Meet Our Team
Mrs. Wendy Betts
First Grade Teacher
I grew up in a farming community in western Iowa. After college I spent one year teaching in Pittsburgh, PA. I have had many different teaching roles at Immanuel, and currently I am enjoying teaching first grade. What I love most about teaching is sharing Jesus and my love for reading with my students. I enjoy gardening, fun at the lake such as swimming, canoeing, and fishing, and taking vacations to places I've never visited. I am the mom of two teenagers who keep me laughing.
Hometown: Charter Oak, IA
Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor in Education majoring in English and Health, Concordia University, Seward, NE
Master's Degree: Educational Literacy with a Reading Teacher License and a Reading Specialist License, Concordia University, Mequon, WI
Mrs. Pam DeRoche
First Grade Teacher Assistant and 5th Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Sharon Dykstra
Second Grade Teacher
I was born September 24th and enjoyed my childhood days in Des Plaines, Illinois where I attended Immanuel Lutheran and Maine West High School. During those years I was involved in volleyball, badminton, and played the clarinet in concert and marching band. After high school I attended Valparaiso University and Concordia University in Chicago where I received a BA in Elementary Education. My first teaching call brought me here to teach first grade and since then I have taught second, third, and a bit of upper grades. I met and married my husband, Mark, and we were blessed with three sons, Keith, Kevin, and Steven.
Hometown: Des Plaines, IL
Bachelor's Degree:: Elementary Education, Concordia University, River Forest, IL
Concentration: Early Childhood and Math
Ms. Karen Trench
Third Grade Teacher
I have been teaching in Lutheran Schools for over 30 years and can't imagine doing anything else with my life. I love teaching kids and sharing the love of Christ in the process.
Hometown: Minot, ND
Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Director of Christian Education (Youth), Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Master's Degree: Early Childhood Education, Grand Valley State University, MI