ABOUT

Meet the Staff

Administration

Kristie Sombke | PRINCIPAL
Kristie was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. She has her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska. She specializes in Early Childhood Education, Administration, and Parent Education. Kristie is married to Brad Sombke. They have two children. Mrs. Sombke loves helping students, teachers, and parents be successful.
Kathy Morrison | CHILD CARE DIRECTOR
Kathy was born and raised in New Palestine, IN. She is married to Brett. They have three boys. They enjoy the outdoors, fishing, and hiking.
Angie Singer | PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Angie was born and raised right here in New Palestine, IN. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in Elementary Education. She has her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Angie is married to Jason Singer. They have two children. Together, they enjoy camping, traveling, and going to Disney World.
Jason Taylor | PASTOR
Pastor Taylor was born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. He earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary. He is married to Jennifer, and has four children. Pastor Taylor enjoys golfing in his spare time.

Staff

Lindsay Ruth
Kindergarten teacher
Lindsay is a graduate of Butler University with a degree in Elementary Education with Mild Intervention. Lindsay is married to her husband Greg. They have two sons, Vinny and Luca. They enjoy traveling and playing with Vinny.
Chelsea Everhart
Kindergarten Assistant
Chelsea was born in New York and raised in Noblesville, Indiana. Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science degree from IU in English and her Master of Library Science from IU. She is married to Elisha Everhart and they have two children. She loves watching Kindergarteners learn and grow.
Susan Sass
1st Grade Teacher
Susan is a graduate of I.U.P.U.I. with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is married to Dan. They have three children. She enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with the children.
Brenda Kreutz
2nd grade teacher
Brenda Kreutz is our 2nd Grade teacher. Originally from Iowa, Brenda has a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Seward, NE. She also enjoys singing in the Praise Band.
Kristen Brutcher
3rd grade teacher
Kristen and her husband, Joel, have three children. Kristen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She enjoys teaching 3rd Grade, and sharing Jesus Christ with her students everyday.
Kim Knippenberg
4th grade teacher
Kim is a graduate of Concordia University in Chicago, IL. She is married to husband, Kevin. They have four children. Kim enjoys reading in her free time.
Jena Schumacher
5th grade teacher
Jena Schumacher is a graduate of Concordia University – Wisconsin. Mrs. Schumacher has taught at Zion for seven years. She is married to Carl and they have one son, Caleb. She enjoys sharing the love of Jesus, and watching the children grow in their faith. Her favorite pastime is spending time with family, and playing sports.
Susan Seying
6th Grade Teacher
Susan Seying was born and raised in Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Mequon, WI. She is married to Maene. They have four children. Mrs. Seying views teaching as an opportunity and privilege to assist and guide students in their spiritual, academic and personal growth.
Beth Lewer
7th grade teacher
Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, NE, and a Master’s in Education from Long Island University in Brookville, NY. She and her husband, Steve, enjoy hiking, camping and exploring the United States. Together, they have visited 49 of the 50 United States. They have three children.
Luke Finchum
8th grade teacher
Luke earned his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University- Wisconsin. He has his Masters degree in Classroom Technology. He and wife, Darcy, enjoy the Children’s Museum and park with their two children. Mr. Finchum also enjoys golf, and playing in the Saturday Service Praise Band.

Preschool Staff

Denise Stricker
Preschool teacher
Denise was born and raised in New Palestine, IN. She earned a Journalism/ Education degree from Indiana University. She enjoys being with her grandchildren. Her favorite part of teaching is sharing Bible stories with the children, sometimes for the first time!
Jodee Tuggle
preschool teacher
Jodee is our Preschool teacher. She enjoys watching the progress her students make from August to May. Jody has three children, and is married to her husband, Mark. Her family enjoys watching sporting events together. Jodee is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree.
Kristin Keller
Preschool Teacher
Kristin is a preschool teacher. She has her BS in Elementary Education. She is married and has two children. Kristin loves seeing children learn and grow.

Support Staff

Carol Rosenthal
Music Director
Carol was born and raised in Mt. Olive, Illinois. Carol earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University. She has served as organist for Zion Lutheran Church since 1983. Carol teaches piano, handbells and choir. She is married to Jeff, and they have two grown daughters, and one granddaughter. Together they enjoy serving their church and school, and traveling. Carol’s favorite part of teaching is experiencing music together-trying new and different things, acquiring skills, learning the musical language, and performing artistically and expressively.
Chelsea Everhart
Librarian
Chelsea was born in New York and raised in Noblesville, Indiana. Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science degree from IU in English and her Master of Library Science from IU. Chelsea came to Zion in 2008. She is married to Elisha Everhart and they have two children. She knows not all students love to read. She believes the right book will engage the most reluctant reader.
Sara Everhart
School Secretary
Liz Amberger
Church Secretary
Office Hours
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm