Here at Emmanuel Lutheran School, we offer a highly qualified staff that truely cares for our students. This is exemplifid in the everyday care of your children and the servant-leadership posture of all Emmanuel Lutheran School employees. 
Our main school office hours are 7:45am - 4:00pm - Someone will be in the office to assist you, direct phone calls, etc. during that time.

To contact a faculty or staff member, please call (828) 281-8182.


Ms. Elizabeth Meschke, Principal 
Mrs. Caroline Marino, Early Childhood Director (ext. 133)
Mrs. Heather McCarthy, Office Assistant (ext. 132)
Mrs. Leigh Patton, Office Assistant (ext. 101)
Mrs. Shari Reaves, Admissions/Marketing (ext.147)
Ms. Gail Thomas, Business Administrator (ext. 114)

Departmental Staff

Dr. Kevin Lorenz, Music Education (ext. 135)
Mr. Frank Parris, Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director (ext. 144)
Mrs. Colleen Leyva, Art Teacher (ext. 141)
Ms. Emily Johnson, Technology (ext. 120)

K-8 Faculty

Kindergarten: Mrs. Kim Noel, Teacher, Mrs. Deborah DeBerry, Assistant (ext. 127)
Grade One: Ms. Emily Johnson (ext. 120)
Grade Two: Mrs. Denise Rethmeier (ext. 119)
Grade Three: Mrs. Barb Schmitz (ext. 142)
Grade Four: Ms. Chelsey Huey (ext. 151)
Grade Five: Dr. Mary Lynne Duet (ext. 143)
Grade Six / Seven: Mr. Jeff Wegner (ext. 139)
Grade Eight: Mrs. Robin Van Alystyne (ext. 140)

Preschool Staff

Young Infants: Shandy Marso, Lead Teacher; Neesie Castillo, Assistant (ext. 129)
Older Infants: Becky Swatzell, Lead Teacher; - , Assistant (ext. 131)
Toddlers 1: Elizabeth Alves, Lead Teacher; Paula Jones, Assistant (ext. 124)
Toddlers 2: Olivia Styron, Lead Teacher; Lali Arellano, Assistant (ext. 125)
PS2: Kendall Lacy, Lead Teacher; Melissa Beard, Assistant (ext. 121)
PS3: Nicole Loria, Lead Teacher; Cathy Whittemore, Assistant (ext. 122)
PS3/4: Lisa Livengood, Co-Teacher; Holly Clackett, Co-Teacher (ext. 126)
PK2: Beth Brock, Lead Teacher; Julie Nicolas, Assistant (ext. 123)
PK1: Christine Smith, Lead Teacher; Kristen Warren, Assistant (ext. 128)
Morning Floater: Felesia Norton
Afternoon Floater: Kathy Jones

Support Staff

Mrs. Elena Revis, School Cook (ext. 118)
Mr. Jeff Wegner, Facility Manager (ext. 139)

Church Staff

Rev. Michael McFarland, Senior Pastor (ext. 112)
Ms. Debbie Cribb, Church Administrative Assistant (ext. 100)

As owners of Emmanuel Lutheran School, the congregation has established governance over the school in its consititution and bylaws. As such, the School Ministry Team is charged with oversight of the policies and general welfare of the school, working closely with the administration and other leaders. To this end, the Board of Directors of Emmanuel Lutheran Church annually appoints a chairperson to head the School Ministry Team.  Once appointed, the chair then selects and builds a team. The chair seeks to establish a team that is diverse in its makeup, with highly qualified individuals with a heart for the ministry of the school.

To learn more about this process, contact the school principal or the chair of the School Ministry Team.

School Ministry Team - Board Members

Meet the current members of the team:

Rich Bair, Chairman
Ed Schallhorn, BOD Liasion
Mrs. Caroline Marino (ECE Director)
Ms. Beth Mesche (Principal)
Mrs. Jeanine Helms  (liasion to Parish Admin)

Ms. Leslie Blaylock
Mrs. Cyndi Slocumb
Mrs. Karin Gleason 
Mrs. Susan Roby
Mrs. Lisa Baldwin

Notice of Non Discriminatory Policy

Emmanuel Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or make available to students at the school. ELS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.