Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Esget served at Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, IL, where he was ordained in 1998. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN) where he earned the Master of Divinity degree (1997) and the Master of Sacred Theology degree (2005). His STM thesis was a comparison of the doctrine of original sin in Patristic and contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology.
Pastor Esget is the Sixth Vice-President (East-Southeast Region) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He also currently serves on the Missouri Synod's Sanctity of Human Life commission and is the District Life Coordinator for the Southeastern District of the LCMS. He has presented papers at Concordia Theological Seminary's Good Shepherd Institute, the Concordia Catechetical Academy's annual symposium, the Rocky Mountain District's convocation on woship, the Higher Things youth organization, the St. Michael Liturgical Conference, the LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music, and the Infertility Ethics Symposium at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as chaplain/worship leader for the LCMS Life Conferences, Lutherans for Life annual March for Life events, Higher Things, and the LCMS Worship institute. His sermons and exegetical work have been published in several periodicals. He is a 2015 Washington Fellow of the National Review Institute.
Born and raised near Minneapolis, MN, Pastor Esget pursued his love of music with classical piano studies at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, acquiring his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude) from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1993. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing the piano.
The daughter of a Lutheran pastor, and graduate of a Lutheran elementary school, Julia Habrecht possesses an earnest zeal for classical education, and the mission of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. Ms. Habrecht earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Toledo. She also has a strong background in non-profit management, project management, and fundraising. Ms. Habrecht put those skills to work while teaching philanthropy and community leadership with a youth and leadership organization in Toledo. Prior to joining the Immanuel staff, Mrs. Habrecht worked as Head of Exhibitions, as well as Director of Major Gifts, at the Toledo Museum of Art for twelve years. During her time there, she managed five of the top ten best attended exhibitions at the museum, including the Michelangelo and Van Gogh exhibits.
In her role as Headmaster, Ms. Habrecht enjoys sharing her love and appreciation for the arts, and strives to cultivate in our students an eye for the aesthetics that is crucial to a well-rounded classical curriculum.
Ms. Habrecht enjoys serving the Immanuel congregation through participation in the church council and altar guild. She also serves as a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Board for National Mission and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Lutheran Schools. Ms. Habrecht lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria with her husband Matthew and their son.
Steve Able is a Northern Virginia native. He earned a degree in psychology and communication from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, where he met his wife, Heather.
Dad to Micah (6th grade) and Caleb (2nd grade), and India (future Jr. Kindergartener), Mr. Able has held several positions in Christian youth ministry and since 2006 has been working for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a world-wide sports ministry that began in 1954. Through NoVA FCA, Mr. Able oversees ministry on approximately 13 local public high school campuses and GMU, and provides programming for athletes and coaches at FCA summer sports camps.
Mr. Able provides Physical Education instruction to ILS students in Kindergarten-3rd grade, preparing them for our Upper School program, directed by Mr. Schultz. He understands well our school's mission of nurturing the mind, heart, and body of our students, saying, “I’m excited to help our lower school students learn to play & compete in the best way possible, with their whole self - mind, soul and body, and love God and others in the midst of it. I know it will be a process that will be both fun and enriching for the students of our school, but will also sharpen me as classical teacher.”
Patty Alford, Aftercare Teacher
Carissa Davis, Upper School Teacher
Carissa Davis earned a degree in Classical Liberal Arts, with an emphasis on Literature, from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. After graduation Miss Davis moved to Seoul, South Korea, to teach English to Kindergarten and grade-school students. She also taught North Korean refugees on a volunteer basis and led an a Bible study for the English-speaking women. Miss Davis passionately learns about the world through travel and education.
Miss Davis serves as our 6th grade homeroom teacher. She also teaches 6th through 8th grade literature, logic, writing/grammar and art. She enjoys inspiring the imagination through good literature and sharing her love of learning with students.
The Reverend Peter J. Eckardt has been the Associate Pastor at Immanuel since August 2015 and joins our school faculty teaching 5th and 6th grade theology. He is married to Allison (nee Everett).
Pastor Eckardt was ordained in May of 2015, was married to his lovely wife Allison in June, moved to Alexandria in July, and began work at Immanuel in August! He is thrilled to serve here as Associate Pastor, being able to preach, teach, and administer the sacraments regularly and in varied scenarios.
Having received his Master's of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2014, Pastor Eckardt then stayed at the seminary for an additional year as a graduate assistant to work on a Master's in Sacred Theology (STM). Still a work in progress, his thesis is on St. Paul's Christological hermeneutic of the Old Testament.
Pastor Eckardt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) with majors in Music and German and a minor in Classics. He has lived and studied in Germany on three separate occasions. Most recently, he spent the 2011-2012 school year in Oberursel at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, studying Lutheran theology and taking opportunities to travel around Germany and Europe.
An avid Packer fan and proud cheesehead, Pastor Eckardt was born in Wisconsin but grew up mostly in Illinois. The third of six sons, he comes from a large family and enjoys having several nieces and nephews. His father, Burnell F. Eckardt, Jr., is an LCMS pastor in Kewanee, Ill., and the editor of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy.
Pastor Eckardt shares with his father a deep interest in the liturgy of the Lutheran Church—its historical roots, practice, and theology. His other areas of special theological interest include Lutheran hymnody, New Testament exegetical studies, and patristics.
In addition to speaking German fluently, Pastor Eckardt has acquired some facility in American Sign Language and Spanish and has preached in both of these languages. Within the last few years, he has been on Lutheran mission-related trips to Venezuela, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
Pastor Eckardt enjoys the excitement of living on the East Coast and particularly loves exploring the DC area with his wife.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Amy Fleming attended Our Savior Lutheran School and West Michigan Lutheran High School. Miss Fleming received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors in Chemistry and a minor in Classical Education from Hillsdale College. While at Hillsdale, she was heavily involved on campus in a variety of ways, such as the Lamplighters, ACS, and Iota Sigma Pi. She also helped to create the Hillsdale College Lutheran Society, which still meets on campus every week night.
She completed a semester apprenticeship at Immanuel Lutheran School in 2013 and is the current Kindergarten teacher. She has attended the annual conference for The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education three times.
The daughter of a Lutheran Pastor and a Lutheran Educator, Miss Fleming has a sincere passion for life. She enjoys getting to know people, traveling to places new and old, thoughtful discussions, and good literature (from Winnie the Pooh to Shakespeare).
Emily German holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and Church Music from Valparaiso University. She is currently working on the completion of her Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Languages from Concordia Theological Seminary. Previously, Miss German served as a Director of Parish Music and independent German instructor. She holds active memberships with the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists. To hear Miss German playing a selection from Bach's Prelude & Fugue in G Major (BWV 541), click here.
Miss German serves as the music teacher for all grades as well as the Director of Parish Music for Immanuel Lutheran Church. She enjoys sharing her love of music and passion for the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran church with her students and the entire Immanuel community.
Laurie Honig holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Longwood College. With previous experience as a preschool teacher, Mrs. Honig is noted for her natural warmth and sincere care for the students, staff and families of Immanuel. She is known for daily encouraging young minds and strong collaboration with parents. Mrs. Honig and her husband are the proud parents of four children, including three Immanuel graduates.
Mrs. Honig is Immanuel's Junior Kindergarten teacher. She consistently enjoys a course of self-study in classical education, and excels at helping students love their neighbors.
Katherine Kramer has a Bachelor of Arts from Patrick Henry College in the Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Pedagogy, and minor studies in Literature. Ms. Kramer's experience includes working with autistic children and she has received training in Biblical counseling. As a member of the Society for Classical Learning, she is an enthusiastic advocate for the holistic Classical approach to teaching, and is inspired to see students developing into young men and women who love God and serve their neighbor.
Ms. Kramer served previously as Immanuel's lead teacher in the Upper School, where she enjoyed developing the thinking skills and the moral imagination of students through excellent conversations and stories. She is a member of Immanuel Church and sings with the adult choir.
Anastasia Krumwiede, 3rd Grade Teacher
Anastasia (Murray) Krumwiede grew up in Houston, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from Hillsdale College. She developed a love for nurturing students through classical education while volunteer teaching at Hillsdale Preparatory School. A musician at heart, Mrs. Krumwiede has played the trumpet since childhood. As a continuing language enthusiast, she enjoys writing and reading in Latin. As she models the life of a scholar, Mrs. Krumwiede enjoys her continuing membership with the Society of Classical Learning.
Stephanie Lange joins our ILS faculty this year as our Upper School Vocal Masterclass Teacher. Ms. Lange has been teaching private voice for eight years to students of all ages and levels, and teaches genres ranging from jazz and musical theater to classical and opera. In addition to her private studio, she was brought on as a voice teacher with Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at the University of Texas-Austin and for the Leander Independent School District in Austin, TX. As a performer, she maintains a lively schedule performing concert, opera and recital work both locally and nationally. Ms. Lange holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College. www.stephanie-lange.com
Molly Leithart, 4th Grade Teacher
Molly Leithart graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and minoring in Spanish. She completed the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute for English Language Arts (grades 4-12) through the Ohio Department of Education. Miss Leithart previously taught middle school language arts at Grace Christian School in Blacklick, OH. She is pursuing her M.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Annapolis.
Miss Leithart enjoys teaching piano students of all ages and singing in the church choir. In 2010 she worked with missionaries from the United States to conduct an English Speaking Camp for children of the Lanka Lutheran Church in Sri Lanka.
Miss Leithart has a passion for classical education sharing her love for language, music and Lutheran catechesis with her 4th grade students at Immanuel.
Kristin Malcolm graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics. While attending Hillsdale, she was a recipient of the George Washington Fellowship Scholarship, the leader of Hillsdale's Young Life program, a member of Phi Sigma Tau Honorary, and an active volunteer with middle schoolers and the elderly.
She completed a semester apprenticeship at Immanuel Lutheran School in 2015 and is delighted to be back.
Miss Malcolm is passionate about teaching children to know God and his world so that they can love God and his world. She cherishes the simple joys and average moments that remind her that all of life is God's gift. Two of her favorite things are a good book and a good conversation. She also loves playing volleyball, the piano, and European board games.
Amanda Morrison, Kindergarten Assistant
Born and raised in Michigan, Amanda Morrison grew up a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waltz, Michigan, and attended the church's school Preschool through 8th grade. Mrs. Morrison received a Bachelor in Science in Biochemistry from Hillsdale College in 2012. There she conducted research designed to isolate and test the activity of an enzyme from the bacterium Stigmatella aurantiaca that could be useful in treatment of gluten intolerance. While attending, she was a member of ACS, Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society, and Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. After her graduation from Hillsdale, Mrs. Morrison was hired by Pi Beta Phi's headquarters, in Chesterfield, Missouri as their Collegiate Financial Support Coordinator. She assisted and advised chapters in financial trouble and mentored students to be effective financial managers for their chapters.
Mrs. Morrison is passionate about her Lutheran faith and is happy to share it with her students as the Assistant Kindergarten teacher. She and her husband, Mike, live in Alexandria.
Miss Reistad serves as Immanuel Lutheran School's 1st grade teacher. Miss Reistad is a lifelong Texan, raised in Austin, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At SMU, Miss Reistad was an Engineers as Leaders scholar, allowing her to be mentored through the National Science Foundation. She graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Management Science and Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration and received the Magna Cum Laude distinction on the American Classical League's National Latin Exam.
Miss Reistad is excited to share her faith and the joy found in the resurrection of our Savior with her first grade students, and she desires to use her gifts in direct service to Christian families wanting a parochial education for their children. She brings to Immanuel a variety of experiences in training, camp counseling, and tutoring students. In her leisure time, she enjoys singing in the Immanuel church choir and playing the piano.
Rebekah Reistad, 2nd Grade Teacher
Miss Reistad serves as Immanuel Lutheran School's 2nd grade teacher. Miss Reistad attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. During her time leading a team of employees and mentoring interns at the Central Intelligence Agency, Miss Reistad realized her passion for teaching. This was also strongly influenced by her mother, a lifelong elementary school teacher, as well as through a variety of teaching opportunities during and since college.
In her spare time, Miss Reistad loves playing the piano, particularly duets with her sister Kirstin, crafting, and outdoor activities. As a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 2013, Miss Reistad is an active participant in the life of the community, singing in the choir and serving on the altar guild.
Jenny Schmick, Jr. Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Jenny Schmick studied elementary education at the Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 2007, Mrs. Schmick has worked as an Instructional Assistant at Bethany Lutheran Preschool in Alexandria and previously worked within the Department of Defense School System.
Beginning in 2013, Mrs. Schmick served the Immanuel community as an extended care assistant, and began serving as the current Assistant Teacher in Jr. Kindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year. In her current role, she leads our youngest students in the study of God's Word during daily theology lessons.
Mrs. Schmick and her husband Joel have been married almost 30 years and have two daughters. She volunteers as an ESL instructor and is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Aaron Schultz, Upper School Teacher
Aaron Schultz was born and raised in the small, farming community of Terra Bella, California, and attended Zion Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. After receiving his degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mr. Schultz taught 5th grade at St. Paul Lutheran School in New Orleans. While at St. Paul's, he also served as the Athletic Director and was selected as Chairman of the Lutheran Schools Athletic League of New Orleans. In 2011 Mr. Schultz completed the LCMS School Leadership Development Program. Before coming to Immanuel, Mr. Schultz served as the principal of Redeemer Lutheran School in Denver in addition to his teaching responsibilities in 7th and 8th grade.
Mr. Schultz is grateful for the opportunity to share the saving message of the Gospel with his students, encouraging them to love and serve one another as Christ first loved us. Mr. Schultz teaches Mathematics, Science and Physical Education to ILS Upper School students. He lives in Alexandria with his wife Katie and their sons, Canon and Benjamin.
Ruth Stone, Manager of Operations and Director of Extended Care
A Kentucky native, Ruth (Kloha) Stone graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and minors in economics and music. As the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, Mrs. Stone has been intimately involved in her church congregations and with LCMS World Mission since she was a youth. She enjoys using her musical gifts (both in violin and mountain dulcimer) to teach and play for church, weddings, and with friends.
In addition to her role as Manager of Operations and Director of Extended Care, Mrs. Stone teaches student violin lessons and works with Mr. Schultz and Mrs. Work in running the Upper School Math Club.
Prior to joining the Immanuel Lutheran School community, Mrs. Stone taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia. Through this experience she was able to coach students in a social entrepreneurship camp, organize language-learning focused extracurricular activities, and travel throughout 8 countries in South East Asia. With her love for culture, education and the Lutheran church, Mrs. Stone is enthusiastic about serving at Immanuel Lutheran School and sharing in its mission of cultivating a rich classical Christian environment for its students. She and her husband, Lyman, live in Washington, DC, and are members of Immanuel Church.
Will Thompson graduated from the University Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in History and Philosophy, where he also studied Latin and Greek. After graduation, Mr. Thompson lived and worked in South Korea for a year, where he taught English classes. Most recently, he worked as a South Asia Field Operations Intern at the International Justice Mission, here in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Thompson is grateful to teach in an environment where serious study is encouraged, but where this also an understanding of our human limits and need for a Savior. He considers it an honor to instruct young minds in Latin and History, but an even greater one to guide them through Christian teachings and virtue.
To better get to know, Mrs. Thompson, follow this link to read an interview with him by 6th grade journalism student, Kendall Brady.
Katherine Winterstein received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Language Arts from Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to coming to ILS she worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism and demonstrates a passion for advocating on behalf of students with special needs. Her skilled and adept technological knowledge has made her a natural resource for parents and other teachers as they explore the role of technology in education.
Mrs. Winterstein is passionate about her sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ with students and her own self-study of classical education. She previously served as 2nd grade teacher and Lower School Lead Teacher at Immanuel. She continues to serve by assisting with various projects at the school, including teacher mentoring and staff development.
Mrs. Winterstein and her husband, Jonathan, live in Alexandria with their son, and are active members of Immanuel Church.
Whitney Work earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia and was a fellow at UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. She serves as Immanuel's Director of Advancement, responsible for student recruitment, fund-development, and community relations, along with the marketing and public relations activities necessary to support these priorities. Mrs. Work also leads the Upper School Journalism and Math Clubs.
Prior to working at Immanuel, Mrs. Work was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Independent Schools, a nonprofit member association providing services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad. There, Mrs. Work engaged with many of the association's 1,400 independent, private K-12 schools in the U.S. on issues including nonprofit school governance, financial sustainability, admissions, marketing, and student assessments.
Previously, Mrs. Work served on numerous federal, state, and local political campaigns and led two statewide nonprofit advocacy organizations focusing on education and tax policy issues, as well as assisting on the Virginia Governor's transition team on K-12 education. She has a strong background as an effective leader of coalition-building and issue-advocacy campaigns, fundraising, marketing, and communications.
Mrs. Work and her family are members of Immanuel, where she enjoys serving the congregation as a Sunday School teacher and the co-chair of the Growing in Grace campaign.