Academic leadership
Mastermind group

About the Mastermind

This Masterminds group is designed for academic leaders interested in encouraging, sharpening, and equipping one another through a collaborative consideration of case studies representing the various challenges they face throughout a typical school year.

Meeting Times:Members  will attend monthly online meetings on Monday evenings 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST.

Meeting Dates: 8/29, 9/26, 10/10, 11/14, 12/5, 1/23, 2/6, 3/20, 4/10, 5/8.

Class Structure: Each meeting will feature two different case  studies. Outside of meetings, members will have access via email and phone to mastermind leader Andrew Elizalde during office hours (most Fridays, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST). Members may also schedule 1:1 consultation with Andrew Elizalde via Zoom  outside of office hours. 

Case Studies 

As a part of the registration process, members will propose two different case studies for the group to consider. Cases may describe  real or hypothetical scenarios corresponding to one or more of the ten themes listed below. Members are guaranteed that at least one  of their two case studies will be featured in a meeting. Each 90-minute online meeting will feature two different case studies. The first  case study will be selected from members’ initial proposals and scheduled well in advance. The second case study will be selected 10- 20 days before each meeting. Throughout the school year, members will have an opportunity to propose cases (beyond the two  proposed during registration) to be featured in the second half of each online meeting.

Meet Your mastermind Leader

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University (Greencastle, IN) where he graduated Phi Betta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the annual H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. He is currently completing a Master of Arts in Leadership with special emphasis in Classical Education through Gordon College (Wenham, MA) scheduled for completion spring of 2023.

Andrew’s teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. He has served as both a mathematics department chair and science department chair through critical seasons of textbook adoption and curriculum reform. His pedagogy highlights a thoughtful balance of didactic and dialectic instruction with emphasis on learning through problem-solving.

Since 2011, Andrew has served as a Dean of Academics at two different flagship schools in the classical renewal movement including his current tenure at Covenant Classical School, a K-12 classical Christian school in Fort Worth, Texas. His work most notably includes leading curriculum reform projects and transforming faculty culture through meaningful professional development. While serving as Dean of Academics, Andrew has also simultaneously held an interim position as a divisional head during critical seasons of organizational growth. Additionally, Andrew offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and regularly presents at Society for Classical Learning (SCL) conferences. Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters and attend Paradox Church.
Dean of Academics, Covenant Classical School


academic leadership mastermind

$ 779
  • Participants can choose to pay in full or have the fee drafted over the ten month period.​
  • Mastermind participants should either have already completed an SCL cohort or have significant experience in their field.


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