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Amy Helmkamp

Preschool Teacher

Office: 317.271.9103
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Amy has been in early childhood education for 3 years and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.  She enjoys watching the preschoolers open up to build friendships with their classmates and learn about Jesus. She has worked as a live-in nanny, has taught in day cares, and also works in an emergency room. She is married to her husband Dave and they have one daughter, Morgan, who attends seventh grade at OSLS. When time allows, Amy enjoys painting in several different mediums as well as creating wall murals.

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Tracie Douglas

Prekindergarten Teacher

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Tracie Douglas has been in early childhood education for 7 years and graduated from Concordia Chicago with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Spanish concentration. She has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Portland. Tracie loves teaching children - especially about Jesus! She and her husband Matt (the Assistant Pastor at Our Shepherd) have four children: Isaac, Levi, Eden, and Lydia. Tracie enjoys reading, camping, and visiting family and friends.  

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Ericka Zwettler

Pre-Kindergarten Aide

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Ericka is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with a BA in Secondary Education with a major in speech and theater. She is happily married and they have three children in school here at Our Shepherd. Her hobbies include baking, painting, and volunteering for various church and school activities. After living in India for a bit and getting to see different parts of the world, she is looking forward to more traveling with her family in the future.

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Shirley Cronauer

Kindergarten Teacher

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Shirley has been in early childhood education for 26 years and graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She has a major concentration in Early Childhood Education, a minor emphasis in Speech/Drama, and is devoted to her work with young children. She currently holds an Indiana teaching certificate and regularly attends classes and workshops, such as the Annual Conference for Indiana Kindergarten Teachers, to stay current with educational practices that foster success in learning for her students. Her family background consists of a family of teachers, including two sisters who are kindergarten teachers and a father who retired after serving 40 years in the teaching ministry. She has been an early childhood educator since 1986, with the exception of five years when she had the privilege and joy of staying home to raise her son. When she is not teaching, Shirley enjoys spending time with her family and doing things they love such as traveling, cooking, reading, gardening, playing games, riding bikes, and walking. Shirley resides with her husband and son in Hendricks County.

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Rachel Burris

Kindergarten Aide

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Rachel and her husband Seth have called Our Shepherd "home" since 2004. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University (B.S. in Early Childhood Education), Rachel taught in a variety of different Pre-K, K, and 1st Grade classrooms. She loves her job as a part time aide in Kindergarten, and enjoys the flexibility that schedule allows so she can take care of her home and two active boys, Kyle and Ryan. Rachel enjoys Bible study, gardening, exercising, camping, and watching her boys play sports.

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The-Resā Lipsey

Kindergarten Aide

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The-Resā is a graduate of Advanced Vocational Health Institute with a degree as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) and home health care. She has been a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School for 19 years, aiding in the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten rooms for all those years. The-Resā owns her own cleaning service, too. She has one son, Larry, who graduated from Our Shepherd Lutheran as salutatorian, attended Lutheran High School for his freshman and sophomore years, and completed his junior and senior years at Ball State University for Mathematics, Science and Humanities.  He is currently attending IUPUI and working part-time. The-Resā loves taking care of children and senior citizens. She also enjoys sewing, singing, camping, skiing, cycling, skating, painting, crocheting, and knitting. Most of all she enjoys letting her life be an example for non-Christians who are unbelievers, that the Lord Jesus Christ can work through all.

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Lisa Dubke

1st Grade Teacher

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Lisa has been in education for 11 years and is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She also has her Masters degree in Education from the University of Texas, enabling her to be certified in School Counseling and Guidance. She has taught over ten years in Lutheran schools with student bodies of less than 60 as well as over 600 students. She is a busy mom to three children, Ben, Drew, and Mia. Lisa enjoys music and sings with a praise team at Our Shepherd. She and her husband, Jon, enjoy hiking and camping with their family.

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Julia Stafford

2nd Grade Teacher

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Julia spent most of her childhood in different countries. Her parents served the LCMS synod as missionaries in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Mexico. She has been in education for 7 years and graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Elementary Education and then married her husband Brock. She enjoys teaching 2nd grade at Our Shepherd. During her free time, Julia enjoys quilting, drawing and reading. She is also an active member of LWML.

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Wendi Lepley

3rd Grade Teacher

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Wendi has been in education for 8 years and graduated in 2003 from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  Wendi also earned her Colloquy degree in July of 2013.  She has taught in Lutheran schools for six years and most recently taught for two years in the 3rd grade for Speedway Public Schools.  While originally from Michigan, Wendi and her family have lived in Indiana for 13 years.  Wendi enjoys spending time with her four children: Isaac, Meghan, Carina, and Markus, and her husband Dan who is the Senior Pastor here at Our Shepherd.   She enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, biking, and many other outdoor activities with her family.

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Amy Hedges

Interim Principal and 4th Grade Teacher

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Amy has been in education 15 years and is a graduate of Purdue University and has a B.A. in Education. She completed her religious colloquy through Concordia Chicago. Her diverse teaching experiences range from years in inner-city public schools to time at a private school for gift-talented, which have helped to refine the classroom and curriculum development skills she brings to Our Shepherd. A lifelong Lutheran originally from the Fort Wayne area, she has lived in the Indianapolis area since 1997, and has been a member of Our Shepherd since 2001. Amy and her husband have four children: Shelby, Lauren, Alec, and Ian. Amy practices her photography skills during the family road trips. When at home, she likes to try new recipes on her family and spend time visiting with friends.

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Kim May

5th Grade Teacher

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Kim has been in education 17 years and graduated from Concordia University, Chicago. She has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Art. She taught third grade for four years in Dundee, IL, and then married and moved to Minnesota. After having three children, she stayed home to be with her family. Kim taught middle school Social Studies for eight years before taking over her current position as fifth grade homeroom teacher and middle school Social Studies teacher. She has been in this position for the last 6 years. Kim’s hobbies include hiking, walking, cycling, cooking, baking, and various crafts.

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Rachel Miller

6th Grade Teacher

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Rachel has been in education 11 years and graduated from Concordia University, River Forest IL. She has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Indianapolis.

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Nicolette Mierow

7th Grade Teacher

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Nikki has been in education for 11 years in both Lutheran and public schools. She graduated from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, with a Bachelors of Science, and completed her secondary science teaching certificate from Indiana Wesleyan. She has been teaching and coaching volleyball at OSLS for the past 6 years. Currently, she serves as the 7th grade homeroom teacher, middle school science teacher, varsity volleyball, cheer, and track coach, and athletic director. Besides teaching, Nikki loves to spend time with her three children, Hannah Eden, Bethany Ruth, and Ezra Caspian. What she enjoys most about Our Shepherd is the many opportunities to express and share in the faith we have been given through our Risen Lord.

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Margo Martin

8th Grade Teacher

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Margo has been in education 30 years and received her BA in Education from Concordia University in Chicago when it was known as Concordia Teachers' College in River Forest, IL. She has taught all eight grades and most of her years have been spent teaching language arts, literature, and music to her favored middle school students. Margo enjoys reading for pleasure, and ballroom dancing for fun with her husband. Her daughter, Kira, is a para-professional for Wayne Township Schools.

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Brooke Bertoncini

Spanish and Resource Teacher

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Brooke graduated from Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola, IN, with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She is married to Sebastian, and they have three boys, Ian, Gavin and Aden, who all attend Our Shepherd. Brooke stayed home with her boys until the youngest was in full day Pre-K. She has traveled to South America several times and is excited to share her knowledge of Spanish with the students during her first year teaching at Our Shepherd.  

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Jamie Kelley

Art Teacher

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Jamie is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Jamie was born in Ohio, but raised in Lakeland, Florida. She graduated college and married her husband Eddie in 1988. Jamie has managed an art gallery, worked with the Very Special Arts in Florida, and has done Art therapy with children of all ages. Through art and art therapy, Jamie has seen how art encourages and strengthens children. By opening them up to the creative process, their confidence grows and they begin to see that they themselves are a masterpiece created by God! Our Shepherd has been their church home since the year 2000. Jamie and Eddie have two children, Angelle and Eddie III. Jamie loves doing Bible studies, spending time with her family, and of course… creating art! One of her long time passions has been fitness ministry. Jamie shares, “The Lord has truly blessed me with this position of teaching art to your children and being able to share my faith in this loving, Christ centered environment. The excitement and joy I feel go beyond what words can express.”

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Rosemary Thomas

Resource

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Rosemary Thomas is a graduate of Butler University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. After retiring from teaching, she began assisting at our school, most recently in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. She has two grown children with families of their own. Her husband, Irvin, is now retired as well. She enjoys her mission here at our school. Gardening and bowling are her favorite activities.

Sheilah Keefer

Director of Admissions

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