Monday, May 21, 2018

Teacher Feature: Ms. Strickland

We are proud to announce that Ms. Marianne Strickland is joining our faculty next year!

Ms. Strickland earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with distinction.  She also earned an M.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and she is completing an additional M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College.

Her experiences include many years of international work and travel in the business sector.  Our students will certainly want to consult with her regarding opportunities to study abroad, as she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the challenges and benefits of living and working overseas.

Our students prepared a few questions for Ms. Strickland:

When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
After my children graduated from university, I decided to attend St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts in order to become a teacher at a classical charter school. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Antiquities from the University of Colorado at Boulder where the study of the Great Books first inspired me to seek Western classical values and this pursuit remains with me today. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach the history of our Western heritage to the NPX students who will be positioned to lead our world into the future. I am honored to be a part of their journey.
What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?
I would love to start a Global Education Club. I received a Master of Global Management from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona where I met my husband, Robert. We traveled extensively as a dual career couple overseas in Europe, East Asia and in South America. I was a banker specializing in cash management and he was an executive for the Coca-Cola Company. We lived overseas for ten years in Santiago, Chile; Quito, Ecuador and Caracas, Venezuela. Our daughters Katie and Margaret were born in Santiago and Caracas respectively and hold dual citizenship in the United States and the country of their birth. The opportunity to live overseas has enriched my life and I hope to encourage the students of NPX to engage in global exchange programs, as well as to participate in domestic cultural activities to enrich their lives through the celebration of our common humanity.      

What are your favorite books in our curriculum?
As a history teacher, I must say my favorite book is The Histories, by Herodotus since the work is both foundational and aesthetically pleasing. From the medieval period of historic philosophy, I will have to say the Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas.  

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be? 
I would choose to have dinner with William Shakespeare because he has a profound understanding of the human condition. Shakespeare often presents his characters in a multidimensional and winsome manner which I find to be fascinating.

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Ms. Strickland!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

There's plenty of activity lately as we conclude the school year on a crescendo.  A thousand thanks to everyone who attended our Spring Concert last Thursday.  I am incredibly proud of Ms. Harris, Dr. Mann, and all of the students who made it such a special evening for all of us! 

On Saturday we held a New Family Orientation, which was a fantastic opportunity to welcome the newest members of our community.  Attendees learned more about the mission, vision, and programs of our Academy.  They also received a packet full of important information and enjoyed school tours led by our rising Seniors.

The coming week brings Final Exams on Tuesday through Thursday, as well as our Awards Ceremonies on Friday.  Furthermore, we are delighted to host our first ever Graduation Ceremony on Saturday at Calvary North Church.  Please do join us for this inaugural moment in the life of our Academy!

Finally, if you are a parent of a rising Freshman, stay tuned for a separate communication this week about our annual Freshman Retreat this August.

Here we go, Gladiators!  Let's run this race all the way through the finish line!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold