3rd Grade


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Susan Colligan

3rd Grade Teacher

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Husband – Rob of 27 years

Children – Cara, married to Arrin Rathke, Amie, Grant & Jacob

Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher.  My sister and I would play school and I would always make her be the student. I also had an aunt and a couple of cousins that were teachers that influenced me to become a teacher. I enjoy teaching especially when students have those “ah ha” moments. I like making connections with my students and watching them grow spiritually, physically, and academically.

I have taught for over 20 years.  My first teaching job was in Des Moines, Iowa teaching 1st Grade.  I have had a variety of teaching jobs including teaching at a preschool with 3 year olds, a country school grades K-4,  and teaching P.E.for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  After moving to Norfolk, I taught 5th Grade at Westside Elementary for 5 years.  This is my 13th year teaching at Christ Lutheran School. While at Christ Lutheran School, I have taught in the Resource Center, 5th Grade, and currently 3rd Grade.

Jeremiah 29:11

Carey Portwood

3rd Grade Teacher

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Husband:  Von

I became a teacher because I love children and working with them and being able to bring God’s love and His Word to them!

I love to go home to Wyoming and read!!!!!

Graduated From: Concordia Seward, NE

I taught 1 year in Long Beach, CA , 1 year working in day care in Wisconsin and Illinois, and 2 years teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois.   

Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:28 and Isaiah 43:1.