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Our Middle School (6-8) Team

Dedicated to Your Child's Success

 

Our departmentalized Middle School includes seven periods. To optimize student learning, our teachers concentrate on their areas of specialty and work closely to develop cross-curriculum assignments and projects. In addition to the homeroom teachers profiled below, our Middle School students benefit from instruction from all of our multi-grade teachers as well as our principal.

Karen Sandusky - Spanish, Math, IT Director & Middle School Department Chair

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About Mrs. Sandusky

Mrs. Sandusky began her career as an accountant. She became a teacher so she could spread the word of Jesus and the joy of learning to her students. She loves teaching the middle school students at Immanuel; they make her smile every day!

Mrs. Sandusky attended Northern Illinois University where she earned her bachelors degree in Finance. She continued her education at Benedictine University where she completed an Alternative Educator Licensure Program and earned her masters degree in Secondary Education. Mrs. Sandusky additionally completed the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod teacher colloquy through Concordia University in Chicago. She is licensed through the Illinois State Board of Education and holds endorsements in Math (grades 6-12), Social Science (grades 6-8), Business (grades 6-12) and Secondary Education (grades 6-12).

Favorite Bible Verse

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

Dave Saunders - History, Religion & 6th Grade Homeroom

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About Mr. Saunders

Mr. Saunders decided to become a teacher in the Ninth Grade when he realized during his Ancient History class that he loved learning about the past and knew he would love to teach it in the future. While attending college he was asked if he had considered teaching in a Christian school. The Holy Spirit kept that thought alive in his heart and lead him into the teaching ministry. Mr. Saunders treasures the classroom experiences and interactions he has with his students. The Middle School years are a special stage of life; he finds it wonderful and incredibly rewarding to teach important topics and values in the framework of a Christian world view.

Mr. Saunders attended University of Illinois, Urbana, where he earned his bachelors degree in Secondary Education; he continued his education at Concordia University, Chicago, where he earned his Teacher Colloquy as well as a masters degree in Theology and Education. Mr. Saunders is licensed through the Illinois State Board of Education and holds endorsements in French (grades 9-12), Mathematics (grades 6-8), Elementary Education (grades K-9), and Secondary Education (grades 6-12).

Favorite Bible Verse

Titus 3:5a
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Anna Wozniak - Science & 7th Grade Homeroom

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About Miss. Wozniak

Miss Wozniak is an Immanuel alumna and is excited to come back and be a part of the community. Her main priority for this school year is creating bonds with her students and making learning fun while keeping students safe and healthy. Miss Wozniak has experience teaching science at schools in District U-46 and District 15. She also has experience with in-class teaching as well as online. Miss Wozniak was involved with Northern Illinois University’s STEM program as well as their robotics and physical science summer camps. She looks forward to bringing what she learned from these exeriences to Immanuel’s science and STEM curriculum.

 

Miss. Wozniak attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb where she earned her bachelors degree in Education for Middle Level Teaching and Learning. Miss Wozniak is licensed through the Illinois State Board of Education and holds endorsements in General Science and Mathematics for 5th - 8th grades.

Favorite Bible Verse

Isaiah 40:31
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.

Diane Henderson - Math, Language Arts & 8th Grade Homeroom

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About Mrs. Henderson

Mrs. Henderson has over 15 years of teaching experience and loves to teach Immanuel’s middle school students. As a student-oriented educator, Mrs. Henderson is mindful of the individual needs of each of her students and uses a kind and supportive approach to keep her class engaged and encouraged. Mrs. Henderson feels honored that God called her to work with middle school students and considers it a blessing to spend her day with them!

Mrs. Henderson attended North Park University, Chicago, where she earned her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education. Mrs. Henderson is licensed through the Illinois State Board of Education and holds an endorsement in Elementary Education (grades K-9).

Favorite Bible Verse

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Brier Nelson - 8th Grade Homeroom & 8th Grade Support

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About Mrs. Nelson

Mrs. Nelson began serving at Immanuel, primarily as a substitute teacher, while her children were attending as students. Beginning in 2020, Mrs. Nelson will serve as the middle school teacher’s assistant. With an eighth grade class of 30+ students, her presence will allow us to maintain our commitment to social distancing and small classes.

Mrs. Nelson attended Winona State University, where she earned her bachelors degree in History. Mrs. Nelson is a licensed Illinois State Board of Education Substitute Educator.

Favorite Bible Verse

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.