Our Staff

Principal Paul Ihde

Paul Ihde
Principal

Email: pihde@graceoshkosh.net

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Education
I grew up in Hartford, Wisconsin, attending Peace Lutheran School and Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 2010, I received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Experience
I have served as principal and upper grade teacher throughout my ministry. My first call was to Zion Lutheran School in Columbus, Wisconsin from 2004-2015. I served at St. Paul’s Lutheran School from 2015-2021, and Grace Lutheran School from 2021-present.
I am also certified as a new teacher mentor, a lead mentor for aspiring principals through the WELS Leadership Candidate Training Program, and a professional learning facilitator for teachers who are implementing Next Generation Science Standards.

Family
I grew up in Hartford, Wisconsin as the middle of three children. My wife, Kelly, grew up in Mequon, Wisconsin and is the oldest of seven. We were married in 2006, and have been blessed with a busy house filled with 5 children, a cat, and a dog.

Interests
I am an avid Wisconsin sports fan, and love to play golf. I also coach youth soccer and basketball. I enjoy traveling, and camping with my family. I love learning, and do so by attending conferences, watching documentaries, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Teacher Brittany Immel

Brittany Immel
Preschool Director/TeacherEmail: bimmel@graceoshkosh.net

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Education
I grew up in Hortonville, WI. I attended Immanuel Lutheran school from PreK through 8th grade. I then went onto Fox Valley Lutheran for my high school years. Once I graduated from FVL, I attended Martin Luther College (MLC) and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Experience
After graduating from Martin Luther College, I was assigned to Grace, Oshkosh! In addition to teaching preschool, I am blessed to help serve as a cheer and forensics coach.

Family
I am the oldest of 3 children, one younger sister and one younger brother. I married my husband, Brandon, in 2019. We were then blessed with our sweet bundle of joy, Ruth, in 2020!

Interests
I love spending time with my family, from going on adventures to Miller Park, the zoo, or Wisconsin Dells, to chilling at home and watching a family movie! Growing up I was always camping, so I have a love for all things camping and being outdoors! I also enjoy hunting.

Finally, I love meeting new people. If you ever find yourself down by the preschool suite be sure to stop in and say hi! 🙂

Teacher Alyssa Warnke
Mrs. Alyssa Warnke
PreK Teacher
Email: awarnke@graceoshkosh.net
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Education
I grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, attending Trinity St. Luke’s Lutheran School and Lakeside Lutheran High School. I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2013, with a bachelor‘s degree in early childhood education.

Experience
My first call was to open a toddler room at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center, North Mankato, Minnesota. I served there from 2013-2015. I then taught at Stepping Stones Learning Center in Neenah, WI until I accepted a call to teach at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida in 2018. I taught PreK4 at DSA for four years, and I am now excited to begin my ministry here at Grace as a Preschool teacher.

Family
I grew up as the second of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. My husband, Scott, grew up in Fremont, Wisconsin. We met at Martin Luther College and got married in 2013. We have a beautiful one year old daughter, Annabelle.

Interests
I enjoy photography, hosting get-togethers, creating art, spending time with family, exploring new places, and making friends. I am passionate about teaching and researching best practices for early childhood classrooms.

Teacher Lorra Klein

Lorra Klein
Kindergarten Teacher
Email: lklein@graceoshkosh.net

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Education
I attended a public grade school, middle school, and high school in Two Rivers, WI. I graduated in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Educational Experience
In 1989, I began my career in Fond du Lac, WI, teaching 4th grade. I remained with the Fond du Lac School District for 32 years. I taught all grades, K-5, at various times throughout the years.

Background and Family
I was born and raised in Two Rivers, WI. I am the youngest of 10 children. My parents modeled Christianity, service, compassion, and strong work ethics. Jerry Klein and I were married in 1989. We have 3 sons: Benjamin (1992), Samuel (1994), and Abraham (1998). Our sons attended Grace, Redeemer, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. While I attended church with
my husband and sons for many years, I officially became a member of Grace in 2020.

Interests
I enjoy spending time with my husband, sons, brothers, and sisters. We can often be found walking/hiking with our dog at various parks. We try our best to vacation together while opportunities exist. I enjoy being physically active through walking, running, and biking, but my favorite sport has always been swimming. Reading allows me to imagine places and things my actual life hasn’t experienced. I like to do crafts when time permits. I enjoy singing and wish I played an instrument. Lifelong learning is what I hope to continue to do.

Teacher Amy Swapp

Amy Swapp
1st Grade Teacher/Music
Email: aswapp@graceoshkosh.net

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Education
Mrs. Swapp was born in Cincinnati, OH but grew up in Santa Clara, CA. She attended Apostles Lutheran for most of her grade school years from 3rd-8th grade. She attended Santa Clara High School. She earned her Associates Degree at West Valley Jr. College in Saratoga, CA and then transferred to Martin Luther College. She graduated in 2001 with her Bachelors in Education.

Experience
I was assigned to St. Peters Lutheran School in Fond du Lac, WI. I served as the 1st grade teacher from 2001-2007. After getting married and moving to Florida, I took some time off to raise my family and teach piano lessons on the side. I returned to Minnesota in 2010, working in HR during a transition period. Holy Trinity Lutheran (New Hope, MN) called me to serve as the 1st and 2nd grade teacher and choir director in 2011. I served there until 2016 when I came to Grace, Oshkosh. Here I teach 1st grade, Jubilation (choir for grades 5-8), Adult Choir, teach piano lessons and play organ for church.

Family
I grew up as the youngest of 3 kids in a pastor’s family. I got married in 2007 and moved to Florida where my son Gabriel was born. I remarried in 2019 to Jonathan Swapp. He has 3 daughters from a previous marriage – Katherine, Jessica, and Jennifer.

Interests
I love to travel. I have been to most of the 50 states at some point, although there are a handful to check off yet. I also had the opportunity to travel to Singapore, Germany, Italy, Austria, parts of Canada, St. Thomas, and Jamaica. My husband and I love to go hiking/on walks with our dog. We also enjoy time out on the lake. I also love photography and try to brush up on my skills whenever time allows. I am blessed to be able to share my gift of music both through teaching it and playing for church.

Teacher Kris Bolda
Kris Bolda
2nd Grade Teacher
Email: kbolda@graceoshkosh.net
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Education
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attending public school for my elementary through high school education. I attended Wisconsin Lutheran College and Dr. Martin Luther College, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Science. Throughout my teaching career I have taken many different classes, workshops and online courses.

Experience
My first call was serving at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. I taught there for 4 years. Then I stayed home, raising our children. I was called to Grace in 2004. At Grace I’ve taught at every grade level except preschool. Currently I teach 2nd grade and coach B-Team volleyball.

Family
I am a first generation American, being born to parents from Germany and Croatia. I married Rick in 1983. We have two children, a dog and 4 “grand-girls”.

Interests
I enjoy learning, traveling, reading and nature. I look forward to trips to Germany and visiting all the national parks in the U.S.

Teacher Kelsey O'Haver
Kelsey O’Haver
3rd Grade Teacher
Email: kohaver@graceoshkosh.net
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Education
I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin. I attended Riverview Lutheran School and Fox Valley Lutheran High School. I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Experience
I served as a missionary in Wuhan, China from 2011-2013. I taught grades 2-4 in Spokane, Washington at St. Matthew Lutheran from 2013-2020, and currently teach 3rd grade here at Grace in Oshkosh.

Family
I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin with my Mom and older sister, Nicole. My husband, Ben, lived in Appleton and we met at a karate school that we both attended. We were friends for a very long time, and then got married in 2016. God blessed us with our sweet boy in March of 2021. We also have a super snuggly cat named Shadow.

Interests
I am a big reader, and I love to travel! I love being outside, whether it’s going for a walk, golfing, biking, laying at the beach, or hiking up a mountain. I love being a Mom and spending time with my son.

Teacher David Fulton

David Fulton
4th Grade Teacher
Email: dfulton@graceoshkosh.net

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Education
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Pioneer High School. After earning an Associates Degree from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, I transferred to Martin Luther College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in education in 1997. In 2017, I received a Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Martin Luther College.

Experience
I was assigned to serve as principal and upper grade teacher at St. Paul’s in Wonewoc. I taught grades 7 & 8 from 1997 – 2014. I accepted the call to Grace to serve as principal and upper grades teacher in 2014. I currently serve as the 4th grade teacher and basketball coach.

Family
I have two brothers and a sister. My wife, Sara, grew up in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and also graduated from MLC. She works as a registered nurse in Berlin, WI. We have been blessed with eleven children. There is always something going on in our home.

Interests
Growing up in Michigan means I am a Wolverine fan. I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sports at home. My family enjoys camping and taking trips to Lake Michigan to play in the dunes. Other activities include biking, hiking, and tennis. I enjoy reading articles and attending conferences on educational trends.

Teacher Natalia Wild
Natalia Wild
5th Grade and ELA Teacher
Email: nataliawild@graceoshkosh.net
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Education
I have been a teacher in public schools since Fall of 2005 and have always had a passion for education. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in August of 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education for Regular Education and Special Education. I have always found joy in the greatest challenges as it is so rewarding to see the outcome of watching children learn and grow. I had never anticipated being serving here at Grace, it just goes to show that God works in miraculous ways.

Experience
I have taught special education and general education students throughout all of my years of teaching. I taught in Menasha, Wisconsin from 2005-2008. I ran an in-home childcare out of my home to be home with our children from 2008-2010. I realized my passion was being in a classroom setting and so I went back to teaching in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin from 2010-2014; Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 2014-2021, and Grace Lutheran from 2021-present.

Part of my goal as an educator is to spark curiosity in the minds of students and watch the children grow academically and in their faith. I am honored to work closely together with you as you are your child’s number one teacher. I feel frequent communication is vital and encourage you to come to me with any questions or concerns.

Family
Both Jesse, my husband, and I grew up in many different places. I have lived in Oshkosh since moving here in 2000 to attend College. I never left after meeting my husband here and have fallen in love with the area due to the community and the things that it has to offer. Jesse and I were married in 2004, and have two wonderful children, Caleb and Naomi. We have two dogs and one cat. Our children are in multiple sports and keep us very busy.

Interests
I enjoy reading, being on the water, snowmobiling, rollerblading, swimming, hiking, being outdoors, and watching my children play sports. I am definitely a Wisconsin fan – Packers, Bucks, Brewers, and Badgers!

Teacher Amy Steiner
Amy Steiner
6th & 7th Homeroom Teacher, 5-8th Math, 6th Science
Email: asteiner@graceoshkosh.net
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Education
I grew up in the little town of Campbellsport, WI. I attended Waucousta Lutheran Grade School from Kindergarten through 7th grade. My 8th grade year was completed at Campbellsport Middle School. I then attended Campbellsport High School for my high school career.

In the fall of 2012, I completed my Bachelor’s in Business online at Lakeland College in Sheboygan. I then spent many years working for my parents’ company, Tecre Co., Inc, in Fond du Lac. A few years after completing my Bachelor degree, I returned to school to transition into teaching. I received my teaching education through a program at Marian University in Fond du Lac in 2016. The program certified me to teach grades 1-8. While serving my first call to Grace Lutheran during the 2021-2022 school year, I completed MLC’s synod certification.

Furthermore, I completed a Masters degree in At-Risk and Alternative Education from Marian Universityin 2019. In the fall of 2022 I will be completing a Math Coach certification program from UW-Stout. I am also enrolled in the Technology Director program at MLC. As you can see, I enjoy being a lifelong learner!

Experience
My first few years of teaching found me in temporary positions in the public schools. My first two years I taught 4th grade in Fond du Lac. In 2018, I was hired to teach 2nd grade in Oshkosh and then the following year I taught 4th grade. After the COVID shut-down, the next school year I taught 4th grade online through Oshkosh’s eacademy. I was then called to serve as the 6th grade homeroom teacher and the math teacher for the upper grades at Grace in 2021.

Family
I am the 2nd born of 4 kids. I have an older brother and two younger sisters. We are a very close family. I have lived near my family all my life and have recently moved back to my roots and now live 5 minutes from my grandparents, about 7 minutes from my parents, and one of my sisters is my next door neighbor. My husband, Davis, and I have three girls – Jordyn, Peyton, and Ryleigh. Davis also has a daughter – Anabelle and a grandson – Axel.

Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling with them. We have done cruises, road trips, and international travel. I also enjoy reading and learning about new things, photography, doing diamond paintings, cross-stitching, or relaxing next to a warm fire.

Teacher Alex Vandenberg

Alex Vandenberg
8th Grade Teacher
Email: avandenberg@graceoshkosh.net

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Background
I was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin and attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School. After graduating I went on to Martin Luther College and graduated in 2010. I was assigned to Immanuel Lutheran School in Hutchinson, Minnesota to teach grades 4-8 and serve as principal. From 2016-2022 I served at Zion Lutheran School in Columbus, Wisconsin as grades 7-8 teacher and principal.

Family
I am married to Stephanie and we have 3 sons: Silas, Gideon, and Levi. My wife Stephanie is a stay at home mother. With our dog and 3 boys our house is very active.

Interests
I am a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and also part owner of the team. My family and I enjoy camping, riding bikes, and playing a variety of sports outdoors. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, grilling, and listening to History podcasts.

Teacher Aides

Teresa Wiechman, Pre-K Aide
Teresa Wiechman
Pre-K Aide
Teacher Aide Kristin Rieke
Kristin Rieke
Pre-K Aide
Teacher Aide Lisa Levenhagen
Lisa Levenhagen
Kindergarten Aide
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