Welcoming our new teachers for 2023-24

We are excited to welcome our new teachers for the 2023-24 school year! Those joining the faculty are: 

Katie Kauffman, Women’s Physical Education & Health Teacher

Katie Kauffman holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bluffton University and a Transition to Teacher degree from Taylor University. She previously taught at Central Noble Middle/High School (PE and Health) and was the Freshman Girls’ Head Volleyball Coach/Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach and Girls’ Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach. She taught for one year at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School (PE and Health) and was the 6th Grade Girls’ Head Volleyball Coach and 6th Grade Girls’ Head Basketball Coach. For the past three years, she has taught at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington, Ind. (Pre-K through 12th Grade PE and High School Health) and was the JV/Varsity Girls’ Head Volleyball Coach, 7th/8th Grade Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach, and Middle/High School Assistant Track Coach. She has also been a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, strength and conditioning coach, and certified nutritionist for about the last ten years.

She enjoys fishing, hiking, spending time outside, spending time with family, working out, and cleaning and organizing. She is originally from Fort Wayne as she graduated from Blackhawk Christian School in 2008. Read more>>>

Andy Klage, Social Studies Teacher

Andy Klage is a 2019 graduate of CLHS, who came to Concordia through Lutheran South Unity School. He graduated this spring from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. He is currently engaged (Amanda) and is getting married next summer. 

In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, watching sports, trying new foods, reading a mix of classics and science-fiction, and consuming any and all Star Wars media. He is a major New York Giants and Yankees fan, and also cheers on the Indiana Hoosiers football and basketball teams. Read more>>>

CSM Jon Mitchell, JROTC Instructor

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jon Mitchell is joining the faculty as a JROTC Instructor. He previously worked at Warsaw Community High School as a JROTC Assistant Instructor. There, he coached the Drill and Color Guard Teams. He previously worked as a Human Resources Director and also worked as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major for the Indiana Army National Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management from Trine University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has an adult son named Justin and a Silver Lab named Kobe. He enjoys to walk/run/bike the local trails. He is a partner at Holy Cross. Read more>>>

Jonathan Molvik, Yearbook Teacher

Jonathan Molvik has been helping schools put yearbooks together for over 16 years. He has just relocated to Fort Wayne from Southern California. He is a practicing artist and loves painting. He spent a semester studying abroad in Indonesia. He double majored at UCLA in Studio Art and English and has an MFA in Visual Art from UC San Diego.

He and his wife Ann, have 8 children ranging in ages from 3 to 22 years old. He enjoys running and hiking with his family. He enjoys being involved with church. Read more>>>


Hannah Mundt, English Teacher

Hannah Mundt is a 2023 graduate of Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (English Language Arts) and a Bachelor of Arts in English. She also holds a Lutheran Teacher's Diploma. She is originally from Kansas City, MO and enjoys visiting her family (including her parents and one younger sister). She enjoys reading, playing board games, exploring outdoors, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Read more>>>

Kathryn Peperkorn, Choral Director (Intermediate and Chamber Choir)

Kathryn Peperkorn graduated with an education degree from Concordia University Nebraska after doing her student teaching at Concordia Lutheran High School and Holy Cross in Fort Wayne in 1993. Her first call was teaching choir and band and drama at Dallas Lutheran High School. In 1995, she married Todd Peperkorn and moved to Fort Wayne while Todd finished at the Seminary. During this time, Kathryn taught at Holy Cross while finishing her master’s degree in vocal performance. 

Following graduate school, she taught as an adjunct professor at IPFW, taught voice at Carthage College, and sang with the Chicago Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and  Florentine Opera where she was part of the Grammy winning cast recording of Elmer Gantry. During that time, she also began her summer opera company South East Wisconsin Performing Arts. This group for high school and college students grew from 7 to 150 performers in 7 years, performing 6 operas each summer. 

All four of the Peperkorn children, Renata, Isabella, Richard (CLHS senior) and Beata (CLHS sophomore) were born while they lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 2011, the Peperkorn family moved to Rocklin, California. There, she started choirs, directed musicals at their school, had a private voice studio, and taught as a public elementary music teacher. In 2021, they moved to Fort Wayne when her husband, Rev. Dr. Peperkorn received a call to teach at Concordia Theological Seminary. Mrs. Peperkorn began teaching music at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, and in her private studio. 

Alongside Mrs. Jennifer Porath, our Director of Bands, Mrs. Peperkorn will be supporting our efforts to continue a choral program of distinction. 

Next year, Mrs. Porath will be directing our A Cappella Choir, and Mrs. Peperkorn will direct our Chamber Choir and our introductory level choir. Read more>>>

Jennifer Porath, Director of Bands and Directing A Cappella Choir (Current Teacher taking on an Additional Position)

Mrs. Jennifer Porath has taught at CLHS since 2019 as our Director of Bands. She received her undergraduate degree from Concordia University, Nebraska in Music Education, receiving certifications for K-12 music, band, and choir. During her time at CUNE, she participated in numerous ensembles, including Symphonic and Jazz Bands, A Cappella and Chamber Choirs, and even the Concordia Handbell Choir! She also had the honor of being selected to be the student conductor for the A Cappella Choir for her senior year. 

Throughout her life, Mrs. Porath has been participating in choirs and bands of various levels, including the CLHS A Cappella Choir and Symphonic Band. Read more>>>

Gretchen Spires, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher (two classes)
Gretchen Spires joined the faculty in Fall 2023 to teacher Family & Consumer Sciences classes (two classes). Gretchen is a 1986 graduate of Concordia, and she and her husband, Dean, have three children who have graduated from Concordia (Garrett, Jackson, and Lauren). She holds a degree in Culinary Arts and has worked as a caterer and a personal chef, as well as the Operations Manager at the Ronald McDonald House. She has also worked at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. In her spare time, she loves to bake and do outdoor activities, including teaching horseback riding. Read more>>>

Kayla Sprayue, Media Arts Teacher

Kayla Sprayue is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker with a Master's Degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor's Degree in Video Production from Ball State. After several years spent studying, teaching, and creating in England and South Korea, she returned home to Indiana to pursue a career in education. In her free time she enjoys photography, Kpop, and playing with her two cats, Momo & Shay. Read more>>>