Kirsten Gullerud, Principal & Teacher
Ms. Gullerud has been teaching at SSLS since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, WI.
What experience do you bring to St. Stephen?
I've served in small, individualized Christian schools in Nebraska and Arizona where I taught grades kindergarten through 9th grade. I was most recently the principal and upper grade teacher in a Christian school in Phoenix for 13 years.
What brought you to St. Stephen?
For many years, I've worked together with the teachers at St. Stephen as long-distance coworkers. They've impressed me as a school that strives to constantly learn, push the limits of the norm, and make the individual learning experience as rich as possible. I've never seen such hard-working and dedicated professionals. I'm here to learn from them and share my experiences.
What advantages do you feel multi-level classrooms have?
In small, multi-level classrooms, students can learn with their age-level peers, but be challenged to their full potential or given extra assistance at their ability level. You can truly learn the God-given strengths of your students and understand and address their struggles. Because we have them for more than one year, it begins to feel more like a family than an institution.
Besides teaching, what else are you passionate about?
I love to travel and learn different cultures. I'm closely connected to the development of a school in a small village in Kenya. My first visit was in 2012, and I plan to return in 2015. The children and staff hold a special place in my heart.
What is your favorite Bible passage?
Luke 23:42–43 "And he said, 'Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.' And He said to him, 'Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.'"
It's pure, raw Gospel that shows us that our redemption is a free gift of grace that rests on Jesus alone.