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In Recognition of Excellence

Every year, educators from Lutheran settings nominate their colleagues for special recognition. These are educators who are:

  • Active both in the local as well as the Lutheran community
  • Have a strong, demonstrated commitment to serve Jesus
  • Have shown a commitment to excellence in meeting the social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs of children, youth, adults, and/or families


2022 Award Nominations Are Open!

LEA is accepting nominations for all of our awards. Criteria for each of our awards is listed below in the list of awards.

  • All nominations must be received by December 19, 2021.
  • Please nominate individuals for only one award.
  • You may nominate yourself for an award.
  • If you have any questions, contact us at

To nominate someone, find the form here:

Awards include

LEA is honored to announce the 2021 Award recipients.

Mark Brink

Mark Brink

Executive Director for School and Youth Ministries

Florida-Georgia District, LCMS

Mike Schiemann
Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator

Mike Schiemann


Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School, Cornelius, OR

Janis King
Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator

Janis King

Preschool Director

St. John’s Lutheran School,
Napa, CA

Becky McKinney
Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher

Becky McKinney

Preschool teacher

Central Lutheran School,
Newhall, IA

Ruth Wiedenmann
Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher

Ruth Wiedenmann

Fourth Grade Teacher

St. Luke’s Lutheran School,
Oviedo, FL

David Gesch
Distinguished Lutheran Middle School Teacher

David Gesch

Middle School Teacher

Redeemer Christian Academy,
Wayzata, MN

Hanah Singer
Outstanding New Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher

Hanah Singer

First Grade Teacher

Salem Lutheran School,
Tomball, TX

Hannah Sugita
Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher

Hannah Sugita

Third Grade Teacher

Our Shepherd Lutheran School,
Avon, IN

Sam Gmirek
Outstanding New Lutheran Middle School Teacher

Samuel Gmirek

Middle School Teacher

Epiphany Lutheran School,
Houston, TX

Outstanding New Lutheran Secondary Educator

Brian Loesel

Science Teacher

Concordia Lutheran High School,
Fort Wayne, IN

Ken Palmreuter
Distinguished Retired Lutheran Educator

Kenneth Palmreuter

Retired Administrator

Rapid City, SD