Laura Keck

K4 (Kindergarten Readiness)

Sitting on a stone step with the beautiful backdrop of mountains and trees at a small camp located just above Wheatland, Wyoming, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. This was the most pivotal moment in my life and has molded and shaped all of my life decisions to this day.

Growing up in a small town, Laramie Wyoming, with three brothers and a mother and father who lovingly brought me to church, I was taught life principles from God's Word. I had a desire to be a wife, mother, missionary, teacher, pastor's wife, or whatever the Lord opened the door for. After graduating from high school in 1989, I headed off to college in Dunbar Wisconsin, a small Christian college called Northland Baptist Bible College. I soon began to date the man who would be my husband. I married Kraig Keck after my junior year and we came back as a married couple, so that I could finish getting my degree in elementary education. I graduated in 1993 and we headed to Pennsylvania so that my husband could finish going to seminary. We have spent our married life in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and now Minnesota.

Throughout my life, God has blessed me with many of the desires of my heart. I desired to be a wife and he gave me a wonderful husband. I desired to be a mother and he gave me four wonderful children. I desired to be in full time ministry in some capacity and he gave me a husband who became a pastor. We have been in Minnesota for the last eight years where my husband has been serving as the pastor of Chisago Lakes Baptist Church. Through our years together I have had various part time jobs, but have spent most of my time raising my children and supporting my husband in any way I could. Now, God has given me another desire of my heart when I became the K4 teacher this year. What a source of great joy this has been to me. I am so thankful for the opportunity.

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Beth Hraba


I was born and raised in Mishawaka, IN. When I was 7 years old, my mother started taking me to church. It was at the age of 7 that I recognized my need to accept Christ as my Savior. I attended a Christian school and then attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. It was at PBBC that I earned my degree in Elementary Education.

While attending PBBC, I met my husband, Allen Hraba. We were married in 1990. For the first year of our marriage, I taught at First Baptist Christian School in Mishawaka, IN. My husband and I moved to Taylors, SC in 1991. I taught fifth and sixth grade at The Academy of Arts, and Allen went to school at Bob Jones University. We were then called to Delaware, Ohio, where Allen taught at Delaware Christian School, and we attended Delaware Bible Church. It was during our 12 years in Ohio that Acacia, Alec, Austin, and Alayna were born. I stayed home and was involved in several ministries at the church.

In 2004, the Lord led us here. Allen began teaching Math and Computer Science, and I became an aide for 3rd and 4th grade. During my second year as an aide, I had the opportunity to substitute for the Kindergarten teacher during her maternity leave. In 2006, I was offered the Kindergarten teaching position.

My goal is to allow the Lord to use me in this role as teacher to direct the lives of young children spiritually and academically.

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Suzette Nelson

First and Second Grade

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Jina Linder

Third and Fourth Grade

I am so grateful to be able to teach at Chisago Lakes Baptist School. I am the oldest of four children. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. I grew up going to church, praying, and learning about God. Christ was the center of my upbringing. At a very young age, I asked Jesus into my heart to be my personal savior and Lord of my life. I started to really grow in my relationship with God when I was in Junior High. I started a Bible study with my friends in school. I have been active in youth group and church from my youth and this continues into my present day life. After High School, I went to Texas to do Youth With A Mission. This is a short-term mission organization that teaches, trains, and sends out missionaries around the world. I traveled and did missions for two years. Then I decided I wanted to get more schooling so I went to North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I received my Elementary Education Degree in teaching in 2006. During college I met and married my husband Peter Linder. We have been married for fifteen years this last August. We have three boys; Gavin, Oliver, and Avery. We currently attend Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom. We like to be involved in small groups with church. As a family we enjoy being outside, boating, and serving the Lord.

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Emily Crothers

Fifth and Sixth Grade

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Shelley Hraba

High School History & Speech

I have a degree in Education and Bible with a minor in Speech from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. I graduated from college in 1989. My family and I have attended Chisago Lakes Baptist Church since 1996. I have taught at Chisago Lakes Baptist School since 2006. My husband John and I have three children. We have been thankful for the ministry that CLBS has had to all of our children. They all three graduated from Chisago Lakes Baptist School before going on to college. I came to know Christ as my Savior as a child. I am grateful for His grace in my life, and I am glad that He has given me the opportunity to work with children here at Chisago Lakes Baptist School.

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Crystal Crum

High School Science and Math

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Cindy Matson

High School English and Spanish

After growing up in Laramie, Wyoming, I attended Northland Baptist Bible College where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education with a minor in Spanish. I began teaching at CLBS immediately upon my graduation from Northland in 2007. I also took over as the CLBS varsity girls’ basketball coach in 2009. In 2016, I completed a Master of Arts degree in theology and biblical counseling from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Chris Young

Elementary Music, High School Band and Choir, Drama

As I start my 21st year at CLBS, I look back at how the Lord brought me to this point in my life. I grew up in a musical family and even when money was tight there was always money to continue the piano lessons that I started in 2nd grade. My 4th grade year brought the French horn into my life and throughout my remaining school years, I was immersed in music. My love of teaching came to me in junior high when my band director let me run a rehearsal while he was absent one day (the principal sat in of course). That teacher saw something in me and I am forever thankful.

My first love for drama began when my big brother had the lead in South Pacific. I remember when he took me backstage to look at all the sets. I was also able to play for our community theatre’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, and Unsinkable Molly Brown and I was also able to sing in the White Water Opera Company my freshman year in college.

I attended Cedarville College and was a Music Education major. During a fall conference, the Lord let it be known to me that He wanted me to teach music in a Christian School. Christian schools were just starting then and I had never been to one, but I knew this is what the Lord wanted for me.

My husband and I have 3 girls, 3 sons-in-law, and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Even as I begin my countdown to retirement, I still enjoy the concerts, band tours, drama/musical productions, and elementary music concerts just as much as I did when I started. The Lord is good. He has given me the desires of my heart with my music.

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Allen Hraba

Advanced Math

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