Dr. LeDell Plath
Graduate Faculty - Adjunct
His work with the mentoring program is a continuation of the mentoring ministry he began for the CLS in 1998. Until 2004 he personally mentored 105 MLC graduates who were assigned as principals. Since 2004 he administers the program by engaging mentors who are experienced principals and who live close to the apprentices. His work also includes orienting the mentors to the program and periodically monitoring their progress.
During the past 10 years he has served MLC and numerous WELS teachers by teaching a curriculum course in the graduate program. He has taught that course since the program’s early years. He also teaches two certification courses – Principles of Christian Education and Teaching Religion. Teachers who are not certified are required to complete those courses to obtain synodical certification.
Serving on a WELSSA visiting team either as captain or team member requires at least three days of concentrated on site work, observing the school in action, interviewing a variety of school personnel, and verifying the self-study a school has completed in preparation for the team’s visit. Based on those three areas of evaluation the team submits a recommendation to the CLS regarding the accreditation status of the school.
Several congregations have recently utilized his services as administrative consultant, interim principal, classroom observer, and member of the board of elders at his congregation in Elkhorn, WI.
Prior to mentoring new principals, Dr. Plath served the WELS schools for 29 ½ years as Associate Administrator. His special interest during those years was helping principals by assisting with writing the first principal’s handbook and planning/conducting workshops for young principals.
Prior to serving the CLS he had congregational experience in three schools: St. Peter, Helenville, WI; St. Paul, Algoma, WI; and St. John, St. Paul, MN. Those ministries focused on teaching the upper grades, serving as principal, playing organ for church services, directing senior and junior choirs, coaching sports teams, and working with a youth group.
The DMLC graduating class of 1955 included Dr. Plath. That was the first class in which the men were required to complete four years of college before being assigned to a teaching position.
In 1957 Fern Frank, also a DMLC graduate of 1955, and Dr. Plath were married at Zion Church, Morgan, MN. Their four children graduated from DMLC. Twelve grandchildren provide the Plaths with innumerable blessings and joy.
EdD Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI: Administration and Supervision
MA Concordia University, River Forest, IL: Administration and Supervision
BS Dr. Martin Luther College: Education