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.”