The Trauma-Informed Classroom

This workshop will focus on the integration of recent studies on the physiological impact of trauma on the brain with best practices and classroom strategies for teachers in serving high-trauma students in a classical Christian classroom setting. 

Lucy Olson

Lucy Olson, M.A., L.P. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and specializes in psychological assessment and diagnosis, educational consultation and instructional coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience in K-12 classical education settings, and currently serves as a Psychologist and Learning Specialist at Hope Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is passionate about bringing a Christian perspective into conversations around trauma and recovery, abuse prevention, and imagination/identity formation in children from at risk backgrounds. She is married and is the mother of four school aged children.

Classical Christian Education for All: Starting New Schools for Children of the City

Russ Gregg

Russ Gregg (B.A., Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is co-founder and has served as Head of School since Hope Academy’s founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. In 1999, he was an administrator at a Christian School in Edina, and quit his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife Phyllis, who teaches at Hope Academy, live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.

Roosevelt Wilson

Roosevelt has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in Elementary Education, and a bachelor's degree in psychology. He comes to Harbor Christian Academy from Spring Independent School District, where he served as principal his final five years and assistant principal for four years prior. He also has six years of experience as a classroom teacher. Before beginning his career in education, Roosevelt served with the United States Marine Corps. A few highlights of his 23-year tour as a Marine include Instructor at the Drill Instructor School in San Diego, CA, Administrator at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Okinawa, Japan, and also in Beaufort, SC, as the director of the Lifelong Learning Center. He is husband to Octavia and the father of four adult children.

Finding the Sweet Spot in a Multi-Ethnic Classical Christian School

As we lead our school in what it means to be a multi-ethnic, socio-economically diverse urban Christian and classical school, we have found it is much more of a journey than an end, and we are traversing what feels like uncharted territory to help guide the way along with other school leaders. The process of asking tough questions and finding harmony in what could be perceived as incongruous is an ongoing process. Listen in as the academic directors of Hope Academy in Minneapolis share the questions we ask ourselves and the answers we have discovered as we continue the quest of finding the sweet spot. Ben Johnson, high school academic director, and Katie De Kam, director of curriculum, will also join in the discussion; and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Debbie Harris

Debbie Harris graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies (with a California K-8 certification) and has spent twenty-plus years as a classroom educator and administrator, primarily in the elementary grades. Since 2000, Debbie has worked at Hope Academy, an inner-city classical school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in several roles which have included administration, instructional coaching and as a classroom teacher. She is part of the Spreading Hope Network which is helping the classical movement spread in inner-city schools across the country. She lives in Hugo, Minnesota with her husband and two sons.

Kelvin Simms

Kelvin Simms graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. He has taught in middle and high school classrooms in Christian schools in Maryland and Minnesota. Today, he serves as the middle school director at Hope Academy, an urban classical Christian school in Minneapolis. When not teaching, he and his wife enjoy ministering with teens and young people at their church.

Rena Hall

Rena Hall received her BA in Spanish and Science from the University of Minnesota – Morris. Following a career with Northwest Airlines, Rena returned to the University of Minnesota to obtain her M.Ed. Rena taught for several years in one of the largest districts in Minnesota before moving to the private sector where she served for 13 years as principal and Spanish teacher at a private school in one of the Minneapolis suburbs. Rena currently serves at Hope Academy in dual positions --Lower School technology teacher/technology integrationist and academic Director for grades 3-5.

Expanding Access to Classical Christian Education: The story of the Eccleisal School Initiative

A Classical Christian Education can seem prohibitive for many families. While many schools are very generous in offering scholarships, they often fall short in providing access to a classical Christian school. How can schools consider the least of these and provide access to those who are academically disenfranchised, culturally diverse, and economically disadvantaged? Financial accessibility is only one aspect, we will also do well to consider the catholicity of the Church as well as how we can provide access curricularly. Using a better/best paradigm, come to this workshop to hear how your school can eliminate potential barriers and leverage strategic partnerships that can make classical education accessible for all.

Kevin Clark

"Kevin Clark, DLS, is the founder and President of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative, Inc. He believes his vocation as a Christian educator to be in service of the Church and the family as they seek to train children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. For Kevin, education is not simply a matter of academic preparation; it’s about seeing Christ’s Church flourish as a new generation of men and women bring the wisdom, beauty and justice of New Creation to bear for God’s glory and the life of the world. Kevin’s Christian Classical Education experience spans 17 years, including 15 at The Geneva School, Winter Park, FL. During this time he taught broadly across the upper school—logic, classical guitar, Old and New Testament survey, New Testament Greek, rhetoric—though Christian philosophy and theology were his main interests and perennial areas of teaching. He served five years as academic dean before leaving to found The Ecclesial Schools Initiative. Also active at the national level, Kevin has ten years of leadership as a fellow for The Society for Classical Learning, providing academic leadership to Christian classical schools throughout the country. He also joined the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2018 as a teaching fellow in their new Master of Arts in Classical Teaching program. Kevin and his wife, Taryn, have four children—Aubrey, Caedmon, Naomi, and Eleanor"

Jeffrey Andre

"Jeffrey Andre is the assistant dean and a teacher at the Eccessial School Initiative at Saint Alban’s. He is a passionate, K-6, licensed teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in the state of Florida from grades 2 to 6. Jeffrey was first introduced to Christian Classical Education in 2013 when he joined the faculty of The Geneva School in Winter Park, FL. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Florida’s ProTeach program. He is currently working on another Master’s degree in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando. Jeffrey has been serving on the board of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville for over five years where they intersect Christian faith and academic discourse. Jeffrey is passionate about teacher development, curriculum design, school policy, and Christian formation. Because everyone is made in the image of God, (Imago Dei) Jeffrey seeks to teach the whole child to reflect their creator. He knows the importance of cultural competence and brings a wide range of pedagogical practices to best meet the needs of each student. Jeffrey and his wife Colleen live in Winter Park and they have two little boys."

Loving Our Neighbor In The Border Crisis: How We Accidentally Started a Refugee Tutoring Program

The Cambridge School is an oasis of classical Christian learning in a community of driven professionals. But ten minutes down the road, migrants and refugees have a very different experience. Service is one of our core values, but God had bigger plans than we did. Come hear our story, and take away some principles for loving the needy around you.

Monica Perumal

Monica Perumal has been at The Cambridge School for 7 years. She is a Singapore Math specialist, helping the ends of the bell curve thrive and supporting elementary math teachers. She teaches 6th grade math, where she has become passionate about hands-on projects to build intuition and improve learning.