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Renaissance Lutheran-Taylor Leadership Team

Sarah Gordon, Principal
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Sarah Gordon is a talented professional with an extensive background in the field of education, with nearly a decade of invaluable experience. In 2023, she assumed the role of principal at LUMIN Schools, specifically at the Taylor Avenue campus of Renaissance Lutheran. Throughout her educational journey, she has assumed a variety of roles, encompassing English Language Arts teacher, 7 years as a Science, and as a lead teacher for fifth grade. Sarah is a highly skilled individual with a remarkable ability to establish meaningful connections with those she encounters. Her interactions are characterized by a genuine warmth and an innate ability to bring joy to others.  

Sarah, a native of Racine and Union Grove, was raised in these vibrant communities. Sarah, from a young age, harbored a strong aspiration to pursue a career in education, with a particular interest in becoming a teacher. From a young age, she was divinely chosen to make a lasting impression on the lives of young individuals. Mrs. Gordon holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Education and Administration, both of which were earned from the esteemed Carthage College. 

Sarah was initially captivated by LUMIN's core values and the remarkable manner in which the LUMIN community embodies and exemplifies them in their everyday efforts. With a steadfast commitment to maintaining the current momentum, she works to leverage her exceptional organizational expertise and effective communication abilities. 

Sarah is a dedicated professional who is happily married and blessed with the joy of raising two wonderful children. She is a devoted person who exemplifies the qualities of a true servant. With a generous heart, she shares ample time to her ministry. On weekends, she spends her time nurturing her family life, serving in her church (HOPE City), immersing herself in a good book, and honing her creative skills through various crafting activities.

This die hard Green Bay Packer fan is passionate about cultivating a generation of transformative individuals dedicated to advancing the principles of the Kingdom of God. She is committed to fostering a future characterized by impactful change and unwavering dedication. Sarah is a visionary leader who draws inspiration from the timeless wisdom of 2 Timothy 1:7. With a steadfast commitment to her personal and professional growth, she exemplifies the qualities of courage, power, and a sound mind. Her unwavering faith and deep understanding of this scripture guides and steadfast commitment, she will carefully use His word to build robust bonds with her team, students, and families.

For any questions, please contact Sarah Gordon at [email protected]

Morgan Styden, Administrative Assistant
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Morgan Styden, Administrative Assistant at Renaissance Lutheran School - Taylor, has been a part of the LUMIN family since 2020. She has been working in the Education field for a little over 2 years now.

Morgan grew up in Zion, IL. When Morgan was younger, she dreamed of growing up and becoming a lawyer. Before becoming an Administrative Assistant at LUMIN, she was a supervisor at a department store.  She is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University online to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. Morgan holds certifications in First Aid & CPR.

Morgan enjoys spending time crafting, journaling, going on walks and hikes, traveling and nail art. She loves dogs and hopes to add one to the family in the future. On Saturday mornings you can find her taking a trip to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and heading back home to relax, journal and read the Bible. 

One of the things that drew Morgan to LUMIN is what they stand for; putting God first in everything and coming from working in a non-Christian environment it is a world of difference. Morgan stated that working for LUMIN gives her a greater purpose and watching the impact we all have on children’s lives daily is incredible. She can use her communication skills, ability to multitask, being able to complete things quickly and organizational skills to continue the mission of LUMIN schools. One of the best parts of my job is the relationships I get to build with the families and having scholars get excited to see me in the morning or when I walk into the classroom.

Her favorite scripture verse is John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!”

For any questions, please contact Morgan Styden at [email protected]

Michelle Jass, Operations Manager
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Michelle Jass, found her way to the LUMIN family in 2023, and it has been an enriching experience. What she loves most about LUMIN is the sense of family and support that permeates the network. She said “It's a place where everyone rallies together, and faith plays a significant role in my daily life, bringing me a sense of peace and purpose.”

Michelle identified herself as being a dreamer as a child, with visions of becoming a 4th-grade teacher. While her career path took a different turn, she still carries that passion for education close to her heart.

Michelle's career journey spans 25 years, with prior experience in the Kenosha Unified School District. In her role as Operations Manager, she has the opportunity to leverage her operational skills to contribute to education, and she relishes the chance to be a part of the growth and development of our scholars.

Ms Jass holds a BA in Business Management with a minor in HR from Concordia University. Additionally, she holds a Paralegal Certificate..

The skills Michelle brings to her role include compassion, kindness, strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving, organizational abilities, and an unwavering attention to detail. What she enjoys most about her role is spending time with our scholars, supporting their success, and witnessing their growth as they learn and thrive.

Family is at the center of her world, as a proud mother of two boys, Tristan and Brennan. In her household, there's no shortage of company—her Aussie companion, Poncho, keeps her company, and she cherishes the time spent with her son, Tristan, and his Aussies, Deuce and Oakley.

Outside of her professional life, she finds immense joy in being a sports fan, cheering on her favorite teams, and soaking in the excitement of the game.You can often find her on Saturday mornings, savoring a cup of coffee and relaxing. It's a simple pleasure that brings joy and tranquility to her weekends. 

For any questions, please contact Michelle Jass at [email protected]