Updated: Jun 25, 2020
"If anyone is considering homeschooling but feels inadequate to teach, just remember that God never calls us to do anything without providing us with the tools and abilities we need to get the job done."
- Amy Sutton
Each week we will be adding a quick interview with a tutor from one of our West Cobb Communities. This week, we are excited to introduce Amy Sutton, our Challenge A Tutor (for ages 12-14)!
What others have to say about Amy: "Amy's heart to serve her community invites others to experience what it means to put God on display. I've been blessed to be in the company of someone who serves with intentionality, gracefully stands in the gap when a need arises, and leads with purpose and sincerity. "
- Dr. Zee Satterwhite
Listen as Amy shares her heart!
1) Tell me about yourself.
I’ve been a homeschool mom for eight years. The past two years have been with CC as a Foundations tutor and parent, Essentials parent, nursery volunteer, Latin study group host, and Challenge A parent. Next year I will be a Challenge B parent and Challenge A director. I love music, books, movies, my church, my lifegroup, my family, my cat, CC and the beach.
2. When and why did you decide to homeschool?
We started homeschooling our youngest son from kindergarten in 2013. Our oldest son moved into the fourth grade at a charter school because the school he was enrolled in discontinued the Christian program he had been attending. He joined our homeschool program the following year. We wanted them to have the benefit of a Christian education and avoid the distractions and influences students face throughout the middle school years.
3. What led you to Classical Conversations, and what do you like most about it?
An internet search for homeschool groups led me to a three day Parent Practicum which was being hosted at my church the very next day. I had never heard of Classical Conversations before, but their website was quite persuasive. They were gracious enough to allow me to attend even though I had not registered due to the late notice. The speaker was friendly, candid, and engaging. The demonstration of a Foundations class made homeschooling seem not only doable but actually fun. When I heard that I could cover the costs of my child by tutoring, I was hooked. I attended a mock CC day at the West Cobb community which also needed a Foundation tutor, and that’s how our CC adventure began!
What I like most about Classical Conversations is the patience and compassion of its people. Most families I’ve encountered are fully committed to living out their educational experience in community which means even when we disagree or fall short, we continue to care for one another to the best of our ability. We will all have to get along with each other later in heaven, we probably should start practicing here and now. CC provides that opportunity.
4. What made you decide to apply to direct?
As a community based program, CC depends on parents to contribute to the success of our programs and communities in general. Sometimes in the upper levels, parents are helping the community in other areas. If you want your student to be in a certain program, you may have to lead that program. Also, directing helps cover the costs of my child’s participation in CC, but the ability for me to redeem my own education in the process is invaluable.
5. What are you most looking forward to about being in a classroom with students next year?
I love to see the camaraderie of the students when they’re working together and look forward to hearing their discussions as they learn to voice their opinions and discover faulty logic. I’m also hoping they like to sing the CC songs. They’re tremendously helpful.
6. How does faith inform your work as a director?
CC and I agree that parents are a child’s first and best teacher. The Bible tells us to train our children in the way they should go. It doesn’t say we must do it alone. It’s very important to partner with people that share the same values, goals, and beliefs as your family. As Christians we must always build on a firm foundation and keep our eyes focused on Him. Keeping in mind that none of us are perfect, I’m confident that our community will strive to encourage, support, and even hold each other accountable to a higher standard.
7. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
If anyone is considering homeschooling but feels inadequate to teach, just remember that God never calls us to do anything without providing us with the tools and abilities we need to get the job done. Don’t believe the world when it tells you, “You’re not good enough,” because God’s strength is shown in our weakness, and you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength.
8. How can people who are interested in your program reach out to you?
Phone or text: 678.664.4029