Our Staff

Karen Tillma

director / teacher

Karen Tillma has been the head teacher at Emanuel Lutheran Church since 2000. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an associate’s degree in Early Childhood. She taught Head Start for 10 years before joining the staff at Emanuel Lutheran Church. In 2014 she was trained in S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K, an early childhood development program designed to engage children’s bodies and minds for success in all aspects of learning. She is married and has three grown children of her own. She likes to read, camp, spend time with family, participate in church actiivities/bible study and eating out. She loves children and strives to make learning fun through hands on activities.

Nora Escudero

assistant teacher

Nora started working at Emanuel Lutheran Preschool in 2019. She has a degree in Environmental Education. She is from Mexico, and has lived in Milbank for four years. She is married with one daughter and enjoys reading, camping, and riding a bicycle. Nora also works part-time at Tliolli Hispanic Grocery Store.

Timothy Koch


Lisa Miller

co-office manager

Karissa McFaden

co-office manager

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Board of Education
  • Jada Schmieg
  • Talia Athey
  • Tammy Mielitz
  • Karen Tillma, ex officio
  • Pastor Timothy Koch, ex officio
find out more at www.elcmilbank.org
emanuel lutheran preschool
701 south first street, milbank sd 57252
elcpreschool@itcmilbank.com | 605-432-9555
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