School Faculty and Staff

Teaching Staff for the 21-22 School Year

Mrs. Natalie Dager: Monday, Wednesday, Friday preschool
Mrs. Stephanie Klinker: Tuesday, Thursday preschool and preschool-4th grade music
Miss Taylor Haese: morning kindergarten
Mrs. Amy Scott: 1st grade and afternoon kindergarten
Mrs. Martha Peters: 2nd grade
Mr. Aaron Scott: 3rd grade
Mr. Darin Koenemann: 4th grade homeroom and 5th grade math
Mrs. Lisa Brindle: 4th grade ELA, social studies
Mr. Jeff Neuman: 5th/6th homeroom, 6-8th math and 5-8th science and music
Mrs. Anyssa Scaer: 7th/8th homeroom, 5-8th ELA, social studies
Pastor Gier and Pastor Zieroth: 7th/8th grade religion and confirmation

Mrs. Laura Moore: Teacher's aide
Mrs. Stephanie Kurtz: Teacher's aide

Taylor Haese

Principal and Kindergarten Teacher

Education: Concordia University Wisconsin

Awards: 2017 Lutheran Education Assn. Outstanding New Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher

Favorite Bible verse:  Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

What I love about Ascension:  Being at Ascension is like being part of a family and it is such a blessing to be in a place where we can share our faith each day.

Free time activities: In my free time, I love to draw, paint, read, play tennis and volleyball.


Natalie Dager

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Preschool Teacher


Stephanie Klinker

Tuesday, Thursday Preschool Teacher

Education: Concordia University Chicago, B.A.

Favorite bible verse:  Phillipians  4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me. 

What I love about Ascension:   I love that I get to teach about Jesus every day.

Free time activities: I like to spend time with my family and friends, travel, play board games, grow giant pumpkins, and play the piano/organ.


Amy Scott

Grade 1 Teacher

Education: Concordia University Ann Arbor, B.A.; Concordia University Nebraska, M.A.

Awards: Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 2017 Educational Leadership Awards winner

Favorite Bible verse: Colossians 3:17:  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

What I love about Ascension: the families, the staff, the mission

Free time activities: spend time with friends and family, baking


Martha Peters

Grade 2 Teacher, Track Coach

Education: Concordia University Wisconsin, B.A.

Favorite Bible verse: Joshua 1:9: Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

It’s such a comfort to know that no matter what, God is with me, and I don’t have to be afraid or worry. He’s got me. 

What I love about  Ascension:   I love Ascension because it is Christ-centered.  We start the day together, focused on Jesus and His Word in chapel, and that Christ-centered message continues throughout the day in our classrooms. We are a family, and it really shows in our words and actions. We aren’t perfect, but we are forgiven and forgiving. I love that that message is taught to my own children and my students every day! 

Free time activities: I love to read, spend time with my boys, cheer on the Packers and Brewers, and camp. I enjoy writing and would someday like to be an author or just read great books to kids all day.


Aaron Scott

Grade 3 Teacher, Co-Athletic Director, Track Coach


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Darin Koenemann

Grade 4 Teacher, Technology Coordinator

Education: Concordia

University Ann Arbor, B.A.; Concordia University Nebraska, M.Ed.

Favorite Bible verse:  Psalm 37:4-5: Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 

What I love about Ascension:  I truly appreciate the connection between the church, school, and home.  It is very evident in all we do.  Christ is the center and focus of how everything is carried out in this place.  Our staff and families are amazing and consequently make Ascension feel like home.

Free time activities: Time with family, reading, organ for church services, choral music singing, travel, Indiana District (LCMS) Board of Directors


Lisa Brindle

Grade 4 ELA, Social Studies Teacher


Jeff Neuman
Grades 5 and 6 Homeroom, Grades 6-8 Mathematics, and Grades 5-8 Science and Music Teacher


Anyssa Scaer

7th and 8th Grade Teacher, Volleyball Coach, Girls Who Code Coach

Education: Concordia University Nebraska, B.S.

Awards: 3rd Place NETA Convention Technology Award

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  

What I love about Ascension:  I love that the church, parents, students, and faculty encourage one another in their faith.  There is never a day when you do not hear the Word being preached.

Free time activities: In my free time, I like to read, cook, cheer on my favorite sports teams (Go Colts), and enjoy the great outdoors!


Stephanie Kurtz
Teacher Aide


Laura Moore

Teacher Aide

Education: Graduated from Prairie Heights High School, 1983

Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

What I love about Ascension: I love that Ascension has a family feeling about it. Everyone knows each other and truly cares about each other. Our teachers are outstanding in their dedication to the children’s education and modeling good Christian lives and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel very privileged to work along side of such wonderful people.

Free time activities: I enjoy reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and going to the lake.


Meghann Kern

Lunchroom Administrator

Education: Graduated from Snider High School

Favorite bible verse: Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

What I love about Ascension: There are many great things to say about Ascension, but my favorite is the size. No, I don’t necessarily mean the measurable size, but the small size feel. The church's and school's fusion together is great. You really get to know all the families and faculty involved with your child’s development through church and school functions.

Free time activities: I love spending time with family and friends. I love the great outdoors, swimming and a good movie.