Faculty and 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.

Beth Plitzuweit 3K / Early Childhood Director
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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
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I especially enjoy teaching children how to think so that they can become independent problem solvers.


Beth Ziel, Kindergarten
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I have been blessed to serve as the kindergarten teacher here at St. Matthew’s for the past twelve years. I also have had experience teaching grades 4K-6 during the 28 years of my teaching career…

Amy Mamerow, First Grade / Reading Specialist
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I believe that first grade is where the action is! I greatly anticipate watching them grow, both spiritually and academically. It is certainly a privilege to be able to share the message of God’s love with His little lambs.

Melissa Heuer, Second Grade / Volleyball and Basketball Coach
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I’m so excited to begin serving as the second grade teacher at St. Matthew’s! I’ll also be coaching volleyball and basketball, so I’m looking forward to being able to work with students from a variety of grades.  

Katie Schlomer, Third Grade / Forensics Coach
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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
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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.

Elizabeth Johnson, Fifth Grade / VB Coach / Choir
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I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the fifth grade teacher at St. Matthew’s! I have been a teacher for almost 9 years, and this will be my first teaching experience in the Midwest!

Justin Wiechmann, Sixth Grade / Athletic Director / Coach for Basketball, Softball, and Track
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I have enjoyed my time teaching here at St. Matthews. My favorite aspect is the opportunity to share God’s Word with His children every day.

Eric Paulsen, Seventh Grade / Technology Director / Coach
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Seventh grade is a year in which students undergo tremendous changes and it’s such a privilege to work with them as they grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I’m excited to see this continued growth and to watch our young people grow into adult servants of our Lord and Savior. 

Deborah Schramm, Eighth Grade
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I love spending each day with our upper grade students. They are respectful, friendly and eager to take on any challenge we can offer them. What a privilege, to be a part of their lives as they grow in knowledge and faith!

Eric Ziel, Eighth Grade / Principal / Coach for Girls Softball
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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

Pastor Steven Hillmer, Coordinating Pastor


Pastor Daniel Schmidt, Catechism Class
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Serving as an Associate 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 NehrJulie Nehr, Administrative Assistant
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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.


Rick PantazoneRick Pantazon, Custodian

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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, Advanced Band

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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.

Betty Brown, Advanced and Beginner Band
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Music has always been an important part of my life.  I love teaching and passing my love of music on to my students at St. Matthews.  It is a joy to hear the students try the first notes and grow to perform pieces musically in band and piano.  I am so blessed to witness their excitement as they play and enjoy music in an ensemble and individually. 

Since the teachers in our Lutheran elementary school are called 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.