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New principal takes the helm at First Lutheran School

Dean Scheele, a Hamburg native, is the new principal at First Lutheran School in Glencoe, replacing Craig Kohls, who retired last spring. Scheele also will teach part time and is looking forward to knowing the students, parents and congregation at First Lutheran.

Dean Scheele, a native of Hamburg, has enjoyed traveling and teaching around the United States in New Orleans, La., Williamsburg, Iowa, and Bay City, Mich., but is “happy to be back” as the new principal at First Lutheran School here in Glencoe.
Scheele grew up in Hamburg, graduated from Mayer Lutheran High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and physical education from Concordia University in Nebraska, where he met his wife, Sheila.
The couple moved to New Orleans after he was called to teach there at a Lutheran school.
“We lived there for four years and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I always said if we were there one more year, we probably wouldn’t have moved anywhere else,” Scheele laughed.
He detailed the rich, vibrant cultural background of New Orleans and its surrounding areas, highlighting Cajun music festivals, the community involvement during Mardi Gras and tasty crawfish boils.
“I hope to host a crawfish boil with the eighth-grade students in February during Mardi Gras as part of our American history lesson,” Scheele said.

For more about First Lutheran's new principal, see the Aug. 27 print edition of The Chronicle.