Dr. Jackquelyn Haws Veith
Executive Director of Educational Certification for CCLE
Jackquelyn Veith lives in Blackwell, Oklahoma and is married to Gene Edward Veith. They have three adult children and twelve grandchildren. She earned her BS from the University of Oklahoma, her MS from Concordia University Wisconsin, and her Ed.D. from Shenandoah University. After academic careers in Wisconsin and Virginia, they moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma, to retire near grandchildren. Based on her teaching experience (25 years in K-12; 8 years in higher education) she knows classical education is a stronger approach than current practices. She supports the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) through school accreditation and teacher certification processes. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Blackwell, Oklahoma.
How did you become involved with CCLE? Married to Gene Edward Veith, how could I not?
In just 1-3 sentences, how would you describe Classical education to someone who is unfamiliar with it? Classical education is teaching children content in context using established methods for successful learning, not experimenting with children to push particular agendas. Classical education wants all children to think for themselves, to decide for themselves, and to understand the responsibilities and consequences of their decisions.
Share one unique story of “Classical education at work” – a classroom experience, homeschool experience, CCLE conference experience or other: In a 5th grade physiology class, I saw a teacher explaining how exercise creates small tears in muscles which, in healing, make the muscles stronger. She immediately connected this lesson to how resisting temptations strengthens our faith in God and makes our faith stronger. The teacher gave her students an outstanding, easily understandable image of how God’s creation works on multiple levels.
Rev. Robert Paul
(2014-Present, Vice Chairman, Current Term Expires in 2018)
Pastor Paul lives in Houston, Texas and holds a BA from Concordia College, New York, Bronxville, New York (2008); M Div and STM from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2012 & 2013); and is currently doing PhD coursework at Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri.
Pastor Paul currenltly serves as Associate Pastor and Headmaster at Memorial Lutheran Church and School, Houston, Texas.
How did you become involved with CCLE? I attended my first conference in 2014 and was elected to the board. I’ve been heavily involved since then.
What do you think makes Classical education a unique and special experience for students and parents (whether homeschooling or in a traditional classroom setting)? Classical education seeks to preserve the past and implement it for the benefit of our future and for our neighbors. In a society obsessed with progress, classical education roots parents and students in the Western Christian tradition in order to teach families to be fruitful and passionate lifelong learners. Uniquely the students who come from classical Lutheran schools do not exist for their own end, but we learn for the benefit of others.
What would you say to encourage others to become involved with CCLE? The CCLE is a group of compassionate and driven lifelong learners (pastors, teachers, professors, moms and dads, et al) who care about the past, present and future. No matter what you’ve learned or how in the past, it’s never too late to join in the noble endeavor of caring for the way our families are taught and learn.
Technology Director for CCLE
Tom Strickland serves as Director of Information Technology at Advanced Concepts and Technologies International, L.L.C. Mr. Strickland also serves at the technology director for CCLE.
Mr. Strickland holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.