News / Local Principal Takes on Expanding Role

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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Date: March 15, 2016

Columbia Lutheran School, Contact Rev. Jesse Jacobsen, Principal, 541–298–8385,, 2323 East 12th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 or Linda Griswold, Marketing Director, 541–993–4624

Local Principal Takes on Expanding Role

(The Dalles, March 15, 2016) Columbia Lutheran School has announced the name of the teacher who will guide the school’s expansion through the eighth grade, beginning in the 2016–2017 school year. His name and face will be familiar to many in The Dalles, particularly current students and families at the school. It’s the Rev. Jesse Jacobsen, who has led Columbia as its interim principal since the school opened its doors two years ago.

In addition to his duties as principal, Jacobsen has continued to serve as pastor of the dual parish of Concordia Lutheran Church, in Hood River, and Bethany Lutheran Church, where the school is located, at East 12th and Thompson Streets, The Dalles. This year marks his 11th in the Gorge. Now the churches and school have asked him to take on an expanding role at the school. For the past two years, Mr. Doug Radliff, a long-time, well-loved teacher in the area, has been the primary teacher in Columbia’s K–4 classroom, with Jacobsen covering an introduction to the Latin language and Bible history. Now, Jacobsen is tasked with shaping a 5th–8th grade classroom with curriculum suited to Columbia Lutheran School’s “classical model” of education. When school begins this August, he will lead that classroom, while continuing to wear his “principal hat.” A second pastor will take on the majority of the church’s pastoral duties; the church has requested an upcoming seminary graduate to fill that position.

Jacobsen looks forward to the opportunity to increase his time in the classroom as the school takes this next step, in particular, interacting with these older students as they enter the “logic stage” of the classical model. He explained, “Students in the upper elementary grades are ready to see how the facts they have previously learned fit together and to develop their skills of critical analysis. Students at that stage naturally begin to question Why? Why do things work this way? What’s the logic behind it? They can discover the personal joy of understanding and develop a love for learning.”

His post-secondary work includes an undergraduate degree in classically oriented liberal arts, with a focus on theology, from Northwestern College, and a master’s degree from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota. He brings over ten years of involvement with the classical education model and related curriculum.

Those wishing to talk with Jacobsen are invited to visit the school or attend one of several upcoming open houses over the next few months. Additional information is available at the school’s website,, the school’s Facebook page,, or by calling the school at 541–701–9137.

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