A Brief Bio of our principal
Our Principal Mr. Mike Brandon graduated from Concordia College in Austin, Texas. He subsequently earned a masters degree from Western Governors University in San Antonio, Texas, with a major in learning and technology. In addition, he has completed the Lutheran School Leadership Development (SLED) certification.
He comes to ILS after serving as a middle school teacher in Shanghai, China, where he and his family have been for the last two years. He has some experience teaching all grades (1-8) with a total of sixteen years in Lutheran Education.
Michael and his wife have two children who attend ILS.
September Principal Message
Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” As I listened to this verse being read in church this last week, it seemed to me like it was a verse that was written for a year like 2020. With all of the disasters in the world and restrictions in place due to COVID, I would assume many of you are losing patience just as I am. When we compare this year to the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert, or the sufferings that Paul endured, we know that it could always be worse, but does that give us joy? So how do we rejoice in hope in the midst of all of the storms that 2020 keeps throwing our way?
For me, this joy has come from serving at Immanuel. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces at recess. Looking at the student work that has begun to appear in the hallways. Having the opportunity to worship at Chapel every week. These are things that I took for granted in the past, but in a year when so many things have been striped down to only what is “essential,” it has been made clear how much of a blessing these things really are. God has used this time to help me rediscover the joy that comes from being present with others.
I will continue to remain constant in prayer that this phase passes and we will return to a more normal time. I will remain patient in this time of tribulation so that we can make it through this storm. I will rejoice in the hope that this will pass and that one day the entire Immanuel family will be able to gather again at one time. Oh, what a day of rejoicing that will be!
Theme for 2020/2021 School Year
Our theme for the upcoming year is 20-20 Vision based on Hebrews 12:1-2.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Many of us are probably looking at the year 2020 and hoping to be done with this chapter of our lives. We can’t wait to be mask free, sitting in a restaurant, having any kind of social life. But despite all of the restrictions, God still continues to work in our lives.
As we move forward with this year there will be a lot of weights that will try to slow us down, but that does not mean we are not to push forward. God’s Word tells us that we will have to run with endurance this race that is set before us. Verse 2 gives us the key to running this race. We are not to run this race looking back, or watching each step so as to not turn an ankle. We are to run this race with our eyes looking to Jesus.
We are to look to Him because He is the founder and perfecter of our faith. We fix our eyes on Him because He can do the impossible….He can do what others cannot. He is our inspiration…He is our hope …He is our empowerment. He has run this race. He has taken our sin to the cross. He has defeated the devil and rose again in Victory. He is the Way and the Truth and the Life. All we need to do is keep our eyes on Him and run the race set before us.