What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary, PhD in Sociology from the University of Virginia
What is your previous work experience?
I started Docent Group here in Austin. Initially, we provided sermon research and curriculum for churches, but we’ve grown to serve businesses also with script writing for training curriculum, SEO writing, and other content. Right out of college I served with Cru at Harvard and then was on staff at Second Baptist Church in Houston.
Tell us a little about your family:
Other than relationship with the Lord Himself, God’s greatest gift to me is Stephanie. If you know her, you know why! She is deeply kind, seeing the best in people, including her sinful husband. Her security in the Lord frees her to be joyful, generous, and she celebrates blessings in other peoples’ lives. We have two boys at Austin Classical School.
What do you love about Classical education?
I first encountered classical education when I was in seminary and the children of many of my fellow students were part of the Geneva School in Winter Park. I could’t believe how joyful and knowledgeable the children were and I thought, “I want to know what they know. I need a classical education.” I’m delighted by the deep engagement with history and literature that my kids are receiving as part of their classical education, and hope to provide similar engagement with the Scriptures for the students I teach.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love deep discussions, and in our current tribal, polarized cultural moment, I especially love discussions where civility and dialogue are important values. Related, I love to read history, theology, social theory. Belatedly I’m getting into fiction. I’ve absolutely loved playing sports and now coaching my two boys in baseball and basketball.
What do you hope your students will learn from you this year?
I hope they will take another step in their maturity by taking significantly greater ownership of their spiritual lives via studying the Scriptures.