St Paul Lutheran School


Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran School!  Our school has been providing quality education in downtown Royal Oak for over 100 years to church families and non-members.

St. Paul Lutheran School is committed to academic excellence, and the development of mind, body and spirit.  Our dedicated teachers and staff create a nurturing environment that promotes motivation, self-discipline and respect for others.  The smaller classes ensure that every student receives the help and encouragement they need to achieve their full potential.

Please call our school at 248-546-6555 to get more information.  We would be happy to set up a tour of our school.

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Our History

St. Paul Lutheran Church was established in a small wooden chapel in the heart of Royal Oak in 1873.  The school began in 1916, with just eleven students. In 1918, St. Paul dedicated a new brick church building. The original wooden chapel continued to be used as the school. In 1951, the current school building was dedicated with four classrooms, a library, office, gymnasium, and cafeteria. In 1959, an additional wing was added to the school. The present day church building was dedicated in 1973.

Our Faculty

Mrs. Rita McClatchey – Principal, 7th-8th Grade U.S. History

Mrs. McClatchey was born in Melrose Park, Illinois. She graduated from Concordia, River Forest with a teaching degree in elementary and secondary education and has done further studies at Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State College.  Her teaching career has included 3rd through 8th grade. Mrs. McClatchey and her husband, Dennis, have three grown children who all attended St. Paul school. She also has three 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; rmcclatchey@stpaulroyaloak.org

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; luthtea@yahoo.com

Mrs. Jackie Brooks – Kindergarten, Yearbook

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; jacquelinbrooks12@gmail.com

Mrs. Christina Eising – 1st Grade Teacher Resource

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 have graduated from our school.

Contact: ceising@mac.com; ceising@stpaulroyaloak.org

Mrs. Courtney Pomroy – 2nd Grade, Yearbook

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; cpomroy@stpaulroyaloak.org

Mrs. Dawn Heins – 3rd and 4th Grades

Dawn Heins grew up in Troy, Michigan.  She is a graduate of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, and has completed 21 hours of post graduate work at Wayne State University. Mrs. Heins has 30 years of teaching experience and has taught every grade but first.  She loves to spend time with her family, read, and play games on her tablet.  She is the mother of three grown children and the proud grandmother of seven.

Favorite Bible Verse: Be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5b

Contact: dawnheins@att.net; dheins@stpaulroyaloak.org

Miss Julie Thomas – 5th and 6th Grade, Cheerleading Coach

Miss Thomas grew up in Royal Oak, MI and attended St. Paul as a child. She graduated from Oakland University with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is currently working on Colloquy classes through Concordia University’s online program. In her free time she enjoys baking, singing with the choir, spending time with friends, and playing with her pets.

Favorite bible verse: Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever

Contact:  julieruththomas@gmail.com; rthomas@stpaulroyaloak.org

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

Mr. Paul began his college studies at Concordia University, Ann Arbor then transferred to Concordia University, Seward, NE, where he received his B.S. degree in Education with a concentration in church music. Mr. Paul earned a Master’s in Organ Performance from Wayne State University in 2003. He serves St. Paul Church and School by playing the organ for worship, directing various choirs and ensembles, and teaching in the middle school.

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; glpaul3288@comcast.net

Mrs. Sue Trepanier – Administrative Assistant

Sue Trepanier started working at St. Paul in June of 1990.  She previously worked for the Oak Park School District.  Sue is married with 2 married children who both graduated from St. Paul.   She has been blessed with 6 grandchildren. . When not in the office, Sue enjoys gardening, reading, crocheting, spending time with family  (grandchildren) 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