ECE Teachers and Staff
Mrs. Jennifer Obrist
Toddlers (Bumble Bee): My name is Jennifer Obrist and I am the Bumble Bee Toddler Teacher. My wonderful husband, Dave works for RHD which is a company that works with older adults with special needs. My mom Susan Boeschen works at Trinity Lutheran School and my dad Dennis works at Duncan. My brother, Hans works in private school in South Carolina with his wife, Lou. My sister, Emilia works as a professor at Black Hills State University in South Dakota and her husband, Mark is in school working on his engineering degree and does construction work. I have worked at Trinity Lutheran School for over 10 years and this is my first year as a Toddler Teacher. When I am not working I enjoy water color painting or drawing and hanging out with my friends.
My favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.
Mrs. Lori Sunderman
Toddler Aide: My name is Lori Sunderman and I am the Teacher’s Aide for the Toddler Rooms. My husband Greg and I have a son, Samuel who is a 5th Grader at Trinity Lutheran School. I have worked at Trinity Lutheran School for 6 months, but have volunteered and been part of the Trinity Family since Sam has been in school. During my free time I enjoy crocheting, reading, and baking.
My favorite Bible verse is “Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.” 1 John 4 7:8.
Mrs. Connie Dirks
Preschool: My name is Connie Dirks and I am the Preschool Teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. I have been married to my husband, Keith for 35 years. We have four children, Seth, Noah (wife Amy and Grandson Jacob), Christina, and Jessica (husband, Travis and grandson, Truett). This is my 20th year at Trinity Lutheran School. During my free time I enjoy doing crafts and reading.
My favorite Bible verse is “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Mrs. Amber Christensen
Pre-Kindergarten: My name is Amber Christensen and I am the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. I started at Trinity Lutheran School in Aug. of 1999, so the 2016-17 school year is my 18th year. My husband Dan and I have four children, Dylan (almost 14), Karsyn (8), Kaylee (6), and Avery (3). When I am not teaching, I enjoy attending my kids’ activities.
My favorite Bible verse is “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7.
Mrs. Steph Trutna
Pre-Kindergarten Aid: My name is Steph Trutna and I am a Teacher’s Aide in the Pre-Kindergarten Room. My husband Derek and I have two children, daughter Paige (9th grade at Lincoln Lutheran) and son Quinn (5th Grade) at Trinity. I have worked at Trinity Lutheran School for one year, but I have been a volunteer and a helper in many roles for 10 years. When I am not working at Trinity I enjoy volleyball and making photo albums.
My favorite Bible verse is “Every good and perfect gift is from above" James 1:17.
Mrs. Melissa Green
Childcare Director: My name is Melissa Green and I am the Childcare Director at Trinity Lutheran School. I have been at Trinity Lutheran School for eight years. My husband, JaThi, and I have a daughter, Jayla (6 yrs), and a son, Jaiden (2 yrs). Both of them attend Trinity! I love to play and watch volleyball, spend time with my family, go to dinner with friends, and shop.
My favorite Bible verse is "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13.
Mr. David Kumm
Principal: My name is Mr. David Kumm and I am the Principal at Trinity Lutheran School. This is my first year at Trinity. I am married to Sarah Kumm who also works at Trinity as an Aide in the Pre-Kindergarten Room. Together we have two children who attend Trinity. Our son, Trenton is in 5th Grade and our daughter, Taryn is in 1st Grade. I enjoy watching, coaching, officiating, and playing sports in my free time.
My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 3:12-14, John 14:27, John 14 – 15:17, Philippians 4:2-23.
Mrs. Kendra Kristalyn
Administrative Assistant: My name is Kendra Kristalyn and I am the Administrative Assistant at Trinity Lutheran School. This is my first year at Trinity, but having been fortunate enough to attend a Lutheran elementary school growing up, this transition has felt a bit like coming home. My husband, Matt, is a teacher at Lincoln Lutheran and we have two sons, Finn (6) and Ezra (3). Finn and Ezra will be joining me at Trinity this year and they cannot wait to get started! I enjoy crafting with the boys, baking, reading, going on road trips and being outside.
My favorite Bible Verse is “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
Mr. Todd Chase
Properties Manager: My name is Todd Chase and I am the Property Manager for Trinity Lutheran Church and School. I had a great upbringing by my parents Ray and Eileen Chase. I have two older sisters, Jayne and Kelli and one younger sister Tina. I am blessed to be the father of Cody, Andrea, and Noah. I have worked for Trinity Lutheran Church and School for 11 years. In my free time I enjoy traveling, fishing and watching sporting events.
My favorite Bible verses are:
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6: 13-18).
Mrs. Kara Danforth
Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator: My name is Kara Danforth and I am the Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator at Trinity Lutheran School. I have been in my current position at Trinity Lutheran School for almost 6 months and a proud Trinity Lutheran School Parent for almost two years! My husband John and I have a little girl named Lilly who attends Trinity’s Early Childhood Program. I love to spend time with my family and friends, and playing with my pets.
My favorite Bible verse is “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” Psalm 91:2.