Knowing Jesus, Growing in Faith, Serving God's Children 
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Genzlinger

Mrs. Hope Genzlinger, aka "Mrs. G," has been at Zion Lutheran Preschool since graduating from Concordia University, Seward, NE in 1999. She teaches the 3 yr. old and morning 4 yr. old preschool classes. It makes her heart happy to be able to share Jesus with Zion's youngest students.  Mrs. Genzlinger is also in charge of the school's daycare programs and feels very blessed to have such wonderful, Christian friends to work with every day.  She is blessed by her family: husband, Devin, 2 sons, ages 18 & 10, and an 8 yr. daughter.  Mrs. Genzlinger is a voracious reader, likes to cook and take walks around the neighborhood, and tries really hard to keep her flower garden alive.
 
 

Mrs. Graumann

 
Mrs. Natalie Graumann came to teach at Zion in August of 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Concordia University in SewardNebraska in May, 2009. She completed her South Dakota Teaching Certification in January 2011. She taught Kindergarten here at Zion for 5 years, 1 year of Preschool, and now back to Kindergarten again. She and her husband, Dan, are members of Zion. Natalie enjoys reading, taking walks, watching movies, and spending time with family. Mrs. Graumann has two beautiful daughers: Brynley (4yrs) and Maycie (1yr).

Mrs. Lyons

Mrs. Carly Lyons is very excited to join the Zion Lutheran School family this year and share God’s word with her students.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Education in 2009, her Early Childhood Endorsement in 2011, and Director’s Credential in 2012.  Prior to moving to Rapid City, Mrs. Lyons was a teacher and principal at Grace Lutheran School in Key West, Florida.  Mrs. Lyons enjoys spending time with her husband Brent and three children: Gavin (8 yrs), Sawyer (4yrs) and Isla (2 yrs).  Mrs. Lyons other interests include fishing, camping, painting, photography, and volunteering.

 

Mrs. Frerking

Mrs. Frerking is our first grade teacher.  She was born and raised here in Rapid. She went to grade school K-8 and was confirmed here at Zion.  She got her Lutheran Teaching certificate at Concordia University in Seward, NE where she met her husband, Scott.  She then accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran School in Waterloo, IA.  She has a first grader named Benjamin and has two dogs, Sunday Bear and Strider.  She loves to teach!  In her free time she enjoys playing with her son and her dogs, reading, driving through the Hills as well as watching movies with her family.
     


Mr. Dobbs is excited to be joining Zion Lutheran School.  He has spent the past two years teaching third grade in Arizona and is glad to be back home in Rapid City.  He likes to go hiking around the hills and take pictures of nature.  He loves to spend time with his family and friends.  He also likes to participate in theater productions with Black Hills Community Theater as technical staff.  He is excited to get this school year under way.
 
 

Mrs. Vogel is the third grade teacher at Zion. She enjoys sharing God's Word with the children and considers it a great blessing to be a part of Zion Lutheran Church and School!   Mrs. Vogel has been married to her loving husband, Scott, for 18 years.  They have two wonderful sons, Bryce and Colton. Mrs. Vogel enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoys camping and being in the outdoors, collecting teddy bears, playing volleyball, and enjoys many kinds of music.

 
This is Ms. Birkmire's third year at Zion. She teaches fourth grade. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education with endorsements in language arts, science, and social studies from Concordia University Chicago after student-teaching in the fifth grade at Hong Kong International School. She enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, reading, listening and playing music, and spending time with friends and family.
 
 

Mrs. Leivestad

Mrs. Leivestad is thrilled to be back at Zion as the half –time 5th grade teacher.  After teaching here previously and subbing in more recent years she is ready to serve in a more permanent capacity again!  Mrs. Leivestad and her husband Derek have two active sons ages 13 & 9 that love soccer.  Mrs. Leivestad also enjoys teaching ballet, decorating cakes, reading, hiking and spending time with friends and family. 


This will be Mrs. Solinsky's  seventeenth year at Zion,and her second year as Zion's principal.  She also continues to be the half-time 5th grade teacher.  She really enjoys teaching and learning with her class.  She feels so blessed to be a part of a staff and school where God is always the center of everything.  Besides teaching, Mrs. Solinsky loves to spend time with her husband, Dean, her 12 yr. old son, Drew, 9 yr. old daughter, Shay and 5 yr. old son,Dane.  Her hobbies include camping, riding horses, reading, doing cross stitch and cooking.
 
Mrs. Drolc serves as our Physical Education teacher and the afternoon Preschool Enrichment Aide. Mrs. Drolc received her Bachelor's degree from Dickinson State University in North Dakota where she grew up. She has been a substitute teacher for the Rapid City School District along with a Paraprofessional for individuals with Special Needs. She knew being around children is what she wanted to do after being blessed with their son David. She is excited to bring her love and enthusiasm to Zion Lutheran School so that her students will enjoy learning about health and fitness. She and her husband Dennis are kept busy with everyday living and with their son David, age 9. 

Nora VandenBos

Ms. Nora has been our School Secretary for 10 years and was our lunch lady for 6 years before that.  She likes to spend time with her husband, Jerry, and children, Kelly, who is 20, and Levi, 16.  She enjoys computers, reading, travel and loves to hold babies.  Ms. Nora likes watching her son Levi play basketball, run track and cross country.  She attends Hope Christian Reformed Church where she is very active.  Nora really enjoys all of the students here at Zion and feels very blessed to work in a Christian school.

 
 
Mrs. Burke
 
Mrs. Burke is our Spanish Teacher. She comes in once a week to teach the Kindergarten through fifth grade Spanish.
  Mrs. Aker
 
Mrs. Aker is the General Educator at Zion.  She assists students by giving them extra one on one time with a teacher. Mrs. Aker is a former Zion student. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2005 and her Master’s Degree in Reading Leadership from University of Sioux Falls in 2009. She has five years of experience teaching 1st and 3rd grades and has spent the last ten years tutoring. She looks forward to helping the students at Zion discover all the wonderful gifts God has given them!
 
She and her husband Kevin have two boys, Brody & Eli.  They enjoy spending time in the Hills, camping, cooking and playing softball.
Mrs. Long 
 
Mrs. Long is our Music Teacher for Preschool-5th Grade. She also is the director for our Summer Daycare program. Mrs. Long went to Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota and Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. She has her degree in Elementary Education with a Lutheran Teachers Diploma.  She has been teaching for over 20 years.   She loves children and watching their eyes light up when they understand a concept or learn a new song.  I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Rich, a son, Jonathon, and his daughter, Ramsee.  God is good!!! 
 

Mr. Mitchell      

 

Mr. Mitchell is our custodian. He grew up right here in Rapid City attending and graduating from Stevens High School. He attended Summit Christian College through a satellite program with First Christian Church. After a year of college he felt called to missions and joined the nonprofit missions organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in September 2010. He met his wife, Makenzie, while in the mission field and they traveled to various places around the world sharing the Gospel and even lived in Cape Town South Africa for a time. They moved to California in 2014 to start a family and become established back here in the states. Most recently they moved back to Rapid City with their two children (Maxine, 3, and Jude, 1) to be closer to family and provide better opportunity for their children.
 
 
 
 


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