ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR the 2021-2022 academic year.
We are a Christian, non-denominational, hybrid tutorial program for students in grades 1-12. We offer a new approach to parents who want more control over their child’s educational experience and who also want more time together as a family. Imagine a balance between homeschooling (but where we do the heavy lifting) and a progressive affordable private school with a flexible schedule. More like college, students attend classes two to three days a week and work independently or with assistance to complete their assignments. Our Instructors are certified teachers with advanced degrees who have a passion for the subjects they teach.
Students in grades 1-12 will attend classes on two to three days of the week. On those days, they will receive instruction in four required core academic areas–English, History, Math, and Science. In addition, the tuition covers one elective course, for a total of five (5) courses.
Lynn Peck returns to Ironwood Academy as a Math Instructor for 2021-2022. She brings her outstanding teaching skills to our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Lynn graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She also has a Masters of Education degree in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, where she graduated with a GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0. Lynn’s love for middle school students stems from her time at the Harpeth Hall School where she taught for six years covering Standard and Honors Pre-Algebra, Math 7, Honors Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry.
Since 2015, Lynn has been teaching Algebra I and Statistics at Ravenwood High School. Ravenwood is not only where Lynn first started her teaching career before transferring to Harpeth Hall, but it is also where she met her husband, Josh Peck. Josh currently teaches Robotics and Engineering at Ravenwood. Lynn and Josh have two children: a 12-year old son, Brody, and a 10-year old daughter, Avery. Stay tuned for more faculty announcements!
Ironwood has collaborated with national Christian child development expert, Dr. Joshua Straub, to curate a first-of-its-kind emotional intelligence (EQ) curriculum that will be taught to all students in grades 1-12. Ironwood Academy’s objective is to provide an emotionally-safe environment in which students (and parents) will be given specific tools to identify and regulate emotions and, just as importantly, to recognize and respect others’ feelings. The curriculum will include training on neurobiological concepts regarding brain structure, development and function; healthy problem solving and coping skills; cognitive flexibility and language processing; as well as teaching and practicing listening and social skills.
Dr. Josh Straub commented, “The EQ curriculum is at the intersection of psychology and spirituality, providing essential life skills that are rarely taught in schools. When Google found a few years ago that ‘soft skills’—that is, empathy, emotional safety, and emotional intelligence—were the top characteristics of their most productive teams, it began to change the way we view how we prepare today’s students. Ironwood is at the forefront of this movement.”
Dr. Joshua Straub is a speaker, author, and family and leadership coach. A champion of human empathy, Josh leads Famous at Home, a Spring Hill-based company equipping leaders, organizations, military families, and churches in emotional intelligence and family wellness. He also is a Fellow of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. As a marriage and family coach and consultant, and professor of child psychology/crisis response, Josh coaches leaders to be famous at home so they can thrive on their stage. He also speaks regularly for Joint Special Operations Command and serves military families across the country.
Josh is author/ coauthor of six books including Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well and coauthor, along with his wife Christi, of their first children’s book, What Am I Feeling? He and Christi also host the In This Together podcast and, in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources, are the creators of TwentyTwoSix Parenting, a community of parents growing together to encourage the spiritual growth of their kids.
Brian Ericson attended Ironwood Academy for four years and graduated in 2015. Ironwood’s excellent instructors and academic programs developed his love for writing and the arts, so he continued his education at Lee University and majored in English writing. While in college, Brian was an editor for the school paper, a tutor in the writing center, a campus tour guide, and a freshman orientation leader. He was also heavily involved in the theatre program and served as the vice president of Lee’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Brian graduated summa cum laude in 2019 and now lives back in Nashville, where he works full-time as a copy editor for Ramsey Solutions in Franklin and writes as a political contributor to Young Voices, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Ironwood Academy alumnus, Mitch Parker, who was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his time at Ironwood, Mitch was Student Council President and received our Outstanding Leadership Award.
Olivia Owen attended Ironwood Academy for 5 years. Because of Ironwood’s flexible schedule she was able to compete internationally, riding horses in over 8 countries, while still excelling in her studies. After graduating a year early in 2017, she took a gap year during which she lived in Europe and rode for the U.S. team. These experiences in partnership with Ironwood’s challenging college-preparatory curriculum prepared her for both college and the professional world. Olivia is now a sophomore honors student at the University of Kentucky, where she is double majoring in Business Management and Finance with a minor in International Business. She was chosen for a global scholar pathway that enables her to continue her international interests by taking specialized international business classes and studying abroad. In addition to her classes, Olivia is very involved in her sorority, where she serves on the executive council as the Vice President Finance.
Trevor Gersmehl graduated early from Samford University with a degree in sports management. He is engaged to be married in June to another Ironwood Academy alumna, Danielle Starmer. Danielle also graduated from Samford with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a registered dietitian.
Grace Butler attended Ironwood for 5 years and graduated in 2016. The flexible schedule during the school year also allowed her to be very competitive in the equestrian sport and even compete in England and France while still gaining a quality education. Because of the customized course plan Ironwood provides, Grace was able to graduate high school a year early and use her time until attending college the next year to gain some college credits and valuable experience in her field of interest. Now, Grace is a Junior at Auburn University studying Animal Science and is hoping to attend a college of Veterinary Medicine starting fall of 2021. In addition to attending classes, she is also the president of the Auburn Eventing Team, which has won the national championship in the sport of eventing for the past 2 years. Grace is also a leader in her greek sorority on campus, volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and stays on top of a busy class schedule.
Madeline Watts attended Ironwood Academy for four years and graduated in 2016. She is now a senior at Tennessee Tech University studying graphic design and she runs cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field for the university. Maddie runs long distance events such as the mile, 3k, and 5k. She also competed at the American Championships in West Virginia where she placed 1st in age group and 6th overall in the US for women in the 10k trail event.