The Instructors of Principal 360: Chicago Edition

Meet our Instructors!

DR. LESLIE SMITH

   Course 1: Leading a Successful School in the 21st Century

  • Consultant & Former Head of School at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, CA)
  • National Leadership Forum, Growing Leaders Award, 2016
  • Lutheran School Administrator of the Year, Pacific Southwest District, 2013

 

MICHAEL WELCH, J.D.

   Course 2: Recruitment, Retention, and Marketing

  • President of CLEF‚Äôs Board
  • Former Director of Executive MBA Program at Loyola University (LU) Chicago
  • Former Senior Instructor at LU Chicago
  • Former VP of Legal Services at The Quaker Oats Co.

 

DR. DON HENDRICKS

   Course 3: School Finance & Financial Planning

  • Principal of Grace Lutheran School (Chicago, IL)
  • Former Associate Professor, Leadership Department, Concordia University Chicago
  • Former Superintendent in public school system for almost three decades

 

JOSH SWARTZ, MAT, M.S.Ed

   Course 4: Leading Academic Excellence

  • Principal at St. Lorenz School (Frankenmuth, MI)
  • Launched nationally recognized ‚ÄúBlended Learning‚ÄĚ school, 2014¬† (Huntsville, AL)¬†
  • Principal of the Year,¬† Southern District, 2011

 

MYCHAL THOM, M.S.

   Course 5: Innovation in the Lutheran School (Co-Instructor)

  • Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Dean for Academic Innovation at Concordia University (St. Paul, MN)
  • Former Head of School at Concordia Lutheran High School (Ft. Wayne, IN)

 

DAVID HAHN

   Course 5: Innovation in the Lutheran School (Co-Instructor)

  • Executive Director at Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (Saratoga Springs, New York)
  • LCMS Called Teaching Minister
  • PhD in Educational Administration and Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University Nebraska
  • Served in Lutheran Schools for over four decades

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