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Our Staff

As members of the faculty and staff of Lutheran High School, we commit and seek to:

  • Love and care for each of our students;
  • Communicate with both the student and parents regarding a student’s academic progress;
  • Hold each student accountable for his or her actions;
  • Give our best efforts on behalf of each student, recognizing and respecting their individuality;
  • Challenge each student to reach his or her potential according to their God-given capacities;
  • Encourage each student to use the individual gifts and talents given them by God;
  • Be responsive to student concerns and activities;
  • Minister to each family, especially in difficult times;
  • Do the best we can to be models of Christian living to all our community;
  • Demonstrate interest in the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of our students;
  • Pray for our students and each other;
  • Follow the process outlined in Matthew 18:15-16 when conflict arises; and
  • Take responsibility for one’s own actions and decisions.

Administration/Office Staff

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M.A. Concordia University, Irvine B.A. Concordia University, Irvine
Before accepting the role of principal in 2007, James served Lutheran High as teacher, athletic director, and coach. He graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Irvine and a B.A. in History/Political Science also from Concordia University. James lives in Elk Grove with his wife, Kristi, who teaches, and his two daughters, Grace and Eleanor and son Matthew.

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B.S. Economics, Kyrgyzstan University Business Management and Accounting, University of Phoenix
Galina joined LHS in 2007. She has more than nine years of professional experience with investment and financial organizations focused on providing private equity advisory services. She and her husband have been married for 10 years and have three children: Daniel, David and Aleksandr.

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B.A. California State University Sacramento
Irene is a native of Sacramento and long time educator in Lutheran schools. She is lives in Sacramento with her husband Doug and is the mother of three (Sacramento) Lutheran High graduates. Irene is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sacramento and sings in the choir.

Faculty

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M.Div. Concordia Seminary M.Ed. Concordia University B.A. Valparaiso University Rev.
Bruce Berndt is in his thirteenth year as a teacher at Lutheran High School. Previously, he taught at Martin Luther High in Northrop, MN for nine years. Rev. Berndt has also been a pastor for more than 30 years, serving seven years in Bagley, MN, and currently serving as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lodi. His son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Siobhan (Mears), are both Lutheran High graduates, have a daughter, Tempest and son, Rory.

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B.S. Sports Management, Menlo College M.A. Sports Management, University of San Francisco
Jason is a Sacramento native. This is his second year at Lutheran High School. He serves as the school's Athletic Director and also teaches U.S. History, Health and P.E. Jason will also be the Head Coach of the Lutheran High baseball team. Jason loves all sports and traveling. And also works in the control room for the Sacramento River Cats.

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M.A. Regent University B.F.A. Wesleyan University, Illinois
Tom brings an abundance of experience in both teaching and drama to Lutheran High. He taught for seven years at the Lutheran high school in his hometown of Rockford, IL, and also Concordia Irvine. Tom also has done extensive touring and performing in drama and continues to participate in local community theater. Tom is married to Lili and has two children.

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B.S. Liberal Studies, CSU Sacramento
Cathy is a Sacramento native and has come to Lutheran High School to help our international students achieve better academic success through guided instruction of the LHS English curriculum. She is married to Paul, with two kids, Erin and Kyle. She is also a teacher in the public school system.

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A.S., Park Management, West Valley College
B.S., Environmental and Systematic Biology, Cal Poly SLO B.S., Multi-Sub w/Science Supplement, Cal State East Bay
Jim has been a full-time teacher since 1996. Before that he spent time on and off as a park ranger/recreation leader. Jim has served as co-leader for a home group, co-Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, and has been involved in jail ministry. Jim's hobbies include hiking, backpacking and sightseeing. He lives in Diamond Springs and shares his home with two housemates and a loving 17-year old tabby cat named Java.

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B.S. Business Management University of Phoenix, M.M./Public Administration, University of Phoenix
Mike joined Lutheran High in 2007 to help with the music program. Since then he has served in several additional areas of instruction, including English, speech, health, and religion. Mike coordinates the web site, marketing materials and various special projects. Mike and his wife, Keeta, have been married for 30 years and have two grown children, Amber and Austin.