Building a Classical School: A Panel on Design and Construction

Are you about to start a building project? Are you completing a master plan? These can be very daunting and challenging projects. In this session, Eric Cook, David Goodwin, and Rod Gilbert will share their experience from constructing buildings that reflect the principles of classical, Christian education and serve the students well. Each panelist will provide a description of their respective building processes, an overview of some of the principles that guided their projects, and then offer feedback to you in an open question and answer session.

Eric Cook

Eric Cook is the Headmaster at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is from Lexington, Kentucky where he received his B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University. Eric taught history, civics, philosophy, and psychology for ve years in two di erent public schools. He received his M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and served as an assistant principal at a large middle school in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2006, Eric became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia before becoming Headmaster at Covenant in 2009. He has served on the SCL board for three years. Eric is married to his beautiful wife, Liz. They have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William, and Lincoln.

Classical School Sustainability in Changing Times

Charter schools, home schools, magnet schools, parental abdication, and economic hardships are only a few of the challenges that Classical Christian schools must face in the future. How can our schools not only maintain, but thrive moving forward? Mark Guthrie will present strategic ideas for the future sustainability (and growth) of Classical Christian schools.

Mark Guthrie

Mark Guthrie has served as the Head of School for 9 years at Caldwell Academy. Caldwell Academy is a classical Christian K-12 school which has grown from 63 students to over 700 students in 18 years. Prior to his position at Caldwell, Mark served as the Director of The American School of Lyon in Lyon, France. He has been a teacher and administrator for over 23 years in both the public and private systems in South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and France. Mark has educational degrees in Mathematics and Administration/Supervision from Bob Jones University, The Ohio State University, and Lincoln Memorial University. His passion is to provide students a rigorous classical academic education within a biblical worldview. Mark has been married for 23 years to his wife, Laura. They have four children, Christian (19), Victoria (16), Pius (8), and Brian (5). Pius and Brian were adopted from Uganda two and a half years ago.

Building Parent Partnerships That Last

Have you ever spoken to one of your families and realized they just don’t get it? Ever had five of those conversations in a week? When is the last time you invited a youth pastor to speak at chapel? Will you ever do it again? Many of our families and churches still do not seem to understand the vision of classical Christian education. It often makes our jobs difficult and frustrating. In this session, Eric will assess the challenges we face as classical Christian educators. He will also provide some practical strategies on how to partner with parents in a culture that is not very classical or Christian.

Eric Cook

Eric Cook is the Headmaster at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is from Lexington, Kentucky where he received his B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University. Eric taught history, civics, philosophy, and psychology for ve years in two di erent public schools. He received his M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and served as an assistant principal at a large middle school in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2006, Eric became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia before becoming Headmaster at Covenant in 2009. He has served on the SCL board for three years. Eric is married to his beautiful wife, Liz. They have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William, and Lincoln.