Dave Habeck


Interim Principal

Phone: 253-946-4488

Email: principal@elhs.org

Education: 1974 – BS Education, Martin Luther College

Mr. Habeck was born and raised in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. During his elementary school years, he attended Immanuel Lutheran School. For high school he journeyed 30 miles south to attend Manitowoc Lutheran High School. After attending Wisconsin Lutheran Teaching College for one (and its final) year, he concluded his college training at (D)MLC in New Ulm, Minnesota. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in January, 1974.

Mr. Habeck’s teaching career of service to the Lord began in a one-roomed school in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin called Zum Kripplein Christi. He served ZKC for four years when he accepted a mid-year call to Emmaus, Phoenix, Arizona to serve as upper grade teacher and principal from February,1978 to July, 1988. In the summer of 1988, Mr. Habeck accepted the call to Arizona Lutheran Academy where he served as teacher and coach. In July of 1993, Mr. Habeck accepted the call to Evergreen Lutheran High School of Kent, Washington. There he served as athletic director, coach, and teacher until July, 2010. Next, Mr. Habeck had the privilege of serving as principal and teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Caledonia, Wisconsin. On June 30, 2018, Mr. Habeck retired from the full-time ministry. This past year Mr. Habeck taught part-time and served as the Transportation Director here at Evergreen.

Mr. Habeck is happily married to his wife Gretchen for 44 years. They have six children ranging from the ages of 41 to 31, Seth of Puyallup; Samuel of Oakland, CA; Heidi Jones of Apple Valley, MN; Natalie Priebe of Grand Chute, WI; Nic of Tacoma, and Angelica McNeil of Puyallup. They are blessed with 12 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Habeck reside in Puyallup.

Mr. Habeck enjoys his spare time sharing it with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is a Wisconsin sports fan of the Brewers, Bucks, Packers, and Badgers (and Washington Huskie football).

Mr. Habeck’s favorite Bible passage is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” He is thrilled to be able to continue to serve the Lord as Interim Principal of Evergreen Lutheran High School of Tacoma, Washington for the 2019-20 school year.

Teaching responsibilities: Religion


Ryan Schmeling
Director of Mission Advancement
Phone: 253-946-4488
cell: 715-220-1442
Email: rschmeling@elhs.org
Education: 2013 – BS Elementary Education, BS Secondary Education, Martin Luther College

Background: Mr. Ryan Schmeling grew up in Menomonie, WI and graduated in 2007 from St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, MN.  He attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls majoring in Health and Human Performance, pursing physical therapy and coaching.  He transferred to Martin Luther College and graduated in 2013 with a double major in Elementary and Secondary Education and a minor in coaching.  In 2012 Mr. Schmeling taught English for one semester in South Korea, before he was assigned to his first call to Grace Lutheran Grade School in Portland, OR.  In 3 years of ministry at Grace, Mr. Schmeling was the principal, taught 5th and 6th grade, and departmentalized upper grade History and Religion. As well as being the Athletic Director, coach for basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and track.  He accepted a call in 2017 to Evergreen Lutheran High School as the Director of Mission Advancement. Mr. Schmeling is one of three children, all graduates of Martin Luther College.  He met his wife Kimberly (Matthies) at Martin Luther College and they were married May 2, 2014.  Kimberly, a former Kindergarten/1st grade teacher, is now a lead flight attendant for SeaTac Airport with Skywest Airlines.  The Schmelings enjoy utilizing those benefits to travel as well as enjoy the outdoors and spending time hiking and kayaking. The Schmelings are members at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tacoma.

Teaching responsibilities:Financial Literacy


Missy Buller
Office Manager
Email: mbuller@elhs.org






Jen Rodmyre
Mission Advancement Assistant/Bookkeeper
Email: bookkeeper@elhs.org


Dennis Bishop
Facilities Manager
Email: dbishop@elhs.org



Dennis Gentele
Cell: 253-312-7663
Email: dgentele@elhs.org

Background: Dennis has worked at Evergreen since 1982. He is our full time campus facility manager. Dennis is married to Patricia and has seven children, many of whom live in the area. He has ten grandchildren and loves spending time with them. “I really enjoy seeing the second generation of students coming through ELHS.” Don’t worry parents, he won’t spill the beans!



Phillip Bunkowske
Athletic Director/Teacher
Email: pbunkowske@elhs.org
Education: B.S. in Education, Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, 2017

Background: Mr. Bunkowske is a 2017 graduate of Martin Luther College. He currently serves as the Athletic Director, Head Girls Basketball Coach, and Head Football Coach at Evergreen Lutheran High School. The classes that he teaches include a variety of social studies courses as well as physical education and health.Some of Mr. Bunkowske’s hobbies include watching the Minnesota Vikings, hiking, kayaking, exploring the PNW with his wife, Karly.

Teaching responsibilities: Physical Education, Health, US History, Study Skills

Additional responsibilities: Athletic Director


Joe Schmudlach
Recruitment Director/Teacher
Email: jschmudlach@elhs.org

Education: B.S. in Education – Spanish, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota

Mr. Schmudlach is a 2015 graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Mr. Schmudlach has taught Spanish in Minnesota for three years at Hutchinson public School, Minnesota State University (teaching assistant/graduate student), and Cleveland Public School. He has also taught ESL in Lima, Peru and guided high schoolers throughout Latin America. in Addition to teaching he coaches varsity baseball and serves as the Recruitment Director.

Teaching responsibilities: Spanish 1, 2 & 3, Religion, Geography, Weight Lifting

Additional responsibilities: Baseball head coach, Recruitment Director, Weightlifting


Joshua Enstad
Email: jenstad@elhs.org
Education: B.S. in Education, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, 2019

Mr. Enstad was born and raised in Andover, Minnesota. He has been blessed to attend Lutheran schools through elementary and High school. From K-8 he attended Cross of Christ in Coon Rapids, MN and Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI for high school, living in the dormitories. From there he began his five years of college training at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He has graduated this previous year with degrees in Elementary Education and Secondary Life Sciences.

Mr. Enstad is recently married to Maggie (Frey) Enstad, who has been assigned as the new 2nd Grade teacher at Holy Trinity in Des Moines. The two of them are excited to be starting this new part of their lives together and encourage each other as they serve the Lord in their calls. While they both left most of their family back in Wisconsin and Minnesota, they also have friends and relatives that live nearby.

Mr. Enstad loves to observe the wonders of God’s creation, both big and small. He also enjoys the beauty of music, hiking, playing tennis, and playing board games with family and friends.

In his newly beginning ministry at ELHS, Mr. Enstad hopes to provide his students with an education that is both challenging and enjoyable. He hopes to expand in some areas as the years go on and share with the students some of the hidden wonders of all that God has made.

Teaching responsibilities: Chemistry, Anatomy, General Science, Computer Applications

Extracurricular activities: Robotics Club Advisor, Technology Director


Karen Green
Email: kgreen@elhs.org

Teaching responsibilities: German 1 & 2




Lacey Sorn
Email: lsorn@elhs.org

Background: Mrs. Lacey Sorn has joined us to serve as our mathematics teacher, head volleyball coach, knowledge bowl coach and our registrar. Mrs. Sorn is a graduate of Martin Luther College and is married to Principal Brent Sorn of Parkland Lutheran School in Tacoma. Mrs. Sorn has been teaching for 12 years at the high school level and brings excitement and expertise to our math department. Principal and Mrs. Sorn have two children and are members at Parkland Lutheran Church.

Teaching responsibilities: Physics, Calculus, Geometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Additional responsibilities: Registrar, head volleyball coach, knowledge bowl coach


Katie Rath
Email: krath@elhs.org
Education: B.S. in Education, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, 2012; Graduate work through Martin Luther College and Pierce College.

Background: Katie Rath has been privileged to teach at Evergreen Lutheran High School since 2013. She graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, in December of 2012 and served at Bethel Lutheran School in Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to Washington. When she can be convinced to leave her classroom, Katie enjoys reading, writing, playing music and a variety of sports, and exploring the wonders of her Washington. She is a member and part-time organist at Faith Lutheran Church in Tacoma.

Teaching responsibilities: English 10, English 11, English 12, Journalism, Yearbook, ESL(English as a Second Language)

Additional responsibilities: Drama Director, Girls’ Varsity softball head coach, National Honor Society Advisor

Memberships: Member of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)


Bonnie Wilcox
Email: bwilcox@elhs.org
Education: B.S. in Education, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota

Mrs. Wilcox was born and raised on a dairy farm in Menomonie, Wisconsin. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School through 8th grade and went to a public high school in Boyceville, Wisconsin. After graduating in the class of 2000, Mrs. Wilcox attended MLC, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Mrs. Wilcox began teaching at a one room school in Scarville, Iowa, population “98, more or less”. She taught there for one year, before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she taught preschool two days a week and subbed in grades pre-k – 12 in the local public-school district. Needing a steady source of income during her husband’s last year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mrs. Wilcox was blessed when a job as a loan closer for a title company came her way. Moving again to Rapid City, South Dakota, Mrs. Wilcox taught mornings at St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool from 2007 to January 2010. During the afternoon, she also taught 7th and 8th grade English, Literature, science and art. (Yes, it was interesting to jump from four-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds.) After a couple of years off for a move to Wisconsin and to expand the family, Mrs. Wilcox began teaching 7th and 8th grade part time in 2013 at Good Shepherd’s Lutheran School in West Allis, Wisconsin. She taught just English, literature and art at first, but added science and music theory over the years. She taught there for six years and in June 2019 moved to beautiful Washington State.

Pastor James Wilcox(class of 1999) and Mrs. Wilcox have been married for 14 years. They have two daughters: Addison, who is nine and going into 4th grade, and Erin, who is seven and going into 2nd grade. The family lives in Tacoma, near Faith Lutheran Church, where Pastor Wilcox is currently serving.

Mrs. Wilcox is an avid reader, her favorite author being Agatha Christie. She also enjoys vegetable gardening, novice knitting, weight training and watching her favorite sports: baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball.

Mrs. Wilcox’s favorite passage is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” She is excited to begin the school year here at Evergreen Lutheran High School.

Teaching responsibilities: Art, English 9



Jodi Wosje
Email: jwosje@elhs.org
Education: B.A., Music Education, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota,
Synod certification through Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota

Background: Jodi Wosje came to Evergreen in 1998, taking on the choirs and beginning a high school band program. A year later she started the TELSS grade school band program which has included up to eight different WELS and ELS grade schools between 1999 and 2013. She is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), earning a B.A. degree in music education with double emphases in both choral and instrumental music. She also completed her synod certification through Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN). Jodi has done post-graduate work at the University of Washington and greatly enjoys attending classes and workshops in continuing music education. She has served as an instrumentalist, singer, and occasional organist at her home congregation, Holy Trinity, and others in the area. Professionally, Jodi has had the honor of serving as a clinician for two WELS Choral Festivals (2005 and 2008) and has also previously led a choral reading workshop at the WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts. Jodi enjoys reading, sports, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and music (of course!). She has been married to husband David for one year, and the two of them enjoy traveling together, camping, hiking, the great outdoors (especially their favorite place—Mt. Rainier), and visiting family.

Teaching responsibilities: Freshmen Music, Concert Choir, Band

Extracurricular activities: Festival Choir, Pep Band, TELSS Band Program

Professional Organizations: NAfME (National Association for Music Education), WMEA (Washington Music Educators Association)