Shannon Freudenthal of Hillsboro is the new principal at St Paul Lutheran School. Shannon has more than 15 years experience in private and public schools teaching all levels from preschool through eighth grade. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a reading specialist endorsement. She will complete her administrator license coursework this year. Shannon is a continuous learner who makes it a priority to stay on the cutting edge.
Shannon is passionate about education and has known that she wanted to be a teacher since fifth grade. She loved and respected her fifth grade teacher and that teacher became the inspiration for her career. Shannon happily transitioned to St Paul because she enjoyed teaching in a small family-like atmosphere. Shannon said, “I also get to share the love of Jesus with the children. It is so exciting when you hear a child yell out in chapel, ‘because Jesus loves me’ as an answer to a question. I know I am planting a seed. I know I am helping to build the kingdom of God.”
Now that Shannon is the principal, she sees things from a broader perspective. She is already formulating her goals such as increasing enrollment at St Paul, which she sees as a thriving Christian school of academic excellence-a school that it’s worth driving out of the way to attend. She is keen to work with the Boards of Education and Trustees to make plans to expand and refurbish the campus. She is especially eager to work with her staff on Curriculum and Instruction, Multi-Age Teaching, and professional development.
Shannon is married to Michael, a Commander in the Navy Reserves and an internal auditor for the Army Corps of Engineers. Although not called to Iraq, he was recalled to work at Central Command in Florida because of his high security level. Michael and Shannon have three active and competitive children: Kayla 13, Kelsey 11, and Derek 9. Their family camps, attends sporting events and likes to travel. Shannon loves to read and walk her dog though there’s little time for relaxation and leisure just now.
When asked what she thought it was important that people know about her she said, “I want people to that I am a very approachable person. I am always willing to listen, and if I don’t
have an answer to a question I will find the answer. I have a big heart and will do my best
to help out the church and the school wherever needed. I am going to do my
best to be an exceptional leader of the school and to help assure that St. Paul Lutheran
School is a successful mission of the church.” What a blessing Shannon already is to St Paul!
Board of Education Chair Bill Hesse is excited about all that Shannon and the Board of Education can achieve together. “Shannon is working collaboratively and closely with the board. It’s great to work with someone who is so passionate about education in a Christian environment. We are very fortunate to have Shannon in this leadership role.” In a separate conversation, Shannon shared, “I am excited about the church members becoming more involved in our school. I know that the church and school are committed to working together like a cohesive unit as we realize our mission of bringing more families to Christ.” It seems clear that 2013-2014 is going to be an exceptional school year at St Paul. For more information about St Paul Lutheran School go to www.stpaullcms.net.