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About
The Center for Redemptive Education

Key elements

The Center for Redemptive Education exists to articulate, cultivate, demonstrate and facilitate the quest to align with God’s design for teaching and learning, using an approach that is Biblical, Relational, Integral and Experiential.

Biblical

A Biblical approach flows from the Person of Christ and a truth-centered worldview that permeates every aspect of the school, from curriculum, to methods, to board deliberations, to scheduling of classes and activities. It asks, “How does this thing we are considering match up with God’s original intent? How is it messed up? What is God’s message to us from this study? And finally, what is His mission for us now, in response to our study?” Biblical truth infuses and informs every lesson, game, activity and field trip, rather than being confined to “Bible class” or chapel.

Relational

A Relational approach to teaching and learning combines both delight in and respect for children, parents, teachers, individuals, the family, the community, the culture, the world, the Creator. This explains our commitment to parental involvement at school, multi-age classes, and nurturing the uniqueness of each child. It informs our interest in discipleship, stewardship, instruction, integrity, humility, collaborative work, individual work, obedience, honor, courtesy, dialogue, character development, service to others, love for God. It’s all about relationship!

Integral

An Integral approach to curriculum and instruction seeks to reflect the cohesive nature of God and His creation using multi-disciplinary thematic units of study organized meaningfully around important ideas. It minimizes the artificial separation of the typical school “subjects,” seeking to continually show the real connections between them, in order to create authentic and enduring understandings. It likewise informs our view of the child as a holistic being comprised of “head, hand, and heart” rather than merely an intellect to be filled with academic data and information.

Experiential

An Experiential approach to teaching and learning combines both delight in and respect for nature, people, ideas, literature, mathematics, the arts, science, the material and the immaterial. This explains our use of multi-sensory teaching for whole-child learning; encouragement of student initiative; fresh instructionaland assessment practices. It leads us in engagement with all that is “true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise.”

Ministries

  • Campus program for children aged 4 through eighth grade

  • Curricula for programs to educate children aged 4 through eighth grade

  • Certification program for teachers and homeschooling parents

  • Consulting with educators by Redemptive Education founder Amy Imbody

  • Initiatives to start Redemptive Education programs in local communities

  • REACH member schools network linking redemptive educators and institutions

  • International educational consultation with schools and educators

  • Conferences to equip Redemptive Educators, including teachers, administrators and parents

  • Retreats to focus on topics related to Redemptive Education

  • Speaking featuring Redemptive Education founder Amy Imbody

  • Resources including books, essays, music compositions and videos

Ministries

"Integral study is lifelong study. We cannot exhaust the wonders of even one single aspect of God's creation, nor can we uncover the full extent of its unity with the whole."

-- Amy Imbody, MEd, Founder and President of the Center for Redemptive Education, from her book, Wind from the Sea: Essays in Redemptive Education. 

Board of Directors

Directors
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Amy Imbody, MEd
Founder, President and
Board Chair

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Amy Imbody, MEd, founder of the Center for Redemptive Education, has been teaching children and teachers for over 30 years.

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and a number of poems published in magazines for children, Amy holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State University and a master's degree in education from Covenant College. She and her husband Jonathan have four children and six grandchildren.

Founding CRE

Amy founded the Center for Redemptive Education to serve as an alternative approach to education for both private schools and homeschooling families.

Having served for more than a decade as head of a private school and having home-schooled her own four children for two decades, Amy discerned a deep need for an educational approach that begins with the learning styles and needs of children rather than with a one-size-fits-all institutional prescription for teaching, which often leaves behind children with unique learning needs.

The Center for Redemptive Education seeks to view and minister to children as Jesus does, loving each one as a precious individual of inestimable value and limitless potential, uniquely designed for God's pleasure and purpose.

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Caitlin Nunery

Secretary

Caitlin Nunery earned her Masters in Education from Covenant College in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction. She taught 4th and 5th grade for seven years before writing curriculum for The Center for Redemptive Education. She also taught kindergarten at The Geneva School of Manhattan. Caitlin finds delight in inviting children to wonder at God's design and to see all of creation as telling us more about Him, the Creator.  She and her husband are from Washington, D.C. and have two young children.

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Susan Martin
Treasurer

Susan Martin has worked for over 18 years in advancement operations for non-profits and higher education. She is a “number cruncher” and actually LIKES preparing financial reports. Susan has a BS in Speech Pathology from Penn State. A life long Nittany Lion Fan, she also loves music, the beach, and camping with her daughter and granddaughters. She cherishes her husband, three adult children, two daughters-in-law and four granddaughters.

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Abigail Westbrook

Trustee

Abigail Westbrook finds joy learning alongside students and sharing adventures in literature and music. Beyond the classroom, Abigail enjoys writing and other creative outlets, daily cups of tea, and being outdoors with her husband and family.

Advisory Board

Advisory Bd

What I especially like about the program includes memorizing scripture in a fun and interactive way.

–K-8 (Scent of Water) parent

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Chuck Balch

Senior Practice Manager at Amazon Web Services

Chuck is a strategic operations leader. He leads teams to achieve complex, challenging objectives. Chuck is experienced at engaging with stakeholders at all levels to define vision and objectives, setting a plan to achieve them, forming teams and defining responsibilities, and leading people to methodically execute on objectives. He has demonstrated the ability to exploit growth opportunities, exceed financial objectives, operate with integrity, and build strong team cultures. 

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N. Douglas Hostetler

Founder,
Hostetler & Church LLC Family Wealth Counseling Firm

As the founder and managing member of Hostetler & Church, LLC for over 35 years, Doug's firm has worked exclusively with business owners and families of wealth helping them steward their wealth. Doug's guidance and wisdom has helped over 250 family business owners and families of wealth flourish through the growth of their human, intellectual and financial capital with a purpose. Doug's firm's counsel has helped families of wealth eliminate substantial federal estate taxation and contribute large dollars to various philanthropic endeavors including family foundations.

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Todd Lebo

CEO at Ascend2

As CEO at Ascend2, Todd uses the power of original research to discover what works in marketing and helps marketers apply those findings to their marketing programs. At Ascend2, Todd developed the Research-Based Marketing methodology that is used by hundreds of companies to drive demand for their products. Before joining Ascend2, Todd led the MarketingSherpa marketing, content, research, event, and business development teams. 

 

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Camden Nunery

Family Wealth Advisor

Cam leverages his background in finance and law helping high net worth families achieve their goals through effective risk management, investment, tax planning, exit planning and estate planning strategies.

Cam graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He ran a search fund and worked in investment banking in New York.

Cam has worked at Keel Point Capital, LLC, Barclays, Harvard Law School, Mit Investment Management Company, Mit Sloan Center For Finance And Policy, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Cam holds Series 63 and Series 65 licenses, designating him as both a securities agent and an investment advisor representative.

 

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