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Dr. Delores Heiden

With her gifts, experience, and education, Dr. Delores Heiden was an ideal “charter member” of MLC’s graduate faculty. A 1966 DMLC graduate, she earned her M.S. in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at UW-Madison, which then led to a 17-year tenure as professor of reading education and director of the Graduate Reading Program at UW-La Crosse.

Dr. Heiden brings experience in both WELS and public schools to her MLC graduate class, "Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties.” She taught upper grades at St. Paul-St. James MN and St. Stephen-Beaver Dam WI at the beginning of her ministry. Then she taught various grade levels and served as a school principal in the Dodgeland WI school district and a reading specialist in the Stoughton WI school district, before moving on to the professorship at La Crosse.

She led both the Wisconsin State Reading Association and the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council as president. The Midwest Council named her Teacher of the Year in ’95-’96.

Delores and her husband, Darryl, members of First-La Crosse WI, just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last summer with a trip to the Lutherlands. They have two sons, John and Ben.

Delores loves reading Jane Austen and British writers of the Victorian era. She enjoys Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, and—thanks to her husband—she’s become a bluegrass fan. (Think Ricky Skaggs and Allison Kraus.)

The Heidens are avid “rock hounds,” collecting rocks and minerals from all over the country. As a lapidary, Darryl cuts, grinds, and polishes the rocks into shapes called cabochons. Then Delores wire-wraps the cabochons into gold and sterling silver jewelry, which they sell at arts and crafts fairs.

The MLC graduate students and fellow faculty members are grateful for Dr. Heiden’s valuable contributions to our young program. She notes, “I’ve watched MLC’s graduate program as it was developed and brought to fruition through careful, painstaking efforts and meticulous attention to detail.

“One of the special joys of working online with MLC graduate students from across the country is the immediate bond we all have through MLC, through shared acquaintances in the WELS family, and above all, through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Dr. John Meyer, director of graduate studies, adds: “MLC is so grateful that Dr. Heiden offers her expertise for the benefit of WELS teachers and their students. She is a wonderful example of Christ supplying the needs of his church through the talents of his people.”

Dr. Heiden humbly adds: “I am honored to teach in this fine program.”

(Article written by Laurie Gauger)