School : Faculty & Staff

Mary Eifert

Mary Eifert

Principal

Education:  Concordia, Chicago, BA; Concordia Wisconsin, MA, Purdue Ft. Wayne, Administrator Certification
Favorite bible verse: “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
What I love about Ascension:  I love that we work together, guiding students to be the best they can be, all while supporting them through Christ.  The congregation, families, faculty and staff, all work together well to support our mission of educating students for the next generation.
Free time activities:  Spending time with my family, cooking, cleaning, organizing, and enjoying God’s creation.
Pastor Gier

Pastor Gier

Pastor and Confirmation Instructor

Education: B. Architecture, University of Idaho; M. of Divinity and M. of Sacred Theology Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. He is currently enrolled in the PhD Missiology program at CTSFW.
Favorite Bible verse: Genesis 1:1–Revelation 22:21, for “the Word of the Lord endures forever.” ~ 1 Pt 1:25. And “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” ~ Rev. 22:20–21
What I love about Ascension: I love the Ministry, School, Music, and People of Ascension. Their commitment to the true Christian faith and our Lutheran heritage makes it a place of genuine heavenly light upon a hill in our community. I have been richly blessed by God to be a part of such divinely gifted, generous, and gracious people. Here, Christ and Him crucified is at the center of our life together as we journey through here in time to there in eternity.
Free time activities: Using my architectural skills for multiple design/build projects around the home, including a special interest in small house design and living, when not out hiking, biking, fishing and vacationing with family.

Colleen Daily

Colleen Daily

Office Administrator

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
What I love about Ascension: I love the people of Ascension, we are a family. I really enjoy and learn so much from the Bible Class on Sunday mornings. And I love interacting with the students during the school day. Ascension is a joyful place where Christ is the center.
Free time activities: I enjoy reading, cross stitch and traveling. But most of all I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Anyssa Scaer

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 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!
Katie Ervin

Katie Ervin

Grades 5 and 6 Homeroom Teacher, Co-Athletic Director

Education: Indiana University (Bloomington,IN), BS Sec. Education; Marshall University (Huntington, WV), MS Sport Administration; Concordia University (Chicago), Colloquoy
Favorite Bible Verse: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What I love about Ascension: I have been a member at Ascension since I was baptized as a baby. I was confirmed here, my husband was baptized and confirmed here as an adult, I was married here, and my children were baptized here. Ascension is a special part of who I am. I am thankful for all that I have learned here and been a part of as a member and teacher. 
Free time activities: I love spending time with my family (husband Chad, and sons Jacob and Andrew), time outdoors, reading a good book, and catching up on my favorite TV shows!
Darin Koenemann

Darin Koenemann

Grade 4 Teacher

Education: Concordia University, Ann Arbor, BA; 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
Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott

Grade 3 Teacher

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Martha Peters

Martha Peters

Grade 2 Teacher

Education: Concordia University, Wisconsin, BA
Favorite bible verse:  “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9. 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.
Amy Scott

Amy Scott

Grade 1 Teacher

Education: Concordia University, Ann Arbor, BA; Concordia University, Nebraska, MA
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 
Taylor Haese

Taylor Haese

Kindergarten Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

Education: Concordia University, Wisconsin, WI
Awards: 2017 LEA 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.
Stephanie Klinker

Stephanie Klinker

Preschool Teacher

Education: Concordia University, Chicago, BA
Favorite bible verse:  I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me. Phillipians  4:13  
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.
Dr. Jon Eifert

Dr. Jon Eifert

School Music Director, Algebra I, Religion 6-7-8

Education:  BA, Concordia University Chicago; MM, Univ. of Minnesota; DMA, Univ. of Texas
Awards:  Organist for Higher Things Conference in St. Paul, MN summer of 2019; Presenter for an American Guild of Organists workshop in March, 2019
Favorite bible verse:  Matthew 28:20–“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What I Love about Ascension:  We have here a wonderful church and school that gathers regularly around the Word of God.  Daily chapel is a joy and a blessing!
Free time activities:  I enjoy spending time with my two children, both of whom are now married and living in Michigan.
Laura Moore

Laura Moore

Teacher Aid

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Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Preschool Aid

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Wendy Knox

Wendy Knox

Preschool Aid

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Meghann Kern

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 the small size feel. The church and schools 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!