Charles (Chuck) Winterstein has received the Lutheran Education Association’s (LEA) highest honor, the Christus Magister award. The award has been given annually by LEA since 1965. Recipients are selected by the LEA Board of Directors.
Winterstein serves as assistant to the superintendent of schools in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Michigan District. He has previously served as a school teacher and coach; assistant principal and principal; university instructor; director of development and marketing; education executive for the LCMS Mid-South District; and vice-president, executive vice-president and acting president for Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Winterstein has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Distinguished Principal and National Distinguished Lutheran Principal and has received education honors in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Winterstein was nominated for the Christus Magister award by a colleague, who said, “Chuck has been the definition of a servant! And what I admire most is his desire to be a champion for students in any way that he can. He loves our Lutheran schools and desires excellence so our students have the very best. I’m grateful for his leadership and know that so many others have been blessed by it as well.”
Upon receiving the honor, Winterstein said, “I serve administrators and teachers, assisting them as they meet the needs of the students entrusted to their care. I find great joy in helping administrators become better facilitators of educators and the educational process. A successful school ministry makes my heart sing.”
Other LEA award recipients recognized in 2020, selected by task forces composed of subscribers to LEA’s retired educators’ network, are:
Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator
Nathan Domsch, Omaha, Neb.
Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator
Roy Stuckwisch, Seymour, Ind.
Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher
Dian Schlichtmann, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Teacher
Amanda Graham, Hew Haven, Ind.
Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher
Allyson Hoger, St. Charles, Mo.
Distinguished Lutheran Middle School Teacher
Paula Myers, Utica, Mich.
Outstanding New Lutheran Middle School Teacher
Allison Seeliger, Boca Raton, Fla.
Distinguished Lutheran Secondary Educator
David Bahr, Hartland, Wis.
Distinguished Retired Lutheran Educator
Brian Young, Bay City, Mich.
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- Find out more about LEA’s award process
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Posted Feb. 28, 2020