I work part-time at St. Paul’s Lutheran School as a teacher’s aide in the kindergarten/first grade classroom. I am also a temporary dental hygienist for several offices in Wichita and Hutchinson. My husband Gregg is a mechanical engineer at Cessna. We have three sons: Ian, Garrett and Conner. Our family belongs to Cheney United Methodist church. I have a 27 year old quarter horse named Wiley that is a delight to ride. Our indoor pet (Brick) is a funny-looking little dog that we got from the humane society last year, and we all adore him. Gregg and the three boys are big sports fans. (Go K-State!) And participate themselves in several sports, mostly golf, football and basketball. We also enjoy a good movie and pizza at home most Saturday nights.
I was raised in a Christian home in Sterling, KS. After going to Hutchinson Junior College, I finished up my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement in 2001 at Emporia State University. It is there that I met my now husband Jerry.
I was excited to start my teaching career at a small Christian school, St. Paul's in Haven, KS. For 5 yrs I taught everything from Kdg to 3rd grade. After they closed their doors, I began teaching preschool at Trinity Treasures in Hutchinson.
I began looking for a place that I would feel comfortable sending my son to school, most importantly wanting a small Christian environment like that of what I experienced while teaching in Haven. I started teaching at St. Paul's in Cheney in the fall of 2008. I had found the school for my children; God has a plan! I taught upper elementary for two years.
In the fall of 2010, I became the director and teacher at St. Paul's In His Hands Preschool and Child Care. I certainly enjoy my time back with the little ones. I feel as if I am in the right place, teaching and loving the youngest in God's family. It is a joy to be able to show God's love to each one of them everyday while guiding their growth and preparing them for Kindergarten.
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Rebecca Hillman - Lead Teacher
2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Teacher, Music Teacher
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher
Arlene has served as lower grade teacher since the fall of 1990. "I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. Although I did not have any definite plans for my life at that time, God did! 'I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11
"I taught in Colorado in a pre-school classroom for under-privileged children; 58 three and four year olds of whom 30% spoke only Spanish. What an eye opening experience that was! We then moved to Kingman, KS where I taught a class of severely handicapped children. I truly enjoyed my time teaching some of God's special children. After that, I taught in Norwich, KS in an inter-related Resource Center. God then led me to St. Paul's Lutheran School. It was like coming home again. I attended St. Paul's during my grade school years and now God was granting me the privilege to share His Word with students everyday! God has also blessed me with a wonderful husband, Steve, and our two children. I enjoy serving the Lord as a teacher at St. Paul's. I believe this is His plan for me."
"Love the Lord and follow His plan for your lives. Cling to Him and serve Him enthusiastically." Joshua 22:5
"I attended a two room Lutheran school in Nebraska and Michigan for eight years. I graduated from high school in Goderich, Ontario in 1972. After a year at Concordia, Ann Arbor, MI, I transferred to Concordia, Seward, NE where I graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor's degree in education. My call was to teach grades 1-4 here at St. Paul's. I taught until 1986 when my first child was born; since 1990 I have returned to teach here on a part-time basis and now to a more full-time schedule."
"I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with a strong Christian education. As a parent and a teacher, I feel it is the greatest gift we can give our children. While technology and the world change around us, we know that God's love never changes. I pray that I am able to help children build a strong foundation of faith in their Savior and find joy in serving Him. I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him among His people here at St. Paul's."
I enjoy working at St. Paul’s where I’m the Art Instructor at the School and
also the Director of the REAL Kids Childcare Center. I have had the privilege of working at St. Paul’s for ten years. I enjoy teaching, encouraging children and sharing the love of Christ with them. I grew up in Augusta KS. in a large and loving family. I earned my bachelor’s degree from WSU where I majored in
Graphic Design and Art. After college I married John and moved to Cheney. I worked as a designer and illustrator for ten years in Wichita before starting a family. While my children were young I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for my daughter Jessica and my son Jared. My husband John works for the Garden Plain Coop. I have been a member of St. Paul’s for 23 years. Over the course of those years I have liked the challenge of designing several stage sets for VBS as well as our school musicals. I also enjoy making music videos, especially for my end of summer dinner theater that I like to present for my REAL Kid’s families. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and learning new art techniques.
Real Kids Administrator & Art Teacher for K-8th
Mrs. Kathy Poe teaches math, science and history to grades 5-8 in the mornings. She loves Kansas history and has previously taught in Norwich and continues to live there. Along with teaching she also works at the Cheney Golden Age Home.
Secretary & Business Administrator
" In His Hands" Preschool & Childcare Teacher/Director & 5th-6th Grade Reading & English Teacher