Administration & Faculty
Eric Rogers - Principal
Eric was born, baptized, and in Aurora, IL. He is a lifelong Lutheran and an alumnus of St. Paul Lutheran School, attending first through eighth grade. 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 began teaching at St. Paul Lutheran School in 2002 and after serving nineteen years as the 7thand 8th grade teacher and five years as assistant principal, he accepted the congregation’s call to be the school’s principal in 2021. 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 has involved 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 (he’s a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan), watching hockey (he pulls for the Toronto Maple Leafs), and visiting National Parks (Yellowstone is his favorite).
“My calling as principal is to confess Christ’s death and resurrection to every student and family and provide a safe, Christ-centered environment for our St. Paul Community.”
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.
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.”
Abigail Lemley - Kindergarten
Abbie Lemley comes to St. Paul as a recent graduate of the University of Illinois – Springfield. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as Elementary Education. She also competed on the U of I – Springfield women’s cross country and track teams.
Abbie currently lives in Oswego with her parents and younger sister, Megan. They also have a dog, Linus, who is blind in one eye. Abbie relocated to Oswego with her family in July 2009. Since her teen years, Abbie has had a variety of experience working with children. She was a nanny to twin autistic girls for about 4 years, until they moved out of state. Abbie also has experience being a Registered Behavior Technician at behavioral therapy clinics, where she implemented therapy to kids of different ages and helped them to strengthen their life skills, communication skills, and reduce maladaptive behaviors through treatment plans. After student teaching in the fall 2021, Abbie came back to another behavioral therapy clinic and after working there for a few months, she decided teaching was her calling.
Abbie has always wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl, so becoming the Kindergarten teacher here at St. Paul is a dream come true for her. Abbie’s passion is working with kids and most importantly, seeing the potential in each and every student.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:6
Tina Branning - 1st Grade Teacher
Tina graduated with an Early Childhood Degree from National Louis University in 2003. She taught preschool for 6 years at a Nature Based Early Learning Program at Hoover Forest Preserve. She also has taught Kindergarten for 5 years at a Public School in Yorkville.
Tina and her husband Chris, live in Yorkville with their 3 children, Logan, Riley and Kamryn (twins) and their dog, Porter. Tina and her family attend Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove, where she teaches Sunday School with the preschool age. She is also very active with helping with VBS in the summer and going on Mission trips with the church.
In her free time, Tina enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her family.
Luke 1:37- Nothing is impossible with God,
Camden Heinisch - 2nd Grade Teacher
Cami, a St. Paul School alumna, attended Valparaiso University, where she graduated with her BME in Music Education.
At the end of her collegiate career, she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Exemplary Professional Praxis Award for her efforts during her student teaching experience.
Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Jane Miller - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jane, a St. Paul School alumna, graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1981. She received her Lutheran Teacher’s Certification through the Colloquy program at Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia University River Forest) in 1985, along with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Chicago in 2001.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to 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 Grade Teacher | Assistant Principal
Lora Price, a St. Paul School alumna, first felt her calling to be a Lutheran school teacher as a student here. She graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Psychology. She began teaching at St. Paul during the 2012-2013 school year, after getting involved as a stay at home parent while her children attended the school. She accepted the additional role of Assistant Principal at St. Paul in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her growing family and cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs.
Lora believes 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.
Molly Jordan - 5th Grade Teacher
Molly, a St. Paul School alumna, was born in raised here in Aurora, but more importantly was baptized and confirmed here at St. Paul. Graduating from St. Paul in 2009, she represents the fifth generation of her family that has attended our school. 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.
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. For the past six years, Molly has also been the head 7/8th grade volleyball coach here at St. Paul. In addition to coaching volleyball, Molly is also a co-leader of St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Youth Group.
Matthew 7:7-8 - 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.
Roberta Dobbins- 6th Grade Teacher
Roberta graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. After raising two girls to middle school age, she returned to school to earn a teaching licensure from Ashland University in Middle Grades (4-9) with concentrations in ELA and Math. Roberta added a generalist certification in Science and Social Studies after she started teaching. She has taught high school Geometry, Honors Algebra I and Algebra II with Trig. The majority of her teaching has been teaching grades 4 through 9 in areas of Literature, Grammar & Writing, and Mathematics at St. John Nottingham Lutheran School and Lutheran High School East in Cleveland Ohio.
Philipians 4:12-13 - I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Timothy Oliver - 7th Grade Teacher
Tim was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. He grew up in a Lutheran school attending Trinity Lutheran Church for grades K-8th and becoming a member.
Tim graduated from Grand Island Senior High and went on to attend and graduate from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska (Now Concordia University). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, and Lutheran Teachers Diploma. He has taught in California, Nevada, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Tim has three sons, Tyler, Trevor, and Nicholas and one granddaughter, Sloane. Tim and his boys all have a passion for baseball. In his free time, he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and has an interest in antique baseball memorabilia.
Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.
David Grab - Algebra Teacher
David is a product of Lutheran education. He attended Zion Lutheran Grade School in Belleville, Illinois. His high school years were at St. Paul High School, a boarding school in Concordia, Missouri 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, Illinois.
His teaching years include ten years at Luther High School North where he also served as a department chairman, fifteen years as an adjunct professor of Old Testament History at Concordia University, River Forest, and most recently eight years at the elementary school level largely teaching science and math classes. He has spent over twenty 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.
Micah 6:8 - Love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.