Mr. Doug Molin grew up in Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia College, St. Paul and a Master's of Arts Degree from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. His first call was to St. Luke in Santa Rosa, California where he taught, became the Principal and developed an athletic program. In 1992, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he served as Principal and taught various middle school subjects at Zion. He began at Atonement in 2000. In addition to being Atonement's Principal, he also teaches middle school religion and serves as the athletic director. He is a recipient of the Wheat Ridge Ministries Hand of Christ award and was named Southern District Educator of the Year (Administrator). He is married to Lynette Molin, who also serves on the Atonement staff, and has two children. His daughters are Deidre, who is married and recently relocated to California, and Lindsay who lives in Germany.
Mrs. Kelly Langston's teaching career started in 2000 teaching preschool at Memorial Baptist Christian School in Metairie, LA. In 2006, she came to Atonement to teach third grade. She is a Louisiana Certified Professional Educator with a Master's Degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and an Associate Degree in Early Child Development. She received the Educator of the Year Award in 2014. Prior to teaching, she worked for 11 years in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry. She is married to Dave Langston and they have 3 children: Melissa, Linsday and Matthew. They are grandparents to Wyatt who just turned one! Matthew graduated with Atonement's 2010 eighth grade class. He is now pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree at LSU. Mrs. Langston has transitioned from third grade teacher to the Preschool Director this past summer. She feels very blessed to be a part of the Atonement family.
Mrs. Donna Dheming was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area. She graduated in 1994 from the University Of New Orleans with a degree in elementary education and is certified by the State of Louisiana. She has taught in both public and Christian schools, taking time off through out the years to be a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Dheming is married to Jaime and they have three beautiful daughters: Hannah, Alyssa and Isabella. The youngest, Isabella, currently attends Atonement. She loves to cook and bake, especially cheesecake!
Mrs. Emily Barlow's teaching career started in 2007 teaching 4th grade at Atonement. Following that school year, she moved up to Junior High to teach ELA. After teaching in Junior High for 10 years, she moved to PreK4. She is a Louisiana Certified Professional Educator with her Early Childhood Certification. Prior to moving to Louisiana, she lived in Ohio, and attended college at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is married to Luke Barlow. The two of them like camping and traveling to visit their families in Ohio and Tennessee. Mrs. Barlow enjoys sharing her love of reading with all her students.
Mrs. Tabitha Wells began her teaching career at Atonement in 2004 teaching in the middle school. She had the privileged of being a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first son, Evan in 2006. She returned to teaching as a preschool teacher in 2012 and was blessed to return to the Atonement family in 2016. Mrs. Wells has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans. She is married to David and they have 2 boys, Evan and Grant, both currently attending Atonement.
Ms. Cherie Groth has been the kindergarten teacher at Atonement since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. She has certification in Early Childhood, English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist. Ms. Groth has experience teaching preschool to fifth grade in private, public and parochial schools. She was nominated for Elementary Teacher of the Year in Jefferson Parish and Early Childhood Lutheran Educator of the Year. She is a native of New Orleans and graduated from Faith Lutheran Elementary School and Lutheran High School. Her paternal grandparents and her father were also Lutheran educators. Ms. Groth believes an education centered in Christ is very important to the development of the child.
Mrs. Tina Hellmers began teaching 1st grade at Atonement Lutheran School in 2000. She taught at St. Paul - First English Lutheran School in New Orleans from 1984-1990. She was nominated for the Elementary Educator of the Year in the Southern District in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska and is certified by the State of Louisiana. Originally from Missouri, Mrs. Hellmers met her husband after moving to New Orleans. They have three daughters, all Atonement graduates. She enjoys reading, baking cookies and eating at restaurants.
Mrs. Courtney Verde graduated from Nicholls State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, but soon realized her true passion was teaching. She became certified in Elementary Education and began her teaching career in Ecole Classique. She taught 5th and 6th grade in the Freeman Learning Center, working with children with learning differences. In 2017, she married Aaron Verde, and they live in Metairie with their dog and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and crafting.
Ms. Chloe Soignier graduated from Atonement Lutheran School in 2008. Mrs. Soignier graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015, but soon after, realized her passion for teaching and enrolled in the University of New Orleans' Masters in the Art of Teaching program. During the program, she worked with many different schools and students. She is enjoying teacher at Atonement; her third graders continue to amaze her daily. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and camping; she plans to visit all 59 National Parks.
Mrs. Kelli Gremillion is a native of Louisiana. In 1998, she graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-8). Mrs. Gremillion began teaching at Prince of Peace Lutheran School, in New Orleans, until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. Once schools reopened in October 2005, Mrs. Gremillion began teaching at Atonement Lutheran School, where she is also a church member, and still remains there as the 4th grade teacher. In her teaching career, she taught 2nd grade for 3 years and the rest of her time has been teaching 4th grade. In November 2015, Mrs. Gremillion was awarded Teacher of the Year for the Southern District. Mrs. Gremillion is married to Todd Gremillion and they have three daughters: Karli, Madyson, and Laci
Mrs. McDow grew up in a family full of Lutheran teachers, which, had her move around all over the Midwest and Texas. She graduated from Concordia University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 2012. She has taught for five years in Lutheran schools in the New Orleans area. She taught 4th grade at St. Paul in Marigny and has now taught 5th grade at Atonement since 2014.
Mrs. Rachel Harney grew up in the North. From early on, she dreamt of becoming a Lutheran school teacher. In 1986, Rachel graduated from Concordia College in River Forest, IL. Her first call was to Salem Lutheran in Gretna, where she taught for 9 years. In 1995, she was called to Atonement Lutheran, where she taught 5th grade, directed the children's choir and taught music classes. For the past 9 years, she has been teaching middle school Math and Science and directing the Crusader and Hosanna choirs. She loves teaching and is extremely passionate about music. In 2009, Rachel was awarded the "Teacher of the Year" at the Lutheran Schools' Southern District Convention. In 2012-13, Rachel celebrated her 25th year of teaching in Lutheran schools. In 2016, she took and passed additional Praxis tests with high honors, allowing her to teach high school science courses. She has also completed 2 summers of a rigorous 3 summer program for Children's Choir directors (Choristers Guild Institute). Rachel is married to Ray Harney. They have three children, all of who attend or attended Atonement. In her free time, Rachel likes to run, go camping and attend musical events.
Mr. LeBlanc started teaching back in 1996 at Salem Lutheran School. He served in various capacities including 7th grade homeroom teacher, Youth Director and Assistant Principal until 2011. Mr. LeBlanc is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin where he earned his degree in Mathematics and Education. He also served one year at St. Cletus Catholic School before joining the Atonement faculty in 2013. He has been happily married to Julie for almost three years. They just purchased their first home together.
Mrs. Wismar is an Atonement alumni and married her 2nd grade best friend, Erik! She grew up in New Orleans but her family moved to Sarasota, FL where she lived for 20 years. Erik moved to Sarasota and they began their married life. After having 3 children, they moved back to NOLA to be closer to family, beignets and snoballs! Their two sons are also Atonement graduates - Nikolaus is a Junior and Jakob is a Freshman at Haynes Academy. Their daughter, Kaitlyn, is in 6th grade here. Mrs. Wismar has been an active member of ALCS and worked many years in Children & Youth ministries. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She is currently the Foreign Language Facilitator at Atonement. She encourages students to understand their value and their own potential in learning other languages and cultures through technology, music and games. She enjoys working with children in all capacities: helping them build character and confidence, view learning as fun and important, and guiding them to grow strong in relationships, especially their one with Jesus Christ.
Mr. Evan Arceneaux attend Atonement Lutheran School from kindergarten through eighth grade, graduating in 2008. He graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University, an independent Lutheran university in Northern Indiana, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in music (piano performance) and English Literature. At Valparaiso University, Mr. Arceneaux received a faith-based, liberal arts education, receiving instruction in music theory, ear-training, voice, piano, and organ. He offers a diverse skill set, which includes improvisation, conducting, hymn-playing, chamber music, accompanying, and ensemble performance. After graduating from Valparaiso, Mr. Arceneaux participated in a scholarship program that allowed him to spend one year in Rennes, France, where he taught English to French high school students. Mr. Arceneaux's passion for education has led him to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he will graduate in May 2018. Upon graduation, Mr. Arceneaux will be state-certified to teach elementary, K-12 music and K-12 French.
Fifty-four years ago, Mrs. Ritchie married her husband, Frank. They have four children, all graduates of Atonement, and eleven grandchildren. Mrs. Ritchie's career at Atonement started thirty-nine years ago as a library supervisor. She studied Education and Business in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. She was excited to become the Learning Center teacher and retired from that position in the late nineties. Coming full circle, she is once again working part time in the Atonement Library.
Mrs. Compagno is married to Nicholas Compago and they have one daughter, Kathleen who is a graduate of Atonement. She has one grandson, Max, who she considers my greatest hobby. I began my time at Atonement as a volunteer with her daughter's first grade class. She was hired in 1988 to assist all classes with the SRA reading program and the library, which duties she continues today.
Mrs. Kimberly Lempfert is originally from Pennsylvania, but lived most recently in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and two children. Her husband received a job offer from Tulane University and the Lempfert family moved to New Orleans in August 2016. Her two children attended Atonement for Middle School. Teagan graduated last year and is attending Kenner Discovery in the fall as a 9th grader. Kamryn will be an 8th grader at Atonement. Mrs. Kimberly graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and then attended graduate school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania receiving her Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She worked on various college campuses before starting her family. She was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest started kindergarten when she began working as the Administrative Assistant in the school office at Messiah Lutheran School in Weldon Spring, MO. God put her in the right place, at the right time and she was offered a position at Atonement within days of moving here. She is excited to be on staff at Atonement and has fallen in love with New Orleans!