Six Questions with Miss Clevenger


1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?

I am the 5/6 grade homeroom teacher. In the Upper School, I teach Latin (grades 4-8), history (grades 5-8), and grammar/spelling (grades 5-8).

2. What does classical education mean to you?

Classical education is systematic approach to pedagogy that emphasizes the interrelatedness of the academic disciplines and builds on the students developing cognitive faculties (i.e the Trivium). At best, classical education stirs intellectual curiosity, cultivates the affections, and fosters critical thinking. Through the study of good books, often old, classical education provides an orientation of the mind and heart towards timeless truths about God, man, and the world. In training the mind how to think, I believe it provides the best preparation for meeting the challenges of the modern world, especially as a Christian.

3. What is your favorite thing about ILS?

I am most thankful for the people at ILS—the other teachers (and my good friends!) who inspire and challenge me; the students who love to learn and make me laugh; and the parents who support and encourage the work of classical Christian education.

4. Who was one teacher who inspired you?

In high school, an English teacher Mrs. Hurst LOVED literature, and it was absolutely contagious. In college, Dr. Bradley Birzer was my American studies advisor and taught amazing history courses that literally changed my life and how I think about God and humanity. In particular, he taught “American Order and Disorder” in which we read Russell Kirk, T. S. Eliot, Eric Voeglin, and Chesterton’s “Ballad of the White Horse.” He also taught a pretty rocking course on the Civil War which made me far more sympathetic with the South.

5. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, followed closely by Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

6. One thing families wouldn’t already know about you…

I spend my spare time reading, spending time with friends, making things/DIY projects, cooking, and playing volleyball and basketball. Also, I recently got into CrossFit—and I hope it sticks!

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