Faculty & Staff

The faculty members of St. Matthew’s Lutheran School are all trained educators that continue to learn and grow professionally in their various fields of expertise. Each member of the faculty is evaluated annually according to accepted state teaching standards, and each teacher submits annual plans to the school’s administration for continued professional growth. All teachers are also certified through the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) to serve as gospel ministers in the congregations and schools where they are located.

You will find the members of St. Matthew’s faculty to be dedicated and hardworking, with a desire to serve not only the children in their classrooms but the families of those children as well.

Tom Plitzuweit, Principal

When I think about St. Matthew’s, one of the first things that comes to mind is that it is a church and school that cares. First and foremost, it cares about being faithful to the Word of God.

Amy Mamerow, Director of Instruction/Reading Specialist


Allison Chan, Learning and Behavioral Strategist

I am thankful for the opportunity to be the Learning and Behavioral Strategist at St. Matthew’s. It is truly a blessing to be able to offer specialized services to our students and additional support for our teachers.

Beth Plitzuweit, 3K / Early Childhood Director

It is a blessing to teach Jesus’ precious little lambs. I love their curiosity and excitement for learning.  It is a privilege to teach them about our Savior and His love for them.

Elizabeth Schmidt, 4K

I am thankful for the opportunity to teach God’s Word to the 4K students of St Matthew’s. Their genuine joy for life, and excitement to learn, is contagious and energizing!

Becky Aldinger, Kindergarten

Teaching Kindergarten brings me great joy as you get to witness tremendous growth in each child’s academic abilities, such as reading and math skills, and also see the joy that they have in their Savior each day. 

Caroline Madson, Kindergarten

I’m very excited to continue my ministry at St. Matthew’s teaching kindergarten! I’m looking forward to helping the students grow in their faith and academics.

Claire Hirsch, First Grade 

I feel blessed to begin my teaching ministry at St. Matthew’s! I graduated from St. Matt’s in 2014, so it’s exciting to be back! I look forward to sharing God’s word with His little lambs daily.

Karlie Habermann, First Grade

I am so blessed to be teaching first grade at St. Matthew’s. I look forward to teaching God’s children every day and watching them grow spiritually and academically.

Kessia Boche, Second Grade 

I am very excited to start teaching second grade at St. Matthews!  Our children started attending St. Matthews in 2018.  We have felt very welcomed and we love the strong Christ-centered atmosphere of the school.

Katie Schlomer, Third Grade / Forensics Coach

I’m thrilled to be in the classroom at St. Matthew’s teaching and preparing children for future lives of service for God.

Joy Elowski, Fourth Grade / Music Director

It is such a blessing and privilege to help my students discover and develop their God-given gifts and abilities so that they will be able to use those gifts to serve God and others throughout their lives.

Amy Vannieuwenhoven, Fifth Grade

It is such a privilege to share God’s Word and world with the 5th graders of St. Matthew’s Lutheran School and to serve the families of the Oconomowoc area!

Tim Torgerson, Sixth Grade

I look forward to teaching 6th grade, 7-8 grade social studies,  and coaching at St. Matthew’s Lutheran School. I hope to be able to use some of my previous experience in teaching to guide the students both spiritually and physically as they develop their God-given talents to serve Him.

Paul Habermann, Seventh Grade

I am excited to begin serving here at St. Matthews. God has blessed his children in many ways, and I pray that I can be a faithful servant that brings many blessings to you as well.

Eric Ziel, Eighth Grade / Coach

I love working with the Christian young people in our school as they grow in their understanding and appreciation for what God has done for them and as they develop their abilities to serve him with their lives.

Pastor Philip Bigelow, Resident Missionary

Our family loves the friendly atmosphere of the Oconomowoc community and the surrounding area. I’d love to have the chance to get to know you and have the opportunity to share God’s love with you in Jesus Christ.

Pastor Steven Hillmer, Coordinating Pastor

Allow me to share with you one of my favorite passages – a “go to passage” in a world of constant change, a world of frustrations, hurts, and sadness… Through the Prophet Isaiah we hear these clear and calming words, “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 has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10) I look forward to sharing God’s message of perfect peace and sure hope through Jesus Christ with you!”

Pastor Daniel Schmidt, Spiritual Growth Pastor

Serving as Spiritual Growth Pastor, I am truly thankful and humbled that the Almighty Lord of the Church has chosen to use me to carry out the full-time Gospel ministry here at St. Matthew’s. I am here to serve you, to the best of my ability, with the precious truths of God’s Word, “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Julie Nehr, Administrative Assistant
jnehr@smls.org | School Phone: 262-912-6364

St. Matthew’s School and Church has been a positive influence on both myself and my family. I enjoy getting to know all the children and parents each school year. To be surrounded by happy, smiling children all day, is a wonderful way to spend my day.  It’s been a blessing to have the opportunity to work for and be a part of St. Matthew’s during this time of growth.

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Rick Pantazon, Custodian

I love working at St Matthew’s, where I see the Christian faith and love by the children displayed on a daily basis.

Justin Bessert, Beginner & Advanced Band Director

I find joy in helping the students here at St Matthew’s discover and develop their God-given talents and seeing them grow as musicians.

Since the teachers in our Lutheran elementary school are tasked by the congregation to “assist parents” in the task of training a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6), their counseling and discipline involves the use of both Law and Gospel. The Law is used to bring the child to a knowledge of his sins, and the Gospel is used to bring the child to the knowledge of his Savior and an awareness of the Savior’s forgiveness. The teacher in the classroom acts as a representative and substitute for the parents during the hours of the school day. Each child at St. Matthew’s is viewed by the faculty as a redeemed child of God, and all disciplining at St. Matthew’s Lutheran School is an outgrowth of love for the child.

Your are invited and encouraged to stop in to meet our teachers.