Kindergarten - Mrs. Jill Kusel - Email:

Jill (Jacobsen) Kusel was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to John and JoAn Jacobsen. When she was two her family moved to Seymour, Indiana, where she attended Zion Lutheran Kindergarten and then Immanuel Lutheran School through fourth grade. Her parents then received a call to Trinity Lutheran School in Stockton, California. She graduated from Trinity and then attended a public high school near her home. After high school she decided to major in accounting and attended California State University, Sacramento. After one year as an accounting major she knew that was not what God had planned for her and she changed her major to Child Development. She received a BA in Child Development in 1992 and shortly after received her first teaching job at Faith Lutheran School in Fair Oaks, California. She taught kindergarten in the morning and art, computers, spelling, and PE in the afternoon to grades 1-8. In 1994 she decided to go back to school and get her California Teaching Credential and her Lutheran Colloquy from Concordia University in Irvine, California. During that year she became engaged to Mark Kusel; they married the following summer. After the year away from teaching Jill received her first call to West Portal Lutheran School in San Francisco, California. She taught sixth grade for two years and then moved to kindergarten. During that year she found out that she and Mark were going to be parents and Mark received a call to teach at St. John's Lutheran School in Napa, California. Peyton was born in September of that school year. Nineteen months later they were blessed with Emily. When Emily was in her last year of pre-school, St. John' s decided to start a resource program. Jill was hired to fill that position. She worked for the next eight years 20-30 hours a week helping children who were struggling, and assisting parents in finding outside help when needed to allow their children to succeed. When Jill is not teaching she enjoys scrapbooking, woodworking, quilting, and spending time with her family.