Upper School Principal
Get to know Upper School Principal, Troy Tennyson! Mr. Tennyson finds ways to connect with students based off of where they are in life, and enjoys getting to make a spiritual impact in any way that he can.
What is your position at CLS?
I am the Upper School Principal.
What do you love most about CLS?
I love all the talented students here at CLS. We have so many kids that are talented musicians, athletes, actors, and have an incredible love for Jesus.
I also love our games, concerts, plays, musicals, and the special events like Veterans Day.
I especially love our chapel services, watching our students dive into worship and work on their personal relationships with Christ.
Why do you like working at CLS?
The kids are incredible. They challenge me on so many levels and they make me laugh. I absolutely love the critical thinking that goes on in our classrooms. I enjoy stopping in to hear our great teachers lead their classes.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
God is the center of everything. Every classroom, every concert, every game, and every musical. We want to honor God in EVERYTHING we do. It is important to make sure our students understand that philosophy. We want to compete and win, but without Christ, all the Band/Choir/Orchestra/Athletic trophies are absolutely worthless.
How do you make a spiritual impact on the students?
I try to be genuine. They know I am not perfect, only Jesus is perfect. I let them know that even though I have been a Christian for over 40 years, I still have days that I struggle. I try to be there for them wherever they are spiritually. These are great kids and I am nothing if I am not helping them grow spiritually every day.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your position to help shape the experience of your students?
My sense of humor and ability to relate to kids. I genuinely love all the extra time spent at their activities. I love supporting the students and watching them grow through their experiences. I want to be able to celebrate the great things our kids do from the huge accomplishments to the small stuff.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
I would say that our school is set apart by a number of things, but we do three things better than any school I know about. First, we encourage our kids to be involved in missions trips. In the past year alone we sent out kids to Mexico, South Africa, and Romania. Those trips are life changing and our kids have those opportunities every year.
Second, I have been told by other Christian school principals about how awesome our Fine Arts department is on a consistent basis. We sometimes take their excellence for granted, but I can honestly say we do fine arts better than anyone.
Finally, come to our school on Friday between 9:15-10:15 and you will see that we absolutely have the best chapel services in the area. I have been to many other schools chapel times, and I have heard many school leaders complain about boring/bland chapels. That is not what we experience here. Our worship times are powerful, we have a variety of great speakers, and I love that most of it is student lead.