Our Teachers and Staff

teacherMiss Kathleen Baumann
Preschool Instructor

Miss Baumann has worked in the Early Childhood area for over 18 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in guiding our youngest learners.   After attending Columbia University and working as a preschool aide, Kathleen worked for Hull House as an early childhood coordinator, setting up Head Start programs though out the city’s North and Northwest communities.  The children under her care learn through play and imaginative themed-activities.  Miss Baumann’s room sets the stage for our youngest students to form a life-long love of learning through exploration, creative play, educational games and interactive materials.  Miss Baumann says that seeing young children blossom and grow is a joy!




teacherMrs. Judith Acosta
Preschool Instructor

Mrs. Acosta comes to Bethesda as a parent of a current student and as the former director of her own Day Care Center. With over 30 years of experience in a preschool setting Mrs. Acosta opens up the world of learning through play, exploration and hands on activities. The children in her care become curious, imaginative and knowledgeable young learners.






teacherMrs. Dorothea
Preschool aide/Extended Care Provider

Mrs. Dorothea Young has been working along side early childhood instructors for 15 years.  Working with children has been a dream come true for Mrs. Young after having raised her own son.  She brings enthusiasm and a caring and nurturing quality to her interaction with children.  Dorothea loves to do arts and crafts with the youngest of our students and story time and dance parties are her specialty!



teacherMrs. Patricia Grunde
5th / 6th Grade Instructor

Mrs. Grunde brings over 25 years of experience to the classroom setting.  Having received her Master’s degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities, Patricia knows how important individualizing instruction can be her students.  She tailors her instruction to the child’s learning style and puts best practices and differentiated learning ideas into her instruction of math, reading, science, social studies and language arts.  Mrs. Grunde sets high goals and expectations for her students and then gives them the tools and instruction to meet those goals and expectations.  Fun, movement, group work, interactive activities and creative learning takes place in her bright, cheery and eclectic classroom!




teacherMr. Joseph Dembowski
7th /8th Grade Instructor

As a member of the Lutheran School system, both as a student and educator totaling over 20 years, Joseph Dembowski understands the need for establishing and employing a dynamic religious-based learning environment suited for 21stcentury learning.  Within his 7thand 8thgrade classrooms, students are challenged with rigorous curriculum that tasks each individual student to develop to their highest potential form.  This is all done through the process of inquiry and hypotheses-fueled lessons where students work on interesting and relevant projects individually and collaboratively.   Under Mr. Dembowski’s guidance, students will learn from best current practices to ensure that our learners can take their place as our global leaders and thinkers for the 21st century.





staffMs. Linda Estevez
Administrative Assistant