Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:08

New Faces and New Roles for Upcoming Year

We welcome two teachers joining the Valley Lutheran family. Caleb Abraham, a 2005 Valley graduate, is a new addition to the math department.  “He brings experience at the middle school level where he was noted for his skill at showing students the applications of their math lessons,” said Executive Director John Brandt.  Jai Millen, a recent graduate of Concordia University Nebraska, joins the faculty as a theology and physical education teacher. He is a native of Ames, Iowa.  “Jai brings a deep understanding of teens developed in his years as a summer camp counselor,” Brandt said.

Additionally, Charger athletics will have new leadership.  “Kurt Hofmeister’s retirement left some big shoes to fill,” Brandt said. “God blessed us with two men prepared to take on the challenge.”  Eric Smith, a faculty member and freshmen basketball coach, will take over as Athletic Director, but will continue teaching freshmen health and junior theology.  “The last several years he has organized the Lutheran schools state track meet, an event requiring excellent communication and organizational skills,” Brandt said. “These experiences will serve him well as Athletic Director.”  As the new Dean of Students, Heath Vincent is responsible for student conduct and attendance.  “Heath’s reputation as a fair-minded, ministry focused faculty member positions him well for this new service,” Brandt said.  Vincent will continue teaching Intro to Physics and Physics. Taking Vincent’s place as the Director of Student Recruitment is Sondra Yantz. She will visit area Lutheran schools, in addition to herduties as a special needs aide at Valley.  “Sondra is taking on additional duties as the Director of Student Recruitment,” Brandt said. “She has extensive experience in that role at Zion Lutheran School in Bay City.”

Blessings to each of these individuals as they use their God-given gifts and talents in His service at Valley Lutheran!
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