Sierra Jacob 3rd Grade Classroom sjacob@flsweb.org

My name is Sierra Jacob.
Teaching has always been a love of mine, as I enjoy seeing students understand that
challenging concept for the very first time. I also enjoy the relationship-building
aspect of classroom teaching. In a Lutheran school in particular, I appreciate having
the ability to share my faith and see the faith of God’s precious children grow as
well.
One of my favorite teaching moments came as I was subbing at FLS in the
kindergarten classroom. As the children were about to leave for summer break, I
was reminding them of how much Jesus loves them (and so do I and all of the other
staff at FLS) and those students were already so confident in this fact. They were so
assured of Jesus’ love at such a young age, which truly brought me joy!
My favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1b-2a, “Let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” This
verse was my confirmation verse, which I was able to pick out myself. Though I am
not a runner, in this verse we can see that we are on the path that Christ has set for
us, but also the way in which we can always look to Him for guidance and strength.

Diana Kitzman 4th Grade dkitzman@flsweb.org

My name is Diana Kitzman.

My Elementary Education B.A. degree from Gustavus Adolphus College led me to a Lutheran elementary school in N. Hollywood, California before my husband brought me to Faribault and FLS.

This is my 30th year teaching in Lutheran schools, but my first year with a class of solely fourth graders! I especially love teaching children at this grade level because of their excitement and enthusiasm for learning and their willingness to take on the challenges this grade and their age presents. They are beginning to become independent, but still appreciate adult guidance. Their insight into God’s word and what Jesus has done for them as their Savior enlightens me daily. To be allowed to help them grow in faith is a blessing and honor.

My husband Chris and I have lived in Faribault for 28 years. We have two boys; one at Colorado State University and the other at Washington University in St. Louis. The best dog in the world, Mazely, also lives at our house.

Favorite bible verse: May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Chrysteena Saehler 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher csaehler@flsweb.org

My name is Chrysteena Saehler.
This is my second year at Faribault Lutheran School. I am the Interim Administrator for 2020-2021, the fifth grade homeroom,
teacher as well as the 5-8 math teacher.
I currently live in Owatonna with my husband who is a math teacher at Owatonna
Middle School. We are both involved at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault. I am
also involved with RealLife in Owatonna and my husband and I are also involved in
YoungLife in Medford. We get to share God’s word to high school students, who may
have never heard of who Jesus is or what He did during his ministry on earth.
I enjoy seeing the students each and everyday. I enjoy working with students
because it is always a surprise everyday as to what they will do or say. I did not
originally intend to be a teacher but God called me to serve the church and I have
not looked back since starting my degree to become a Lutheran schoolteacher. I
enjoy working at FLS because of the more individualized time I get to work with my
students.
My favorite moment that has happened since I began teaching is the willingness
from the older students to help younger students at any given moment. They never
hesitate to jump up and help when they are asked. It is always nice to see the
younger kids not afraid to talk and play with the older kids out at recess.
During the time at school and during extra-curricular activities, I enjoy sharing my
favorite Bible verse with the kids I come in contact with. My favorite Bible verse is
Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” This
verse has meaning to me because of how much my life has changed and through
some of those changes I have had to be reminded to fully rely on God and the plans
that He has for me and my life.

Erin Rudolph 6th Grade Homeroom erudolph@flsweb.org

My name is Erin Rudolph.
I come from a family filled with teachers, which led me to get a BA in Language
Arts/Literature Secondary Education from Concordia University, St. Paul. I have
taught and worked with a wide range of ages and grade levels, most recently in 6 th
grade, but my heart really lies in teaching middle schoolers. They are so willing to
learn and think creatively, but they are also starting to “own” their thoughts and
personalities. I love when a “light bulb moment” happens – that moment when
something clicks in a student’s brain, and they begin to understand their world (and
their faith) in a new and different way. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to
help grow and train new generations of Christian disciples.
My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death
nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any
powers; neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Throughout my
life, it has been the constant reminder that no matter what celebrations or
challenges I encounter, God’s love is the constant bedrock for me to fall back to.

Joyce Kromminga 7th & 8th Grade Homeroom jkromminga@flsweb.org

My name is Joyce Kromminga.
I am the homeroom teacher for seventh and eighth grade.
I attended Golden Valley Lutheran College in Minneapolis and graduated with my
AA degree. I transferred to Concordia University, St. Paul, where I received my BS in
Elementary Education with a minor in physical education and a concentration in
social studies. I continued my education beyond my BS at Concordia University in
Irvine, California. I have completed my 40th year of teaching. I taught 17 years at
Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim, California. I have been blessed to teach the rest of
my years here at Faribault Lutheran School.
My approach to educational ministry puts children as number one. Their salvation
as a child of God is top priority. My goal is to get the best out of each individual
student by encouraging them and raising expectations as needed.
Most of my teaching experience has been in grades five through eight. I really enjoy
teaching middle school students. I love getting to know them. It is great to get my
students involved in experiences outside the classroom. We learn so much more
about each other and they learn about themselves. Some of my favorite moments
have happened during student leadership opportunities, while we were doing
service projects and when my class and I were away on retreats.
My favorite Bible passage is Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you…”
From early on, I always wanted to be a teacher. I planned on teaching in the public
school system, but God had other plans for me. God has called me into the teaching
ministry at Faribault Lutheran School.