Faculty 2018

Principal – Mr. Samuel Fishburn

Samuel Fishburn

Mr. Samuel Fishburn joined the 1st Lutheran Staff in 2018 as Principal. He also teaches 3rd and 4th grade social studies. Mr. Fishburn received his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Special Education Endorsement, from Concordia University Nebraska. He comes to 1st Lutheran from St. Louis, Missouri where he taught 3rd grade. He is a 2018 graduate of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s School Leadership Development (SLED) program. Mr. Fishburn brings a strong background in educational technology integration and innovative curriculum design and experience, as well as a strong network with other Lutheran schools around the country.

Elementary (K-6th) Staff

Kindergarten – Mrs. Debbie Nix

Debbie Nix

Mrs. Nix teaches first grade. She received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from College of the Ozarks. She has been teaching at 1st Lutheran School since 2007.

1st Grade – Miss Kara Kimes

2nd Grade – Mrs. Kim Ballard

Kim Ballard

Mrs. Ballard teaches second grade. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has been teaching at 1st Lutheran School since 2005.

3rd Grade – Mrs. Ana Cooper

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4th Grade – Mrs. Rachel Merrill

Rachel Merrill

Mrs. Merrill teaches 3rd and 4th grade afternoon religion, science, and computers.

5th Grade – Mrs. Heather Paulus

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6th Grade – Mrs. Kathy Nieting

Kathy Nieting

Mrs. Nieting teaches sixth grade and combines with fifth grade in the afternoons. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education from Concordia University Seward (Nebraska). She has been teaching at First Lutheran School since 1977.

Fine Arts – Mrs. Kathleen Davis

Kathleen Davis

Mrs. Davis teaches fine arts at 1st Lutheran School. She received her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and her Masters in Musicology from Emporia State University. She has been teaching at First Lutheran School since 1995.

Early Childhood (2.5-4 Years) Staff

2.5-3’s – Ms. Amy Jones

Amy

Ms. Jones serves as the 2.5 year – 3 year old teacher at 1st Lutheran.

4’s – Mrs. Gretchen Dufrense

Gretchen Dufresne

Mrs. Dufrense teaches 4 year old preschool. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has been at 1st Lutheran Preschool since 2005. She earned both her Bachelor and Masters degree in Special Education from Northeastern State University.

Early Childhood Assistant and Extended Care – Miss Rita Clayton

Rita Clayton

Rita Clayton has served as the bookkeeper for 1st Lutheran Preschool since 1994. She also currently serves as an afternoon preschool assistant and extended care supervisor.

Early Childhood Morning Assistant – Melissa Mitch

Early Childhood Morning Assistant – Amy Dulaney 

Early Childhood Afternoon Assistant – Berkley Cooper

Early Childhood Afternoon Assistant and Elementary After Care – Taylor Cusick

Support Staff

Secretary – Mrs. Sonja Guillory

Sonja Guillory

Director of Community Involvement – Mrs. Kristin Basham

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Maintenance – Mr. JD Davis

JD Davis