Meet Cheryl Rathe
4th Grade Teacher
- Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Hillsdale College in Michigan
- Licensed through Illinois State Board of Education with an endorsement in Elementary Education (K-9)
- Experience teaching Pre-school, 1st Grade, Multi-Age (1st and 2nd), 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
I love that teaching is not just a job. The opportunity to guide students both academically and spiritually is a blessing. I enjoy connecting and partnering with parents to encourage optimal growth for all students. I enjoy developing lasting relationships with students and their families.
What do you see as the benefits of attending ILS?
All six of my children have graduated from Immanuel Lutheran school. They entered high school prepared: academically, spiritually, socially, and athletically. At ILS they developed strong moral character, and a love for Jesus to support them through their lives. They also developed the skills needed to be successful in the classroom and in the sports of their choice. I believe Immanuel nurtures the whole child. I love that it begins with a relationship with Jesus that leads to strong Christian values and character.
What is your favorite memory of ILS?
It is impossible for me to pinpoint one memory. Immanuel is a huge part of my life. Most of my lifelong friendships began at ILS events. We volunteered in the classroom. We cheered at Bobcat Championship games. We watched musicals and attended band concerts together. We joined Bible studies and chaperoned field trips. We supported one another through happy times and difficulties. Our children also enjoy the lasting benefits of relationships formed at Immanuel. It is truly a blessing to be part of the Bobcat family!
Why does teaching at ILS appeal to you?
I grew up attending a Lutheran elementary school, followed by a Lutheran high school. Sharing God’s Word and the love of Jesus is a privilege that can not be taken for granted. Having started my teaching career in a public school district, I very much understand and appreciate how important it is to openly spend each day with God by my side. It is a blessing to share that love, grace, and comfort with my students.