I was the technology coordinator at Our Shepherd from 2007-2015, and I became the principal in 2015. It is a pleasure to greet the students each morning and see their smiling faces as they come through the door. I consider it a privilege to share the Gospel with these young people. I enjoy still being in the classroom by teaching robotics to our junior high students through our Enrichment program.
I received my undergrad degree through Concordia, Seward and pursued my Masters in Educational Technology through Concordia, Wisconsin. My husband Jimmy is the Associate Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. We have two adult children who are both OSLS graduates. In my spare time I love to read, watch old movies, and sew.
I am a 1987 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and this my 28th year teaching at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. After teaching kindergarten here for 23 years, I taught 2nd grade for four years, and now am returning to kindergarten. I enjoy watching the little ones of our school become readers and writers! During my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking, and watching our three children participate in their various activities. My husband and I are members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Painesville.
I enjoy working with children, so much so in fact, that I decided to stay home with all three of my children until they had started elementary school. Once my babies were in school (2017), I began working at Maple Elementary as a building substitute until now. My husband and I both volunteer as troop coordinators for American Heritage Girls and Trail Life, which serves as a continued ministry for children. We attend the Mentor Church of Christ and volunteer in the food pantry and children's ministry programs.
I obtained my BS in Psychology with a minor in dispute management from Ohio Valley University in 2004 and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force. I was always ready for an adventure. In 2015, I received my BS in Early Childhood Development from Kaplan University and I will have obtained my Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University in December 2021. Learning is a passion of mine and I hope to instill that same passion in my students.
I have a John Carroll University undergraduate degree in Communications and a Lake Erie College Graduate/Masters Early Childhood Teaching License with a concentration in Literacy.
I began my career at St. Mary Painesville and have taught both at the elementary and secondary level. I tutor specializing in ACT/SAT and college preparation. I think 2nd graders are amazing, and I'm thankful to be their teacher!
I love English riding and Dressage and spending time in nature walking, hiking and adventuring. I also work in Special Event Music Production in Talent Management.
Hi, my name is Kristin Miller. I have been teaching Third Grade at OSL since 1990. I was born and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. GO BLUE! I am a graduate of Concordia University in Chicago. I am a member of Zion Lutheran Church. I have two chldren; Nate and Madelyn. I direct the Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 choirs. It is my joy to share the love and saving message of Jesus Christ in this special community of Our Shepherd Lutheran School.
My name is Mrs. Cynthia Holste. I am excited to be at Our Shepherd Lutheran School! This is the fourth Lutheran School that I have taught at in my life. I especially like teaching when I see that students are understanding something new to them. I have loved school since the first summer that my sister and I took new school books to each teacher's classroom in our little red wagon. I grew up in a small town in California, went to college at Concordia College (now Concordia University) in Seward, NE, and began my teaching career at Trinity Lutheran School in Springfield, IL. I met my husband at Concordia and again teach with him as he is the 7th grade homeroom teacher. Our dear son is a student at Our Shepherd. I attend Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville where I also play the organ and accompany the choir. I love to read books, scrapbook, watch movies, and when I was in high school I was able to work on the Pasadena Rose Parade floats.
I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1996 with my degree in K-6 Elementary Education and 6-9 Language Arts. I went on to get my certification from East Carolina University in K-12 Academically Gifted Education. I have been teaching for 18 years in both the public and Lutheran school setting. I have taught Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th as well as having been a school librarian. I also enjoy coaching volleyball. I came to Our Shepherd in 2103 where I teach 6th grade homeroom/religion and 6th-8th Language Arts. In my spare time I enjoy reading, laying in the warm sun, and traveling.
I have been in education for 20 + years. I hold a BS in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College and a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. Before coming to Our Shepherd, I taught in Hammond, Indiana and Saint Paul, Minnesota.
My husband, Joe and I are enjoying our new home and exploring the state of Ohio. We enjoy hiking and traveling. We have met many great people.
I am Jennifer Drake. I graduated from Concordia University - River Forest in 1992. I am currently teaching at Our Shepherd for my 26th year. I have 8th grade homeroom and teach math to 6th, 7th and 8th grade. I am the Athletic Director for OSL and 7/8 boys' basketball coach. My husband is retired from the United States Coast Guard and is currently working for the VFW. We love sports of almost any kind (I am a Detroit/Michigan fan and he is Cleveland/Ohio St fan - it makes for interesting times at our house!) We also enjoy camping in the summers. We are members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Painesville.
I am very excited to join OSL this school year! I have grown up in Painesville and am an HHS graduate. I attended Grace College and obtained a BS in Elementary Education in May 2010. I have been in the education field for about 11 years, first working as a substitute teacher in Lake and Geauga County Schools. Since then, I have grown as an educator filling various roles as Building Substitute, Reading Tutor, PK-5 STEAM Educator at McKinley Elementary in Fairport Harbor, Ohio and most recently, I taught 4th grade at Hopkins Elementary as a full year long-term substitute. I am very passionate about inquiry-based learning and teaching students how to think critically to solve real world problems.
My husband and I like to spend time with our dachshund pekingese, Sobe and our cat, Donut. We are members of Lakeside Baptist Church in Painesville where my father has been pastor for the past 35+years.
I have been a member of the OSLS family for over 25 years. Starting as the parent of a kindergartener, I soon became involved in volunteering, and when my youngest started kindergarten I started substitute teaching. I have been the teaching assistant in Kindergarten, I have taught entire years in Kindergarten, the upper grades, and Third Grade. I job-shared the secretary position for nine years and was also the librarian for five of those years. In 2010 I became the full time secretary.