Meet Our Faculty



 Jim Riedl
Interim Principal

  University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Educational Specialist Degree in Educational  Administration
  University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance
  Concordia Univeristy, Seward, NE, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education,  Speech & Drama Major, Psychology Minor

  Years in Education: 43
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2016 (PLCS Interim Principal from 2011-2012)
Church Affiliation: Trinity Lutheran Church - Portland

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: The kids: all ages and grades, the varied backgrounds, their personalities, their joys - all God's children!

Favorite Bible Verse: "All things work together for good to those who love God and live according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28


Sherri Lam
Director of Early Childhood / Interim Principal

  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: 21
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

 

Maria Pepe
Preschool 3s Teacher

  Early Childhood Certificate - in process

  Years in Education: 5
  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

 

Carolyn Ewing
Preschool 4s Teacher

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

  Years in Education: 24
  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

 Click here to access the Preschool 4s website.

 

Alisa Benson
Kindergarten Teacher

  George Fox University, Newberg, OR, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)  Endorsement - to be completed Fall 2016
  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: 6
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: TBD

Kindergarten website coming soon! 


Kalie Strickling
1st Grade Teacher

  Baylor University, Waco, TX, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Early  Childhood - 6th Grade

  Years in Education: 5
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015
  Church Affiliation: Portland Christian Center

  Favorite Pilgrim Memory: Starting the Track and Field team last year, 2016! Getting to see all of the athletes develop their skills and compete was a great experience!

Favorite Bible Verse: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
-1 John 3:18

Click here to access the 1st grade website. 


Karen Kiser
2nd Grade Teacher

     Coming Soon!

 

 

 


George Bredehoft
3rd Grade 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: 39
  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

Click here to access the 3rd grade website.


Mary Loseke
4th Grade Teacher

  University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, Master of Education, Specific Learning  Disabilities, Resource
  Concordia University, Seward, NE, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education,  Special Education Major, Literature and Music Minors

  Years in Education: 33
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 1990
Church Affiliation: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: This memory is refreshed every year as the fourth graders travel to the Columbia gorge. Students feel the power of the water below us at Bonneville Dam, connect with the history which once took place along the trail at the Ft. Cascades Historical Site, and witness the determination of the salmon on their return to Tanner Creek, the place of their birth and the end of their life cycle.

Favorite Bible Verse: "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." -Psalm 118:24

Click here to access the 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: 1
  Year Began at Pilgrim: 2016 (PLCS Class of 2007)
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Pilgrim Memory: One of my favorite memories as a student at Pilgrim was during a Locks of Love school assembly when I was in 8th grade.  I had just finished donating my hair on stage when the woman who organized the event asked if anyone else would like to donate their hair.  All of a sudden, I saw one of my best friends stand up and announce that she was going to donate her hair, too!  Not only did we both give a precious gift to children in need, but we also had the cutest bobs for our 8th grade graduation pictures.

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

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: 24
  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

Click here to access the 6th grade website. 


Kara Kaufman
7th Grade Teacher / Interim Principal

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

  Years in Education: 14
  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

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: 18
  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

Click here to access the 8th grade website.