Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Burnsville, MN

David Retzlaff

Principal / 7-8th Grade Teacher

Summary: After graduation from Martin Luther college in New Ulm, MN, I began teaching in 1986. I announced a Call Acceptance to serve as Principal and teacher at Good Shepherd in 2010. In 2015, I earned my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership through MLC.

Favorite Bible Passage: For I know the plan I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

Teaching philosophy: Matthew 28:19-20  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What a privilege it is to have a full-time job that also matches with the Lord’s Great Commission of teaching.  I feel it’s valuable to not only teach God’s Word to our children but to also help them apply that Word within their daily lives.  It’s important for the children to recognize that all their gifts are from God, that they should be faithful in using whatever gifts God has given them as they live their lives to serve those around them and glorify their Savior.