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 am excited to be a part of the ministry at OSL. This is my 25th year of teaching. I received my undergraduate degree at Concordia River Forest (Chicago) and my Masters in Education at Indiana Wesleyan University. The Lord has blessed me to be able to serve as a primary teacher in many places throughout the country-Nevada, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and now Ohio! I grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Elgin Illinois and attended a Lutheran grade school and high school in that area. I am a Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks fan! At OSL, I have the priviledge of directing the K-2 choir which I enjoy because I love to sing! I also enjoy spending time meeting new people, driving around and discovering new places by my new home, reading, watching movies, and walking by the lake.
I love teaching first grade because every day...every moment is something new! I enjoy seeing my students get excited about learning and being an active part of that learning. It is a delight to see how much they grow as better readers, writers, friends, and disciples throught the school year. I am so blessed to be able to share God's grace and mercy in all we do. And to be able to let them know how very much they are loved by their family, teachers, friends, and most of all-Jesus !
I graduated from Lake Erie College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree and a teaching license for grades Pre-k to three. Prior to working at Our Shepherd I was a teaching assistant for four years in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grade. I am also a cheer coach and Zumba/fitness instructor. We have three little boys who are my world: Nolin, Niko, and Nash. In my free time I love to go on adventures with my family, dance, and listen to music. I am very excited to be a part of the Our Shepherd staff, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to shape the minds of the future!
Hi, my name is Kristin Miller and I teach Third Grade at OSL. This is my 27th year at Our Shepherd! I also direct the choirs for grades 2 & 3 and 4 & 5. I was born in Detorit and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. GO BLUE!! I graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. I am a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. My son, Nate, and my daughter, Madelyn, attended OSL for grades K-8. Nate is a Riverside High School grad and Madelyn is a current high student. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, carding, and scrapbooking. I look forward to a new year of proclaiming Christ as our Saviour. May we all be His disciiples and love one another!
I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Special Education. Last year I taught Kindergarten in Alexandria, Minnesota. I made the big jump to 4th grade for my second year of teaching, and I am loving it! I am enjoying my first year at Our Shepherd. The staff and students are a pleasure to work with!
My husband, Derek, is a student at Lake Erie Physician Assistant Graduate School. We are thankful for the opportunities we have found in Ohio! In our spare time we enjoy playing with our golden retriever puppy, Penny, and exploring our new home.
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.
My name is Tim Holste. I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher and teach 6th-8th grade science and history. This is my seventhth year teaching at Our Shepherd. I also coach basketball. I have previously taught 3 years in Springfield, Illinois, and 11 years in Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. My wife, Cindy, is the 5th grade teacher here at Our Shepherd. Our son attends Our Shepherd. Some of my favorite activities include golfing on Tuesday afternoons, singing in choir, and watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball and Husker football. My greatest joy is seeing the lightbulbs brighten when my students grasp an idea, especially when it relates to the Gospel.
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 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.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child". Although Dr. Seuss is credited with that saying, I feel blessed to share that with your children as the Librarian of Our Shepherd. Also, as the Admissions Counselor I am fortunate to be one of the first to meet and welcome new children and families into our school family.
My background in Business Management allows me to support the enrollment, admission, and marketing of Our Shepherd to grow our school and promote our mission and ministry to our community. It is truly a joy to share my experiences with potential new families. My hope is to help them discover Our Shepherd and its benefit to the academic and spiritual strength that embraces its students.
My primary goal, love, and purpose however, is in the sharing of the vast possibilities available through learning, and through the greatest love by the sacrifice of our Lord, and to support each student in their educational experience. I am truly blessed and grateful to the children for helping me rediscover the excitement and amazement through their learning every day.