MEet our St. paul school faculty & Staff

  • Mr. Jason Kelley


    office:  920-733-9061


    Jason Kelley is the principal at St. Paul Lutheran. He graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 1996.  He graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in English and social studies.  He then later earned his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in leadership from Martin Luther College in 2012.  He is married to Alyssa (nee Pelzl) who also is a graduate of Martin Luther College and teaches 2nd grade at St. Paul.  The Lord has blessed them with 4 children: Emmeline, Amelia, Eliot, and Noelle who all attend school at St. Paul.  Prior to teaching at St. Paul in Appleton, Mr. Kelley has taught and led schools in Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington.  In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing.  He also enjoys gardening, woodworking, and spending quality time with his family.  May the LORD continue to bless our congregation’s effort in training the next generation and reaching out into our community with the Gospel message.  "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it"- Proverbs 22:6.

  • Mrs. Diane Plamann



    Mrs. Diane Plamann teaches kindergarten at St. Paul Lutheran.  She has been teaching at St. Paul since 2000, first as the preschool teacher and then as the kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Plamann always loved children and had wanted to be a teacher from an early age.  After graduating from Fox Valley Lutheran High School, she attended Martin Luther College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  After graduation, she taught for four years at Immanuel Lutheran, Waupaca, WI.  She and her husband, Terry, spent many years raising their four children (Nicole, Philip, Holly and Erik).  She cared for the children of other families in her home during those years.  Mrs. Plamann enjoys reading, cooking, biking and vacationing up north.  Mrs. Plamann enjoys teaching kindergartners because they are very inquisitive and full of energy.  She enjoys watching them become successful readers and loves talking with them about their faith in Jesus, their Savior.

  • Mrs. Nancy Zander

    1st grade


    Nancy Zander grew up on a farm in Nicollet, MN with seven siblings.  She attended a Lutheran grade school and Martin Luther Academy for high school.  Her siblings went to Dr. Martin Luther College so it was just natural that she go there too.  Her first call took her to Norfolk, NE, where she taught five years.  She married Tim and had three children.  In 1991, her family came to St. Paul in Appleton where she has been teaching first grade.  Her children have grown up and blessed them with six grandchildren.  One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?"

  • Mrs. Alyssa Kelley

    2nd grade


    Mrs. Kelley grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, graduating from MVL high school and MLC.  She has taught in 4 different Lutheran Elementary Schools and in the public elementary school.  She has taught every grade from Kindergarten through 8th grade at some point in her ministry.  She has found there to be both blessings and challenges in every grade and considers it a privilege to have been able to experience them all.  She currently teaches 2nd grade and serves as the athletic director.  Mrs. Kelley is married to Principal Kelley and they have been blessed with 4 children.  Mrs. Kelley considers it a privilege to be able to teach Jesus’ little lambs every day.  May the Lord continue to bless the spreading of His Word here at St. Paul and throughout the world. 

  • Mrs. Dina Dietzler

    3rd Grade

  • Mrs. Claire Rehberger

    4th grade


    Claire Rehberger teaches fourth grade at St. Paul.  Her ministry has changed many times over the years, but that keeps teaching fresh and exciting for her.  She is married to Phil Rehberger, and they have five children.  As a family, they like to explore the outdoors and play board games.  At home, she likes to garden, cook, decorate, and organize.  She also serves as senior choir director and organist at church.  Passing on the love of Lutheran worship to her students is dear to her heart.  Her favorite Bible passage is her confirmation verse: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2:10).”

  • Mrs. Kimberly FrEy

    5th grade


    Kim Frey's family moved to Appleton in 2017 when her husband, Andrew, accepted a call to serve as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church.  They have three children, Noah, Micah and Cecelia, who attend St. Paul school.  Her husband's first call was to Standish, Michigan where they served for almost 7 years, and she was preschool director and teacher at St. Bartholomew in Kawkawlin, MI.  She graduated from Martin Luther College in 2007 with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Prior to moving to Michigan, she taught preschool and kindergarten in Hustisford, WI and 3K and 4K in Rice Lake, WI.  She has always had a love of working with young children and teaching them the truths of God’s Word.  She is thrilled with the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the students at St. Paul.  Her favorite passage is Philippians 4:13-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  What a great reminder for my students and I that we can do all things with the help of our Lord and Savior Jesus! 

  • Mr. Paul Hoffman

    6th grade


    Paul Hoffman graduated from Martin Luther College in December of 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Science.  Upon graduating from MLC, he has served schools in Michigan and Wisconsin as teacher, athletic director, and principal.  In 2015, the Lord saw fit to call him to St. Paul Lutheran School to teach math and science in grades 5-8, and serve as technology coordinator.  He is married to Laurie (Schafer) and they are blessed with three children, Brandon, Kailey, and Jenna. In his spare time, he enjoys running, wine making, fishing, and woodworking.  What he loves about teaching is working with the students to identify and develop their gifts and abilities to use in service to God and others.  He also loves that fact that no two days are the same.

  • Mr. Phil Rehberger

    7th & 8th grade


    Phil Rehberger is married to Claire Rehberger and has 5 adult children.  He was born in Oshkosh, WI, and has lived and served as a principal and teacher in 6 different locations.  He teaches grades 5-8 Social Studies, 7-8 English/Language Arts and Christ Light, and 5th grade Catechism.  For professional study, he is pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Curriculum and Assessment) at University of West Florida.  In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, reading, and playing board games with family and friends.

  • deb zunker


    office:  920-733-9061


  • melissa volhard


    office:  920-733-9061


  • Karen Briggs

    School Cafeteria services - lead

  • Kris Feidt

    school cafeteria services - assistant

  • ryan zimmerman