Our Staff



Mr. Mike Shembarger, Principal



Mrs. Ruth Krieger, Kindergarten


Mrs. Rachel Westman, 1st & 2nd Grade


Mrs. Sarah Parker, 3rd & 4th Grade




Ms. Sarah Mort, 5th & 6th Grade



Mrs. Deb Wedde, 7th & 8th Grade






Mr. Shembarger was raised in Berrien Springs and graduated from Berrien Springs High School.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Andrew's University.  He later earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Administration from Western Michigan University.  He served as the elementary principal at Mars Elementary in Berrien Springs for 22 years which also included a four year period as principal of Sylvester Elementary.  He is married to his wife Sarah and has seven grandchildren.




Mrs. Krieger had wanted to be a Lutheran school teacher, like her dad, since she was a little girl.  She attended several Lutheran elementary schools and had her dad as a teacher for 5th & 6th grades.  She graduated from Reese Public High School, Concordia, Ann Arbor, Concordia, Chicago, and received her MA from Western Michigan.  Mrs. Krieger's first call was to Trinity, Sawyer.  One of those on the calling committee was her future husband, Tim.  She also taught various grades at Mount Hope Lutheran, Allen Park, before coming to Berrien Springs in 1990.  Besides Kindergarten classroom responsibilities, she teaches music for grades K-4 and Religion for K-2.  Ruth and her husband, Tim, have two children who have graduated from Trinity.  Stephen lives in the Upper Peninsula and Rachel attends Purdue University, Fort Wayne. 



Mrs. Westman is from Marion, Indiana.  She is a graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education.  She also has a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education.  Mrs. Westman and her husband Tyler have one son, Lucas, two daughters, Abigail and Hailey, and a dog named Jack.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.




Mrs. Sarah Parker is in her fifteenth year of teaching. She has taught the sixth and fifth grades prior to coming to Trinity and also took on an administrative role as an instructional facilitator and data coach.  She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University in 2004 and completed her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for thirteen years. She has a daughter, Adelaide, who is nine and in the fourth grade and a son, Oliver, who is five and in kindergarten this year. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading good books and exercising at Maddog 5/1.




Ms. Mort grew up in Covert, MI.  She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Math and Language Arts.  She enjoys reading, playing tennis and playing the flute.  She also loves to play with her pot-bellied pig Penelope.






Mrs. Wedde grew up in Victor, Iowa.  She graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska.  She has been teaching in Lutheran schools for 29 years.  She has taught in Sebewaing, MI,  Munger, MI, and Bridgman, MI.  She started teaching at Trinity in 1991.  She has taught various grade levels from 1st through 8th.    Mrs. Wedde has two grown children and three grandchildren.