This month we are excited to feature English teacher Mrs. Kristen Schrum as our Staff Spotlight.
We chose Mrs. Schrum among applicants from all over the East Coast and throughout the world because we knew she would have excellent traction with our students and was superbly equipped to prepare the young men to think deeply about the cardinal, theological, and heavenly virtues. Moreover, we suspected Mrs. Schrum would expertly teach our young men to assess literature’s aesthetic value.
We were right!
She is a voracious reader and a careful, profound thinker. She has an engaging, focused presence in the classroom. I once even heard a young man declare in front of his parents during Accountability Day, “She chooses really good books!” Yes, she does, and so much more.
We hired Mrs. Schrum as we reclaimed ground in the cultural war for virtue. As our society careens toward becoming “post-virtue,” Iron Academy chose to yield no more ground on the issue. While focusing on biblical manhood already entrenches our young men in God’s timeless values, we went further.
Mrs. Schrum helped to ensure all middle and high school literary choices would promote cultivating a desire for the good life—a God-honoring life of virtue and excellence. Our students explore virtue through reading, writing, and speaking. All classes prepare our young men to think and communicate rightly about the cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, justice, and courage; the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love; and the heavenly virtues of chastity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. We reward virtue using the IDEA method.
I'm happy to say that Iron Academy is a better place because of Mrs. Schrum.
Here are a few things we thought you might like to know about the fabulous Mrs. Schrum!
Reading has been a passion of hers since she was very young—her first loves include The Hobbit and Chronicles of Narnia. It was after reading Crime and Punishment by Dosteovesky that she realized the Lord was calling her to teach. She realized then that reading Literature is not just about "reading good books," but rather it is also about cultivating empathy, wisdom, Biblical virtue, and so much more!
What brought you to Iron family:
- I came to Iron Academy as my husband discipled a student from here through our church, the Summit. I applied as I desired to be a part of building up Biblical young men.
What are some things you love:
- I obviously love reading (being an English teacher) and I love writing as well. I am actually working on fantasy young adult and children's books.
What do you think about teaching virtues in ELA:
- We teach all the virtues in ELA by reading about the lives of characters who experience conflict. I am a firm believer that seeing characters choose good over evil helps us cultivate virtue within ourselves.
Mrs. Schrum's favorite bible verse is John 16:33.
If you support the work Iron Academy and teachers like Mrs. Schrum are doing cultivating virtue and restoring biblical manhood through iron-sharpens-iron discipleship, would you consider supporting Iron Academy by making a one-time or monthly donation of $10, $25, $50, or more today?