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Dr. Nicole Frederick, Principal

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School Blog

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to watch some awesome things happening in both the church and school, and I am ready to continue the great work of sharing Christ's love with families inside and outside of our school walls.

As a Saginaw native and graduate of Valley Lutheran High School, I am thrilled to be back home after 15 years. I am a mother of two girls, one a student at Bethlehem and another at Valley Lutheran High School. I feel so blessed to be back home near family and friends, and I feel even more blessed that God opened the door with this opportunity for me to lead the students of Bethlehem Lutheran School.

As for my educational and work experience, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from the University of Phoenix with my M.A.E.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Shortly after that, I received National Board Certification in 2009. In July 2014, I graduated with my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.

I have 14 years of classroom and leadership experience in grades K-5 and 7 years of additional experience in higher education working with teacher candidates and graduate students.

I want you to know that I am dedicated to the vision and mission of Bethlehem Lutheran School. I care about each student individually and will do everything I can to ensure that our students receive the highest quality Christian education.

My door is always open, so I ask that should you have any questions, concerns, or praise, please stop in and visit!

Krystena Drayer, School Secretary

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I am a graduate of Ferris State University. Because my father was in the Navy, I spent a part of my childhood in Italy and graduated from high school in Virginia. My family moved to the Tri-Cities area a few years ago so I live close to my mom's family. I love musicals and going to concerts.

I have enjoyed getting to know the kids and parents at Bethlehem, and I have discovered I love seeking out and administering our school fund raisers.

I was married in July 2017 to Zachary Drayer and we recently purchased our first home!

Shawn Griffore, 3-year old preschool teacher

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(989) 755-1144 ext. 209

Preschool Blog

I've been honored to teach 3 and 4 year old children at Bethlehem's preschool for the past two years. I obtained a teaching degree at Central Michigan University with an emphasis in early childhood development.

I am a member of Bethlehem along with my husband, Kurt, and our three daughters, one a collete student and two here at Bethlehem.

I enjoy camping, Pinterest, spending time with friends and family and coordinating events for Bethlehem's Children's Ministry.

Some things your kids can expect in my classroom are:

  • A safe, loving place for kids to learn
  • Learning letters and sounds
  • Singing
  • Exploring
  • Jesus time

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    Kindergarten Blog

    I grew up in Saginaw, was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and attended Valley Lutheran High School, graduating in 1987. In 1994, my future husband, Scott Wilson, and I joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and were married there in 1995. Our son, Jacob, attended Bethlehem from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is now a student at Ferris. Our daughter, Katie, attended Bethlehem and now attends Valley Lutheran High School.

    I graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 1996, with a B.A. in English, and worked for many years in local radio news, and then as a training coordinator at a large manufacturing corporation. When my son started school at Bethlehem, I did a lot of volunteer work in the classrooms, and soon realized that I really enjoyed her time with the students. After Katie was born, I decided to go back to college and get my elementary teaching certification. I achieved this goal in 2007 and was blessed to be employed at Bethlehem as the Kindergarten teacher. In 2014, I completed the Lutheran Teacher Colloquy Program at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.

    Having been raised in the Lutheran faith my whole life and going to parochial schools from the age of four has been a true blessing to me. I am forever thankful to God for so many great and influential teachers throughout my elementary and high school years, and strive to be this type of teacher to my little ones at Bethlehem - a teacher whose foundation for all subjects is the Bible and its teachings.

    (989) 755-1144 ext. 201

    1st Grade Blog

    Born in Saginaw, I have been a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I attended Bethlehem Lutheran School, fondly remembering the walk to the “new” school for lunch every day. In May, the lilacs on the way were a delight to the senses. I was baptized, confirmed and married at the old church on Oak Street. I have three grown children who also had the privilege of attending Bethlehem.

    I consider myself extremely blessed to have been part of the Bethlehem family as the First Grade teacher for the past 14 years. I am on the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod roster as a Colloquy graduate and have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    In the classroom, you will most likely encounter children engaged in the learning process, whether listening on the rug, working on projects together or individually, or exploring in the classroom centers. I consider it a privilege to be able to share the Gospel message throughout the day and across all subjects. The excitement of seeing children grow and progress spiritually, academically, and emotionally makes teaching first grade “the best.”

    Jenna Beery, 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher

    (989) 755-1144 ext. 202

    2nd & 3rd Grade Blog

    Hello! My name is Jennalyce Beery and this will be my third year working at Bethlehem Lutheran School after graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with my education degree. I grew up in the small town of Chesaning, going to Chesaning schools throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Growing up as the youngest of five children, I was deeply blessed to have a missionary for a father who spread the gospel everywhere he went. I now have 9 nieces and nephews. I enjoy playing piano, reading, spending time with family, and riding four wheelers on the farm.

    I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to teach both 2nd and 3rd grade at Bethlehem Lutheran School again this year. This year my second and third grade students will be learning religion, reading, writing, math, science, handwriting, and social studies in my classroom. I am looking forward to what this school year brings as I teach my students core subjects as well as share God's love with them.

    Spelling Bee Cover Letter

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    4th Grade Blog

    I am blessed to teach half time 4th grade at this wonderful Christian school again this year. I teach each morning. My subjects include Faith Studies, Reading, Writing, Language, Spelling, Math, and recorders. I love to read, and include projects that make reading fun for students as well: self selected projects to share books with the class in the Reading Bingo program, a Living Wax museum is the culmination of a biography project, and reading all across the USA in the Book It program. I love music and play both piano and flute so I love being able to guide the fourth grade in learning the recorder. As certain pieces are performed a Recorder Karate belt is earned!

    I am in charge of the monthly chapel offerings for the school, and am the head of the Michigan District’s committee on choosing the Hearts for Jesus Mission project each year. I sing in the church choir while occasionally getting to play flute.

    I have taught third grade at Bethlehem since my son Mark was a third grader! I also have spent time teaching 6th grade half days and 4th grade as a double class. Prior to this I began Valley Lutheran High School’s Media Center-Library, worked part time at Handley School in Saginaw, and as Children’s Librarian at Butman Fish Public Library. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia, Chicago with majors in both elementary and secondary teaching. I received a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan.

    My family consists of my husband, John, who is the Executive Director at Valley Lutheran High School, my daughter, Krista, who lives with her family in California, and my son, Mark, who has earned his doctorate and is serving as a Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands with his family.

    I love to travel, to read, do crafts and work outdoors in the summer. John and I were able to travel to India as guests of the ministry Mission India in February 2012. There we observed Children’s Bible Clubs, literacy classes and Lutheran church planters all working to transform India. We were amazed at the traffic, enjoyed the Indian food, and loved the Taj Mahal and walking in the Arabian Sea.

    Wherever you find me, I enjoy the smiles and thoughts of children. It is my desire to have them know the love of Jesus through me; whether in Saginaw at Bethlehem Lutheran School, in the Children’s Bible Clubs of India, or anywhere in-between.

    Adam Paveglio, 5th Grade Teacher

    Hello Bethlehem Families!!!

    This is my second year teaching 5th grade at Bethlehem. Previously, I taught for 10 years in a self-contained setting for students in elementary and middle school. This classroom was for Special Education designated students who had extreme behaviors which prevented them from meeting success with other same age peers. Some students worked at grade level. I also had students that were performing two or more grade levels below same age peers. I was able to successfully transition many of my students back to their home district schools across Saginaw County due to sustained academic and behavioral growth.

    I hold a General Education teacher certification from Northern Michigan University, and Special Education endorsements in Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities from S.V.S.U.

    I am originally from Bay City. My wife, Jill, and I met at Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette 20 years ago. We have been married 14 years. We have been blessed with 3 children: Gina (5th grade at Bethlehem), Libby (1st grade at Bethlehem), and Grady (3 years old). My family and I are members of Bethlehem Church. We also have an 11 year old black lab, Mara. She enjoys playing with the same stuffed animals she keeps strewn around the yard.

    God has been on the move in my life through involvement in community activities such as Trunk or Treat, Boar’s Head, other school functions, and animal rescue. I also like to tent camp with my family, participate in my kids’ extracurricular activities by coaching or other opportunities, growing vegetables between the weeds in the garden, keeping it simple, and making a difference.

    My bible passage I have chosen for you, dear reader, reminds me of the shores of Lake Superior (where I went to college at NMU) as well as the rocky beds of the rivers and streams that feed into it: Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the stream rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (Matthew 7:24-25).

    May we continue to grow through the study and application of HIS word for the 2016-2017 school year. I am ready to teach, learn, and growth with the awesome community of Bethlehem Lutheran School. God Bless!

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    7th Grade Blog

    I am a 30 year veteran of teaching music in Christian schools. My husband, Michael, and I were married at Bethlehem 27 years ago. We’ve been blessed with three children: Emily, Anne, and Jon. All three children attended Bethlehem and Valley Lutheran High School.

    I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Music Education. I played mellophone in the Spartan Marching Band and continue to march in MSU Alumni activities each year. I am an avid Spartan fan and love all sports, and I integrate my love for athletics into the classroom every day.

    I can be found in several locations at Bethlehem. I teach 7th grade, direct the Bands and Choirs, direct the string students, and lead the Handbell Choir. I also play the organ for Wednesday chapel services. Besides music, my favorite subject is recess, where I can be found every day at 10:15 and 11:30 am.

    Trevor Parks, 8th Grade Teacher

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    6th math/7 & 8 grade Blog

    5th - 8th Grade Spelling List

    Hello! My name is Trevor Parks and I am the 8th grade homeroom teacher and the TEC21 liaison on technology for Bethlehem. I teach 7th math, 8th math, Algebra I, 7th Life Science, and 8th Physical Science. The Lord called me to be a teacher and I have been blessed to be at Bethlehem for all of them since 2007. I am a true patriot who has served my country in the United States Army during Desert Storm. I continually have pushed to keep myself healthy mentally by earning an Associate’s degree in Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Colloquy, and a Masters in Educational Leadership/Principalship; however, I am a life-long learner and will continue to try to become a better teacher each and every day. Secondly, I am very much into being healthy physically by being active and moving all the time through many activities, especially running and working out. Finally and most importantly, I keep healthy spiritually by being in the Word each and everyday, worshipping weekly at church with my family (wife Mary, daughter Jada, daughter Mia, and son Silas), and being the “light” of the world by spreading the Gospel to everyone I meet!

    When you walk into my classroom, you will feel loved, important, respected, and you will see a smile on my face and hear me joking around each and every day when you walk into the classroom because I LOVE that I have been called by God to show my talents in teaching! In my classroom, you will see children talking, laughing, moving around, using technology, and collaborating quite often. Sometimes you will see students playing basketball on the small hoop against the wall or playing a game when they have all their work done. We work hard and play hard! When you are in my room, you will see children unafraid to express themselves or to come to me for help in all areas of their lives. In a nutshell, my room is LOVE and it is always busy. My classroom verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Kara Brown, Art Teacher

    989-755-1144 ext. 221

    Art Blog

    Teaching has been a major passion of my adult lifetime. In my younger years, I envisioned myself pursuing the life of a visual artist, an actress or maybe even a dancer. Never did I see myself in a classroom except as a student. I attended both the Columbus College of Art and Design and the College for Creative Studies in the Fine Arts Departments, studying primarily drawing and painting. As I explored the visual arts in my college years, I developed strong feelings of respect towards instructors that invested themselves wholeheartedly in their students. To my surprise, I spent many years following my studies in a leadership role. I would like to share with you my experiences working with children, my work experiences, honors and awards, hobbies, and my philosophy of teaching.

    From 1997 to 2012, I held the position of Curator of Education at the Saginaw Art Museum. While employed by the museum, I was responsible for all art education and interpretive experiences. While I did hire in teachers and lecturers, I myself led a majority of classes, tours, lectures and family programs. In 2005 I created Art Across the Curriculum, a curriculum-based program using visual art as the medium to teach math, English Language Arts, science and social studies concepts. From 1998 to 2000 I worked for the ArtSmart Youth Program of Saginaw and Bay Counties. Through that program I planned and instructed visual art and dance programs for middle and high school at-risk youth. In 1998 I taught visual art for CAC Headstart in Saginaw. Over the past eighteen years I have fostered the artistic growth and education of thousands of youth through numerous collaborations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region, the YMCA of Saginaw, youth theater projects, and the Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center.

    I come to Bethlehem Lutheran School with eighteen years of instructional experience. Those years allowed me to meet a vast range of audiences that helped me shape my teaching style. Attending seminars and conferences through the American Association of Museums, the Michigan Art Education Association, and Very Special Arts Michigan instilled in me proper and innovative teaching methods. I trained in the Visual Thinking Strategies program both in Detroit, Michigan, and in Chicago, Illinois. I also trained in the Cultures of Thinking program led by Dr. Ron Richhart of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Although my focus is on visual art, and I am an exhibiting artist myself, my love of expression extends to other arts. I studied dance and piano in my youth. I began to be involved with community theater when I was five years old. Today I explore the world through cooking, and I typically have at least five books being read at any given time.

    My teaching philosophy centers on increasing students' ability to appreciate the world of art and gaining self-awareness and confidence in my classroom. I incorporate cross-curriculum strategies, techniques, media and art history into my lesson plans. I look forward to building an appreciation and understanding of art for years to come with the students at Bethlehem Lutheran School!

    Lisa Duclos, Physical Education Teacher

    989-755-1144 ext. 210

    PE Blog

    I am the physical education teacher here and have been blessed to be in this position for 11 years! Bethlehem is my home. I was baptized here and went to school here as well. I attended Valley Lutheran High School and graduated with my bachelors degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2004.

    I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years and we have 3 active sons - Hadyen (7), Will (4) and Colten (1).

    I love making the difference in the lives of children and I see that happen every day in the gym. My goal is to teach all students how important is to be active and healthy. I do that by having a classroom that is challenging, non-threatening, fun and active.

    Katelyn Gerardi, Technology Teacher & Assistant Athletic Director

    989-755-1144 ext. 222

    Technology Blog

    I attended Central Michigan University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-8). I am currently a Graduate Student attending Central Michigan University working toward getting my Master's in Educational Technology. I taught for three years as a 4/5, 6, and 7th grade classroom teacher. This is my second year at Bethlehem Lutheran School as a Shared Time Teacher through Carrollton Public Schools.

    I have a 7 year old son named Brayden who is in second grade at BLS! Some of my hobbies include Jiu-Jitsu, reading, singing, and writing. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Ian Sharman, Project 919 Director & Youth Director

    (989) 755-1144 ext. 104

    I love the opportunity that I have to share the love of Jesus with people at Bethlehem. I have a wonderful wife who I married on September 13, 2014. Some of my hobbies include: visiting friends, traveling, Facebooking, reading, going for walks, biking, and watching the Buffalo Bills.

    This year I have the privilege of teaching kids from many grades who need one-on-one instruction. I believe that children come into school with many life experiences, ideas, and values. The role of school is to expand those ideas and discuss experiences to help children grow as readers, writers, and thinkers, which empower them to be successful Christian people who thrive in twenty-first century society.

    I love visiting with people! If there is ever anything I can do for you or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

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