School Staff

ButlerMr. Harmon Butler – Principal (Minister to the Day School), Middle School Math and English

Harmon grew up in Bancroft, MI, and attended Lutheran schools from kindergarten through college.  He earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Educational Leadership degrees from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN. His first 7 years after college were spent in Redding, California, (Mt. Calvary) serving as teacher, coach, and principal.  This was followed by similar calls in Belmont, CA, and El Paso, TX. After a short 2 year detour into the El Paso public school system, Harmon returned with invaluable experiences to his Michigan roots. Harmon completed his colloquy while he and his family served at St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth making friends, playing/coaching sports, and growing to love our unique Michigan weather.  Harmon and Julie have five children, two grown girls and three high school age boys at LHNW.

Contact: hbutler@stpaulroyaloak.org

 

BierwirthMs. Joanne Bierwirth – Preschool/Extended Care Director

Joanne Bierwirth was born in Detroit and has lived in Berkley all her life. She received her BSN with a minor in Developmental Psychology in 1975 from WSU. She finished her Colloquy classes at Concordia, Ann Arbor. She enjoys gardening, painting, swimming, traveling, reading, and time with her grandchildren.

Favorite Bible Verse: I have called you by name,  you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

 

Contact: jbierwirth@stpaulroyaloak.org

 

 

BrooksMrs. Jackie Brooks – Kindergarten

Mrs. Brooks was born and raised in Royal Oak, MI. She attended Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. She is currently working on getting her Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Concordia University, Mequon. Mrs. Brooks loves going to the movies, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Bible Verse: Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Contact: jbrooks@stpaulroyaloak.org

 

 

EisingMrs. Christina Eising – 1st Grade

Mrs. Eising was born in Flint, Michigan but moved to Royal Oak when she was five. She received her B.A. in Education from Concordia, Ann Arbor, and her Master’s in Learning Disabilities from Wayne State University. She and her husband, Chip have three children who attend our school.

 

 

 

Contact: ceising@mac.com

 

 

WahlMrs. Courtney Pomroy – 2nd Grade

Courtney Pomroy was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attend Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Major in Kinesiology, a Minor in Integrated Science and a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, kayaking, reading, photography, traveling, playing many sports and coaching.

Favorite Bible Verse: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Contact:  Azcourtney@gmail.com

 

McClatcheyMrs. Rita McClatchey – 3rd & 4th Grade

Mrs. McClatchey was born in Melrose Park, Illinois, outside of Chicago. She attended Concordia, River Forest with a teaching degree in elementary and secondary education. She has done further studies at Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State College. Mrs. McClatchey and her husband, Dennis, have three grown children who all went to school here at St. Paul. She also has two grandchildren.

Favorite Bible Verse: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Contact: ritamcc6@yahoo.com

 

PaulMr. Greg Paul – 7th and 8th Grade, Choir, Band

Mr. Paul began his college studies at Concordia University, Ann Arbor for two years and then transferred to Concordia University, Seward Nebraska where he received his B.S. degree in Education with a concentration in church music in 1984. Mr. Paul Completed a Masters in Music in Organ Performance from Wayne State University in 2003. He serves as Minister of Music for St. Paul Church and School playing the organ for worship and directing various choirs and ensembles. Mr. Paul’s hobbies include running and playing a variety of musical instruments.

Favorite Bible Verse: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:11-13

Contact: gpaul@stpaulroyaloak.org

 

MahlerMr. Richard Mahler – K-8th Grade PE & Computer Classes

Mr. Mahler was born in Chicago. He attended Concordia, Seward, Nebraska, where he earned his B.S. in education. He has taken graduate courses at Wayne State. Mr. Mahler has served congregations in Detroit and Flint. His hobbies include woodworking, refinishing furniture, and making things from stained glass.

Favorite Bible Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

Contact: rjmahler@att.net

 

GorboldMrs. Marianne Gorbold – Preschool Aide

Mrs. Gorbold grew up in Warren, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oakland University. Mrs. Gorbold and her husband live in Royal Oak, and in her spare time she reads, quilts, and watches her sons play baseball.

Favorite Bible Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 5:5-6

Contact: quiltgirlmwg@gmail.com

 

TrepainerMrs. Sue Trepanier – Administrative Assistant

Sue Trepanier started working at St. Paul in June of 1990. Sue is married with 2 grown children, Michael, and Grace, who both attended St. Paul Lutheran School. Michael is married and living in Alabama. Grace is also married and expecting her first child in February. When not in the office, Sue enjoys gardening, reading, crocheting, spending time with family and friends, and vacationing with her husband.

Favorite Bible Verse: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Contact: strepanier@stpaulroyaloak.org

 

Mr. Kevin Cavanaugh – Custodian

Kevin Cavanaugh was born and raised in Michigan. He married his wife Tonya in 2009. They have two daughters, Biasa and Tyra who now takes up most of their free time. When he can get away, he enjoys playing drums at his church and with his band. He also enjoys riding his Harley and fishing.

Contact: cavanaughmac777@gmail.com