John Gulden, a 1996 LHS graduate, was recognized with the President’s Award from the St. Francis High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Gulden (left, seated) is pictured with his wife, Noelle, and children Quinn and Else.

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Luverne native earns President's Award

John Gulden, a 1996 graduate of LHS, was honored recently at the 19th Annual Hall of Honors awards dinner for the St. Francis DeSales High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gulden is a ninth grade mat teacher at the private school.

The awards dinner celebrates those who exemplify the school’s mission of shaping young men to be moral, ethical and responsible leaders.

He began teaching at DeSales in 2014 after serving as pastor at Briargate Presbyterian Church.

“John embodies all the qualities wanted in an educator. He has created an environment where kids can learn and succeed,” said a fellow DeSales teacher. “Failure is an okay part of the process, and it’s what they learn from those mistakes and failures that is important.”

Gulden earned a degree in business administration from Augustana University in Sioux Falls in 2000 and a degree in divinity from Princeton, New Jersey, Theological Seminary in 2003. He served as pastor at Briargate until 2010.

He earned a master’s degree in teaching from Bellarmine University, Louisville, in 2013.

Gulden and his wife, Noelle, have two children, Else and Quinn. He is the son of Terrie and Linda Gulden of Luverne.


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