Taylor Haese, kindergarten teacher at Ascension Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Ind. was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s Outstanding New Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher award. Ms. Haese is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis. where she earned a degree specializing in Lutheran early childhood education and adaptive education.
In addition to teaching kindergarten, Ms. Haese serves on the school’s National Lutheran Schools Week and Reformation 500 committees. She was previously honored with the Marsh Konz
Student Educator Award from Concordia University Wisconsin.
Commenting in support of Taylor’s nomination, her supervising administrator said, “Taylor does not seem like a first-year teacher. She is confident and comfortable with what she does in and out of the classroom. She is creative and intuitive and is an asset to our school. A parent said to me the other day, ‘That new kindergarten teacher is hitting it out of the ballpark,’ and I certainly agree.”
Speaking of her first-year experiences, Taylor said, “In my everyday duties as a kindergarten teacher, I strive to be a role model to all students and a model for Christ. I show the children Christ’s love, guide them when needed, and show them forgiveness. I strive to meet the needs of each child and bring them a high quality education that meets the needs of all types of learners. I include character education and STEM in my curriculum to shape all of my students into well rounded people. Importantly, I create an excitement for learning and reading to begin to create lifelong learners.”
Supporting Taylor’s nomination, one parent commented, “I am so thankful to have Ms. Haese in my son’s life. She teaches the Lutheran faith in a way that is engaging and fun and easier for my son to remember. She is so engaged from a teacher/parent perspective as well. She utilizes a web-based program that allows parents to stay engaged in the classroom.”
Edward Grube, Director of Publications and Communications
Lutheran Education Association