Faith Lutheran School

 Preschool-8th Grade    Kirksville, Missouri 

Faith Lutheran School Staff

Janie Fouch - School Director

Mrs. Fouch graduated from NMSU (now Truman State University) in 1985 with a BSE in Science. She holds a lifetime teaching certificate in the state of Missouri. After teaching in the public schools for 4 years, she was asked by Faith Lutheran Church to accept the preschool/kindergarten position at Faith Lutheran School. In 1987 Janie completed her Early Childhood Certification. In 1995, after several years of classes and study through Concordia College, River Forest, she became a commissioned minister of religion. Janie has been at Faith Lutheran School for 28 years and is the current school director. She has 6 children and 8 grandchildren.

Stephanie Winder - 1st Year Preschool Teacher

Stephanie Winder is a graduate of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly and is certified in Christian Education. She is the mother of three children and brings several years of experience working with preschoolers to FLS.  This is her third year on staff at Faith Lutheran School. She worked for the last two years in the 1st year preschool classroom, directed the extended care program, and also teaches summer school at FLS. She is trained in the Project Construct Curriculum.

Stephanie Byrum - 1st Year Preschool Assistant

My education started at Faith Lutheran Preschool in 1986. I graduated from Truman State University in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science in Nursing. I am a Registered Nurse and currently I have a great nursing job where I get to work from home. I always say that I if had not become a nurse then I would have become a teacher. I have four kids, Faith, Wyatt, Owen and Will, who all attend Faith Lutheran.  Faith Lutheran is our home church. I love the sun, swimming, the beach, camping...basically anything outdoors. We also have an energetic rottweiler named Sadie. 

Jane Graf - 2nd Year Preschool

Mrs. Graf (known to our students as "Grandma Jane") has a B.S. in Education and many graduate courses with an emphasis in guidance. She previously taught 1st and 3rd grades in the Fairfield, Iowa Schools. She taught Kindergarten in the Van Buren, Iowa Community Schools for 9 years, and taught for 21 years in upper elementary math and science. She was the lead teacher of the after-school program there, and also directed the summer camp pogram for 3 years. Mrs. Graf also directed her own preschool for two years. Following her retirement from the public schools, Mrs. Graf trained and worked as a math instructional coach. This position included mentoring of teachers, comparing school math curriculum for grades K-8 with Iowa and national standards, as well as analyzing national testing results. Mrs. Graf has been married to her husband, Richard, for 46 years. They have two sons, six grandchildren, and one great! She enjoys gardening, quilting, reading, and collecting antiques. This is her fifth year at Faith Lutheran School.

Sharla Eagen - 2nd Year Preschool

Mrs. Eagen has worked at Faith Lutheran School since 1993. In addition to working with the 2nd year preschoolers, Mrs. Eagen also assists in the office with finances. She is married to Mark and has three sons and one beautiful grandson. She enjoys scrapbooking, gardening, and is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou Tigers.

Debbie Hoshaw - Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Hoshaw has been working at Faith Lutheran School since the fall of 1995. She graduated from NMSU (now Truman State University) in 1992 with a B.S. in Family Sciences/Child Development. Prior to teaching at Faith Lutheran, she worked for Douglas Community Services Head Start in Hannibal and in Macon County, then at Kirksville Day Care center. Mrs. Hoshaw is a member of Faith Lutheran Church, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this ministry. Mrs. Hoshaw is married to Kevin, and has one son, Bennett. Bennett attended Faith Lutheran School from the time he was three years old, until he graduated from 5th grade; the program has been a blessing to the Hoshaw family.

Joy Mitchell - Pre-Kindergarten

Ms. Mitchell (known as Miss Joy to her students) graduated from Schyler R-1 High School and attended NMSU, where she had perfect attendance! Ms. Mitchell has worked as a substitute teacher for Schuyler R-1 and Kirksville R-III schools. She has been at Faith Lutheran School for 17 years. Joy also has taught Sunday School at Queen City Christian Church. Ms. Mitchell has four daughters. She grew up on a dairy farm, loves to swim, and uniquely has trophies for her skills in arm wrestling and pool.

Christy Tucker - Daycare Supervisor

Christy was born and raised in Kirksville and attended Faith Lutheran 2000-2001.  She is currently finishing up schooling at MACC to receive an AAT - Associates in Art and Teaching designation and will move on to a Masters program at Truman State University.  She is 21 years old and getting married in the next few years!

Jessica Tiberi - Kindergarten

Miss Tiberi brings fresh excitement to our kindergarten classroom. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Miss Tiberi has previous teaching experience in the Columbia Public Schools. This is her second year at Faith Lutheran.


Jenny Kelly - Kindergarten Assistant

Originally from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Jenny Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Truman State University with a bachelors degree in Health Science/Administration. After working at Discover Vision Centers and Cerner Corporation for 7 years, she chose to stay home with her 3 boys, Marcus, and twins Carson and Cole. In 2008 her family moved back to Kirksville (her husband's hometown). Our family has been enrolled in and an active part of the Faith Lutheran School for the past 8 years. Jenny loves the Lord, and enjoys spending time with her three boys, and husband Levi. 

Jane Thompson - 1st and 2nd Grades

Mrs. Thompson teaches grades one and two at Faith Lutheran School where she has taught  since 1999. Previously, she taught eight years in New Jersey and Missouri.  At one time or another, she has taught in every grade 1 through 8 . Mrs. Thompson holds an MA in elementary education from Western Governors University and a BA from Central Bible College in Springfield with additional hours from MU-Springfield and Trenton State College. She is certified in teaching in the states of Missouri and Utah. In addition, Mrs. Thompson has written Sunday school and social studies curriculum on assignment.

Mrs. Thompson on why she teaches at Faith Lutheran:

"God has blessed me to serve at Faith Lutheran School as a teacher.  I teach here to honor God, bless families, and help equip children for the future. One note that I will always cherish from a parent said, "Thank you for teaching my child the four r's reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic, and religion. God has blessed me to serve at Faith Lutheran School as a teacher.  I teach here to honor God, bless families, and help equip children for the future. "

Megan Driving Hawk - 1st/2nd Grade Assistant, Art Teacher

Mrs. Driving Hawk joins Faith Lutheran School from Arizona for her second year as our art teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a Master of Education and Teacher Certification from Arizona State University. She specializes in art and brings a wealth of creative experience to FLS.

Cheryl Flaim - 3rd Grade

Ms. Flaim is a 1998 graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in History (education track). She completed her Master of Divinity from Portland Seminary in May 2013 . She is an ACSI certified teacher with a specialist certification in Bible Study. Ms. Flaim has previously served as a Youth and Family Minister and has 20 years of experience working with children and youth. This is her 10th year at FLS. Ms. Flaim also serves as the pastor of Mt. Zion UMC near Atlanta, Missouri. In addition to her experience working with students and the church, she has a background in web design and online media. She has written Bible study and Vacation Bible School curriculum and enjoys writing as a hobby.  She is most passionate about science and social studies!

Why Ms. Flaim works at Faith Lutheran School:

"I work at Faith Lutheran School because it is an amazing environment to work in. It is like being part of a big family. We are an extension of the home by sharing God’s love and teaching Christian values. The kids are excited about learning, especially with the many hands-on learning opportunities available to them here."

Connie Charles - 4th Grades

Mrs. Charles is a Kirksville native and a graduate of Kirksville High School. She studied music at Northeast Missouri State University from 1976-1977 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman) in May of 1988. She taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade over a 9-year tenure at Schuyler County from 1988-1997. In 1991 she received a Master’s Degree in Administration from NMSU (Truman). She served as the Principal and Director of Special Programs at Adair County R-1 Schools from 1997-2009. In 2000, she received a Specialist in Administration degree from Northwest Missouri in Maryville. She has taught at Faith Lutheran School since 2009.

Mrs. Charles says that growing up in Kirksville gave her a rich life of opportunities through her family, church, the schools and colleges, along with an agricultural influence. She and her husband, Bill Charles, (better known as Buck) have been married over 20 years. They enjoy traveling, reading, working together and time together at Lake of the Ozarks. Mrs. Charles has a strong faith in Christ and has been given opportunities to be active in her church choir, children’s programs, and various other paths to serve Him, including teaching at Faith Lutheran.

Why Mrs. Charles works at Faith Lutheran School:

"For the past nine years I've had the blessing of teaching at Faith Lutheran school. Why? It's a Christian loving community that allows me to teach about Jesus,  pray and sing with students, has supportive parents, and still teach an enriched curriculum that prepares students for continued education with success."

Marge Kaden - 5th and 6th Grades

 Marge Kaden has lived with her family on a farm in Schuyler County for over 40 years.  She graduated from William Penn University in 1991 and started teaching at Schuyler R-1 Elementary.  At the end of the 2015-2016 school year she completed 25 years of teaching 5th and 6th graders. She loves spending time with her family, which includes seven grandchildren. Reading and gardening are activities she enjoys. Mrs. Kaden and her husband, Ivan, have been active members of Faith Lutheran since 1975. This is her third year teaching at Faith Lutheran School.

Nancy Douglas - 5th and 6th Grade Math

Nancy Douglas lives with her husband on a farm near Edina, Missouri.  They have one single daughter who resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Nancy graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville with a Bachelor's degree in education. She taught in the public schools for 23 years and has been a lay pastor for the past 11 years in the United Methodist Church. Nancy enjoys spending dancing, reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Why Nancy teaches at Faith Lutheran School:

"I enjoy teaching here because the children are so well behaved and bright. I have been well received by the staff."

Debra Lawrence - 7th and 8th Grades

Ms. Lawrence has been an educator for many years. She attended Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. She later attended Northwest Missouri State University where she received a Specialist degree in Educational Administration. Ms. Lawrence has taught sixth grade, fourth grade and high school mathematics. She also taught many years of summer school, both as credit recovery and enrichment, for grades K-8. She served as a junior high coach for 15 years. She also served as an elementary principal for five years and a superintendent for five years. This is her sixth year at FLS.

Ms. Lawrence loves to travel to experience the different aspects of history and other cultures. She has been fortunate to have traveled to several different countries in Europe. She also loves to read and has enjoyed reading books of different types as long as she can remember.

Sheri Baker - Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Baker holds a B.S. in Social Work with an early childhood emphasis. She has been at Faith Lutheran School for 5 years. Mrs. Baker previously taught preschool in Sedalia for 5 years and served as the After School Program Director at Greenwood Elementary School in Kirksville. She has worked as a substitute teacher in the Kirskville School District and for Faith Lutheran School. Mrs. Baker is originally from Chicago, enjoys traveling and 60s-80s pop culture.

Why Sheri Works at Faith Lutheran School:

"It is a blessing to work at Faith Lutheran School. What a privilege to work with children in small groups to meet their academic needs in a more individualized manner. Greater than that, what a blessing it is to share the truths of God with their hearts. I appreciate the open communication between parents and teachers at this school. I am so thankful to be part of a place where there is joy, flexibility, and a desire to impact youth for their good and God's glory." 

Jackie Pickens - Reading Specialist and IEP coordinator

Mrs. Pickens retired from her position as Elementary Special Education Teacher/Coordinator for the La Plata R-II School District, which was a position she held for 27 years. She served as an Autism Consultant for 16 schools in the northeast Missouri area on an as-needed basis. Mrs. Pickens received her Bachelor's Degree in 1986 from Truman State University and her Master's Degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 1999. Many years ago, Mrs. Pickens served on the board of Kids Korner Day Care, which was a part of the Faith Lutheran Church School. Both of her daughters attended Kids Korner and Faith Lutheran Preschool. This is her fifth year on staff at FLS. She has had the privilege of having two granddaughters attend Faith Lutheran while working here.

Elaine AuBuchon - Music

Ms. AuBuchon teaches music at Faith Lutheran School for pre-kindergarten through middle. She instructs the students in vocal performance and also teaches recorder to the upper elementary students. Ms. AuBuchon also offers band and choir for the 5th-8th grade grade FLS students. In addition to teaching music at Faith Lutheran School, Ms. AuBuchon teaches the oboe and bassoon studios, woodwind methods and perspectives in music at Truman State University. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and then moved to the Chicago area where she graduated with a Master of Music from Northwestern University. She is the English hornist with the Quad City Symphony and has been the principal oboist of the Elmhurst Symphony, the Waukesha Symphony, and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas as well as various other professional orchestras and chamber groups in the Chicago area.