Meet Our St. Paul Teaching Staff

The staff at St. Paul Lutheran believes our highest calling is to bring the love of Jesus to our students through our thoughts, words, actions, and instruction. Our second commitment is to give our students a high-quality education in a safe environment that will result not only in in high academic achievement but also spiritual, social, and emotional well being too.


 

Chris Pifer

Christine Pifer
Principal

My name is Christine Pifer. I grew up in Fraser, Michigan and I have always wanted to work in our Lutheran Schools. In 1990 God had another plan for me. In January I became pregnant with our first child and in February God chose to call my husband home to heaven. I love all the close relationships that are developed when working with fellow Christians. Working in ministry can involve long hours, but I also find time to relax and renew at our cottage up north. Recently I moved into the role of administrator, and I love spending time talking with our students and families. They are all a great blessing to me.


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Jane Guse’
Preschool Director/ Teacher

St. Paul Northville family, my name is Jane (nee Trevillian) Guse’, and I am excited to be the new Preschool Director and teacher of the 4-year olds here at St. Paul! I have been in the teaching ministry for many years, along with my husband, Paul, who is a teacher at Lutheran H.S. - Westland. We have three grown children, three adorable grandkids, and we are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this August. I grew up in little Linden, Michigan, and graduated from Concordia - Ann Arbor with a double major in education and music. I had always wanted to be a teacher and knew working with young children was my calling. I have served as a preschool director and teacher before, starting both programs at Faith-Grand Blanc and Christ-Milford. Among other experiences, I also taught 3rd grade at St. Matthew-Westland for 11 years, and Pre-K at Open Arms-Belleville for 5 years. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, taking long walks with my husband and our rescue pup, Bosley, playing the piano, and traveling. I look forward to this new adventure here with you and can’t wait to see what God will do through us here in Northville!


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Melissa Towner
Preschool Teacher

Hello! My name is Melissa Towner. My previous experience includes teaching elementary school grades 1-4, working with preschool students as an aide and 18+ years as a dance instructor and coach for students, ages 3- adult. I am a mom of two children, ages 6 & 8, who are students at St. Paul. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and are active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. I am excited to join the St. Paul staff this year! I look forward to fostering the students’ curiosity and needs, while giving them the tools they need to become blossoming learners. My favorite part of teaching is experiencing the “ah-ha” moments of education and watching the students’ growth through learning. Some of my favorite hobbies include traveling with my family, scrapbooking & cooking.


Sara Mueller

Sara Mueller
Teacher

Hello there! My name is Sara Mueller and I am the Kindergarten and Young Five’s teacher. I am married and have four grown children. I love reading, camping, traveling with family and friends, and the occasional four wheeling. From a very young age, I felt God had called my heart to teach. Children deserve a safe place to learn, grow and find love and support academically as well as social emotionally through new discoveries and fun learning experiences. I look forward to meeting you and your child!


Laura Kitzman

Laura Kitzman
Teacher

Hello! My name is Laura Kitzman, and I teach first grade at St. Paul. I grew up in Milford, and most of my family is in the area. I am blessed with one adult son who lives in New York. I love to go for walks with friends, garden, read, bake, and play piano. I've been blessed to teach in several Lutheran Schools and have taught Preschool-third grades. Some of the things I love about teaching are sharing Jesus with my students (especially through our favorite praise songs), searching for new ways to make learning enjoyable and engaging, and watching all the ways the children grow during the year.


Allison McCollister

Allison McCollister
Teacher

Hello families of St. Paul Lutheran School. My name is Allison McCollister. I have been a teacher at St. Paul, Northville for the past seven years. I have previously taught at Lutheran schools in Waterford, Farmington HIlls, and Detroit, Michigan. I also was a substitute teacher for Livonia Public Schools for three years while working on my Master's. I am a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor and completed graduate school classes at Eastern Michigan University. My career has included teaching at every grade level and every subject from First - Eighth grades. I have many years of experience teaching both single graded and multigraded classrooms. I have been married for almost 14 years to my husband Rich McCollister. We live in south Redford just a few miles from my childhood home in Livonia. We are the proud "parents" of four dogs; 2 Shih Tzu and 2 Shih Tzu mixes that are rescue dogs. When I am not teaching or doing teaching related shopping or research, I enjoy reading, walking my dogs, decorative painting, and watching The First 48 or Deadliest Catch on TV. I feel overwhelming blessed by God to be able to do what I love for a living which is: teach in a Christian/Lutheran school. My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-13 (English Standard Version) which says: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. It is my desire and prayer that my teaching at St. Paul will be a blessing to the school community.


Courtney Ross

Courtney Ross
Teacher

My name is Courtney Ross. I have a daughter, Alyssa, who is in her last year of college and a son, Dominic, who is in 11th grade. I love outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and enjoying God’s creation. When I must be indoors, I enjoy doing craft projects. One of the reasons I love teaching is that I have the opportunity to encourage, inspire, support, and make a difference in someone’s life. A bonus is that I get to express my creativity in the process.


 

Pastor Christopher FairbairnRev. Christopher Fairbairn
Pastor
Pastor Jim FrustiRev. Jim Frusti
Dottie SiefkerDottie Siefker
School Secretary
Jeanette KochJeanette Koch
Family/Youth Director

Amy PerchaAmy Percha
Preschool Director
Allison BerentAllison Berent (“Miss Allison”)
Preschool 4’s
Donna HoetellDonna Hoettel
Preschool Aide
Yolanda MartellYolanda Robinson-Martell
Preschool Aide

Ai NortonAi Norton
Preschool Aide
Cathie HueyCathie Huey
Lunchroom
Marlene ShoebridgeMarlene Shoebridge
Childcare & Lunch Supervisor