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DrLarryTaylorI am inspired by the faith, courage, and reverence for God by Christian educators around the world! It reminds me of the story recounted in
I Samuel 17 about David defeating Goliath. In verse 29, David’s response to the inaction of his elder brothers and the Israelites especially encourages me. He boldly and nobly answers the call to action by asking, "Is there not a cause?”

I can think of no greater cause than to partner with you as you advance Kingdom education. We fully believe that authentic devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence are mutually reinforcing. There are not two or three forms of excellence, but rather an ethos that is cultivated throughout every facet of our schools. Faith is not separated from learning but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive Christian worldview.

Scholarship and learning become an integral component to the maturation process known as discipleship. Thus, becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, the ultimate objective of the Great Commission (Matt. 26:28-30), is the prize for which we strive; it is the highest form of excellence! It is certainly conceivable that we could produce students with the spiritual depth needed to enter our pluralistic society and not fall prey to empty philosophies. Rather, they would be equipped to saturate the marketplace to which God has called them with confidence, purpose, and an eternal perspective.

ACSI’s ongoing mission is to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We want to serve you as you continue to cultivate and sustain a flourishing school. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you—thank you for your obedience to God’s call on your life—you are indeed making a difference.

Dr. Larry Taylor President, ACSI
larry_taylor@acsi.org
719-867-0200

 

President's Advisory Team

 

David Balik Vice President USA/Senior Director, Eastern Division

David Balik

 Vice President of USA
david_balik@acsi.org
770-985-5840

 

Gavin Brettenny

Gavin Brettenny

Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development for Christian Education

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Kevin Buelke

Chief Finance Officer
kevin_buelke@acsi.org
719-867-0114

Juan Cabrera
Juan Cabrera

Chief Information Officer
juan_cabrera@acsi.org
719-867-0116

 

Thomas Cathey

Thomas Cathey

Chief Of Staff
tom_cathey@acsi.org
719-867-0201

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation

Stephen Dill

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation
steve_dill@acsi.org
719-867-5260

Cindee Dodds

Cindy Dodds

Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives
cindy_dodds@acsi.org

 

Senior Vice President of Global

Michael Epp

Senior Vice President of Global
mike_epp@acsi.org
719-867-0223
 

John Klingstedt - COO

John Klingstedt

Chief Operating Officer
john_klingstedt@acsi.org
719-867-0255

 

Larry Lincoln - Director of Communications

Larry Lincoln

Chief Communication & Engagement Officer
larry_lincoln@acsi.org
719-867-0213

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Special Advisor to the President

 

steve_novotny

Stephen Novotny

Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel

 

George Tryfiates

George Tryfiates

Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs
george_tryfiates@acsi.org
202-497-9521

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Lynn Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
lynn_swaner@acsi.org
719-867-5281

Kurt Unrug

Kurt Unruh

Senior Vice President for Global Business Development
kurt_unruh@acsi.org
719-867-0128

Susan Verheul - COO

Susan Verheul

Finance Director and Controller
susan_verheul@acsi.org
719-867-0250

News and Press Releases

ACSI Welcomes “Dynamic Leader” as New Director of Early Education

Jan 10, 2022, 11:00 AM by Caitlyn Berman

Colorado Springs, Colo.– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to welcome Dr. Althea Penn as its new Director of Early Education.

Penn brings more than 30 years of experience in organization leadership to ACSI, most recently serving as Executive Director of The Shepherd’s Academy Private School in Snellville, Georgia. She has served dozens of Christian schools as an educational consultant and professional development specialist.

Penn will lead the ACSI Early Education team in developing biblically based resources and providing professional development to support early educators. She will collaborate with other departments to carry out initiatives in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan, including the integration of current research for early childhood program practices.

She begins the role today.

ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor believes Penn’s devotion and innovation make her the ideal fit to lead ACSI Early Education, together supporting early educators in the critical task of laying a spiritual and academic foundation for young students.

"Dr. Penn is a dynamic leader whose passion and expertise are evident in her work,” he shared. “I have seen her in action as a speaker and writer for ACSI throughout the years and believe she will truly be a blessing and a resource for our educators.”

Althea Penn Color Headshot Photo  12.16.2021Penn holds two master’s degrees in Education Administration, a doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, certification as an Early Childhood Educator, and the National Administrator Credential. She has served as a teacher, children’s ministry director, and principal. Penn has a longstanding relationship with ACSI, serving as a speaker for ACSI Early Education webinars and as a keynote speaker for the Flourishing Schools Institute.  

She looks forward to assuming her new position.

“I am honored to serve this team of early education experts, Christian early educators and program administrators,” she shared. “God has prepared us for such a time as this, and I look forward to combining our energy and efforts to develop digital resources that will promote exponential growth for kingdom education.” 

Penn has written several books including “Christian Education Mandate,” “Firmly Rooted: Cultivating Faith Development in the Next Generation,” and “Equipping and Empowering Early Educators.”

To learn more about ACSI Early Education, visit the website or contact ACSI Care Team by calling (800) 367-0798 or by emailing careteam@acsi.org.

About ACSI: 

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.

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