Shepard Lutheran School

K-8 Grade

Albuquerque, NM | 505-292-6622

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Meet Our Teachers

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Paul Schultz, Grades 6-8 Teacher

Paul J. Schultz received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1977.  He has over 35 years experience teaching the elementary and middle school grades. He started Our Savior’s Lutheran School in Longmont, Colorado, in 1977 and served as principal and teacher for 21 years.  He has been at Shepherd since 1998 serving as principal and middle school teacher.  He has received extensive training in the Master Teacher Program and serves as a facilitator for Parenting the Love and Logic Way and 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom.  His vision for the graduates of Shepherd is two-fold: (1) that the children  love Jesus and live a life that reflects that love, and (2) that the children are strong in the basics, are independent learners, are creative thinkers, and understand what it means to be a solid citizen of the United States.  He believes that the strength of our school is that our students learn in the light of the Gospel of Jesus as a wonderful family of believers.

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Mr. Benjamin Raddatz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Martin Luther College in 2007.  The Lord lead him to begin his teaching ministry in 2010 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in North Fond du lac, WI as the 5th & 6th teacher along with Athletic Director duties.  He served St. Paul’s for four years and then accepted a call to Our Savior Lutheran School in Grafton, WI.  In Grafton he served as the 3rd-5th grade teacher and as their Athletic Director.  After serving for 3 years at Our Savior, he received another call to serve Shepherd Lutheran here in Albuquerque, NM.  Here he serves as the 2nd-4th grade teacher.  Ben’s prayer is that the students of Shepherd Lutheran School will learn and grow in academics, civic duty and especially in the the love that their Savior Jesus Christ has shown to them.  


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV 2011)


Benjamin Raddatz, Principal, Grades 4&5 Teacher

Christine Swoboda, Grades 2&3 Teacher

Ms. Christine Swoboda was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School and graduated in May of 2009 from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. Ms. Swoboda accepted her first call teaching kindergarten through third grade at Shepherd Lutheran School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in August of 2012.  Christine enjoys sports and has coached volleyball, basketball, and softball since 2009 for grades 4th - 8th.

Pastor George P. Swanson  After attending Northwestern Preparatory School [1964-1968] and Northwestern College [1968-1972], both formerly located in Watertown, WI, Pastor George P. Swanson, having grown up in and around Chicago, received a Master of Divinity Degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI in 1976.  Pastor has served the Savior and His people in the following dots on the map: Messiah, Los Alamos, NM (1976-1984), Hope, Twin Lakes and Peace, Wilmot, WI (1984-1993), Gloria DEI, Memphis, TN and Peace, Columbus, MS (1993-2004) and here at Shepherd in the Duke City (2004-present).  Pastor’s desire is to share the saving love of Jesus so that all might know that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:7]

George Swanson, Pastor

Shepherd Lutheran School is a multigrade classroom school, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

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Shepherd Lutheran School is a multigrade classroom school, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

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Jennifer Keller, Grades K&1 Teacher

Jennifer Keller spent her childhood in Adrian, Michigan. Her parents are both called workers at her home congregation, St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Her father serves as a pastor there, and her mother teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade. Jennifer attended elementary school at St. Stephen along with her older sister and two younger brothers. She continued on to Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw for her high school education. In 2013, she graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Elementary Education.


            After graduation, she received a one-year assignment to be the Early Childhood Ministries Coordinator at Resurrection and Life in Rochester, Minnesota. At the end of her year serving in Rochester, she received a call to teach preschool in Eagle River, Alaska. She has spent the last five years serving at Little Lambs of Peace Preschool in Alaska. In April, she accepted the call to teach K-1 here at Shepherd Lutheran School. Once the school year had finished, she moved to Albuquerque in June. She is excited to be a part of the ministry here, and is currently preparing for the upcoming school year.Double click to insert body text here ...