Mrs. Bac earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, River Forest. She also holds a Type 04 certificate. She has taught in early childhood for ten years, one year in Kindergarten, the other nine at the Preschool level. Susanna has taught at both private and public schools and has managed half day, full day and mixed age (3-5 yr. olds) classrooms.
Mr. Pickett earned a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C., where he studied International Studies and Economics, and a M.ED from Valparaiso University. Prior to joining Lutheran Unity, he taught reading, language arts, and social studies for two years on the south side of Chicago, and has worked for various nonprofits doing after-school youth education programs. Mr. Pickett is excited to teach the students at Lutheran Unity to become better readers and writers, and cultivate their interest in learning about histories and cultures from countries around the world.
Mrs. Gahgan is the first and second grade teacher at Lutheran Unity-West. After fourteen years as a paramedic, and eventually becoming a firefighter as well, she graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a degree in elementary education and minors in English and theology. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Mrs. Koenig graduated from North Park College and received her Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois. Before coming to LUSA, she taught in suburban public schools for many years. She taught at St. Paul for 11 years and has been with LUSA since it opened. She has traveled extensively with her husband and uses her travel experiences in her art classes.
Heather Gustafson is the Preschool 3 teacher at Lutheran Unity. She has an Elementary Education degree and endorsements in Language Arts and Social Studies. She has taught early childhood classes in public and private schools for over 15 years.
Antonette (Kulesza) Lamberty
Ms. Kulesza earned her K-12 degree in teaching from Concordia University River Forest, with a PE major and Art Minor. She has taught at Hope Lutheran School on the south side of Chicago and Grace English Lutheran School on the north side. She is currently working on her Masters in School Counseling. Ms. Kulesza is married with two children that attend Luther North College Prep, her Alma mater. She has coached since 1991 in various sports at various levels and has been an Athletic Director at three different schools. She teaches under her maiden name to honor and show respect to her parents that helped her, supported her, and paid for her education. She is looking forward to this school year with all of its challenges and blessings!