Faculty Profile: Dr. David Rindt
Dr. David Rindt serves at Concordia University, Nebraska as assistant professor of education and is also the director of secondary education. In this role, he works to prepare undergraduate students to be equipped for life in their upcoming classroom experiences, both in student teaching and in their teaching careers that lie beyond their time at Concordia. He supervises student teachers and also advises secondary education majors in their coursework at the university. He balances serving in the classroom with coordinating important field experiences students where they are able to put principles into practice.
Rindt attended Concordia University, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor of arts in secondary education and a doctorate in leadership and continuous improvement. This is his first year at Concordia Nebraska.
“I am excited about the opportunity to observe student teachers in their work, and to assist upper level students in classroom management techniques that allow them to better serve their target audience,” he said. “Watching students grow in their confidence and have moments of success when working well outside of their comfort zone is incredibly validating in the work-life of a teacher!”
Rindt said immediately upon visiting Concordia, he could tell how much the people at the university care for one another and how committed they are to their work.
“It is an honor to serve alongside people who take their vocation with high degrees of respect and sincerity,” he said. “I have met many Concordia Nebraska alumni that have served in church work with me over the years, and their passion and commitment for this place has always been remarkable.”
Rindt and his wife Kelly have three children. The family enjoys being outside, riding bikes and playing games. They attend Messiah Lutheran Church in Lincoln. In his free time, he also enjoys golf, weight lifting, reading and playing games with his children.
His career in Lutheran church work has given him the opportunity to serve in a variety of unique Christian ministry settings. He served as a 7th grade teacher and junior high principal in Fremont, California for seven years, served as assistant principal at The Lutheran High School of Kansas City for three years, and then served as principal of Christ Lutheran School in Overland Park, Kansas prior to coming to the university.
“Working with students effectively involves being an approachable and transparent person. God calls each of us to use the gifts that He has uniquely bestowed upon us to do our best, and in so doing I feel a strengthened sense of mission and connection with serving in His kingdom,” he said. “Teaching our students to be the ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus in the lives of their future students is work that both requires and strengthens the faith we place in Him. Spending time in the Word, in prayer and in chapel are all impactful exercises that strengthen my faith in Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior.”
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