Diane Belsha grew up with three sisters in Sedalia, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She received a Minister of Religion degree (for LCMS) through Concordia University, Seward NE in 2015. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades in Kansas City, Houston, Little Rock, and St. Louis for over 20 years. Before coming to CCLS, Diane was a Museum Teacher (leading field trips) at The Magic House.
Mrs. Belsha has also enjoyed working with children as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School leader at Concordia Lutheran Church, as well as painting scenery for VBS and Holy Land Adventure.
Diane is married to Craig Belsha, a pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor) at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. They have been blessed with two lovely daughters, Rachel and Megan. Diane's interests include sewing, painting, crafts, and she has a true appreciation and love for nature. She hopes that each child she comes in contact with will know Jesus as his/her own personal friend and Savior.
Mrs. Braun received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia Teachers College (Concordia University) River Forest, Illinois. She then went on to get her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, Illinois.
Mrs. Braun will be teaching Kindergarten at CCLS this year, and comes to us from St. Paul Lutheran School in Texas. She has been at St. Paul since 2003. Her experience prior to being at St. Paul includes teaching kindergarten, first and second grades in Lutheran schools in Itasca, Illinois and Clinton Township, Michigan. She has also served as principal in Walburg, Texas. Suzanne also enjoys working with the National Lutheran School Accreditation at St. Paul and as a team captain and team member.
Rachelle Nummela graduated from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a concentration in English, and a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma. She has also completed a number of courses from Concordia University-Wisconsin towards a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Design.
Rachelle taught 1st grade for two years at Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto, IL. Then she moved to St. John Lutheran School in Ellisville, MO, where she taught kindergarten for five years and 3rd grade for two years.
Rachelle grew up in Kansas City, but now lives in Affton with her husband, Tim. They are very excited to be part of the CCLS community and The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens. Outside of school, Rachelle loves to travel and be outside in God’s beautiful creation! She also loves to read, bake, and watch movies.
The oldest of five children, Ann Schmidt was born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois and then was married to her husband, Terry. They spent the first 2 years of their married life far away from home on Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea as teacher/missionaries, experiencing a new culture and meeting wonderful people along the way.
Ann completed her early childhood/elementary education degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and completed her colloquy through Concordia University of Wisconsin. She has had the opportunity to teach preschool, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th grade in Lutheran schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri during her 30 plus years of teaching. She finds that she learns more and more each year from the parents and students that God has blessed her to know.
Ann joined the staff of CCLS in 2004. Currently, she is teaching 1st grade and enjoys watching her students grow and develop creatively, academically, and especially in their faith. She and her husband are members of The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens.
Ann and her husband, Terry, have three grown children, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Benjamin, and four grandchildren. One grandchild is currently a student at Lutheran High School South. The other three grandchildren live in Michigan. Getting together as a family is her greatest joy.
Marcia Ladd has lived in Missouri most of her life. She graduated from Webster University with BA in Education, Missouri Teacher Certified, Paralegal Degree, Master in Communications with an emphasis in Computers. She obtained her Colloquy through Concordia University-River Forest. Since 1990, she has been teaching at Christ Community Lutheran School. She and her family are a members at Glendale Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Ladd enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, watching movies, walking, listening music, being outdoors, camping, keeping up on current trends in education, laughing, and being with friends.
Her personal m ission statement says, “As a Christian, it is my passion to show God’s love and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ daily through my everyday life. I am committed to being a fun-loving, caring, encouraging, positive role model who strives for excellence and for children to meet their full potential.”
Mrs. Janet Leet, 2nd Grade P.M. & Elem. Principal
Janet Leet is thrilled to be serving in His kingdom as the elementary principal and as one of the second grade teachers at Christ Community Lutheran School. Janet has been serving in ministry at CCLS since 1982. Before coming to St. Louis, Janet was a teacher and a principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Hamilton, Ohio.
Janet was born in Malden, Massachusetts and lived in Hamilton, Ohio, Waynesboro, Virginia and Radnor, Pennsylvania during her school years. After graduating from Conestoga High School, she attended the University of Kentucky and received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She received her master's degree in reading and supervision from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She also completed her colloquy certification from Concordia University, Chicago.
God has blessed Janet with two daughters who are the joy of her life. Jessica is a Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner currently practicing at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is married to Jeffrey Mann. Allison and her husband, Scott Downing, live in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a fourth grade teacher at The Lexington School. Previously she taught for two years in Philadelphia for the Teach for America program and then for five years in the Fayette County Schools. Allison and Scott were blessed with twins on February 28th, 2014. Elinor and Wells are such a joy. Of course, Janet goes to visit them as of as she can.
Janet is a member of Glendale Lutheran Church. In her time away from school, Janet enjoys traveling with friends and visiting with family. She also enjoys going to theater productions, cooking, reading, cheering for the University of Kentucky basketball team and learning about antiques.
Mrs. Rachel Klug, 2nd Grade AM
Rachel Klug has only been part of the CCLS staff since 2012, but her ties to CCLS go much farther back than that. Rachel is a graduate of CCLS, and also graduated from Lutheran High School South in 1999. Following her primary and secondary education, and solid upbringing as a member of Webster Gardens Lutheran Church, Rachel followed in her parent’s footsteps to the University of Missouri Columbia, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Rachel taught at King of Glory (St. John’s Morganford) after graduation, and married William Klug, whom she met at Mizzou, in 2005. The Klug’s then embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime with William serving our nation as a Naval Aviator and Rachel living the life of a Naval spouse. Over the first several years of their marriage, Mrs. Klug taught at two elementary schools in Florida. After being blessed with twins Micah and Malorie in 2009, Rachel began her second career as a stay-at-home mom. But the itch to educate was too much, and Rachel returned to the classroom where it all began at CCLS in 2012 as a Preschool teacher’s aide. She is now at the Webster campus and teaching 2nd grade in the afternoons.
Rachel is once again a member at Webster Gardens Lutheran now that her family has returned to the St. Louis area. She is also a fundraiser for children’s cancer charities Friends of Kids with Cancer and Make-a-Wish, an avid Cardinals and Tigers fan, and a firm believer in the power of faith in a child’s education.
Samuel Fishburn is a 2013 graduate of Concordia University Nebraska with a degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education Endorsement. He graduated as the outstanding student in the Special Education Program. While in college he served as Co-President for Concordia Youth Ministry, where he planned, organized, and served on lock-ins and youth events in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.
Mr. Fishburn is very excited to be back at CCLS teaching 3rd grade after completing a portion of his student teaching at CCLS. He has a strong passion in serving the Lord in various ways and serving as an example and teacher of the faith for his students.
Mr. Fishburn grew up in rural Haven, Kansas with his parents and younger sister. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School. He is a third generation Lutheran school graduate. He graduated from Haven High School and was very involved in student activities including debate, forensics, FFA, Student Council, and National Honor Society among others. Mr. Fishburn was a 12-year 4-H member. He was actively involved and received many awards on the local, county, and state levels. It was through his experiences working with younger 4-H members that he first began to see his love and passion for teaching.
When you don’t find Mr. Fishburn teaching and working on school projects, you might find him baking, gardening, traveling, doing volunteer work, or just reading a great book.
Mrs. Linda Hirsch, 3rd Grade
Mrs. Endorf is a graduate from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Elementary and Secondary Mathematics. In 2015, Mrs. Endorf completed graduate coursework from Concordia Wisconsin obtaining a Master of Science in Education Design and Technology degree.
Mrs. Endorf was born and raised in Arlington, Texas with her four brothers. Now she and her husband, Paul Endorf, live in Saint Louis where Paul is also a Lutheran educator at Lutheran High School North.
In her free time, Mrs. Endorf can be found socializing with her friends, golfing, and running. She spends her time sharing God’s gifts through running while she coaches cross country and track.
In the classroom Mrs. Endorf can be found utilizing her talents to teach students about using technology to enhance learning, connect with others, and give students a voice in the classroom. She enjoys being able to serve at CCLS with supportive parents, families, and co-workers to further God’s Kingdom.
Mrs. Glackin was born in Boulder, Colorado. Her father went back to school when she was very young to become an LCMS pastor. During that time, she attended Word of Life in St. Louis, MO and eventually moved back to Denver, CO. She attended Beautiful Savior Lutheran School through 8th grade and graduated high school from Denver Lutheran. Brittnie then went on to get her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Health Education from Concordia University in Nebraska.
After getting her degree, Brittnie spent one year teaching 3rd grade and two years teaching 2nd grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Davenport, Iowa. She has really enjoyed teaching 3rd grade at CCLS, but is moving to 4th grade to begin the '17-'18 school year.
Brittnie is married to Corey and has a 5-year old stepson, Shayde, who attends CCLS. Brittnie grew up playing sports and being very adventurous. She still loves to do as many athletic things as possible with her family, especially playing volleyball and running. She also loves to go back to Colorado whenever she can to see her family and enjoy the mountains, hike, fish, camp, and sometimes ski.