Lutterman returns to Triton as Middle School principal
When Luke Lutterman returned to Triton Middle School this summer as principal he felt as if he was coming home. And he was.
Lutterman is a 2000 graduate of Triton High School.
“It feels like home,” Lutterman said. “I always thought about coming back to Triton.”
He went to elementary school in Dodge Center and Middle School in West Concord.
He runs through a list of teachers now in the district that he had as teachers.
Brett Joyce was his high school principal. Craig Schlicting was his physical education teacher and Don Henderson was his football coach. Michele Bungum, John Schrieber, Jason Boe and Judy Lewis were all his teachers.
In high school he played football, basketball and baseball and played trombone in the band.
After high school he attended St. Cloud State. In 2005 he began his teaching career in health and physical education in St. Cloud where he also served as activities director.
During his years at St. Cloud he returned to school to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and an administrative degree in educational leadership.
He left St. Cloud in 2010 and has since served as middle school principal and activities director in the Rushford-Peterson district and as principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice.
Back in Triton, Lutterman said he wants to first and foremost develop a trusting and lasting relationship with students, staff and the community. He also wants to help students develop skills and knowledge as well as people skills.
A school culture that promotes those attributes, Lutterman said, will in the end also result in higher test scores. Those test scores will also take up some of Lutterman’s time as he will be serving as the district’s assessment coordinator. In that role he will be looking at all the data coming to the district from test scores and helping use those assessments to improve education in the district.
“We all want higher test scores,” Lutterman said. “We want our kids to do well and we take the assessments seriously.”
But, he said, increased achievement is the by-product of the school culture.
The Triton School District, he said, has developed a strategic plan and the district is taking steps to meet the goals of that plan. This year, and into the future, he said, the district will be stressing literacy.
“We believe learning is directly shaped by literacy,” he said.
At all grade levels, he said, the district will stress what he called the “Power Three.”