6th Grade Homeroom, Geography & Reading, Middle School Science
Mrs. Tornese is from Minnesota and attended high school and college there. She graduated with a BS in elementary education from Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Jessica moved to Florida in 2011 with her husband, Nick, who works for Hewlett Packard as a data base analyst. They have three children ages 12, 10, and 6.
Mrs. Tornese as taught fifth and sixth grades as well as preschool. This year she has served Redeemer as first grade teacher assistant in the mornings and reading/math/writing coach in the afternoons. Now she is the sixth grade homeroom teacher and teacher of middle school science, sixth grade reading, and sixth grade geography. Mrs. Tornese is also team-teaching the horticulture elective with Mrs. Throgmorton and Mrs. Bailey. Mrs. Tornese is active in her church and teaches Sunday school as well. One major highlight of her career working with middle school aged children, was taking a group of 25 teens on a Teen Tour across the country, visiting several important landmarks and experiencing extreme life adventures such as caving, white water rafting, and rock climbing.
With reading being her major interest, Mrs. Tornese has written and published three books. She coaches volleyball and actually coached Redeemer’s teams while Janaina Miranda was on medical leave for a brief time this fall. Jessica also enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.
7th Grade Homeroom and American History, Middle School Language Arts
Mrs. Grubb was born and raised a Lutheran, but did not attend Lutheran School until she transferred to Concordia University-Nebraska in her junior year of college. She majored in Secondary Education, with a Social Studies Field Endorsement and a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia-Nebraska.
She took her first call to Redeemer as eighth grade teacher and served for eight years until she decided to stay at home with her children. When her children entered school, she began substitute teaching. When Redeemer needed a Language Arts teacher, she accepted the call again.
Mrs. Grubb enjoys spending time with her husband and children, being involved in Bible Study, gardening, and reading.
B.S., Ed., Secondary Education
Lutheran Teaching Diploma; Social Studies Field Endorsement
Florida Certified, 5-9 English & 6-12 Social Studies
8th Grade Homeroom, Mathematics, Ministry Team
Mr. Utech attended Lutheran Schools from preschool through 8th grade, with the majority of time spent at St. Paul Lutheran School in Boca Raton, Florida. He continued on to Boca Raton Community High School and graduated with honors in 2000. After one year at Valparaiso University, he transferred to Concordia University RIVER FOREST and earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics in 2004.
Mr. Utech’s first call was to Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran School where he spent much of his time there as 7th and 8th grade teacher. He developed math and science programs for SOC and also worked to build the school athletic program and health awareness among his students. He coached several sports teams as well. He was also instrumental in getting a youth group started at Shepherd of the Coast.
Mr. Utech then went on to serve at Trinity Lutheran School in Davenport, Iowa. He was the 6th grade homeroom teacher. Over his 5 years there, Mr. Utech also taught 5th through 8th grade math and Algebra, 6th and 7th grade religion, PE, computer and health. He also coached basketball and golf at Trinity, and served as Athletic Director for two+ years. Mr. Utech was also involved in the leadership of the junior high youth ministry at Trinity.
You will find Mr. Utech looking for any opportunity to stay connected to God in The Word (Bible), spending time outside and participating in various sporting activities, cheering for his favorite Florida sports teams and the University of Michigan, and hanging out with his friends and family (including being Uncle to the 3 best nephews in the world!)
Mr. Utech is excited to be at Redeemer and looks forward to new opportunities for ministry at our Church and School.
BA Elementary Education, Concordia University River Forest(2004)
Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2004 – 2007)
Trinity Lutheran, Davenport, IA (2007 – 2012)