News from CAK
Each year, Christian Academy of Knoxville has a theme verse, chosen by our Head of School. This verse sets the tone for the year and gives us direction in learning, prayer, growth, and community.
After prayer, the Lord laid the following verse on Mr. Fulford's heart for us this year:
"Then Joshua said to the people, 'Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.'" - Joshua 3:5
Regarding this verse, Mr. Fulford said recently in a Friday roundup video: "You know this is true. The Lord is already doing great things at CAK. Tomorrow is going to be a brighter day than it is today, and the Lord is preparing us for that."
Here are a couple of ways you can incorporate this verse into your day:
Let's all look forward to the wonders the Lord will do this year at CAK!
For immediate release - Christian Academy of Knoxville is excited to announce that Mrs. Olivia Bullock is the new CAK Director of Bands. As a former drum major at Tennessee Technological University, Bullock brings a love of music and school spirit with her into this role.
"Performing Arts has always been an important offering at CAK," says Head of School, Rich Fulford. "I am excited that Olivia Bullock has decided to join our family. Olivia has a passion for Christ and a vision for a strong band program. She brings fresh ideas and a new perspective on what a thriving band program will look like!"
"Music is one of the best ways that God gives us to express ourselves as well as worship Him," adds Bullock. "I am excited to help the students of CAK grow their talents as well as their faith."
Previously, Bullock taught beginning band and orchestra in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also taught private music lessons for the past six years.
"The great thing about teaching elementary, middle school, and high school band," says Bullock, "is that I get to foster their instrumental music education from their first notes all the way through to their high school graduation."
Bullock earned her Bachelor of Music degree in K-12 classroom and instrumental music from Tennessee Tech University. She also taught various band camps at local high schools during the summer.
Bullock fondly remembers her own time in high school band, where she participated in All-State East clinics as student at Sevier County High School, and was also drum major her senior year. She looks forward to working with the Warrior band program.
"To me, being a Warrior is the equivalent of being a disciple for Christ, " she says. "We are called to actively serve a cause that is sometimes greater than we know or understand. I believe the best way to do this is by being active and constantly seeking opportunities to serve the Lord and others."
When not teaching music, Bullock resides with her husband, Trevor, who is also a musician. They enjoy playing duets together, hiking, and spending time outdoors. The couple attends Pathways Church.
After working in the public school for 25 years, Angel Crider felt plenty of ‘nudges’ from God that maybe it was time for a change. She decided to send her oldest child to Christian Academy of Knoxville, a private school with small class sizes, for his 9th-grade year. At that point, the nudges turned into opportunities.
Crider was offered a job to change her career path and teach 5th grade at CAK, the same school where her son attends. “I know the challenges students face in Middle School, and I love that I can prepare them to not only be ready but to have a head start.”
The smaller class sizes and the freedom of teaching in a Christian setting were huge bonuses for Angel. She loves ministering to her students and that she can guide them through scripture and love as they grow and change. “As a teacher, being able to meet my students where they are is huge. Small classes allow me the flexibility to reach out to them in small groups and one on one instruction to clear up any misunderstandings.”
The teachers at CAK love their school, each other, and their Savior.
“I adore this school system. Being in an environment with high expectations and strong standards, students thrive. I believe that is what parents want- teachers who love their child and help them to reach goals.”
While the quarantine was hard on everyone, the family atmosphere at CAK touched Angel. “I became a teacher to be in the classroom with the students, not on a screen. On the very last day of school, the 5th grade students had a parade for the 5th grade teachers. I walked outside to start the parade and I looked up and there were students everywhere. I was speechless, and I could not contain my tears of joy. I love the family atmosphere that CAK Elementary has brought to my teaching.”
For Immediate Release, June 16, 2020 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville has named J.D. Johnson as the new head coach of the Warrior Boys Basketball team. “Johnson is exactly what we were looking for when we opened the search,” says CAK Director of Athletics, Ried Estus. “He’s a Godly man, an experienced and proven coach, and has the academic credentials worthy to join our excellent teaching faculty.”
As a former collegiate player (Lake Erie College), Johnson began coaching in 2007 and has built an impressive record. In 2016, he was the assistant head coach when High Point Christian Academy (High Point, NC) made a state title appearance. The following year, Johnson became Head Coach at Statesville Christian where he shattered school win records and took his team to the Elite 8. His coaching career also includes an additional elite 8 appearance while at Cape Fear Christian Academy, and a final four appearance at Freedom Christian Academy.
“I love working at a Christian school, and having the opportunity to share my faith and the gospel with students and families on a daily basis,” says Johnson. “I’m excited that CAK has a simultaneous commitment to spiritual development and academic excellence while recognizing the importance of athletics and the role it plays in education.”
Johnson holds a Bachelor’s in Integrated Social Studies from Lake Erie College, and a Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
He’ll be taking over for a team that has made two state title appearances (2005, 2016) and five state sectional appearances (2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). The Warrior Boys Basketball team was the Regional Champion in 2005 and is an eight-time District Champion (1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016).
“We have a young and hungry group that is eager to learn,” says Johnson. “Basketball is a great tool to help prepare them for the next phases of their lives. I love how athletics as a whole can bring our entire school family together in support of one another for something greater than ourselves.”
In addition to coaching, Johnson will also be teaching high school history. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working out, and watching sports.
For media requests, please reach out to Ried Estus, Director of Athletics.