An experienced and loving staff that assists parents in preparing children of Jesus for this life and the life to come.

Mr. Ryan Jaeger – Principal, Athletic Director, Grades 7-8 Homeroom; 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.


Mrs. Becca Kruschel – Grades 5-6 Homeroom; Grades 3-8 Departmentalized

Mrs. Kruschel grew up in rural Wisconsin and attended Luther Preparatory School. After graduating from Martin Luther College in 2005, she was assigned to teach for one year at Nozomi Lutheran School in Tsuchiura, Japan. She then taught for two years at the Wisconsin Center for Gifted Learners in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2009 she moved with her husband, Stephen, and their young daughter to Geneva, Nebraska, where Steve was assigned to serve as pastor. She served as curriculum coordinator for Little Lambs Preschool in Geneva for several years while their small family grew by four sons, and then served as the preschool teacher for two years. Mrs. Kruschel stepped back into elementary school teaching in 2019 as a substitute in the departmentalized 5th-8th grades at First German Lutheran in Manitowoc, and in 2020 as a substitute teacher here at St. John’s. Her current position is teaching in the departmentalized 3rd-8th grade classrooms.

Mrs. Kruschel enjoys reading, writing, baking, playing piano, and hiking or biking in God’s beautiful creation with her family.


Mrs. Beth Messman – Grades 3-4 Homeroom; 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 and Grade 1

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.