Diane Katz - Principal
Mrs. Diane Katz began her teaching career in 1980. She attended Concordia Milwaukee and received an Associates Degree. Diane then transferred to Concordia University-Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She furthered her education at Concordia and graduated with a Masters in Special Education in 1988 and a Masters in Leadership in 2013.
She and her family moved to Naperville and 1990, and in 1991, she took a Call to St. Paul Lutheran School. She began in the 2nd grade with coaching and later moved up to 5th grade. She spent 12 years as Asst. Principal. Since 2012, she has been principal of St. Paul.
Diane and Harry have three grown children: Lauren, Harrison, and Luke.
“Education is a shared effort between teachers, students, parents, and congregation. Together we seek a strong spiritual, academic, and moral foundation for our students. I seek to educate the whole student – mind, body, and spirit – and to develop in students a lifelong love of learning and the desire to have a personal relationship with their Savior. I believe that learning occurs in the classroom and beyond – on the playground and playing field, in worship, and in service on campus or out in the community.”
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26
Frances Honess-Grab - Full Day 3 & 4 year old Preschool
Frances comes to St. Paul with more than 20 years of teaching both here and abroad.
She completed her BA and MA in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University, River Forest, IL. She has taught from 2 ½ year olds up to 8th grade in her years of teaching.
Her love for children is displayed each day as she endeavors to teach all of God’s precious ones not only the academics but also the love our Lord Jesus Christ.
She was born in Nassau, Bahamas where she grew up and went to school until she left to attend college in the United States.
Her teaching experiences include two private schools in the Bahamas one of which was the International School of the Bahamas where she taught at the mid school and pre-school level, and at a second school where she served as principal of the Early Learning Center.
While in the U.S., she has taught at Dolton, IL, Oak Park River Forest, IL, Chicago IL, Zion Lutheran School, Matteson, IL. She is currently in her 5th teaching year at St. Paul.
In addition to teaching the three and four year olds, she teaches the music program at St. Paul for the school. She plays for church services, enjoys music, and teaches piano lessons.
She is married to husband Dave, who was also a teacher at Zion, and they live in Homer Glen.
Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:6-7 - “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Angeline McKissick - Kindergarten
Angie McKissick attended St. Norbert College in DePere, Wi. In 1989, she received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English. She and her husband, Drew, have three sons: Andrew, Brian, and Doug ….along with Molly (a puppy).
“As I greet my kindergarteners each morning, my focus is to help the students entrusted to me to grow into social, intellectual, and faith-filled individuals who will be positive, productive citizens in the future. Children need to know that they are valued for their own individual unique talents, personalities, and talents. By incorporating Christian values into our daily routines, we acknowledge one another's uniqueness and become more accepting of one another. We learn and grow in our relationship with Christ and one another.”
“As a Kindergarten teacher, my philosophy is first and foremost to respect and appreciate each child's unique learning style and personality and to help them accept and treat others in a Christian way. I believe my role as the teacher is to provide various learning activities and opportunities that will aide in the development of each and every student and to build in them the ability and desire to become lifelong learners. My aim is to engage all students in active learning through whole group, small group, and center based learning experiences. I want children to be active learners and creative thinkers. I want them to experience the value of making good choices and working cooperatively with others in a kind and respectful manner. I want children to love coming to school every day!”
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Molly Jordan - 1st Grade Teacher
Molly was born in raised here in Aurora, but more inportantly was baptized and confirmed here at St. Paul. She is an alumnus and fifth generation of St. Paul Lutheran School, graduating in 2009. It was here at St. Paul where Molly felt God’s call to be an educator. Upon graduation at St. Paul she attended West Aurora High School. After High School Molly attended Waubonsee Community College where she was a student athlete. She then transferred to Northern Illinois University where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, graduating with Magna Cum Laude Honors. This is Molly’s first year at St. Paul. Prior she was a PE teacher in the Kaneland School District. Molly loves seeing the children grow in both their education and their faith.
In her free time, Molly enjoys reading, cheering for the Cubs, playing and coaching sports, and spending time with her family.
“Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and him who knocks the door shall be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8
Sue Wyeth - 2nd Grade Teacher
Sue Wyeth began teaching at St. Paul Lutheran School in 2002. She taught one in 5th grade, three in 3rd grade, and is currently in 2nd grade. Sue attended Concordia University, Ann Arbor and received an Associates degree. Sue then attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree . Finally she attended Concordia University, Chicago and received her teaching degree as well as completing the colloquy program. Sue also received the honor of Teacher of the Year for Early Childhood from the Northern Illinois District.
Sue is married to her husband, Jay Wyeth. They have four boys; Ryan, Jason, Austin, and Brandon. She loves going to Camp Arcadia, a Lutheran family camp in Northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. She also enjoys traveling to other countries with her family.
“Teaching at St. Paul is an exciting and challenging job for me. My goal as a Second Grade teacher is to lay a solid foundation of reading, writing, and math skills for my students that will benefit them in their continued education. More importantly, I strive to help my students establish a close and personal relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear; the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Jane Miller - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jane is a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was born in August of 1959 and baptized at St. Paul in October of 1959. Jane started kindergarten at St. Paul’s School in the fall of 1964. She was confirmed and graduated from 8th grade in 1973. She is also a proud Tomcat from East Aurora High School’s class of 1977.
Jane graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in education in 1981. She received a Lutheran teacher’s colloquy from Concordia University, River Forest in 1985 and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia in 2001.
Jane has been blessed with a large extended family. Her parents are living in nearby Leland, IL. She also has 3 brothers and sisters-in law as well as 7 nieces and nephew and one great nephew. Added to that, Jane has over 100 cousins, many who live in this area.
Jane started teaching at St. Paul in the fall of 1982. She has had the privilege of teaching two generations of families at our school. She hopes to be blessed to teach many more of God’s children.
Jane sings in the choir at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She also does song leading as part of the worship team on some Saturday evening services. Jane helps with packing lunches for our Hesed House ministry. She has also led small group Bible studies.
“I am a child of God; a teacher entrusted with precious lives. I believe that every child can learn and grow in a caring and faith-filled classroom.”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Lora Price - 4th/5th Grade Teacher
Lora Price attended St. Paul Lutheran School. She is a 1997 graduate of Concordia Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Psychology. Lora is also a member of Sports Boosters. Lora is wife to Matthew and mom to Hannah, Jordan, and Jacob.
“I believe effective learning requires collaboration between teacher, students, and parents grounded in mutual respect and trust with one another. That learning best takes place in an environment that is positive and safe; centered around Jesus Christ and His love for us.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 - If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Amanda Hahn - 6th Grade Teacher
Amanda was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. After graduating college, she went and taught in the public school system for seven years. She married Paul, whom she met in 6th grade, in 2005. God blessed them with a daughter, Kailey, in 2006 and a son, Garrett, in 2012. While raising her children, she also ran a daycare out of her home. Her two children have gone to St. Paul since preschool. She knew when she decided to go back to teaching, that St. Paul would be where God would want her to be. She feels very honored to teach at a Christian school and loves watching her students grow in Christ. Amanda had been a member of St. Paul since 2010.
Amanda loves spending time with her family, cheering her kids on at their sporting events, camping, and being outdoors with nature.
Amanda’s favorite Bible verse is “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.
Eric Rogers - 7th/8th Grade Teacher | Assistant Principal | Athletic Director
Eric was born, baptized, and raised right here in Aurora. He is a lifelong Lutheran and an alumnus of St. Paul Lutheran School, having attended first through eighth grade here. Afterwards, he graduated from Aurora Christian High School. Eric began to feel God’s calling to be a teacher while in college, and after receiving a B.A. in English from Aurora University, he later earned his M.A. in Education from Aurora University and went on to complete his Lutheran Teaching Certification colloquy through Concordia University Wisconsin. He has taught at St. Paul Lutheran School since 2002, and has enjoyed every minute of it! He loves kids and helping them learn. Eric especially enjoys seeing students mature in their faith and grow into strong Christian young people. To this end, part of his ministry here at St. Paul involves teaching the Confirmation classes at church. His son, Charlie, was a student at St. Paul and graduated in 2016. Eric has been a member at St. Paul Lutheran Church since 2000.
Eric’s hobbies include avid reading, watching baseball and being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, watching hockey and rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and visiting National Parks (Yellowstone is his favorite).
“My teaching in every subject will confess Christ’s death and resurrection to my students and their families.”
Psalm 121:7-8 - The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Dave Grab - Algebra Teacher
David is a product of Lutheran education. He attended Zion Lutheran Grade School in Belleville, IL.
His high school years were at St. Paul High School, a boarding school in Concordia, MO for teachers and ministers. Junior college years were at the same school, eventually leading to graduation from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NB. Graduate school classes were at DePaul University, Chicago, Chicago State University, and Concordia University, River Forest, IL.
His teaching years include 10 years at Luther High School North where he also served as a department chairman, 15 years as an adjunct professor of Old Testament History at Concordia University, River Forest, and most recently 8 years at the elementary school level largely teaching science and math classes.
He has spent over 20 years in the financial marketplace as insurance and securities sales and management, including as a fee based financial planner. He currently teaches part time eighth grade Math, Pre-algebra and Honors Algebra.
He is married to Frances, who is a pre-school teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Aurora. He has three children and two granddaughters. He loves fishing, golf, math problems and reading large books.
Love mercy, and walk humbly with your God…Micah 6:8