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Scott Schumacher
St. Peter's Lutheran School
Lutheran Schools of Indiana – Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Columbus, Indiana

At St. Peter's Lutheran School, which serves just over 400 K-8 students, Scott Schumacher has been principal for the last ten years. During that time, he has been able to earn his school multiple “A” recognitions from the state as well as an “Exemplary” status from the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) in 2012—an award that has only been given to 29 of 2,300 Lutheran schools in the country. Contributing to Schumacher's success is his emphasis on professional development and his ability to build strong partnerships. To encourage a goal-driven mindset, he has each of his staff members maintain personal professional growth plans. By exposing them to Curriculum Mapping, Bloom's Taxonomy, and other instructional approaches, Schumacher has been able to shape aspiring leaders. “Not only did Scott see something in me, but he also made it clear that he valued and believed in me,” says teacher and Curriculum Coach Julie Dietrich. As a strong communicator, Schumacher has been able to connect with parents and community members on multiple levels. Parents serve as Book Buddies, Lunch Buddies, provide input in curriculum development, and volunteer regularly. Schumacher also works with the local public schools, where he has gained support for hearing, speech, and Individual Education Plan efforts. He currently serves as the Executive Committee Chair Elect for NLSA. He holds a B.A. from Concordia University and an M.S. from Butler University.