Meet the Staff

Each one of our staff members has received at least one teaching degree, regularly attends continuing education seminars and classes, and meets regularly with other teachers in the area to improve teaching. We are a licensed facility and are constantly working to focus on the learning of each individual child. Each staff member would be willing and happy to go the extra mile to make sure that your student is a successful learner.

  • Nathan Scharf, Principal & Upper Grades Teacher

    Nate Scharf grew up in Minnesota, attending a Christian elementary and high school. After high school, he enlisted in the United States navy. After four years of honorable service, Nate went on to Martin Luther College, graduating in 2015. After graduation, he was assigned to Immanuel Lutheran School in Greenville, Wisconsin, as a 6th-grade teacher and vice-principal. After three years in Wisconsin, Nate accepted the call to serve here at Shepherd of the Valley. Nate started his position here at SVL in 2018. Nate and his wife Jen are blessed with two boys, who are both enrolled at SVL. Nate enjoys family time, camping, hiking, riding bikes, and exploring Colorado.  

    "I am humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to serve here at Shepherd of the Valley. I love getting to watch children grow in their faith, learn about the world around them, and become prepared to lead Christian lives, knowing the love of Jesus. " 

  • Sharon Presser, Middle Grades Teacher

    Mrs. Presser teaches the middle grades and is in her 36th year of teaching. She has experience in teaching grades 1-8. Mrs. Presser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  She is also a facilitator for the Parenting with Love and Logic curriculum. She is married and has 3 grown children. She enjoys every aspect of teaching, especially the uniqueness of each of God's children. In her spare time, she enjoys CU football and her Leadville cabin.

  • Karen Luehring, Lower Grades Teacher

    Miss Luehring serves as the lower grade teacher at Shepherd of the Valley. She graduated from Martin Luther College with her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and is entering her 11th year of teaching. She loves seeing her students grow in their love for learning and Jesus. Along with seeing family and friends, she enjoys exploring Colorado through hiking, running, and backpacking.

  • Kayte Gut, Preschool Teacher/Director

    Miss Gut is a teacher and preschool director at SVL. She is a 2002 graduate from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and early childhood education and just obtained a Masters Degree in Education. She is entering her 18th year of teaching and 12th year of serving as a director. She enjoys reading, sports, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite part of teaching is watching children learn about truths of God’s plan of salvation for them.

  • Phil Kieselhorst, Pastor

    Pastor Kieselhorst has a Masters Degree in Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He has been a pastor for over 20 years and has served congregations in Europe, Oklahoma, and now Westminster, CO. Pastor has been serving SVL since 2008. He is married and has 2 children. He enjoys basketball, baseball, and soccer.

  • Cari Ranger, Church & School Secretary

    Mrs. Ranger has been working at SVL for over 23 years. She is the glue that holds the school and church together! She has an AA degree in Business from Cerritos Community College and a BS in Accounting from CA State University in Long Beach. She is an invaluable part of the school, assisting all teachers as needed. She has been married to husband Len for 27 years and their two children are graduates of SVL and RMLHS. She loves all the kiddos at Shepherd!