Nathan Klump joins Redeemer Classical to largely take on our older forms this year, although he and Mr. Pullmann will be splitting several afternoon studies among the older students to provide instruction tailored to their abilities. Join us in welcoming him to the school — we’re pumped about what a good match he is for our needs and school culture. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about him.

Mr. Klumpp grew up in Michigan in a homeschooling family, and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Hillsdale College in 2004. After spending far too much time in customer service and finding that he is not good at industrial production, he returned to Hillsdale to study classical education. He worked as a kindergarten teacher’s aide and then as a second grade teacher for three years at a classical charter school in Texas, then as a long-term substitute teacher at a classical school in Michigan.

Mr. Klumpp has high expectations for his students in both academics and behavior because he takes them seriously as children who need clear, firm direction, and as people made in the image of God. He believes that most children are capable of more than many adults expect, and that most subjects can be accessible and interesting if approached as things of beauty and wonder, reinforced by patient practice. He also believes that if children learn to love learning, their grades usually will take care of themselves.

Mr. Klumpp is a hobbyist blacksmith, tinsmith, and coppersmith. He’s studying several languages right now in addition to the usual Latin. He also enjoys historical fencing, home brewing, and singing very loudly. His favorite books include, but are not limited to, “Gawaine and the Green Knight,” “Pearl, “The Discarded Image,” “The Faerie Queen,” “Albion’s Seed,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Smith of Wooton Major.”

Welcome to Redeemer Classical, Mr. Klumpp!

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