Our Staff

Principal Paul Ihde

Paul Ihde
Principal, Upper Grade Science

Email: pihde@graceoshkosh.net

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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.

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.

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.

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 Alyssa Warnke

Alyssa Warnke
Preschool Director
Email: awarnke@graceoshkosh.net

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Mary Kurbis, PreK Teacher
Mary Kurbis
PreK Teacher
Email: mkurbis@graceoshkosh.net
Alexa Foelske, Kindergarten Teacher

Alexa Foelske
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Email: afoelske@graceoshkosh.net

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I grew up in Manitowoc, WI. I attended St. John’s Newtonburg school from PreK through 8th grade. I then went onto Manitowoc Lutheran High School for my high school years. After graduation, I attended Martin Luther College (MLC) and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education.

After graduating from Martin Luther College, I served at St. John’s Redwood Falls, MN, teaching 3-4th grade while my husband finished MLC. We then served through Friends of China in Wuhan, China for a year. We came back and were assigned to Cross of Glory in Peoria, AZ. I would serve as the 5-8th grade ELA teacher. We would return to Wisconsin and I then served St. John’s Wrightstown, WI for 5 years as a 3K preschool teacher. I am excited to now teach Kindergarten at Grace.

I grew up as the eldest of 4 children, 2 younger sisters and a brother. I married my high school sweetheart, Micah, in 2013. We are blessed with two beautiful girls Evie in 2020, and Keira in 2022. We also have a fluff child Rhea, our dog.

I love spending time with my family, to watch my girls grow and explore the world around them. We enjoy camping and going up north. I love reading, singing, and some flower gardening.

Teacher Brittany Immel

Brittany Immel
Kindergarten Teacher

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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.

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.

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!

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 Amy Swapp

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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”.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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
Upper Grade ELA
Email: nataliawild@graceoshkosh.net
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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.

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.

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.

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
Upper Grade Math
Email: asteiner@graceoshkosh.net

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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!

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.

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.

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
Upper Grade Social Studies
Email: avandenberg@graceoshkosh.net

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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.

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.

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.

Kara Whitthuhn - School Counselor

Kara Whitthuhn
School Counselor

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I attended Richmond Elementary, Appleton, WI (K-4); West Cottonwood MS, Cottonwood, CA (5-8); and moved back to the Appleton area for high school. I graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 1997. I possess a degree in psychology, a minor in sociology with a social work emphasis, and a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2000) and have additional post-graduate credits in clinical counseling and assessment.

I joined the School-Based Counseling team at Christian Family Solutions in 2022. I currently serve as a school counselor to promote social, emotional, and mental wellbeing for students at Grace; Faith-Fond du Lac; and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. I am also a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. I have more than 20 years of experience working with children and families, including foster care support, court mediation, and as an in-home parent educator to families involved in the child protective services system.

My husband, Cliff, and I are high-school sweethearts. We met at Fox Valley Lutheran HS in 1995 and were married in 2001. We live in Menasha and have been blessed with three biological children, Lydia, Evan, and Joel. We are also foster parents, so the number of children we parent varies at any given time. We have a dog, Bailey, a German Shorthair Pointer.

My family’s church home is The CORE in Appleton. We enjoy hosting a weekly growth group and volunteering on the worship team in various ways. I love any kind of travel (plane, train, automobile, or ship!). I have had the opportunity to visit all 50 states, multiple provinces of Canada, Mexico, destinations in the Caribbean and central America, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands, Japan, and many countries throughout Europe. At home, we love to cook and work on home improvement projects, but I mostly enjoy planning the next vacation adventure.

Courtney Cummings

Courtney Cummings
Special Education Teacher
Email: courtneycummings@graceoshkosh.net

Learn more about Courtney

I grew up here in Oshkosh and attended Grace Lutheran School. I graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy in 2003. I attended Wisconsin Lutheran College, and graduated in 2009 with my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education/Early Adolescence. I received my special education license in 2012 after completing the RITE (Residency in Teacher Education) Program through CESA 6.

After graduating in 2009, I taught at a private choice school in Milwaukee for a year. When we moved back to Oshkosh, I worked as an assistant manager at the Learning Shop in Appleton, while also going through the RITE Program. I received a position teaching in 2012, and taught in the OASD for 11 years, until this upcoming school year when I will be teaching at Grace as a full time special education teacher.

Over the last 11 years, I have gone through training in behavior management, social emotional learning, as well as trauma informed care. One of my passions is literacy, and I have had many professional development opportunities in that area. I am also trained in Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR).

I grew up in Oshkosh with a younger brother. My husband Chris grew up in Ossining, New York until the age of 10, which is when his family moved to Janesville, Wisconisn. We were married in 2012, and have been blessed with two amazing children. Our son, Carter, is in 2nd grade; and our daughter Charli is in 4K.

I enjoy spending time with my family. We like going to play at parks, having fun at the trampoline park, swimming in our pool, watching movies, and love to visit different zoos. We also spend an abundance of time at Target.

In my spare time, I like to read, make jewelry, put together Lego, and everyone in the family has become collectors of POP figures.

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