Sarah Medlin served on the CCA Board for six years as an invested parent prior to currently serving as the Board Chairman and working part-time as CCA Administrator. She and her husband Clark have two children, Ava and Jonas. Sarah has a BA in English from Lee University and an MA in TESOL from SEMO; she taught middle school and high school English for seven years before deciding to be a full-time stay-at-home mom. In addition to teaching, she has coached volleyball for eighteen years and has coached the CCA Lady Eagles volleyball team for the past eight years. Sarah enjoys traveling with her family, organizing anything and everything, and watching TN Volunteer football. She treasures spending quality time with her family and making memories that will last forever.
When asked what she thought was the best thing about CCA, she replied, “Hands down—it’s the Christian environment. Having been a teacher in the public school system for many years, I’m not quite sure all parents fully appreciate that our teachers are able to incorporate God into each and every aspect of our children’s education. They are not only able to teach little minds to grow but have the freedom to guide little hearts to come to know and love the Lord. As a parent my number one priority is that my children will know, love, and serve the Lord by actively showing God’s love to those around them. I am beyond grateful to have them in a school environment that supports my mission as a parent.”
Dax Melugin is serving in his second year as a CCA Board member. Dax attended a private, Christian high school and is an advocate for Christian education. He earned a Doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has been employed as a pharmacist for the past 16 years. Dax is married to a wonderful wife and mother, Whitney, and has a son, Aiden, who is in the 5th grade at CCA. He and his family enjoy vacations, working in the yard, and fine dining.
Dax and Whitney chose CCA for their son because it is a classical, Christian school. "It is so important to us to immerse our child in God in every aspect of his life, and we know he is receiving that while attending CCA. The presence of GOD is everywhere on our campus: during the Focus praise & worship time, in the classroom, and even on the playground."
I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home with parents that exemplified Christ. Having a positive influence on children has been a driving force throughout my life. I strongly support CCA due to their long history of nurturing and training children in a Christian environment. I look forward to the experience of continuing to serve on the CCA Board.
Book: Muscle and a Shovel, by Michael John Shank
Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Vacation Spot: Walt Disney World
Movie: "When Harry Met Sally"
Brian Grow is serving his third year as a CCA board member. Before accepting this role, he served the school board as a consultant to help guide the school leadership through some important changes and to help refine the mission and vision of CCA. He currently serves First Christian Church as their lead pastor. He and his wife Jennifer have four children: Ammiah, Micah, Caleb, and Nadia--allattend or have attended CCA. Brian graduated from Central Bible College (Missouri) with a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology. He and Jennifer have been serving in ministry around the country for over 20 years. They both enjoy long drives in the country with a cup of coffee, great steak dinners, and spending as much time together with their kids. Brian is also an avid hunter, wood worker, and mountain climber.
When asked what his favorite thing about CCA is he responded, “The vision the school has for excellence. Christ Classical Academy is driven to be the very best resource for families in our community and I love that the drive to always improve is a non-negotiable. I also enjoy the great variety of families and the relationships that our family has formed in just a few short years.”
Emily was born and raised here in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She enjoys her deep roots in the community and sharing life with others alongside her husband Mike. They have been blessed with two children, Dyver and Jaye Bless. In raising them, they have recognized the importance of God's "teachable moments". Family hobbies include raising animals on their little farm, repurposing old flea market finds, and fun weekends on the lake.
Christ Classical Academy has been such a blessing to her family. While at CCA, her son has gradually gained confidence in leadership positions, and her daughter has been equipped with a Biblical foundation that she can be secure in. Emily's passion is to see the children at CCA take all the assets they aquire at our school and apply them in their lives as they mature, ultimately transforming these acts of discipleship into a lifestyle for their future.
Paul Rettinger is serving his second year as a CCA board member. Before moving to Ripley, Paul and his family lived in Memphis. This is where he met his wife Emily, and they both earned their Doctorate degrees in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee. Paul and Emily have two boys who attend CCA, Matthew and Nathan. Their family enjoys sports (mainly soccer and hockey), vacations, and helping Emily's dad around the farm. They chose CCA for the Christian environment, the small class sizes, and classical education methodology. They absolutely love the fact that school starts each day with Focus and that God is included and integrated in all parts of the school day.
Daniel TIllman was born in Crockett County and has lived there his whole life with the exception of spending a year in Kentucky. He started building vehicles at the age of 15, which later became his business. When he was 29, he felt the Lord calling him to shut down his business and attend a yearlong discipleship training program in Kentucky. Before he moved there to start the program, he met his future wife, Beth, and they were married soon after. After the year was complete, they moved back to Crockett County and opened Tillman’s Automotive back up. In 2003 Daniel was ordained as a minister under Bethel Fellowship Ministries in McDaniels, KY. Daniel and Beth have two children , Samuel and Ella, who attend Christ Classical Academy. Daniel says, “We chose CCA for the Christian-based, classical model of education. We love seeing our children flourish from the education and nurturing they receive from CCA. One of our favorite things about the school is that our children participate in service projects with their classmates in our community.”