Faculty & Staff

FACULTY

 

Erich Ahlers

principal@calvarylhs.org

Mr. Ahlers is Calvary’s first Called principal and teacher. In addition to his administrative duties, he also teaches several computer classes. Before coming to Calvary, he taught for seven years at Lutheran High School North in Houston Texas. He received his Master of Arts in Education Administration from Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

Melisa Ahlers

ahlersm@calvarylhs.org

Mrs. Ahlers has been teaching Music at Calvary since 2008. She also taught at Lutheran High School North in Houston, Texas for four years. Currently she also teaches at Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Education with an endorsement in Music from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

Mark Buffington

buffingtonm@calvarylhs.org

Mr. Buffington has been part of our faculty since 2012, teaching Social Studies and Health.  He has taught exclusively in Missouri beginning in 1982-87 at Blair Oaks High School, 1987-93 at Highland High School in northeast Missouri, 1993-95 at Boonville High School, 1995-96 at New Bloomfield High School, 1996-99 at Van-Far High School, and 1999-2012 at Mexico High School /Middle School. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

John Christman

 administrator@calvarylhs.org

Mr. Christman begins serving as Calvary’s second Executive Director in 2016, as well as teaching Theology.  His teaching and administrative career includes the following schools: Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk, Nebraska, Lutheran High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School in Evansville, Illinois.  John received his Master of Science in Leadership Studies from University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

Carol Collins

collinsc@calvarylhs.org

Mrs. Collins joined our English department in 2015. Prior to that she taught at: Strafford High School for five years, Jefferson City Public Schools for 25 years, Columbia College for two years, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri for five years. She received her Master’s in English Education at Southwest Missouri State University (Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri.

Denise Crider

criderd@calvarylhs.org

Mrs. Crider has been at Calvary since its first academic year in 2005, and teaches Social Studies and Practical Arts. She also serves the students as College Guidance Counselor. She taught at Cole County R-5 Public Schools in Eugene, Missouri from 1993-1996 and Jefferson City Public School since 1992. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Northeast Missouri State University, in Kirksville, Missouri (now Truman State University).

Caledonia Gerth

gerthc@calvarylhs.org

Ms. Gerth joined the faculty in 2016 and teaches instrumental music.  Prior to coming to Calvary she taught for three years at Trinity Lutheran School in Holly Hill, Florida. She is currently teaching music at Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Caley received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

William  Hawley

hawleyw@calvarylhs.org

Mr. Hawley has been teaching numerous classes in our Mathematics department since 2007. Prior to coming to Calvary he taught mathematics in the Jefferson City Public School system and served 13 ½ years as an assistant principal. He received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Hanna Henley

hanleyh@calvarylhs.org

Ms. Henley began teaching agriculture classes and directs our FFA chapter at Calvary in 2014. She has also taught agriculture science classes at Eugene High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Missouri State University.

Dennis Holliday

hollidayd@calvarylhs.org

Mr. Holliday joined our faculty in 2014 teaching art. He has also taught at Jefferson City Public Schools and Blair Oaks Public Schools. He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He is working toward a Master’s Degree in Art Education.

David Jungmeyer

jungmeyerd@calvarylhs.org

After teaching in Lutheran schools in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Hastings, Nebraska; and San Francisco, California, he returned to Missouri, teaching at California High School until his retirement in 2008. That same year he began teaching science classes at Calvary. He received his Master of Arts in Science Education from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Ms. Kabiri joined our mathematics department in 2015. She has taught exclusively in Jefferson City Missouri at the following schools: Jefferson City High School, William Woods College, and Lincoln University. She received her Master of Science in Mathematics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Jonathan Kueck

Mr. Kueck has been teaching religion, physical education, and practical arts classes at Calvary since 2010. His previous teaching experience includes teaching at Martin Luther High School in Queens, New York from 2003-2005 and Little Rock Lutheran High School in Little Rock, Arkansas from 2005-2010. He received his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and English from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

Mrs. Lieb joined our faculty in 2013 and teaches English and Practical Arts classes. Her teaching experience includes serving as a teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Little Rock, Arkansas for six years and school counselor for one and a half years. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ginger Luetkemeyer

luetkemeyerg@calvarylhs.org

Since 2010, Mrs. Luetkemeyer has been teaching Spanish classes in our Foreign Language department. She also teaches Speech and Social Studies electives. She is a graduate of Central Methodist University with a degree in Secondary Education in the areas of Spanish and Social Studies.

Sam Ziegelbein

Mr. Ziegelbein joined the faculty in 2015, and teaches classes in mathematics and religion. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri.

STAFF

Becky Engelbrecht

office@calvarylhs.org

Mrs. Becky Engelbrecht joined Calvary Lutheran High School as the Administrative Assistant in July, 2007. Although her duties are numerous, she loves the day-to-day activities of the school. Serving the needs of Calvary’s students and administration puts all of her education and past experiences to good use!

Janette Schanbacher

Mrs. Schanbacher joined the office staff in 2009. She received a B.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

COACHES

Rusty Bourg – Head Baseball

coachbourg@gmail.com

Coach Bourg has served as the head baseball coach at CLHS since 2011.  He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1970 with a degree in Phys. Ed./Health. After playing minor league baseball for four years, Coach Bourg taught physical education and coached J.V. basketball for one semester at Parkway Central H.S. in Chesterfield, MO. He then taught physical education and coached J.V. soccer for one year in the Ladue, Missouri school district. From 2001 to 2009, Coach Bourg was the head baseball coach at St. Elizabeth High School. He also coached baseball at the BC Baseball Academy in Columbia from 2009 to 2013.

Mark Buffington – Head Boys Basketball

buffingtonm@calvarylhs.org

Coach Buffington has served as the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach here at Calvary since 2012. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist and a Master’s in Educational Administration from William Woods University. He was a coach, athletic director, and principal for 30 years in Missouri’s public schools. Seventeen of those years were spent as head varsity basketball coach in different schools and several years in various other sports and positions – head varsity baseball, head varsity golf, assistant/JH football, assistant/JH track.

Jonathan Kueck – Head Girls Basketball

Coach Jonathan Kueck has served as the Head Girls Basketball Coach here at Calvary since our inaugural varsity season of 2010-11. He received his degree in Secondary Education with a dual major in Physical Education and English from Concordia University in Nebraska, in 2003. He previously was the head girls’ basketball coach at Little Rock Lutheran for two years. He has also coached Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Baseball.

Nicole Kueck – Head Volleyball

nicole.vanderhoff@cune.org

Coach Nikki Kueck has been the head volleyball coach here at Calvary since 2010. She graduated from Concordia University in Nebraska, in 2007, receiving her degree in Secondary Education with a major in history. She coached junior high volleyball at Christ Lutheran in Little Rock in 2008 and was the head volleyball coach at Little Rock Lutheran in 2009.

Kerri Morris – Head Boys and Girls Cross Country, Head Boys and Girls Track

tkmorris@infin.net

Coach Morris has served as the cross country and track and field coach at Calvary since 2013. She has a Master’s of Science in Special Education from the University of Missouri. While teaching at Eldon High School, she coached volleyball and track. She was also a student track coach at Rock Bridge Senior High School and Rolla Senior High School.