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School Leadership

Kole Knueppel

Kole Knueppel

Associate Executive Director, Community Engagement and Leadership Development

Office: (414) 467-7553


  • Wisconsin Lutheran College '93
  • UW-Milwaukee M.S.
  • Currently pursuing PhD at UW-Milwaukee

How did you connect to St. Marcus?

I have lived in the Harambee neighborhood for the past 20 years, including the last 14 with my wife and children. I was formerly the principal at St. Marcus from 2001-2004. I have spent the last 13 years doing urban school leadership training through the Center for Urban Teaching (2008-2010), Schools That Can Milwaukee (2010-2015), and the University of Notre Dame (2015-2021).

What do you love about what you do?

I love working with people and creating communities rooted in the joy of connectedness through the spirit of Christ. We get to go to work every day in service to others! A true gift.

If you had a Bible passage/quote for your life and ministry what would it be?

Lamentations 3:22-23: "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning."

Tell us about your family…

Wife: Anna (14 years)
Daughter: Sophia (13)
Son: Atticus (9)

“When I have free time, you will find me…”

Hiking with my family in the Wisconsin woods.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Our family cottage in Door County.

What’s one fun fact about you?

I'm a Big Ten football official.