Meet the Staff

Mrs. Virginia Terrell, Principal

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mrs. Virginia Terrell is the third daughter born to Warren and Ophelia (Boyd) Peters. She was welcomed into the family of God through infant Baptism, and has enjoyed baptismal blessings her entire life, except for the first few days. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Terrell is delighted to have served area congregations as a teacher, administrator, choir director, and organist. In addition to the joy children, her special interests include theology, church music, writing, and making peanut brittle. She was married to the late Dr. Charles F. Terrell.

Confirmation Verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Neither be afraid or dismayed, for the LORD is with you, wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Mrs. Amy Struve, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten

Amy Struve graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is an experienced teacher, well-versed in teaching subjects at various grade levels. Her expertise also includes know-how working with special needs children. She enjoys working with all children, but her favorite memories come from working with the youngest of learners.

Mrs. Struve and her husband, Matt, live in Hodgkins with their two cats.

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. ” Ephesians 2:8-9


Mrs. Beth Stoeckicht, First and Second Grade

Do you want to learn to read? If so, Beth Stoeckicht is just the person to teach you how. One of her delights is in teaching reading and literacy skills to very young learners. With her extensive experience teaching first and second grade, she has put a smile of the faces of many children as they learn techniques for reading success. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History from Winona State University, and a master’s degree in teaching from St. Xavier University, Chicago. Growing up on the northwest side of Chicago, she attended Messiah Lutheran Church and School and School. She is still a member of Messiah. She and her husband, Bill, live in an area suburb with their dog, Pumpernickel.

Mrs. Stoeckicht aims to create an atmosphere encouraging students to reach their full potential by asking questions, learning from their mistakes, creating, and trying their best.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Mrs. Annamarie Kamman, Third and Fourth Grade

Annamarie Kamman, daughter of Jim and the late Anita Coyne, was born and raised in Melrose Park, Illinois. After high school graduation, she continued her education at Northern Illinois University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She later earned a Master of Arts Degree in History at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. She is an experienced educator, having taught various grades in the public sector and in Lutheran schools. She believes in teaching the whole child, and is excited with the opportunity Lutheran education affords of teaching both the heart and mind of children. Her goal is to do whatever she can to assist her students reach their God-given potential.

Annamarie and her husband, Craig, have three daughters and reside in Downers Grove. She is an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, also located in Downers Grove.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Ms. Sonja Gulbrandsen, Fifth and Sixth Grade

Each day, Sonja Gulbrandsen greets her students with a ready smile and an eagerness to bring quality and excellence to her students as well as an excitement for learning. A product of Lutheran education, she attended Lutheran schools from preschool all the way through her university training. She graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught various middle elementary grades and subjects in Lutheran schools in Redbud, Illinois, and Burr Ridge, Illinois. Ms. Gulbrandsen enjoys facilitating learning and growth for students, as well as observing the “light bulb” moment, when everything starts to click. She positively interacts with children of all ages.

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

Mr. Brian Przybylski, Seventh and Eighth Grade

Born in Michigan but raised in Indiana, Mr. Przybylski attended six public schools before graduating high school. Immediately upon leaving high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a nuclear qualified Electrician’s Mate. After leaving the Navy, he earned a degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Judson University, Elgin, Illinois. He is an experienced high school teacher, and is gifted in teaching math. He taught all curricular math levels up to Pre-calculus. His professional experience includes teaching and tutoring children in both elementary and high school settings. He enjoys being involved is extracurricular activities, encouraging students in athletic endeavors and learning clubs. He builds an easy rapport with students, and is eager to facilitate academic growth and success.
Mr. Przybylski has two adult sons, one living nearby and the other stationed in New York, as a sailor in the United States Navy.


“Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12