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7th & 8th Grade Teacher/Music Teacher

Sue Loontjer

I am a 1975 graduate of Concordia Teacher's College where I majored in education and physical science. While there I also met and married my husband, Gary. Our first teaching positions were in Detroit , MI, and it was there that our three children were born. From there we moved to Seward, NE, where I was a stay at home mom, day care provider, substitute teacher, and Head Start Family counselor. While in Seward I completed my master's degree in classroom education with an emphasis in middle school language arts. We then moved to Lincoln, NE where I taught middle school language arts for three years in a Catholic school and then for 7 years at Lincoln Lutheran Jr./Sr. High. During that time I continued graduate courses for a Reading Specialist's degree, but before I could take the last class we received a call and moved to St. Louis. In St. Louis my husband was the principal for CCLS, and I taught 7th grade homeroom and middle school language arts at Our Savior, Fenton. Gary then received and accepted a call to teach Physical Science at Mayer Lutheran High School. When we first arrived, I taught science and a variety of subjects at Our Saviors in Excelsior until declining enrollment cut school staff. I have been working part time in Mayer for the last three years helping to manage the Media Center and PSEO students.  I have been at Emanuel since 2009 teaching music and special helps.  In 2013 I also took over a part time teaching role for grades 3-8.  Both my grandfather and father, as well as several uncles, have been Lutheran school educators and have instilled in me a great appreciation for our Lutheran School system. it is a pleasure to be able to serve our Lord by caring for His children and their families.