Challenging the next generation of leaders

NAME: Paul Wenger 

CLASS YEAR: 1986 

MAJORS: Elementary education 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Principal, Jordan Creek Elementary (West Des Moines)

WHY WARTBURG: Coming from a small high school, I wanted a college where you were not a number, but a person that people would greet by name. I also wanted an educational environment where you could feel comfortable going and speaking to your professors.

WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG:  I never thought I would serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Elementary Principals. 

Paul Wenger

HOW DID YOUR WARTBURG EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: Wartburg taught me how to build relationships, learn from failure, and how to get back up and address a challenge in a different way after being knocked down.

HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO THE COLLEGE: I am a huge supporter of Wartburg as a member of the Alumni Board and as the father of a Wartburg graduate. I love encouraging high school students to visit and attend Wartburg, but what I enjoy doing the most is hiring a Wartburg graduate to be a teacher in my elementary school.

HOW DO YOU LIVE OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: Being an elementary principal, I challenge and nurture 775+ students every day for lives of leadership and service through their daily learning activities.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of all the extra things Wartburg has to offer, such as Wartburg West, music groups, intramurals, etc. Enjoy every day, because they will go fast and yes, those days are some of the best you will ever have.