2 Timothy 3:16 that His Word is useful for teaching, for reproof, for encouraging, and for training in righteousness. I have seen how God blesses our efforts when we apply His Word. He refines our faith when we honor Him. My prayer is to allow that to come through in every communication and interaction with all parts of our community, including my fellow directors, supervisors, parents, students and visitors and in teaching my own children.
- April Langston
1) Tell me about yourself? My name is April Langston. My husband, Bret Langston, and I recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. We have 6 children ranging in age from 5 years old to 18 years old. My youngest is starting Kindergarten and my oldest just graduated high school. We are in covenant with Highview Church in Villa Rica, GA. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and find joy in worshiping God with others. My family enjoys traveling together and doing escape rooms. Prior to having my third child, I was an insurance agent for commercial accounts. My hardest yet most rewarding role in life has been wife, mother and educator of my children. 2) When and why did you decide to homeschool? When I was in college, I had some experiences with some homeschoolers that did not start me on the right foot. However, I later met some amazing families that homeschooled as well as my parents began to homeschool my much younger sister. I was able to see the wonderful aspects of homeschooling from encounters with these families. I started homeschooling when my oldest went into Kindergarten. He was in a private, classical school for K4. While we loved it, we felt the Lord tugging on our hearts to homeschool. I first went to a homeschool convention in 2007 and the Lord confirmed this calling. This led me to homeschool and work full time the next two years. Little did I know at this time with only two children that I would have four more children that I would have the privilege of educating. Praise the Lord, I was able to stay home and educate my children from 2009 on. It has been a blessing and has really strengthened my faith at the same time as educating my children. 3) What led you to Classical Conversations and what do you like most about it? I was first introduced to Classical Conversations in 2011. I began attending CC parent practicums in 2012. The information I gleaned from these parent training events was integral to my continuing education each year. I was having a conversation with a close friend, who was a Challenge director for a CC community in another state. I was complaining that my son could complete his homework and do very well on his tests but that there was just something lacking in his education and that even the classes he was taking outside of the home did not fulfill the need I saw in him. I finally joined a community in 2016 when I realized how it would equip me to teach my children more effectively as well as to better help my oldest develop his worldview and assist in helping him articulate and converse about subjects while gaining wisdom as opposed to just having knowledge. Now that I have had a child in every level from K4 through Ch IV and graduating, I have rekindled my love of classical Christian education and found the beauty in how all of the puzzle pieces fit together while demonstrating goodness and truth. I also love how the community comes together to lift each other up in prayer and strengthens each other’s walk with Christ even when it is tough. One of the most exciting things I get to experience is when all those pieces line up for my children. Seeing my elementary children’s eyes light up when they are sitting in church hearing the preacher exposit the Scripture and something is said that refers back to the things they have learned at CC is fulfilling. God’s world is not separate so we should not separate subjects either. They all work together and point back to Him. 4) What made you decide to apply to direct? I have greatly enjoyed tutoring and being in a classroom the past two years. I have watched how our director organized everything and joyfully served the families in the community. I first thought that the Lord would have me start a community closer to my home but then I realized that my community was at West Cobb. When our director graduated out of the Foundations and Essentials program, I felt the Lord calling me to step up to work alongside the families in the community. I get excited at the chance to point children and parents to the One who created them. The mission of CC is To Know God and Make Him Known. I look forward to worshiping with my community and actively taking part of that mission. I hope to help equip the parents to educate classically while keeping CC’s mission. 5) What are you most looking forward to about being in a classroom with students next year? I am stepping out of being in a specific classroom as a Foundations & Essentials director but I am really looking forward to being in all of the classrooms and modeling for the parents and getting to know all of the families better. Working with the tutors is a wonderful experience. I will get a renewed opportunity to gain new ideas from the different tutors and families as well as to establish community with our families. 6) How does faith inform your work as a director? In Principio is Latin for in the beginning. God and Jesus Christ, the Word, were in the beginning. This is how I want to focus my work as director. Through prayer I hope to keep what’s important preeminent. God’s word says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that His Word is useful for teaching, for reproof, for encouraging, and for training in righteousness. I have seen how God blesses our efforts when we apply His Word. He refines our faith when we honor Him. My prayer is to allow that to come through in every communication and interaction with all parts of our community, including my fellow directors, supervisors, parents, students and visitors and in teaching my own children. 7) Is there anything else you would like to tell us? I look forward to growing our community as a reflection of Christ’s love, not just to our students but also to the families in our community as well as to other CC communities and the world. Our community is just that, a community. We have the common characteristic of homeschooling in a classical Christian way. We fellowship with each other as a result. However, it takes each of us stepping up to make the community work. God will prepare you for whatever position you are called to, whether it be to help organize an event, tutor or direct. If God is calling you to Classical Conversations, ask Him to reveal where He would have you fulfill a need in the community. You will be amazed with the blessing you will walk away with. 8) How can people who are interested in your program reach out to you?
To learn more about the Classical Conversations West Cobb Thursday community, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Langston Foundations & Essentials Director Classical Conversations of West Cobb - Thursday 678-664-4029