Interim Administration

Kathy Mackenthun

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It has been my honor to have been a teacher at Emanuel since 1981. My teaching responsibilities were spent in the first and second grade classroom for nine years. I then moved to the fifth and sixth grade classroom for the remainder of my teaching career. I retired from the profession in 2021 and enjoyed a few months of official retirement. God had other plans. I returned to Emanuel to fill a long-term subbing position in the Primary Room in the Fall of 2021.

I am once again honored to be a part of the amazing faculty and school life of Emanuel. Between August, 2022 and June, 2023 I will be filling in as Interim Administrator. Many years ago members of the faculty, including me, helped execute the administrative duties. Responsibilities have definitely evolved for the position in the span of years that have passed. It has been a learning curve. With the help of staff and the support of the School Board the transition has been made easier.

Each day I walk into the building I am reminded of God's blessings. This reminder comes through the wonderful staff, the parents I see, and the children whose smiles are a welcome sight. Although I have only been in this position for one month, the welcoming, loving, Christ-centered spirit of all I meet has been such a joy!

Classroom Music Teacher

Becky Puckett

School Cook

Rhonda Schauer


I am the cook at Emanuel Lutheran School.  This is my first year as the cook.  I am so blessed to be a part of the staff, as I have been treated with so much kindness and respect from the staff and students.

I enjoy cooking the lunches for the students, and I especially enjoy talking with them and getting to know them.  They are all a blessing to me each day.

I live in Green Isle with my husband John.  We will be married 38 years in October 2018.  We have three grown children: Jodi lives in Glencoe with her children, Tarin age 17 and Cody age 9; Lindsey and her husband, Sean, live in arlington, with their children Riley age 12 and Harper age 7; and our son, Jacob (JJ), and his wife Kari, live in Green Isle with their son, Nathan age 9.


Lutheran Special Ed Teacher/Choir Director

Terri Bentz

Terri Bentz grew up in the Lutheran School system.  She attended Lutheran elementary and secondary schools in Minnesota where she grew up as the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and a Lutheran teacher.  She attended Concordia in St. Paul, MN and is an Elementary Education graduate of Concordia in Seward, Nebraska.  She has served in Lutheran Schools as a teacher since her graduation in 1990.   Terri has spent her years of teaching ministry at Our Redeemer Lutheran in Honolulu, HI, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Collinsville, IL, and Trinity First Lutheran in Minneapolis, MN.   Terri received a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University in 2005.  She was hired by LSEM in the summer of 2014 and currently teaches part-time at two Lutheran Schools, Emanuel in Hamburg, MN and St. John's in Norwood-Young America, MN.  Terri and her husband Todd are thrilled to be parents to their 3 year old son Isaac.  Terri loves sharing Jesus as she helps students discover new things about how to learn and master skills and concepts.  Throughout her teaching career she has also enjoyed connecting to students and families outside of school through coaching and directing. Terri feels blessed to be part of the Lutheran Special Education Ministries Family!

3/4 Math; 5/6 Social Studies and Science; 7/8 Literature and Social Studies

Brenda Kieper

Hello and welcome to Emanuel Lutheran School! I am excited to be exploring the world of literature and history with your child. 

I have been privileged to serve the Lord in the field of education in both the Lutheran school setting as well as in other Christian schools. Before joining the staff at Emanuel, I most recently taught elementary STEM along with middle school earth science, Old Testament studies, and computer science. 

My husband, Bill, and I live outside of Glencoe. Before joining the staff, we were already part of the Emanuel family as we have two children who attend Emanuel.

5th and 6th Grade Teacher

Mariah Barth

3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Mary Stuedeman

Hello, my name is Mrs. Mary Stuedeman, and I teach third and fourth grade.  It is a blessing to teach at a Christ-centered elementary school.  I am very grateful to serve the families of Emanuel.  You are invited to visit us anytime!


Primary Room Teacher

Jodi Wilson

Welcome to our webpage! I'm Jodi Wilson and I've been teaching at Emanuel since 1988. I started in our 3rd and 4th grade classroom, but have spent most of my years here team teaching with Marilyn Vollbrecht in our K-2 multi-age Primary Room. We have a unique learning environment that strives to meet each individual student at his or her current academic level. We grow together in our knowledge and wonder of God's awesome creation. Come visit us anytime!

Primary Room Teacher

Jessica Flygare



Office Administrator and Preschool Teacher

Kari Crown

Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Preschool!! My name is Kari Crown and I have been teaching at Emanuel since 2009, but have been in the Early Childhood field since 1991. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach our littlest ones about the wonder of God's creation, and about the friendship they can have with Jesus. We spend part of each day doing Bible stories, but have plenty of time for language, math, science, music and art centers. Please stop by and join us as we learn and play together!! 

Emanuel offers two preschool options for your child. Our 3-4 year old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays while our 4-5 year old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Both classes are from 7:45-11:00 a.m. 

Vicar, 7th/8th Math, Religion, and Confirmation Teacher

Todd Bentz

            Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran School.  I am serving as one of the 7th/8th grade teachers.  I began teaching here in 2013.  My focus in the classroom is in the area of Math and Confirmation.  I truly enjoy helping students see the creative and organized thoughts that God put into His creation.  I hope to share that joy with the students in my classroom.

            My wife Terri and I have been married since 1989.  In 2012 we were blessed with our son, Isaac.  I graduated from Concordia, Seward in 1990.  I have taught in Hawaii, Illinois, and in Minnesota since 1999.  Most of my teaching has been in Lutheran schools.  Sharing the Gospel and helping students learn what it means to live their faith is a very important part of my calling as a teacher.

            Part of my role has changed here at Emanuel.  I am serving as vicar and preparing to be the pastor here.  The invitation is always open to you for a visit or if you have any questions, please contact us.  We would love to share with you the mission of Emanuel.  It is a place that has blessed the Bentz family through the love of Jesus Christ.  

  October 2022  
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