Mark Muehl

The Emotionally Safe Classroom

St. Paul’s Teachers Foster a Caring Learning Environment Jovita Nack, a fifth grade teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, says that when a child does not feel safe, they cannot learn. “I came across a professor in college who understood classroom anxiety and said, ‘Think of me as someone who is like an editor and… Read more »

Bethlehem Lutheran: A Small School with a Big Heart

Lasting Friendships Highlight Layne Fisher’s Experience Layne Fisher doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that her family ended up at Bethlehem Lutheran School. “It was God’s plan,” she says. “I was getting my hair cut from a lady in Ossian. I was looking for a babysitter, so I talked to my hairdresser who recommended Susan Stoppenhagen…. Read more »

Woodburn Lutheran Impacts Family of Seven

The Gentz Family Invests in Christian Education Jake and Jamie Gentz had a big decision when it came time for their oldest son, Jacob, to go to kindergarten. Parents to five kids, they knew that whatever school they chose, they would be making a decision that impacted their whole family. “I did a walk through… Read more »

A Change for The Lutheran Schools Partnership

Change is part of the world we live in. We can fight it, embrace it, create it and ignore it. This year, TLSP will experience a major change as our Academic Excellence coordinator moves on from TLSP to begin working for Region 8. Cindy McKinney has been a trusted colleague, a valued resource to teachers… Read more »

Lego Robotics: An Adventure in Computer Programming

St. John-Emmanuel Completes in Lego Robotics Competition Tinkering with Legos isn’t just for kids. Ask Randy Stinson, Lutheran school parent and one of the volunteer leaders for the Lego robotics club at St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School. Lego robotics combines engineering and computer programming, allowing students to design, build, and program small-scale Lego robots. These robots… Read more »

Reading Partners Program Spurs Relationships

Volunteers and First Graders Connect through Reading and Dogs If dogs are man’s best friend, then it’s no wonder they make a great pal for early readers. In Amy Scott’s first grade class last year, children were paired with reading volunteers and later, therapy dogs, encouraging young readers with their literacy development. It all began… Read more »

Concordia Elementary Highlights Character Education

Character Development Program Impacts Students Michael Rosin, principal at Concordia Elementary, saw the value in a tradition character education program, but wanted to meet the needs of a Lutheran school. He adapted a character education program to fit the school’s Christian focus. The program highlights seven character traits that include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring,… Read more »

Music Program Thrives at St. John Lutheran

School Offers Keyboard, Guitar and Strings Gerald Ford said, “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them—a world of work, culture, activity and human involvement.” At St. John Lutheran School in Kendallville, the music program is preparing children for the future with a variety of opportunities, including strings,… Read more »

Central Lutheran’s Preschool Gains Space

Building Expansion Links Preschool to Grade School “I always knew I wanted to do something with young kids,” Jenna Hicks, preschool director at Central Lutheran School, explains. Certified to teach children birth through third grade, she wanted to teach in an early education program and give students the best start in their educational journey. In… Read more »

Wyneken’s Heritage of Faith and Family

A Rich History Defines School When Marvin Drier arrived at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School for his teaching interview, he knew it was a good fit after seeing two things: Mountain Dew and seed corn hats. “When I taught in Chicago I was an abnormality,” Mr. Drier says. “I have a rural heritage. I liked Mountain… Read more »