SOUTH FORSYTH -- The high school principal of a private parochial school in south Forsyth has been given a larger role in the education of its students.
Edward J. Lindekugel was named headmaster of Pinecrest Academy, which serves students in preK3 through 12th grade on Peachtree Parkway. He will continue his role as principal of the high school.
“I’m looking forward to continuing service to the students of Pinecrest Academy and working collaboratively with our president, Fr. David Steffy,” Lindekugel said. “He’s a great guy who is providing the school with the solid foundation it needs to continue to grow and thrive.”
He said as headmaster, he will work with the lower and middle school principals to “make sure our visions are aligned and that we are executing our mission and purpose statement. Our purpose statement is to form Christian servant leaders who will transform society.”
Now tasked with coordinating the academic programming for the entire about 840-student school, Lindekugel said he wants to continue delivering “excellent academic programs and improve our ability to provide personal attention to each student. To help them maximize their gifts.”
Lindekugel joined Pinecrest in 2008 and worked as an administrator in both the middle and high schools before becoming high school principal in 2011.
He began his career in human resources at the Wyatt Company in 1993 and moved into telecommunications management and strategic planning as the director of operations of a telecommunications consulting firm in 1994.
In 1997, he followed a “calling” into education.
Starting as a middle school English teacher at St. Jude School in Rockville, Md., he also taught world, U.S., economics and AP European history at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md.
He was named principal at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. Both here and at Our Lady of Lourdes, he was involved with implementation and execution of programs to benefit students, including several focused on improving instruction for students with learning differences.
He relocated to be near his family in Maine in 2003, taking a position as a middle school teacher at St. James School before moving into administration as the assistant principal.
Lindekugel said he moved his family to Georgia after learning about Pinecrest’s four-pronged educational approach called “integral formation” so his three boys could benefit from the educational paradigm.
Integral formation aims to develop four distinct areas of each person: intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic.
Lindekugel said the goal of integral formation is to create well-rounded human beings.
During his eight-year tenure at Pinecrest, Lindekugel has been involved in major school initiatives, including oversight of the planning and development of an award-winning band program, which now includes more than 150 students.
He also spearheaded the successful applications for nomination of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Top 50 Catholic Schools and the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, which Pinecrest was awarded in fall 2014.
Lindekugel earned his bachelor of arts in history in 1991 and a master of business administration in 1993 from the University of Maryland.
In 1999, he earned a master of arts in teaching in secondary social studies from Johns Hopkins University and completed his EdD in educational leadership from Georgia State University in 2015.
Lindekugel is replacing Paul Parker, who left the position after two years to become the head of a school in San Diego.