Welcome to 7th & 8th Grade
My name is Melinda Riley, I teach a variety of middle school classes here at Immanuel Lutheran. Immanuel is my home, it is the congregation I grew up in, the school that I went to, and now the place I am a 7th grade homeroom teacher at. I am blessed to be surrounded with such an amazing, hard working and caring staff family at Immanuel. Since graduating with my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Wayne State University and Master's Degree in Principalship and Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University I have taught and led in a variety of middle school roles in both public and Lutheran schools. Besides the continuing education classes teachers take to maintain their certificate, I have also recently completed Religion Endorsement (Colloquy) from Concordia University.
I am proud to be called "mom' by three wonderful sons, one still attends Immanuel, and two are students at Lutheran High North. All three of them are very active in extra curricular activities which I love being a part of! When we are not at a sporting event or extra curricular activity we enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing.
I strive to help students grow both spiritually and academically. I want my students to be independent, self reliant learners. I believe in creating and providing students with differentiated, engaging instruction so that all students can succeed.
I am Mr. Allan Williams, one of the 7th grade teachers and the assistant principal. I have been a faculty member at Immanuel since 1989. Currently, I teach Math, Geography, Religion and History to 7th and 8th graders.
I was born and raised on a farm in Bad Axe, Michigan. I attended Concordia University, Ann Arbor and Concordia University, Nebraska. I have my master's from Saginaw Valley University. I also have DCE certification from Concordia, Nebraska. I have taught in North Miami, Florida and was a full-time youth minister at Trinity, Utica for 12 years before returning to teaching.
I am married to Jan, one of the Kindergarten teachers here at Immanuel..We have four adult children, all alumni of Immanuel. We have 6 grandchildren who currently live in Texas and Wyoming which gives us good reasons to travel.
My name is Katie Tucker and I am recent graduate from Oakland University. I majored in Biology and minored in Math and Integrated Sciences. During my student teaching, I shared my excitement and enthusiasm for science with the students of Almont High School. I have been a dance teacher/coach for 8 years and the director of a summer dance camp at my studio. I enjoy traveling, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. Immanuel has been my home since 2003 and I am thrilled to be returning to the school as a teacher! I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity God has provided me at Immanuel Lutheran School and I am excited to work with the phenomenal parents, staff, and students.
I am Fred Kressbach and in my 31st year of the teaching ministry, 12 years at Emmanuel-Dearborn and 19 years at Immanuel-Macomb. I am currently one of the 8th grade homeroom teachers and teach English in 7th and 8th grades, part of the 8th grade religion classes, my homeroom's literature class, and a current events class.
My teaching degree is from Central Michigan University, "Fire Up, Chips!" I have a degree in secondary education with a major in English and minors in U.S. history and geology. My colloquy, or religion instruction, was through Concordia University-Ann Arbor.
I grew up in Waterford, MI and attended Peace Lutheran in Waterford. It was at Peace that I first met my wife, Debbie, in a Sunday School classroom. She also works here at Immanuel in our business office. We have 3 boys, two of whom graduated from Immanuel, and all 3 graduated from Lutheran High North.
7th Grade Outdoor Education - Camp Wolverine
7th Grade Outdoor Education - Camp Wolverine
Each year our 7th grade students spend 5 days, 4 nights in Wolverine, MI in the first week in February. Students are taught in small groups of twelve to fourteen where the emphasis is on learning by doing. Students are given responsibilities and challenges that promote high self esteem, respect, and cooperation. Teachers and parent chaperons take an active role in supervision and participation in activities.
8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
Each year our 8th grade students go take a 5-day trip to Washington D.C., Virginia, and Gettysburg, PA.