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.”
Sharlyn Dembeleg - Kindergarten
Sharlyn Deombeleg began with a business degree from University of Missouri St. Louis and then filled a 3rd grade long term substitute position. Substituting only told her what a mistake she had made to think she could be satisfied professionally in the business world, because “Now, I needed to teach! I never dreamt that a group of 17, EIGHT YEAR OLDS (at a temp. job none the less!) would leave me determined to head right back to school for a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.” Then, teaching began in 1st grade, following 4 yrs of combined teaching 4th -5th grades in St. Peters, Mo.
Shar’s extended family had been a part of St. Pauls for generations, which ultimately brought her back to St. Paul, Aurora to teach. Initially, Shar heard “God’s nudge,” moving her back, not only to her own natural family tree, but also to finding her own church home with her Kindergartners at St. Paul. While previously at St. Paul, Sharlyn taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and instructed 7th- 8th grade elective classes.
Sharlyn left St. Paul’s classroom to follow her husband’s pastoral call to Tucson, Arizona, where they had Jacob and Olivia Deombeleg. In Tucson, Shar worked for Arizona’s Children Association with court appointed cases for the Family Preservation Act; therapeutic licensing, instructing parents of adolescence/teen behaviors, and therapeutic foster care. She also became active with the Special Needs community, as Olivia was born with Downs Syndrome.
Now, Shar’s love of St. Paul Church and School has managed to bring her back through a complete circle to teach here once again. “I can’t wait to get started in a Kindergarten classroom again at St. Paul. I have ALWAYS known that I once had to leave some extremely valuable pieces of myself at St. Pauls, when I unexpectedly moved. I’ve already noticed myself picking up more of my pieces every time I enter the building and school hasn’t even officially started yet! It feels incredibly good to see God’s plan and feel some of my heartfelt prayers come to life in His due time, not on a timeline of my own. I know my students will have me overflowing immediately and I will be back to operating at 110% in my old church and school home at St. Paul. I believe God intends for me to use the talents He intended for me to share, as it is my job to offer children a Love of Learning. I know that they are quite simply sponges that are waiting to soak up God’s word, our examples in Christian character, and positive behaviors to make a difference with acceptance and love. I want to help as many children, students, and friends see that they are perfectly made in His light and notice that God has big plans for us. I believe our school has the best platform to convey our various God-given gifts, talents, strengths and skills. Although I know we set the bar high, I think we need to simultaneously remind our students of God’s grace, as He has offered us our “safety net” through St. Paul’s school . . . where teachers can pick up children at vulnerable times within weaknesses, to remind them of His Love and Grace.”
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” MATTHEW 5:16
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.
Cami Heinisch - 2nd Grade Teacher
Cami Heinisch comes to St. Paul as a recent graduate from Valparaiso University, where she received her BME in Music Education with the distinction of being Summa Cum Laude. She was also awarded the Exemplary Professional Praxis Award in Teacher Education from Valparaiso University for her efforts in the classroom during her student teaching experience. For her primary and secondary school years, she is proud to say that she is an alumna of St. Paul Lutheran and Oswego East High School.
Cami has always had varied interests since she was little. These include having experience both playing and managing both women’s and men’s volleyball for a total of 8 years and 3 years, respectively, all while balancing a burgeoning love of music with playing her French horn. Once in college, she switched over to playing ultimate frisbee her first year, where she would go on to become President for two years. She also picked up jobs in the Chapel of the Resurrection as a worship technology coordinator and the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts as a band manager at varying points in her college career.
Cami was blessed to be able to study abroad in Cambridge, England. Many of her experiences there have shaped the way that she approaches life today, and she hopes to be able to travel back there sometime in the future.
In her free time, Cami likes to volunteer assisting St. Paul services by playing her horn and working with her German Shepherd puppy, who she got in February of 2021. She hopes to get Minnie certified as a therapy dog so that they can work together to bring comfort and help to people throughout the Fox Valley area.
Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Jane Miller - 3rd Grade Teacher
Jane Miller 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. She started kindergarten at St. Paul’s School in the fall of 1964. She was confirmed and graduated from 8thgrade in 1973. She went on to graduate from East Aurora High School in 1977.
She is a child of God; a teacher entrusted with precious lives. Jane believes that every child can learn and grow in a caring and faith-filled classroom.
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 mother lives with her and her father is at a veteran’s home. Jane has 3 brothers and sisters-in law as well as 7 nieces and nephews and four great nephews. Added to that, she has over 100 cousins, many who live in this area.
Jane started teaching at St. Paul’s in the fall of 1982 and is beginning her 40th year of teaching at St. Paul this school year. Jane 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 loves to sing and cross stitch.
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 Grade Teacher
Lora Price attended and is a 1988 graduate of St. Paul Lutheran School, where she first felt her calling to be a Lutheran school teacher. She is also a 1997 graduate of Concordia Chicago. She has 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. 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 was born in raised here in Aurora, but more importantly 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 fourth year at St. Paul, first year as the 5th grade teacher. Prior to becoming the 5th grade teacher, Molly taught first grade. 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, and has been doing this for 3 years.
“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
Roberta Dobbins- 6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Roberta Dobbins will be teaching 6th, 7th & 8th grades in ELA & literature, as well as 6th grade math and religion. She has been teaching for over 15 years. She has taught middle grades at two different Lutheran elementary schools and has been a 6th grade homeroom teacher teaching religion for that grade but have taught 4th through 8th grade math as well as 6ththrough 8th grade ELA & literature. Her most current position has been teaching algebra and reading & writing for freshman at a Lutheran high school.
Roberta had been living in the Cleveland, Ohio area for most of her life. She has two daughters, one living in Austin, Texas and the other being the wife of your new pastor here at St. Paul. I was married for 30 years but unfortunately lost my husband to cancer 7 years ago. Coming to St. Paul to teach gave me the opportunity to move close to family instead of living alone in Ohio. She is able to help with her grandson, Daniel, who was born with a congenital heart defect and needs to be separated from non-vaccinated people until he can have a vaccine approved for himself. Daniel was born in April of 2020 and is currently very heathy and we hope to keep him that way.
She enjoys volunteering at the school. She has been a scorekeeper for boys and girls’ volleyball and basketball. When she isn’t helping with her grandson, she looks forward to dedicating her time to help the school and the church.
Please continue to keep Mrs. Dobbins in your prayers as she makes the transition to a new area, sells her home back in Ohio and provides the best possible education to your students.
Tim Oliver - 7th/8th 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 3 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 and brewery signage.
He is excited about God’s calling to St. Paul!
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