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Principal/3rd Grade

Jolene Wagner

My name is Jolene Wagner and I am the principal and part-time third grade teacher.  

I received my degree in Elementary Education after attending Bethany Lutheran College and Concordia College, St. Paul. Throughout all my years of teaching I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to have been a preschool director/teacher, kindergarten teacher, and teach grades K - 8.  I have also served as interim principal.


I am married to Pastor Don Wagner.  We live in Deer Creek, where my husband serves at Trinity Lutheran Church.  We are blessed with four children, two son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and one grandson!


In my free time I love to hang out with my family, travel, read, shop, and watch HGTV.  I am blessed to be starting my fourth year at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and to be a part of a wonderful school ministry team.  


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


Elizabeth Augustus

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3rd Grade/Preschool Aide

Mary Spencer

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5th/6th Grade

Sarah Nies

My name is Sarah Nies and I am 5th and 6th grade teacher at St. Paul’s. I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and have attended Lutheran Schools for my entire education.  I graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2005 with a Bachelors in Music Education and taught in Kansas City, MO, Litchfield, IL, and St. Louis, MO before moving to Perham. I am currently working on a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Concordia University, St. Paul. In the classroom, I love to integrate the arts and technology across the curriculum, as well as provide project-based learning opportunities.  Out of the classroom, I enjoy my time with my husband, Jared, and our two boys, both St. Paul’s Panthers, and playing in my garden, kitchen, and sewing room.


Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown has been at St. Paul's since August of 1999 as director of Youth & Family Ministry.

Christopher grew up in Park Rapids Minnesota where he attended St. John's Lutheran Church and graduated from Park Rapids High School. He then attended Concordia College in Moorhead and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Child & Family Studies with an emphasis in Parent Education. In 2013, Christopher completed DCE certification through Concordia University St. Paul and is now called as Director of Christian Education (DCE) to St. Paul's in Perham.

Christopher and his wife Shari have been blessed with 4 boys: Isaac, Jackson, Peter, and Samuel and enjoy the busy life raising four boys can bring. Christopher personally enjoys hunting and fishing, sports card collecting, music, and reading.

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Kerri Steinert

Hello! My name is Kerri Steinert and I am the Pre-K Teacher and Director at St. Paul's Lutheran School! I graduated from Fergus Falls High School and went on to obtain my Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin Stout. After graduation, I had the opportunity to be the Children's Ministry Director at our church for 8 years. Because I have a passion for teaching and developing young minds, I decided to redirect my path to a more hands-on roll as an Early Childhood teacher. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach young children, as well as share with them the love of our Lord and Savior.


I currently live in Detroit Lakes with my husband, my son, and daughter. For fun, I like to spend time at the lake, go for bike rides, read, crochet, and spend time with my family.

1st Grade

ReNae Tangen

My name is ReNae Tangen and I am currently teaching in the first grade classroom at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. I grew up near Truman, MN.   I received my degree after attending Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato for two years and then graduating  from Concordia in St. Paul.  My first teaching position was at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fulda, MN where I taught for 6 years before coming to Perham.  Since then, I have spent time teaching in all 6 grades and substituting in the preschool. I feel blessed to be able to share my faith daily with my students and witness of His amazing love.  Music is one of my passions, along with reading, gardening, scrapbooking, putting together puzzles, and recently kayaking.

My husband, Bob, is also a teacher in Perham.  We have 3 teenage daughters who are a delight and keep us very busy with school and other activities. 

4th Grade

Shari Brown

My name is Shari Brown, and I am the 4th grade teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School.  I began my career journey in 1992 when I graduated from Frazee-Vergas High School.  I then attended Concordia College in Moorhead where I received my B.A. in Elementary Education in 1996.  I also am licensed to teach Spanish!  I later attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead, to become licensed to teach Special Education to students with specific learning disabilities.  In 2013 God led me to complete the Lutheran School Teacher certification through Concordia University, St. Paul. 


My teaching career began twenty years ago as a Special Education teacher in Moose Lake, MN, and then Sebeka, MN.  In 2011, after some time off to begin raising our family, I began teaching here at St. Paul's as the part-time 5th/6th grade teacher.  I later became the part-time kindergarten and part-time 3rd/4th grade teacher here and now am the full-time 4th grade teacher. 


I love spending time with my family, gardening, and going for walks.  My husband, Christopher, is the Director of Christian Education here at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  We have four children:  Isaac (11th grade), Jackson (8th grade), Peter (7th grade), and Samuel (5th grade).  All four of our boys have attended St. Paul's Lutheran School, so this school is especially dear to my heart.


This school is also dear to me because it is a Christian school where we can teach students about God's great love for us through Jesus Christ each and every day.  This is truly life changing!  Finally, in the hustle and bustle of our world today, my favorite Bible verse shares an important message:  "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).     

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Angie Ratcliffe

Hello!  I'm Angie Ratcliffe, and I serve as the music teacher at St Paul's.  What a joy it is to teach children about our Savior Jesus through music!  I am looking forward to developing relationships with the students and making music with them!

I grew up in Idaho on my family's dairy farm.  After high school, I attended Concordia University Nebraska, receiving undergraduate degrees in K-12 Music Education with Lutheran Teacher's Diploma and Vocal Performance.  I also met my husband Andrew at Concordia.  I have taught general music, band, and choir for over ten years to a variety of ages from preschool to high school.  In 2018, I earned a Masters of Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  In addition, I hold certification in the Kodaly philosophy, the early childhood curriculum First Steps in Music, and Conversational Solfedge.  My husband and I live in Perham with my daughter Cora and son Eli.  I enjoy playing the organ and piano, gardening, cooking, and sewing.


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