St. Peter's Lutheran School Faculty

  Michele Gapski Principal Science - 5th-8th Grade   Hi! My name is Michele Gapski and I am the principal of St. Peter's Lutheran School. I am so proud to be a part of this school that has served our area for more than 160 years! I would love to take you on a tour of our facilities or talk with you if you have any questions about our school.  In addition to being the principal, I also teach 5th through 8th grade Science. 

Michele Gapski
Principal
Science - 5th-8th Grade

Hi! My name is Michele Gapski and I am the principal of St. Peter's Lutheran School. I am so proud to be a part of this school that has served our area for more than 160 years! I would love to take you on a tour of our facilities or talk with you if you have any questions about our school.

In addition to being the principal, I also teach 5th through 8th grade Science. 

  Jackie Sturgess 7th/8th Grade K-8th Technology   My name is Jackie Sturgess and I am the 7th and 8th grade combined classroom teacher.  Our students receive instruction in Lutheran Doctrine (lead by a Pastor), English (grammar & writing), Literature, Vocabulary, Science (Life, Earth, or Physical depending on the year), American History, and Pre-Algebra (7th grade) and Algebra (8th grade).  Along with academic courses, students also have Spanish, Art, Physical Education, Handbells, Computer classes, and band, which is optional.  Students in grades K - 8 meet twice a week for Computer classes.  Here they learn basic computer skills, keyboarding, coding, and Microsoft Office.  Students in the 7th/8th grade also use Chromebooks in the classroom to complete, or do research for, assignments in a variety of subjects.  In using the Chromebooks, they are also becoming familiar with G-Suite, Google Classroom, and other online programs.  Beyond the academics, I strive to instill in my students the unconditional love of Jesus and the forgiveness of sin.  My prayer is that they will grow to be kind, compassionate, generous, forgiving people.

Jackie Sturgess
7th/8th Grade
K-8th Technology

My name is Jackie Sturgess and I am the 7th and 8th grade combined classroom teacher.  Our students receive instruction in Lutheran Doctrine (lead by a Pastor), English (grammar & writing), Literature, Vocabulary, Science (Life, Earth, or Physical depending on the year), American History, and Pre-Algebra (7th grade) and Algebra (8th grade).  Along with academic courses, students also have Spanish, Art, Physical Education, Handbells, Computer classes, and band, which is optional.

Students in grades K - 8 meet twice a week for Computer classes.  Here they learn basic computer skills, keyboarding, coding, and Microsoft Office.  Students in the 7th/8th grade also use Chromebooks in the classroom to complete, or do research for, assignments in a variety of subjects.  In using the Chromebooks, they are also becoming familiar with G-Suite, Google Classroom, and other online programs.

Beyond the academics, I strive to instill in my students the unconditional love of Jesus and the forgiveness of sin.  My prayer is that they will grow to be kind, compassionate, generous, forgiving people.


  Karla Leidecker 5th/6th Grade K-8th Music/Band   My name is Karla Leidecker and I have been part of the faculty and staff of St. Peter's since 2000.  I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Resource Room, and am now the 5th and 6th grade teacher.  I am also blessed to direct the Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Chorister Choir, and teach K-3rd classroom music.  It's a blessing to reach and teach all ages of our building!  In 5th and 6th grade students begin their formal Confirmation instruction with Bible History taught by Pastor Garber.  I teach Language, Literature, Writing, Spelling/Vocabulary, and Math.  We alternate yearly between Ancient History and Early American History, Earth Science and General Science.  Students also take weekly Spanish, Art, and PE classes.  Technology takes an active role in our classroom through the daily use of Chromebooks as a tool for expression, communication, research, and creativity.  We also attend Outdoor Ed in 5th and 6th grade which is a highlight of the year!    Sharing and showing the love of Jesus is central in every activity of our classroom!  We pray together, worship together, and grow in our faith together each and every day!

Karla Leidecker
5th/6th Grade
K-8th Music/Band

My name is Karla Leidecker and I have been part of the faculty and staff of St. Peter's since 2000.  I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Resource Room, and am now the 5th and 6th grade teacher.  I am also blessed to direct the Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Chorister Choir, and teach K-3rd classroom music.  It's a blessing to reach and teach all ages of our building!

In 5th and 6th grade students begin their formal Confirmation instruction with Bible History taught by Pastor Garber.  I teach Language, Literature, Writing, Spelling/Vocabulary, and Math.  We alternate yearly between Ancient History and Early American History, Earth Science and General Science.  Students also take weekly Spanish, Art, and PE classes.  Technology takes an active role in our classroom through the daily use of Chromebooks as a tool for expression, communication, research, and creativity.  We also attend Outdoor Ed in 5th and 6th grade which is a highlight of the year!  

Sharing and showing the love of Jesus is central in every activity of our classroom!  We pray together, worship together, and grow in our faith together each and every day!

  Mary Rich 3rd/4th Grade   My name is Mary Rich and I have been blessed to teach at St. Peter’s beginning in 1997.  I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grades, and am now teaching 3rd and 4th grade.  I love teaching at the 3rd and 4th grade level. What a fun age!  In third and fourth grade, I teach Religion, Math, Reading, Language, Spelling, Social Studies, Science, and Handwriting.  As shown in the photo below, we did a Science experiment in which we rubbed a cloth vigorously on the balloon and then watched as it clung to the wall.  This demonstrated static electricity and the buildup of particles. Third and fourth graders really enjoy hands-on activities such as this.

Mary Rich
3rd/4th Grade

My name is Mary Rich and I have been blessed to teach at St. Peter’s beginning in 1997.  I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grades, and am now teaching 3rd and 4th grade.  I love teaching at the 3rd and 4th grade level. What a fun age!

In third and fourth grade, I teach Religion, Math, Reading, Language, Spelling, Social Studies, Science, and Handwriting.  As shown in the photo below, we did a Science experiment in which we rubbed a cloth vigorously on the balloon and then watched as it clung to the wall.  This demonstrated static electricity and the buildup of particles. Third and fourth graders really enjoy hands-on activities such as this.

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  Larysa Transit 1st/2nd Grade   My name is Larysa Transit and I teach first and second grade at St. Peter’s Lutheran School. I am very blessed to teach at St. Peter’s and share God’s love with the children and their families. I have been teaching for over 20 years and I love every minute of it!  In first and second grade the subject areas that I teach are: Jesus time, reading, phonics, writing skills, spelling, handwriting (cursive in second grade), math, science, and social studies. The students also have special classes which include: technology, music, physical education, Spanish and art.  We begin each day with prayers and a devotion, it is my favorite time of the day. The children pray for each other and their families, and we take time to thank God for our many blessings.

Larysa Transit
1st/2nd Grade

My name is Larysa Transit and I teach first and second grade at St. Peter’s Lutheran School. I am very blessed to teach at St. Peter’s and share God’s love with the children and their families. I have been teaching for over 20 years and I love every minute of it!

In first and second grade the subject areas that I teach are: Jesus time, reading, phonics, writing skills, spelling, handwriting (cursive in second grade), math, science, and social studies. The students also have special classes which include: technology, music, physical education, Spanish and art.

We begin each day with prayers and a devotion, it is my favorite time of the day. The children pray for each other and their families, and we take time to thank God for our many blessings.

  Becky Schilling Kindergarten   My name is Becky Schilling and I get to teach Kindergarten, the fabulous, fun, first, formal year of education!  The beginning of school brings excitement and perhaps some apprehension to children and parents alike, as they embark on the new journey of elementary school.  Our Kindergarten focuses on all aspects of growth, recognizing that each child is unique in their development and learning style .  St. Peter’s Kindergarten offers a rich literacy program, hands-on math, science, social studies,  Spanish, music, art, and physical education. In addition, Kindergarten uses the technology lab and iPads in the classroom.  Most importantly, the students learn about their Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Biblical truths that provide a firm foundation of faith.  This spiritual growth happens not only in Jesus Time and chapel services, but throughout each day in all subjects. Students and teachers stand  in the shadow of the cross, learning to show Christian love and forgiveness in day to day activities all year long.

Becky Schilling
Kindergarten

My name is Becky Schilling and I get to teach Kindergarten, the fabulous, fun, first, formal year of education!  The beginning of school brings excitement and perhaps some apprehension to children and parents alike, as they embark on the new journey of elementary school.  Our Kindergarten focuses on all aspects of growth, recognizing that each child is unique in their development and learning style .

St. Peter’s Kindergarten offers a rich literacy program, hands-on math, science, social studies,  Spanish, music, art, and physical education. In addition, Kindergarten uses the technology lab and iPads in the classroom.  Most importantly, the students learn about their Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Biblical truths that provide a firm foundation of faith.  This spiritual growth happens not only in Jesus Time and chapel services, but throughout each day in all subjects. Students and teachers stand  in the shadow of the cross, learning to show Christian love and forgiveness in day to day activities all year long.

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Rachel Tapling
LSEM - Resource Room Teacher

7th/8th Math
2nd Grade Reading

My name is Rachel and I've been a member of the St. Peter's staff for two years now, and a teacher for over a decade. I love connecting with the students individually in the resource room. I see any student with an IEP or anyone who needs extra help in some way. I love the flexibility of being able to support students wherever they are. 

This year I am also teaching math to the 7th & 8th graders, and reading to the 2nd graders. I love getting to know all ages of students! I work hard to make sure that my lessons are engaging and use best practices. 

I'm looking forward to a great year!