MARCH ?? Gehlen Catholic School has welcomed a new administrator at the elementary level.
Andrea Loutsch took up her post on July 1 and took care of organizing her office and meeting the staff.
Lutsch brings a wealth of education and experience to this position and looks forward to the start of the school year.
?? I graduated from Morningside University with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish. I got my teaching license from Colorado Christian University. I then completed my Masters in Teaching from Morningside University, ?? she said.
In 2018, she completed her second master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in the Principality with her administrative license.
?? Currently, I am a doctoral student at UNI in pedagogical leadership, ?? she said.
Lutsch taught for nine years, primarily in the Sioux City Community School District as a first and third grade teacher.
?? I was also a literacy specialist. I have also taught at the college level at Buena Vista University and Northwestern College. This is my fourth year as an elementary administrator ?? she said.
Lutsch said she was encouraged to enter administration.
?? I had a senior mentor who encouraged me to pursue administration when I was a teacher in Sioux City. Amy Denney, current director of Perry Creek, was truly the best mentor and taught me a lot about educational leadership, ?? she said.
“Although I loved being in a classroom, I loved the idea of supporting teachers in their classes so that they can have an even greater impact on their students. Being an education leader truly gives you the opportunity to touch the lives of not only teachers and students, but also their families and the community you serve, ?? Lutsch explained.
One of the requirements for the position according to the help sought was the need for reading approval and the need to implement interventions for students on reading skills. Lutsch said she was up to the challenge.
“I was a literacy specialist with specific training in the five main areas of literacy development. As I continued my professional studies, I learned more about the science behind a child learning to read, how to identify reading difficulties and develop an action plan for targeted and diagnostic interventions with appropriate monitoring and support of progress. , ?? she said. ?? My goal is to bring this to light in our current practices at Gehlen and to support our teachers and students. ??
Although Lutsch is a new staff member, she is no stranger to Gehlen Catholic.
“My husband, Joe, graduated from Gehlen Catholic. My two oldest are students at Gehlen, ?? she said. We have a strong family bond and believe in the power of a faith-filled learning experience.
Joe is currently an elementary physical education teacher at St. Patrick’s in Sheldon and Spalding Catholic in Alton. They have two boys, Carson, 7, and Brighton, 6, and twins, Nora and Gabriela, 3.
With her family and her job, Lutsch says she doesn’t have a lot of free time.
“But in general, we attend all possible sporting events. Our boys are huge baseball fans. We attended Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs games this summer. I love to read and spend time with our four children, ?? she said.
Loutsch said she was eager to become a primary school principal at Gehlen.
This is my fourth year as a principal, but my first year in Catholic schools. I am so excited to meet all of the students, families and staff (whom I have yet to meet) and to form these relationships which are built around a love of God and a love of learning. There are so many exciting things going on at Gehlen, ?? she said. ?? I look forward to continuing our mission of providing students with knowledge of Christ’s love, rigorous academic experience, and assisting them on their journey to reaching their full potential.