Name: Penny Suydam

Age: 43

From: Chicago

Lives in: Aurora

Education: Bachelor's and master's degrees from Concordia College (now Concordia University) in River Forest

Time at Immanuel: 12 years

Previous positions: Taught at St. John Mayfair in Chicago and St. John in Franklin Park.

Award: 2016 Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher, Lutheran Education Association

Family: Married, one son