Charles A. Schiller
St. Paul Lutheran School
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
New Orleans, Louisiana

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Chuck Schiller helped reestablish St. Paul Lutheran School’s basic operations. He then restored its vitality as an urban Christian school. When the school reopened in October 2005, only 24 of the previous student population of 240 were able to return. Today the pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school serves 170 students. Eighty-seven percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals based on low household income. Schiller has succeeded in unifying the faculty, parents, and staff of St. Paul Lutheran School following the death of his wife, who served for 18 years as principal of the school. Of his school community, he says, “they have caught my vision for an urban school community that successfully educates African-Americans for a life of success in their community.” St. Paul Lutheran School scores on standardized academic tests show that students are meeting and even exceeding school goals. Class scores on average are at or above grade level. During the past three years, Schiller has advanced his faculty’s professional development by offering workshops, seminars, and retreats, and he has given particular focus to technology training. He previously served as a fourth-grade teacher at the school, starting in 1981. He began his career in education in 1973 at another Lutheran school, where he served as a teacher and principal. He has a B.S. from Concordia College in Nebraska.