Northwest Leadership Team
Takeyla Sirmons has accumulated almost two decades of experience in the field of education. In 2023, she became a member of LUMIN Schools, specifically Northwest Lutheran. Throughout her educational trajectory, she has assumed diverse roles, including teaching assistant, lead teacher, regional literacy lead, Dean of instruction, and Principal. Takeyla demonstrates exemplary positive and professional leadership, which significantly impacts the well-being of both students and staff members. She has taken charge of the implementation of novel programs and optimal methodologies for the facilitation of teaching and learning. Takeyla demonstrates ongoing personal and professional growth in her spiritual journey, leadership skills, and pedagogical expertise through the cultivation of constructive connections with colleagues and families. The scripture that she holds in the highest regard is Luke 1:37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible," which suggests that there are no limits to what can be achieved with God.
Takeyla's exceptional tenacity, strong organizational skills, ability to align curriculum and standards, and commitment to elevating instructional rigor have been instrumental in her journey. She’s provided invaluable support for literacy instruction across a network of schools in the Milwaukee area. She has demonstrated a strong inclination towards collaborative work and has previously provided assistance to a group of educational leaders in the process of organizing, creating, and implementing professional development programs.
Takeyla obtained a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, followed by a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. She abides by the adage, "Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift.”
For any questions, please contact Takeyla Sirmons at [email protected]
Valerie Young, Assistant Principal at Northwest Lutheran School, has been a part of the LUMIN family since 2022. She has been working in the Education field for 21 years.
Valerie grew up in Milwaukee, WI. When Valerie was younger, she dreamed of growing up and becoming a detective. Before becoming an Assistant Principal at LUMIN, she worked at St. Marcus Lutheran School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Engagement Education from UW-Milwaukee.
Valerie is married and has 3 children along with a Yorkie Poodle named Moe. She likes to volunteer her time at her church. On Saturday mornings you can find Valerie at the beauty salon, fishing and writing poems.
One of the things that drew Valerie to LUMIN is the wonderful support given within. She has a love and passion to grow with her team by relationship building and sustainment. The opportunity to work with the whole “Village” daily is what Valerie enjoys most about her role at LUMIN!
Her favorite book of the Bible is Psalms!
For any questions, please contact Valerie Young at [email protected]
Carmen Bell, Administrative Assistant/Lunch Coordinator at Northwest Lutheran School, has been a part of the LUMIN family since 2010. She has been working in the Education field for 12 years.
Carmen grew up on the Northside of Milwaukee, WI. From a very young age, Carmen dreamed she would grow up to be a singer or artist. Before becoming an Administrative Assistant at LUMIN, she was a stay-at-home mom. She received her High School diploma and went on to attend UW-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch to take courses in Business Management.
Carmen is married and has 6 children along with a French Bulldog named Josie. She likes to volunteer her time at her church on the worship team. On Saturday mornings you can find Carmen praying and meditating in her courtyard surrounded by nature.
One of the things that drew Carmen to LUMIN is the wonderful souls that work there. She has a love and passion for people and has the ability to connect with families. Meeting all the new families, building our community and helping where there is a need is what Carmen loves most about her job!
Her favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 3:4-5 “Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
For any questions, please contact Carmen Bell at [email protected]
Dawn Degnan, Office Manager at Northwest Lutheran School, has been a part of the LUMIN family since 2007. She has been working in the Education field for 15 years.
Dawn grew up in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls, WI. From a very young age, Dawn knew she wanted to be a teacher. Before becoming an Office Manager at LUMIN, she worked at Zion Lutheran Child Care. She studied Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics at Concordia University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree. Dawn is currently First Aid and CPR certified.
Dawn is married and has 1 child along with two cats named Chaos and Atlas. She is a sports fan of the Brewers, Badgers, Bucks & Packers. On Saturday mornings you can find Dawn at home with her family, at a craft fair or a sporting event for her nieces and nephew.
She is able to bring her dedication to supporting the parents, teachers and students to help LUMIN carry out their mission. Dawn loves being able to talk with parents and communicate with them. She also loves being with the students and still being able to get into the classroom and teach, which are the main reasons she loves her job!
Her favorite scripture verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
For any questions, please contact Dawn Degnan at [email protected]