Staff Directory

Administration

Brian L’Heureux

Head of Schools

brian.lheureux@vlscrusaders.org

Brian is originally from the great state of Nebraska. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1997 and Master’s degree in 2007, both from Concordia University of Nebraska. He has taught, coached, and been an administrator in public and Lutheran schools in four different states. He is currently the president of Iowa Association of Christian Schools which represents 84 Christian schools at the state capitol. Brian and his wife Amanda (teacher at Valley), have three children. All of them attend Valley. Kelsey is a 2017 Graduate of Valley Lutheran School. Ethan is in 7th grade and Ava is in 4th grade.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 3:12-14


Anne Meyer-Schmitz

Development Director

anne.meyerschmitz@vlscrusaders.org

In 1999, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Before joining the staff as Development Director in October 2013, she was a kitchen designer for 16 years. Anne and her husband Eric have three children who all attend Valley Lutheran. In her spare time Anne likes to spend time with her family and listen to music. Anne is also on the worship team at her church, Ascension Lutheran Church, in Waterloo.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13


Jamie Panning

Admissions Director

jamie.panning@vlscrusaders.org

Jamie Panning serves at Valley as the Admissions Director. Prior to moving to Cedar Falls in early 2013, the Panning family lived in the Quad Cities where Jamie worked as the Admissions Counselor at Trinity Lutheran School in Davenport. Jamie is married and she and her husband, Jon, have three daughters Katelynn, Danielle and Ashleigh, all which attend Valley Lutheran School.

“The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise Him.”Psalm 28:7


Ryan Smiley

K-12 Physical Education/Health Teacher & Athletic Director

ryan.smiley@vlscrusaders.org

Ryan is from the Cedar Falls area. He received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health in 2015 from the University of Northern Iowa. He has coached football and track at the Jr. high and High school levels. Ryan and his wife Alicia have two children. Ellie and Nathan. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”Psalm 118:24


Sharron Clement

Office Manager

sharron.clement@vlscrusaders.org

Sharron came to the school as a volunteer in 2006 when her daughter, Lindsey started attending here as a freshman. She started in the kitchen cooking meals and cleaning up afterwards. Her son Jacob came in 2007 as a freshman while she was still volunteering in the kitchen and cleaning bathrooms, with one day a week in the office. Sharron was a volunteer up until 2010 when she was asked to work part time in the office and eventually this went to full time. She’s proud to say that both her children are Valley Lutheran graduates, and they have a true love for their school. They both have told her that they are thankful that their parents made the decision for them to attend Valley Lutheran. She has been married to her husband Dana for 25+ years.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothe? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”Matthew 6:25-27


Jill Stubberud

Custodian

jill.stubberud@vlscrusaders.org

I am Jill Stubberud and I am the janitor at Valley. I am a wife and mother of 2 daughters, who attend Valley. I love to volunteer when possible, spend time with my family, and read.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”1 Corinthians 13:4-5


Elementary School

Erin Roth

Kindergarten Teacher

erin.bray@vlscrusaders.org

Erin graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in May of 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Since graduating she has taught at Valley.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glorify in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts thorugh the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”Romans 5:1-5


Amanda L’Heureux

1st Grade Teacher

amanda.lheureux@vlscrusaders.org

Amanda is orginally from the northern suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Concordia University, Chicago in 1999 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology/Counseling. She has taught a range of grades from Kindergarten through 3rd grade in Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, and Iowa. She and her husband, Brian, have 3 children that have attended Valley Lutheran.

“For we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28


Amanda Kratz

2nd Grade Teacher

amanda.kratz@vlscrusaders.org

Amanda is originally from Luxemburg, WI. She attended Concordia University of Wisconsin. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2013, with a minor in Mathematics.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10


Martha Reinking

3rd Grade Teacher

martha.meineke@vlscrusaders.org

Martha Reinking is originally from Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (concentration in Special Education). Martha received her first call from Valley and this will be her 6th year teaching 3rd grade. While at Concordia, Martha competed in both cross country and track for four years, and now enjoys helping coach high school cross country and track at Valley. She and her husband Colby live in Cedar Falls and enjoy running, biking and spending time outdoors when they can.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


Jade Wilds

4th Grade Teacher

jade.wilds@vlscrusaders.org

Jade Wilds is originally from West Bend, WI. She graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 2017. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics. Jade now teaches fourth grade at Valley.

“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1


Chad Holtzman

5th Grade Teacher

chad.holtzman@vlscrusaders.org

Mr. Chad Holtzman graduated in 1997 from the University of Northern Iowa and received his colloquy from Concordia University in Seward soon after. Chad and his wife, Marnie, have three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, movies, home projects, and yard work.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11


Middle School/High School

Stephen Woolery

Middle School Teacher

stephen.woolery@vlscrusaders.org

Stephen Woolery graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2003. His first call was to Lutheran High School of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii where he taught high school math, science, and theology. After moving back to the mainland, he taught math at Orient-Macksburg High School and Creston High School both in southwest Iowa. Stephen has been teaching here at Valley Lutheran since 2010. Stephen and his wife, Pam, have been married since 2003 and have four boys and one girl.

“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”Revalation 2:10b


Shelby Janssen

Middle School Teacher

shelby.janssen@vlscrusaders.org

Shelby is from Webster City, IA. She Graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Literacy Minor. Shelby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, pursuing her music talents, being active outdoors, and reading a good book! Shelby volunteers with a Campus Christian Fellowship at UNI and in many different ways at River’s Edge Christian Church in Waterloo.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13


Austin Pauling

Spanish/Middle School/High School Teacher

austin.pauling@vlscrusaders.org

Austin graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, IA in 2017, where he majored in Mathematics Education and minored in Spanish. While at Wartburg, he competed in tennis, sang with the Ritterchor (men’s choir) and participated in many other organizations and honor societies. Since graduation, Austin has taught, advised Spanish Club and coached Large Group and Individual Events Speech for Valley.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”Psalm 118:24


Lucas Tanney

Middle School/High School Teacher

lucas.tanney@vlscrusaders.org

Lucas Tanney graduated from Concordia, Nebraska in 2008. Since then he has taught and coached at St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Missouri and at Valley Lutheran High School in Cedar Falls. Lucas and his wife, Leah, were married in June of 2012. He and his wife have two children, Hazel and Titus, born in 2016 and 2017.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks to the Son and beleives in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”John 6:38-40


Martha Stone

High School Teacher

martha.stone@vlscrusaders.org

Martha graduated in 1980 from West High School in Waterloo, IA. She went on from there to Luther College in Decorah, IA and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After college Martha first worked at Marion Laboratories, in the Pharmaceutical industry, for 10 years as a Pharmaceutical sales representative in the Champaign, IL area, as a hospital sales representative in the Iowa City, IA area, as a corporate sales trainer in Kansas City, MO area and as a District Sales Manager in the Chicago, IL area.

In 1995 she moved back to Cedar Falls and stayed home full time to raise her two sons, John and David. In 2009 she started teaching part time at Valley Lutheran School in the high school science department where she is currently teaching high school Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy/Physiology. She is married to Douglas Stone.

“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the jew, then for the Gentile.”Romans 1:16


Linsay Hall

High School Teacher

linsay.hall@vlscrusaders.org

Linsay Hall graduated from UNI in 2006 with a degree in History Education and an Iowa All-Social Studies Endorsement. She started teaching at Valley Lutheran in the fall of 2007. Linsay completed her Masters in History in December 2016 from UNI. She lives in Cedar Falls with her husband and small son and enjoy boating, traveling, and watching the UNI Panthers.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1


Hannah Krenz

High School Teacher

hannah.krenz@vlscrusaders.org

Hannah Krenz graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2003. Her first call was to teach math and science at Lutheran High School of Kansas City. While in Kansas City she also coached the girls’ basketball team. After five years there, she then moved to Minnesota where she taught math and science and coached the girls’ basketball team for Cannon Valley Lutheran High School. In June of 2013 she completed her master’s degree from Concordia University, Portland.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6


Rachel Wegener

High School Teacher

rachel.wegener@vlscrusaders.org

Rachel Wegener is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She graduated from Concordia University Chciago in 2016. Her degree is in Secondary English Education, with minors in theology, music, and Spanish. Outside of school, Rachel enjoys reading, hiking, and travelling.

“So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10


Jim Weaver

Music Teacher

jim.weaver@vlscrusaders.org

Jim Weaver graduated from Grinnell High School and earned a B.M.E. from Simpson College. His teaching experience includes Harlan and the Des Moines Public Schools, spanning all age groups from K-12. Jim directed the Kids In Action and has extensive experience as a singer/actor including being a member of The Pony Express Opry in St. Joseph, Mo. for 3 years. He recently played the character Inspector Javert in the Waterloo Playhouse production of Les Miserables.

Jim has four children: Casey, Cody, Allie, and Abbie.


Joy Thiel

Library Teacher

joy.thiel@vlscrusaders.org

I began my teaching career in high school when I taught bible school and was a counselor at church camps. After 40 years teaching in public school I began a new experience. I had never had any contact with parochial schools. I have continued teaching after retirement on a volunteer status at both Grout Museum and Immanuel Lutheran School. Since Immanuel has closed, I have been at Valley. A faith based school is a wonderful and very rewarding experience for me.

“For God so loved the world, he gave his only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”John 3:16