I grew up on a farm south of Quincy, and I attended NLCS as child. Early on, I developed a love for reading the classics and making music at the piano. After receiving my A.A. from Big Bend Community College, I attended Multnomah University in Portland, OR, where I met my wife, Bethany. We now have a beautiful daughter and a supercilious cat, and all of us love to either figuratively or literally chew on great books. In Portland, I taught at a Christian high school while pursuing my graduate degree. Then, in 2021, we all moved to Ephrata to become involved in New Life Christian School.
- Multinomah University - Bachelor of Arts in Bible/Theology and English
- Portland State University - Master of Arts in English
- NLCS Level 1 Certification
Why do I work at a Classical Christian School?
Through immersion in the great works, the classical method inspires curiosity to examine life's essential questions. With a love of learning instilled, students are prepared to live a fulfilling life of pursuing, contemplating, and applying God's truth. Following the stages of the trivium, the students learn not only to absorb and analyze content, but also to articulately express their own arguments in imaginative, fresh ways. Additionally, I am particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary approach of classical pedagogy. My own academic studies have been at the intersections of multiple disciplines, and I believe that making such connections encourages a healthful appreciation of all God's world. Thus, classical Christian education has as its focus a transformational objective: the renewing of the mind precipitating a love for God and his creation. This education provides students with the tools not only to think critically, but to do so from a position of Christian faith so that they can better discern what is true, good, just, beautiful, and right. Understanding God's will, they may live a life worshipful unto God.
What I enjoy about NLCS
Our opening liturgy blesses me each morning: hearing the school body sing God's praise together reminds me of our corporate telos. I love being a part of an educational community that surrounds students with positive examples of transformational love and provides them the opportunity for forming a Christ-centered understanding of the world.
Christ Church Ellensburg (ACNA)