Elementary Teachers

All of our elementary classroom teachers have a current Oregon Teaching Certificate issued by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). 

Our teachers and staff are driven by a commitment to the Gospel and focused on a mission of bringing hope and healing to students and their families. They model visionary, servant, and spiritual leadership by studying God's Word, exhibiting a passion for ministry, acting courageously, equipping God's people for service, caring for others, demonstrating integrity, and praying.

Please click here to view our administrative staff and click here to view our preschool teachers.

  • kindergarten | linda russel

    Mrs. Russel has been teaching at St. Paul since 1995. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oregon and she has an Oregon Teaching Certificate. Mrs. Russel does a great job connecting with students and really enjoys teaching reading. She has been an invaluable asset to St. Paul and has helped in many different ways over the past 20 years.

    Mrs. Russel's favorite part of teaching is giving instruction in religion, reading, math, and science.


  • first & second Grades | Casey Degroot

    Mrs. DeGroot was the 2013 South Wisconsin Elementary teacher of the year. In 2010, she also won the Marsha Konz Graduate Educator Award for Outstanding Educator. She has 13 years of teaching experience in Lutheran education and one year in Roseburg Public Schools. She has developed curriculum for various grade levels and has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th-8th grade.  She also has 27 credits toward a Master's degree in Reading and she has her Reading Teaching Certificate. She was a professional member of the Wisconsin State Reading Association. She has training in School Leadership Development and Technology and she implemented a one-to-one iPad program at a previous school.

    Mrs. DeGroot is thrilled to share the love of Jesus with her students every day! Experiencing the “aha” moments as students learn to read and being surrounded by joyful children are wonderful blessings!


  • third, fourth, & Fifth Grades | Sara Downie

    Mrs. Downie has earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. She has previously taught first grade as well as kindergarten in the public school setting. Most recently, she has been working as a substitute teacher so she could stay at home with her two children. Mrs. Downie is a professional member of the International Reading Association as well as the Oregon Reading Association.

    Mrs. Downie is excited to start teaching full-time again and loves that she not only gets to encourage the students academically, but also is able to help them grow spiritually.


  • aide for Third-fifth grades | Molly Ohman

    Ms. Ohman studied Geography and Art History at the University of Oregon.  She loves working with children and she is delighted to get to work with the children at St. Paul!

  • spanish instruction | irene jones

    Mrs. Jones minored in Spanish at California State University and she has California Teaching Credential. She taught 5th and 6th grades for three years and she taught 2nd and 3rd grade reading and small group instruction for 14 years.

    Mrs. Jones loves it when the students get excited about learning and she likes learning to be fun. When students get excited they ask interesting questions!