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Frerking named 11th principal of Concordia

March 22, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Patrick Frerking has accepted the call to be the 11th principal of Concordia Lutheran High School.

Frerking currently serves as the middle and high school principal for Concordia International School Hanoi in Vietnam.

“I’m excited to serve alongside Pat,” said Mychal Thom, current principal who will assume the role of Head of School in the 2016-17 school year. “He brings a tremendous energy and passion with him as well as great experience in education. His insights and service will continue to push Concordia each and every day toward the pursuit of our mission. We are blessed to have him.”

Frerking has worked extensively overseas since 1993, helping to establish the school in Hanoi as well as Concordia International School Shanghai in China where he served as a teacher and an administrator, including as assistant principal. He also served for five years as a high school science teacher at Hong Kong International School. 

“Mr. Frerking’s experience and leadership in world-class international schools will assist Concordia as we continue to provide expanding learning opportunities in an increasing global society,” said Terry Breininger, executive director.

Frerking’s career began at Lutheran South High School in St. Louis as a science teacher after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Concordia College-Seward. He also earned his Master of Education degree from the same institution.

Frerking holds memberships with ASCD, Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA), Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS), Lutheran Education Association (LEA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He has been recognized with the Leader Maker Award from the Hong Kong International School; a recognition of excellence and appreciation from the Shanghai International Schools Association; the honorary naming of four school libraries in Yunnan Province, China; and the Church Leadership in Outreach Alumni Award from Concordia University.

In the community, he has served as a board member for the Concordia Welfare Education Foundation in Hong Kong; as a council member for Hanoi International Church; and as the faculty adviser for the Yunnan Education Project, a China-based service program. He was also involved in drug prevention training for teenagers in St. Louis.

Throughout his career, he has helped to develop curriculum, establish athletic teams and conferences, create service-learning and academic travel programs, and design and develop school campuses.

Frerking will assume the role as principal during the 2016-17 school year.

Frerking is moving back to the United States with his wife, Susan, and two children, Michelle (grade 10) and Kaylee (grade 7).

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at