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Here at Emmanuel Lutheran School, we offer a highly qualified staff that truely cares for our students. This is exemplified in the everyday care of your children and the servant-leadership posture of all Emmanuel Lutheran School employees.

Our main school office hours are 7:30am - 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.

Position Name
Principal Mark Edmiston
School Office Administrative Assistant Shari Reaves
Director of Admissions Emily Leatherwood
K-8 Teachers  
Kindergarten Kimberly Noel/Jaime Werthem
First Grade Rachel Graves/Mackenzie Knapp
Second Grade Mindy Stackhouse
Third Grade/Assistant Principal Denise Ball
Fourth Grade Chelsey Towery
Fifth Grade Homeroom/MS English Emily Lundquist
Sixth Grade Homeroom/MS Science & History Brad Andrews
Seventh/Eighth Grade Homeroom/MS Math Jenelle Lanham
Support Staff  
Art Tammy Reilly
Music Amy Lou Brown
Aftercare Mackenzie Knapp
Physical Education/Athletic Director Jen Marsh
Maintenance Dale Emory
Cafeteria Kristen Warren

K-8 Faculty & Staff

Mark EdmistonMark Edmiston, Principal

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Kim NoelKimberly Noel, Kindergarten

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Rachel GravesRachel Graves, First Grade

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Mindy StackhouseMindy Stackhouse, Second Grade

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Denise BallDenise Ball, Third Grade

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Chelsey ToweryChelsey Towery, Fourth Grade

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Emily Lundquist, Fifth Grade Homeroom, Middle School English & Literature

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Brad Andrews, Sixth Grade Homeroom, Middle School Science & History

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Jenelle LanhamJenelle Lanham, Seventh & Eighth Grade Homeroom, Middle School Math

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In 2005, I graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in mathematics. I started my teaching career at a Lutheran school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and joined the Emmanuel faculty in 2020.

Jennifer MarshJennifer Marsh, Physical Education/Athletic Director

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Jamie WerthemJaime Werthem, Kindergarten Assistant

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Amy Lou Brown, Music

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Tammy ReillyTammy Reilly, Art

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I grew up in Asheville, then graduated from Western Carolina University, where I met my husband. We have six children and five grandchildren. I began my career at the Juvenile Detention Center, then taught at Oakley Elementary for 27 years before retiring in 2013. During this time, I earned National Board Certification. I was blessed to teach STEAM at ELS for one year before starting my absolute dream job, teaching Art here!


Emily LeatherwoodEmily Leatherwood, Director of Admissions

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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, Christina Munn.

2022-2023 SMT Members

Dr. Christina Munn, chair

Wendy Hines

Dr. Jamie Lopez

Colleen Leyva

Briana Hastings


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.