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3257 East University
Mesa, AZ  85213
Mr. James Wade
School Principal
Teaches 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

Mr. Wade came to Pilgrim Lutheran School from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to begin the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. Wade is a graduate of Luther Prep School, Martin Luther College and Florida International University.  His career has included district school counselor, high school music department chairman, staff minister, Sunday School and VBS superintendent, workshop presenter and baseball and soccer coach.  He and his wife Kristen, have two sons attending Arizona Lutheran Academy.

Mrs. Sternaman
Teaches 3rd and 4th Grade


Mrs. Sternaman received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.  After college her husband’s career required them to move several times in Michigan and then they finally settled down in Oak Creek, WI.  In 2001, Mrs. Sternaman received a call to teach 2nd grade and then later 4th grade at Zion Lutheran, South Milwaukee, WI. During this time she took classes through Martin Luther College and in 2008 received her Synod certification. In 2013 Mrs. Sternaman and her husband took the opportunity to move to Arizona to be closer to their daughter and her family.  Since their arrival to AZ, Mrs. Sternaman has been a substitute teacher for many different schools until she receive a Divine Call to teach 3-5th grade at Pilgrim. Mrs. Sternaman’s oldest daughter and her family live in Casa Grande and the youngest daughter and her husband live in Fort Atkinson WI. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling and reading.

Mrs. Roach
Teaches 1st and 2nd Grade


Mrs. Gina Roach is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. After graduating in 2001 with her Bachelors in Education from Martin Luther College, she received her Divine Call to serve as one of our teachers and has been here for 10 years. What Mrs. Roach enjoys most about teaching is watching the children learn and grow, and teaching God’s wonderful message to them. Mrs. Roach also serves as our first and second grade teacher, and serves as our Girls’ Softball and Volleyball Coach.
Mrs. Roach and her husband, Michael, have 5 children; Shane, Riley, Isabella (who’s in Heaven), Connor, and Ryan. Scrapbooking and card making are her hobbies when she finds time to relax.



Mrs. Drexler
Teaches Kindergarten


Kim is a Southwestern girl with Midwestern roots born in Harbor Beach, MI but raised in Las Cruces, NM.  Kim has spent most of her life in the desert southwest, but did live in Germany for 4 years where she was able to spend a lot of time traveling throughout Europe. 2002 was a busy year for Kim as she graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and married Steven Drexler.  They moved to Mesa, AZ were she began her call teaching at Pilgrim. She and Steven have been blessed with three wonderful children, Gabe, Emma and Elizabeth (Elie.)

Kim loves teaching kindergarten and she hopes that when you (and your child) walk into her room you can feel it!  She strives to provide a positive atmosphere where children can be themselves and grow academically, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually, throughout the year.  She places a high priority on academic standards and doing “your personal best.”  All the kids in her kindergarten know that they work hard because “that’s what good students do!”


Mrs. Winterstein
Teaches Pre-School


Mrs. Wendy Winterstein is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Wisconsin Lutheran College for 2.5 years with emphasis in Christian Counseling.  Mrs. Winterstein recently completed her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. In August 2008, she received her Divine Call to serve as our Preschool Teacher.    Mrs. Winterstein has always enjoyed working with children and has served in many capacities throughout her husband’s (Pastor Winterstein) ministry, one being a kindergarten teacher at St. Johns Lutheran School. Being with children and watching them grow academically and in God’s Word is what she enjoys the most about being a teacher.


Mrs. Winterstein and Pastor Winterstein have 4 children, Joshua, Andrew,  Bethany,  and Luke.   Mrs. Winterstein enjoys crafts and reading on her spare time.

Mrs. Eiland
Teaches Pre-School and
Before Care

Mrs. Eiland ws born in Michigan and attended WELS Christian schools from kindergarten through high school.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and taught at a licensed childcare center for 15 years before moving to Arizona in 2009.  Mrs. Eiland has three children and enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves teaching preschool children and sharing the awesome message of our Savior.  She likes hiking, traveling, watching  movies, playing with her dogs, and watching sports - especially her kids! 
  Mrs. Folsom
Teaches 5th and 6th Grade
(Part Time)