St. Paul Church and School has a long standing legacy of serving Christ and God’s children. St. Paul Lutheran congregation got its start on July 26, 1903, by a group of German farmers who lived in the area. At the time all church services were conducted in German until English service was added in 1922. Eventually the original wooden church building was torn down and in 1970 there was a dedication of our current church building.
Over the years there have been four different buildings used for St. Paul Lutheran School in order to accommodate the growing number of students. In 1960 our current school building was completed and dedicated. We are proud to say that this building has had many improvements and modernizations over the years to best serve our students. St. Paul began the 2018 - 2019 school year as a dedicated early childhood center. St. Paul Early Childhood Center provides a project-based learning approach and a Christ-centered environment to students in three-year-old preschool through second grade.
A Note from the Director and Teachers:
Jenna Scifo Director of St. Paul Early Childhood Center
Jenna Scifo is honored to serve as the Director of St. Paul Early Childhood Center! Having her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Teaching and Learning, her passion for Christian education has led her to teaching and leading in Christian schools since 2002.
Mrs. Scifo is committed to building a strong, faith-based educational program, while integrating the Project Based Learning approach within each classroom and throughout St. Paul Early Childhood Center.
She believes children learn best when they are in a safe learning environment, designed to meet the individual needs of each child. That is why her goal is to leave a lasting impression on every child and family member that enters St. Paul Early Childhood Center.
Mrs. Scifo was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago and currently lives in the Jefferson Park neighborhood with her husband, 3 daughters, and 2 pups.
One of her favorite verses is Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." She is excited and expectant to see God's blessings in the coming year at St. Paul Early Childhood Center.
Amy Struve Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher Mrs. Struve graduated from Elmhurst College in 1998 with a B.S in Education. She has experience in teaching in a variety of environments that include early childhood, special education, elementary, and middle school. However, teaching pre-k is her favorite of all! She enjoys investing in the lives of little ones and watching them learn and grow each day.
Mrs. Struve lives in the southwest suburbs with her husband, Matt, of 19 years. They are huge baseball fans and even share season tickets to the Chicago Cubs!
Mrs. Struve's favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. This not of yourself. It is a gift of God. Not a result of works so that no one can boast."
Rachel Van Arsdale Kindergarten / 1st Grade Lead Teacher
Mrs. Van Arsdale received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University. She has taught early childhood for 10 years. 6 of these years have been in Christian Education. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing her students grow and getting excited about learning. She loves children’s books!
Mrs. Van Arsdale had been married for a little over a year and lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband, her cat Myles, and a Betta fish. She loves animals and likes to take pictures of nature. She is a die hard fan of the Chicago Cubs!
Her favorite Bible Verse is Micah 6:8: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Maria Castaneda Teacher's Assistant
Miss Castaneda has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working with children and loves being able to connect with our students everyday . Her favorite part of working at St. Paul is seeing how much the children enjoy learning! She loves being greeted each day with smiling faces.
Mrs. Castaneda helps to create a safe, fun learning environment for our students as she helps to plan and organize activities and lessons.
She is a busy mom of 4, lives on the northwest side of Chicago with her husband, children, her puppy, and kitty.