Joe and John Gindele were educated in the New York City public schools. After finishing high school, they moved to Minnesota where, in 1967 and 1968, they were both awarded B.S. degrees in industrial arts education, and (Joe) mathematics (w/physics minor) at St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, Minnesota. They spent the majority of years teaching in the Robbinsdale Area School District # 281, a NW Minneapolis suburban school district. John also taught in New York (Patchogue and Syosset on Long Island), and they both taught at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Their combined 64 years of teaching on the kindergarten – university levels included industrial education, industrial technology, and mathematics, and they were Work Experience Coordinators (WECEP), audiovisual coordinators, school librarians, and media specialists.
In 1971 they received M.S. degrees in industrial education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie. In 1988 they completed Ed.S. degrees in information media from St. Cloud State University, and in 1989, they were awarded doctorate degrees in industrial technology (D.I.T.) from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). They also participated in educational and industrial internships in Japan and industrial internships at 3M Company headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.
While teaching full time and taking graduate courses at night and during the summers, their entrepreneurial spirit helped them found and operate numerous businesses, including Edu-Pac Publishing Company and Computer Poster Company. With a printing press in their apartment at the foot of one of their twin beds, they authored, printed, and published dozens of educational materials used in secondary schools and colleges in 23 countries. While their printing press hummed in one bedroom, they rented out the other bedroom to student teachers. The Gindeles’ publishing involvement with a curriculum on death education brought a telephone call from Washington, D.C., when a member of the U.S. Congress requested permission to use two chapters on Teenage Suicide and Living Preventively in Congressional testimony. They also published numerous articles in refereed scholarly journals.
The Gindele’s won numerous national and international scholarships and awards. In their spare time they enjoy making soup, giving presentations, volunteering on food lines, for their church, retired teacher organizations, and traveling.
Decades of globetrotting experiences meeting people helped them to better understand other cultures, and in return their own. They are grateful to have lived the American dream—living freely in America—truly a land of opportunity.
Except for one year in college, these bachelor twins have always lived together. They reside in Crystal, a NW suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.