David Neujahr

PRINCIPAL
 
A quality education is important for children, especially during the early years of their lives. A Christian education, however, is vital. It is during the elementary years that a child starts to lay the building blocks for their future. The fundamental skills needed for their academic, social, and especially spiritual lives are learned during this stage. It is through quality Christian Education that we are able to not only provide an excellent education, we are also able to train children in God’s Word. As a Christian teacher I have the privilege of sharing God’s Word with the children. I try to model a Christ-like attitude for the children and nurture them using God’s Word, so that they will grow in both their academic and biblical knowledge and understanding.
 
About the Principal: Mr. Neujahr and his wife, Jane, both graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College which is now known as Martin Luther College, in New Ulm, MN. After graduating in December of the 1979-1980 school year, Jane was assigned to teach at Emmanuel Lutheran School in Tempe, Arizona where she taught kindergarten through the second grade for two years. Dave graduated in 1980 and spent one year as a dormitory supervisor and part-time instructor at Evergreen Lutheran High School in Dupont, Washington. In 1981, Mr. Neujahr and Jane were married and moved to Watertown, South Dakota where Dave became the athletic director and taught in grades 7-9 from 1981 to 1987. While in Watertown, their three sons, Philip, Eric, and Lee were born. In 1987, Mr. Neujahr accepted a call to Emanuel Lutheran School in New London, Wisconsin where he was athletic director, upper grade Social Studies teacher, and 8th grade homeroom teacher. Jane re-entered the teaching ministry while in New London, teaching half days in a fifth grade classroom. She also served as the choir director for several years. In 1995 Mr. Neujahr accepted a call to St. Stephen Lutheran School in Fallbrook, CA where he became the principal, athletic director, and upper grades teacher. While Mr. Neujahr served in Fallbrook, Jane was called to serve as English teacher and choral instructor at California Lutheran High School in Wildomar, CA. She served there from 1997 to 2006. In 2007 the Neujahrs were on the move again after accepting a call to Zion Lutheran School in Hartland, Wisconsin. There Mr. Neujahr served as principal and 7-8 grade teacher. Jane was called by Zion in 2008 to serve as the 3-4 grade teacher and school music director.
 
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science in Education – Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota 36 years of teaching experience 25 years of administrative experience
 

Alyssa Schwede

TEACHES MIDDLE ELEMENTARY GRADES, TECHNOLOGY, AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE
 
About the Teacher: Mrs. Schwede was born in Bay City, Michigan, but moved to Mankato, Minnesota with her parents and older sister Katie in 1999. She went to Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm, Minnesota. She graduated from Martin Lutheran College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English. For her first four years of teaching, she taught 1st and 2nd grade and coached basketball, volleyball, and track at Zion Lutheran School in Monroe, Michigan. In 2017, she moved to Carlsbad, California to teach elementary grades, coach volleyball, and work on the technology here at Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School. She got married on August 3, 2019 to Adam Schwede in Big Bend, Wisconsin. Mrs. Schwede is very adventurous, enjoys playing sports, and loves going to the beach. She became a teacher because she valued the importance of giving children a Christ-centered and positive education. Other members of her family were teachers, so she gained a lot of incite from their experiences. She feels privileged to be able to share the wonderful gospel message with her students here at Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School.
 
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in English-Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota. 7 years of Teaching experience
 
Teaching Dates at BSELS: July 2017-Present
 

Becky Dyrssen

TEACHES LOWER ELEMENTARY GRADES, CONDUCTS CHILDREN’S CHOIR, TEACHES PIANO LESSONS
 
About the Teacher: Mrs. Dyrssen grew up in San Jose, California where her father served as pastor. She attended Apostles Grade School, California Lutheran High School, and Martin Luther College. She has been married for 30 years to Dale who is a business owner and contractor. They have 3 adult children, Drew, Weston, and Ashley. All three are graduates of Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School. Drew is a psychologist at Roger’s Hospital in WI. Weston has a business degree and works for Aurora Hospital in WI. Ashley is a nursing major at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Mrs. Dyrssen enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with my family whenever she can. “Even the early years of a child’s education can help prepare the student for future academic success.” Mrs. Dyrssen believes in a well-structured classroom in a loving Christian environment promotes the social, spiritual, and academic training that a child needs already in kindergarten and first grade.
 
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science in Education – Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota 25 years of teaching experience
 
Teaching Dates at BSELS: July 1989 – 1998, July 2003 – present
 

Daneen Uhlhorn

TEACHES TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN, CONDUCTS MOM AND INFANT PLAYGROUP, TEACHES PIANO LESSONS
 
About the Teacher: Mrs. Uhlhorn graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in History and Social Studies. In 1990, she married Wayne Uhlhorn and taught second grade at St. John’s Lutheran in Lannon, WI while Wayne completed his Seminary training. Pastor Uhlhorn and Mrs. Uhlhorn have four children. Jennifer is a Kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee. Her husband is studying to be a pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Marissa is living in Baltimore while she completes an internship on her way to becoming a registered dietician. Ryan is in his second year at Colorado State University. Michael is in his second year at Grand Canyon University. While raising their young family, Mrs. Uhlhorn continued in the teaching field. She taught art and music at an early childhood center in North Dakota, instructed young children in gymnastic and movement classes at the YMCA in Baltimore, and has always been involved in Sunday School and youth music. She helped launch early childhood centers in her husband’s churches in Baltimore and Colorado Springs, teaching in both. She taught Kindergarten at Salem Lutheran in Colorado Springs and gave administrative leave to that principal teaching music, art, English, and social studies. For the last 5 years she was the director and lead teacher at Shining Stars Learning Center, the early childhood ministry at Fount of Life Lutheran church in Colorado Springs. Mrs. Uhlhorn has a passion for teaching and loves seeing the joy of learning on the faces of her students. The best is telling them about Jesus their Savior, who loves them and has taken their sins away. She looks forward to meeting her new students and their families!
 
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in History and Social Studies – Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota 21 years of teaching experience
 
Teaching Dates at BSELS: July 2016-Present