Cristine Green – 4th Grade Teacher
My name is Cristine Green and I am beginning my 26th year in the teaching ministry. My original goal was to be a Speech Pathologist so I completed all of my pregraduate work and teaching courses through Wayne State University earning a Bachelor’s of Science with a combined English/ Speech major. I completed my Master’s Degree in Education through Marygrove becoming a Master Teacher. I have been truly blessed to have been given the honor of working with a broad diversity of children. My teaching began in the city of Detroit and my work was a ministry of a different sort. Academics and educating students was only a portion of my job and efforts. Sharing the love of Jesus in my classroom could only be done through my actions, not words. It wasn’t until the last 3 three years that I have been able to openly share the love of our Lord in my classroom. My first year here at St. Peter gave me a rare opportunity which was to be able to teach my daughter within my classroom. My wonderful husband and daughter both made great sacrifices to support my opportunity to teach in a Lutheran setting, but the rewards for all of us have left us with no regrets. The families here have embraced us and continue to make us feel as if we are where we are suppose to be.
One of my greatest passions is painting and I have had many opportunities to keep busy with that here! I have also been graced with the opportunity to be mentored by Pastor Baye as I pursue my colloquy. I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growing in my faith thorough my children, their families and my colloquial studies.
Virginia Ellsworth – 4th Grade Teacher
My name is Virginia Ellsworth. I am very excited to be teaching at St. Peter.
I grew up in Lenox Twp and now live in Washington Twp.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2000 and began teaching at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Richmond. I taught sixth grade homeroom and middle school science for 13 years. I also earned my master’s degree in education while there.
It was after prayerful consideration that I decided to stay home and focus on my 3 young girls (and my husband, Joe) for a few years. My daughters are now in 3rd grade, 1st grade, and preschool.
The Lord led me to St. Peter, and I am ready to begin a new adventure.
I enjoy reading when I can find the time and have a love/hate relationship with running. I wanted to teach in a Lutheran school so I could share my faith with my students and help them to grow in theirs.