Jeannette Lutter-Gardella

Assistant Head of School

Jeannette has worked at FSM since 2006 as the Assistant Head of School. She has a B.S. in liberal arts and an M.Ed. from the University of Bridgeport. In 1987, Jeannette was awarded a Halsey International Language scholarship and studied at the University of Siena, Italy. Jeannette has attended the National Association of Independent Schools Diversity Institute and focuses her professional development on special education. She has also participated in the University of Minnesota's Urban Leadership Academy.

Before becoming a classroom teacher, Jeannette worked for several years in a residential environmental outdoor educational setting. Jeannette says, "As a professional educator and parent I believe in an education that honors the whole child and values their spiritual leadings. Providing children time to listen within, encouraging them to find their voice and to act with a sense of justice and compassion. An education that is deeply rooted in the belief that God is present in each of us and that life is a gift."

"Friends School of Minnesota nurtures a sense of hope and cultivates the gifts we each possess. Providing an environment that allows children to express their thoughts and feelings through a wide array of creative and academic options. Children begin to recognize their creative potential and learn how to use their inner voice to connect to others with love, courage and compassion. I believe Friends School of Minnesota helps our children see themselves in relationship to the global community by providing them the opportunity to ask their own questions and to help cultivate the understanding of multiple and varied perspectives. I am deeply committed to the idea that school be a place that facilitates the development of human potential, fosters a love of learning, the gaining of knowledge and skills in order that we may understand that our individual and collective choices have transformative powers for our world. It is a privilege to be a part of the Friends School of Minnesota."

One of Jeannette’s favorite quotes:

“Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and never will be again. And what do we teach our children? When will we teach them what they are: You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the world there is no other child exactly like you.” Pablo Casals