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 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

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 throgh 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

Ryan Smiley

K-12 Physical Education/Health Teacher & Athletic Director

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 is in 7th grade and Nathan is in 3rd grade. 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

Elementary School

Erin Roth

Kindergarten Teacher

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’Hereux

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). Martha received her first call from Valley, and taught 3rd/4th grade. She now teaches 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.

Jade Wilds

4th Grade Teacher


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