Teacher Mark Klitzing Honored by Lutheran Education Association
February 16, 2022 at 10:15 AM
Congratulations to longtime Orange Lutheran math teacher Mark Klitzing, honored as the 2022 Distinguished Lutheran Secondary Educator by the Lutheran Education Association (LEA). The LEA works with Lutheran educators in nominating honorees, and those recognized are active in their local and Lutheran communities, have a demonstrated commitment to serving Jesus, and meet the social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs of students and families.
“Mr. Klitzing is recognized and celebrated for his exceptional ability to lead with his heart, to connect with students, and to share Christ,” says Principal Todd Eklund. “His faithful service to the Lord and Orange Lutheran over the years has been engaged with humility, optimism, and a compassionate fervor to place others first. We congratulate Mr. Klitzing on this much-deserved honor, and we thank him for his steadfast commitment to Lutheran education!”
A 42-year veteran in Lutheran education with 21 years of service at Orange Lutheran, Mark earned a B.S. in Education from Concordia University Nebraska and an M.A. in Education from Concordia University Irvine.
“One of my greatest joys as I work with students is to watch them gain back their confidence (or get their swagger back) that they have lost, see math as a tool for their future, and actually enjoy (a little bit) working equations and solving problems,” Klitzing told LEA. “Another joy is watching them grow and mature in their relationship with Jesus and with each other by being kind, caring, and helpful to others.”
Beth Fitzgerald is Orange Lutheran's Director of Marketing and Communications and proud Orange Lutheran alumna. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Chapman University and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Irvine.