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decent. It’s a good start.”

But Gosa added, “We owe it to the parents, we owe it to the kids to provide them with the best education we can.” He said he wants every student’s family to feel like part of the Trinity Lutheran School family. “They’re not just a number,” he said.

Similarly, Gosa pointed out that small class sizes at a school such as Trinity Lutheran allow for teachers to do so much more for and with their students.

Physical, academic, social and spiritual growth are the goals for the students, with Gosa saying spiritual growth is the most important. “That’s our number-one factor,” he said. “The word of God is our cornerstone.”

That being said, Gosa also pointed out that children do not have to be Lutheran or of any particular faith to attend Trinity Lutheran.

Gosa, 36, comes to Rantoul after most recently having been an educator in Minnesota. The 1995 graduate of Kewaskum High School attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for two years, meeting his wife there. He then transferred to Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon and earned his degree in Education. He is working toward his master’s in Administration.

Gosa said when he graduated he could not immediately find a teaching job. He is a history buff with a fondness for the

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Civil War period, so he was happy to take a job as a museum curator in West Bend and spent five years in that position.

He also taught and was the administrator at a Lutheran school in Mayville for six years before he and his wife got the urge to live somewhere else. That led them to Cologne, Minn., about 45 minutes west of the Twin Cities. While he said he enjoyed that community and being the administrator at that school very much, the birth of a second daughter (now 8 months old) and their growing 4-year-old made them want to get back closer to their parents and their children’s grandparents.

Gosa’s wife also is a teacher but is currently a stay-at-home mom.

When he is not teaching—something he will do for sixth through eighth graders at Trinity Lutheran—Gosa also enjoys bicycle road racing. He puts in 2,000 to 3,000 miles per year on his bike.

Then there is that Civil War hobby, which includes collecting weapons from that period. He has fired off a Civil War era cannon at one of the schools at which he has taught. “My goal is to bring history alive,” he said.

Shooting off a cannon in the quiet township just south of Potter in Calumet County might really create some buzz, but that would be just fine with Gosa.

“We’ve got to dream,” he said. “We have to dream big to be big.”