St. Paul Faculty

  • Mary Lynn Buck--Principal

    Education:  Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Concordia University

    Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan

    Bachelor of Arts, English and Communications, Hope College

    Lutheran Teaching Certificate

    Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate

    Michigan Administrator Certificate

    Experience: 17 years, 8 years as Principal of St. Paul


    Educational Philosophy:  Mrs. Buck is passionate about Christian Education and looks forward to spreading the light of the Gospel and making bold and courageous witnesses for Jesus.


  • Julie Brandes

    Education: Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University - Ann Arbor

    Child Care Assistant Certificate, Baker College - Flint


    Experience: 7 years working in day care, 4 years at St. Paul


    Julie's Educational Philosophy: I believe that each child is a gift from God and that it is our privilege to help them learn new things every day about the world God created. I believe that children learn the best when they are in a comfortable environment and surrounded by people that love them. I strive to provide this type of environment every day. 


  • Beth Mick

    Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan-Flint

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    ZA (Early Childhood) Endorsement

    Experience: 20 years of teaching at St. Paul

    Beth's Educational Philosophy: I believe that teachers play a unique role in each child’s life. Teachers need to be loving, caring and empathetic. Teachers need to create a safe environment where children can learn. I love it when my kids are so comfortable that they accidently call me "mom." There have to be boundaries set up too, so children can learn to follow rules. The most important thing that I want them to learn is how much Jesus loves them and that He made each and every one of them special.

  • Katie Grim

    Education: Bachelor of Science, Ferris State University

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    Concordia University Portland

    Lutheran Teaching Certificate

    Aquinas College

    Learning Disabilities Certificate

    Experience: 15 years of teaching, 5 years at St. Paul

    Katie's Educational Philosophy: I became a Lutheran school teacher to make an eternal difference. "Be faithful, even to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life" Revelation 2:10

  • Kathy Moon

    Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan-Flint

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    Language & Social Studies Endorsements

    Master of Arts, Concordia University- Ann Arbor

    Lutheran Teaching Certificate

    Experience: 14 years at St. Paul

    Kathy's Educational Philosophy: I believe that education is extremely important to the development of our future generations. I feel that I have been given the awesome task of educating and nurturing the next generation both academically and spiritually. I need to share my knowledge with my students, and help them grow in their faith walk with Jesus Christ. In the classroom, I would like to see students succeed academically and spiritually. I would want them to use the gifts that they have been given to their full potential. I want to be a support and encouragement to my students and help them achieve success.


  • DAVID KING

    Education:  Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    Experience:  29 years teaching

    David's Educational Philosophy:  I believe that I can best serve the individual futures of our students by preparing them academically for their high school and college years, to secure their extended futures by preparing them to be Christian leaders as adults, and to serve their eternal futures by developing their relationships with their Lord and Savior.





  • Lori Palm

    Education: Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University- Ann Arbor

    Lutheran Teaching Ceritficate

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University

    Experience: 16 years teaching, 14 years at St. Paul

    Lori's Educational Philosophy: I believe that God has created each child as a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas and their faith. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for God, His creation, self, and others.

  • EMILY ZIELINSKI

    Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University-Ann Arbor

    Michigan Teaching Certificate

    ZA (Early Childhood) Endorsement

    Lutheran Teaching Certificate

    Experience:  4 years teaching, 2 at St. Paul

    Emily's Educational Philosophy:  As an educator I strive to create an environment for each of my students where they fall in love with learning. I believe in creating an environment where children feel safe, understood, heard, valued, accepted, respected, and loved. My goal is that my students will want to come to school to learn more, not feel it is just out of obligation. The world needs more passionate, life-long learners, critical thinkers and problem solvers and I aim to help my students learn the foundational social, emotional and intellectual practices to help them achieve those goals. In my classroom, we will find a way for every student to succeed.