assistant headmaster

Casey Shutt earned a BA from Oklahoma Baptist University, two MAs from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in theology from Durham University (England). He has taught at Oklahoma Baptist University and served in a number of churches. Most recently, Dr. Shutt was headmaster at Morning Star Academy, a classical Christian school in Bettendorf, Iowa. Along with his work at The Academy, Dr. Shutt owns Mindhenge Artifacts, a small operation that supports classical Christian schools. He believes classical Christian education is a strategic setting for preparing the next generation of Christians for thoughtful, loving service in the world, and is thankful to have his own children attend The Academy.

The Academy's overwhelming mission

and why we may actually pull it off

We have our work cut out for us. As our mission explains, The Academy seeks to help parents shape students who love the True, the Good, and the Beautiful so that they might grow to benefit mankind and glorify Christ.

It would be much easier if our mission read something like this:

The Academy exists to transfer useful data to students so that students score admirably on the SAT and are well positioned for college acceptance. Student will leave The Academy with an eye towards working the system and getting a decent paying job.

Not only is this mission unconcerned with the burdensome task of transforming students and their loves, it is a mission that runs "with the wind" of cultural attitudes toward education. The downside, of course, is that there is a strong possibility students will end up with dulled minds, crushed souls, and apathy toward education and life.

Although somewhat daunted, we are thankful for our mission and readily embrace it, taking comfort in two things. First, we believe the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who hovered over the waters at creation, is hovering over this place performing a re-creative work on our students. Through the curriculum, rhythms, and practices we establish, the Spirit, we pray, is bringing order out of the chaos and formlessness of our student's lives.

Second, our curricular and educational approach draws upon the best of Western civilization. The education model we follow has produced some of the greatest minds the world has ever seen. Put simply, we take an approach to education that has stood the test of time.

I invite you to come and see the important work we do. It's challenging work but well worth the effort, for by God's grace the fruits of our labor will spill over into eternity.

Dr. Casey Shutt, Assistant Headmaster