Monthly Archives: May 2018

Erika Mildred

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Mrs. Erika Mildred
(2013-Present, Treasurer, Conference Registrar, Current Term Expires in 2018)

Erika Mildred graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. and her Lutheran Teachers Diploma from Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois. Over the years, she has been privileged to work with children of all ages as a classroom teacher for grades 7 – 12, a high school girls’ varsity basketball coach, a personal and group tutor, an online educator, a day school principal, and a home school mom of two girls. She has also been privileged to work with Christian churches and day schools as a fundraising consultant and has had seven years of fundraising, feasibility study, and capital campaign experience.

Mrs. Mildred has been involved with the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) since 1999. Her father, Rev. Robert W. Schaibley, was one of the pioneers for the classical Lutheran education movement. She has served on the CCLE board of directors since 2013, and has been the board’s treasurer since 2015. In 2017, Mrs. Mildred completed the requirements to obtain her Classical Lutheran Educator Certification through the CCLE. She currently serves on the faculty at Wittenberg Academy, a CCLE-accredited online Lutheran school that serves primarily home school families in grades 7 – 12. She is a member at Faith Lutheran Church, Plano, Texas, and actively supports their classical Lutheran day school as well.

For Mrs. Mildred, classical Lutheran education is really a “coming home” experience. Lutheran education, as advocated by Luther, is classical in its description. Even the catechism is set up in the Socratic style through its questions and answers. The love Luther had for children and for education is clear, and classical Lutheran education is simply a rediscovery of those past treasures and an igniting of joy and a fire for the pursuit of goodness, truth, and beauty. Mrs. Mildred loves that classical Lutheran education allows students of all ability levels to thrive. She believes that the methodology of the Trivium and Quadrivium, when fully and effectively employed by teachers, builds a foundation for future knowledge and provides students with those “aha” moments on a regular basis. Students also know that what they are learning is valuable and meaningful, providing them with confidence and appreciation, even at an early age. She states, “Building confidence and a love for learning in students are gifts to them that last a lifetime; it is a privilege from God to impart those things to His children.”

Cheryl Swope

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Mrs. Cheryl Swope
(CCLE Board 2010-Present)

Master of Education, special education learning disabilities and behavior disorders, K-12
Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press)
Co-creator of Simply Classical Curriculum for special needs (Memoria Press)
Co-author of Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home (LCMS)
Writer for The Classical Teacher, Concordia Publishing House

How did you become involved with CCLE?  About ten years ago while homeschooling my twins, I requested a session on classical education and special needs. No one appeared available to lead such a session, so my husband urged me to speak on the topic myself. The next year I spoke again on various topics and was invited to serve on the Board of Directors, where I have served from that time forward.

How would you describe Classical education to someone who is unfamiliar with it?  think of a much older person whom you admire or a great leader, thinker, or writer from history: this person was likely classically educated. “Classical” education is the way people were taught – effectively with an emphasis on classical languages, classical writings, classical periods in history, Great Books, and both the trivium and quadrivium – before the detrimental influences of experimental education.

What would you say to encourage others to become involved with CCLE?  We need you! When CCLE was small, Board members shared the small amount of work and planning. Now that interest in classical Lutheran education has grown, CCLE needs a wide variety of volunteer services including website design and maintenance, assistance at conferences, speakers, writers, editors, social media experts,

What else would you like to share?  Everyone at the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education appreciates the generous support and encouragement from those who share our vision. Partner with us and join today!

Rev. Paul J Cain

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Rev. Paul J Cain
(2010-Present, Secretary, Webmaster)

Rev. Paul J Cain is Senior Pastor of Immanuel, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School and Immanuel Academy, a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Education Chairman/NLSA Commissioner, and Editor of Lutheran Book Review. He has served as an LCMS Circuit Visitor, District Worship Chairman and District Evangelism Chairman. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rev. Cain is a contributor to Lutheran Service Book, Lutheranism 101, the forthcoming LSB Hymnal Companion volumes, and is the author of 5 Things You Can Do to Make Our Congregation a Caring Church. He is an occasional guest on KFUO radio. He has previously served Emmanuel, Green River, WY and Trinity, Morrill, NE. Rev. Cain is married to Ann and loves reading and listening to, composing, and making music.

How did you become involved with CCLE?
I attended by first conference in 2003. I was serving a vacancy congregation in addition to my own. The congregation in vacancy had a preschool and wanted to continue to improve, so they sent me to an Education Conference in Laramie. There, I learned about grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The simple and fun task of learning how to draw a bear alerted me to these building blocks of all education. Education finally made sense! I put together a reading list and years later was called to be Pastor and Headmaster of a congregation with a classical Lutheran school.

In just 1-3 sentences, how would you describe Classical education to someone who is unfamiliar with it? I describe our kindergarten as Jesus, letters, and numbers. That shows the priorities of faith and the language arts and mathematical arts. Classical education uses direct instruction by subject matter experts to teach children the treasures of Scripture and Western Civilization.

What would you say to encourage others to become involved with CCLE? Classical Lutheran education makes a real difference in the lives of confessional Lutherans. This is our education heritage. We don’t have to be caught up in educational fads or be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrinal fads. It is an education that prepares children and adults for life in this world as well as the world to come.

What else would you like to share? Start a dialogue with your Board members. Ask us questions. Invite us to speak. Help us help you to make your classical Lutheran school even better or to lead you through the transition to classical content and pedagogy. We’re here to serve you.