Staff Directory


Brian L’Heureux

Head of Schools

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 8th grade and Ava is in 5th 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

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 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

Sharron Clement

Office Manager

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 30 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

Brian Jo

Athletic Director/Physical Education/Health

Brian was born in Seoul, South Korea. He lived in Southern California. He attended National University and California State University. Brian taught at Holy Family Cathedral School and was a Co-Athletic Director for K-8 and Coach for various sports. He was Varsity Head Basketball coach at Beckman High School as well as Youth Club basketball team co-director for 10 years and Youth/HS Player development skills coordinator for 15 years. Brian is married to Candace and they have three sons: Tommy, Landon and Isiah.

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”James 1:19

Elementary School

Erin Roth

Kindergarten Teacher

Erin is from Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. This will be her seventh year teaching at Valley. Erin and her husband, Matt, live in Cedar Falls and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

“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 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 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 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) and received her first call to teach 3/4th grade at Valley that fall. Since then, she has continued to teach 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, her husband Colby and her dog Phineas 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

Kinsey Hopf

4th Grade Teacher

Kinsey Hopf just moved to Cedar Falls this summer. She is originally from Sheboygan, WI. She graduated in 2018 from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in social studies. She also has a certificate in Lutheran education. In her free time she enjoys reading, singing, traveling, playing games, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She now teaches fourth grade at Valley.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Chad Holtzman

5th Grade Teacher

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 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 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

Lucas Tanney

Middle School/High School Teacher

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 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. In 2016 Martha completed her Master’s in Science Education from UNI. 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 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

Lydia Rusch

High School Teacher

Lydia Rusch is originally from Green Bay, WI. She graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English as well as a certificate in Lutheran Education. Lydia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and traveling.

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

Dylan Woodall

High School Teacher

Dylan is from Concordia, MO. This is where most of his family still lives. He went to St. Paul Lutheran High School. While there, he played football, basketball, baseball, and track. He went to Westminster College where he played running back for two years and studied secondary education. He taught in Holden High School for the past two years. Dylan moved to Iowa with his wife, Emily, and dog, Beauregard. His free time is spent watching Kansas City Chiefs football, hunting, and fishing.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still water. He restores my soul.He leads in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”Psalm 12:2-3

Jennifer Neifer


Jennifer Neifer has joined the Valley Lutheran family for the 2018-2019 school year. She has previously taught Spanish for eight years in public schools in Iowa and Missouri. For the last 14 years, she has taught Spanish at Waterloo Christian School. She received her undergraduate degree at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and her master’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Jennifer and her husband, Mike, have two children, Megan and Jason.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38-39

Kortney Brustkern

Art Teacher

Kortney is from La Porte City, IA. She went to Union High School in La Porte City, Hawkeye Community College and University of Northern Iowa. Growing up she has always enjoyed the arts from music to visual, so she decided to pursue a career in art education!

“Teach me, Lord, your way that i may walk in your truth.”Psalm 86:11

Jim Weaver

Music Teacher

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

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

Support Staff

Maripili Hassman

School Counselor

Maripili is originally from the Canary Islands, Spain. Studied Psychology in Madrid and has a master degree in Counseling from Liberty University, VA. She also has a play therapy (Cedar Falls) theology (Rhema Tulsa, OK) and teaching (UNI Cedar Falls) certifications. She taught Spanish to home school students for 10 years. Did conferences and therapy/counseling in Spain, and currently helps in Cedar Falls Elementary Schools and Valley Lutheran School. She is married to Jeff for 25 years and have 4 children.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”1 Peter 4:8

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7

Jill Stubberud


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