What is education? Let’s hear wise words from the originator of Webster’s Dictionary:
EDUCATION – The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
– Noah Webster’s Dictionary (1828)
Each August, about a week before school starts, Regents teachers congregate to prepare for the year. It’s a wonderful week of training, preparation, and fellowship. New teachers get to know the vision of the school and their new friends, and returning teachers prepare to practice their craft for another year. Each August, without fail, several key themes, quotes, and Bible passages are always part of the conversation, serving as reminders of our work as teachers and the distinctive role of a classical Christian teacher.
“The most important thing, therefore, about a classical, Christian education is that faculty members exhibit in themselves the virtues and values that we want to see in our students. Thus, in the classroom the teacher is the primary text.” (David Hicks)
“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)
“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.” (John Milton)
And then I tell the teachers something like this every year:
You are the hands and feet of our school’s mission. Policies, philosophies, methods, and goals are essential. Facilities are needful and useful. Technology, books, curriculum, lessons, assignments, classwork, and homework enable us to do our job. But without teachers none of these things mean much. The key to fulfilling our mission as a school, which is another way to say being faithful to what God has called us to do, is you. You are the hands and feet of the mission of Regents Academy.
I want you to sense something that our teachers are made to feel very keenly: Regents teachers have a very high calling – that of embodying in themselves those virtues they strive to bring to fruition in their students. Each teacher is his or her own greatest project. They are themselves striving to be lifelong learners who possess the tools of learning and who love to learn about God and His world. Then they invite their students to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and to follow them on their journey.
Every day your children spend their days with godly, gifted men and women who are passionate for the truth, skilled in the art of teaching, and committed to a classical Christian education. Your children’s teachers love your children, and they work diligently every day to be the hands and feet of our mission to your family, while living out the love of Christ. I feel blessed beyond words to call them friends, colleagues, and fellow workers.
Please pray for your children’s teachers daily. Ask the Lord to bless them and allow them to be worthy examples, inspirations, and guides for your children. And let me encourage you to love and bless your children’s teachers yourselves also. It makes an eternal difference in their lives and the lives of generations to come.
More than 30,000 students from 1,200 school have taken the Classical Learning Test (CLT) since 2016. The CLT has now ranked the top schools’ performance on the test. These rankings, according to the CLT blog, are “an attempt to directly measure education quality. Given the CLT’s level of rigor, high performance on the CLT serves as a strong indicator of excellence in a secondary school.”
Regents Academy ranks #19! We are the only Texas school on the list.
Regents became a CLT partner school in 2018 and will administer the test to its high school students this school year. You can read more about the rankings here.
Thank you to the Regents Academy Key Club, who sweated and served in the hot sun as they spread mulch on the school’s playgrounds.
We appreciate our hardworking students who love their school!
We’ve had a fantastic start to the new school year and are so thankful for the families of Regents Academy. Only 162 school days to go!
Regents Academy is pleased to welcome Mr. Caleb Homer to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Homer will teach Grammar School Physical Education classes. Coming from a background in business, Mr. Homer hails from Center and was the Director of Operations and Staff at Camp Huawni in Timpson for several years. Classical Christian education aims to help children grow not only intellectually but also physically and socially, and Mr. Homer will lead our Grammar School students to do just that.
Mr. Homer and his wife Lauren have two children, Stephen (2 years) and Abigail (5 months), and attend Fredonia Hill Baptist Church. Welcome, Mr. Homer!
Regents Academy is glad to welcome Dr. Rick Hurst to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Hurst will teach the juniors in the Christendom 2 Omnibus course. Certainly no stranger to the Regents community, Dr. Hurst’s daughter Mary Austin teaches 6th grade and his two granddaughters, Lucy and Emma, are students.
Born in Southern California and raised in a small town in the panhandle of Texas, Dr. Hurst is an oral surgeon who has practiced in Nacogdoches and Lufkin since 1980. Dr. Hurst and his wife Christie have 4 children and 10 grandchildren, and they attend Grace Bible Church.
A gifted teacher who loves to learn, Dr. Hurst’s love for the Lord and his Christian leadership will be a wonderful addition to our school community. Welcome, Dr. Hurst!
Regents Academy is very glad to welcome Dr. Matthew Beauregard as calculus teacher for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Beauregard and his wife Rebecca are the parents of two Regents students.
Dr. Beauregard is a professor of mathematics at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he joined the faculty in 2014 after serving as a faculty member at Clarkson University and completing post-doctoral appointments at Baylor University and the University of Arizona. His research interests are in applied mathematics, in particular, mathematical modeling and scientific computing. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from SFA for his outstanding contributions in the classroom.
Welcome aboard, Dr. Beauregard! We are excited about the outstanding leadership and teaching excellence you will bring to the Regents classroom this fall.
On June 15, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. David Goodwin, president of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) presented a plaque to Headmaster David Bryant, along with the faculty and board members present, recognizing Regents Academy as an ACCS-accredited school.
Regents has long been a member of the ACCS, and we have aspired to accreditation as an institutional goal. To be accredited by the ACCS means that (according to the ACCS website) Regents Academy meets “foundational standards for a classical Christian school. ACCS staff validate and oversee the process to ensure compliance. In addition, ACCS sends periodic evaluators (typically the heads of other, larger ACCS schools) to verify the school’s compliance. Unlike other accrediting agencies, ACCS verifies the classical nature of the school’s teaching so that it reaches a foundational set of requirements.”
We praise the Lord for this moment of recognition and thank Him for blessing our school!