New W’bago school hires headmaster
Genesis Classical Academy (GCA) is making headway day in and day out as the school year approaches. They have even chosen a headmaster for their new school and her name is Rene Doyle.
Doyle lives in and grew up in Amboy and received her bachelor of arts at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, and also received two associate degrees in graphic design and marketing.
While her education does not reflect her passion for education, her work history does. As a former school board member for close to 15 years, she served the Maple River school well with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
Doyle also spent the last four years in Washington, D.C. helping a congressman as their legislative director, with her emphasis being in the education portion of their legislation.
GCA has a board of four people, and that board, after going through an interview process and background check, chose Doyle as their headmaster.
According to one of the board members, Lois Willmert, a former Winnebago educator, the board will stay as is for the first year of school, and then next year they will hold elections for new board members. These members, which include Willmert, Doyle, Bill Erickson, Pastor Dennis Anders and Scott Robertson, thought Doyle was best for the job.
Doyle says there is a difference between being a headmaster and being something like a superintendent or a school principal.
“While superintendents usually oversee the school, I will have a more involved roll with the children,” she explains. “I will oversee things, but I will also have one on one time with students and be fully involved in their classroom learning.”
She also mentions that she wants to work with the Winnebago community as much as possible. With the new school planning to be in Parker Oaks, specifically around Dikker’s Hall, she emphasized that she does not want to put out community members that also utilize the open space.
As far as the specific learning program GCA has to offer, Doyle says this is also unique and differs greatly from public school.
“We use the classical learning methodology, which incorporates grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These three specific areas correlate with the way a child’s brain naturally develops,” says Doyle.
GCA is hoping to open for pre-K students and also for students K-3rd grade, which emphasizes the grammar portion of their classical learning technique.
“Genesis Academy will be focused on rigorous academics. We want our children to learn and keep learning. We want them to develop into model citizens once they are older,” says Doyle.
With her passion strong, and her board members ready to take on their first academic year this fall, Doyle shares a message to her new community.
“Just give us a chance,” she says. “This form of education works, and we will prove it.”
Genesis Classical Academy is said to be opening in the fall, and Doyle is ready and able to start the school year off on the right foot, no matter how many students are with the school.
“We will open in the fall, no matter how many students there are,” she shared to the crowd of more than 50 community members last Thursday evening. “We also don’t want anyone to not have this strong and unique educational opportunity available to them.”
GCA is a private, non-profit school, which will require parents to pay tuition. However, Doyle and the rest of the board insist there are options for parents seeking this education opportunity who have minimal funds available to them.
Doyle says there are scholarship opportunities available for parents who have interest in bringing their students to Genesis Classical Academy, and even younger community members are reaching out for this opportunity.
“Just this past week, we saw Molly and Abby Murphy of Winnebago hold a lemonade stand. Their sign read that all proceeds they made would go to Genesis Classical Academy,” shared Doyle.
The two young girls raised $41 dollars in 50 cent lemonade sales.
“If our children get the value of their education and want it, we will give it to them,” says Doyle. “We are opening this fall and we are very excited to serve the community.”