Tim is a lifelong Lutheran and has lived in the St. Louis area for almost his entire life. He has spent this time learning at and leading in Lutheran schools. Tim’s undergrad degree is from Concordia University, Nebraska (BS Secondary Education – math and business ed majors). He also has earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of MO-St. Louis and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. Tim has served at Lutheran North since 1996. He is currently the principal. Over the years, Tim has served as the registrar, taught math and business education and was also the varsity boys soccer coach for many years.
Tim and his wife, Jana, live with their two sons, Josh (LN c/o 2010) and Jake (LN c/o 2013). In his spare time, Tim likes to do woodworking and home improvements. He loves Ford mustangs, sports (esp. the St. Louis Cardinals), enjoys keeping pace with technology and of course, spending time with his family. A professional goal
Tim has set is to develop an effective Professional Learning Network (PLN) through Twitter that is seen as valuable to educators both at Lutheran North and beyond.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
Lutheran schools have always been a part of Kristin’s life. She attended Lutheran schools for grades K-12. Kristin received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Concordia University Seward, NE (BS in secondary education, M.Ed. in literacy education with a reading specialist degree). She moved to St. Louis in 2003 when she began teaching at Lutheran North. Kristin currently teaches English, psychology, and publications classes as well as serving as the AdvancED coordinator and Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator. She also directs drama productions at North.
Kristin is a member at Immanuel Lutheran in Olivette where she sings in the choir and teaches Sunday school. Kristin is an active member and former vice president of JournalismSTL, a group of St. Louis area journalism teachers and advisors. She also enjoys travel, spending time at Forest Park, and watching the Cardinals.
This year, Kristin’s professional goals are to lead staff development in the area of ACT prep and update course materials to involve more online resources.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Mrs. Buford is a native of California, born, raised, and educated there but has lived in St. Louis for almost 35 years. She graduated from San Diego State University and completed graduate work at UMSL and Maryville University. Mrs. Buford is widowed and has one son who lives in California. She has worked as a College Counselor at Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School and Nerinx Hall High School following several years at Washington University as a director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She is a Cardinals fanatic and enjoys working out, walks with her dog, friends, the St. Louis Speakers Series, and being very involved as a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Mrs. Buford loves working with students and is passionate about student success. She feels privileged to be a part of the Lutheran North family.
Cindy Burreson is a lifelong Lutheran who was born and raised in Independence, Missouri, where she attended Messiah Lutheran School. Cindy’s undergraduate degrees (in math and French) are from Valparaiso University. Her master’s degree (in counseling) is from Indiana University-South Bend. After teaching in Owego, NY, and South Bend, IN, Cindy moved into counseling in 1999. She joined the Counseling Department at Lutheran North in 2000.
Cindy and her husband Kent, professor and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary, have two daughters (Maggie, LHSN 2012 and Lily Kate, LHSN 2018). Cindy enjoys attending her daughters’ activities, reading, scrapbooking, and gardening. She loves working with students in personal and college counseling and loves being a part of the LHSN faculty. She appreciates that Christ is central to all things at LHSN. Cindy is the faculty advisor for Peer Ministry, TREND and the Senior Class Officers. She aspires to further refine the college counseling curriculum so that all students successfully find schools that are a good fit for them where they can be successful.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
Christine has been teaching and coaching girls’ soccer at Lutheran High School North since 2014, after working as an adjunct professor and writing center consultant for five years at several colleges and universities in the Saint Louis area. She earned her B.A. in English literature at Webster University before obtaining her Master’s degree in English at Saint Louis University. Christine then went onto complete the graduate teacher certification program at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. She continues to take graduate coursework in both English and education in order to further strengthen her teaching skills and pedagogy.
Christine’s interests include traveling, reading, writing, and painting as well as playing soccer, running, and hiking. She is an avid hockey and football fan and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4: 17)
Justin was born and raised in the St. Louis area. He attended Zion Lutheran School in St. Charles through 8th grade, where a lifelong passion for learning was formed. Justin holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in English Education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Justin previously taught in the Rockwood and Riverview Gardens school districts, as well as at Jefferson College.He coaches Lutheran North’s speech & debate team and coordinates the Saved to Serve program.
Justin lives in Eureka with his wife Ashley and their two children, Miles and Lyla. When not engaged in teaching activities, Justin enjoys playing music, reading, political organizing, or catching a Cardinals game.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Anne Dulski grew up in the St. Louis area. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and International Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Arts in Education from McKendree University. She also has taken additional master-level coursework in Instruction and French. During her studies, she lived France. Currently, Anne teaches all levels of French, as well as leads the National Honor Society and French Club.
Anne and her husband, Brian, have two school-age children, Nola and Charles. Brian also studied in France, where he met Anne, and works for the National Wildlife Federation. Anne enjoys community and cultural activities, as well as traveling.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Paul has a close and personal history with Lutheran North and the teachers he now calls co-workers. Paul graduated from Lutheran North in 2003 and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Education (emphasizing business and health) from Concordia University Nebraska. Many of his teachers at North were influential in guiding Paul to become a teacher. He returned to his alma mater to begin a career teaching and coaching. Paul recently finished his Master's degree in Education Administration from UMSL. He is excited to use technology as a main resource in all of his classes.
Currently, Paul coaches boys soccer in the fall and boys tennis in the spring. He is the faculty adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organizations. In 2014 he started a new group on campus called the Racquet Club, where students and teachers compete against each other in table tennis (ping pong). He hopes to add other “racquet” sports in the future. Paul also is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Educator Advisory Board where he reviews educational materials, assists with workshops, and acts as an ambassador for the Fed in the educational community.
In Paul’s spare time he enjoys a variety of lifelong sports like racquetball, golf, and tennis. Cycling, spending time with family, and the occasional 5K race consume most of his weekends. Paul and his wife Katie (also a Lutheran Educator) spend their summers traveling and visiting family with their daughter Collins.
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:16
Troy graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska with a BS in Secondary Education. His majors were history and PE. He has also earned a Masters of Educational Administration from Cleveland State University. Troy spent four years in Lutheran elementary schools before teaching and coaching at Cleveland Lutheran West for 15 years. He came to Lutheran North in 2008. Troy currently teaches theology and assists the athletic department in various ways.
Troy and his wife Kymm live in Florissant and enjoy spending time with their family.
Troy considers Romans 3:22-24 his anchor passage. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Deberah Haferkamp teaches string ensemble at Lutheran High School North. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Evansville and a Master in Music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Her career has spanned 43 years, primarily in string education. Her numerous awards have included: The Kawanis Award for Leadership and Scholarship, the Merit Award from the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators for contributions to music education, the Owen Miller Award from the Musicians Association of St. Louis for contributions to the music profession and the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association, Missouri Chapter.
She is active in the St. Louis area music and music education community. In addition to teaching strings at LHSN, she teaches violin and viola at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL and orchestra at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, MO. She is the Principal 2nd Violin in St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and personnel manager/treasurer for Gateway Festival Orchestra, a professional symphonic orchestra. She is a member of the Musicians’ Association of St. Louis (AFM Local 2-197).
She has been a professional musician since age 17, which has given her the opportunity to work with great artists as varied as Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Led Zeppelin and hip-hop artist Nightowl. She has performed under the baton of Aaron Copland for Lincoln Portrait and in the ballet orchestra for The Rite of Spring choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Throughout her entire career, her passion has been to ensure the survival and accessibility of great music of all genres for all ages with the goal of preserving the cultural treasure of live music for future generations.
Rich was born and raised in Seward, Nebraska. He attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, graduating with a BS in Education and a BA in Biology. He later attended graduate school at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, studying Physical Chemistry. Rich taught at Long Island Lutheran High School for 11 years. He taught a variety of science classes as well as algebra. Rich founded a computer science department, supervised the purchase of computers and printers, designed the physical layout of the computer lab, and taught several levels of computer programming courses. He was an assistant varsity football coach and an assistant varsity wrestling coach. His teams won two New York state championships in wrestling, and the 1982 football team went undefeated.
Rich moved to St. Louis in 1985 and has been at Lutheran North since that time. At Lutheran North, Rich has primarily taught chemistry and biology classes. During his time as an assistant varsity football coach, the football team won four Missouri state championships. He coached JV baseball for 28 years and still manages the school bookstore.
Rich spent three summers at McDonnell-Douglas working primarily in the Analytical Chemistry lab, during which time he authored and published a three-day laboratory activity in which students can perform the type of analytical work carried out in an industrial lab. Both Chemistry and Principles of Chemistry students experience this lab activity each year. Rich presented the lab activity at several educational conferences across the state of Missouri. Rich worked two summers for Monsanto in their pharmaceutical research and development program. He also worked two summers for Pfizer performing separation chemistry, writing a technical manual for laboratory separation techniques, and optimizing chemical reaction conditions utilizing an automated lab workstation.
Rich is married to Dee and is the proud father of two Lutheran North alumni. Andrew (LN '00) is a Design Engineer working for ADTRAN in Huntsville, Alabama, and David (LN '06) is a Civil Engineer working for Carrasquillo Associates in Austin, Texas.
A professional goal that Rich has set is to foster a more effective extra help vehicle for his sophomore chemistry students.
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6b
Mike Lorenz grew up in St. Louis, and is a 1998 graduate of Lutheran High School South. He attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, where he originally majored in graphic design. After graduating in 2003 with BA in K12 Art Education, he was called to be the art teacher at Lutheran High School North. He coaches with the varsity and JV football teams and is the faculty advisor for Student Council and the Chapel band.
Mike and his wife Renee, LHSS 1998, have three kids, Alex, Erik, and Taylor. They are members of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Des Peres. Mike enjoys painting, playing music, and gardening as well as playing games with his kids.
Mike is looking to begin work on his MFA in the near future.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11
This is Michelle's second year as a Counselor here at Lutheran High School North. Michelle lives in St. Louis and is a member of Refuge and Restoration Church. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified in the state of Missouri as a School Counselor.
Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to utilize her gifts and talents to serve and support others.
My favorite bible verses are:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Donna has lived in St. Louis County, specifically North St. Louis County all her life. She graduated from Pattonville High School and currently attends St. Louis Community College-Meramec. She and her husband Keith raised two daughters Emily (LN ’15), and Hannah (LN ’13). She and her daughters are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church Olivette, MO. Donna has served at Lutheran North since 2005 and currently serves as the Counseling Assistant and A+ Co-Coordinator. In addition, she is the HiSTEP facilitator.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and reading.
Mrs. Hannah Pierson grew up in a Lutheran home in small-town Iowa. She loved music from an early age and decided to teach it when she was 13. She earned her Bachelor's of Music in Music Education from Concordia University, Nebraska. Now, she is the director of bands at Lutheran North, and she also travels to some elementary schools in the area to lead beginning band programs. Mrs. Pierson is also involved in directing the Fall play and Spring musical.
Hannah and her husband, Joe, recently moved to St. Louis so he could begin his studies at Concordia Seminary. They enjoy going for walks, exploring all the city has to offer and watching baseball together.
One professional goal Hannah has for this school year is to strive for a student-driven classroom that fosters leadership and responsibility.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Liz was born as the 5th out of 6 children and raised in the St. Louis area. She was Homeschooled from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She then attended Lutheran High School North for her High School career, as a member of the class of 2010. While at North, she was involved in many extracurricular activities. After high school, she continued her education at the University of Central Missouri, earning her degree with honors in Physical Education K-12. She was named Missouri’s Major of the Year in the fall of 2013 and University of Central Missouri’s Major of the year in spring 2014. She is currently completing her Masters in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation through Emporia State University.
Liz returned to Lutheran North in the winter of 2014 to establish the girls swim program. She swam for a US Competitive Team throughout her elementary, middle, and high school years. She is also an American Red Cross certified instructor and teaches CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard classes each year. Liz currently serves as the Department Head for Health and Physical Education.
Liz is a lifetime Cardinals fans and enjoys going to the games when possible. She also spends much of her spare time with family, including her 2 nieces and 5 nephews. Liz is an avid world traveler and has been to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. She hopes to visit all 7 continents (including Antarctica) before the age of 30!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future!” Jeremiah 29:11
Ann Roth has had the privilege of being on both sides of the desks at Lutheran North. She is a proud member of the class of 1988. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Truman University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, she then earned her Master of Arts in Education also at Truman. Since 1993, she has filled a variety of roles at Lutheran North. As a new teacher she taught math classes as well as science classes. She coached cheerleading and was a "30 Days of Fitness" advisor. After a brief hiatus, she came back to teach science and is currently teaching mathematics classes.
Her aforementioned hiatus was because of her growing family. She and her husband Mike are blessed with three children Rebecca, LHSN 2019, Timothy, LHSN 2022 and Abigail, LHSN 2027. She enjoys being involved in her children's busy lives, as well as being Sunday School superintendent and chair of the Parent Teacher League at Grace Chapel Lutheran School, her children's elementary school. In her spare time, she enjoys reading as well as playing handbells and singing in the choir at her church, Grace Chapel.
Her goals include continuing to help students grow and develop that they may exceed their own expectations as they serve God and their fellow man.
"And lo, I am with you always even to the close of the age." Matthew 28:20
Mrs. Carolyn Rusnak is a lifelong Lutheran who was born in Michigan, lived in Monroe, NY and Wheaton, IL while growing up. She attended Lutheran schools for grades 2-12. Carolyn received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Concordia University, Chicago.
Carolyn has taught Pre-school, First Grade and high school choirs, as well as music in many Lutheran schools, and has been the organist and choir director at many Lutheran churches. Carolyn and her husband, Bill, have two children, both married, and four grandchildren.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
Adam grew up in the Saint Louis area. He attended Concordia University Nebraska and Concordia University Chicago to receive his BA in Secondary Education (Biology). Before arriving at Lutheran North, Adam spent three years teaching at Lutheran High School of San Diego in California. Since 2016, he has taught Biology, Advanced Biology, and Human Anatomy & Physiology at Lutheran North. Adam also coaches JV Boys Basketball for the Crusaders.
Adam and his wife, Amanda, live in University City where they attend All Nations Church. In their free time, they enjoy exploring the city and traveling the world. Adam’s hobbies revolve around the outdoors - running, cycling, hiking, camping, and sports.
Adam strives to teach hands-on and technology-driven classes that focus on making real-world connections. He has set a professional goal to expand the laboratory portion of his courses.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b
Having attended Lutheran schools from preschool through graduate school, Dan knows firsthand the power and importance of Lutheran education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York and his master’s degree in Secondary School Administration from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Before joining Lutheran High School North in 2013 as the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students, Dan taught Biology, AP Biology and Anatomy & Physiology for 15 years at Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in New York. For seven years he was the Science Department Chairperson, overseeing eight middle and high school science teachers, and he served as the Dean of Students for one year. Dan is starting his fifth year at Lutheran North and 20th year in Lutheran education.
In his spare time, Dan likes to play with his daughters Lea (10) and Anneliese (6 1/2), spend time with his wife Sara, and cook. A lifelong Cardinals fan, Dan is thrilled to be in St. Louis to cheer on his favorite team.
“…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Ron Wittler graduated from Concordia Seward in 1993. He accepted his first call to Immanuel Olivette to be the 8th grade homeroom teacher. While he was teaching at Immanuel, in addition to being the homeroom teacher he taught 6th-8th grade math as well as serving as Interim Principal for one year. Also while teaching at Immanuel, he earned his Masters in Education Administration from University of Missouri St. Louis in the year 2000. He continued to teach at Immanuel until 2001.
At the end of the school year 2001, he accepted a call to teach at Lutheran High North in Houston, Texas. At Lutheran High North he taught AP Calculus, and Algebra II. While he was there he coached baseball and basketball. He continued to teach there until 2009.
In the spring of 2009, he accepted a call to teach at Lutheran High School North in St. Louis. His initial call was to teach Physics and Pre Calculus – but he now teaches Calculus through the ACC 1818 program via Saint Louis University. He is also the registrar.
He is married to Lori who he met at Immanuel. His daughter Courtney is LHSN c/o 2021 and his son Nathan is a student at Immanuel. He is a huge college football fan, especially a fan of the Nebraska Cornhuksers.
“At Lutheran North, the academic rigor is top-notch. The Counseling Center is absolutely fabulous! You know your teachers well and it’s really nice that they can bring God into the conversation.“
Rita is a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette. She was employed in clerical positions until her children were born, began volunteering at Lutheran North when her two daughters, Carla, LHSN 1989, and Connie, LHSN 1992, were students there, and has been a part-time LHSN secretary since 1993.
Rita is married to Ken, who retired after 40 years of teaching at Immanuel Lutheran School. Together they enjoy watching sports, including Crusader sports. They attend their children’s and grandchildren’s games as often as possible and participate in Senior Games themselves.
Rita has always appreciated the feeling of “family” at Lutheran North and admires the care and dedication shown by Lutheran North administrators and faculty members.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Karen Kersten is a lifelong Lutheran. She graduated from Ebenezer Lutheran School (now River Roads Lutheran) and Lutheran High School North. Karen graduated from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska with a BS degree. Karen was an elementary teacher for 4 years, school secretary at River Roads Lutheran School for 20 years, and has worked in the office at LHSN since 2003.
Karen and her husband, John, have three sons. Mike, LHSN 1999, is a teacher at Hong Kong International School, Brian, LHSN 2003, is a software engineer for Amazon in Seattle and David, LHSN 2007, is a software engineer for Bausch & Lomb in Kirkwood. Spending time with family and strengthening relationships with them is very important to Karen.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7