Faculty, Staff


missing-Student ID-3David Rindt – Christ Lutheran School Principal

David was born in Sheboygan, WI where he graduated from Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School.  He continued his education at Concordia University Wisconsin, earning a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education – Broadfield Social Studies.  David also earned a Lutheran Teaching certificate, with a minor in Theology.  David accepted his first call to Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Fremont, CA, where he taught 7th grade and then served as Jr. High Principal.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from California State University – East Bay in 2014.  David is supported in his ministry by his wife Kelly, and his three children.  In his free time he enjoys Golfing, Jogging, and Cooking.  Mr. Rindt

Cindy Porter – Kindergarten Teacher

Cindy was born and raised in Kansas City, MO (Missouri is known as God’s country!). She graduated from Overland Christian High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Mid America Nazarene University as well as a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University. Before coming to CLS, Cindy taught Pre-K at the Johnson County Community College Child Development Center for 15 years. This is her 15th year at CLS teaching kindergarten to the incredible kindergarteners! In her spare time, Cindy enjoys hiking, swimming, doing Aqua Zumba, walking/playing with her dogs, dreaming of Hawaii, and going to Griffin basketball games.  Mrs. Porter


Mrs. Elleman – KindergartenTeaching Assistant Mrs. Elleman

I have been in the Johnson County area all my life and currently live in South Overland Park.  I attended the University of Kansas for my undergraduate work in Physical Education/Health and Coaching.  Simultaneously I attended JCCC obtaining my Associates Degree.  Before getting married I got my Masters Degree from Friends University.  I have been working in Early Education for the past 15 years; most recently spending three great years at Christ Early Education Center.  I have been married to my husband Curt for almost 20 years and we have two amazing children.  AJ is 17 and a Senior in High School this year getting ready to attend college next year at JCCC where she’ll play softball.  Wagner is 15 and a Sophmore in High School who loves care/trucks and playing baseball.  In my spare time I enjoy working out, Pinterest, reading, anything outside in the sun and being with my FAMILY!


1Q01046Lori Canfield – First Grade Teacher

Lori was born and raised in Brownsburg, IN.  She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Indiana University. She recently completed her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Mary.  Lori spent 3 years as the Christ Lutheran School Kindergarten assistant from 2005-2008 and has substituted at CLS for the last 5 years.  She enjoys reading, running, yoga, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.  Mrs. Canfield



Mrs. Godwin – First Grade Teaching Assistant

Andrea considers her home town in Caldwell, KS., where she lived till her freshman year of High School. She received her Associates Degree of Applied Science from Pratt Community College in 1995 and then moved to Kansas City. She spent 9 years teaching Pre-K at Sonshine School as well as subbing at Christ Lutheran’s Early Education Center. When she is not assisting Mrs. Canfield in 1st Grade, she is working in her flower garden, shopping, attending High School events and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Godwin

Rebecca Harmon – Second Grade Teacher

Rebecca was born and raised in Monroe, MI. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history and music from Concordia in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been at CLS since 2001 and served on the Board that developed the school and the Classical model. She currently teaches 2nd grade. In her spare time, Rebecca loves to antique, visit historical sites, and art museums. She spends as much time as possible at Lake Michigan, loves University of Michigan football as well as Detroit Tigers baseball.  Mrs. Harmon

1Q01096 Karen Horrigan – Second Grade Teacher

Karen was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas. This is her 21st year teaching in Lutheran schools, the last 16 at Christ Lutheran. She currently job-shares Second Grade with Mrs. Rebecca Harmon. Karen enjoys spending time with family, friends and her Wheaten Terrier (Bear). She also enjoys traveling, biking, baking, reading and loves the Michigan Woverines. Go Blue!!  Mrs. Horrigan


1Q01043Debbie Coughlin – Third Grade Teacher

Debbie loves teaching 3rd grade at Christ Lutheran School! This will be Debbie’s 5th year teaching at CLS. She previously spent 11 years in the Olathe School District teaching 2nd – 5th grades. Debbie was raised on a farm in southeast Kansas, received her BST from Pittsburg State University, teaching licensure from Ottawa University, and a Lutheran Teacher’s diploma through Concordia University, Seward, NE. In her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, Bible journaling, and traveling with her husband Dave. It’s great to be a Griffin!  Mrs. Coughlin



Alicia Cook – Fourth Grade Teacher

Alicia was born and raised in Paola, KS.  She attended Emporia State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education Degree in 1999 and her Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology in 2009.  Alicia taught in public schools for 14 years before joining Christ Lutheran School in 2015.  Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband (Brian) and their children (Makinley, Grant, and Gracelynn), taking walks, reading, traveling, and attending CLS events. Mrs. Cook


1Q01150Lesli Lawler – Fifth Grade Homeroom Teacher, Literature

Lesli was born in Kansas City, MO and moved to Overland Park, KS when she was 6 years old. She is a Shawnee Mission West HS grad – go Vikings! She earned her Bachelor of Science with a minor in History from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. She taught in Brussels, Belgium from 1993-1995. Lesli started at CLS in the fall of 2009 teaching part-time in various teaching roles. She became full-time in the fall of 2010 with 5th grade homeroom as well as Literature for 6th and 7th grade. In her spare time, Lesli loves to travel. She also loves reading, photography, and trying anything new. In addition she enjoys sports, the arts, shopping, and eating out.  Mrs. Lawler

1Q01156Sara Grein – Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher, Math

Sara was born in Omaha, NE and moved to Olathe, KS in sixth grade. She graduated from Olathe South HS in 2001, Concordia University – NE in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and recently earned her Master’s degree from Concordia in Seward, NE. Sara is entering her 10th year at CLS as the 6th grade homeroom teacher and middle school math teacher. She enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their three boys in whatever free time they can find. Sara also enjoys all sports, reading, and being outside.  Mrs. Grein


1Q01183Jenna Flanery – Seventh Grade Homeroom Teacher, Science

Jenna was born and raised in Olathe, KS. She attended Kansas State University for two years and transferred to UMKC. There she received her degree in middle school education, with an emphasis in science. She has one year experience teaching 6th grade science in the St. Louis area. This is Jenna’s 5th year at CLS. She is the 7th grade homeroom and 5th-8th grade science teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing just about anything outdoors. She also loves to read and cook.  Mrs. Flanery


1Q01182Mike Grein – 8th Grade Homeroom Teacher, History and Logic

Mike was born in Lakefield, MN and lived there until he was 9 years old. From there he moved to and lived in Osmond, NE. Mike earned a degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education as well as Secondary History from Concordia University in Seward, NE. He also has earned his Master’s degree from Concordia in Irvine, CA. This is his 9th year at CLS as the 8th grade homeroom teacher, junior high Logic and History teacher,  8th grade Religion teacher, and K-8th grade P.E teacher. In his spare time, Mike enjoys time with his family, reading about history, and anything related to sports.  Mr. Grein


1Q01031Ellie Styers – Middle School Support Teacher

Ellie has lived in Olathe, KS since she was 8 years old and later lived in Alaska for 5 years when she was first married. She has a Liberal Arts degree and was formerly a paraprofessional in the DeSoto School District as well as a preschool teacher for Johnson County Community College. This is her 14th year at CLS and she currently works in the Kindergarten classroom. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys golf, riding her Harley, movies, and restoring old furniture.  Mrs. Styers


1Q01036Mary Cardwell – Art and Latin Teacher

Mary was born in Springfield, OH and in 7th grade moved to Carmel, IN. She has acquired 83 credit hours towards a double major degree in Early Education and Psychology. In the past she was a homeschool teacher for two years in Maryland as well as taught Latin at the Christian Leadership Academy in Michigan. Mary started with the Early Education Center as a preschool teacher in 1999. In 2001 she became part of the K-8 day school as the art and Latin teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, visiting art museums, and traveling.  Mrs. Cardwell


1Q11012Brian Lynn – Music (Theory, Choir, Band, Orchestra) and Aftercare Director

Brian was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He started at the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 1990 and earned a B.A. in Music in 1995. He began teaching as a school music teacher in the late 1990s while completing a Music Education degree. After five years of teaching in the inner city, he began graduate coursework. In May of 2016 he earned his Doctor of Music Arts in Composition degree at UMKC. This is Brian’s 6th year at CLS where he currently teaching the fundamentals of music for all grade levels (including choir) as well as leads our band and orchestra programs.  In his spare time, he composes music a good portion of the time. For fun and renewal, he enjoys skiing, biking, boating, swimming, camping and attending sports events (He is a fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs as well as Nebraska football). Dr. Lynn


missing-Student IDAmy Rose – Administrative Assistant

Amy was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa.  She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Iowa in 1995 and moved to Kansas in 1996. Amy served for 15 years in the Louisburg Kansas School District in a variety of capacities.  She has been a Christ Lutheran Church member for over 20 years.  Amy has five children and five grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with. Her hobbies include, disc golf, attending sporting events/concerts, hiking, and exploring new places. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loves all sports.  Amy is in her second year at Christ Lutheran School.  Ms. Rose



Katie Morgan – Athletic Director

Katie was born and raised in Brighton, CO. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and Director of Christian Education (DCE) certification emphasis in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Concordia University Nebraska in 2011. In 2012 she moved to Kansas to serve as a DCE in Topeka and in 2017 she moved to Overland Park to serve as the Director of Children’s Ministry here at Christ. Katie is in her second year as the CLS Athletic Director and third year as the CLS volleyball coach. She loves going on runs with her dog Cruze, cooking, and watching movies. Email Katie Morgan     Ms. Morgan