Immanuel Lutheran Church & School • 115 South Sixth Street • Saint Charles, MO 63301 • (636) 946-2656

Mr. Doug Wagner
Current Position:
Teacher, grade 7 Homeroom, Science, Literature

1985-present Lutheran School Teacher, Immanuel Lutheran School, Saint Charles, MO
1975-1985 Lutheran School Teahcer, Martin Luther School (now Our Savior Lutheran), Grand Rapids, MI

BS Education Concordia University Seward, NE
MA Education Concordia University Seward, NE

I collect things: ugly ties, photographs of places we've visited, cartoons, trivia, memories, observations on chunks of Scripture, interesting quotations, ticket stubs from memorable St. Louis Cardinal games and other unusual artifacts. I make lists of things I would like to change or improve. I love to discover connections between one passage in Scripture and another. I like to go places I've never seen and spend time with my family.

Philosophy of Teaching:
Very near the center of education is seeing and making connections. Learning happens when we are able to relate one thing to another (which may have seemed unrelated a few moments ago).

Science is an amazing tool to help make connections. It increases our curiosity, forces us to think through possible solutions, make new observations, and search for those connections.

I believe the skills needed for doing science well are the same skills needed for making any decision in life wisely. The process used in thinking through a scientific experiment matches up well with the daily decisions our young people make in high school and in college.

I like thinking of science as yet another way to teach the faith. The observation and study of nature shows the fingerprint of a mighty God.

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands. . . .
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world" (Ps 19:1,4).

I hope to be one who helps others hear that Word that comes to us.

The adjective that best describes my philosophy of education is "eclectic". I'm not a strict advocate of any one approach. I think there is wisdom in adopting and adapting ideas from numerous sources. Rather than focusing only on the content of science or on a "hands on" approach, I see value in each. My goal is to try to take science concepts and design lab activities that help make them real for students.

I also spend some of my day teaching literature. Science works with manipulating variables in an experiment. Writers manipulate words. I've found many similarities in the scientist's examination of a question and a reader's examination of literature. Why did the main character in the story do that? What's the cause of the conflict in the story? How could this situation have been handled differently? These are good questions to ask as we live out our lives.

Classroom Goals:
I would like to see every student I contact:
-Come to see themselves as a completely unique child of a loving heavenly Father and as one redeemed by His Lamb.
-Walk through life aware of that new status with eyes wide open looking for new things the Good Shepherd may reveal each passing day of their lives.
-To see science as a useful tool in helping make decisions in life.
-To have their intellectual curiosity be on the increase.