Paul Goffron’s Acceptance Letter
Dear Families of Cross Lutheran Church and School,
I am truly humbled and excited to accept the position of Interim Principal at Cross Lutheran School. It has been a blessing to meet your senior staff, Call Committee, school faculty, and student body over the past two months. Through interpersonal interactions, classroom observations, and brief, yet meaningful, discussions with members of the student body it was apparent to me that the Holy Spirit is alive and very active at Cross Lutheran Church and School.
As I weighed my options over the past several weeks, the “nudge” of our Heavenly Father became clearer, and I knew that I wanted to continue to serve Him and His children as part of the ministry here at Cross Lutheran. As your educational leader, I will strive to be a Christ-centered, servant leader who puts the students and their spiritual, academic, and emotional well-being at the forefront of every decision. I intend to collaborate regularly with members of the senior staff, the school faculty, the student body, and school parents. Finally, I will be very intentional to communicate regularly and effectively with all stakeholders of Cross Lutheran School.
Once again, I am excited and eager to begin my journey as a Cross Crusader, and I pray that we have the opportunity to meet in person in the very near future. I pray for God’s continued blessings on this great church and school community.
Paul A. Goffron
Paul Goffron’s Biography
Mr. Goffron has been teaching and serving in Lutheran education for 14 years. In 2005, he graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. One month after graduation, he began Valparaiso University’s LEAPs graduate program where he would earn a Master’s degree in Education, an initial teaching licensure, and gain two years of teaching experience in an inner-city Lutheran school. Mr. Goffron was placed at Jehovah Lutheran School in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood where he taught and coached for three years. In 2008, he began his first of four years at Walther Lutheran Academy in Forest Park where he taught 5th-6th grade, was athletic director, and coached multiple sports. After completing his Master of School Leadership program at Concordia University Chicago in 2012, Mr. Goffron began his seven-year administrative tenure at Walther Christian Academy as Dean of Students. He also taught Spanish I and was the head coach for boys’ and girls’ cross country and boys’ track and field. From 2013-2015, Mr. Goffron held the administrative roles of Assistant Principal and also spent one year as Athletic Director. He became Principal at Walther in July 2016 and held that position through the completion of this past school year.
Mr. Goffron currently resides in Lombard, Illinois with his lovely wife of 11 years, Dawn, and two energetic sons, Bryce (5) and Shane (3). His family and he are members at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard where his boys also attend school. Mr. Goffron enjoys spending time playing at parks with his sons, running, drinking coffee, and studying the weather.
Note from Pastor Erik Gauss
Paul will begin his ministry here at Cross on July 1, 2019. He will need to get acclimated to our facilities and procedures, as well as our school software programs and the like. He will determine the best ways to get to know the staff and the families over his first few weeks and months. We will officially commission Paul the weekend of August 17-18, along with the Blessing of the Backpacks and the re-dedication of the school staff!