2021 Year in Review


Strategic Planning Phases

Phase 1:  Plan and launch the school

Phase 2: Grow enrollment to critical mass

Phase 3: Establish a presence in our neighborhood

January – December 2021

January

Interest survey sent to families in the Kansas City area parishes about the idea of establishing an Orthodox school.

February

Fr. Turbo Qualls, rector of St. Mary of Egypt, announces plans to move forward on parish school project in September 2021.

April

Informational meeting with interested families and members of the community takes place at St. Mary of Egypt, hosted by Principal Felicity Finzer.

May

St. Mary’s parish council approves operational funds for the first full school year and use of the St. Moses House as the school building.

June

Adam Lockridge, former Director of St. Raphael School, an Orthodox online homeschooling program, appointed Headmaster of Mount Tabor School of the Liberal Arts.

July

First faculty meeting with 2021 faculty: Adam Lockridge, Felicity Finzer, Ian Flowers, Deb Lee, and Cecilia Garrett. Preparation begins for the 2021-22 academic year.

August

Building renovations completed at the St. Moses House, a former monastery and temporary housing owned by the parish.

September

27 students, 1st through 12th grade, begin Mount Tabor School’s inaugural year. The students include families from a variety of religious backgrounds–Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and non-Christian.

October

Operations at school are in full swing with choir, catechism, hikes at the park, playing on the playground, morning prayers, weekly school Liturgies, math problems, science experiments, history timelines, classic literature, public speaking exercises, and much more…

November

Mr. Lockridge and Board Chairman Rdr. Nicholas Finzer attend Donor Development Bootcamp with the Herzog Foundation in Kansas City. This was a time of connecting with other leaders of schools from Kansas City and across the nation.

December

Headmaster Adam Lockridge presents on the current state and future plans for the school at the annual all parish assembly.

Our first ever year-end fundraising campaign, “buy a day at Mount Tabor School,” raised over $7000, ~50 days worth of support.

Thank you to our supporters, school families, board members, faculty, and volunteers who are working together to build a beautiful Orthodox school for our children (and, Lord-willing, our grandchildren) in the heart of Kansas City.