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Affirming Educators

Lutheran Education Association affirms exemplary educators through ten annual awards. Each award recognizes educational ministry characterized by strong commitment to serving Jesus Christ and excellence and effectiveness in teaching, leadership, and professionalism. Specific qualifications appear in each nomination document and on the Network Web pages.

LEA confers awards after nominations and nominee self-profiles are considered by a panel of peers, which chooses honorees based on the merits described in supporting documents. Awards are presented during the year of selection, but all recipients from the current and previous two years are honored again at LEA's triennial Convocations. Award recipients for 2017 were announced in January 2017.

LEA's 2017 Award Recipients

William Beckmann

Christus Magister
William Beckmann
Pastor & Co-director of Children's Ministries
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
Batavia, Ill.

Barbara Doyle

Distinguished Lutheran
Secondary Educator

Barbara Doyle
Valley Lutheran High School
Saginaw, Mich.

Christy Wood

Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator
Christy Wood
Assistant Principal/Site Administrator
West Portal Lutheran School
San Francisco, Calif.

Taylor Haese

Outstanding New Lutheran
Early Childhood Teacher

Taylor Haese
Ascension Lutheran School
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Judy Stock

Distinguished Lutheran
Middle School Teacher

Judy Stock
Pilgrim Lutheran School
Green Bay, Wis.

Hillary Czernicki

Outstanding New
Lutheran Elementary Teacher

Hillary Czernicki
Hales Corners Lutheran
Elementary School
Hales Corners, Wis.

Christin Senechal

Distinguished Lutheran
Elementary Teacher

Christin Senechal
Concordia Academy
Omaha, Neb.

Verne Schultz

Outstanding New Lutheran
Middle School Teacher

Verne Schultz
St. John's Lutheran School
Elgin, Ill.

Shelley Dartmann

Distinguished Lutheran
Early Childhood Teacher

Shelley Dartmann
Concordia Academy
Omaha, Neb.

George Locke

Distinguished Retired
Lutheran Educator

George Locke
Canton, Mich.

 

See 2015 LEA Award winners and 2016 LEA Award winners.