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Mr. Ryan Jaeger – Principal and Grades 3-8: Departmentalized

2014StJohns_67Mr. Jaeger is a graduate of Lakeside Lutheran High School. He graduated Martin Luther College in December of 2004, and taught for the remainder of school year at Lakeside Lutheran. In the Spring of 2005, Mr. Jaeger began teaching at St. Mark/Risen Savior Lutheran School in Mankato, MN where he served as the principal, athletic director and teacher of grades 5-8 until 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he taught at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Menomonee Falls, WI where he served as the athletic director and teacher of grades 7 and 8. In the summer of 2014, he moved to Two Rivers to serve as St. John’s Minister of Education and Music and teacher of grades 7 and 8. He currently teaches in a departmentalized setting in grades 3-8.

Ryan enjoys the cool weather of Two Rivers with his wife Laura, also a Martin Luther College graduate, and their 4 sons. He also enjoys time relaxing at home with his wife and boys, as well as fishing and hunting.



Mr. Clark Dittbenner – Grades 3-8: Departmentalized


Mr. Dittbenner is a 1996 graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High. After high school, he attended Martin Luther College and graduated in 2001. His first call was to Bethany Lutheran in Manitowoc WI. There he taught for 4 years, teaching and working with many grade levels. He also served as Youth leader. Mr. Dittbenner took a break from teaching and held various jobs in Manitowoc. He met his future bride, Jennifer Dittbenner, and they married January 1, 2011. They have 4 children, which keeps Mr. Dittbenner very busy.

When not teaching or prepping for class, Mr. Dittbenner can be found reading to his children, playing with the pups, or watching some of his favorite movies. Mr. Dittbenner has many interests and hobbies.



Mrs. Beth Messman – Grades 3-8: Departmentalized


Mrs. Messman is a graduate of Martin Luther Preparatory School. She graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1987, and in that same year began teaching second grade at St. John’s Lutheran in Two Rivers. After retiring from teaching to raise two children, she returned to the classroom in 2000 to teach preschool. A few years later, she began teaching third and fourth grades in the afternoons. Her current position is teaching in a departmentalized setting in grade 3-8.

Beth enjoys camping with her husband Todd and her children. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and serving as an organist.





Mrs. Amy McCargar – Grades 1 and 2

Mrs. McCargar is a graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School.  She graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1989.  Upon graduation from DMLC, Mrs. McCargar and her husband Troy taught in a one room WELS school in a suburb of Seattle, WA.  In 1999, she received her call to teach first grade at St. John’s, after taking some time off from teaching to raise her two sons. Her current position is teaching grades 1-2.

When not in the classroom, Mrs. McCargar enjoys being an organist, taking walks, reading, baking, and spending time with the family.





Mrs. Kari Barthels – Kindergarten

Mrs.2014StJohns_18 Barthels served St. John’s Lutheran School from 2011-2013 as a teacher’s assistant/remedial teacher.  She was then Called to teach Kindergarten. Mrs. Barthels also teaches piano lessons at school every afternoon. Previously, she taught K-4 in Valentine, Nebraska, K-3 in Lake Geneva, WI, Gr. 1-2 in inner city Milwaukee, and kindergarten and remedial at Bethany in Manitowoc, WI.

She has been married for 28 years to Robert Barthels, who is a quality control manager at Johnsonville Sausage Company. They have 3 children: Rachel, who works at Skana Aluminum, Julia, who is studying at Martin Luther College to become a teacher, and Jonathan, who works as a mechanic at Chizek Transport.

Karilynn enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with her family.



Mrs. Laura Jaeger – Little Sprouts PreK director and teacher


Mrs. Jaeger has been a life-long student of WELS schools. Graduating high school from Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills, WI and going on to earn her teaching degree from Martin Luther College, Laura realized she had a special gift with teaching  young children. With experience in teaching first grade as well as 3-5 year old preschool, she is excited to now be the director and teacher of preschool at St. John’s – Little Sprouts Preschool.

Laura and her husband, Ryan, keep busy with raising their 4 boys. She also likes gardening and reading, if she doesn’t fall asleep first.