23 Mar A Word From Mr. Satterly—March 23, 2017
Dear WA Community,
Lifelong learner. I often see that term on resumes and hear it mentioned in education circles, usually as part of a mission statement or other such school outcome. God created us to learn about His creation—to uncover what He established is part of what it meant to be human. It is the essence of Ecclesiastes 3:11, “…he has set eternity in the hearts of men…” According to the Westminster Catechism, the chief end of man is to know God and enjoy Him forever. Knowing God is indeed a lifelong quest. This is one of the reasons why we desire a Christian education for our children, that is, to start them on this quest equipped and with a firm foundation.
The role of the school is to primarily tend toward the educational part of that quest. Discipline and focus are required to keep that responsibility in view. Providing a high-quality educational program, grounded in a biblical worldview, is right at the core of our mission. In the last few months, our team has been exploring ways to more effectively engage pursuit of our mission. While I will look forward to sharing more about this in the coming days, two areas that have emerged is a need for leadership in curriculum and instruction as well as our athletic program.
Tomorrow, our faculty will gather for an afternoon training session. They will also meet our new director of curriculum and instruction—Mary Lou Capan. Mrs. Capan currently serves in a similar role at Covenant Day School just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a Christian Schools International board member. She has a Master’s of Education from Covenant College in Educational Leadership and has served as head of school in Pennsylvania and Florida. Mary Lou joins our team to focus on curriculum design, teacher evaluation, and professional development. She is a gifted school leader and has a robust faith. I am absolutely thrilled to have her join our team.
In addition to a strong academic history, Westminster Academy enjoys a rich athletic tradition as well. I am pleased to report that the national search for our next athletic director is nearing completion. God blessed us with some very strong candidates, and we anticipate concluding this process by the end of March as we are in the process of hosting on-site visits for our candidates. At the same time, we started a search for our next football coach as Coach Tillman resigned to accept a position at Valdosta State University. We are very encouraged by that response and expect to have a coach in place very soon.
Joel T. Satterly