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Joel Bode graduated from Concordia University in Milwaukee, WI in 1983. His first position in the teaching ministry was as a business teacher at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, NY. He then served as a teacher at Luther High School North in Chicago. After two years in private business, Joel was hired to serve at Holy Cross High School in River Grove, IL. In 1994 Mr. Bode moved to Montgomery, TX and worked in the middle school there for two years before taking a position at Westfield High School in Spring ISD. After two years at Wells Middle School as an assistant principal, Joel came to Concordia Lutheran High School to serve as assistant principal. He completed his Master’s of Education in School Management at Sam Houston State University in 1999. Mr. Bode served as the Principal of Concordia from 2001-2010 when he became the Head of School. He also served as chair of the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools Board of Directors. Joel and his wife, Judy, have four children – Jeremiah is married, has a daughter and lives in Texas after serving as a United States Marine, Rachel is working as a CPA, Amanda has graduated from Concordia University Texas, and Sarah is in her second year of college attending St. Edward's University.