9733 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132    Phone: (314) 993-5004    Fax: (314) 993-0311   

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The Immanuel Mission

Responding to God's grace through Christ,

Assisting families with whole-child development, and

Preparing children for God's service.

Elementary Faculty

(Kindergarten - 5th Grade)

(child must be five by July 31 to begin Kindergarten)




Mrs. Pam Niewald began teaching at Immanuel in 1980. She received her education degree from William Woods University and completed the colloquy program at Concordia University, River Forest.


While at Immanuel she has served in many roles, including first grade teacher and technology chair, she has served as the fourth grade homeroom teacher from 2007 until 2015.  Mrs. Niewald appreciates children as one of God's many blessings and takes joy in teaching them to grow in their personal relationship with Christ.​

Link to Elementary Curriculum

First Grade


Mrs. Beth Carter is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and completed the colloquy program at Concordia University, Nebraska.


She has served in many capacities throughout her career teaching middle school PE, math, and science teacher, as well as teaching fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. She came to Immanuel in 2001 and served in the middle grades before taking time off to serve her family. She was called back in 2010 and has been working primarily with the first-grade students and their families at Immanuel since that time. Beth has been nominated for the 2020 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award.


She loves working with first-grade children as they develop their literacy skills and learn more about their Lord and Savior, Jesus.​

Link to Elementary Curriculum

Second Grade

Mrs. Christine Meyr graduated from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1992 and also holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.


She began teaching in Immanuel’s second grade classroom in 1992 and returned in 2007 after taking time off to stay home with her children. She has a strong commitment to Lutheran education and loves sharing God’s Word with His children.​

Link to Elementary Curriculum

Third Grade

Mrs. Cathy Tanney graduated from the University of Iowa with an Elementary Education Degree and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. 

She began teaching at Immanuel in 2017 as a Pre-K teacher. Prior to coming to Immanuel, she has taught first, second, and fifth grade students, preschool children, and served as a preschool director.​ Her love of reading and seeing her students unlock learning while building skills gives her joy. As students read to learn - time in God's Word is where the most valuable learning takes place.

Link to Elementary Curriculum

Fourth Grade

Ms. Esther Dunlop completed her BA in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education in 2015 and completed her masters in Early Childhood in 2016. She completed the colloquy in Lutheran education in 2018.

Esther started subbing at Immanuel while she completed her master's degree. She taught one of our Pre-K classes in 2016. In 2017 she moved to the fourth-grade class.  She most enjoys active learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. Her classroom windows are well known for showcasing a lesson.  Next time you see something on display in her windows, ask her or one of her fourth graders what they are learning.  Esther received the national honor of the New Lutheran Elementary Lutheran Teacher of the Year Award in 2019. 

Link to Elementary Curriculum

Fifth Grade

Mr. Clayton Erdmann has been teaching at Immanuel since 2008. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in social science from Concordia University, Nebraska. He is currently working on a Master's Degree.


His passion for learning extends beyond the classroom as he also serves as the coach of Immanuel’s academic teams.

Link to Elementary Curriculum