Meet the Staff

Principal, 5-8 Teacher, Nolan Valus

Bachelor of Science in Education- Martin Luther College, 2011

Master of Education- Martin Luther College, 2017

Cell- 763-200-0770Email-

Nolan Valus has been serving at St. John's since July of 2018. Prior to St. John's, he served as the upper grade teacher and principal for 7 years at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Delano, MN. In addition to serving as Principal, he also serves as the 5-8 grade teacher and Athletic Director. As a father of two, Nolan, and his wife Courtney, enjoy spending time outdoors with their family, playing music, participating in a variety of sports, and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines.

1-4 Teacher, Mary Harris

Bachelor of Science in Education- Martin Luther College, 2003

Cell- 616-510-5688Email-

Mary Harris taught in South Haven, MI for the past 17 years. She has experience in teaching grades 1-4, as well as coaching volleyball, directing, and accompanying the children’s singing. This year Mary will be teaching grades 2-4 at St. John’s. She loves teaching art and incorporating cooking into her lessons to help make learning fun and delicious. Mary lives in Saginaw with her husband, John, and four children. In her spare time Mary enjoys watching movies, cooking, baking, reading, camping, and roller coasters.

K-1 Teacher, Lisa Schmugge

Bachelor of Science in Education- Dr. Martin Luther College, 1983

Cell- 989-274-2157Email-

Lisa began teaching Kindergarten and First Grade from 1983-1985 in Chesaning ,MI. After moving with her husband and daughters to Wisconsin, Ontario, Maryland, and finally back to Michigan, she returned to teaching in 2015. She has taught various combinations of classes at St. John's over the years, ranging from Kindergarten through second grade, where she now serves as our Kindergarten- 1st grade Teacher. When not teaching, Lisa enjoys sewing gardening, attending MLS football games and spending time with her grandchildren!

Pastor Andy Retberg

Cell- 281-825-6495

Church/School- 989-799-0935