Herzog Foundation

Chris and Christine are joined by parents and school founders, Luke & Jamie Johnston. Luke is a pastor at GlenHaven church in Kansas City, Missouri. GlenHaven will be the site of a brand new Christian school that Luke is founding alongside his wife, Jamie. Luke & Jamie have utilized the Herzog...
Chris & Christine discuss the importance of advocating for education freedom at the state level with one of Missouri's boldest school choice advocates, Cici Tompkins. CiCi is the Director of Outreach for the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM). For over 25 years, Cici has been involved in education with...
Chris and Christine are joined by an English teacher to discuss book bans and the importance of reading classic American literature from a Christian worldview. Elizabeth Kendrex teaches K-12 English classes at Logos Preparatory Academy near Houston, Texas. As a university model school, Logos Preparatory Academy partners with parents and guardians...
Chris and Christine are joined by Dr. Vermelle Greene to discuss the differences between boys and girls in the classroom. Dr. Greene is a former high school biology teacher and author of Please Teach Me Like I'm a Boy!It's no secret that boys and girls learn differently. As the parents...
Chris and Christine kick off 2023 with a guest who is completely redesigning the way we educate our children. Matt Beaudreau is a career educator and the founder of Acton Academy, an education network with 280+ locations across the country. Matt explains the Acton Academy model and the importance of breaking...
On the last episode of the year, Chris and Christine recap some of their favorite conversations from 2022:-The Teacher Shortage w/ Matt & Amy Barnard -The Role of Science in Christian Education w/ Nancy Reid-The Church's Role in Education w/ Dr. Ken Parker-Parents Have More Influence w/ Amber Pike-A Student's Perspective...
It's time to open the vault! Making The Leap Podcast launched with its first episode in May 2022. Since then, Chris and Christine have recorded over 30 episodes and interviewed guests from every facet of Christian education. On today's episode, Chris and Christine reflect on some of their favorite episodes...
Parental influence on K-12 education continues to grow - and despite what the Miami Herald may think - that's a great trend to see. This week's guest, Amber Pike, has known from a young age how important it is for parents to stand up for their children.Inspired by the example...
Chris and Christine discuss the most common objection to Christian education — the cost. Joining them to discuss the financial commitment of private Christian school is special guest Jenny Hare. Jenny and her husband are both self-employed and never thought they would be able to afford private school for all three...
Chris and Christine chat with Joelle Fortin to uncover everything you've ever wondered about learning pods and micro-schools. During the covid pandemic, parents were scrambling to find a way to continue working while children could continue learning from home. Enter, learning pods. Even before the pandemic, Joelle Fortin knew learning pods...
Homeschooling is on the rise! This week, Chris and Christine do a deep dive into the benefits of homeschooling with special guest Tonya Wiley. Despite being a former public school teacher herself, Tonya knew homeschooling was the best choice for her family since the mid-1990s. She has since homeschooled all six...
Meet Chris & Christine at the Herzog Foundation's Education Freedom Rally on Dec. 6! Register here. This week, Chris and Christine catch up with the Herzog team and discuss the midterm election results. Education freedom won BIG. The first guest is Herzog Foundation President Darrell Jones. Darrell shares information about the Foundation's...
Sign-up for Making The Leap's newsletter today!On this week's episode, Chris and Christine discuss the importance of speaking up and demanding transparency in K-12 education. They are joined by a mom who has been a fearless warrior for Pennsylvania students since 2020. "She did something during covid that no other...
Christine and Chris discuss how churches can partner with schools and share their own personal experiences with their children in daycare and pre-school at local churches. They are joined by Dr. Ken Parker, pastor of First Baptist Church Kearney, who gives his perspective on the challenges churches face when supporting or...
Christine and Chris start this week's episode with discussing the increasing role of unions in education, and the emerging trend of independent-minded teachers leaving their unions. Christine shares her views, as a former public school teacher, of the increased pressure put on teachers by unions and administrators, and what the...
Christine and Chris dive into one of the more controversial issues in Christian education; the role of science in a biblically-based education.The Stigalls welcome guest, Nancy Reid, a middle-school science teacher at Veritas Christian Academy in Wayland, Massachusetts. Nancy was one of twelve 2022 Christian Teacher of the Year winners...
Christine and Chris begin today's episode discussing mental health and how education might impact the alarming statistics we see in children today. They mention some specific scenarios where increased pressure on students can easily lead to mental health issues, and how a Christ-centered education might help.The Stigalls are joined by...
Christine and Chris begin this week's episode by recapping their time in Washington, D.C. for the Herzog Foundation's Excellence in Christian Education Awards Gala, honoring 12 Christian teachers from across the country.To learn more about the 2022 Christian Teacher of the Year recipients, click here. If you'd like to nominate...

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