Staff

Mrs. Sharon Hopper

Mrs. Sharon Hopper

K-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.

Ms. Terry Isom

Ms. Terry Isom

Church 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

Ron Benander

Custodian

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

Ms. Anderson

4th-8th Math Teacher

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

Mr. Ruckman

4th-8th Teacher

Mr. Ruckman teaches Accelerated Reading, Language Arts, Science and History in 4-8th grades. 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. He has been pastor of Youth, and Senior Pastor of a church, for the past 20 years 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.