With humble beginnings as Addison Lutheran Teachers Seminary, Concordia University Chicago has experienced a century and a half’s worth of growth and expansion. At the same time, the University remains fully committed to ensuring that all students realize the greater meaning in their spiritual and work lives, discovering ways to serve the greater good and mature in their faith. This is particularly evident in its exceptional teacher education programs.
Lutheran Teacher Education (LTE) program graduate Linda Pfeiffer BA ’93 says, “As a product of Lutheran schools, a proud Lutheran educator and a mom, I can only say that sending my children to Lutheran schools is the best investment I ever made.”
Pfeiffer, a kindergarten teacher at First Immanuel Lutheran School in Cedarburg, WI, enthusiastically explains what she means: “Where can you hear children singing about how strong and mighty their God is? Where can you hear children talking about heaven and their eternal life with God? Where can you hear students forgiving each other just like God forgives us? Where can you see teachers praying with and for their students and families? Where can you see God’s love shining through teachers, staff, students and families? Lutheran schools!”
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pfeiffer is especially thankful to be a Lutheran school teacher, because she and her students can rely on Scripture to get through difficult times. In the last year, John 16:33 has been her theme verse: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Every day, Pfeiffer reminds her students of something her own Lutheran teachers would share with her—that God is always with them. “In good times and bad, God is always there. Even on the most difficult, dismal days,” she says. “Knowing that since I was a child has helped me to do what God has called me to do: teach His little lambs.”