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Five Concordia-Chicago alumni honored by Lutheran Education Association


Five graduates of Concordia University Chicago are among the honorees of the 2016 Lutheran Education Association (LEA) Awards. The LEA Awards honor outstanding teachers who are active in the Lutheran community and who are committed to meeting the social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive needs of children, youth, adults and families.

Mark Muehl received the LEA’s top honor, the Christus Magister award, which has been presented since 1965 to individuals who have made significant contributions to Lutheran education. Muehl is executive director of The Lutheran Schools Partnership in Fort Wayne, IN, and serves on the Board of Regents at Concordia University Chicago.

Penny Suydam, a fifth-grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia, IL, was named Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher. Gloria Lawrence, the lead kindergarten teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School in Hales Corners, WI, was named Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher.

Awards for new teachers, those with three or fewer years of experience, were presented to Rebecca Eifert and Kayla Konow. Eifert is a music and math teacher at Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, MI, and was named Outstanding New Lutheran Secondary Educator. Konow is a second-grade teacher at Redeemer Lutheran School in Verona, PA, and was named Outstanding New Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher.

Originally founded as the Addison Teachers’ Seminary, Concordia University Chicago has a national reputation of educating exceptionally qualified teachers for more than 150 years.