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Perryman Post, April 2019

April 03, 2019
By Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

James 5:16 reminds us, “ . . . the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” In reviewing our year at CAK, it has become increasingly clear that we have been tested and tried. Straight line wind damage, security issues, sickness, and flooding all are examples of the issues we have faced as a CAK family. I often have folks tell me that they pray daily for CAK and my response is DO NOT STOP - those prayers are felt every day on our campus.

Varsity baseball coach Tommy Pharr suggested in an email that the entire campus pause at a certain time to pray for CAK. I felt this was a fabulous idea, and as a result, I am asking for our campus and for all parents to participate. We are calling this “At 9 for 5”. On April 16that 9:00 am our entire campus will stop what we are doing and pray collectively for CAK. Parents, I also encourage you to set a timer stop for 5 minutes and pray for CAK, no matter where you are, home or work.

We all have examples of our experiences with answered prayer. I have so many of my own that I could fill several volumes. God is so good and only wants the best for His children. Discouragement is like cancer that spreads like wildfire. However, we are encouraged in Luke 18:1 that we “. . . ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Satan is a master at discouragement and loves nothing more than to spread that cancer among the believers. Folks DO NOT be discouraged! God is at work on our campus and in the hearts of our students.

Remember the CAK Way:

  1. Love God
  2. Love People
  3. Model Jesus
  4. Make decisions that are best for our students

Because of His Grace,
Dan Perryman

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Perryman Post, March 2019

March 07, 2019
By Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

As we enter into the home stretch, there are many exciting opportunities at CAK. We, as faculty and staff, have the opportunity to impact over 900 young lives. We have the opportunity to interact with you as parents - to partner with you to provide your student with a college preparatory education from a Biblical worldview. We have the opportunity to represent Christ in our community, being disciples both on and off campus.

All of this gets me thinking about the year 2020, next year, and what that means for us at CAK. I don’t know about you, but there came a time when my arms were not long enough for me to read the print in books. I had to visit my optometrist and get some reading glasses. I cannot read a thing without my glasses. I do not have physical 20/20 vision, but I do want to be clear about what I see for CAK in the year 2020.

My “20/20 Vision” for CAK begins with the “C” in CAK - Christian. My goal for the coming year is to infuse Christ-like behavior into our students, parents, and staff to truly make CAK a Christian institution. Culture is a buzzword in our society today, but my vision is to make this campus culture honoring to God. I am not quite sure what this looks like yet, but I have a few ideas:

  • Always measuring our actions to Christ and Biblical standards
  • Always giving praise to God for His provisions
  • Always being Christ-like in our interactions, making sure our actions and reactions model Christ
  • Always treating EVERYONE with respect and understanding that EVERYONE is an image bearer of Christ

Hopefully, you would agree that these four ideas would be a great place to start. So, join with me in making the culture at CAK a God-honoring culture!

Remember the CAK Way:

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

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The Perryman Post, February 2019

February 07, 2019
By Mr. Dan Perryman

As we are well underway into the new year, I want to share some things from my heart that prayerfully will be of use to all of us.

I am sure that many of you have made New Year’s Resolutions. I won’t go into ALL of the different areas that could become resolutions, but here are some statistics for you to ponder. First, did you know that around 85% of adults make resolutions each year? Of those, half will fail by the end of January. Most of the rest are done by March! Wow! 

As I was thinking over the overwhelming failure of most people to keep these resolutions, I received a monthly letter from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), of which CAK is a member. They encouraged us to focus on just ONE WORD for the entire year. That sounds a whole lot like a resolution, which made me wonder if we could keep that focus. Then, I remembered that we as humans may fail, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). We can keep our resolutions with prayer

With that thought in mind, the word I have chosen for 2019 is OPPORTUNITY. I want to dwell on the opportunities that God gives us. Every challenge, every difficulty, everything God has allowed to be in our lives serves a purpose and has a reason (Romans 8:28). I am challenging myself to look at the things that come my way as opportunities to first glorify God and to strengthen me into a better servant for Him. My health has been an issue and is very frustrating. I am determined to use this to glorify God and strengthen me. This takes work and the right perspective.

I would like to challenge each of you to find and focus on ONE WORD as we proceed through 2019. I trust that the Lord will give you a blessed year. Please continue to pray for CAK – students, parents, staff, faculty and administration. We are working together to mold young people for the glory of God.


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

To find out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, visit our website, 


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