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Welcome, Mr. Jason Modar

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Mr. Jason Modar to teach in the School of Rhetoric in the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Modar comes to Regents Academy from California, where he grew up. Mr. Modar graduated from William Jessup University and has worked for several years in youth ministry, as well as as a pastoral support specialist for a national Christian radio station. He enjoys playing golf with his wife and reading C.S. Lewis.

Mr. Modar and his wife Kelsie have two daughters, Macari and Emerlee, and they will be moving to Nacogdoches in July.

Welcome, Mr. Modar!

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Introducing … the Regents Latin Teacher for 2019-20

Regents Academy is very happy to welcome Mrs. Lara Sowell as Latin teacher for 2019-20. As many in our school family know, Mrs. Sowell has struggled with health problems that she believed would keep her from returning next school year. However, she is glad to report that she will be able to return to what she loves — the Latin classroom at Regents Academy.

Mrs. Sowell is certainly no stranger to our school, having taught Latin at Regents since the school’s inception. We are beyond ecstatic that she is able to continue teaching our 6th-9th grade students.

Te amamus, magistra!

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New House Leadership

Congratulations to the newly chosen house leaders for the 2019-20 school year.

These rising juniors and seniors will serve as Stewards and Vice-Stewards of their houses, leading and serving their classmates as the houses worship, work, play, and compete next year. We just finished our inaugural year of the house system and are looking forward to building on it and having a great year together beginning this August. A big shout of thanks goes to our founding House Coordinator, Ben Alexander.

2019-20 House Leadership:

  • Oxford House: James Vermillion and Reagan Taylor
  • Rome House: Abby Powers and Trinity Tyre
  • Jerusalem House: Knox Fairley and Liane Muir
  • Kampala House: Conner Young and Sydney Bryant

We are very thankful for our new House Coordinator, Mrs. Lauren Lawrence.

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Welcome, Ms. Jenna Herrington!

Regents Academy is very glad to welcome Ms. Jenna Herrington to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year.

Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Herrington is a graduate of Belhaven University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. She will be teaching Omnibus and Writing in the Logic School. We are sad to say goodbye to our beloved teacher, Mrs. Sherry Wiggins, but we know that students will enjoy getting to know Ms. Herrington as their new teacher.

Welcome to Regents, Ms. Herrington!

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Welcome, Ms. Emma Terrell!

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Ms. Emma Terrell as its new Athletic Director for the 2019-20 school year. Ms. Terrell is certainly no stranger to our school. A member of the graduating class of 2017, her mother Katrina teaches 4th grade, and her siblings are students at Regents.

We are sad to say goodbye to Jenay Harman, who served as the Regents Athletic Director for the last several years, but we are happy that she is still a part of the school family.

Welcome to the Regents staff, Emma!

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Welcome, Ms. Lina Burklin!

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Ms. Lina Burklin to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year.

A native of Longview, Ms. Burklin comes to Regents after teaching middle school for 8 years at Sakeji Mission School in Zambia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LeTourneau University and is a gifted pianist. Ms. Burklin will be teaching Omnibus 1 (Antiquity 1), 7th grade science, and Government.

Ms. Burklin is a talented teacher who loves to learn, and we welcome her!

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“Education ought everywhere to be religious education”

As Christians we all confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Indeed, He is Lord of all. Therefore, He is Lord of our businesses and our homes and our parenting and every other domain. “For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet” (1 Cor 15:25). We, as Christian parents, must submit to this truth in our own hearts and lives, and then we must parent and educate our children in light of the reality that Christ is Lord of all.

The Lordship of Christ has ramifications for everything in life, and most certainly for how we educate our children. There is no neutral ground. There is no religious/nonreligious divide, despite the insistence of secularists of various stripes. 

E. Ray Moore from the Exodus Mandate says it well:

Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University from 1795 to 1817, said about the importance of a thoroughly Christian education, “Education ought everywhere to be religious education . . . parents are bound to employ no instructors who will not instruct their children religiously. To commit our children to the care of irreligious people is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves.” All education has a religious character as it is inescapably based upon views, articulated or not, related to the nature of God, man and the world. Neutrality in education is impossible.

Let’s stay committed to “a thoroughly Christian education,” as those who follow Christ as Lord in all of life.

Lord, give us grace to be faithful to you. Amen.

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Three Phases of Growth and Three Hymns of the Faith

As we instruct students in our school’s curriculum, Regents teachers also seeking to train them in the formation of godly character. Character is formed in the process of becoming who we are uniquely designed to be: reflections of God. We are not simply seeking to educate young minds; we are seeking to be instruments in God’s hands as He transforms them into the likeness of Christ, who is wisdom and virtue personified.

As a school, there are three major phases in this formative process that correspond to the Trivium. They correspond conceptually to three well-loved hymns.

Grammar School: Trust and Obey

First, we want to establish trusting relationships with children so that they experience the blessings of what it means to trust and obey those in authority. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) We interpret this to mean that God desires us to initiate the trust of our students by loving them with Christ-like love. As our students respond to the loving leadership of their teachers, they will begin to reap the blessings of obedience and training in wisdom. Ultimately, we are seeking to raise up a generation of leaders who are equipped to lead confidently and with grace. We believe that this means we must first establish a trusting relationship with them, and secondly, we must encourage and equip students in how to live out that trust through obedience and acceptance of personal responsibility. “To be happy in Jesus, is to trust and obey.”

Logic School: Be Thou My Vision

Rather than defining the world by their own standards, we desire for our students to define the world and their view of it by God’s Word. A worldview is the lens by which we view the world. A Christian worldview allows us to view the world with a redemptive focus so that we can respond compassionately and boldly. By teaching our students formal logic and debate starting in logic school, we are seeking to train the way they listen and respond. We want them to be increasingly aware of when words and actions are contradictory, not because we want students to “call others out” but because we want them to be equipped to defend truth. Jesus said that the first contradiction we should be concerned about is with our own words and actions. “Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true Word.”

Rhetoric School: Onward Christian Soldiers

As our students mature, we want them to be equipped and empowered to make a difference. The world does not need smarter students; it needs servant leaders. We intentionally give our high school students increasing freedom, voice, and responsibility (Eph. 4:13-16). In doing this they begin to see themselves as contributors to our school’s culture rather than viewing themselves as consumers. Serving others, self-denial, and wise stewardship, we believe, are the starting points for biblical leadership. We desire that our students would view themselves as soldiers for the Lord “with the cross of Jesus going on before.”

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Chesterton on the Resurrection of our Lord

G. K. Chesterton had this to say about Easter in his book The Everlasting Man:

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away.  In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night.  What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn.

So Happy New Year, friends. I hope as you walk with the Gardener in the dawn of this coming year you experience the rich blessings of knowing Him and making Him known.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

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2019 4-H Officers

A hearty congratulations to the newly elected Regents Academy 4-H Club officers for 2019-2020.

Pictured above (left to right) are Sydney Cunyus, Secretary; Abby Powers, President; Caroline Alders, Parliamentarian; Ethan Fairley, Vice President; and Clayton Terrell, Treasurer.

This great group of student leaders will carry on a tradition of excellent leadership of the Regents 4-H Club. Great job, students!

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