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

Mr. Chris Francik – Principal

About: Mr. Francik was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to Escondido, California when he was six months old. After a childhood in California, Mr. Francik attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and completed his bachelor’s degree in education at Concordia University, Nebraska. He earned two master’s degrees: Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Irvine, California and Educational Administration from Concordia University, Nebraska. Mr. Francik has been married to his wife, Sue, since 2002. They have two teenage sons, Ben and Sam, who are Lutheran school graduates.

Favorite Bible Verse: ““I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”” – Psalms 121:1-2

Q: What is the most inspiring part of your job?: A: I enjoy building relationships with the students and their families. These relationships which often span many years allows me to see the work of Jesus in the lives of these individuals over many years.

Contact: principal@stpaulroyaloak.org

Christie Sipila – Preschool Director & Extended Care Director

Mrs. Blythe MacKinder – Preschool Teacher

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Mrs. Miranda Lorence – Kindergarten

About: Mrs. Lorence was born in Eastpointe, Michigan. She earned my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Baker College and has started working towards her graduate degree at Oakland University.

Favorite Bible Verse: He who took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me. – Mark 9:36-37

Q: What is the most inspiring part of your job?: A: The most inspiring part of my job is that I get to impact the lives of children and mold the foundation of their education.

Contact: mlorence@stpaulroyaloak.org

Mrs. Christina Eising – 1st Grade/ Teacher Resource

About: 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. Dawn Heins – 3rd and 4th Grades

About: 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 – 2nd Grade

About: Miss Thomas grew up in Royal Oak, MI and attended St. Paul as a child. She graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, completed her Colloquy classes through Concordia University’s online program, and has started her graduate degree at Concordia Mequon (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: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

Q: What is the most inspiring part of your job?: A: “The most inspiring part of my job is seeing students live out their faith. I love watching the older students step up and encourage the younger ones. I learn just as much from them as they do from me! “

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

Mr. Greg Paul – 5th and 6th Grade, Choir, Band

About: 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

About: Mrs. 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

Kal Cochran – Custodian