Welcome to CSAS Lower School! I am so thrilled to share this part of your child’s educational journey with you. It is my hope that you will also be thrilled to be a part of this vibrant learning community. At CSAS it is our tradition, steeped in the Paideia philosophy, that parents are first teachers and essential partners in their child’s education. I like to say that you are the expert on your child, we are the experts in academics and together we make a powerful team for helping your child achieve.
Of course, ours is the beginning step on a lifelong journey of learning and becoming a contributing, informed member of our society who can make a good living for oneself. Those are the basic goals of a Paideia education. The way we begin this journey is through Paideia Units of Study. By combining “best practices” in education for math and reading instruction, we engage students in thematic units to explore the world around them. As a culmination of what has been learned across the subjects, students create a real-world demonstration that can take many forms. It might be an original play or song, a living museum, an interactive habitat, or invention prototype. You are invited to be a part of every step along this exciting journey!
I believe that school should also be a place of celebration and fun along the way. We have a family “Trunk or Treat” in October, a “Book and Cookie” reading celebration in December, Guest Speakers, Seminars for Parents, PTA events, A week-long Dr. Seuss party, School Spirit Weeks, and an awesome Field Day to end the year! Whew!
Thank you for trusting us with your most precious gift. My hope is that we can give him or her the gift of loving to learn and an eagerness to join in life wherever it takes them!
A Little Bit About Mrs. Coffelt...
I am beginning my third year as principal at CSAS. Before coming here, I was an assistant principal for two years each at Barger Academy and CSLA, our sister K-8 school. I have been an educator for over 20 years, beginning as an English teacher at Chattanooga High School, now Center for Creative Arts (where my daughter is in musical theater!). I received my B.A. in English Literature and Communication from UTC and then received a fellowship to attend Wake Forest University to earn my Master’s of Arts in Education. I have continued training and learning about leadership through the Public Education Foundation (PEF), attending the Leadership Fellows program and Principal Leadership Academy. I try to take every opportunity to hone the craft of leadership and communication, along with academic excellence.
When I’m not at school, I’m spending time with my family, John, Kate (15), Ellis (11), and Carter (5). I’m so excited for Carter to begin his kindergarten year this fall! We love playing on the lake where we live, romping with our 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ducks, and one hamster, visiting family and friends, sharing good books, movies, theatre, and food.