For the past forty-five years Ned Goede has served as teacher and administrator in schools in the city of Milwaukee. His experiences include teaching all grade levels from grade three through twelve and serving as principal at both the elementary school and high school level. Ned served as principal at Wisconsin Lutheran High School from 1991-2016. He is now finishing his teaching career by going back to what he loves most: classroom teaching. During his career he has also served as choral director, church organist, coach in athletics and forensics, and theater director.
Ned has always stayed involved in “hands on” teaching while serving as school principal. He has directed the WLHS concert choir and show choir since 1996. He believes passionately that one is a more effective school leader when involved at the “ground zero level” of education: the classroom. He has been actively involved in educational organizations throughout his career and has served on the board of directors for a variety of institution and community organizations.
As principal at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, it was his continual goal to have a fine arts center that would meet the needs of the many talented artists in the school. At times, other building projects were given appropriate priority. However, through the planning and work of a determined team of people committed to the importance of the arts in a person’s life, the construction of a beautiful fine arts center was completed in 2015. One of Ned’s final projects as principal was assisting in the planning of the dedication service for this center. He and his colleagues and, most importantly, the students are now enjoying this wonderful facility.
Ned and his wife, Margie, have been married for forty-one years and have four children and six grandchildren. When asked how he has managed to serve as a principal for almost four decades, Ned’s answer is simple: his faith, family and friends, devoted colleagues, wonderful students every year, and music!