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Mrs. Kirstin COllier

Teacher (3rd-4th Grades & Gym)

Kirstin Collier currently serves as 3rd-4th grade teacher at Risen Savior Christian Academy. She was born and raised in Chesaning, Michigan. She attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota and graduated with Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 2012. She received and accepted a call to serve in the ministry in May 2012 to Risen Savior in Pooler, Georgia beginning as an early childhood director and preschool teacher. She has been teaching the third and fourth grade class since 2016.

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Miss Liz Henke

Teacher (1st-2nd Grades & Spanish)

Elizabeth Henke serves as the first and second grade teacher at Risen Savior Christian Academy. She was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin. She attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota in 2010. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2013. She taught middle school Science and History at Risen Savior Lutheran School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 6 months. She received a call to serve in the ministry in 2014 to Pooler, Georgia as the first and second grade teacher.

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Mrs. Missy Lopez

Office Assistant

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Mrs. Angie Pechman

Teacher (4 year-old preschool)

Angie Pechman serves as the 4 year-old teacher at Risen Savior Christian Academy. After growing up in Wisconsin, she attended Martin Luther College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She has taught various age groups throughout the years and has been a lead teacher in RSCA's preschool since 2012. Her husband, Brian, is the pastor at Risen Savior Lutheran Church. God has blessed her marriage with five children: Caleb, Abby, Naomi, Lydia, and Asher. She considers it a great privilege to serve her Savior and the families of the Academy.

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Pastor Brian Pechman

Pastor

Brian Pechman serves as pastor at Risen Savior Lutheran Church & Christian Academy. He is married to Angela. The Lord has blessed their life together with five children: Caleb (19), Abigail (17), Naomi (14), Lydia (11), and Asher (9). Pastor and his family moved to the Savannah area in December 2011. He has served in a variety of mission fields including Canada and California.

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Mrs. Debbie Peterson

Teacher (Kindergarten & Art)

Debbie Peterson serves as the kindergarten teacher at Risen Savior Christian Academy. She was born and raised in New Ulm, Minnesota. She attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1997. Throughout the years, she taught various pre-primary and primary grade levels at Lutheran schools or in preschool centers in the area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She and her husband Dan have been blessed with two children, a puppy, and a love of adventure. Mrs. Peterson joined the RSCA family in the summer of 2019. She is excited about the blessing and opportunity to share Jesus' love with the children and families of RSCA.

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Mrs. Dawn Riha

Teacher (2 & 3 year-old preschool)

Dawn Riha serves as the 2 & 3 year-old teacher at Risen Savior Christian Academy. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. She has been married for 25 years and has two grown children. Dawn has been part of Risen Savior's preschool program since 2007. She worked alongside the preschool director and gained knowledge and experience. She has been a lead teacher since 2010. She continues to grow in knowledge by attending workshops and conferences.

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Mrs. Jessie thiesfeldt

Part-Time Teacher (5th-6th Grades)

Jessie Thiesfeldt serves as the part-time 5th-6th grade teacher at Risen Savior. Jessie was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Prior to joining the staff at Risen Savior in 2018, she served for ten years at schools in Wisconsin and Florida, as a volunteer, substitute teacher, and lead teacher. Jessie and her husband Mark have been blessed with three children: Annalise (RSCA 2025), Graham (RSCA 2027), and Mabel (RSCA 2030).

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Mr. Mark thiesfeldt

Principal & Teacher (5th-6th Grades & Music)

Mark Thiesfeldt serves as the principal and 5th-6th grade teacher at Risen Savior. Mark grew up in rural communities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota in 2008 with his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and received his Master of Science degree (educational leadership emphasis) from Martin Luther College in 2018. Prior to joining the staff at Risen Savior in 2018, he served for ten years as both principal and teacher - first in rural Wisconsin and second in suburban Tampa, Florida. Mark and his wife Jessie have been blessed with three children: Annalise (RSCA 2025), Graham (RSCA 2027), and Mabel (RSCA 2030).