eLEMENTARY FACULTY

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! (Pslam 143:10)

  • MELISSA PAULING

    Kindergarten Teacher



    Education:

    • B.A. Education ยท Music Minor - Concordia University Chicago
    • M.A. Early Childhood Education -  Concordia University Chicago


    Experience: Mrs. Pauling taught for eight years at Immanuel Lutheran School in Alexandria Virginia, both in first and second grades, and kindergarten. Mrs. Pauling has been teaching at Trinity Lutheran for five years.

     

    Family: Mrs. Pauling is married to Steve, who is from Alexandria, Virginia. We also have a dog - Mya. 

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Pauling enjoys playing piano, reading, and playing volleyball. Here at Trinity, I volunteer with the youth group, coach volleyball, and is in the church choir. My husband and I take many road trips, especially back to our hometowns in Virginia and Indiana. 

     

    What is special about Trinity: It is awesome to see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the families and community at Trinity. I appreciate how students, teachers, families, and congregation members pray for one another. 

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Revelation 2:10

  • Jill schmitzer

    Kindergarten Teacher ยท Co-Athletic Director



    Education

    • B.A. Concordia University Chicago

    Experience: Mrs. Schmitzer has been teaching for 11 years, with 10 of those years being at Trinity.

     

    Family: Mrs. Schmitzer was born in Colorado Springs. She grew up in Rolla, Missouri. Mrs. Schmitzer is married to Matt, and they have two daughters.

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Schmitzer enjoys running, reading, youth sports.

     

    What is special about Trinity: It is a special blessing to be able to spend my entire work day in an environment that encourages sharing the gospel of Christ.

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Psalm 119:105

  • ANDREA HUSSONG

    1st Grade Teacher



    Education: 

    • B.A. Education - Concordia University Chicago

    Experience: Mrs. Hussong has been teaching at Trinity since 1997. 

     

    Family: Mrs. Hussong was born and raised southern Illinois. Mrs. Hussong is married to Matt, who was born in Minnesota and raised in Wisconsin. 

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Hussong loves to bake, read, and play volleyball.

     

    What is special about Trinity: Trinity is like a family. The people are friendly and welcoming.

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Romans 8:37-39

  • JAMES ULLMAN

    1st Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.A. Elementary Education - Concordia University Ann Arbor

    Experience:

    Trinity Lutheran, Davenport, IA (2005 - Present)


    Family: Mr. Ullman was born and raised in Evansville, Ind. Mr. Ullman is married to Mrs. Ullman, and they have two sons.

     

    Hobbies: I enjoy playing table tennis and watching football. Go Packers! I also enjoy playing with my two boys. 

     

    What is special about Trinity: I love that I get to go to the Divine Service and Bible Study every Sunday. I'm thankful for the family atmosphere that is present at Trinity. 

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Psalm 46:1

  • Megan Mcmullen

    2nd Grade Teacher




  • LISA SHOUMAKER

    2nd Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.S. Education - Concordia University Nebraska

    Experience: Ms. Shoumaker has 26 years of teaching experience. Ms. Shoumaker joined Trinityโ€™s staff in 2008.


    Family: Ms. Shoumaker has two adult children both born in St. Petersburg, Fla., and raised in DeWitt, Iowa, and Peoria, Ill. Ms. Shoumaker has three grandchildren.


    Hobbies: Music- guitar/singing, exercise-walks/biking.


    What is special about Trinity: Trinity is a very family friendly place. I am thankful every day that I GET to be here with my colleagues and students and people in the congregation. God has richly blessed me to be a blessing in this place. I have taught in a few different schools, and Trinity is the greatest of all. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are truly in this place!


    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Romans 8: 27-28

  • laura ullman

    3rd Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.A. Elementary and Middle Education - Concordia University Wisconsin
    • M.A.  - Concordia Wisconsin

    Experience:

    Trinity Lutheran School, Davenport, IA - (2003 - Present)


    Family: Mrs. Ullman was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wis. Mrs. Ullman is married to James, and they have two sons. 

     

    Hobbies: I enjoy reading, volleyball, and watching the Green Bay Packers.

     

    What is special about Trinity: I love the atmosphere of where I work. We feel like a family. I also really enjoy the music during the divine service.

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Jeremiah 29:11

  • Deje Jensen

    3rd Grade Teacher



    Education: 

    • B.A. Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology - Concordia University Wisconsin
    • M.A. Early Childhood Education - Marycrest International University

     

    Experience: Ms. Jensen has been teaching 26 years, and itโ€™s her first year teaching at Trinity.

     

    Family: Ms. Jensen was born and raised in DeWitt, Iowa. She has two children โ€“ a daughter and a son.

     

    Hobbies: Ms. Jensen likes baking, papercrafting, reading, puzzles.

     

    What is special about Trinity: I like how everyone is friendly, just like a family.

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • rick holste

    4th Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.S. Education -  Concordia University, Nebraska
    • M.A. Education - Concordia University, Nebraska

    Experience: Mr. Holste has been teaching since 1982, which has included schools in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. Mr. Holste joined Trinityโ€™s staff in 2012.


    Family: Mr. Holste is the third of four children, and teaching runs in our family. Both of my parents are retired teachers. Also, two of my siblings are teachers, along with a sister-in-law. In addition to my parents, siblings, and their spouses, I have two nieces, two nephews, a nephew-in-law, a great-nephew, and a great niece.

     

    Hobbies: I enjoy visiting major league baseball parks and have been to all of the current ballparks except for three. 

     

    What is special about Trinity: One thing that I really like about Trinity is that I get to share God's love with students and co-workers daily. I also get to hear about God's love from them, too. I enjoy that we can forgive each other when we do wrong. There is also a real joy when you see a child who has been struggling with a concept have that "aha" moment where it suddenly makes sense.

     

    What's your favorite Bible story: ๐Ÿ“– Luke 24:13-34 - On the road to Emmaus

  • amy koenig

    5th Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.A. Elementary Education ยท Concentration Theology - Concordia University Chicago

    Experience: Trinity Lutheran School (2005 to the present).

     

    Family: Mrs. Koenig was born in Cedarburg, Wis., and moved to Toledo, Ohio. She has been married โ€“ to her husband Jeff - since July 2006. They have been blessed with three children. 

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Koenig enjoys family time, working on puzzles, crocheting, playing the violin, and reading. 

     

    What is special about Trinity: I like teaching in a Christ centered environment; where children can learn to live in the world but not be of the world. 

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– John :14:27


  • Sierra divarco

    5th Grade Teacher



    Education:

    • B.A. Elementary Education - Ashford University

    Experience: Mrs. Divarco has been teaching at Trinity since 2015.

     

    Family: Mrs. Divarco is married.

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Divarco enjoys reading, listening to music and going for walks.

     

    What is special about Trinity: We are one big family! 

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– 1 Corinthians 13:4

  • joy meyer

    Resource Teacher



    Education: 

    • B.S. Education, Major in Special Education, Minor in Art, - Concordia University, Nebraska
    • M.A. Learning Disabilities - Central Michigan University

    Experience: Mrs. Meyer began teaching in 1980 at the Lutheran School for the Deaf in Detroit. She also has taught in Illinois, Hawaii, Nebraska and Michigan. Mrs. Meyer joined Trinityโ€™s staff in 2008.

     

    Family: Mrs. Meyer is married to Bill, and they have two grown daughters and a son-in-law as well as two grandsons. 

     

    Hobbies: Mrs. Meyer enjoys sewing, cooking, swimming, and playing with my grandsons.

     

    What is special about Trinity: The people at Trinity are friendly and caring. I have the privilege of serving with dedicated individuals who make coming to work enjoyable.

     

    What's your favorite Bible verse: ๐Ÿ“– Romans 8:38

  • Christina laban

    Kindergarten Aide


  • oliwa jacobson

    Librarian