School Staff

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Arden, Brenda
2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Brenda Arden is a Nebraska native, attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, and graduated with a B.S. in Education with a concentration in early childhood and a minor in mathematics.  This is Brenda’s sixteenth year teaching at St. James.  Brenda's summer adventures included a vacation to Nebraska and Kansas City with her husband Michael, moving her second grade classroom, taking a continuing education class "Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom", and numerous other projects.  Brenda is thankful to be a part of the St. James family and is excited to begin her seventh year teaching second grade.

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Bennett, Annie
Preschool 2's Teacher (Green Room)
Bishop, Sara
Preschool 3/Pre-K Teacher (Indigo Room)
Bryan, Tasha
Toddler Room Teacher
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Caylor, Jennifer
PreK Teacher (Blue Room)

Mrs. Caylor was born and raised in Rensselaer, IN as the youngest of four.  She has worked at St. James since 2013 and is working on her CDA.  Mrs. Caylor has been working in the Pre-K room for several years and is excited to be teaching Pre-K with Mrs. Eggold this year!  Jenny and her husband Cory have one daugher (Baylee) in first grade and neice (Alyssa) in eighth grade.  They have a boxer beagle who rounds out the household. In addition to family and church, Mrs. Caylor loves baking, chocolate and Starbucks. 

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Dombkowski, Amy
5th Grade Teacher

Amy Dombkowski grew up in Michigan City, Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University and received her Colloquy from Concordia University.  Since 1994 she has been teaching at St. James Lutheran School.  She currently is the fifth grade homeroom teacher and teaches sixth to eighth grade social studies. Her  children are both St. James school alumni.  Ms. D is thankful for St. James Lutheran School and the blessing it has been in her life. This is her 25th year at St. James!

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Eggold, Lindsey
Preschool 2's teacher (Orange Room)

Lindsey Eggold moved this summer from St. Louis, MO with her four children and husband Daniel, who was recently called to be pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette. She graduated Valparaiso University in 2000 and has mostly worked in publishing and early childhood in the years since. She served one year as an art teacher for K-8 as well as five years as a support teacher for various preschool programs. Born many years ago in Fort Wayne, Lindsey is glad to be back home again in Indiana! 

Farrington, Jenna
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Goodspeed, Amanda
Director of Music

Mrs. Amanda Goodspeed continues in her fifth year as Director of Music for St. James Church and School.  A graduate of St. James school in 1994, Mrs. Goodspeed is priveleged to continue to teach and share the music of our Lutheran heritage.  In addition to school music, Mrs. Goodspeed teaches elemetary computers, is faculty advisor for the volunteer librarians and coordinating the Minds in Motion Room.  Mrs. Goodspeed encourages all parents and congregation members to join the adult choir, handbell choir and instrumental groups which she directs.  Mrs. Goodspeed is blessed with three amazing children, Amelia (Second Grade), Joey (Kindergarten) and Heidi (20 months).

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Hamilton, Cara
3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Cara Hamilton enjoys teaching at St. James. She has been teaching at St. James since 2002.   She loves spending time with her husband, Craig and daughter, Laura, who also attends St. James. Mrs. Hamilton has a cat, Maggie.  She enjoys biking, hiking and laughing with friends and family.

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Huth, Carol
Title 1 and Testing Coordinator

Carol has worked at St. James since August 1996.  She is a native of Lafayette who received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education from Purdue University.  Carol and her husband have a son Daniel who is serving as a D.C.E. in Harland, Michigan.

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Keiser, Lynn
Middle School Language Arts Specialist & 7th Grade Homeroom

This is Mrs. Keiser's first year teaching at SJS, but it is her 24th year of association with St. James School.  All four of the Keiser children attended SJS, from Preschool through 8th Grade, and Lynn has been a St. James room mom, drama costume and makeup coordinator, after-school Spanish teacher, graduation reception coordinator, cheerleading coach, chaperone, and chauffeur.  She is looking forward to this new role as English teacher.  Lynn received her B.A. in English Ed. and Psych Ed. from Purdue University and her MA from Indiana University, earned a Life License and has taught at Mitchell HS, New Palestine HS, Rossville MS/HS.  She and her husband Dann live in Warren County and have four children and one son-in-law (Laren and Nathan Knowles, Lindsey, Licia and Daniel), two dogs, six cats and one kitten, four goats, one donkey, numerous chickens and ducks, a turkey, and way too many bunnies!

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Knobloch, Jocelyn
Preschool 3/Pre-K Teacher (Indigo Room)

Jocelyn has been a part of the St. James family for 14 years. She and her husband Kitrick were both confirmed here as 8th graders. They married at St. James in 2009 and have three beautiful children; Adalyn (first grade), Hudson (Pre-k), and Owen(PS 3). She is the oldest of 9 siblings, so she grew up with a passion for helping children.
  This will be Jocelyn's first year teaching at St. James.  She taught at Village Nursery School for the last 2 years. Before that, she was a stay at home mom and nanny. She is looking forward to a great year at St. James!

Maassen, Marlene
K-2 Aide
Northington, Ashley
School Secretary
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Rider, Donna
Middle School Science Specialist and 6th Grade Homeroom

Donna is new to St. James this year, but not new to teaching.  She has taught in Lutheran schools for 25 years in Steelville, IL; Seymour, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Marlette, MI; and most recently Bloomington, IL.  She was raised in Manistee, Michigan and went to school at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  Her father grew up in Delphi, Indiana and she recently married and moved to Delphi, Indiana.  She is married to Paul Rider and has the privilege of being a stepmother to six children that range from 10 to 20.  She is very excited to begin her new ministry at St. James.

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Ripke, Kris
4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kris Ripke teaches 4th grade and is a member of St. James . She graduated from St. James in 1974, taught here from 1987-1990 and returned in 2003. She is also a registered nurse. Kris is married to Jerry Ripke, and they have five children and 3 grandchildren.

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Rogers, Jacob

My name is Jacob Rogers and I serve as Principal of St. James Lutheran Church & School. I grew up in Indiana (Purdue University and Colts fan) attending St. James as a student. I have received my Bachelors in Music Education from Indiana State University; Masters in Education: Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Phoenix; and my post-masters from Indiana State University in their Principal licensure program. I also received my Colloquy through Concordia University, Chicago.  I have been a member of the Lutheran church since my cradle days, and enjoy working at St. James every day. The Lutheran church and school community provided great role models in my life that gave me a great education and, more importantly, provided a great foundation of faith for me through the working power of the Holy Spirit. I have been in the education field for 15 years (8 years as a music teacher, 7 years as a principal) and serving schools in Southern Illinois, Ohio, Utah and St. James. My wife and I have 2 boys, who also attend St. James Lutheran School. I enjoy playing the trumpet at church and community functions, trying to play golf, and spending time with my family.

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Roland, Lydia
1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Lydia Roland grew up in Holt, Michigan. She received her training in Elementary Education at Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois. Ms. Roland came to St. James in 1989 to teach first grade. She helps with Scrip, serves on the Auction Committee, and has two cats: Tia and Hanni.

Schoon, Amy
Pre-Algebra Teacher

I graduated from Purdue University in 1996 with a BS in Math Education. I received my MA in Math Education in 2001 also from Purdue. In 2002, I married my husband, Ben. We have 3 daughters, Maya, a 6th grader, Lyla, a 3rd grader and Cassie, a kindergartner all here at St. James. I taught high school math for 13 years and also taught Geometry one year at St. James.

Tietz, Joan
Art Teacher
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Trautmann, Melissa
Kindergarten Teacher

Melissa has worked at St. James since July 1996.  She grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She completed her colloquy through Concordia in Chicago. Melissa has two children: Zachary and Matthew, both of whom attended St. James.

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Wollenburg, Quinn
Preschool 3's (Red Room)
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Ziegler, Rebecca
Preschool 2's (Orange Room)