Faculty & Staff
Principal Dane Mattes joined the staff at NLS in 2018. He also serves as the 7th-8th grade teacher, and Technology Director.

Biographical: Mr. Mattes has spent time living in ten different states and is now ejoying calling Florida home. He and his wife, Joanne  have been blessed with two children (NLS class of 2021 and 2023). Dane enjoys spending time with his family, visiting national parks, and flying his hot air balloon.

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:
  • Principal and teacher in Longmont, Colorado from 2005-2011
  • Principal and teacher in Brillion, Wisconsin from 2001-2018
  • Visiting team captain for Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accredtiation (WELSSA)
Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2005)
  • Master of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2018)
  • Minnesota state teaching certificate
  • Florida state teaching certificate
Contact Mr. Mattes: 813-961-9195 (office), 920-588-7599 (cell), or email
 
5th and 6th grade teacher Mrs. Amy Vannieuhewoven (Vann) joined the staff at NLS full time in 2013. 

Biographical: Mrs. Vann and her husband have four children - Tabitha (NLS class of 2015), Elyse (NLS Class of 2017), Micah (NLS Class of 2020), and Lily (NLS Class of 2023). 

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:
  • Adjunct professor at Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN)
  • 5th grade teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School (New Ulm, MN)
  • Aide, tutor, and half-time teacher at Northdale
Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Martin Luther College Class of 1999)
  • Florida state teaching certificate
Contact Mrs. Vann: 813-961-9195 or email
 
3rd and 4th grade teacher Mr. Chris Haring joined the staff at Northdale in 2013. Mr. Haring also serves Northdale as the Athletic Director.

Biographical:

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:
  • Mr. Haring joined the staff at Northdale following the completion of his teaching degree.
Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2013)
  • State of Minnesota Teaching Certificate
Contact Mr. Haring: 813-961-9195 or email
 
2nd grade homeroom teacher Miss Aimee Hardman joined the staff at NLS in 2004. Miss Hardman also directs the annual Spring Musical.

Biographical:

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:
  • Memorial Lutheran School, Williamston, MI (2001-2004)
Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2000)
  • Currently completing requirements for State of Florida Teaching Certificate
Contact Miss Hardman: 813-961-9195 or email
 
Kindergarten and 1st grade homeroom teacher Mrs. Bethany Schwartz joined the staff at NLS in 2019. Mrs. Schwartz also serves as an instructional aide in support of students and teachers. 

Biographical: Mrs. Schwartz and her husband Joel have three children – Elise, Tyler, and Natalie at NLS. Mrs. Schwartz is excited to be part of the Northdale Lutheran School family.  

Previous Educational/Professional Experiences:
First Grade teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2005-2006
VPK teacher in Holiday, FL from 2014-2016
Music Teacher K-6th grade in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2017
Third Grade Teacher New Port Richey, FL from 2017-2019

Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (Martin Luther College Class of 2005)
Contact Mrs. Schwartz: 813-961-9195 or email
 
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Kallie Mendez joined the Northalde Lutheran Church & School staff in February 2019. She serves both the church and school as administrative assistant. She also serves as an after school care supervisor. 

Biographical: Mrs. Mendez and her husband have two children, one of whom is a student at NLS. 

Contact Mrs. Mendez: 813-961-9195 or email