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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.
Becky Talizin

Becky Talizin - Science, Math & 7th Grade Homeroom

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About Mrs. Talizin
Mrs. Talizin (pronounced tah-LEE-zeen) is a graduate of Immanuel having attended for all of elementary school. She enjoyed her time at Immanuel, is excited to be part of the Bobcat family once again, and hopes to have a part in her students’ positive experience. After Immanuel, Mrs. Talizin attended Palatine High School, Augustana College for undergraduate school, and was the graduate assistant athletic trainer at Rockford College (now University) where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching. Throughout her professional career, she has been both a teacher and an athletic trainer, maintaining certification/licensure for both. She is ISBE credentialed to teach 6-12 General Science, Biological Sciences, and Health Sciences. Having only taught in public schools, Mrs. Talizin is excited to be able to openly share the gospel and help students be able to prepare a defense for why they believe in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Outside of her professional life, Mrs. Talizin enjoys spending time with her family. She is blessed with a husband, daughter, and a COVID rescue puppy, as well as having both parents and her sister living locally.

Favorite Bible Verse
Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

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.