Faculty

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Craig Neumiller, Principal

Mr. Neumiller joined the staff of Faith in 2019. He has worked in Christian education in various roles for the past thirty-three years. The last fourteen years have been at a sister Lutheran school in the Tacoma area, where he taught high school theology courses and served in several administrative roles. Music is a passion for him, both instrumental (guitar, bass, mandolin, trumpet, and piano) and vocal (singing and directing choirs). In addition to his principal duties, he assists with the worship music program here at Faith. When he is not at school, you will find him walking with his wife, playing with or reading to his two grandsons or granddaughter, watching or playing baseball, reading a book (usually science fiction or theology), or playing his guitar!

  

Christine Humble, Preschool AM (T/Th) and (W/F)

Miss Christine has been at Faith Lutheran School since 2006. During that entire time, she has worked with the preschoolers. She loves their thirst for knowledge and their God-given inquisitiveness. She loves creating real-life lessons where God is the center of it all. She is married and has one son. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, sewing/crafting, and getting outdoors to savor God's wonderful creation.  

Marie Koehler, Pre-kindergarten AM & PM (M/W/F)

Mrs. Koehler earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education from Central Washington University. She enjoys learning and continues to take classes to stay up-to-date with current educational practices. Teaching four- and five-year-olds brings her a special joy as she experiences their excitement for learning, the new friendships they make, and sharing in their accomplishments with parents. She and her husband have three children, who all attended Faith Lutheran School. They enjoy family times, sports, and being active with friends from church and the community.  

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TBA, Jr. Kindergarten (M-F)

    

Heather Kravitz, Kindergarten  (Blue)

Miss Kravitz has taught at Faith Lutheran School since 2010. While at Faith, she has taught full-day kindergarten. She received her bachelor's degree in science from the Portland Art Institute. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education and her Professional Church Worker's certificate from Concordia University. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, with her parents and younger brother and sister. She loves reading,  visiting her family, watching movies and history documentaries, and going to museums.

        

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Amy, Suelzle, Kindergarten  (Red)

Mrs. Suelzle has taught at Faith Lutheran School since 1996. She received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Oregon and an elementary teaching certificate from Concordia University in Portland, OR. She also spent a semester overseas at Oak Hill College and Middlesex University in London, England, with an emphasis on religious studies and teaching science. In 2001, she completed her special education endorsement. While at Faith, she has taught pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. She and her husband have two daughters. As a family, they enjoy camping and biking in the San Juans, skiing in the winter, and watching sports.

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Jessica Lever, 1st Grade

Mrs. Lever received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington. She went on to get her master’s degree in teaching from City University.  She has taught first grade, third grade, and a 3rd/4th grade split. She has been teaching at Faith Lutheran since 2010, and was also a parent here for many years. Mrs. Lever loves to bring class subjects “to life.”  She brings real-world issues and outdoor adventures into the classroom to bring relevancy and fun to the learning targets. Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, scuba diving, wakeboarding, snowboarding, running, hiking, and watching Husky and Seahawks football games.  She loves to explore God's creation!

Debbie Klumb, 2nd Grade

Mrs. Klumb has been blessed to serve at Faith Lutheran School since 1981. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, and a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Her classroom experience spans preschool through 6th Grade. Married since 1981, she has four children. She views teaching in a Lutheran school not a job, but a ministry.  Telling children about the Lord and the salvation He has won for all is her privilege.  Mrs. Klumb feels that sharing her faith with her students and their families benefits her as much as them.

                  

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Jodi Grubb, 3rd Grade

Mrs. Grubb joined the staff of Faith Lutheran School in 2020.  She loves teaching and 3rd grade holds a special place in her heart.  She received her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Colorado College.  She has been married for 25 years.  She and her husband have 3 boys (15,14, and 11) and 2 crazy labs!   Mrs. Grubb has lived and taught all over the nation but calls WA home because her family has been stationed here 3 times with the military.  God keeps calling her back to the great PNW!  She is so excited to be apart of the Faith Lutheran family and can’t wait to meet you all.

Robin McMillen, 4th Grade

Mrs. McMillen started teaching at Faith Lutheran School in 2015. While at Faith, she has taught 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grade. She received her bachelor's degree from Concordia University Wisconsin with a major in elementary education and a minor in environmental science and finished her Masters in Education this past year. When not teaching or worshiping at Faith, Robin enjoys being outdoors, camping, and family time.

                  

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Diana Strand, 5th & 6th Grade 

Mrs. Strand is a new teacher at Faith Lutheran School beginning 2021-22, but she has plenty of teaching experience.  She has a bachelor's degree in education (in elementary education, secondary English, and secondary Spanish) from Concordia University in Nebraska.  Since her marriage to Pastor Greg (the new pastor at Faith Lutheran Church), she has taught in Panama, St. Louis, Oregon (both Gresham & Corvallis), and Southern California.  She and Pastor Greg have two teenagers and are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest after six years in Rochester, NY.  As she joins the faculty at Faith, Mrs. Strand is most looking forward to developing a Spanish program at Faith to get students talking and reading in Spanish.  As a lifelong collector of children’s literature, she is also excited to bring her personal library to the classroom to help all students in grades 5 to 8 discover a love of reading.  Outside of teaching, her interests include reading, walking, and spending time with her two rescue dogs

                  

David Milnes, 7th & 8th Grade 

Mr. Milnes received a B.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University and later returned to get his teaching certificate. Over one summer, he taught for the Washington Migrant Council and ran the pre-k program. This opportunity, teaching children of seasonal farm workers and working with their families, was a very gratifying experience for him!  In addition to teaching, Mr. Milnes enjoys coaching youth sports. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have two little boys.

                  

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Jeff Gordenier, Middle School Math and Theology 

Mr. Gordenier joined the Faith staff in 2021-22, bringing with him 31 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has a love for teaching math, especially for those students with math anxiety. He strives to build an atmosphere in his classroom where kids feel comfortable to take risks as they develop new skills. He has spoken at numerous state and regional teacher conferences on subjects including classroom management, math, and school culture. In addition to math, he has extensive experience teaching Bible to middle and high school students as well as adult learners. Mr. Gordenier received his Lutheran Teaching Endorsement from Concordia University – Irvine, and his Masters of Education from Concordia University - Portland. Prior to FLS, he spent five years teaching sixth grade at Northwest Christian Academy in Lacey. He and his wife Karen have been married for 28 years and they have one daughter. When not teaching, Mr. Gordenier enjoys spending time with his family, taking their two dogs for long walks, playing golf, reading, visiting estate and barn sales, watching historical YouTube videos, and rooting for his beloved Oregon State Beavers.

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Susi Green, Art

                  

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Sherri Ogburn, Physical Education