Our Teachers

Our teachers are the heart and soul of our program.

They are committed to supporting our students in their faith and in their studies. The teachers at AWLS are all active in our church community.

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Seth Hermann

Principal, 7th-8th grade teacher

Education:
B.S. in Education, Masters Degree: Leadership and Innovation
Experience:
I am entering my 15th year in education. I spent six years in South Chicago, eight years in North Milwaukee, and now begin year 15 here in Houston. I have held leadership positions as athletic director, head coach, middle school team leader, events coordinator, and assistant principal.
Personal Philosophy:
I believe that every child can learn, but they first must know they are loved. The adage goes, “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Every child is capable, and they all can become exceptional learners. As an educator, it is my personal goal to show each individual how much they are valued and that their limits are only defined by their expectations. Together we will learn from our failures, but we will not be defined by them. We will celebrate our successes, but we will not settle. Every day presents us with the opportunity to be better than we were yesterday.
Personal Interests:
I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, watching sports, and having meaningful conversations. I enjoy meeting new people, developing relationships, and sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Favorite Bible Verse:
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

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Candice Learman

Early Childhood Director and PreK-4 Teacher

Education
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
Experience:
3 years Early Childhood Director
8 years teaching experience
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love having the opportunity to teach children about their Savior everyday! It also brings me joy to watch their faces light up when they learn or try something for the first time!
Favorite Bible Verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Matt Lange

4th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Athletic Director

Education:
B.S. in Education – Martin Luther College (2017)
Experience:
Student Teaching- Risen Savior Lutheran Mankato, Minnesota Grades 7-8, Oak Point Elementary Eden Prairie, Minnesota Grade 2
Personal Philosophy Statement:
We as Christians must able to give the reason for the hope we have as well as adapt to a world that is constantly changing. It is my goal to prepare my students for both.
Personal Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing and watching sports, fishing, and reading.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Angie Engel

3rd Grade Teacher

Education:
Abiding Word Lutheran School alumnus, K-8
Klein Oak High School – 1990-1994
Texas Woman’s University – B.S. in Elementary Education with a Minor in Art
Experience:
Grade 2 – Navasota ISD
Grade 2 – Bryan ISD
Grade 3 – Abiding Word Lutheran School
Personal Philosophy Statement:
We are all children of God! My goal as a christian teacher is to show my students how to apply God’s word to all areas of their lives.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Proverbs 3:5 -Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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Kari Freiberg

Kindergarten Teacher

Education:
B.S. in Education- Martin Luther College (2015)
Experience:
6 weeks of student teaching in 3rd grade- GFW Elementary School
10 weeks of student teaching in Kindergarten- Salem Lutheran School
Personal Philosophy Statement:
My goal is that each student feels loved by their Savior, by me, and by their peers. Students will grow academically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually.
Personal Interests:
I enjoy getting outside and being active through running and hiking. I also enjoy crafts and painting!
Favorite Bible Verse:
``Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21

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Emilee Nemmers

5-6 Grade Teacher

Education:
B.S. in Education- Martin Luther College (2015)
Experience:
Two Years as a High School Dormitory Supervisor/ Freshmen English Teacher/ Coach, Watertown, WI
One Year as a 4-6 Grade Teacher, K-8 Phy Ed Teacher, Coach, Thornton, CO
One Year as a 5 Grade Teacher and Coach, Oconomowoc, WI
One Year as an After School Care Teacher, ESL Teacher for students in China, Friendswood, TX
Personal Philosophy Statement:
My personal philosophy is to be an ambassador for Christ by teaching His lambs, spreading His Word, and reflecting His light as we walk the path to heaven together!
Personal Interests:
Studying the Bible, running, biking, water skiing, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends
Favorite Bible Verse:
"The joy of the Lord is my strength!" Nehemiah 8:10

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Maria Tomassetti

1st Grade Teacher

Education:
B.S. in Education- Martin Luther College (2020)
Experience:
6 Weeks of Student Teaching in 3rd Grade- GFW Elementary in Gibbon, MN
10 Weeks of Student Teaching in 1st and 2nd Grade- Good Shepherd Lutheran Omaha, NE
Personal Philosophy Statement:
My personal philosophy is to be a servant of Christ! Through my duties as a servant, I am able to teach, share, and watch God’s lambs grow through His Word as they prepare for their future as a child of God!
Personal Interests:
Hiking, adventuring new places, being outside, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends
Favorite Bible Verse:
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8

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Lizbeth Romero

PreK-3

Education:
College hours toward Early Childhood Degree
Experience:
6 years of teaching experience with toddlers
6 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love seeing how I can make a difference in a little ones life and seeing their smiles full of joy when they learn something new.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

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Kendy Garcia

Teacher Assistant

Education:
Associate Degree of Science
Experience:
6 years teaching experience with toddlers
6 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I like to see the faces of children when they learn something new. Also, if you teach young children the love of learning, they will become better people for the future.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Anna Lange

Administrative Assistant and After School Care Teacher

Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and K-12 Education
Experience:
2 years Art and Technology at Middle School
2 years at Abiding Word Lutheran School/ECE subbing and after care
Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love guiding students in their "aha" moments in learning and sharing my passion for learning and art.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

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Faith Brown

School Administrative Assistant

Education:
Graduated from Abiding Word and Luther Prep and attended (some) college at UofH
Experience:
Experienced Domestic Engineer and Abiding Word mom of 6
Personal Philosophy:
See a need, fill a need! Let's get organized and get the job done well.
Personal Interests:
Volunteering at church, my family, art, museums of all kinds, axe throwing for fun
Favorite Bible Verse:
``For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.`` Jeremiah 29:11

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