Only 4% of boy scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts are servant-minded leaders with the character and commitment to stay the course.
CCA is honored to welcome our own Eagle Scout, Dr. Tony Jeffrey, our new headmaster. His life experience reflects character, commitment, a desire to serve others, and a love of learning. Dr. Jeffrey was raised in Fairmont, Minnesota, and received Christ as his Savior at the age of sixteen while attending Summit Ministries' worldview summer camp in Manitou Springs, Colorado. He received his BBA degree in Biblical Studies from American Christian College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to earn his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Jeffrey and his wife Kathy have been married for thirty-six years and have three adult children. The Jeffreys reside in Robson Ranch outside of Denton and are members of Fellowship at the Ranch Church. They enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling, reading, old movies, music, studying, and teaching the Bible. Kathy is a homemaker. She is also a Biblical counselor and speaker to women's seminars and conferences. Dr. Jeffrey serves on the Dallas Council for Life Advisory Board, the Director's Development Board for the Jesus Film Project, and is a former Board member and Chair of Summit Ministries.
Dr. Jeffrey has more than thirty-five years of experience in Christian school administration. He began his career at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison where he worked for twenty-three years. He then served for twelve years as the Headmaster of Providence Christian School in Dallas, a leading, classical, Christian school. Dr. Jeffrey brings to Covenant Christian Academy significant experience in nearly every facet of leading a classical, Christian school.
I thought our CCA community would love to learn more about our new leader, so I sat down with Dr. Jeffrey for an interview. Enjoy!
What was your first job?
I worked in my father’s bakery.
Why did you choose education as a career?
I chose Christian education because I witnessed and lived through tremendous problems in the Christian college I attended due to the moral failures of the school's leadership. I felt God calling me to give my life so that what I saw happen in a Christian school would never happen to a Christian student.
What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
Two things come to mind that I am very proud of. First, God allowed me to reconcile extreme racial tension that neighbors to Providence had with the school. Also, I am proud of leading Providence to be chosen by the Dallas Morning News in their Top 100 Places to Work contest as the number one small business to work for in the entire DFW metroplex.
What is the one thing you wish parents knew?
I wish parents knew how proud I am of the sacrifices they are making to provide Christian education for their children.
What is the one thing you wish students knew?
I wish students knew how very much I love them. I look forward to meeting and getting to know them.
Who is your hero, or who do you admire?
I admire my wife, Kathy, Ronald Reagan, and Teddy Roosevelt.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love working with a team committed to excellence in a school passionate about children, all for God's glory.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Failure is the backdoor to success.”
What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?
A child greeting me with a smile always makes my day better.
What is your definition of success?
Success is helping other people achieve success.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is Robinson Crusoe.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movies are Random Harvest or To Kill A Mockingbird.
The Boy Scouts of America describe the rank of Eagle Scout as “not just an award but as a state of being. Those who earned it as a youth continue to earn it every day as an adult.” This claim is very evident in the life and experience of Dr. Jeffrey.
Dr. Jeffrey looks forward to meeting many of you at the Back to School Fair on THE BIG DAY, August 10. Dads, don’t miss your chance to meet Dr. Jeffrey at the CCA Dad's Breakfast on Sat., August 15 starting at 8:00 a.m.