Miss Taeva Hoppe
Kindergarten Teacher: My name is Taeva Hoppe and I will be the new kindergarten teacher at Trinity this year! I cannot express to you all how excited I am for my first year here at Trinity. God certainly has a plan for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I graduated from Concordia University, Seward, NE this past May. I am very passionate about my faith and teaching! And I feel so incredibly blessed that at Trinity I can use both of my passions at the same time! I can’t wait to meet each and every one of my students and their parents. Together we are all going to have a very exciting and wonderful year!
My favorite Bible verse is:Isaiah 52:7
Mrs. Stacy Leimbach
Kindergarten Teacher: My name is Stacy Leimbach. I attended Trinity Lutheran School, Lincoln Lutheran, Northeast High School, and Concordia University. I am married to Jason and have three daughters names Hope, Kate, and Keri.
Favorite Bible Verse: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Ms. Bonnie Naber
1st Grade Teacher: My name is Bonnie Naber.I grew up on a farm near Waco, Nebraska with my two sisters and three brothers. I attended Centennial High School and Concordia Teachers College. I taught in a two room school in Freeman, South Dakota for two years and in Sioux City, Iowa for one. My last 40 years have been at Trinity.
Favorite Bible Verse: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Ms. Candace Jurchen
2nd Grade Teacher: My name is Candace Jurchen. I grew up in the Red River Valley in northwestern Minnesota. My family includes my parents, two older brothers, and a younger sister. It was during my high school days that I discovered my love for accompanying choirs and first began playing the organ in worship. I attended Concordia University in Seward and had the wonderful opportunity to visit several countries including Germany and Australia as a member of the A Capella choir. Upon graduation I first took a call as a 4th grade teacher in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2004 I accepted the call to serve here at Trinity as 2nd grade and music teacher/choir director.
Favorite Bible Verse: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Ms. Crystal Burgess
3rd Grade Teacher: My name is Crystal Burgess and I am the third grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. I received my Elementary Education degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. I am originally from Minden, Nebraska. I enjoy being able to visit my mom and grandparents who still live there. My significant other, Tom, lives here in Lincoln. We have two dogs, a black lab named Lila and Rigley. We enjoy sporting events and cheering on the Huskers! I'm involved in the Lutheran Comfort Dog Program as well. Our church and school have a comfort dog named Priscilla and I spend time as a handler taking her to different community events and working with her at school to comfort those who may have a heavy burden.
My favorite Bible verse is: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14
Miss Rachel Hoffman
4th & 5th Grade Teacher: My name is Miss Rachel Hoffman. I graduated in May from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a degree in elementary education. I did my student teaching in a fourth grade classroom, and I am excited to begin my teaching career in a fourth grade classroom as well. I can’t wait to get to know my students and the families at Trinity, and I am looking forward to a great first year as an elementary school teacher.
Mrs. Karissa Heun
4th & 5th Grade Teacher: My name is Karissa Heun and I am a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. I have been married to my husband Ryan since 2013 and we have been living in Lincoln since then. I am originally from Fremont, Nebraska. This year begins my seventh year of teaching and all of those years have been at Trinity Lutheran School.
Favorite Bible Verse: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Mrs. Renae Lebo
Computer & Technology Teacher: My name is Renae Lebo and I joined the Trinity Lutheran staff and family as a part-time Computer Teacher in the fall of 2016. I previously taught at Lincoln Lutheran from 1999-2002 before staying at home to raise my boys. I am married to Travis and we have two children, Tanner and Logan, who both attend Lincoln Lutheran. I graduated from Concordia University in Seward where I played volleyball and ran track. I am originally from Linn, Kansas.
Favorite Bible Verse: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Mrs. Sheila Ziems
Team Teacher: My name is Sheila Ziems. I've been teaching at Trinity since 1989, when I taught 6th grade. I took some years off to stay home with my 3 kids, Caleb, Rebecca, and Rachel, until they reached 1st grade and am blessed to be back at Trinity as the Team Teacher. I enjoy my 2nd graders when Ms. Jurchen teaches music, as well as my 4/5th math groups and 3-5th Spanish classes. My husband, Lyle, teaches sciences, health, and religion at Lincoln Lutheran. We are so blessed to be a part of the Lutheran community here in Lincoln.
Favorite Bible Verse: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
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.
Ms. Cassie Uhrich
Bumblebee Toddler Aide: My name is Cassie Uhrich.I have 4 kids: Keyden, Rylen, Klara, and Camilla.
My favorite Bible verse is: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
Mrs. Susan Boeschen
Bumblebee Toddler Aide: My name is Susan Boeschen. I was the Toddler teacher for over 20 years at Trinity Lutheran School and am now semi-retired as an aide with the toddlers. Graduated with a BA at Emporia State in Elem. Ed. and took grad classes at Concordia in Seward.
My favorite Bible verse is: “Let the little children come to me" Matthew 19:14.
Mrs. Margeaux Maul
Bumblebee Toddler Head Teacher: My name is Margeaux Maul. This is my 6th year at Trinity! My husbands name is Grant and we have two children. Koston is a 7th grader at Lincoln Lutheran and Ruby is in Kindergarten at Trinity. I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist and work part-time doing that.
My favorite Bible verse is “ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
Toddlers (Butterfly): COMING SOON!
Mrs. Lori Sunderman
Butterfly 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.
Miss Ashley Gaines
Butterfly Toddler Aide: My name is Ashley Gaines.I’m from Lincoln, Nebraska. I am a junior marketing major at UNL.
My favorite Bible Verse is“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10.
Mrs. Connie Dirks
Preschool: My name is Connie Dirks. I have been married to Keith for 38 years. We have 4 children. Our son, Noah and his wife Amy have a son named Jacob with another due in January 2019. My daughter, Christina recently married Cody Evasco. Our daughter Jessica is married to Travis and they have two children named Truett and River. We also have a son named Seth. I attended Trinity Lutheran School in Lincoln from 1st grade to 6th.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Miss Andrea Chase
Preschool Aide: My name is Andrea Chase. I started attending Trinity for Pre-K and I continued my education here until the 5th grade. I started working at Trinity the summer of 2014 and have been working here since! I graduated from Southeast high school in 2015. I recently graduated from UNL with degree in Advertisement and Public Relations with an emphasis in Interior Design and Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management.
My favorite Bible Verse is “He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Miss Emma Schmeling
Preschool Aide: My name is Emma Schmeling. I graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in 2014. I have been teaching dance at CK Dance Academy since 2015. I have been working at Trinity for two years as a Preschool Aide.
My favorite Bible verse is “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed says the Lord, who as compassion on you” Isaiah 54:10.
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. My husband Dan and I have four children, Dylan, Karsyn, Kaylee, and Avery.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
Miss Mikayla Higgins
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: My name is Mikayla Higgins and I am a Pre-Kindergarten Aide. I graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in 2013. I then continued on to Doan and Concordia University in Seward where I graduated with a BA in Psychology and Behavioral Science. I will continue on to get my Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. I have worked at Trinity Lutheran School for six years!
My favorite Bible Verse is “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel, ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you..’” Isaiah 43:1-7
Mr. Nate Kobus
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: My name is Nate Kobus. I am 21 years old. I am studying Biochemistry/Pre-Med and I am Minoring in Math, Chemistry and Leadership at UNL. I am from Lincoln and I have always lived here. I have one sister. I enjoy all sports, specifically the Patriots, Royals, and Huskers.
My favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through him who strengthens me“ Philippians 4:13.
Mrs. Sarah Kumm
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: My name is Sarah Kumm and I am a Pre-Kindergarten Aide. I was born and raised in Lakewood, CO, and am a huge Broncos fan! I have a brother and sister who are younger than me, and we all went to the same Lutheran grade school. My husband, David, is the Principal at Trinity, and we have two children, Trenton and Taryn.
My favorite Bible verse is, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him" Nahum 1:7.
Miss Allison Schmeling
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: My name is Allison Schmeling and I am a Pre-Kindergarten Aide. I graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in 2010. I went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I graduated in 2014 with a Fisheries and Wildlife Degree and minors in Animal Science & Education. I started working at Trinity in 2011.
I have two favorite Bible Verses. “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. “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?” Psalm 27:1
Mrs. Steph Trutna
Pre-Kindergarten Aid: I am a Teacher’s Aide in the Pre-Kindergarten Room. My husband Derek and I have two children, daughter, Paige and son, Quinn who both attend Lincoln Lutheran. I attended UNL. I was a stay at home mom when my children were younger.. I have worked at Trinity Lutheran School for three years, but I have been a volunteer and a helper in many roles for 14 years. I am also responsible for the Trinity Lutheran School SCRIP program.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Every good and perfect gift is from above" James 1:17.
Pastor Dan Wing
Pastor Wing: I was born in Milwaukee, WI. My parents sacrificed so that my older brother and I could attend Lutheran grade school. After my 8th grade year my family and I moved to Kalispell, MT. It was as a sophomore in high school that I realized I wanted to be a pastor. I attended Concordia University in Seward, NE between 1997 and 2002. I met my wife, Sara in 1997. We were married in June of 2000. I attended the seminary in St. Louis between 2002 and 2006. We have a daughter, Katie (01), a son, Matt (04), and another son, Andy (06). I have served Trinity Lutheran in Navasota, TX (1 year), Immanuel Lutheran in Sweet Springs, MO (11 years) and Trinity Lutheran Lincoln, NE (<1 year). I am blessed far more than I could ever deserve.
My favorite Bible verse is “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8
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.
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. 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.
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?”
Mrs. Kara Danforth
Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator: My name is Kara Danforth. I am originally from Hastings, Nebraska. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and my Master’s Degree in Leadership and Higher Education from Upper Iowa University. My husband, John and I have a daughter named Lillian. Lillian has attended Trinity since she was 18 months old and has loved it. In our spare time we enjoy going on trips as a family and exploring different parts of Nebraska and different festivals. We also are huge animal lovers. We have a dog, a cat and a fish.
Favorite Bible Verse: “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” Psalm 91:2.
Mr. Jesse Soenksen
Properties Manager: My name is Jesse Soenksen and I am the Properties Manager for Trinity Lutheran Church and School. I am the oldest of nine kids, I love playing soccer (most notably with my family), being outdoors, going on road trips, working on cars, and just spending time with my family.
My favorite Bible verse is "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[a] I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Priscilla Comfort Dog
Comfort Dog: My name is Priscilla Comfort Dog. I came to Trinity Lutheran Church and School a couple of years ago. I live with Mrs. Carolyn Jones. I love working and comforting at Trinity Lutheran Church and School and around the Lincoln community.
My favorite Bible verse is, “the Lord appeared to him[a] from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” Jeremiah 31:3.