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.


Mr. Mike Rush, Principal (ext. 113)
Mrs. Caroline Marino, Early Childhood Director (ext. 133)
Mrs. Heather McCarthy, Office Assistant (ext. 132)
Mrs. Leigh Patton, Office Assistant (ext. 101)
Ms. Gail Thomas, Business Administrator (ext. 114)

Departmental Staff

Dr. Kevin Lorenz, Music Education (ext. 135)
K-8 Faculty
Kindergarten: Mrs. Kim Noel, Teacher; Mrs. Deb DeBerry, Assistant (ext. 127)
Grade One:  Mrs. Barb Schmitz (ext. 139)
Grade Two: Mrs. Mindy Stackhouse (ext. 140)
Grade Three: Ms. Denise Ball, Teacher (ext. 142)
Grade Four: Ms. Chelsey Towery, Teacher (ext. 143)
Grade Five - Eight: Mr. Jeff Wegner & Ms. Heidi Schliefer, Teachers (ext. 141 & 138)

Preschool Staff

Young Infants: Shandy Marso, Lead Teacher; Kristen Warren, Assistant (ext. 129)
Older Infants: Becky Swatzell, Lead Teacher; Lindsey Smathers , Assistant (ext. 131)
Toddlers 1: Amy Bair, Lead Teacher; Paula Jones, Assistant (ext. 124)
Toddlers 2: Neesie Castillo, Lead Teacher; Melissa Beard, Assistant (ext. 125)
PS2: Toni Brewer, Lead Teacher; Becca Stackhouse, Assistant (ext. 121)
PS3: Nicole Loria, Lead Teacher; Cathy Whittemore, Assistant (ext. 122)
PS3/4: Lisa Livengood, Co-Teacher; Christina Akers, Co-Teacher (ext. 126)
PK2: Beth Brock, Lead Teacher; Julie Nicolas, Assistant; Montse Miranda, Assistant (ext. 123)
PK1: Christine Smith, Lead Teacher (ext. 128)
Morning Floater: Felesia Norton
Afternoon Floater: Kathy Jones

Support Staff

Mrs. Elena Revis, School Cook (ext. 118)
Mr. Dale Emory, Facility Manager (ext. 145)
Ms. Liz Dickerson, Before School Care
Ms. Christine Eide, After School Care (ext. 119)

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, Ms. Leslie Blaylock.

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.