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Perryman Post - The Importance of Failure

November 11, 2019
By CAK Communications

Dear CAK Parents,

I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. I am so thankful for all of you. Second-quarter is almost complete, and your kids are doing great!

If you will remember my September post, I quoted a statement by a teacher to a parent. In that statement, I want to build off the last sentence “…it appears the more we pushed them academically, the more we failed at teaching them life.” This phrase is a concern to me in that life mostly is learned through difficult and trying circumstances, not through constant success. If you are like me, my life has been full of missteps, poor decisions, and failure. Calvin Coolidge, I believe, presents a nice idea of persistence:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

So, how is persistence developed? I submit to you that it is through failure and setbacks that we learn persistence. It is taking that challenging AP course, then working hard and failing the first quiz. It is auditioning for Musical Theater and not getting the lead. It is through trying out for the basketball team and having to sit the bench. Our students need to experience failure; life is full of failure. Trying to shield students from failure is not teaching them life.

The most valuable lessons I have learned have come as a result of the failure. Were these lessons painful? Absolutely, however, they inspired me to improve and attain goals that I did not feel I could ever reach. There were times that I didn’t learn from my failures and paid a heavy price. 

No one wants to see their child fail a class or not get picked for the school play and definitely not sit on the bench. Yet, your students need to experience “failures,” and if they do not, they will not be ready for life. Henry Ford was quoted as saying “failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” May I encourage you to challenge your child to take those hard classes regardless of how they will impact their GPA. Please encourage them to try a sport, work hard in practice to earn playing time and in the process, learn valuable lessons in teamwork. Invite them to audition for a role in the play; they may discover that it is a blast even if they are on the stage crew!

This post is from my heart to yours. I love our students as I know you love your children; they must be taught life. As adults, we all know life is hard and full of disappointments, let your children experience discouragement to see them grow.

In God's grace, 

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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Perryman Post - The Lord is Our Rock

August 29, 2019
By CAK Communications

Being in a school setting for the majority of my life, I love the rhythm and sounds of school. The bell that signals class changes in the high school, the laughter, and excitement in the elementary cafeteria, and the scurrying of the sixth graders trying to get to their next class is all music to my ears. I love the newness of new books, backpacks, school shoes, and of course new teachers! The anticipation of the first football game and the spirit of Warrior Wednesdays adds to the rhythm.

The hallways are lonely places during the summer, but they come alive with pictures and sounds when school begins. We are off to a great start, and there is a feeling of excitement about the coming year. Our teachers have worked hard to prepare for their classes and are all ready to make a difference in each student's life.

My prayer is that each student on our campus will feel loved and accepted. That each student will do their very best. Most importantly, each student would allow Jesus to work in their hearts. We pray that every activity, every game, and every event will bring honor to the Lord.

Our theme verse for the year is Isaiah 26:3-4:

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."

I love this verse for the reminder it gives on where our focus ought to be - on HIM. So many times, we lose sight of our real focus in life, I pray this year we will be laser-focused on Christ. Everything we do should be weighed against pleasing Him. I am requesting our staff commit to memory these verses and use them frequently in class. Our Bible teachers will be using these as a verse to memorize in their classes.

Here are a few ways to keep this verse top of mind:

  • Upload as a background for your mobile phone HERE.
  • Upload as PC or Mac wallpaper HERE
  • Download a coloring sheet HERE

May we be laser-focused on Christ and trust Him for a fabulous year!

In Christ,

Dan Perryman
Interim Head of School
Christian Academy of Knoxville

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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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Perryman Post, May 2019

May 14, 2019
By Mr. Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

As we near the finish line, it is hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a close. We certainly have had our share of opportunities this year. Through it all, prayer has been a vital component in a successful school year. I appreciate all of you who participated in "At 9 For 5." It was a huge blessing to our campus. I plan to continue this throughout next year, possibly once a month. We felt the presence of the Lord over our school as a result of prayer.

As we move forward to a break for the summer, I would ask for you all to continue to pray for CAK. During my lifetime, I have found that we are incapable of ANYTHING without God. The story of God commissioning Moses to lead the children of Israel is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Moses was just a regular guy whom God wanted to use. Moses had no confidence in his own abilities. One problem was that he was not a good speaker. I LOVE the response God gave, "WHO MADE YOUR MOUTH?" So often we forget God is in control and it is for us to trust and obey. As our seniors look forward to graduating and moving on with their lives, there are fears and uncertainty. As the parents of seniors question, "How in the world am I going to pay for this?” There are fears and concerns. Above all of this, God is already superseding in ways we cannot understand. Prayer, my friends, is vital. We cannot begin our day without asking the Lord's blessing on all we do — praying for His direction, protection, and guidance. I am weak and cannot accomplish anything without God's strength. My challenge to all of us is that we "pray without ceasing."

Keep this fresh - 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

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

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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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