St. Paul’s Lutheran School, under the power of the Triune God,
strives to help children reach their full potential
as Christian citizens of the world.
Greetings from Dru Lutkehus, Headteacher, Kindergarten, and 1st-grade teacher at St. Paul’s. I have a Bachelors Degree and Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s I taught first and second grade at Bethlehem Lutheran School and Kindergarten at St. John’s Lutheran School in the Cleveland, Ohio area. After moving back to Nebraska, I was a full-time mom until our sons were in middle school. I was then employed by Creek Valley Schools in Chappell as a paraprofessional, half time teacher, and personal tutor. This is the 16th year that I have been privileged to serve at St. Paul’s.
My husband is Edward Lutkehus and we live on a wheat farm near Chappell, Nebraska. We also have a custom combining business. We were blessed with two sons and their wives and three grandsons.
I enjoy gardening, reading, and sewing of all kinds as well as making banners for church and other occasions. I am a Sunday School teacher for our middle-aged youth and am active in other church affairs. I belong to the Tri-County Choir that performs two cantatas each year. I am also a volunteer EMT with the Chappell Ambulance Service.
It is an honor to serve my Lord at St. Paul’s. Watching the children grow in their faith as well as academically is what keeps me in the classroom.
Hello, my name is Aimee Lunkwitz. I am the three-year-old and four and five-year-old preschool teacher. I am currently working towards my bachelor’s in early childhood education with an endorsement in special education. I only have a few classes to finish up my degree. I am married to my wonderful husband Roy, for 23 years. We have three terrific children, Jacob, Zachary, and Emilee. Jacob our oldest is married to our lovely daughter-in-law Allyssa and has given us three beautiful grandchildren, Mitzi 6, Ethan 2, and Jaden 10 months. Zachary our middle child is 17 and is working full time. Emilee our youngest will be in second grade this year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, camping, sewing, baking, and traveling with my family. I feel extremely blessed to be teaching at St. Pauls Lutheran school. I am so excited to be able to prepare my preschool classes for kindergarten and to teach them the word of God.
Hi, I am Grace Brott. I completed my Bachelor’s from Chadron State in secondary education via correspondence while I was the nanny to a family w/4 little girls in New Jersey. Upon my return to Nebraska, I was the teacher in a country school up by Merritt Reservoir and decided my real calling was elementary so I went back and got my Elementary Endorsement from UNK. My husband Bill, and I live on the farm where his mother grew up. We have 3 wonderful children! The older 2 both attended St. Paul’s. Tristan will be a senior at UNL, Cora will be a freshman at UNL and Sarah will be a fifth-grader at Paxton. I have done extensive substituting, including some long-term. I taught the older Preschool class here for 3 years and loved preparing such eager learners for Kindergarten. I worked at Paxton for 5 years–teaching Language to Kindergarteners, English to a student, as well as working as a para. to an assortment of children w/a wide range of needs. I’m excited to be back @ St. Paul’s and being able to share Jesus openly w/students. This will be my 2nd year teaching grades 1-2 here at St. Paul’s Lutheran.
I enjoy reading when I can find the time and following my children’s activities. I have taught Sunday School for many years, and am currently the Sunday School Supt at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Hello, my name is Kyra Fricke. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Special Education through Grand Canyon University (Online Program). Throughout my program, I spent over 400 hours in various classrooms, most of that time in lower elementary grades K-5. I completed my student teaching at Ogallala Publics Schools in May and was warmly received for my first year teaching here at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in July. While this is my first classroom I have managed on my own, I have spent 7 years substitute teaching in different schools and volunteered in my son and daughter’s classroom for many years. Before teaching I spent 13 years as a nanny and 7 years in Home Health Care.
My husband Glen, myself, and two of our children reside in Amherst, Colorado. My children attend Holyoke Alternative School. Cannon and Ciara both have varying disabilities that lead to my decision to also pursue my degree in Special Education. Our older children are all married, Shayla, Molly, and their families reside in North Platte, Nebraska. Cody and his wife reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. Shayla, Molly, and Cody also were raised in Amherst and attended church at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Amherst where they were baptized.
When we are not busy chasing my daughter doing rodeo or working, we enjoy spending as much time as possible at Lake McConaughy. I love to kayak, ride my bike, and take quiet sunset walks down the beach. This is where I feel the most connected with God, in nature. At home, we love doing home improvement projects and upcycling furniture. We spend as much time as possible with family and parents who live here in Ogallala.
It is my honor to serve at St. Paul’s as the 4-5 teacher. I feel blessed to watch the children grow academically and spiritually in each classroom. I look forward to serving for more many years.