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Amy Hedges

Principal

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Amy has been in education since 1993 and is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in Education. She completed her religious colloquy through Concordia Chicago and is pursuing a M.ED. in Administration. 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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Amy Helmkamp

Early Childhood Teacher

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Amy has been in Early Childhood Education since 2015, 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. When time allows, Amy enjoys painting in several different mediums as well as creating wall murals.

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Tracie Douglas

Early Childhood Teacher

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Tracie Douglas has been in early childhood education since 2008, 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 with an early childhood emphasis 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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The-Resā Lipsey

Early Childhood 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 23 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.  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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Kristine Beltz

Early Childhood Aide

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Kristine graduated from the University of Evansville with a B.S. in Biology. While working in healthcare, Kristine has often led Bible Studies for kids, taught at Vacation Bible School, and taught Sunday School. She became a member of Our Shepherd in 2010. She and her husband, Mark, have a son, David. Kristine enjoys swimming, hiking, and scrapbooking.

 

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Shirley Cronauer

Kindergarten Teacher

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 Shirley 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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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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Aaron McPeak

4th Grade Teacher

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Aaron is the fourth grade teacher at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and a minor in Mathematics.  In 2008, he went back to college and completed the requirements to become a K-6 licensed teacher with added endorsements to teach grades 7-12. He has experience teaching elementary and middle school Math and Science.

He and his wife, Kim, moved to Indiana from Colorado in 2016. He is the proud father of two children who both attend Our Shepherd Lutheran School. In his down time, you can probably find him with his family at a park, the Indianapolis Zoo, on a racquetball court, or at the movies.

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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. 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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Charlotte Eberhard

8th Grade Teacher

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Graduating from Concordia Nebraska in 2018, Carlie started in education with her first call here to Our Shepherd. She teaches middle school Language Arts, 1-8th grade music, and began a band program at OSLS. Her favorite part of being a music teacher is being able to see the students grow from 1st grade until they graduate their 8th grade year. She and her husband Dan both enjoy being outdoors, especially biking together. Carlie also enjoys reading, playing music, and running. 

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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.

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Jena Mackay

2nd Grade Teacher

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Jena grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She went to Calvary Lutheran Grade School and Kansas City Lutheran High School. She then graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 1996, she received her teaching certificate from University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1999 and started teaching in Lutheran schools. She received a Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist from University of Nebraska - Kearney in 2012.

Jena is married to Marcus (Senior Pastor at Advent Evangelical Lutheran in Zionsville) has 4 boys - Malachi, Matthias, Micah, and Marc.

 

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Hannah Sugita

3rd Grade Teacher

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Hannah was born in California, but moved to Nebraska in second grade. She grew up in Grand Island with her two younger sisters, older brother, and parents. Since then, a sister-in-law and a baby niece have been added to her family. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading or doing calligraphy. She earned her education from Concordia University Nebraska in Seward. After graduation, she took her first call to Our Shepherd Lutheran School here in Avon teaching third grade.

 

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Amber Whitson

Resource Teacher

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Amber currently resides in Avon with her husband Josh, daughter, and two fur babies Bentley and Brinkley. She grew up in Speedway as the oldest of four siblings. Obtaining her degree in education with a dual license in mild interventions led her to teach the past 7 1/2 years in Avon as the private school special education teacher. Our Shepherd was one of the schools that she serviced in that position, which brought her here to her current position. She is beyond excited!

Their family loves being active and following their sports teams, going to games, and doing anything outdoors. They love listening to live music, traveling, and the beach is their happy place. Spending quality time with friends and family is Amber’s favorite thing to do. She is very passionate about education, children and their families. She believes in always growing and learning and looks forward to continuing to glorify Christ together!

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Nyema Russell

School Secretary

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Mrs. Russell is the oldest of four children born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. She moved to Indianapolis thirteen years ago. She has been happily married for twelve years. She has five children. She loves singing, dancing, event planning, coaching, and teaching.

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Julie Prahlow

Spanish Teacher

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Mrs. Prahlow was an Early Childhood Aide at Our Shepherd for two years before stepping into new roles this year. Julie grew up in Zeeland, MI which is very close to Holland, MI on Lake Michigan. She is married to Nate and they have three boys: Joshua, going to Purdue, Caleb going to Covenant Christian High School, and Jonathan at OS. Julie loves to be outside-camping, hiking, gardening in particular. She also loves to read and play board games. Mrs. Prahlow loves sharing about Jesus with others and has traveled on mission trips to Honduras, Mexico, Cambodia, Canada, and in the United States.

 

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Abby Fritcha

Early Childhood Teacher

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Abby is a life-long west-sider of Indy. She and her husband, Josh, and their children live in Danville.  She holds a degree from the IU School of Education at IUPUI in Elementary Education and has licensure in general and special education.  As a family they love being outside, traveling, gardening, and spending time with extended family.  “I feel so fortunate to be able to work here at Our Shepherd and get to know each and every one of my students and their families.”  

 

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Heather Shell

Early Childhood Aide

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Heather is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with a M.ED. in School Counseling. She has worked part time as an Early Childhood Aide since 2015. Heather, her husband, and two sons recently moved to Brownsburg from Fort Wayne. Before the birth of her two sons, she worked as an Elementary School Counselor. She is looking forward to getting to know the Indianapolis area and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and the outdoors.

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Monica Marks

Early Childhood Aide

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Monica lives in Speedway and has two daughters. She has a strong passion for animals; she has two dogs, 3 cats and fostering another dog. The thing that makes her happiest is being with her horse, Marshall. She loves going to the barn to muck his stall and to ride him. She owns a Decluttering/Organizing Business, and is also a volunteer for the Speedway Police Department.

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Doug Lynch

Early Childhood Aide

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Doug is from Brownsburg, IN. He and his wife have one child, Jordan, at Our Shepherd. He loves any and all sports and spending time with friends and family.