At New Hope since 1999
B.A., English and History, Gordon College
M.A., English Literature, U.Mass. Boston
Christopher Westrate was reading the classics at a very early age (just what you might expect from the son of an English teacher!). Try as he might, he was unable to leave the books of his childhood behind, and he now finds himself teaching those age-old narratives he grew to love. After receiving his B.A. in English and History from Gordon College, Chris went on to study for his M.A. in Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. It was during his graduate studies that he began teaching the very first students of New Hope. Chris loves the Christ-centered learning that has been at the heart of New Hope from its beginning nearly nine years ago. His classes engage the great works of literature, our need to write articulately and thoughtfully, our need to speak with clarity and conviction, and our responsibility to grow in all of these areas for the sake of Truth.
When people ask Chris Westrate why he cares about poems, novels, essays and plays, he is sure to respond that he loves literature for some of the same reasons Jesus' followers loved His parables:
English classes at New Hope are conducted according to the traditional university model. We participate in corporate learning (in classes of 8-10 students) while sitting around a seminar table. The tutor leads discussions about the curriculum, both striving for content acquisition and working to improve the critical thinking and discernment skills of the students. Students present ideas, questions, and written papers which provoke further exploration in the content areas.
Our slate of classes runs from 6th grade to senior year. We have built this program with the intention of providing a top-notch classical education in English Studies while at the same time growing and nurturing our students' love of reading, writing and speaking. Though our basic order of classes remains our ideal, it is possible and sometimes helpful to change the order for certain students or during certain years.
New Hope's literature tutorials are accelerated, but it must be stressed-and cannot be overstated-that New Hope seeks to accommodate all students who we believe are up to the challenge. We work with students at whatever level they come to us. “After eight years of experience, I have found that the overwhelming majority of our students, though challenged by our English program, are extremely successful in their goals. That is, they become better readers, writers and speakers.”