October 19 – 21, 2023
Veritas School – Richmond, VA
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“The Fall Retreat is a consistent highlight of my year. This retreat invites you to the center of the classical Christian school movement, introduces you to thought-leaders, and forms lasting friendships. I always leave the Fall Retreat with new ideas for my school and renewed energy for our mission.”Craig HefnerCovenant School, WV
The venue of this year’s retreat is Veritas School!
3400 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
“The Fall Retreat is something that I look forward to every year. Not only do the sessions challenge my thinking, but the opportunity to develop relationships with fellow laborers provides a rich resource to draw from and encouragement throughout the school year.”Justice KerrHead of School, Petra Academy
Andrew has been teaching since 2002. His experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. He has served as both a mathematics department chair and science department chair through critical seasons of textbook adoption and curriculum reform. His pedagogy highlights a thoughtful balance of didactic and dialectic instruction with emphasis on learning through problem-solving.
Since 2010 Andrew has served as an executive administrator at two different flagship schools in the classical renewal movement including his current tenure as Upper School Head at Covenant Classical School, a K-12 classical Christian school in Fort Worth, Texas. His work most notably includes leading curriculum reform projects, launching student support programs, transforming faculty culture through meaningful professional development, and scaling and refining operational systems and protocol. Andrew offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and regularly presents at SCL conferences and retreats.
Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters and attend Paradox Church.
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.
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.
Prior to co-founding Veritas Academy in 2004, Jef was an experienced business owner, operator, and consultant, having started and/or served as a senior executive officer (CFO/COO/CEO) at several high growth companies in Houston and Austin. He earned an MBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and is a former CPA, possessing years of M&A, corporate finance, and strategic/financial consulting experience with Big Four accounting and consulting firms. Jef has even more years of entrepreneurial business and church administration/board experience, and has previously served the National Association for University-Model Schools (NAUMS) as an advisory board member and new school trainer.
Jef and his wife, Starrla, have three grown children (all graduates of Veritas Academy) and continue to serve the classical Christian school movement from their home in the Texas Hill Country with their five dogs and one surviving cat.