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Lead Team


Lisa Waltenberger, M.Ed, MEd LTC

Lisa Waltenberger joined Green Park as Principal in 2022.  She holds a degree in Math Education and an M.A. in Education, Master of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Math.  Prior to Green Park, she was a math teacher for 12 years. She continued her education and pursued advanced degrees to become a leader in education.

Lisa’s son, Bryce, began at GPLS in 2020 in JK4 and her daughter, Clara, joined the JK3 class in January 2023.

Favorite Bible Verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

In her own words: When you walk into Green Park, you feel the love of Jesus. God is working in our building through our staff, volunteers, and families. Green Park feels like home!

Fun facts: I love to hike, I love coffee, I love family trips to the St. Louis Zoo, we love the beach and the mountains but the Pacific Northwest has some of the most beautiful sights we have ever seen, I am an all-around sports fan.

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Math Education
Master’s: Education Master of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Math

Executive Director

Ken Werkmeister

Ken Werkmeister joined Green Park in 2022.   He holds a degree in Business Administration, focusing on leadership.  Prior to Green Park, Ken served as Vice President of service for Siemens Healthineers supporting large groups of employees, leaders and customers throughout the midwest.  Ken is a member and elder at Peace Lutheran Church.

What he loves about Green Park: My involvement with Green Park started as a parent years ago, while I witnessed a family of caring people.

Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD,” plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

In his own words:  I am excited to share the talents our Lord provides me, supporting and ensuring a safe, caring, and educational environment for our children, staff and families.

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Business Administration


Marketing and Admissions Director

Katie Gaeta

Katie joined the Green Park staff in 2019 as the Marketing and Admissions Director. Katie has a background in Marketing, Advertising and Media Communications and has worked with multiple marketing agencies on campaigns, managing websites, and social media. She also acts as the in-house photographer for Green Park — events, student athlete sports photos, marketing materials, website photos, and more.

What she loves about Green Park: Katie fell in love with Green Park upon attending the Stay-n-Play events and couldn’t imagine sending her kids anywhere else for their education. My goal is to instill a sense of pride and recognition regarding Green Park as a leader in Christian education in the community and with our current and prospective families. I’m constantly in awe of the values, morals, and support the faculty, staff, and students provide to each other.

In her own words: “I’m excited to expand on our proven initiatives and put forth new ideas to attract the right families to Green Park, so our school continues to thrive and succeed!”

Favorite Bible Verse: Above all, love each other deeply.  1 Peter 4:8

Fun Facts: Her daughter, Zoe, started at Green Park in 2017 in the JK4 program. She and her family are members at Resurrection Lutheran Church where their two other children, Finn and Emma, were baptized in the summer of 2018 and her twins, Alli and Max, were baptized in the summer of 2020. She is a family, birth, and real estate photographer who specializes in documentary and lifestyle photography.

Phone: 314-544-4248
Bachelor’s: Media Communications – Webster University
Additional Certifications: Minor in Marketing and Advertising Communications


Laura Reis

Laura Reis joined the Green Park faculty and staff in 2010 as a teacher aide and substitute after earning her teaching certification 2009.  In 2015, she transitioned to the offices as the Director of Development.  She brings experience in finance, IT and teaching but her true gift is in creating special events for causes she cares most about.

“I love this school and what my kids get from it – spiritually, academically and an extended family.  Because of that, I love what I do and value the support we receive.  Thank you.”

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.     Jeremiah 29:11

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: BS, Business Administration – University of Missouri, St. Louis
Additional Certifications: Elementary Education, Missouri Baptist University


Junior Kindergarten 3

Amanda Daniels

Amanda Daniels joined the Green Park faculty in 2017 as the JK3 Teacher. Her Pre-K teaching experience and love of learning with students made for a wonderful fit. After working at a daycare in high school she knew early childhood was her passion. “If they see that you’re excited about learning, they get excited, too!”

In her own words: My goal is for all students to succeed. To me, this means I will use different teaching strategies to help every learner so they feel safe and secure in the classroom.”

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext. 229
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Junior Kindergarten 4

Michelle Barnes

Michelle Barnes joined the Green Park faculty in 2016.  She has had a passion for working with children since she was a teenager.  She brings extensive experience in Early Childhood Education.  She started as an assistant teacher in a daycare caring for newborns to 4 year olds.  She directed summer camp for a private elementary school and worked as the after school director and substitute.

In her own words: “I believe children should be encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where all children can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Fun Facts: Michelle has coached the B volleyball team the past 2 years and plans to continue!

Phone: 314.544.4248
Additional Certifications: Associate in Applied Science Early Childcare and Education


Stephanie Torbeck, MA

Stephanie Torbeck joined the Green Park faculty in 2000 after teaching at Grace Lutheran in San Mateo, CA.  She is an integral part of the GP faculty having conceptualized and written a grant marrying the Balanced Literacy curriculum with 1:1 iPads for K-2 learners.

In her own words: “I love it when I get to share in the moment a child realizes he/she is, in fact, a reader.”

Fun Facts: Her favorite books is Barbapapa and her favorite to read to her class is Junie B. Jones series (late kindergarten – students are able to separate fiction from reality) or Mo Willems.  I also love “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds and “Press Here” by Herve Tullet.

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext 227
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education – Concordia University – Chicago
Master’s: Master of Arts, Early Childhood Education – Webster University


Melissa Marty

Melissa joined the Green Park Staff in 2020 as a Junior Kindergarten Teacher Aide and returns in 2022 as our second Kindergarten teacher. She attended Missouri Baptist University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

In her own words: I’m excited to be teaching at Green Park because I want to be an inspiration and role model to not only the students in my classroom but all throughout the school. I want to teach them that they can achieve many things if they put their mind to it!

Fun Facts: Melissa loves all things Disney! “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Elementary Education

1st Grade

Beth Meyer

Beth Meyer joined the Green Park family in 2010. She taught K-4 in Arizona, Minnesota and Missouri. Today you will find this reading enthusiast teaching her favorite grade: “Firsties”. From the Daily 5 to Pathways to Reading, she has a passion for developing students with a lifelong love of reading. She is in charge of the Green Park Tutor program, which consists of older adults coming in and working with students one on one in reading or math. She puts together the chapel schedule and is part of the National Lutheran School’s Week committee. You will also find her out on the field in the fall coaching the Cross Country team.
In her own words: Green Park is home. I am surrounded by supportive families who partner with me and lift me up every day. I love it when the light bulb goes on and then I watch my students turn around and begin to teach others.

Favorite Bible Verse: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Fun Facts: Her family attends Christ Memorial Lutheran Church where her husband, Daniel Meyer, is the Director of Christian Education. They have three children, Caleb, Elise, and Aiden. Caleb is now a Green Park alum. Elise is currently at Green Park and Aiden is an eagerly anticipated future Viking. Their family loves camping and spending time outdoors. In her free time Beth enjoys reading and watching her kids play sports.

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext 216
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education – Concordia University – Seward, NE

1st Grade

Jennifer Dixon

Jennifer joined the Green Park family in 2023. She has taught 2nd grade, kindergarten and preschool. She also had the joy of staying home for 6 years when her children were babies.

In her own words: I love seeing the joy of life and the excitement for learning in my students. I want to help them feel successful and learn to navigate the highs and lows they’ll have in their life.

Fun Facts: Jennifer loves spending time with her family and especially loves to travel. She has been to 49 states and a handful of countries. When she’s not busy taking care of her family, she loves to read, spend time in her craft room and run. She just recently completed her first full marathon. She’s also a big Fighting Illini fan and enjoys going to the football games every year with her family.

Favorite Bible verse: I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.   Job 19:25-26

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Elementary Education – Concordia University Nebraska

2nd Grade

Dan Griffith

Dan joined the Green Park family as the 2nd grade teacher in 2022. Dan taught Kindergarten at Zion Lutheran School in Belleville, IL for 6 years and when he and his wife moved over to the Missouri side, Green Park felt like home and a great opportunity to continue working and growing in Christ along with the students and staff. Dan and his wife recently welcomed their first child in to their family.

What he loves about Green Park: When you walk into Green Park you feel at home. The students, teachers, and staff are all welcoming and invite you into the loving arms of Christ with their words and deeds.

In his own words: There is not a better place to learn and grow, both as a student or staff member, than at Green Park.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Elementary Education – Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville

2nd Grade

Nicole Berry

Nicole joined the Green Park Family in 2023.  She holds a degree in Elementary Education from University Missouri St. Louis. She previously worked as a Paraprofessional in a self-contained classroom and as an assistant kindergarten and 1st grade teacher.

In her own words:
The community that Green Park has is a very welcoming, warm, and encouraging community. I’ve been welcomed with open arms. I’m excited to support my fellow co-workers and our students giving them the best opportunities to learn and grow!

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Elementary Education – University Missouri St. Louis

3rd Grade

Danielle Madsen, M. Ed, MEd

Danielle Madsen joined the Green Park family in 2023 as the 3rd grade teacher. She is a proud alumni of Green Park and was a part of the 50th graduating class. Prior to Green Park she taught 4th grade at Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction in the St. Louis Public School District. She grew up attending Peace Lutheran Church, but now attends Christ Memorial’s Midtown location, Reliant, with her husband.

What she loves about Green Park: Green Park is my second home. It’s where I grew up and where the love of God was shared with me daily. My hope is to continue sharing God’s love and promises with students.

In her own words:  I am a big fan of musicals and enjoy catching a show at the Fox Theatre and the Muny whenever I can.

Favorite Bible verse: Lamentations 3:22–23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Psychology with a minor in Child Studies from Truman State
Master’s: Elementary Education – Truman State; Master’s: Gifted Education from Lindenwood University

4th Grade

Brenda Huster, MA

Brenda Huster joined the Green Park faculty in 2004. She has served as teacher, aide, coach and principal in Missouri and in Kansas. She holds a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and delights in teaching her 4th graders about Missouri History and budgets through her notorious classroom “store”. You can spot Brenda coaching the boys’ volleyball team with Mrs. Cibulka.

What she loves about Green Park: The best thing about our school is that teachers, parents and students care about each other. We are one big family.

Fun Facts from Brenda: Brenda is a Green Park graduate and the daughter of the late iconic Green Park teachers Ted and Barb Palisch. Maybe this is why it’s no surprise she quotes: “I love it when my students understand my jokes and laugh at them.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext 212


Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science – Missouri Baptist University

Master’s: Master of Arts, Curriculum & Instruction – Concordia University – Chicago

5th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Literature & Language Arts

Jan Cibulka, MA

Jan Cibulka joined the Green Park faculty in 1991 as a resource teacher through L.A.S.E. (Lutheran Association for Special Education). In 2002 she began teaching middle school English and 6th grade homeroom. Today you’ll find her with the 5th graders each morning, teaching 5th & 6th grade Literature and Language Arts and P.E.

In her own words: Green Park means a second family to me. I love it when my students come to visit after they’ve graduated. They will always be my kids and it warms my heart to know they still think of Green Park after they’re gone. We never forget them.

Favorite Bible Verse: …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Fun Facts: You will find this homegrown Viking coaching boys’ volleyball with Mrs. Huster and immersing students in her favorite books. Her experience in both the public and private sectors, in special education and homeroom as well as coaching has positioned her to be quite the utility player.

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext 207
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science, Special Education – Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Master’s: Master of Education, Elementary Education – University of Missouri – St. Louis

6th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Science, Robotics

Ann Ryherd

Ann Ryherd joined the Green Park faculty in 2013. Her career has encompassed administration, teaching and coaching from elementary to high school levels. She has found a renewed fervor for educating elementary/middle school students in all things Science. Currently, she leads up the middle school Science program at Green Park and robotics team, The Viborgs. She enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s Creation and “how it works” with her students on a daily basis.

In 2011, she completed her Master’s degree through Concordia University, Portland in Curriculum and Instruction in Science, K-12. In the 2012 and 2013 summers, participating in the Scientists in Residence program, through the Parkway School District, she received significant additional training for classroom instruction in elementary science.

What she loves about Green Park: I’m glad to be at a school where not only do I have a multitude of science supplies but I also have families who value what we do in our lab.

In her own words: I love it when my students ask those questions that start with: ‘Mrs. Ryherd, is that like when…?’ because it shows they are learning, thinking and applying and that’s what it’s all about.

Phone: 314.544.4248, ext 209


Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education Science 6-12 – Concordia University – Chicago

Master’s: Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction K-12 – Concordia University – Portland

7th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Literature & Language Arts, Asst. Athletic Director

Donna Auer, MA

Donna Auer joined the Green Park faculty in 2014 teaching middle school Language Arts & Literature. This GP alum has served at several area Lutheran Schools teaching and coaching and is “happy to be home.” Donna serves as the Assistant Athletic Director.

In her own words: I love it when my students have opportunities to witness their faith and love of our Lord and Savior. Green Park means a strong faith-based foundation for past, present and future.”

Favorite Bible Verse: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Fun Facts: In addition to delighting students in her favorite books, she can be found at her favorite family spot, Camp Wartburg.


Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education – Concordia University Nebraska

Master’s: Master of Arts – Concordia University, Portland

7th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Social Studies

Dave Rusert, MS, CMSSS

Dave Rusert joined the Green Park faculty and staff in 1998.  Prior to Green Park he served as teacher and athletic director at Trinity Lutheran School in Toledo, OH.

In his own words: “The best thing about our school is the opportunity to bring Jesus into every situation or class.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

Fun Facts: David enjoys working around Green Park as our “unofficial groundskeeper.”  He can be found weeding and watering and planting among other things around school.  He also enjoys working with his former students who now have children at Green Park or are on staff at Green Park.

: 314.544.4248, ext 236


: Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education – Concordia University – Chicago

: Master of Science, Classroom Technology Integration – Walden University

8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Math & Algebra, Athletic Director

Josh Dixon, MEd

Josh joined the Green Park faculty in 2018 and has been teaching for almost 20 years. He is certified in middle school and high school math and physics, and he has extensive experience teaching STEAM, mathematics, and science courses in both middle school and high school settings. Prior to Green Park, Josh served at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka, Springfield Lutheran High School in Illinois, and Evansville Lutheran School in Indiana. Josh is also serving as Green Park’s Athletic Director, Scholar Bowl coach, and St. Louis Lutheran Athletic League’s Soccer Coordinator.

In his own words: I am passionate about teaching math and science, and I strive to get students to not just get answers, but to understand the nature and beauty of both mathematics and science and how they both ‘work’.

Facts: He and his family enjoy Illini athletics, traveling, and all things Disney.

: 314-544-4248 x213

: Middle & Secondary Education with Physics and Mathematics; BS Mathematics – Concordia University Seward, Nebraska

: Curriculum and Instruction with STEAM concentration – Concordia University Seward, Nebraska


Middle School

Christy White, MA, MEd

Christy White joined the Green Park faculty in 2023 as a middle school Math teacher. She taught mathematics for 15 years (mostly 9th grade- in Pre Algebra and Algebra 1) at Hazelwood Central HS for 7 years and most recently at Oakville High School for 8 years. Her heart and passion has always been in middle school and had always planned to teach middle school, but her path led her to teach in high schools for the first half of her career.

What she loves about Green Park: I saw how closely Green Park’s values, views of education, community and faith focus aligned with mine. I knew this was where I wanted to be. My family and I have been overwhelmed with so many welcoming people at Green Park and at the church community at Christ Memorial. In addition to being excited about the career change, my husband and I have decided to send our three children to school at Green Park. It is very evident to us that God had other plans for my family and I and we are so happy about that.

In her own words: The formative years of middle school mathematics are important for increasing fluency, refining math skills and the development of students as thinkers and problem solvers. I’m excited to work with the students and teachers at Green Park to help expand learning opportunities and encourage students to challenge themselves whenever possible.

Favorite Bible Verse:  Psalm 36:5-7  Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God!  The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Fun facts: I spend lots of time with my three young boys, my husband, and dog. I drink more Diet Pepsi than I probably should trying to keep up with them all. My husband and I love going to the movie theater when we can and like to try out many different arcades in the area like we are teenagers still. I also stay up too late on a regular basis watching many silly reality tv shows once my kids go to bed.

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Middle School Education, minor in Mathematics – Westminster College
Master’s: School Administration – Lindenwood University
Additional Certifications: MS Curriculum and Instruction – Southwest Baptist University


Chris Perko, MA

Chris joined Green Park in 2022. She has 29 years of experience in education. She taught 1st grade for 4 years in Riverview Gardens School District, taught 1st grade for 3 years in Affton, taught Art for 22 years in Affton. Chris Retired from Affton in May 2022. Chris held leadership roles in Writing Visual Arts Curriculum K-3, and District Chair for Character Education. She also enjoyed collaborating with classroom teachers to build on units of study through art and hopes to do that at Green Park as well.

In her own words: I am dedicated to engaging and empowering students through art. I hope that all students will build and hone a set of skills that will help them spark creativity, problem solve, organize their ideas and think outside the box.

Favorite Bible Verse: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10Chris joined Green Park in 2022. She has 29 years of experience in education. She taught 1st grade for 4 years in Riverview Gardens School District, taught 1st grade for 3 years in Affton, taught Art for 22 years in Affton. Chris Retired from Affton in May 2022. Chris held leadership roles in Writing Visual Arts Curriculum K-3, and District Chair for Character Education. She also enjoyed collaborating with classroom teachers to build on units of study through art and hopes to do that at Green Park as well.

In her own words: I am dedicated to engaging and empowering students through art. I hope that all students will build and hone a set of skills that will help them spark creativity, problem solve, organize their ideas and think outside the box.

Favorite Bible Verse: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

MA Educational Technology Coordinator

Rodger Robbins

Rodger taught for 26 years in the Affton School District before joining the Green Park faculty. He enjoyed a few weeks of retirement before being recruited to launch Green Park’s 1:1 initiative in fall 2018. He taught fifth grade for 18 years, 14 of those were in a 1:1 classroom. He served as the Educational Technology Specialist for eight years helping students in a lab environment as well as supporting teachers in the classroom.

In his own words: “I look forward to helping Green Park students and teachers move to a 1:1 environment.

Fun Facts: As far as hobbies I enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, and supporting the St. Louis Blues.

Phone: 314-544-4248 x220
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science, Education, Central Missouri State University
Master’s: Master of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Missouri St. Louis, +33 additional hours
Additional Certifications: Certified 1-6 Elementary, K-12 Social Studies

LASE Teacher

Kelly Templeton, MAEd, MAET

Kelly joined the Green Park family in 2023 as the LASE (Lutheran Association Special Education) teacher.

What she loves about Green Park:  The sense of community and commitment to student success!
In her own words: I am eager to collaborate with the educators and administration at Green Park Lutheran School to design strategies that cater to the unique needs of students with learning differences. I envision a partnership that not only equips these students with the tools they need to excel academically but also instills in them the confidence to embrace their faith and contribute positively to their community.
Favorite Bible Verse:Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Fun Facts:  I love spending time with my family. I enjoy reading, going hiking, kayaking, and playing tennis. I played for the University of Central Missouri’s tennis team when I was in college.When summer hits and St. Louis gets really hot, I’ve got a secret weapon to beat the heat, my family’s cottage by Lake Michigan on the Michigan side is my go-to spot. My dad’s family has been heading there since 1904.

Phone: 314.544.4248

Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science, Special Education – University of Central Missouri

Master’s: Masters of Arts in Education – Lindenwood University, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology – Lindenwood University

Teacher Aides

Junior Kindergarten Teacher Aide, After School Care

Sarah Baese

Sarah joined the Green Park staff in 2017 as a Child Care worker. She now works as the Junior Kindergarten Teacher Aide, but wears many hats. She is also the head coach of the 7th/8th grade girls and boys volleyball teams.

What she loves about Green Park: Some of my fondest memories were made at Green Park. My hope is to help these children make memories of their own that will last a lifetime.

In her own words: My goal is to help instill the love of Christ in each and every child while gaining valuable experience in the teaching profession.

Favorite Bible Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Fun Facts: Sarah attended Green Park Lutheran School for Kindergarten through 8th grade and graduated in 2014, after which, she attended Lutheran High School South and graduated in 2018. She has been a member of Peace Lutheran Church since 2003, during which time, she has been active in her youth group and has participated in numerous servant events. Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and hopes to one day teach at Green Park.

Phone: 314-544-4248

Before & After School Care, Kitchen Staff, 1st-4th Grade Teacher Aide

Brenda Chitwood

GP mom, Brenda Chitwood, wears many hats as the Kitchen Staff, Before & After School Care staff, and as our 1st-4th grade Teacher Aide. She brings over 16 years of childcare experience.

In her own words: “Work hard, be kind & amazing things will happen”.

Junior Kindergarten Teacher Aide

Heather McDermott

Heather McDermott joined the Green Park family in 2023 as a Teacher Aide. She attended Green Park, Lutheran South and then Valparaiso University where she received a degree in Music Business.


What she loves about Green Park:  I’ve always loved working with kids and helping them learn through movement and music. I can’t wait to be a part of the GPLS staff and really look forward to assisting in shaping little minds to ‘Shine Jesus Light’!

Fun Facts: She worked in fundraising until taking 8 years off to raise her two children, who both attend GPLS. Most recently she worked for Christian Friends of New Americans as the Volunteer Coordinator. Heather also is a FitPro with Jazzercise St. Louis and teaches at the Meramec Bottom location, where she can be found engaging, pushing and encouraging customers in their fitness and health journey. She is excited to start working with students as teaching has always been a passion-whether through Jazzercise or teaching French Horn privately. She loves to go camping with her family, take her 2 labs on long walks and loves to cook and see how many veggies she can get in her family a week!

In her own words: I’m excited to share my love of music with young people and sharing Christ’s love with them through my words and actions.

Phone: 314.544.4248

1st Grade Teacher Aide

Anna Mullens

Anna Mullens officially joined the Green Park staff in 2020 as a 1st Grade Teacher’s Aide and also serves as the Head coach for 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball team and assistant coach for 5th and 6th. You can also find her in the summer working at Grant’s Farm. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Lutheran South (’06) Where she met her husband. They now reside in the Green Park area with their three boys, two of which attend Green Park.

What she loves about Green Park: From the moment I first walked through the doors of Green Park, I instantly felt like family and I knew I wanted to spend as much time here as I could.

In her own words: I can’t wait to give back to the teachers in any way that I can.  They do so much above and beyond for our children, shaping them into the future leaders of this world!

Fun Facts: If her life weren’t crazy enough, she also coaches club volleyball and serves as a pack leader for her middle son’s Cub Scout pack. In her (occasional) free time she enjoys a night out with her husband, playing in the backyard with her kids, traveling, cooking and trying out new recipes (especially using her pellet smoker), playing skip-Bo, hanging out with her girlfriends, going to concerts, watching movies or catching up on the latest TV shows. Her all time favorite TV show is Friends, and she probably has an unhealthy obsession with popcorn and QT ice tea.

Kindergarten Aide

Annette Reiter

Annette joined the Green Park staff in 2019 as the Kindergarten Teacher Aide. Prior to Green Park, Annette retired her cosmetology business approximately 14 years ago to focus on the raising of her two wonderful children.  Looking back, she says this was an excellent decision for the growth of her children instead of our society.

In her own words: My goal for my position at Green Park is to simply help in the growth of the children who attend. It brings me great joy and excitement to watch them grow each day and accomplish new things!

Favorite Bible Verse: Be strong and courage’s, do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Phone: 314-544-4248

Child Care and Resource Room Aide

Megan Wakeman

Megan joined the Green Park staff in 2020 as part of the Child Care staff.  Megan began serving as the Resource Room Teacher Aide in 2022.

Phone: 314.544.4248



Director of Food Service & Director of Before/After School Care

April Baese

April Baese joined the Green Park staff in 2009.  Prior to her official status on staff, April served in the cafeteria for the food service company.  April brings extensive experience in food service, catering and a high level of organization.  She recently spearheaded a new lunch program offering a better system for our school.  From higher quality, more options and a cost savings, April conceptualized the new and still improving lunch program we have today.  If you don’t see her in the kitchen you will find her taking care of early bird and late students and families in the Before & After School Care program.

“I love it when I walk down the halls and the kids all smile and yell ‘Hi Miss April’ and I get hugs.

That’s why I love what I do.  I do it for them.”

Kitchen Staff

Sabrina Bentz

Sabrina joined the Green Park family in 2022. Prior to Green Park, Sabrina worked at the Parkway School District as a Head Custodian.  She has over 13 years experience in food service/food management.

What she loves about Green Park: I love the feeling of being part of a extended family at Green Park. The small school feel, everyone knowing everyone’s name really builds relationships.
In her own words: I am so excited to see all those smiling faces and hear all those happy, little voices at lunch!
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:3-5
Fun facts: I savor family time! Anytime with everyone together is the best. I like taking family hikes and enjoying the out doors on warm days.  I love being at the beach or poolside.   I enjoy reading and binge watching documentaries are for those colder days!

Ado Caus

Ado began serving at Green Park in 2013. His tireless efforts each day keep the facilities in order and building in service.

In his own words: I love this place. It’s a great group of teachers and I just love being at this school.”

Phone: 314.544.4248

BSN School Nurse

Kathy Christ

Kathy Christ joined the Green Park family as the School Nurse in 2022.  She received her BS in nursing from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her background includes experience in cardiology and neurosurgery, and 27 years with the Affton School District as their Health Services Coordinator and the school nurse at Gotsch Intermediate School.

In her own words: “I am excited to join the community of Green Park Lutheran School where children get to grow in their faith daily. It took this very special place to pull me out of retirement!”

Favorite Bible Verse: Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10
Fun Facts: Kathy has four children and twelve grandchildren.  She and her husband feel blessed to be surrounded by family.  Her grandchildren are a constant source of laughter and weekend sporting activities.

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: BSN, Avila University


Sara Hopfer

Sara Hopfer joined the Green Park staff in 2011 as a teacher aide. She transitioned to the central office staff in 2012, working as an Accounting Assistant. Her responsibilities include paying the bills, cash and check deposits, payroll, and general office support.

Fun Facts: Sara’s husband and children all attended Green Park Lutheran School (Alan 1974, Kyle 2010, Emma 2014, and Alex 2017). She became a grandma in the summer of 2023. When not working at Green Park, Sara enjoys family vacations, photography, and feeding and watching her backyard birds.

Favorite Bible Verse: Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.     Proverbs 22:6

Phone: 314.544.4248
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science, Computer Science – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kreienkamp

Lauren joined the Green Park staff in 2020 as the Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Green Park (’04), Lutheran South (’08), and Hendrix College (’12). Lauren’s previous credits include, Program Coordinating at Camp Wartburg, Stage Managing for Christ Memorial Productions, coaching field hockey at Ladue and Lutheran South, and coordinating large scale events (such as VBS and the NYG Gala) for church.

What she loves about Green Park: My grade school experience at Green Park not only prepared me for high school with challenging curriculum, but laid a solid foundation for my faith in Christ.

In her own words: “ I am excited to see God continue to work through the students and educators here.”

Favorite Bible Verse: For you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Fun Facts: Lauren, her husband Stephen, and daughter, Hinley, are members of Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Lauren loves to read, play board games, watch field hockey, and watch/work on musical productions. She is a big fan of Star Wars and Breyer’s Rocky Road ice cream.

Phone: 314-544-4248 ext 200
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Arts, English – Literary Studies


Pete Pancella

Current adjunct faculty positions include:  St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Mehlville School District and Lewis and Clark Community College.

Phone: 636.541.1602 (cell)
Bachelor’s: B.M.E. Southeast Missouri State University

Band Director

Evan Sanft

Evan Sanft joined the Green Park faculty as a band director in 2017.  This 2003 Green Park graduate began his musical career here on our campus playing trumpet.  He taught music and band at Martin Luther High School in Northrop, MN prior to taking the call at Lutheran High School South.

In his own words: I love it when I have an opportunity to incorporate faith with my favorite subject…music.  Green Park essentially means to me a top-notch education centered in Christ.  It’s what I took from here and I what I want to give back.

Phone: 314-833-1077
Bachelor’s: Concordia University Chicago, Bachelor of Music Education

School Counselor

Rachel Simons

Rachel worked for the Peace Corp in Belize, Operation Food Search, and rehabilitated people with psychological and housing issues. She recently earned a Master’s degree from Washington University in social work

Phone: 314.544.4248
Master’s: Social Work Washington University