We’re Here to Support You and Your School
As a school leader, it can be tough to navigate the daily challenges and complexities that come with the role. It’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed, especially when faced with new and unfamiliar situations. That’s why having a support system in place is crucial for success.
At The Society for Classical Learning, we understand the importance of having a strong support network to lean on when you need it most. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with the help and resources you need to build a healthy, thriving school.
Who We Are
We Are Classical
The SCL is rooted in The Great Tradition, using its wisdom and virtue to raise up the next generation.
We Are Christian
The SCL is grounded in the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds.
We Are Leaders
The SCL is the leader in the classical Christian education movement by focusing on guiding school leaders.
Eric Cook is the President of the Society for Classical Learning (SCL). Eric has been formally associated with SCL for over a decade serving in multiple roles, including Executive Director and Board Chair. He was the Head of School at Covenant Classical in Fort Worth, TX for 13 years before joining SCL full time. Prior to Covenant, Eric was the Head of Upper School at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, VA. Eric also taught and served in leadership at several public schools.
Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He is currently working on an EdS in Classical School Leadership from Gordon College.
Eric has taught a myriad of subjects from philosophy to thesis. He consults with schools and coaches leaders in a variety of contexts. He speaks and presents at conferences around the country. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children. They live in Richmond, Virginia, home of the SCL headquarters.
Early in life, she moved West from her native home of Savannah, GA, where she served as a Congressional press intern, met her husband, and became a newspaper editor. From there, utilizing her newfound love of the Southwest, she became Director of Communication for the Tucson Chamber of Commerce and later moved back to her home on the Georgia Coast to raise a family.
While just beginning to research and read about classical education, Angie worked as a legal market analyst with an international consulting firm and enjoyed working in communication and events for political affairs, including the Conservative Political Action Conference. She also clocked many hours behind the scenes in her family’s restaurant franchise businesses.
After years in school leadership and the family business and raising four boys, Angie and her husband made plans for a sabbatical and early semi-retirement. She spent a year writing and traveling the country full-time with her husband and 10-year-old daughter, whom they classically home-schooled. Now a recent widow, Angie enjoys supporting classical education through her work with SCL while traveling as often as possible. She loves to read, write, hike national park trails, discover new places, meet new people, cook Senoran food, coach a spirited game of little league basketball, and be anywhere where family is gathered.
Deborah, founder of Athena College and Vocational Coaching, is a certified college counselor through NACCAP, who holds a BA in Communications from University of Florida, an MA in Humanities from California State, and a Professional Certification in Human Resource Development from University of Georgia, with post-graduate work at University of Dallas. She is a Highlands Battery Ability consultant.
Her broad experience includes serving as a humanities instructor at both the high school and collegiate level, thesis coach, academic and career adviser, and creating college counseling departments for private and public classical schools.
Deborah and her family currently reside in Annapolis. In her spare time Deborah enjoys volunteering as a master gardener and watershed steward, reading poetry, and traveling.
While at Veritas, Starrla has developed curriculum and academic programs, trained hundreds of teachers, served on accreditation teams for similar schools, and helped many classical, collaborative schools launch and grow. She is passionate about kingdom building through the expansion of classical, Christian schools; and after receiving her Masters in Leadership through Gordon College, shifted her focus to developing programs for training future Christian school leaders. Starrla and her husband, Jef (the longtime Veritas HOS), live in the Texas Hill Country and are the parents of three adult children, all graduates of Veritas Academy.
Prior to SCL, Marissa served as the program director for the Alec & Belle Waterhouse Lecture Series in Honolulu, HI where she organized conferences and seminars for nearly 10 years. She also has held administrative positions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the President’s Office. Marissa is married to Shelby, and they have three children who attend Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX. Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Marissa enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering in her daughters’ American Heritage Girls’ troop.
Kevin’s Christian Classical Education experience spans 17 years, including 15 at The Geneva School, Winter Park, FL. During this time he taught broadly across the upper school—logic, classical guitar, Old and New Testament survey, New Testament Greek, rhetoric—though Christian philosophy and theology were his main interests and perennial areas of teaching. He later assumed a leadership position at the school, serving five years as academic dean of The Geneva School before leaving to found The Ecclesial Schools Initiative.
Also active at the national level, Kevin has ten years of leadership as a fellow for The Society for Classical Learning, providing academic leadership to Christian classical schools throughout the country by hosting retreats and speaking at conferences. He also joined the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2018 as a teaching fellow in their new Master of Arts in Classical Teaching program.
At SCL, we are committed to joyfully serving Christ as the core calling and purpose of our work.
At SCL, we believe the great work of CCE should be broadly accessible.
At SCL, we believe that our work is to serve the movement by showing grace, love, and tangible acts of hospitality.
Mission & Vision
The Society for Classical Learning exists to foster
human flourishing by making classical Christian
education thrive. The ancient world has much to offer
us today in thinking about how we might best teach
and encourage young people toward virtue, wisdom,
The SCL works together with classicists, teachers, and
lifelong learners to ensure that the great heritage of
Western civilization is preserved, cherished, and
handed on to the next generation.