Meet Our Middle School teachers

5th & 6th grade, MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH: AMY HALL

Amy Hall joined Pilgrim Lutheran’s staff in 2019. After first being involved in the Pilgrim community as a parent, she couldn’t say no when given the opportunity to share her love of teaching with Pilgrim as well! Prior to joining Pilgrim’s faculty, Amy worked for 15 years as a middle school math teacher in the Beaverton School District. Amy and her husband, Jonathan, have a daughter (Brynn) and a son (Rhys), both of whom currently attend Pilgrim. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing her violin, going on adventures with her family, and spoiling her 2 cats.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

7th Grade & Humanities Teacher: Kara Kaufman

Kara Kaufman joined Pilgrim as a teacher as well as a parent of two students in 2015. She is the seventh grade homeroom teacher and middle school humanities teacher. Kara graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University, Portland in 1999 and took her first call to teach at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Santa Monica, California. While teaching, she earned her Master’s degree with Grand Canyon University, completing it in 2005. California is also where she met her husband, Derek. Kara spent seven years (2008-2015) serving as a school principal before returning to the classroom in fall of 2015. Outside of the classroom, Kara directs the drama group, runs the annual geography bee, organizes student-led blood drives, and coaches a Quiz Bowl team. Her daughters have both attended Pilgrim and have been active in choir, drama, volleyball, and handbells.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17

8th Grade & Science Teacher: Becky Stehle

Becky Stehle joined the Pilgrim staff in 2001. She has always been the middle school science teacher and mostly the 8th grade homeroom teacher. Life science was her first love but chemistry is a close second. Becky graduated with high honors from Concordia Nebraska in 1997. She then took her first call to the Ohio district and received a distinguished new teacher of the year award. In the summer of 1998 she married her highschool friend and moved to Florida. She taught high school biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry while there. Since coming to Pilgrim, Becky has been the volleyball coach many of the years, and last year our team won the league championship. Becky and her husband Chris have 2 children, Elly a senior and Andrew a 5th grader who bring a lot of joy and adventures to their lives.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7