Mrs. Sharon HopperK-3 Grade Teacher
Mrs. Hopper has been teaching at Zion Lutheran for the past six years. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. She also received a Texas Life-time credential and taught in Austin, Texas and Irving, Texas for many years, as well as Visalia, California. She has experience teaching preschool through grade three. She enjoys integrating music, art, and scripture with all academic subjects. Her favorite things are teaching and playing with her five grandchildren.
Mrs. Libby Scheer4-8 Grade Math Teacher
Mrs. Scheer teaches 4th-8th grade Math at Zion Lutheran School. She attended Porterville College as an English Major and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University. She enjoys enriching the lives of others through her teaching and is constantly looking for creative ways to teach her students. In her spare time she enjoys history, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Miriam FrickeVolunteer
Mrs. Fricke has been a volunteer at Zion Lutheran School for many years, helping wherever help is needed. She received her Life-time teaching credential from Fresno State University. Mrs. Fricke taught various grades in schools in the Porterville area. Later, she specialized and taught Remedial Reading at PUHS Adult Night School and at Burton Elementary School for twenty-one years. When she retired, she missed teaching and found that volunteering was the answer. She is a graduate of Zion Lutheran School.
Ms. Terry IsomChurch and School Secretary
Terry Isom has been the church and school secretary at Zion for ten years. She is a former student and graduate of Zion Lutheran School. She has been a member of Zion Lutheran Church her whole life and graduated from Porterville High School. Whenever she has free time she enjoys camping and spending time with her dogs, Bear and T-Bone.
Ron Benander has been the custodian at Zion Lutheran Church and School for two years. His family became members of Zion in 2009. He has lived in this area most of his life—except for a few years in Washington, where he was born. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 25 years, and his children attended Zion and benefitted greatly from the education they received. Ron is happy to be able to clean and care for Zion and to learn the rich history and enjoy the people; it is a friendly, wonderful place to work and attend church.
Ms. Anderson is teaching 4-8 th Math and assisting in the one on one instruction of Kindergarten, beginning reading. Ms. Anderson graduated from Concordia Teachers College at Seward, Nebraska, with a Bachelors of Science Degree. She majored in English and minored in Math. She has a Life Time Credentials, from Missouri and Wisconsin. During her teaching career, she has taught grades 1st through 8 th , usually in a multi-grade room classroom. When Eloise was in third grade, she decided to become a Lutheran School Teacher and never wavered from that decision. Ms. Anderson was a long time full time teacher at Zion Lutheran School for decades. A few years ago, Ms. Anderson decided to retire from full time teaching, to teach part time, fortunately still at Zion. God has blessed her with over 44 years of teaching religion, as well as the regular curriculum.
Mr. Ruckman has been pastor of Youth, and Senior Pastor of a church, for the past 20 years. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and later received his masters in Biblical Studies from Trinity Online Collage, of the Bible and Theological Seminary. Since his return to California, he has been working the last two years, in the public school system, as a substitute teacher, from Elementary through High School grades. He is in the process of obtaining a teaching credential, through the TCOE Impact Program. He is a husband and father of 3 children, loves to spend time with his family and share the truth of Christ with those he encounters.