Staff biographies

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Darla Gremel - Kindergarten

I have so enjoyed being a Lutheran teacher! I began my journey by attending Concordia College Seward Nebraska, where I met my husband! We have two amazing children, Richard and Julie. We are also truly blessed with an amazing daughter-in-law, Amanda, and two grandchildren, Sawyer and Remington.  

My journey continued when upon graduation I received my first call to serve at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Arenzville, IL , teaching first and second grade for six years. My next call was to serve Fountain of Life Church & School here in Tucson. I taught first and second grade some years and just first grade other years for a total of twenty-seven years. My husband and I are still members of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. In 1994, with my best friend Cathy Summerset, I received my Masters in Elementary Ed. from the University of Phoenix. I am so thankful she did this journey with me.

With the closing of Fountain of Life School, Cathy and I were able to continue Lutheran teaching by coming to teach here at Faith in 2013. I am the Kindergarten teacher, which I LOVE, and the music teacher. My prayer is that God allows me to continue teaching His precious ones here at Faith for many years.

Heather Fiello - 1st and 2nd Grade, Art

 My name is Heather Fiello. I am the 1-2nd grade teacher, as well as the art teacher for grades K-8. I am a wife to my wonderful husband of 11 years. We have two children, Gabrielle (9 years old) and Anthony (6 years old). My degree is from the University of Arizona. I began teaching in 2001 at Pusch Ridge Grammar Academy, formerly Cornerstone Christian Academy. Between 2001 and 2008, I taught 3rd grade, 1st grade, and kindergarten. When my daughter was born in 2008, I took a part-time position as a teacher mentor and curriculum specialist. When Anthony was born in 2011, I took three years off to stay at home at home with him and Gabrielle. In 2014, I came to tour Faith Lutheran School's preschool program. I was so impressed with the school that I decided to take a teaching job here. During my time at Faith, I have taught Early-Start Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 2nd grade. My personal interests include gardening, hiking, reading, playing board games, and spending time with my family. What I enjoy most about teaching is creating life-long learners. I love seeing my students' faces light up when they've achieved a personal success or have learned something new - it really is the best part of my job.  

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Cindy Danner - 3rd Grade, Drama

 

I was born in Wichita, Kansas. I  asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 5. I was married in August 1978. I have three beautiful daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws, and five amazing grandchildren.

I attended Arlington Baptist College and received my B.S. in Bible and Christian Education. I received my MAT at University of Memphis with my specialty in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. I also received Kappa Delta Pi at U of M as well as joined NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). I have taught in eight different schools - grades Kindergarten to High School - for twenty-seven years. In my current position, I have done a combination of third and fourth grade, just third grade, have taught Drama to Pre-K to 8th grade, oversee a Wax Museum for grades 3 to 8, and am the Drama Director for the Christmas and Spring performances.

I enjoy playing tennis, swing dancing East Coast style, playing board games, crocheting, playing piano, reading, and playing with my grandchildren.

My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

My favorite classroom experience was teaching the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals. A student had brought a jar filled with dirt and ants to school. As we attempted to divide up the ants who would be put in ice water and the ones that would be put in the sun, the dirt and the ants fell to the floor. The third grade girls ran screaming and climbed on top of their desks. The boys and I quietly and calmly picked up the dirt with the ants and put them in the two jars. It was hysterical, especially when other teachers and students peeked their heads into my classroom.

Third Grade Curriculum

Religion: Concordia

Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin

Math: Saxon

Science: Discovery Works

Social Studies: Studies Weekly

"Trust 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

Curriculum:

Phonics/Reading/Spelling - Saxon

Math - Saxon

Language Arts - Houghton Mifflin "English"

Social Studies - Harcourt Brace

Science - Discovery Works, Concordia Edition

Faith Time - One in Christ, Concordia

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Mrs. Cathy Summerset - Middle School Language Arts

Mrs. Summerset brings 32 years of experience in Lutheran Education, having taught six grades as well as Language Arts for Faith Lutheran middle schoolers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and also holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. As for her favorite classroom experience, Cathy says, “I have many, but one would be the time my students, after a class trip to Sea World, turned our classroom into an underwater adventure to teach the rest of our school about what they learned. Groups of students were given sections of the classroom to change into different regions of the ocean such as the North Pole or a coral reef. When they were finished, my students gave tours to small groups of kids from other classes, explaining their particular habitat and the animals that lived there. We even turned a wagon into a mini-submarine and gave the toddlers and preschoolers a ride through the ocean.” 

Mrs. Summerset’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “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. Mrs. Summerset enjoys reading, doing puzzles, watching movies, and cooking. She and her husband have two children, both students at the University of Arizona.

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Robert Summerset - 6-8th grade, Athletic Director, P.E. Instructor

 

Mr. Summerset teaches fourth and fifth grade at Faith, as well as serving as Athletic Director and P.E. instructor. He holds a B.A. in Education as well as having studied Physical Education at Prescott College. Mr. Summerset brings full time teaching experience to the classroom as well as over two decades of experience coaching and security for three school districts. His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16. He enjoys sports (of course!) and working on home improvement projects. His favorite classroom experience was when his students combined the thrill of competition with hands-on classroom experience by creating rubber band race cars and holding a race in the classroom! Robert is married with 2 children, who are both students at the University of Arizona.


Curriculum: Concordia religion textbook; Saxon Math; Houghton Mifflin English, Spelling; Scott Foresman science; USA Weekly Social Studies; Literature novel studies such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Bunnicula, I Have a Dream biography of MLK, Jr., Number the Stars,  A Cricket in Times Square, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins; and a writing curriculum teaching narratives, informational research papers, opinion essays, and letter writing.

Loretta Sommerhauser - Office Manager

 

I am very excited to be the new Office Manager at Faith Lutheran School. I have been married for 22 years and have 2 beautiful daughters. We have lived in Arizona for most of our lives but are originally from St. Louis, Missouri. We love the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and the dry heat. As a family we enjoy movies, camping, board games, video games and church activities. I also enjoy cooking, baking, scrapbooking and reading. I have been a secretary for an elementary school before and I hope to bring that knowledge and experience to Faith. Thank you for welcoming me into the Faith Family.  

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