Today we begin celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week. It's a time to recognize our heritage and association with other Lutheran schools across the country and throughout the world. Did you know that there are 1190 preschools, 842 elementary schools, and 85 Lutheran high schools internationally? Lutheran schools have operated continuously on this continent since before the United States of America existed as a country.
This is not something that started up as a result of busing in the 1970s as did many Christian schools. We have 10 Lutheran universities, each with a department of Lutheran teacher education. It is from those universities that most of our teachers graduate with a Lutheran Teacher Diploma. Teachers who have graduated from another university, go through a colloquy program that gives them an equivalent religious education. Because of this unique preparation our schools are different than public schools and unique among even Christian and private schools.
I attended a Lutheran School in Farrar, Missouri through 8th grade. I have personally taught in Lutheran Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and Fort Worth, Texas. Our grandchildren attend a Lutheran School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We are blessed with this large and diverse group of like-minded schools who provide resources and support.
Thank you for sending your child to be part of this community, this family. I enjoy working at Epiphany and look forward to seeing each child arrive every morning. I hope you will come back next year and each year through eighth grade.
In His Service,
Tim Miesner, Principal