Faith Lutheran School

 Preschool-8th Grade    Kirksville, Missouri 
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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.

Jessica Hodges - Preschool Assistant

Born and raised on the east coast of Virginia. I grew up in a Christian home where children were my parents ministry. Mother was an elementary school teacher & father was lead of a children’s ministry that bused children from all over the city to church to learn about the love Christ has for all. Attended Gateway Christian College where I trained some in early education. Married to my college sweetheart Tim Hodges who is the pastor at Hazel Creek Church. We have two beautiful daughters Sophia & Olivia. We are actively involved in our church and enjoy time as a family. I have worked with children in church and daycares for 16+ years. Sharing God’s love with children is a passion for me. 

Stephanie Byrum - 2nd Year Preschool Teacher

Stephanie's education started at Faith Lutheran Preschool in 1986. She graduated from Truman State University in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse and currently works in a nursing position from home in addition to teaching at Faith Lutheran School. She always said that if she had not become a nurse then she would have become a teacher - now she is both! She has four kids, Faith, Wyatt, Owen and Will, who all attend Faith Lutheran.  Faith Lutheran is Ms. Byrum's home church. She loves the sun, swimming, the beach, camping...basically anything outdoors. She also has an energetic rottweiler named Sadie. This is her second year on staff at FLS.

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. 

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 six beautiful grandchildren. 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.

Judith Austic- Daycare Teacher

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 - Kindergarten/1st Grade

Mrs. Thompson teaches kindergarten and at Faith Lutheran School where she has taught  since 1999. After many years teaching 1st and 2nd grades, she is excited to move to kindergarten this year! 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."

Lora Alexander - 2nd and 3rd Grades

My name is Lora Alexander and I am super excited to be teaching 2nd and 3rd Grade at Faith Lutheran school. Stacy, my husband, and I have three children. Morgan, a senior at Truman State University; Lindsey, a freshman at UMKC; and Ashton, a sophomore at KHS.  I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Southeastern Community College. I then graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in science from the University of Missouri -St. Louis. This is my 24th year teaching in an elementary school. Last year I supervised student teachers for Grand Canyon University. I have a personal commitment to encouraging/challenging my students to doing their best at all times.  I can’t wait to see what the school year has in store for us.

Cheryl Flaim - 4th Grade

Ms. Flaim is a 1998 graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in History (education track). She also has a Master's degree from George Fox University/Portland Seminary. 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 more than 20 years of experience working with children and youth. Ms. Flaim also serves as the pastor of Mt. Zion UMC near Atlanta, Missouri. At Faith Lutheran School, she has taught 5th and 6th grade math, 7th and 8th grade science, 3rd and now 4th grade!  She has written Bible study and Vacation Bible School curriculum and enjoys writing as a hobby.  

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."

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 fourth 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 sixth 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.

Marty Archer - Physical Education