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Andrew Monkemeyer

CLASS ACTIVITIES
8th grade United States History will research major events from the United States Civil War and create a game board that students play in class; 8th grade students create a Ken Burns-style documentary about the lead-up to the Civil War, 8th grade Physical Education students create their own games that our class will play, 7th grade Geography students make radio advertisements for tourism of Canada, 7th grade Geography students will create travel brochures for visiting an island in the Caribbean, 6th graders create models based off what they learned in ancient Egypt 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
As a Social Studies and Physical Education teacher for 6th-8th grades my first objective is to share the love of God and model what He teaches through His Son, Jesus Christ. Throughout all areas of my teaching, Christ must be the foundation of all I do. Through this foundation, I will teach my students to develop academically, socially and emotionally. Each of these will be taught through educating my students to create new ideas, work together, grow through failure, overcome challenges, speak publicly, show effort in their work, and strive to do the best to their abilities. 

MISSION STATEMENT
My mission as a Social Studies and Physical Education teacher, along with coach and athletic director is to teach Christ as our Savior. I have dedicated my life to God and to serving children he has placed in my care. I strive to educate children by showing love, working hard, and building relationships, so my students seek to be life-long learners.

WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
First, to have the opportunity to teach faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Second, I have a passion for helping children and teaching them how fantastic learning is! Third, I absolutely love history. It teaches us so much and. through it, can give us a guide into the future. Last, I enjoy incorporating technology into the classroom! 

HOBBIES/INTERESTS
Chicago sports (especially the Cubs), learning about History, traveling to historic locations, eating pizza, and celebrating Christmas!

Lorraine Ibe

CLASS ACTIVITIES
From the very young to the almost graduating, technology/GTT classes find us mastering mouse control; organizing files; developing keyboarding skills; setting formulas in spreadsheets; assembling presentations; inputting records in databases; editing documents; focusing on page layout design; searching the internet; studying tags and HTML coding; manipulating images; creating original animations; engaging in multi-media production; training in programming; constructing mechanisms with VEX kits; modeling in 3D; designing apps; and solving real world problems with robotics.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY/MISSION STATEMENT
“Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger.” Philippians 1:21a (MSG)

As long as God gives me life, my mission is to reflect God’s love to others;
to value and grow the gifts I have been given; to mature in knowledge and wisdom;
and to live a life of excellence in both witness and service to humankind.
All to the glory of God!

WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
I kind of fought the idea actually, but God kept leading. Now, I find it to be a most rewarding profession.

HOBBIES/INTEREST
Any activity that involves being outside and/or doing things with my family.

Carlie Kaufmann

CLASS ACTIVITIES
In junior high religion, math, and science, we do many, many hands-on activities and games! In seventh grade religion, we complete two service projects determined by the students. This Fall we stuffed toiletries, snacks and Bible verses in warm socks for homeless shelters to distribute.

In sixth grade math, we have a “Hometown Bakery” where students form bakeries based on economic principles and actually bake the goods and sell them with play money; the goal is to be the bakery with the greatest profit. Seventh grade math will work on many skills and create an air structure by using plastic sheeting, fans, geometric skills, and a lot of duct tape! Eighth grade algebra will participate in the Stock Market Game with $100,000 virtual funds. We have placed as high as 3rd Place in the Lincolnland Region!

All science classes participate in at least one lab per chapter. Sixth grade students will learn the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rock by making a model, growing rock candy crystals, and heating and smashing Rice Krispie treats, respectively. There are many dissections in seventh grade science -- frogs, sheep eyes, and so on. One of the favorites is a Crime Scene Investigation in eighth grade that includes fingerprinting, blood typing, chromatography, and more.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
If you can see it and touch it, you can learn it!

MISSION STATEMENT
My mission as your child's teacher is to provide a Christ-centered education that will prepare them to become lifelong learners.

WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER

As a child, I loved playing “school” and finding ways to make difficult concepts more simple. One of my favorite things in the world is to see the face of a student when they finally “get it.”

HOBBIES/INTERESTS
I love spending time with my family!

Ellen Rytter

CLASS ACTIVITIES
Junior High literature is packed full of awesome novels from “Hatchet” to “To Kill A Mockingbird.” We dig into poetry and drama as well, finishing our eighth-grade year with a drama production. In English we spend a great deal of time learning to write. We look at correct sentence structure, the fundamentals of grammar, revising and so much more.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

MISSION STATEMENT
To be an example of Christ's love.  To encourage and foster growth in students' faith lives.  To provide a safe, cooperative environment where students can academically flourish and develop into life long learners, productive citizens, and confident servers of God.

WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
I was called by the Holy Spirit.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS
reading, traveling

Andrew Monkemeyer

Andrew Monkemeyer

EMAIL
amonkemeyer@concordiapeoria.com

GRADE/SUBJECT TAUGHT
6th grade homeroom, 8th grade United States History, 7th grade World Geography, 6th grade Ancient World History, 6th-8th grade Physical Education, 8th grade Health, 6th grade Religion

YEARS TEACHING
7 Years

YEARS TEACHING AT CLS
7 Years

CHURCH AFFILIATION
Redeemer Lutheran Church

Lorraine Ibe

Lorraine Ibe

EMAIL
libe@concordiapeoria.com

GRADES/SUBJECT TAUGHT
K-8 Technology/GTT; Junior High pre-algebra; library

YEARS TEACHING
23 years

YEARS TEACHING AT CLS
12 years

CHURCH AFFILIATION

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Carlie Kaufmann

Carlie Kaufmann

EMAIL
ckaufmann@concordiapeoria.com

GRADE/SUBJECT TAUGHT
Junior high Math, Science and Religion

YEARS TEACHING
20 years

YEARS TEACHING AT CLS
17 years

CHURCH AFFILIATION
Trinity Lutheran Church

Ellen Rytter

Ellen Rytter

EMAIL
erytter@concordiapeoria.com

GRADE/SUBJECT TAUGHT
Grades 6-8 English/literature, 7th grade homeroom

YEARS TEACHING
8 years

YEARS TEACHING AT CLS
3 years

CHURCH AFFILIATION
First United Methodist Church, Peoria

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Concordia Lutheran School provides a Christ-centered, academically challenging education to equip students for lifelong discipleship.

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