Veteran teacher ready to lead at Trinity school
By Mark Sherry
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The new principal at Trinity Lutheran School in Rantoul—Pete Monfre—stands in front of an old sign displayed inside the school.

After nine years of teaching social studies and special education at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Pete Monfre said he was not looking forward to working outside the religious school environment.

That was starting to look like a possibility, however, after Monfre’s wife took a job in Appleton and the young family prepared to move north.

But then Monfre got a phone call “out of the blue” from the president of the School Board of Trinity Lutheran School in the town of Rantoul with an inquiry about possibly becoming the school’s next principal.

“I felt that God was opening a door for me,” said Monfre, who indeed will be Trinity’s new principal when school resumes a little over a month from now.

Milwaukee area native

Monfre is a native of the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin. He went to elementary school in Hales Corners and high school at New Berlin Eisenhower before earning his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Monfre also played offensive line for the UW-EC football team, later helping at Milwaukee Lutheran as a football coach.

While his life to this point has found him in larger cities, Monfre said a couple things about Trinity Lutheran quickly caught his attention. “I was impressed, coming from the Milwaukee area, I was used to big schools but I got a chance to shadow during a school day here and I think I calculated the student-teacher ratio at about nine to one. I’m used to that being at least 20 to 1. We’ll have a chance here to build relationships with students. I like that family atmosphere.”

In his brief time in front of the Trinity Lutheran students, Monfre also has been impressed by what he has seen. “I

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