Making the Old, New Again for Christian Education in Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Va., October 13, 2017— Covenant Christian School (CCS), the only discipleship model, K-12 school in Williamsburg, sent their teachers to a ChildLight Schools Conference in Atlanta, GA to enhance their Charlotte Mason-style education. CCS is only one of two Charlotte Mason schools in the state of Virginia. Charlotte Mason was a 19th-century British educator who believed children are “whole” persons and as such, have the capacity to engage deeply in meaningful experiences. “I was particularly intrigued to learn how the latest findings in brain research confirm the methodology that Charlotte Mason used years ago,” stated Christine Schulker, CCS Head of School. “Here at Covenant, children’s brains are stimulated through imagination, curiosity, and outdoor play. Charlotte espoused the use of living books, narration, memorization, and nature study as gateways to learning. She knew from her experiences that a child’s curiosity will lead to acquired knowledge. So, we at CCS, tap into the same childlike wonder and faith as we set the stage for hands-on learning experiences. We are reclaiming what’s beautiful and passing it along to our children.”
The Covenant Christian School curriculum was uniquely created to provide a Christ-centered, Charlotte Mason inspired education to the students. The curriculum is designed to give children access to great ideas in abundant quantity. It is not a textbook approach, but rather a series of carefully chosen living books, works of art, musical compositions, scripture passages, handcrafts and life skills. CCS’ education is rigorous but not laborious. Emphasis is placed on the training of habits in mind and attention, making the assimilation of knowledge a smooth and easy process. In addition, CCS’ Singapore math program focuses on mastering a number of concepts each school year with the goal of understanding the material on a deeper level, not simply learning for a test.
Tracy Krebs, a CCS parent, and advocate for the Charlotte Mason methodology commented on why they chose CCS for their two sons, Zachary and Levi. “What first struck me was the intimate environment and home-like setting for the classrooms. I knew Zack would be a part of a family, not just a number. His days are spent doing hands-on activities that focus on the kids, not a test. He is loving to learn how to learn.”
“As a teacher, this conference reinforced that there is joy in discovery. We as teachers at CCS allow our students to discover something on their own. They are whole persons with unique ideas and may make connections and have insights beyond what we have planned for them. One of my favorite Charlotte Mason quotes is ‘the only bad teaching method is the one used all the time.’ And this conference gave me more ways to cultivate curiosity in my students” stated Mabel Barrett, Spanish 1 and 2 teacher.
The mission of Covenant Christian School is to glorify God by creating a Christ-centered learning community of Covenant families in which education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life. Tour the school the first Wednesday morning of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 and experience a day in the life of a student. Visit www.ccswilliamsburg.org to learn more. Phone: 757-378-2189
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Covenant Christian School welcomes Christine Schulker as new head of school
Williamsburg, Va., July 25, 2017— Covenant Christian School has announced Mrs. Christine Schulker, M.A.Ed. as its new head of school effective August 1, 2017. The transition comes as the outgoing head, Marti Hutchison, moves out of state with her family at the end of the summer.
Schulker has nearly thirty years of experience in public and private education, both as a teacher and administrator. Gaining a variety of valuable educational perspectives from her instructional leadership in Virginia, Texas, Delaware and Florida, she is enthusiastic about bringing Covenant’s unique Charlotte Mason methodology into the delivery of the school’s quality Christian curriculum.
Founded in 2015, Covenant Christian School is located on Palace Lane in Williamsburg. Modeled after the Perimeter School in Atlanta, the faith-based school is characterized by instruction that is uniquely influenced by British educator Charlotte Mason, exposure of students to great thinkers of human history in an aesthetically pleasing environment, and the cultivation of discipline and habits that assist students in becoming lifelong learners.
Licensed in all grade levels K-12 and as Administrator Principal in the state of Virginia, Schulker has served as both a middle school and high school principal in former positions. Recently leading her students to improved achievement in Standards of Learning (SOLs) in the York County school system, she is a proponent of measureable outcomes and the strategies necessary to create student success. Holding a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University, Schulker is a dynamic director of students and classroom learning. In addition, she brings to Covenant Christian School special expertise in the disciplines of mathematics and science.
Passionate about Christian school education, Schulker is pleased to lead a school whose mission is to develop the faith of students in the context of college preparatory instruction. “Over the course of my career, I have attended countless workshops and received training in a variety of methodologies,” Schulker said. “The challenge is always, ‘How do you inspire students toward academic achievement and at the same time nurture them as children who need personalized guidance in a loving environment?’ A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the Charlotte Mason method of education. At once I knew, ‘This is it!’ Charlotte Mason views learning as ‘an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.’ The safe, loving atmosphere provides for a nurturing environment and the discipline of forming good habits gives students guidance and confidence as they pursue a life-long journey of exploring God’s creation using their unique God-given talents. I am honored to be in a position where I can orchestrate education as it should be.”
As Marti Hutchison finishes her service, she is confident about passing the torch and is working tirelessly to facilitate a smooth transition in leadership this summer. “I could not be more thrilled that Christine Schulker will lead the next exciting phase of school growth with the character, experience, skills and competence she possesses,” said Hutchison.
School Ministry Team Chair Tim Salavejus believes Schulker will inspire students to love learning while gaining a strong Christ-centered worldview. “Mrs. Schulker is a gifted leader and has a passion for educational excellence,” Salavejus said. “We are excited to have her join the CCS family and know the Lord will use her in the development of our students and community.” The School Ministry Team and Marti Hutchison will host a special “Meet the New Head of School” reception soon so that Covenant families will have an opportunity to meet Christine Schulker before the school year starts.
The mission of Covenant Christian School is to glorify God by creating a Christ-centered learning community of covenant families in which education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life. Covenant Christian School is located at 116 Palace Lane, Williamsburg, Va., 23185. To learn more, please visit ccswilliamsburg.org, call (757) 378-2189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congragulations to Tanner Tisone who will attend Lynchburg College, Chase Warren who will be a student at Christopher Newport University and Karineh Dumont who is enrolled at Gordon College in Massachusetts. Good luck to our first graduates of Covenant Christian School!