Preschool - Mrs. Karol DeWerff
Mrs. Karol DeWerff is the current preschool teacher at Zion. She resides in Nokomis with her husband David, who is a farmer. They have four children --Eric, Kayla, Ryan and Holly. Prior to teaching at Zion, Mrs. DeWerff taught for 25 years as a Kindergarten, Preschool, and departmentalized teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School of rural Nokomis. She taught first grade for one year at Vision Way Christian School in Taylorville before accepting the call to Zion.
Mrs. DeWerff was born and raised in Shawano, WI, where she attended Lutheran grade school and public high school. After graduating, she went to Valparaiso University for two years before transferring to Concordia College in River Forest, IL. She graduated from River Forest with an elementary education degree.
Aside from her family and teaching, Mrs. DeWerff enjoys cooking, crafts, and reading. Along with her children, she is a huge Packer, Cardinal, and Illini fan.
Kindergarten - Mrs. Lisa Sharp
Mrs. Sharp grew up and currently resides in Staunton, Illinois, with her husband Jim and sons Ethan, Jace, and Colton. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton where she is an active member. She attended all of her grade school years at Zion Lutheran School in Staunton. She went to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she substitute taught for a year and a half at various school districts. In 2000, she began working at Zion as the Preschool and Kindergarten teacher. She now teaches full day Kindergarten. She has completed her colloquy classes and has become a called teacher. Mrs. Sharp enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking family vacations, and going boating.
1st Grade Teacher - Mrs. Elizabeth Logsdon
2nd Grade Teacher - Mrs. Mary Bown
4th Grade Teacher & Principal - Mr. John Schaff
5th & 6th Grade Teacher - Miss Jami Pryor
7th & 8th Grade Teacher - Mrs. Nancy Brakenhoff
Mrs. Brakenhoff is currently the 7th and 8th grade teacher at Zion Lutheran School. She attended Concordia, River Forest, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 1984. She started teaching 1st - 4th grade in Wisconsin and then a year later took a call to Zion, Litchfield, where she taught 3rd and 4th grade for 5 years. Mrs. Brakenhoff felt God calling her to home school her children. When the time was right, she sent them to Zion. Mrs. Brakenhoff bought a fitness business, Curves, in 2005, which she ran for 7 years. Then in 2012, she received a call back to Zion to teach again.
Mrs. Brakenhoff lives in Litchfield with her husband Dale and their three children: Devin, Jennifer, and Hope. Together Dale and Nancy have been youth leaders and basketball coaches at Zion. She is currently the Zion Althletic Director.