27 Jan Headmaster Announcement
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Travis Koch has accepted an offer to become the next Headmaster at St. Stephen’s Academy. His tenure will begin in the summer of 2018 and will involve a smooth transition over the next several months. As many of you know, Mr. Koch has been our school’s Dean of Academics for the past two years.
How did the board come to the decision to hire Travis? In November of this year, the St. Stephen’s Academy Board of Directors finalized an Opportunity Profile for the open position and established a Search Committee tasked with shepherding the process of finding a new Headmaster. The Search Committee was made up of board members, staff, and parents so as to get input from across the school community. One of the members of this Search Committee was Travis and after it became clear that he would make an excellent candidate for the position, the board requested that he step off of the committee and candidate instead. After many discussions and interviews and prayer, the Search Committee and the Board unanimously supported the selection of Travis for the position of Headmaster. The board strongly believes that he possesses the faith, leadership, character, passion for classical Christian education, and temperament to guide St. Stephen’s Academy forward. Travis closely shares the board’s vision for the future of the school and is committed to the values and culture that make St. Stephen’s Academy such a special place.
Many of you already know about Travis and his background, but we will review it here for the benefit of those that may not. After 12 years working as a craftsman and builder, Travis’ love of learning led him back into the classroom to study American western, environmental, and religious history. He holds a B.A. in History with Distinction and Departmental Honors from Stanford University and a M.A. in History from Yale University. While in graduate school he taught history at a classical Christian school in New Haven and decided to direct his academic efforts toward serving in the classical Christian education movement. Travis developed curriculum and taught history, literature, rhetoric, theology, and biology for several years at another ACCS member school before coming to St. Stephen’s Academy as our Dean of Academics two years ago. Travis and his wife Myndi have been married for 20 years and have 4 children: Ashawntea (8th), Hailey (7th), Blaise (5th), and Peter (3rd), with a fifth expected this summer. They live in Beaverton and are members at Ascension Presbyterian Church (PCA).
From John Breckenridge:
I am very excited to see Travis get the opportunity to lead St. Stephen’s Academy. I am convinced he’s the right man at the right time and will faithfully build on the good things that are already a part of who we are.
When I hired Travis two years ago, I knew then that he had the capacity, grace, and humility for such a time as this. As my time leading our school begins to wind down, I am more convinced than ever that the 100 Year School will be closer to reality because of the next generation of leadership coming to St. Stephen’s Academy. Join me in praying for and welcoming Travis Koch to this role and give him the same kindness and support that you’ve shown me over the last decade.
From Travis Koch:
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve this community that I love in the role of Headmaster. I came to St. Stephen’s because of its strong commitment to classical and confessional Christian education, and to participate in the supportive, relational environment that John and others have cultivated over the last 10 years. These unwavering commitments – to our Lord Jesus Christ, to loving and supporting one another, to a distinct educational approach, to sacrificing what we have in order to bless our children with an excellent education in a loving environment – represent the heart of St. Stephen’s Academy that I will continue to protect and promote. Every day it is obvious that this school operates in utter dependence on God’s gracious provision. Please continue praying with me and our staff during this transition. Pray that our students would grow in knowledge and discernment, that we would all grow in our love for God and one another, and that we would have the energy and wisdom to effectively lead our school in the coming years.
Over the past two years the board has enjoyed getting to know and work with Travis and to see how he effectively and collaboratively engages with faculty, students, and parents and we look forward to continuing to labor with him as we seek to cultivate virtuous, wise, and eloquent Christians equipped for a lifetime of learning and faithful service. Please join us in congratulating Travis on his new opportunity. The Board of Directors is hosting an open house for families to have a chance to meet Travis and Myndi on Thursday, February 1, at 7:00pm in the North Campus sanctuary.
Chairman, St. Stephen’s Academy Board of Directors