School Faculty and Staff
Zion faculty and staff are exceptional, dedicated professionals called to a mission of service. They care about each student as one of God's greatest gifts. Zion faculty and staff's compassion and Christian values will nurture and shape your child's faith and attitude, building self-esteem and fostering academic success.
Mr. Henry Foote PrincipalAs the Principal of Zion Lutheran School, it is my pleasure and honor...more to join you in continuing in the way of a Christ centered education and rich history of academic excellence that this school has been known for in the Beecher community. I am committed to working with this dedicated staff to provide the best possible educational program for our students. My goal as your Principal is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment to provide the best possible academic instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. The educational program will be challenging and engaging for students. While I believe that academics is important, the most important component of our program is teaching the love of Jesus and what he has done for us to every student. I am glad for this opportunity here at Zion to touch the lives of children and their families and teach them of Jesus. Through developing a partnership with staff members and parents at Zion, I am confident that we can have our students continue to grow in faith and academic achievement.
Mrs. Lucy Rietveld Administrative Assistant/Office ManagerI attended Thornton Community College, studying Business Administration and Music....more I have served Zion Lutheran School since 1992. I have three children who were all Zion graduates. They are now adults, which the Lord is blessing with tremendous success, both personally and professionally. My husband and I have also been blessed with three grandchildren, which we praise the Lord for ~ daily! I enjoy working at a school that fosters a true family atmosphere. I adore children and music (vocal and piano) and love serving my church musically. I'm also an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Mrs. Susan Sebastian Admissions DirectorI am a graduate of Northern Illinois University...more and a product of twelve years of parochial education. An education grounded in God's word, prepares students for life. My husband, David, and I have two flourishing Zion students. I am blessed to work with a loving, dedicated, and nurturing teaching staff. I enjoy fellowship with school families both inside and outside of the building. My passion is market branding, photography, and organization. I extend an invitation to you to schedule a tour of our campus, so that you can experience first hand, the Zion DIFFERENCE!
Mrs. Mary Calonge 3 Year Preschool and 4 Year PrekindergartenI graduated Concordia University, Irvine, CA in 2001....more I have three children who attend Zion. I feel so blessed to be able to have my children attend such a wonderful God centered school as well as be able to teach here.
Mrs. Mary Shapkauski Kindergarten...
Mrs. Susanna Hopman 1st GradeLutheran Education has always played a vital role in my life....more In 2007, upon graduating from Concordia University Chicago, I received a Bachelor's Degree in Lutheran Elementary Education and currently hold a teaching certificate from the state of Illinois (K-8). The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to teach 1st Grade at Zion since August 2007. Teaching my 1st Graders has been a true blessing and I am always amazed by their enthusiasm and desire to learn. In addition, I also enjoy bringing the Word to students during the summer months, while assisting with Zion's Vacation Bible School.
Mrs. JoAnn Hess Assistant Principal, 2nd GradeI graduated from Concordia Teacher's College in River Forest, IL ...more and started my teaching career in Antigo, WI. After moving back to Illinois to be closer to family, I taught at Immanuel Lutheran in Richton Park for 10 years and at St. John in Country Club Hills. I've taught at Zion in Beecher for 11 years and have an Illinois teaching license for grades K-9. I also coordinate the Accelerated Reader program and the school's curriculum. My husband, Mark, teaches at St. Paul Lutheran, Bourbonnais. We have three children: Dan, Jill, and Claire.
Ms. Diane Brackman 3rd & 4th GradeI myself am a product of Lutheran education. My elementary years...more were spent at St. Paul's in Chicago Heights. I attended and graduated from Concordia in River Forest. My teaching ministry began in Chicago at Grace English Lutheran. I then received a call to serve at Trinity in Lansing, IL. Through the years I have taught various grades and subjects. I feel so blessed that God has placed me at Zion. I am excited to be part of the Zion team and working with the staff, students and parents
Mrs. Alison Valenzano 5th & 6th GradeI am thankful God has led me to serve at Zion Lutheran School!...more I have previously taught at St. Lukes Lutheran School in Montgomery, IL and temporarily served as Youth Director at Trinity in Tinley Park. I truly love seeing children learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ and asking questions about their faith. I greatly enjoy seeing children laugh while they learn as well.
I graduated from Concordia Chicago (River Forest) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Science with a Lutheran Elementary Education major. I have middle school endorsements in multiple areas.
I am an outgoing White Sox, Blackhawks, Packers and Disney fan. I am originally from Northern Wisconsin and eventually moved with my family to Lemont, Illinois.
My husband Robert and I have two dogs--Jenks (beagle/doxin) and Minnie (beagle/hound)--and have recently moved t0 Indiana. We greatly enjoy being active and being near the water as often as possible! We are very excited to join the Zion community!
Lesea Kusbel 7th & 8th GradeI am blessed to teach 7th and 8th grade here at Zion Lutheran School....more I have taught over 20 years in parochial and public schools. I graduated from Martin Luther College and Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Education and I am certified in Illinois and Indiana for elementary teaching with endorsements in Mathematics and Social Studies. I love working with my students, teaching them how to learn and study, how to use logic, and above all how to apply their Christian training to help them meet the challenges and opportunities they will have in their lives. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Mrs. Rebekah Meissner Music DirectorI attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. I graduated with...more a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Lutheran Teacher's Diploma, a music concentration, and a primary education minor. I have taught in Lutheran schools for several years. I currently hold an Illinois Initial Elementary Teaching certificate for Kindergarten to grade nine. I enjoy teaching the hymns and liturgy to the children. My favorite pastimes are playing organ for church, reading, and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Courtney Selucky Art DirectorI am thankful that the Lord has brought me to serve at Zion Lutheran School!...more I proudly attended Zion from preschool thru eighth grade. Both of my children attend Zion along with my niece and nephew. I am proud to be an alum as Zion has always been and always will be a place that I call home. I attended Joliet Jr. College where I studied Agriculture and Art. The biggest artistic influence is my life is my Dad. He attended art school and taught me how to paint, draw, and sculpt. My hope is to inspire all my students with his creativity. I am married to Robert (Bob) Selucky and we have two children Lorraine and Matthew. I live on a small farm just outside of Peotone. We have 5 miniature horses (Pig, Bits, Jack, Fred and Callie), goats, and a llama named Rudy!
Mrs. Debra Radtke Library Director, Aide...
Mrs. Roxane Lorenz Before And After Care DirectorI have been working at Zion for 10 years as BASC director, preschool aide,...more Kindergarten aide, computer teacher, and helping with anything that needs to be done around the building. I enjoy being outside and camping and being on a lake fishing.
Mrs. Rhonda Stadt Lunch DirectorI've been coordinating the hot lunch program at Zion for the last 8 years....more My two children are Zion graduates, and I have been involved in PTL and classroom volunteering for the last 10 years.
Mrs. Ellen Boecker Maintenance Director...
Pastor Ron RockI earned an Associate of Arts degree from Cloud County Community College,...more Concordia, KS, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. I have served as a pastor in Colorado and Illinois for the last 19 years and am a member of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans. My wife Karen and I have three grown children and two granddaughters. I enjoy reading, watching movies, following politics, and sports-particularly the K-State Wildcats, the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago White Sox.
Pastor Aaron MoldenhauerI came to Zion after completing the Master of Divinity program...more at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN and have served as Associate Pastor since 2006. I also direct Zion's senior choir and serve as an editor for the theological journal LOGIA. I recently completed a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Theological Seminary. My wife, Tabitha, and I have two daughters.
Mrs. Janice Brands Church Secretary...