skip to main content

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 A. Brown
Aftercare Mackenzie Knapp
Physical Education/Athletic Director Jen Marsh
Maintenance Dale Emory
Cafeteria Kristen Warren

K-8 Faculty & Staff


Mark EdmistonMark Edmiston
Principal, STEAM Teacher

Click for Bio

Denise BallDenise Ball,
Assistant Principal, Third Grade Teacher

Click for Bio



Emily LeatherwoodShari Reaves
K8 Administrative Assistant

Emily LeatherwoodEmily Leatherwood
Director of Admissions

Click for Bio


Kim NoelKimberly Noel

Click for Bio

Rachel GravesRachel Graves
First Grade

Click for Bio

Mindy StackhouseMindy Stackhouse
Second Grade

Click for Bio

Chelsey ToweryChelsey Towery
Fourth Grade

Click for Bio

Chelsey ToweryEmily Lundquist
Fifth Grade Homeroom, Middle School English & Literature

Click for Bio

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

Jenelle LanhamJenelle Lanham
8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Math

Click for Bio


Chelsey ToweryA.L. Brown, Music

Click for Bio

Chelsey ToweryDale Emory
Facilities Manager

Jennifer MarshJen Jenkins
Athletic Director, P.E. Teacher

Click for Bio

Jennifer MarshMackenzie Knapp
First Grade Assistant, Aftercare Teacher

Chelsey ToweryAlexi Lundquist
Religion Teacher

Tammy ReillyTammy Reilly

Click for Bio

Jamie WerthemJaime Werthem
Kindergarten Assistant

Click for Bio


Early Childhood Education Staff

Smith Emmanuel Lutheran School - Asheville Christian School - Faculty and StaffChris Smith
ECE Director, PK1

Mashburn Emmanuel Lutheran School - Asheville Christian School - Faculty and StaffCarolyn Mashburn
ECE Secretary

Castillo Emmanuel Lutheran School - Asheville Christian School - Faculty and StaffNeesie Castillo
Young Infants

Mark EdmistonBecky Swatzell
Older Infants

Mark EdmistonLindsey Smathers
Toddler 1

Mark EdmistonTasia Davis
Toddler 2

Mark EdmistonRobin Rutherford

Mark EdmistonJessica Bachar

Mark EdmistonBeth Brock

Mark EdmistonNicole Loria

Mark EdmistonKristen Warren


PS Assistants

Paula Jones

Crystal McCormick

Hydeia Beck

Cathy Whittemore

Lily Everingham-Payne

Cleo Green

Mikaela Bennett

PS Floaters/Subs

Felecia Norton

Melissa Beard

Laura Payne

 Alex Brock


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.

SMT Members

Contact our School Ministry Team at

  • 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.