Meet Our Faculty


Sherri Lam
Principal

  American College of Education, Indianapolis, IN, Master of Education in Educational Leadership - in progress
  San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential
  Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK, Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Anthropology

Years in Education: 23
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2013
Church Affiliation: Beaverton Christian Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Too many to count, but my favorite time is when I see any child acting kindly with a servant's heart toward another child.

Favorite Bible Verse: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." -Lamentations 3:22-23

s.lam@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Maria Pepe
Director of Early Childhood

  Early Childhood Certificate - in progress

  Years in Education: 7
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2011
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

  Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Watching the kids sing in chapel.

Favorite Bible Verse: "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

m.pepe@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Lauren Layman
Preschool 3s Teacher

  Portland State University, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Dance Minor

  Years in Education: 5 in Early Childhood; 9 in Creative Movement, Ballet, & Modern Dance
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015
  Church Affiliation: Beaverton Christian Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: My first summer I taught at Pilgrim I will never forget teaching two weeks of ballet and dance camp which culminated into a mini production of The Sleeping Beauty classical ballet. Students learned solos, duets, pas de deux, and chorus dances, they handmade a backdrop, used a bridge and house stage set piece, borrowed costumes from the chapel, and found props from the child care room. On their first day I asked each student if they were excited to try ballet.  The boys said "no," but by the end of the week, after inserting hip-hop tricks and gymnastics into the boys' Crows and Court Jester dance and teaching acting solo parts for the male non-dancers, they were really excited and happily participated during ballet barre class with the ladies. We presented Pilgrim's first abbreviated full-length classical ballet. Their joy and smiles were priceless.

Favorite Bible Verse: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

l.sprague@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Carolyn Ewing
Preschool 4s Teacher &
 Music Instructor

  University of Tennessee, Martin, TN, Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood

  Years in Education: 26
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2002
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Building our music program, all of our special programs, and seeing the “aha” moments in my students' eyes as they learn a new concept!

Favorite Bible Verse: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" -Jeremiah 29:11

 c.ewing@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Oxana Ake
Preschool 4s Teacher

  Years in Education: Coming soon!
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2018
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

  Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Coming soon!

  Favorite Bible Verse: Coming soon!

o.ake@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Alisa Benson
Kindergarten Teacher

  George Fox University, Newberg, OR, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
  George Fox UniversityNewberg, OR, Master of Arts in Education, Early Childhood
  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture

Years in Education: 8
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2013
Church Affiliation: St. Luke Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Each school year I start with a wonderful group of children who are
excited to become readers. By springtime, I have a classroom of readers! My favorite memory each year is watching these children grow as readers and listening them read to me!

Favorite Bible Verse: "Jesus replied, 'You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.'" -John 13:7

a.benson@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Charlotte Brandt
1st Grade (Full Day) & 2nd Grade (Afternoon) Teacher

  Concordia University, Seward, NE, Bachelor of Science in Education, Geography Minor

  Years in Education: 31
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2016
  Church Affiliation: Living Savior Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Going on a field trip with the first graders to the Oregon Food Bank was a memorable time as I witnessed the students become excited about doing something for someone else and imagining what the results of their labors would be.

Favorite Bible Verse: "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.  Amen." -John 21:25

c.brandt@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Alycia Lawrence
2nd Grade (Morning) & 4th Grade (Afternoon) Teacher

  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

  Years in Education: 1
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2018
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church


Favorite Pilgrim Memory: This is my first year at Pilgrim, as well as my first year teaching! I am looking forward to making many more memories.

Favorite Bible Verse: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." -Psalm 23

a.lawrence@pilgrimbeaverton.com

  

George Bredehoft
3rd Grade (Full Day) & 4th Grade (Morning) Teacher

  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Continuing Teaching License (CTL)
  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Reading Endorsement
  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Master of Education
  Concordia University, Seward, NE, Bachelor of Arts

  Years in Education: 41
Year Began at Pilgrim: 1984
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Introducing students to third grade curriculum (cursive handwriting, multiplication/division concepts), and salmon/trout egg studies/observations.

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16

g.bredehoft@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the 3rd & 4th grade website.

 

Maria Mai
5th Grade Teacher

  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education
  Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Mathematics Minor

  Years in Education: 3
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2016 (PLCS Class of 2007)
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church & Southwest Bible Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: One of my favorite memories is watching the 5th grade students explore OMSI during the OMSI Overnight field trip each May.  During the field trip, students explore hands-on exhibits, watch a planetarium show, view a scientific documentary in an IMAX theater, tour a submarine, and sleep in an exhibit hall. The joy on  students' faces is unforgettable as they grow in their love of science while spending time with each other!

Favorite Bible Verse: "'For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.'" -Romans 8:38-39

m.mai@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the 5th grade website.


Diana Visser
6th Grade Teacher

  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Science in Education

  Years in Education: 26
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 1994
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

  Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Serving alongside the many wonderful people of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Christian School.

Favorite Bible Verse: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." -Ephesians 2:8

d.visser@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the 6th grade website. 


Kara Kaufman
7th Grade Teacher

  Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ, Master of Education
  Concordia University, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Language Arts

  Years in Education: 16
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: In spring of 2016, I took student leadership students to Camp Lutherwood for a service project.  The students had to work outside in the pouring rain all day long, and they did it all with a smile.  We were all completely soaked and had to change into dry clothes before the drive home, but we had a great time and helped others too.

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." -John 3:17

k.kaufman@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the 7th grade website.


Becky Stehle
8th Grade Teacher

  Concordia University, Seward, NE, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, History and Biology Double Major

  Years in Education: 20
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2001
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church


Favorite Pilgrim Memory: How do you choose?  I have really enjoyed all of my classes, but one year my class kept a notebook of “Mrs. Stehleisms” (I am a bit of a creative speaker and quite quotable) and then read them on the last day of school.

Favorite Bible Verse: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" -Jeremiah 29:11

r.stehle@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the 8th grade website.


Susan Hergert
Athletic Director & 
P.E. Instructor

  Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

  Years in Education: 4
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2017
  Church Affiliation: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church


Favorite Pilgrim Memory: My favorite time of the year is watching students participate in LEST.

Favorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

s.hergert@pilgrimbeaverton.com


Lois Linnemann
Librarian

  Concordia University, River Forest, IL, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Youth Ministry Minor

  Years in Education: 27
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 1987
  Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church


Favorite Pilgrim Memory: One of my favorite memories was teaching religion classes and finding ways to make the Bible come alive for my students through a variety of activities.

Favorite Bible Verse: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

 l.linnemann@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Click here to access the Pilgrim Library website.