Meet the Staff

Ryan Klatt Principal • (651) 439-7831

Ryan Klatt was born and raised in New Hope, Minnesota with his older sister, Megan, and younger brother, Caleb. His dad is a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church and School and his mother teaches preschool there as well. He and his wife have purchased a house in Stillwater and are settled for the most part. Their dog, Cooper, is still adjusting to living in a new home, but he is managing. Ryan likes to play sports and watch Netflix in his free time, but is most excited to get into biking with all of the wonderful trails around Stillwater.

Jake Schram Pastor & Catechism Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Pastor Schram is passionate about youth ministry and enjoys connecting with all of Salem’s young members, as they have the energy and drive to do amazing things. His favorite Bible verse to share is John 3:16 because it teaches the young and old alike the simplest message of salvation. As he looks back on his school years, Pastor Schram most fondly remembers hanging out with his friends by being active at recess. Jacob and his wife Sarah joined the Salem congregation in 2017 and Jacob is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

Jane Grobe Preschool Director & Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Jane Grobe has an Associate of Arts Degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. Jane has taught at Salem since 2001. Her fourth grade teacher made a lasting impression on her by organizing hands-on experiments, involving all children in each lesson and embracing each child’s differences, long before it was popular to do so. These are things that Jane takes forward into her classroom today. In addition to teaching in the 4 and 5 year old preschool classroom, Jane is the director of Salem’s multi-room preschool program and also is also a mentor teacher. She loves catching up with students from her former classes on Facebook especially when they look back fondly on their school experiences.

Jill Kaiser Preschool Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Jill Kaiser is a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College and has been teaching in our synod’s grade schools for 25 years. She has been blessed to teach in schools located in Green Lake, WI, Downers Grove, IL, Salt Lake City, UT, and Phoenix, AZ. She has experience teaching grades preschool through 8th grade during these years. She and her husband, Mark, have two daughters, Alyssa and Makayla, and they live in Cottage Grove. She is excited to be at Salem teaching preschool!

Amy Stilwagon Preschool Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Amy Stilwagon is a Milwaukee Wisconsin native with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Martin Luther College in 1999. Amy has 20+ years of teaching experience with various students preschool through 12th grade in the public and private schools. She joined our Salem team in 2018 teaching the three-year-old classroom. Her philosophy of teaching is that children learn through play and loves Hands-On learning projects and creativity that the children display while learning about their amazing Savior who has died, rose, and has a place for them in Heaven. When not at school, Amy is busy raising her six children along with her husband Shawn. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts, cooking, coffee and baking.

Jessica Klatt Kindergarten Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Jessica Klatt was born and raised in the Twin Cities area. She graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. Before deciding to be a teacher, Jessica wanted to pursue a career in music performance. After observing a preschool classroom in high school, she fell in love with the classroom setting and decided to be a teacher instead. She couldn’t be happier with the decision! Jessica is passionate about making learning hands-on and active so that children enjoy and love going to school. When she is not teaching or prepping for school, she enjoys playing piano and oboe, taking her dog, Cooper, for walks, running and training for races, and trying out new restaurants around town.

Debbie Hansen 1st Grade Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Debbie Hansen currently teaches first grade at Salem. She has been a member of the faculty since 1998. Debbie is Minnesota State certified and hold a BAS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Debbie’s favorite teacher was her seventh grade teacher, who took the time to personally get to know all students and introduced her to hands-on science experiments. Today, Debbie shares that love of science with her students during classroom activities and the Warner Nature Center field trip. Not only is the field trip hands-on, but it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about God’s creation. In addition to her classroom assignment, Debbie is active with a variety of ages of Salem students through her responsibilities as Vacation Bible School coordinator, SPTO liaison, and coordinator of the school’s activities with PowerUp and fundraisers such as Jump Rope For Heart.

Heidi Kostrzewa 2nd Grade Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Heidi Kostrzewa is from Wauwatosa, WI, and has 8 siblings. She attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School and went on to Martin Luther College as she was interested in joining the Friends of China program. Due to COVID Heidi was unable to continue with Friends of China and so was available for assignment to Salem.

Tom Stob 3rd Grade Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Tom Stob is a native to the area, growing up in Star Prairie, WI, and attending St. Croix Lutheran High School. He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2015, where he majored in Elementary Education and K-12 Physical Education. After graduation, he received an assignment to teach 3-5 grade and be the athletic director at Zion Lutheran School in Denver, Colorado. While at MLC he met his wife, Michelle. The Lord blessed them with three children: Matthias (4), who will be attending Salem as a preschooler, Eleanor (2), and Abel (1). As a family, they enjoy doing different things such as kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. They are excited to serve at Salem and look forward to getting to know people in our new school community.

Nancy Hasselquist 4th Grade Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Nancy Hasselquist has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota and has taught at Salem Lutheran School since 1994. Nancy’s love of school started early, thanks to her smiley and energetic Kindergarten teacher who made the day so fun that Nancy didn’t want to go home. Over her school-age career, Nancy honed her musical skills in band, playing the clarinet. While she took Senior High Band lessons in an “oversized janitor’s closet behind the lunchroom,” Nancy now teaches fifth and sixth grade music at Salem, in addition to teaching third and fourth grades. Nancy also provides musical accompaniment on the piano for school plays both at Salem and the The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

Dan Bredendick 5th - 8th Grade Teacher • (651) 439-7831

Dan Bredendick was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College. Dan has over 30 years of teaching and principal experience in North Holywood, California. He’s excited to be joining the Salem faculty this year. Dan married his high school sweetheart, Kristi, and they have two daughters. This coming year she will be teaching first grade at Crown of Life in West St. Paul. When he’s not teaching, Dan enjoys hiking, backpacking, woodworking, photography, old cars, and construction.

Diane Light Administrative Assistant • (651) 439-7831

Diane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Previously she worked as a System Analyst and has been at Salem since 2004. In school, Diane fondly remembers the school plays, particularly the musicals because she loved working as a team, and of course, singing. She continues to share her musical talents with the Salem community as a member of the Senior Choir.