Meet the Staff

Each one of our staff members has received at least one teaching degree, regularly attends continuing education seminars and classes, and meets regularly with other teachers in the area to improve teaching. We are a licensed facility and are constantly working to focus on the learning of each individual child. Each staff member would be willing and happy to go the extra mile to make sure that your student is a successful learner.

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Phil Kieselhorst

Pastor

Pastor Kieselhorst has a Masters Degree in Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He has been a pastor for over 20 years and has served congregations in Europe, Oklahoma, and now Westminster, CO. Pastor has been serving SVL since 2008. He is married and has 2 children. He enjoys basketball, baseball, and soccer

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Nathan Scharf

Principal & Upper Grades Teacher

Mr. Scharf serves as our principal and 6th-8th grade teacher. He joins the SVL family after serving at Immanuel Lutheran School in Greenville, Wisconsin.

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Sharon Presser

Middle Grades Teacher

Mrs. Presser teaches the middle grades and is in her 34th year of teaching. She has experience in teaching grades 1-8. Mrs. Presser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She is married and has 3 grown children. She enjoys every aspect of teaching, especially the uniqueness of each of God's children. In her spare time, she enjoys CU football and her Leadville cabin.

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Karen Luehring

Lower Grades Teacher

Miss Luehring joins us at SVL after serving as the 2nd grade teacher at Apostle's Lutheran School in San Jose, CA.

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Kayte Gut

Preschool Teacher/Director

Ms. Gut is a teacher and preschool director at SVL. She is a 2002 graduate from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and early childhood education. She is entering her 16th year of teaching and 10th year of serving as a director. She enjoys reading, sports, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite part of teaching is watching children learn about truths of God’s plan of salvation for them.

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Cari Ranger

Church & School Secretary

Mrs. Ranger has been working at SVL for over 23 years.  She is the glue that holds the school and church together!  She has an AA degree in Business from Cerritos Community College and a BS in Accounting from CA State University in Long Beach. She is an invaluable part of the school, assisting all teachers as needed.  She has been married to husband Len for 27 years and their two children are graduates of SVL and RMLHS. She loves all the kiddos at Shepherd!