live in northeastern Wisconsin.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?

It’s ALL about JESUS. I don’t know what more there is to say. If you follow Him, Trust Him, Serve Him by serving others, you will have a full life. Thus the reason to work with parents and their children. Knowing Jesus is not something that I am going to carry in my pocket only to be used when I need Him. I need Him, as well as everyone else, needs Him every day. I look forward to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the children and their parents here at Shepherd’s Watch Christian Academy.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy being outside, Whether it is hunting, fishing, yard work or snowmobiling, each is enhanced when adding your grandchildren to the event.

The best part of following Jesus is…

…the hope that he gives to us in his death and empty grave. We are made fully human in Christ, and our life, joy and suffering on this side of the Resurrection is given context and meaning.

Mrs. Hayek

4K and Kindergarten
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Chas Hayek

As a follower of Christ, I want to love and share Jesus with His children. I really enjoy teaching early childhood students, watching them grow through their education, relationships, and Faith.

I live in Mattoon with my family. My husband Chris and I have three children, Liam, Garrett, and Greta, who will attend school at Shepherd’s Watch Christian Academy. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, trying new recipes, and being outdoors with my family.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UW River Falls. The experience I have includes working in childcare, homeschooling, and working at Peace Lutheran Ministries as a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide for grades 4K through 3rd. I am an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church LCMS of Mattoon where I’ve been working with children in the church for over 10 years. I have served as a Sunday School teacher and have organized and taught Vacation Bible School.

One of my many ambitions is to smoothly help kindergarteners transition into school and achieve their learning goals by creating a balanced learning environment with activities that are fun, play-based, and engaging for them. I am also looking forward to bringing some of our learning experiences outdoors, by using the outdoor classroom and green space.

I am grateful and excited to nurture and share the love of Jesus with the children at our new Shepherd’s Watch Christian Academy.

Mrs. Behm

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Mrs. Best

4K, KD, IA

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IA, Phys Ed

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Interpreter, Staff

Mrs. Zinchuk

IA, 1-4, 6

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