The Center for Redemptive Education
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
"The word "producer" is not a word for boys and girls, nor for those who educate them. Our business is helping children explore God's world and discover their place in it. We are daily dealing with the hidden things of the soul—desires, thoughts, ideas and wills."
-- Amy Imbody, Founder and President of the Center for Redemptive Education, from her book, Wind from the Sea: Essays in Redemptive Education.
Board of Trustees
Amy Imbody has been teaching children and teachers for over 30 years. Author of Wind from the Sea: Essays in Redemptive Education, Amy also writes poetry, stories and songs; develops curricula; and offers professional development and spiritual formation for teachers. 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 five grandchildren.
President and Board Chair
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.
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.
What I especially like about the program includes memorizing scripture in a fun and interactive way.
–K-8 (Scent of Water) parent