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 lives locally, and Lindsay who lives in Germany.
Mrs. Laird is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Louisiana State University. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and has Louisiana Certification for PreK3 - 8th Grade. She is in her sixth year of teaching at Atonement. During her time at Atonement, she has taught both the PreK3 and PreK4. She currently serves as the Preschool Director and PreK3 teacher. Earlier in her career Gina was a second grade teacher, preschool teacher, assistant director of a preschool and a stay-at-home mom. Gina is married and has two sons.
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 certificated 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 center in Christ is very important to the development of the child.
Mrs. Tina Hallmers began teaching 1st grade at Atonement Lutheran School in 2000. 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.
Miss Donna Oliver's teaching career began in 2001. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in education and holds the following Louisiana certifications: Elementary Education (all academic subjects - Grades 1-8) and Vocal Music Education (Grades K-12). In addition to teacher, she is the staff pianist and Praise Team music director at Christ the King Lutheran Church and serves on the music staff of the Crescent City Sound Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines as the Bass Section Director. Miss Oliver feels very blessed to be a part of the Atonement family.
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 Education with a Master's Degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and an Associates Degree in 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, Lindsay and Matthew. She became a new Grandma to Wyatt this summer. Matthew graduated with Atonement's 2010 eighth grade class. He is now pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree at LSU. Mrs. Langston feels very blessed to be a part of Atonement's family.
Mrs. Kelli Gremillion is a native of Louisiana. 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 teacher 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 2005, 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, Madysen, 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 little 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 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 two years. They just purchased their first home together.
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. She is a Louisiana Certified Professional Educator with her High School English (English I) 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. Donna Muller is a native of Indiana where she received her B.S. in Computer Technology at Purdue University. She has been teaching for 11 years after a 20 year career in computer science. While in Nashville, TN, she completed her colloquy and teaching certificate for Tennessee. After moving to New Orleans, 6 years ago, Mrs. Muller began teaching at Concordia Lutheran School as the 7th Grade Homeroom teacher and 5-8th grade science teacher. Donna moved to Atonement to teach General Music and Technology but has also taught Spanish and 8th grade math at Atonement. She has a Louisiana Teaching Certification for K-8th grades as well as Computer Education Licensure with the state. She also completed her Master's of Science in Education Design and Technology while in Louisiana with Concordia University Wisconsin. Donna is married to Mark (32 years) and has two grown children, Melissa and Andrew. Melissa lives in Gainsville, FL (Attorney) with Elijah (7 year old grandson) on an organic farm. Andrew is a professional musician in Nashville, TN. Mrs. Muller delights in watching children learn and grow in their faith and academics.
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.
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. 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 attend Atonement and both are in the Middle School. Miss Kimberly graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and then attended graduate chool 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!