Shelly Clay - 6th grade & Physical Education Teacher



Personal Biography: 

Favorite Bible verse:

Email: [email protected]

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

Email: [email protected]

Lisa Talbott - Middle School Math, History, Distance Learning Coordinator

Education: Teacher Certification, University of South Florida, Tampa FL (2010), BBA, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA: Information Systems (1987)


  • 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)

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 and Technology. Mrs. Talbott coordinates and leads the bi-annual field trip to Washington, D.C. for the 7th and 8th Grade students. Mrs. Talbott and her husband, Charlie, are parents to Zach and Ben, both graduates of ILS. The Talbotts are active members of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Riverview.

 Outside of school, Mrs. Talbott enjoys traveling, running (marathons and half-marathons), working in the yard, singing, and relaxing at the beach. You can also find her cheering for the Florida Gators!

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

Email: [email protected]


Liz Diaz - 8th grade homeroom, 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

Email: [email protected]

Pastor Farnsworth - Administrative Pastor, 7th & 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.