Our Staff

Melissa Lamkin, B.S.W, M.F.L.E. – Director of School Ministry

Melissa has over fifteen years of experience in education.  She specializes in working with families and the education process.  She has five children of her own and enjoys spending time with family, baking, and playing sports.  She looks forward to getting to know all the families better!

Kelly Lamkin, MS Ed., MA English – Academic Plan Coordinator/ PSEO English Teacher

Kelly serves GSL as the academic programming director and PSEO/college planning advisor. With 24 years of experience in teaching and working with students from middle school through high school, she finds great joy in helping students seek God’s calling through vocation. Kelly also serves the ministry of Zion Lutheran Church/Crown Christian School where she and her husband, Pastor Tim Lamkin, live and serve. She most enjoys time spent with family, especially her nine grandchildren and three very spunky Schnauzers!

Heidi Lecy, B.S. – Vocal Music Education, M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy – Director of Music Ministry

Heidi has been teaching music for over 30 years, both in the classroom setting and as a private studio piano, flute, and voice teacher.  She believes in tailoring lessons to meet each student’s individual needs and building a solid musical foundation which will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment in music. Her greatest passion is church music ministry and has been involved with church music in many different capacities since she was 12 years old.  She currently serves as church pianist and adult choir director for South Santiago Lutheran Church.  She is so excited and thrilled to be able to combine teaching and music ministry in her position here at GSL! In her spare time, Heidi loves spending time with her fiancé, adult children and 2 young grandchildren and taking care of her hobby farm where she has 2 big horses, 2 miniature horses, 2 goats, 2 dogs and 4 cats.

Erin Rudolph, B.A. – English Teacher

Erin graduated with a BA in Language Arts & Literature Secondary Education from Concordia University, St. Paul. She has taught and worked with a wide range of ages and grade levels, but she especially enjoys teaching middle & high school students. The goal of her English classes is to help students make connections between their faith, the things they learn in school, and the world they experience every day. She considers it a blessing and a privilege to help grow and train new generations of Christian disciples. When she isn’t at school, Erin can usually be found reading something, writing something, creating something, or spending time with friends and family.

Matt Krotzer – Bible/ Elective Teacher

Matt graduated from Northwestern University St. Paul with a B.S. in Ministry.  This degree was the catalyst for his passion and call to raise up the next generation of Chrisitian leaders.  Matt has 4 years experience working closely with children with severe mental health and behavioral struggles.  He also has 15 years as a worship leader and guitar instructor.  His CNC machine repair business was an opportunity  to craft his skills in training and teaching machine operators. The 10 years he spent in that business served to hone his skills in electrical and mechanical troubleshooting. In his spare time he enjoys creating music and adventures with his family that range from metal detecting, diving,  and skateboarding.

Lorena Matthews – Spanish Teacher

Lorana has worked in Christian schools in various positions for 18 years. She is originally from Guatemala, so Spanish was her first language. She and her husband are pastors, and they also minister in many other countries. Lorena enjoys traveling, eating new foods, and spending time with her family.

Pastor Tim Lamkin – Bible Teacher

Brenda Krueger – Human Resource

Beth Goldenstein – Math/ Fitness Teacher

Bethe is a graduate of Taylor University, Upland, IN within Physical Education and Health. She enjoys playing tennis, reading nonfiction, and spending time with family. 

Jenni Paulsen – Math Teacher

Jeni enjoys teaching math at GSL High School and has been in the education industry for over ten years. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her husband, son, and three cats. Jeni’s hobbies include theatre, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  MA Special Education-Concordia University, St. Paul BA Elementary Education, Minor in Theatre-Concordia University, St. Paul

Kelsey Yatckoske – Athletic Director, Bible Teacher

Kelsey works with students in many different capacities and enjoys getting to know the families and helping students to have those eye-opening moments. She has five boys that keep her and her husband very busy with all kinds of activities and sports. Her favorite things to do is spending time with her family, playing games, and watching/playing sports. 

Krista Jusczak – Marketing Coordinator

Krista has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting with an emphasis in Advertising and Communication from Brown Institute, Minneapolis, MN. She understands the time investment required, and the importance of consistency to brand an image, logo, and idea. She is married to the love of her life, has four children, two grandchildren. Krista enjoys kayaking, golfing and spending time with family & friends.