MR. CLINT ADLER, 7th Grade Homeroom
Clint Adler was born in Milwaukee, WI. He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Grade School, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and Concordia University-River Forest. He has taught at St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago, St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton, WI, and Immanuel Lutheran School in Dundee, IL. In 2008, he accepted a call to teach at Christ Community.
Throughout all 23 years of teaching, he has been heavily involved with coaching various sports. It is one of the favorite parts of his ministry, and he sees it as a tremendous opportunity to connect with kids and share the love of Christ with them. He currently coaches A1 girls’ volleyball in the fall and A1 boys’ basketball in the winter.
The Adlers were married in 1994 and have been blessed with four wonderful daughters, Lauren, Kristina, Audra, and Malainna. Mr. Adler likes being active, especially playing basketball. He is also a die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fan (sorry Cardinal fans!), Green Bay Packers fan, and a Wisconsin Badgers fan.
Mr. Adler teaches 7 Discipleship, 7/8 Math, 7-8 PE. His responsibilities also include administration of the middle school athletic program.
Mr. Akerson was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He attended Salem Lutheran in Affton and Messiah Lutheran for elementary school. He graduated from Lutheran High School South in 1993. He attended SLU, Michigan St. University and ultimately graduated from University of Missouri at St. Louis in December of 1998. In August of 2013, he completed his colloquy from Concordia University.
Mr. Akerson began teaching in 1999. He taught for 11 years at Salem Lutheran in Affton and then 5 years at Abiding Savior. At CCLS, Mr. Akerson teaches 5th Discipleship, 5th Math, 7th Social Studies, Second Step and Innovation Time. In class, Mr. Akerson likes to use technology as a tool to help students learn and to help them be a positive witness online. He is big believer in the power of Twitter to help teachers and students further their learning. He coaches basketball and is very passionate about using basketball to help students mature and grow closer to their Lord and Savior.
Mr. Akerson met his beautiful bride, Valerie, at Lutheran South. They were married in 1999 and have 3 amazing children: Chloe, Collin and Camryn. Mr. Akerson and his family attend Concordia Lutheran Church. Mr. Akerson is a HUGE Cardinals fan, loves to play fantasy football and go to movies. His favorite scripture is Job 19:25, "I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand on earth."
Bethany Albers grew up in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Concordia-River Forest in 2005 with an education degree in English and history. She completed an MA in English Literature and Composition in 2011 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her first year of teaching was spent as a 6th grade reading teacher at E.H. Lyle, a St. Louis charter school, but she has been blessed to be at CCLS since then.
Ms. Albers' family includes her parents, both of whom were Lutheran teachers now (semi) retired. She has two brothers; one married with two children and one in the St. Louis area. Ms. Albers loves St. Louis sports – especially the Cardinals. In her free time, she likes to walk her dog, read, write, run, and listen to music. Ms. Albers is a member at Concordia Lutheran Church where she sings in the Festival Choir.
Ms. Albers teaches 8 Discipleship, 8 Literature, 8 Social Studies, 6 English, 6-8 Speech & Drama, 7-8 Creative Writing, and 6-8 Musical Theater. She is also the director of the spring musical and leads the CCLS Geography Bee. In the fall, she is one of the cross country coaches.
Mrs. Brown was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She is the middle of three children and attended Resurrection Lutheran Church and Salem, Affton as a child. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Missouri State University, and a Master’s Degree from Webster University in St. Louis.
Karen's first teaching position was fourth grade in the Parkway School District. She later moved to sixth grade within the district and was a founding teacher of Southwest Middle School. After 9 years in the district she left to stay home with her children. Karen joined the CCLS staff as a half day teacher in 2008, working with Janet Leet in second grade. She made the transition to the middle school in the fall of 2013!
Karen has been married to her husband Dan for 25 years and they have been blessed with 3 wonderful children that have all attended CCLS. Together they enjoy numerous sports, both watching and playing, outdoor adventures and summers at the lake. Karen also enjoys gardening, walking her dog and spending time with friends.
Karen and her family attend Concordia Lutheran Church. Karen has served as Vacation Bible School director, Child nuture board president, Sunday school teacher, call committee, and Church Council. They are active in both Junior and Senior youth.
Mr. Fiala was born and raised in Seward, Nebraska, son of Dr. Robert and Maxine Fiala. He went to St John Lutheran School and Seward High School, graduating in 1984. He went to Concordia College in Seward (now Concordia University) and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in art. He took his first call to Our Savior in Fenton, Missouri, as the 7/8 grade and eventually just 8th grade homeroom teacher. There he taught 5-8 grades mostly math and art over 16 years. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in middle school mathematics from Webster University in 2001.
In 2005, Mr. Fiala took a call to teach art and math at Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood, Missouri as one of the 8th grade homeroom teachers. He teaches all of the art to grades 5-8, math to a 6th grade class, and a variety of electives.
Mr. Fiala is married to Michelle, the church secretary at Glendale Lutheran Church. He has three children, Trevor, a freshman at Concordia University Nebraska in the DCE program, Rachel, a junior at Lutheran South High School, and Audrey, awaiting him in heaven, and two step-daughters, Emma, a freshman at Truman State University in the Nursing program, and Laura, a sophomore at Lutheran South High School.
In his spare time, Mr. Fiala loves to do pottery, use Photoshop, listen to progressive rock, go to 'Husker games, and help with the audio board at Concordia Church on Sunday mornings.
You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Hieber is a native of north eastern Indiana. He's proudly enjoyed Lutheran education his entire life, and credits a number of his teachers for their influence on his love of teaching and learning. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School, Ft. Wayne IN, and Valparaiso University. His first teaching job was at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Indianapolis, where he enjoyed working with children from 1st through 8th grade. In 2006, he moved to St. Louis. Following God's prompting, he's re-entered the teaching field, and has found great joy therein.
Joel is married to Darcy for 18 years, has a daughter MacKenzie who is a Lancer at Lutheran High School South.
Mr. Hieber teaches 6 Discipleship, 8 Math, 6-8 Science, Robotics and yearbook.
MR. JOHN SPANGLER, 7th Grade Homeroom
John Spangler was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, just minutes from Lambeau Field. He is new to St. Louis two years ago, having moved here from New York where he taught at Long Island Lutheran School. John taught one year at Central Visual & performing Arts High School on South Kingshighway. In 2014, he joined the CCLS family teaching Discipleship, 7 Literature, 7 & 8 English, and 5 Music. He has a passion for music and is the director of the 5/6 Musical.
John is married to Erica, who is also a teacher, and they have three children (Ellie, Mathew & William) all who attend CCLS. The Spanglers are members at The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens.
MISS GRACE STEARNS, 6th Grade Homeroom
Grace Stearns was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and attended CCLS from preschool through fifth grade. After graduating from Webster Groves High School in 2012, she felt God calling her to attend college somewhere outside of her comfort zone. After prayerful consideration, she decided on Concordia College-NY, where she majored in elementary education.
Following her student teaching placements at CCLS and in the Webster Groves School District, Grace spent one year as a teaching assistant while beginning her MA in Literacy at Webster University. This is Grace’s first full-time teaching job, and she couldn’t be happier to be back right where her academic career started.
Grace attends The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, where she enjoys playing trumpet for the traditional service. Grace teaches 6 Discipleship, 6 Math, 6 Literature, and 6 English. She also works alongside Mr. Don Uetrecht in the afternoon as a resource specialist.
Darcey is an alumni of CCLS, graduating in 2004. She went to Kirkwood High School and then to Wittenberg University, graduating from there in 2012. While at Wittenberg, she played field hockey all four years, and spent one summer in China teaching math. In her free time Darcey likes "all things athletic" -- playing, coaching, or watching soccer, basketball, field hockey, baseball, and more. She attended Concordia Lutheran Church growing up, and now is a member of The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens.