Middle School Faculty
(6th - 8th Grades)
Sixth Grade Home Room
Mrs. Jamie Hart began teaching at Immanuel in August of 2013. She is the homeroom teacher for the sixth grade class and teaches language arts to the seventh and eighth grade classes as well. Jamie has a passion for teaching as well as extensive experience in the classroom.
She is an Immanuel alum with over 10 years of experience in Christian middle level education, a Masters in Teaching, and State Certification in middle level language arts, math, and social studies. Jamie was nominated for her creative teaching in 2019 for the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.
Seventh Grade Home Room
Ms. Brenda Hente has been a teacher in Lutheran schools for over 25 years.
She has been at Immanuel for her entire career, serving in various capacities including two separate periods of service as interim principal. Currently she serves as the seventh grade homeroom teacher and chair of the social studies department. She has a passion for the fine arts, teaching art to all students in grades 5-8 and serving as the choir director for the Voices of the Spirit (5-8) and the Junior Choir (3-4). Over the past several years she has started an outdoor education program for grades 5-8, which allows the students to experience and learn about God’s creation through activities which integrate the core curriculum.
She holds two degrees from Concordia University, River Forest; she earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1987 and completed her master’s degree in School Leadership in 2002. In 2018, Ms. Hente was recognized for her contributions in and out of the classroom with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.
Eighth Grade Home Room
Mr. Matthew Springer has been a teacher in Lutheran schools for over 25 years. After graduating from Concordia University, River Forest in 1987, he was called to Child of Christ Lutheran School and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan. He served there as a junior high teacher for seven years before accepting a call to teach at Word of Life in South St. Louis. He served for seventeen years at Word of Life, mostly at the junior high level in literature and science.
He began teaching at Immanuel in the fall of 2011, serving at the eighth grade homeroom teacher and science department chair. He has a bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in natural science and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.