BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Following a lengthy search, the Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School in Bronxville has tabbed a familiar face to serve at the helm of the school moving forward.
Michael Schultz, who has been a prominent face in the congregation for decades, has been appointed as principal at the school, where he has a lengthy personal history dating back to his own graduation from The Chapel School in 1982.
After being baptized at the church as a child, Schultz stayed local after graduation, attending Concordia College, where he was an All-American baseball player. Following a brief career in professional baseball and time in the tech field in Manhattan, Schultz would later graduate from Iona College and get hired as a sixth grade teacher at The Chapel School in 1996.
Just three years later, Schultz would be named as assistant principal, where he was a driving force for major construction and renovation projects at the school that were completed in 2002.
According to Chapel School officials, “over the course of the next 14 years, Schultz, (former Principal” Jim Dhyne and Senior Pastor Rev. Robert Hartwell led a tremendous faculty and staff through the exciting expansion of programming in academics, athletics, music, drama, art and service learning, which has culminated in a thriving school.”
“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary of The Chapel School in the new academic year, he brings a great understanding of our history and many new ideas and plans for the future,” Hartwell said. “It is an exciting time for our school and I am looking forward to seeing Schultz lead our beloved school into a bright future.”
Schultz, who lives in the village and has three children who attended The Chapel School, expressed excitement to take the reigns of a place he’s called home for nearly five decades.
“Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School has always been a special place to me, and I have truly been blessed to be part of it’s journey for most of the past 47 years,” he said. “We have only scratched the surface. When I consider the next chapter for The Chapel School and working with our wonderful faculty staff and new leadership team, I am so encouraged by the seemingly limitless possibilities set before us to help the children and families entrusted to our care.”