Peg Rankin - 6th grade & Physical Education Teacher


a. Education: BA Concordia University River Forest, IL 1978 Double Major: PE and Elementary Education Minor: Psychology

b. Experience:

  • 1996-present Immanuel Lutheran Brandon, FL 6th Grade, PE, Life Science, Math, Computer Education, Athletic Director, Patrol Leader
  • 1992-1996 Limona Elementary School, Brandon, FL : 5th grade
  • 1991-1992 Robles Elementary School, Tampa, FL: 4th grade
  • 1979-1990 Stevens Middle School, Wilmington, IL: 6-8 Middle School PE, Volleyball and Basketball Coach

c. Personal Biography:: 33 years of teaching experience in many areas and places.  Have always wanted to have my career in teaching.  Two children who graduated from Immanuel. Nick: Associate degree from HCC in architecture, works for Outdoor Impressions in design and sales and Kelsey: Working on degree in education at HCC and works as a nanny.  Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Athletic Director and coach for Immanuel Lutheran School. Director of Elementary School after school sports program.  Creator of the Superstore for all students to participate in since 2003.  Creator of our fall and spring field days since 1996.  Started a yearly tutoring program between the sixth grade and preschool classes since 2011.  Her hobbies include fishing, reading, officiating High School volleyball, enjoying life, celebrating and decorating for holidays

d. Favorite Bible verse: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24

Deb Albers- 7th grade, Band Director

Education: BA in Physical Education/Music - Concordia University Chicago

   My philosophy of teaching is to prepare students so that one day they might lead our country.  

Words to my students:

   Daily show your Christianity to one other person, either by your words or actions.  Be weird for the Lord.

Favorite verse: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength - Philippians 4:13

Lisa Talbott - 8th grade

a. Education: Teacher Certification, University of South Florida, Tampa FL (2010)

BBA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA: Information Systems (1987)

b. Experience:

Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, full-time Teacher (2009-present)
Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, part-time Math Teacher (2005-2009)
Immanuel Lutheran School, Brandon FL, Administrative Assistant (2001-2009)

c. Personal Biography:  Mrs. Talbott serves as 8th Grade Homeroom teacher and teaches 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Algebra I Honors, 8th Grade American History, 7th Grade Civics, 6th Grade World History, and Middle School Current Events. Mrs. Talbott coordinates and leads the bi-annual field trip to Washington, D.C. for the 7th and 8th Grade students. She also enjoys coaching the Cross Country team.  Mrs. Talbott and her husband, Charlie, are parents to Zach and Ben, both graduates of ILS. The Talbotts are members of Christ the King Lutheran, Riverview FL where Mrs. Talbott serves as Treasurer of the congregation and a member of the choir.

Outside of school, Mrs. Talbott enjoys running (marathons and half-marathons), working in the yard, singing, scuba diving, and the beach. You can also find her cheering for her favorite sports teams – the Washington Redskins and the Gators!

d. Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10


Melissa Gautier - Science

Education: University of Tampa, Bachelor of Arts.

  • K-6 Certified
  • ESE Certified

To me science is a process of developing and redefining ideas about how our world works by seeking, collecting, analyzing and reporting evidence.  My students will learn to articulate, discuss, support and defend their views about the goals and roles they face in our current scientific communities.  The classwork and activities chosen are designed to move the learner towards deeper thinking and understanding about the learning of science.

Liz Diaz - Spanish (all grades), Middle School Language Arts

Education: BA in English and French - Indiana University, MA in Education: Teaching and Curriculum - Concordia University

  Reading is gift from God, which enables our students to explore ideas of all people.  Language is a God-given resource, which allows us to share fellings, dreams, concerns and faith.

   Language Arts skills encompasses the valuable areas of listening, speaking, writing and reading.  Students are invited to question, reflect and gain understanding of God's world while becoming competent, fluent users of Language.  In a compassionate, multi-cultural learning environment, students become thoughtful and critical readers, independent thinkers, articulate speakers and intelligent, purposeful listeners in preparation to serve God and others throughout life.

Favorite verse:  My grace is sufficient for you for My power is made perfect in weakness.  -2 Corinthians 12:9

Pastor Brammier - Family & Youth Pastor, 7th Grade Religion

Pastor Daniel G. Brammeier was born in Tottenham, England in 1967.  He moved to the United States in 1989.

Pastor graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 1994 and was ordained as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Purdy, Missouri, which was also his vicarage assignment.

In 1996 he relocated to Missouri Valley, Iowa, and was installed as Pastor of First Lutheran Church.  While there, he completed his Master of Arts in Theology degree.
In May 2003, he relocated to North Carolina to serve as Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill.

He was installed as Immanuel’s Family Life and Youth Pastor in August, 2006. Pastor and his wife Heidi have three children: George, Charlie, and Annie Rose.

Pastor Farnsworth - Administrative Pastor, 8th Grade Religion

Pastor Farnsworth spent most of his life in Utica, Michigan.

He received his B.A. degree in Religious Education from Michigan Christian College and his M.A. (Master of Divinity) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.

He spent one year as a pastoral intern in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota before accepting a call to his home church, Trinity Lutheran, in Utica. He served there as Associate Pastor for six years prior to accepting the call to become Administrative Pastor at Immanuel in August of 1998.

Pastor and his wife Tammie, have six children:  Michael, Krista, Neysa, Sasha, Helena, and Michaela.