Staff & Leadership

Calvary Lutheran School employs some of the brightest, most experienced, most dedicated staff that the Kansas City area has to offer. Our staff strives to drive our students down a path towards excellence, equipping children with a Christ-centered education that will impact the rest of their lives.

Schedule a tour to get to know the dedicated teachers, administrators, and board members at Calvary Lutheran School!

Rev. Bryce Bereuter
Senior Pastor

Rev. Tim Staffeld
Associate Pastor

Michelle Fischer

Laura May
Early Education Director

Wendi Fleming
EEC Assistant Director

Linda Steffens
Administrative Assistant

Mindy Johnson
Business Office Manager

Ashley Walz
Business Office Assistant

K-8 Teachers

The K-8 staff works with your children as they grow through some of the most crucial stages of life. Calvary families believe in our K-8 staff’s ability to exceed the needs of their children’s education and well-being.

  • Heather Croucher, 8th Grade
  • Maggie Milner, 7th Grade
  • Bruce Kletke, 6th Grade and Technology
  • Candi VanVolkenburgh, 6th Grade and Athletic Director
  • Janet Begley, 5th Grade
  • Michelle Beers, 4th Grade
  • Hannah Betten, 3rd Grade
  • Corrie Klatt, 2nd Grade
  • Bev Jamison, 1st Grade
  • Laurie Riddle, Kindergarten
  • Ruth Kunkel, Music and Enrichment
  • Elita Bohn, Art and Enrichment

Early Education Lead Teachers

Our early education team is passionate about going above the highest standards of care for children in their youngest stages of life. Our staff prepares each of our youngest students to enter the elementary level of education by meeting all of your children’s needs and cultivating a familiarity of a Christian education environment.

Oak Campus:

  • Sharon Burger, Infant A
  • Chris Kuehnast, Infant B
  • Michelle Daub, Infant C
  • Judy Luellen, Infant D
  • Sara Bennett, Toddler A
  • Cynthia Hoyle, Toddler B
  • Nancy Hoelscher, Toddler C
  • Peggy Stewart, Toddler D
  • Joyce Burge, 2-Year-Old A
  • April Axtell, 2-Year-Old B
  • Jill Groce, Pre-School 3/4
  • Denaisha Brown, Pre-School 3
  • Hong Pham, Pre-School 4
  • Laurie Persich, Pre-K

Wornall Campus:

  • Shanay Smith, Infant 1
  • Sharell Turner, Infant 2
  • Lakeisha Hogan, Infant/Toddler
  • Debbie Roiko, Toddler 1
  • Lisa Ogden, Toddler 2
  • Trellisa Smith, 2-Year-Old
  • Raven Lee, Pre-School 3
  • Jessica Castel, Pre-School 4
  • Ann Knopps, Pre-K

Board of Christian Education

Our board consists of volunteer leaders who work with faculty, administrators, staff, and parents to foster a thriving academic environment for our children, centered on Christ’s love. The congregation of Calvary Lutheran Church elects the Board of Christian Education, and all members serve a minimum two-year term.

Kathy Alber

“My family felt at home from the very moment we walked through the doors of Calvary four years ago. We were shown a loving, nurturing environment with amazing teachers who not only educate our children, but also assist us in cultivating a love for Christ.”

Kathy AlberDirector, Board Member Since 2014
Paula Henry

“I love Calvary because it is a small Christian school that practices patience, grace, and forgiveness, all with a high academic standard. And not only does Calvary encourage prayer in school, Calvary cultivates and encourages prayer.”

Paula HenryBoard Member Since 2011
Julie Springer

“I know that every morning when I drop off the girls at Calvary, they will be loved and inspired by the teachers and fellow students. They will be challenged academically, encouraged to grow socially, and surrounded by loving Christian role models, which will help them develop emotionally.”

Julie SpringerBoard Member Since 2007
Kathy Griffin

“I love that Calvary provides an outstanding private school education with Christian values. This combination, for our youth, is the ultimate guide for them and our community.”

Kathy GriffinBoard Member Since 2011
Jon Lauer

“We love the Calvary community. Everyone, from the parents to the principal, is working toward the same goal: the future of our children.”

Jon LauerBoard Member Since 2015