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Perryman Post - New Maps for Gen Z

June 18, 2019
By CAK Communications

My wife and I did something last Saturday which we have not done for many months - we made a trip to West Town Mall. It was raining, and such a dreary day, we thought, "Why not?" Needless to say, 75% of Knoxville must have had the same idea. We walked around, got a pretzel, and just had a good time people-watching.

One thing that struck me was the vast amount of people walking through the mall attached to their mobile devices, and it wasn’t only the adults! From little kids in strollers watching videos and playing games on iPhones to teens who looked at their phones as they walked away. One lady we saw had a phone in each hand! A man had an iPad and an iPhone, walking with his wife, who was also on her iPhone, neither talking to one another. We just watched. It was amazing what we saw, just the lack of communication with people walking or sitting right next to one another!

Our staff is reading a book this summer entitled Marching Off the Map written by Tim Elmore. The book suggests that our current generation, Generation Z (born since the year 2001), is a generation of firsts. The first generation that:

  1. Doesn't need adults to get information.
  2. Can broadcast their every thought or emotion in real time.
  3. Has external stimuli at their fingertips 24/7.
  4. Are socially connected at all times, but often they connect in isolation.
  5. Will learn more from a portable device than from a classroom.
  6. Uses a phone instead of a wristwatch, camera, wall calendar, or board game.

It struck me after our visit to the mall that we, as adults, have a huge task ahead of us. We must equip this generation with the tools they need to do life. To make our instruction applicable to today's "screenagers," we must do things differently. The premise of the book is that our pedagogy needs to be evaluated, and "new maps" need to be used to reach Generation Z in a more effective way.

I am encouraging our staff as they read this book to consider making "new maps." We will be working through this book next year and would appreciate your prayers as we develop “new maps” to lead our students into preparing for life. Please continue to enjoy your summer.

Remember the CAK Way:

  • Love God
  • Love People
  • Model Jesus
  • Make decisions that are best for our students.

Meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Because of God’s Grace,

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School

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Posted in Perryman Post

For the Love of Baseball

June 13, 2019
By CAK Communications
Team Photo from Camp

"The idea was simple enough," says Christian Academy of Knoxville Class of 2019 grad Christian Cate, "get some people together and teach the kids a little baseball, have some devotionals and snacks, and have fun. Little did I know how impactful this project would be...for the kids, the volunteers, the inner city neighborhood....and for me."

At CAK, students are required to complete a 40+ hour Capstone project meant to help them find their calling for service through Christ Jesus. For some students, turning a passion into a calling falls together to make something beautiful ...something impactful ...something bigger than oneself. 

And that is exactly what occurred last summer for Cate, who at the time was a rising senior at CAK. 

"I decided to take my love of baseball to the inner city here in Knoxville," describes Cate. His desire was to bring baseball to kids who had not had the opportunity to play before by founding a free one-week camp through Wesley House.

Fifteen volunteers worked beside him, including several professional coaches from area schools, who were all dedicated to helping the players succeed in their own skill set. In preparation, Cate noticed the field he wanted to use was in bad shape, and the expertise needed to fix it was beyond his capacity. So, he petitioned the city to fix up a local neighborhood field.

The day before the camp was to start, Cate arrived at the field to paint lines on the dirt, and was shocked to see that the neighborhood kids had already discovered the field and were happily using it! It was then that he realized how seemingly small steps lead to big changes. Kids who previously had no place to play now have a useable field.

 “I have decided to do the camp again, and build on the work we did last year,” said Cate. This summer, he is directing another camp for 25 elementary aged kids served by Wesley House from June 17 to 21. 

"We provide the equipment, snacks, shirts, hats, everything," Cate says. "Last year we were also able to give each kid his/her own bat, glove, ball, bag, snacks, and a comic Bible to take home."

If you would like to help, here is a link to the projects Go Fund Me page. If you are interested in attending CAK, visit our admissions page

Posted in Christian Witness

CAK is Three-Peat State Champs in Baseball!

May 23, 2019
By CAK Communications

The Christian Academy of Knoxville baseball team is the 2019 Division II A State Champion after defeating CPA 3-2 on Thursday, May 23 in Murfreesboro!

Coach Tommy Pharr and his team have won the title three years in a row, 2017, 2018, and 2019. They also have a title from 2014. 

We are so proud! Congrats, Warriors! 

Tags: baseball
Posted in Athletics

Rich Fulford selected to become new Head of School at Christian Academy of Knoxville

May 22, 2019
By CAK Communications

The Board of Trustees of Christian Academy of Knoxville is pleased to announce that Rich Fulford has been selected to become the next Head of School. Fulford is currently Assistant Head of School and Middle School Principal, where he has served since 2016.

“To say that I am excited would be an understatement,” says Fulford. “Interestingly, our sermon series this month at Northstar Church has been ‘Nothing Just Happens,’ likewise, this didn’t ‘just happen.’ I am convinced, just as three years ago when God invited me to work with Him at CAK, that He has once again called me to join in greater service to Him as Head of School.”

For the past year, Mr. Dan Perryman has been serving as CAK's Interim Head of School. “Mr. Perryman has been a stabilizing force having led CAK through natural disasters and transitions in leadership, as well as having overseen growth in enrollment and successes in academics, the arts, and athletics,” says Will Ferguson, President of the Board. “We are thankful for his humble guidance, and look forward to his ongoing involvement at CAK.”

For the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Perryman will continue to serve as Interim Head of School with Mr. Fulford assuming his responsibilities as Head of School on July 1, 2020.

“The search for a Head of School is both challenging and rewarding,” continues Ferguson. “In Rich we found a candidate who reflected a love for Christ, a passion for Christian education, and an appreciation for how CAK can impact our students both academically and spiritually.”

Prior to coming to CAK, Rich was the Assistant Principal at Knoxville's West Valley Middle School. While there, he was part of a team that implemented a 1:1 technology program, which he also helped implement at both Farragut Middle and CAK. Also at CAK, Fulford added an Honors Program to the middle school.

Fulford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee, where he was also a two-time NCAA All-American Track and Field Team member and competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant and administrative assistant with UT's Athletic Department while studying to receive a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration. Fulford also holds an Ed.S in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University.

Fulford and his wife Marteal (“Teal”) have been married over 22 years and have four sons: Gabel (17), Ethan (15), Silas (12), and Owen (11). They attend Northstar Church in Knoxville.

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