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SCHOOL STAFF

EXPERIENCED AND CERTIFIED FACULTY

Our teachers are licensed in the state of Colorado and/or hold a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma. They are dedicated to Christ-centered education and traditional family values. Above all, we are blessed with dedicated Christian teachers who seek to develop close relationships with their students in order to share with them the love of their Savior.

STAFF

PRESCHOOL & PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Layla Stone – Teacher
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

Erin Ratliff – Teacher
erinr@messiahlutherangj.org

Tessa Miller – Director
tessam@messiahlutherangj.org
SEE: 1st & 2nd grades

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

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I grew up in Minnesota with my parents, three brothers and two sisters. I graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN with an AA, then Minnesota State University – Mankato, MN with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. I taught for four years in a one room Christian school (K – 7) in Ridgecrest, CA. After that I went to Concordia University, River Forest, IL where I received my LCMS colloquy and my MA in School Counseling and Guidance. I married my husband, Eric, and then taught in Lutheran schools in Wausau, WI and Redding, CA before moving to Grand Junction in 1995. I have a son and a daughter. I taught Kindergarten and various subjects in other grades until we began our full day Kindergarten program. God has truly blessed me with the Kindergartners I GET to be with each day.

1st & 2nd GRADES TEACHER

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Tessa Miller
tessam@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Farmington, Missouri with my parents, one sister, and two brothers.  I attended Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin. I graduated with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education.  My first teaching call was to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I taught for two years.  I then got married and moved to Kent, Washington, where I also taught two years.  My husband and I moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2009 and had our first son.  I now have two sons and a daughter.  I have taught everything from three year olds to second grade as well as 3rd and 4th grade Language.  My favorite thing about teaching is sharing the love of Jesus with my students and watching them be amazed by his grace and goodness.  Our God is kind and faithful and has richly blessed my teaching ministry!

3rd & 4th GRADES TEACHER

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Enid Miller enidm@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado with my parents and one brother. I attended St. John’s College in Winfield, KS for two years where I met my husband Corky. I then attended Concordia University in Seward NE where I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. After graduation we taught in Troy, Illinois and also at a two room school in Sylvan Grove, KS. In 1982 we moved to Grand Junction with our two sons.  All of my 39 years of teaching experience has been in grades 1 – 4 in the Lutheran system. The best part of teaching is sharing the gospel and love of Jesus with the children and their families!

5th & 6th GRADES TEACHER

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Karen Mead
karenm@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Raleigh, N.C. and finished high school at Central High here in Grand Junction.  I attended Concordia University, Seward, NE and have my masters degree in literature. I have taught grades second through eighth in my 21 year teaching career.  I’ve taught in the southern and central coast of California, Loveland, CO, and now lovely Grand Junction.  God is good!

7th & 8th GRADES TEACHER

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Corky Miller
corkym@messiahlutherangj.org 

MUSIC

Lonni Karly
lonnik@messiahlutherangj.org 

COMPUTERS TEACHER

Layla Stone
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

RELIGION AND CONFIRMATION

Pastor Redeker
pastorr@messiahlutherangj.org

RELIGION AND WORLD VIEW

Scott Mauser
scottmauser@discovercreation.org