Holy Trinity Classical Christian School has appointed Jonathan Councell Chair of the Humanities department. Councell is a passionate and outspoken advocate of classical Christian education. In addition to teaching, he is a consultant in curriculum and pedagogy, a freelance writer and a lecturer.
“Mr. Councell is extremely well versed in classical Christian education and is a fine addition to our burgeoning faculty,” states Holy Trinity Headmaster, Rev. Chad E. Lawrence. “He will be instrumental in the development of our school in implementing a unique humane letters curriculum for our high school students.”
Councell earned a B.A. in Economics and a second B.A. in Literature at Wheaton College in partnership with St. Anne’s College of the University of Oxford in England. Wheaton College is a Christian, private, residential, liberal arts college and graduate school located some 25 miles west of Chicago. The school is noted for its “twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith,” according to Time magazine. In 2016, Wheaton ranked 8th in the category of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the national rankings of American colleges and universities compiled by U.S. News & World Report. One of Oxford’s largest colleges, St. Anne’s prides itself on being informal, yet academically demanding. It is known for preparing its students for the globally connected society of the future.
Councell is also a graduate of the CiRCE Institute’s Master Teacher Program. CiRCE (Center for Independent Research on Classical Education) is a leading provider of inspiration, information and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Councell’s academic interests are: classical education, pedagogy, humane letters curriculum, Arthurian literature and metaphysical poetry, Miltonic Studies and Middle English.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club Alumni.
Councell and his wife, Laura, provide a home for their daughter, Claire Elaine; a springer spaniel named “Bertram,” a fife canary named “Bryn,” and a hedgehog named “Nigel.”