B.S. 1974 - Concordia Teacher's College, Seward, Nebraska (Math and Music)
M.Ed. 1982 - University of Houston (Music Education)
Paul Stuenkel is currently in his second year as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Lutheran High North, after retiring from teaching for 40 years. He continues to produce a fall and winter drama and a spring musical each year, and works on improvements to our buildings and grounds.
Paul's first call was to Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York, where he taught instrumental music and MusArt at the middle school and high school levels. During his 6 years on Long Island he increased enrollment in the band program at all grade levels, started a Jazz Band, Dixie Band, Oompah Band, Woodwind and Brass Choir, led the Pep Band at MANY basketball games for the (often) state champion LuHi Crusaders, and continued a tradition of excellence with Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and NYSSMA solos and ensembles. Each spring he conducted the pit orchestra musicians for a full length Broadway style musical production. Paul also led the Hiking Club on trips to the Appalachian mountains and helped with Ski Club trips.
In July of 1980, Paul moved to Houston to help start the new Lutheran High School on the north side of town. Early duties included hanging chalkboards in the new classroom building and putting student desks together. Paul set up a citywide Instrumental Music Program for grade school students at 10 local schools which fed North and South high schools and coordinated Summer Programs for many years. He taught high school band and choir, founded a select singing group called the Glory Givers, helped lead huge Fine Arts Festivals each year, and led numerous performances of vocal and instrumental groups throughout the Houston community. Every Fall, Paul helped with stage and tech for Fall Dramas and each Spring produced a quality Broadway style Spring Musical. Paul and his music groups were very active and successful in TAPPS Music Competitions, winning the State Instrumental Music award in both 1995 and 1996.
About 1998 or so, Paul's emphasis at LHN shifted to computers and the network needed to move into the new age of technology. He served as Technology Coordinator until the summer of 2012 and oversaw the installation of wired and then wireless networks, digital projectors in each classroom, smartboards, and a one-to-one iPad program for all students in the fall of 2010. Each summer was spent upgrading classrooms and other facilities. Ongoing education has included numerous workshops and conferences designed to increase knowledge and skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere, Illustrator and LEGO Mindstorms software.
Paul's snow skiing days are over, but trips to New York City and other areas of the country are still eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed, along with trying to keep up with a young grandson, visiting relatives and friends, attending shows and concerts, and reading modern action-filled novels. Weekly trips to the movie theater and participation in two "Big Band" groups (as the piano player) combine to fill any remaining "leisure" time.