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In Our CLC Classrooms —

Meet: Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner is presently teaching at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Austin, Minn. He is a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran High School, and received his B.S. degree in elementary education from ILC in May 1995.

His most memorable experience in teaching thus far came during his student teaching at Messiah Lutheran School in Eau Claire, Wis. His week with the kindergartners left a lasting impression.

He was most influenced in choosing teaching as a career by Professor Roland Gurgel, who showed a “love of history and His story.” It may be natural then that Thomas’ favorite subjects to teach are religion and history.

Thomas’ favorite activities outside the classroom include athletics and playing with his two children, Anna (age 4) and Austin (age 2). His favorite game at recess is football.

Thomas is the son of Don and Phyllis Skinner, who are the Boys’ Dorm parents at ILC. Thomas and his wife Amy were married in 1990.

Meet: Bethany Tiefel

Bethany Tiefel is currently teaching part time at Messiah Lutheran School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She attended Immanuel Lutheran High School and graduated with her elementary education degree from ILC in May 1995. She is also continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Bethany was influenced in choosing teaching as a career by her parents, who emphasized the importance of the Gospel ministry, and by her grade school teachers who showed her the joy and excitement of teaching.

Her most memorable teaching experience thus far has been working on a Luther’s seal ceiling mural in Messiah Lutheran Church’s assembly hall. It provided her the opportunity to discuss the meaning of Luther’s seal and the promise of eternal life.

Her favorite subjects to teach are Art and Science. Outside of the classroom she enjoys canoeing, art, tennis, and spending time with her family.

Bethany is the daughter of Pastor Paul and Eileen Tiefel of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.