Heritage Academy begins its 2017-2018 Academic year

Farris, Redford join the Academy; Physical Education Program Donation

Heritage Academy began its 2017-2018 Academic year on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. With nearly 80 students attending Heritage for its pre-K to 8th-grade curriculum, it creates a full school.

“Every new school year provides its challenges and opportunities,” Mrs. Ann Haymes, Heritage Head of School, said. “A growing school certainly fits into both categories. We are blessed with a great student body, dedicated teachers, and a superb Christian learning environment. The school remains mission focused on providing a quality, traditional education. 2017-2018 is going to be a wonderful year.”

Heritage Academy welcomed two new faculty members for the 2017-2018 Academic year. Mrs. Phyllis Farris joins Heritage as the Academy’s kindergarten aid. Mrs. Debbie Redford is instructing 4th through 7th grades in science and math. 

“Phyllis and Debbie are knowledgeable, experienced educators,” Haymes said. “They bring a lot of student opportunity into their classrooms.”

Additionally, Mr. Gray Cook and Mrs. Danielle Cook of Chatham made the start of the 2017-2018 academic year more exciting. Haymes and the Cooks announced a partnership to train Heritage Academy teachers in a research-based physical education program.

Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, is a practicing physical therapist and orthopedic-certified specialist. Cook is a leader in the field of physical rehabilitation and sports performance. His training techniques provide improved performance for any individual based on the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, an established author, and top, in-demand lecturer within his field. His work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. 

Danielle Cook is a certified kettlebell instructor, holistic nutrition, and lifestyle coach. She works with clients on exercise and nutrition locally and internet based.

Their student based program is designed to be “tons of fun for students!” The program is designed to develop a student’s physical problem-solving skills, teach good balance, and create teamwork. The program provides a modern twist to the traditional educational focus on a child’s physical development. All the key equipment and program needs have been donated by the Cooks.

“This program will provide exposure to proper form and movement to limit injury and gain agility,” said Haymes. “This has great value throughout children’s lives as they become more capable and sustain less injury.”