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Zion Lutheran School


Mrs. Stephanie Wilaby



Stephanie teaches 3 year old preschool on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, she teaches the 4 year old preschool class. She attended Concordia University in Nebraska and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. She has also earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Stephanie has taught preschool through middle school, as well as undergraduate curriculum courses in Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado. She loves taking children from where they are on the path of learning and moving them forward. Teaching in a Lutheran school is a blessing. We are able to talk about forgiveness and unconditional love. Stephanie is married to Kevin, principal at Lutheran High, and has three children; Brittany (18), Michaela (16), and Tyler (16).


Mrs. Becky Aurich



Becky teaches Kindergarten all day/every day. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE. She majored in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Concentration and she minored in music. Becky and her husband, Dean, live in the woods on a lake southwest of Waverly. Dean teaches and coaches at Mayer Lutheran High School. Becky and Dean have five children and five grandsons. She feels very blessed to be teaching these young children at Zion.



Mrs. Tracy Shipler

1st/2nd Grade


Tracy teaches 1st and 2nd grades, directs K-4 choir, and plays keyboard for contemporary worship services at Zion. She grew up in rural Winona, Minnesota and attended Concordia University, St. Paul where she received her elementary teaching degree with a music minor. She and her husband Kirk live in Lester Prairie with their children Katelyn, Caleb, Samuel, and Ellie.



Mrs. Nancy Schwanke

3rd/4th Grade


    Nancy teaches 3rd and 4th grade at Zion. She and her husband live in Mayer and have three grown children. She really enjoys the students at Zion and seeing their progress from the beginning of the year to the end.



Mrs. Shannon Aurich

5th/6th Grade


    Mrs. Shannon Aurich has taught 5th & 6th Grade at Zion Lutheran School since 2005. She graduated from Concordia University St. Paul in 2003. Her degree is in Elementary Education with a Middle School Language Arts emphasis and a minor in Lutheran Confession.



Mr. Kirk Shipler

7th/8th Grade


    Mr. Kirk Shipler has taught 7th and 8th grade at Zion since 2001. Kirk also directs the 5th-8th grade choir, adult choir, and vocal men's group at Zion. He grew up in Burt, IA and attended Concordia University, St. Paul, where he received his K-12 vocal and classroom music teaching degree in 1996. He and his wife Tracy live in Lester Prairie with their children Katelyn, Caleb, Samuel, and Ellie.



Mrs. Mary McManus



      Mary works with the Unique Learners Program, teaches a variety of classes in the different classrooms, and works with the library. Before coming to Zion, she taught at St. Mark in New Germany where she is a member. She has 6 children and lives on a farm outside of New Germany.


Mrs. Marlene Jopp


    Marlene has been serving as Zion's Secretary/Office Manager since November of 1985.  She is active in Zion's Prayer Chain and Daily Bread Ministries and enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.  Marlene and her husband, Bob, live just outside of Mayer.  they have two grown children, Alan and Aaron.



Mr. Josh Baumann


    Josh is the School Administrator for Zion Lutheran School. He grew up in Carver County and attended Mayer Lutheran High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Concordia University in River Forest, IL and his master's degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Josh previously served as a teacher and administrator at Lutheran North in St. Louis. Josh and his wife Katie live in Lester Prairie with their four children: Jack, Lucas, Reid, and Annalyse.



Mrs. Joanne Hartwig


    Joanne is our full-time cook for Zion Lutheran School. She has been working in that position since 1986, except for two years. She enjoys her position because she truly enjoys being around children. She and her husband Lyle reside in Mayer.

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