Meet Our Staff

Pastor Richard Gaub


Mrs. Linda Howse

School Aide

Mrs. Linda is the PK4 aid and is also the mother of three young men. Mrs. Linda is very passionate about the children receiving the highest education possible as well as a good Christian foundation in life.

Ms. Lauren Odell


I am a graduate of Cullman High School as well as Auburn University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I love teaching the preschool age and creating a learning environment where the students can interact with their peers and learn through hands on experiences through play. One of my favorite parts of teaching at St. Paul’s is being able to share Jesus and to see His light shine through my students every day. When I’m not at school you can often find me either outside, working on home projects, gardening, or near a pool in the summer! 

Mrs. Dana Kritner


Mrs. Kritner has a degree in Child Development and is going into her twentieth year of teaching PK4.She has a strong love for GOD, family, and children. She is so thankful to be part of the ministry here at St. Paul’s. She and her husband have been married for thirty two years. They have one daughter, one son in love, and one precious grandson. She and her husband both attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Caitlin Bates


Hello! My name is Caitlin Bates. I am so blessed to be part of the St. Paul's Lutheran School family! I am a graduate of UAB with a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. My husband Weston and I have two children, Wheeler and Sydney. We are members of St. John's. I am excited about teaching your littles and guiding them on their path with Jesus. My favorite part about teaching is witnessing those "light bulb" moments when a child masters a skill or learns a concept. The look on their face is one I will always be grateful to see!

Mrs. Kristine Gaub

1st Grade

Mrs. Tricia Drake

2nd Grade

I received a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University and a master's degree from the University of Alabama. After retiring from public education I was blessed with a position at St. Paul's. It is an honor to serve God through teaching His precious children. My passion is to ensure my students become successful citizens and an asset to their community. I truly believe that God gave me a gift by allowing me to have a career, that I love, for so many years. Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, and crafts. I am married and have two wonderful children and two perfect grandchildren. It is my intent to continue teaching as long as God needs me.

Mrs. Lauren Mahler

3rd Grade

I have been triple certified in teaching early childhood, elementary education and special education (PK-6th) and have my Bachelor’s Degree in the Multiple Abilities Program from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Mrs. Wendy Jenkins

4th Grade

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I made my dream come true by getting an Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree from Athens State University. Also, I have a master's degree from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! Before my retirement, I had a wonderful tenure at Holly Pond Elementary School. Go Broncos! While taking a break from teaching, I felt the Lord leading me back to St. Paul's. You see, St. Paul's is very special to my heart. My lifelong love of education all began many years ago in Ms. Myrna Hermetz's Preschool class at St. Paul's. Her late husband was the Pastor of the Church. I am so thankful to be back where it began. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband of 33 years. Together we have a beautiful daughter. She is going to school to be a teacher, also. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, organizing, decorating and making memories with my family and friends. God continues to bless me every day!

Mr. Jonathan Moody

5th Grade

I have a AA from A&M University. I enjoy teaching at St. Paul's because of small class size and the opportunity to provide more one on one attention. It is also a pleasure to teach at a school associated with my church. My hobbies include yard work and gardening.

Mrs. Vicki Bussman

6th Grade

Rev. Christopher Clark


At St. Paul's, Pastor Clark's duties include guiding the music program for both the church and school, conducting the various choral and instrumental ensembles, teaching the Sunday junior catechism classes, and assisting Pastor Bussman in all aspects of the pastoral ministry.

Mr. Jim Taylor

Physical Education

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About The Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and was founded in 1885.

Senior Pastor: Rev. John Bussmam
Associate Pastor: Rev. Christopher Clark

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8:00 AM Divine Service
9:15 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Divine Service

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