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Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church and School
749 N. Pine St.
Bay City, MI  48708
Phone: (989)892-4252
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Teaching Staff


    Bethel's Teaching Staff

Proclaim God's Word as the source of wisdom and knowledge.
Portray teaching as a God given calling and ministry.
Promote educational excellence as an expression of Christian commitment.
Preserve our Christian heritage and values through education.
Partners with church and parents.

 Mr. Douglas Dast - Principal, 6-8 Grade Teacher
 Mr. Zacharia Thooft - 3-5 Grade Teacher
 Mrs. Rebecca McGehee - 1-2 Grade Teacher
 Mrs. Sandy Mayhew - Kindergarten Teacher
 Mrs. Jodi Virant - Preschool  Director/Teacher


 Douglas Dast Principal

 6-8 Teacher


  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN
  • 30 Graduate credit hours from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University 
  • Lifetime Teaching Certificate in the state of Wisconsin Grades K-8 all subjects
  • Lifetime Teaching Certificate in the state of Michigan Grades K-8 all subjects   9th grade in Social Studies and English
  • Hold MTTC Highly Qualified teaching endorsements in English K-9, Social Studies K-9, Math K-8, Science K-8; Elementary Education, Middle School Education

Teaching Experience:

  • 45 total years of teaching, all but two in the upper grades
  • 43 years as principal 



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  • Physical fitness
Mr.  Dast was born and raised in Pigeon, Michigan.  His father ran a retail lumber company and was a general contractor. Mr. Dast decided to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a Lutheran school teacher.  After attending St. John's Lutheran Elementary School in Pigeon, Mr. Dast attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan.  He attended Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for two years and  Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota for his final two years.  Mr. Dast received his first teaching call to Zion Lutheran Church in Morrison, Wisconsin.  He taught at Zion for ten years and served as principal for eight years. Mr. Dast then accepted a call to Bethel to teach the upper grades and serve as its principal and continues to serve in that capacity.  Mr. Dast married Shirley (Schultz) Dast shortly after graduation from college.  They have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren who all live locally.  In addition to raising his family, his wife Shirley also served the WELS as a teacher in three different congregations, including Bethel, and is now retired.  In addition to spending time with his family and close friends, Mr. Dast enjoys home improvement projects and outdoor activities.




Mr. Zachariah Thooft

3-5 Teacher

  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Elementaryy Education and Secondary Social Studies Education from Martin Luther College (2016)

Teaching Experience:
  • First Year

  • Sports
  • History
  • Outdoors

Mr. Thooft was born in Marshall, MN. to Dean and Michelle Thooft.  He has two brothers, Lucas who is a sophomore at Martin Luther Collete and Josh who is a sophomore at Southwest MN State University in Marshall.  Mr. Thooft attended Samuel Lutheran School in Marshall for grades K-8 and Marshall Senior High Schoold for grades  9-2.  The spring of 2016 he graduated from Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, MN majoring in Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies, as well as acquired his Minnesota Education Licences in those area. Upon graduation, Mr. Thooft was assigned to teach at Bethel grades 3-5, as well as serve as technology administrator and youth group coordinator. June 11, 2016 Mr. Thooft married Kathryn (Marquardt) Thooft at Garden Homes Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.  Kathryn also graduated from Martin Luther College  spring of 2016 and was assigned to teach K-4 at St. John's, Hemlock, MI.  They have enjoyed the move to Bay City and look forward to getting to know everyone and serving their Savior as teachers.

Mr. Thooft enjoys, sports, especially Minnesota sports and loves baseball.  He enjoys talking about sports and history, as well as being outside whenever he can.  Mr. Thooft looks forward to his first year of teaching, serving at Bethel and watching his students grow in God's grace! 




Mrs. Rebecca McGeHee
We welcome Mrs. McGehee 1-2 Teacher
 .  She moved to Bay City the summer 2016 from Newport News, VA along with her husband Tom and three sons, Gavin, Ian and Connor.
Bio coming soon      




                     Sandy Mayhew 
                          Kindergarten Teacher
                          Extended Kindergarten Teacher


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education From Dr. Martin Luther College New Ulm, MN 1989
  • Professional Teaching Licence for State of Michigan June 2016

Teaching Experience: 
  • 1st. Grade St. John's, Baraboo WI 1989-1990
  • K-4 New Salem, Sebewaing, MI 1999-2002 
  • Kindergarten, Bethel, Bay City, MI 2008 to present
Other Experience:
  • VBS and Sunday School teacher
  • Substitute teaching in area Lutheran Elementary Schools 
    1990-1999 and 2002-2008
  • 3 Years as a Nanny
  • 10 Years as a test administrator for MTTC, LSAT, GMAT 
  • Sewing
  • Bowling
  • Gardening

 Mrs. Jodi Virant
 Preschool Teacher and Director


  •   Silver Lake College  Bachelor of Science in Education 1989
  •    Dr. Martin Luther College Bachelor of Science in Education 1990
  •    Madonna University Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities 1998
  •    Graduate courses taken at Concordia University of Wisconsin in counseling program
  •    Teacher Certificates in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan


Teaching Experience:
  • 1991 Nursery School Supervisor Hope Church and Nursery School, Markham, Ontario, Canada        Director/Teacher
  • 1991-2002 Lola Park Lutheran School Redord, MI, Grades K-4
  • 2002-2009 Trinity Ev. Lutheran School Caledonia, WI, Grades 2-4, Junior Choir Director, School Music
  • 2009 Gloria Dei Lutheran Preschool Grand Blanc, MI, Teacher/Director
  • 2010-2011 Great Beginnings Christian Child Care and Kindergarten Saginaw, MI, Young Infant Lead Teacher, Preschool Teacher of Age 3 and Teacher School Age Summer Program
  • 2011 - Present Bethel Lutheran Preschool, Bay City MI, Teacher/Director



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