Sue Doepner has been a part of the early childhood program at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church since 1990 when the church started the preschool as an outreach of Christian education to the Waynedale community. Sue served as the teacher for the first 24 students at the former church location on Lower Huntington Rd where the Walgreens now stands. In 1995, Sue became director and also taught the class of older students. In 1996, the church and the preschool, then numbering 60 students, moved to their present location at 1819 Reservation Dr. The addition of full-time child care for infants through school-age in the summer of 2008 led to Sue’s present position of full-time director of the child care and preschool.
Sue received her Bachelor’s Degree at Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University, Chicago) in 1977 and taught in various K-4 classrooms in Florida and Houston before moving to Ft. Wayne. After 38 years in Lutheran teaching ministry, Sue’s favorite part of the day is still visiting the classrooms and engaging with the children, sharing their excitement of learning and discovery.
Sue and her husband, Mark “Nate” Doepner a former Lutheran South Unity teacher and most recently, teacher at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, are both set to retire in June, with Nate having completed his 41st year in the classroom. Their three children and spouses are Mark (Lesley) Doepner and Andrea (Jared) Scherer of Ft. Wayne, and Meredith (Joe) Tourney of Noblesville. They are awaiting their 4th grandchild in June and are looking forward to “slowing down” to enjoy family, grandchildren, friends and traveling.
Sue’s commented, “God has blessed me immeasurably – to know and work with so many children and their families throughout the years here at Mt. Calvary. I treasure each memory and always pray for the best in each little life that comes through our doors. The Child Care and Preschool remains as a wonderful opportunity for children to be cared for while participating in Christ-centered education throughout the day.”
Sue is eager to welcome past and present children, parents and friends and reminisce with her former students at an Open House on June 24th from 2p to 5p in the fellowship hall at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Past students can find their class photos in the memory album, which has been kept up-to-date throughout the years.
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