My name is Diane Carter. I’m a teacher here in the upper schools as a science and Bible teacher and have been for most of the years since the doors opened over 20 years ago. I’m also a parent here–my four children having passed through the halls of Annapolis with my last one sitting here today, a junior. I’m also a grandparent with a grandson here in kindergarten. I’ve been asked to address you this morning to share my heart as to why I have such a deep and long participation as a teacher in Classical and Christian education. I also hope to communicate with you why my husband and I have made such a long-term investment in Annapolis as our choice to help us educate our own children and why our children are now choosing Annapolis for the grandchildren.
Dear Annapolis Friends and Families (and other concerned citizens),
I recently returned from a head of school retreat hosted by the Society for Classical Learning. We were a motley crew of 40 battle-hardened, classical Christian heads of school with plenty of stories to share and scars to show. There was lots of coffee drinking, khaki pants and loafer wearing, and lamenting the general decline of Western Civilization brought on by the ubiquitous presence of hand-held, soul-destroying digital devices. We were a sight to behold; but it was a truly wonderful time of fellowship and renewal of vision as we were challenged to think through the big “why.” Why do our schools exist? Why in the world did we ever choose to subject ourselves to careers in Classical Christian school leadership? Stuff like that.
So, maybe out of a self-flagellating compulsion to confess, or maybe even out of a repressed desire to simply say “I’m sorry,” for better or worse, I leave to posterity my personal confession, my why:
Samantha Wilmot is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016 and will graduate with a GPA of 3.99 and top academic honors. Here she reflects on her experience as a high school student at Annapolis. Congratulations Samantha from all of us at Annapolis Christian Academy! May God richly bless you!
The valedictorian of Annapolis Christian Academy’s class of 2016, Megan Greige, delivered the following testimony to parents and students at Annapolis’ annual Open House event on January, 28 2016. We are so proud of Megan’s accomplishments but most of all for the kindness she has displayed to everyone during her time at Annapolis and for her servant leadership. We will miss her greatly but it is with joy that we send her on to fulfill the calling that God has placed on her life and we are honored to have played a small part in preparing her for that calling!