Announcing Dr. Preston Atwood, New Headmaster of Regents Academy


Thank you to all our families and staff for working so hard to make this unusual school year a success! Transitioning to online schooling has been a difficult endeavor and we appreciate your patience as we embrace this new reality for the remainder of the school year. The school board has been hard at work as well, and we are happy to announce that our search for a new headmaster is complete. Please join the board in welcoming Dr. Preston Atwood and his family to Nacogdoches in June of this year. They are a delight and we cannot wait for you to meet them!

Dr. Mark Sowell, board chairman

About Dr. Atwood

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Preston earned his B.A. in Humanities at L. R. Scarborough College, his M.Div. and Th.M. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Wisconsin (Hebrew Bible major; Greek minor). Along the way, Dr. Atwood held numerous administrative appointments at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2010-2014), The University of Wisconsin (2014-2019), and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (2015-2017). He has also been the recipient of many grants, fellowships, awards, and scholarships, affording him opportunities to present his scholarly research in many countries and states, including a summer-long research stay in Jerusalem, Israel. He enjoys fishing, composing music, building rockets with his sons, drinking Mediterranean coffee, and taking his wife out to non-chain restaurants. Preston currently serves as the headmaster at Grace Classical Christian Academy and will transition to Regents Academy this summer.

About the Atwood Family

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Almost 12 years ago, Preston Atwood bowed his head and whispered a prayer through Emily’s veil after they lit a unity candle. The song that played repeated the line, “God’s glory is my reward…” Obviously, no one praying that prayer can expect a life without valleys, but the Atwoods have experienced their fair share of mountain-top experiences. Along that journey, the best of their blessings are their children: Titus (8), Naviah (7), Xara (6), John Mark (4), Creed (2), and Soren (11 months). This big-little family often entertains itself outside with hobbies such as fishing (or ice-fishing when they lived in Wisconsin), walking (or scootering/biking/stroller-ing), and gardening (i.e., playing in the dirt). International travel is one hobby they engage in, both literally and through imagination by using pictures and Emily’s culinary skills to cultivate a global perspective. When they find themselves adventuring together within the walls of their own home, it often involves singing around Preston’s piano or guitar, reading a classic book out loud, or crafting with the most random objects imaginable.

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