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Leadership staffing update

Announcements of our faithful faculty, staff
June 2, 2014

Dear Lancer Family:

We give thanks and praise to God for yet another amazing year at Orange Lutheran High School filled with joy and God’s great blessings. On Sunday, we celebrated the achievements of 322 graduates in front of a packed audience of over 5,000 people at the UCI Bren Center. The graduation service was a beautiful way to honor our students while rightly giving God all the glory!
As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close and we begin the preparations for 2014-2015, I would like to share with you several important leadership staffing changes. First, please join us in thanking the following faculty and staff members for their faithful service to God and the students and families at Orange Lutheran High School:

  • Dr. Jack Preus, Assistant Principal in charge of Academics has accepted a position as the National Director for Educational Innovation and Special Projects at Educational Enterprises, Inc. in Arizona effective July 1, 2014. Jack has faithfully served Orange Lutheran for the past 12 years as a Theology teacher, state champion Track and Cross Country coach, Director of Professional Learning, and our Assistant Principal for the past three years. Dr. Preus is truly an amazing educational leader, and we will miss him dearly. We are confident that God will continue to bless our school and we know that Dr. Preus will touch the lives of many different people with the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus.
  • Mrs. Danielle Frazier '01, Director of Dramatic Arts and Department Chair for the Performing Arts, is moving to Texas, where her husband, Mr. Kyle Frazier, Youth Director at Christ Lutheran Church and School in Costa Mesa, will serve as the Missionary of Discipleship at Acts Lutheran Church in the city of Lakeway near Austin, Texas. The Frazier family is moving in a few weeks, and we thank Mrs. Frazier for her faithful service and her passion for Drama and the Performing Arts.
  • Mr. Kent Hannibal, Instrumental Music/Band Director, has announced his retirement at the end of this school year. Mr. Hannibal is respected and appreciated for his genuine love for his students and for his accomplishments in developing an award-winning state championship band program. We thank Mr. Hannibal for nine years of faithful service to our school.
  • Mrs. Judith Lavigne, Assistant to the Executive Director, has announced her retirement at the end of this school year. Mrs. Lavigne has faithfully served Orange Lutheran for the past 16 years. For 15 years, she served as the assistant to former principal and Executive Director, Mr. Gregg Pinick, and for the past year, served as assistant to Executive Director, Mr. Todd Moritz. We wish Mrs. Lavigne all the best in her retirement.
We are pleased to announce the following changes and additions to our leadership team for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Mr. Todd Eklund, Athletic Director, will assume his new role as Assistant Principal effective July 1, 2014. Mr. Eklund has served at Orange Lutheran for the past nine years in the following roles: Visual and Media Arts teacher, baseball and soccer coach, Director of Ignite, Department Chair for the Performing, Visual, and Media Arts, Director of Professional Learning, and Athletic Director for the past two years.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Heim, Assistant Principal in charge of Student Services, will continue her leadership responsibilities under the title Director of Counseling and College Planning, which better articulates her area of expertise, training, and passion. Along with this title change, we are pleased to announce the launch of College Consulting Plus+, a unique program designed to provide an additional layer of oversight and management for families desiring step-by-step, individualized, and guided support. For additional information, visit our website under the Academics, Counseling and College Planning link and click on the link to College Consulting Plus+.
  • Mrs. Genevieve Ermeling, Assessment Advisor, will serve as our new Chief Academic Officer and will be responsible for both sustaining and improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning at Orange Lutheran High School. In this position, Mrs. Ermeling will provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Orange Lutheran's curriculum, instruction, assessment and school improvement initiatives, overseeing professional learning for all faculty and supervising academic leaders of the school. Mrs. Ermeling is no stranger to Orange Lutheran. After serving as a missionary and international educator at Urawa Lutheran School in Saitama, Japan, for seven years, Mrs. Ermeling served as: a teacher mentor for Rialto Unified School District, researcher and consultant for PIER Network, as an Orange Lutheran faculty member, and as our own Assessment Advisor since 2009.
  • Mr. Paul Jones '02, will serve as our Athletic Director under the leadership and guidance of former Athletic Director, Mr. Todd Eklund, effective July 1, 2014. Mr. Jones comes to us from Atascadero, California, where he currently serves as the Athletic Director at Templeton High School, which resides on the far north end of the CIF Southern Section. Prior to his role as AD at Templeton High School, he served just around the corner from us at Norco High School as the Student Discipline Administrator. For three years prior to that, he served as the Athletic Director at local feeder school, Hephatha Lutheran in Anaheim Hills. Mr. Jones holds a Masters degree in Coaching and Administration from Cal State Fullerton and a teaching credential from Concordia University Irvine.
  • Mrs. Pam Hansen will serve as Orange Lutheran's Director of Worship Arts effective July 1, 2014.  In this role, Mrs. Hansen will serve as the Department Chair for the Performing Arts where she will work closely with Mr. Kevin Nadeau, Artist in Residence, and Mrs. Megan Carvale, Director of Vocal Music. In addition, she will work closely with Campus Pastor Tim Detviler and will be responsible for all school-led chapel/worship events. Mrs. Hansen is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine, and has served as the Director of Worship Arts at Salem Lutheran Church and School for the past 17 years. She has also served as one of our adjunct choral directors for our Women's Ensemble, Bella Voce, for a number of years.
  • Our Athletics Chaplain, Reverend Captain Shane Yates of the United States Army, was deployed to Afghanistan on May 17. He began his training in the high desert of Idaho and traveled to Fort Hood in Texas before entering combat with one of the last Infantry Battalions. Please join us in praying for Chaplain Yates and his family. His position and office in our new building will certainly be waiting for him upon his safe return!
Due to increased enrollment in Math, Science, and the Visual Arts Departments, we are currently in the process of hiring three new faculty members. More information will be forthcoming as schedules are finalized and teachers are assigned their course loads for the 2014-2015 school year.
Thank you for your prayers and support as we seek to partner with you to provide the best educational experience possible for our students. We praise God for His great blessings and are committed to serving and glorifying Him as we strive to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus.
Enjoy your summer and we will continue to keep you updated in the weeks to come.
In His Love,
Leslie Smith, M.Ed.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran are based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.