Karrie Backhaus

1st and 2nd Grade Teacher


Name: Danielle Lardi


Position: First and Second Grade Teacher


Number of Years Teaching: 2


Background: I grew up and lived in Morris, Illinois before moving to LaGrange, Georgia in August 2016.  I attended Concordia University Chicago for my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education.  While at CUC, I participated in the university’s cheer and dance team.  I recently got married to my husband Chris in June and moved to Lombard to support his graduate studies at National University of Health Sciences.  Outside of school, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling as much as possible. 


This year I am new to ZCLS.  I teach first and second grade and absolutely love it! I look forward to spending my second year of teaching here.  I run the science club as well.


Teaching Philosophy:  In my classroom, students learn in lots of different ways.  I love hands-on activities for students to dive into their education.  We use songs to help us remember everything from memory verses to plant parts.  I love watching my children grow in their faith and love for Jesus in my classroom!