Philosophy

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lit.”

Plutarch

Buffalo Creek Boys School believes that a Classical, Christian education is the best approach to whet a boy’s appetite for discovery, unlock his passion and creativity for the task at hand, while presenting him with opportunities and challenges that inspire and motivate him to grow to his God-given potential in mind, body and spirit. By working in partnership with parents and the community, BCBS equips boys with the necessary tools of learning and finds meaningful ways to channel their energies into positive growth. The school nourishes their souls on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty so that in Christ each boy is able to know, glorify and enjoy God.

Faculty and Staff

BCBS hires staff that exhibit godly character, demonstrate an active and growing faith in Jesus Christ, and love to study God’s Word. They serve as Christian role models for the students and their families. Our teachers are professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, and express an enthusiasm for learning and their subject matter. They have a passion for working with adolescent boys and an ability to teach in a manner consistent with our educational philosophies.

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Lee Taylor

Head of School and Teacher

Buffalo Creek Boys School Rockbridge Lexington VirginiaLee grew up all over the Southeast, as his father was transferred as a store manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He has been the principal of law firms in both Ellijay, Georgia, and Lexington, Virginia, enjoying a career of “teaching clients, judges, and juries about the law.” He discovered his passion for ceramic arts in college and has been a wood-fire potter ever since. He is a self-taught mandolin, harmonica and guitar player, and loves nothing better than a good cup of coffee while listening to some bluegrass music. Lee is a leather craftsman, horseman, and outdoorsman, and particularly loves camping and cooking over an open fire. He has great enthusiasm for science, grammar, the stars, and critters of all kinds, including snakes and raptors. Lee became a Christian at the age of 12 through the influence of his youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. He believes that the most effective way to have an eternal impact on individuals, our community, and our nation is to raise a generation with the spiritual and academic mettle to set themselves apart as men of character.

Rebecca Taylor

Assistant Principal and Teacher

Buffalo Creek Boys School Rockbridge Lexington VirginiaRebecca grew up in a family of eight in Nashville, Tennessee, McLean, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and her middle school teaching certification from the University of Georgia.

She taught in public school for four years and ended up with her own “one room schoolhouse” when God called her to homeschool her four children for six years. In 2001, her family sold everything and spent a year on the road, homeschooling with America as their classroom. In Rockbridge County, Rebecca taught Weekday Religious Education (WRE) in the public schools and helped create and lead a homeschool co-op. In 2014, she also took her first of many mission trips to Africa to teach in classical Christian schools in Rafiki villages.  Her passion is to teach sports, games, music, dancing, fiber arts, gardening, and core subjects from a Biblical worldview in an engaging way.

The opportunity to nurture the hearts of young boys as they learn and mature is a challenge and calling Rebecca is excited to heed.

Aaron Barclay

Teacher

Aaron grew up in Nevada and Utah, before serving eight years in the US Navy.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.  Afterward, he moved to Virginia where he worked as an engineer in the utility industry for ten years.

In 2018, Aaron left engineering to follow the call God had put on his heart to serve in Christian classical education. He was gearing up to through-hike the Appalachian Trail before heeding that call when he met his wife Morgan.  God has since gifted them with a daughter named Ella.

Aaron once told his wife that his ideal job would be to work at a Christian classical education school in the mountains, where academics were combined with outdoor adventure.  He was delighted to later learn that such a place existed at Buffalo Creek Boys School!  Before joining BCBS, Aaron spent two years helping start a secondary school where he taught biology, physics, geometry, algebra and exercise.

Aaron believes that the world is in need of strong Christian men to lead their families, churches, and communities, and he is honored to be given the charge of helping to bring up such men.

Dr. Eric Parker

Teacher

Eric was born and raised in the piney woods of southern Mississippi. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.A. in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religion from McGill University.

He began teaching at a classical Christian school after seminary, guiding students through a range of humanities and Bible classes. After this, Eric, his wife, and one-year-old packed up and moved to Montréal where he would spend the next few years obtaining his Ph.D. This opportunity permitted him to teach at a college level and to travel broadly to places like Florence and Cambridge to conduct research.

He was ordained into the ministry in the Reformed Episcopal Church in 2018, and he currently serves as the Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lexington, where he lives with his wife and three children. Eric has co-authored a book and written a number of academic and online articles.

He came to Buffalo Creek Boys School in April of 2020 because he firmly believes that the Christian wisdom of the past is not something old and stale but something that lives and breathes in the natural world and, with guidance, has the power to transform young men into the image of Christ.

Board Members

The BCBS board is the governing body of our school. Its purpose is to set policies that define and maintain the goals of the school and align them with Biblical principles. It makes sure that all programs, curriculum, and major decisions are consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy, and strategic plan in order to promote the long-term growth and prosperity of BCBS.

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Cheryl Orange Nester

Board Member

After being introduced to Classical Christian education twenty years ago, Cheryl has been an active learner and participant.  She has worked in Classical Christian Schools as a Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Head of School, Teacher, and Board Member.   Classical Christian Education teaches according to how children grow by using the ‘bent’ of each age through the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages.  She can testify to the academic success of students educated through Classical Christian instruction.

Cheryl has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics, and a concentration in Accounting, with Master of Divinity work in Christian Education.  Prior to working as a nonprofit executive, she worked professionally as an investment broker and accountant with national firms. She currently is self-employed as a Fee-only Financial Advisor and Consultant.

In addition to spending time with family and friends, Cheryl enjoys reading, dancing, walking, and flower gardening.  One of her favorite verses is: “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Philippians 3:8)

Debbie Jackson

Board Member

Debbie received her BSN from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and worked her career as a nurse at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA. She and her husband raised their three children in Lynchburg and became acquainted with Classical education through New Covenant Schools where their children attended.

Debbie has retired in Rockbridge County where she is enjoying the beauty of nature all around. She is a firm believer in quality, well-rounded education in which children are challenged and encouraged to be the best they can be through varied skills of learning and consistent training to be a life-long learner.

Her favorite Scripture that sums up her life is Colossians 1:18: “He is the head of the Body, the Church, and He is the beginning; the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.”

Stan Ponce

Board Member

Stan grew up in a small, rural community in west-central Missouri.  Working on a dairy farm, he learned to respect legitimate authority, honor commitments and be resourceful at an early age.

Stan has been active in men’s ministries for more than 20 years.  Having had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, Stan teaches the patterns and principles of the Kingdom of God and helps men understand: “Being Male is a matter of Birth.  Being a man is a matter of choice”.  His Spiritual gift is encouraging others with significant talents in teaching and leadership.

Retired now, Stan worked for more than 30 years as a Federal land manager with emphasis on the management and protection of water resources.  He has a doctorate in Civil and Environmental engineering with undergraduate degrees in forestry and natural resources, and forest hydrology.

In his free time, Stan enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the world as an adventure motorcyclist and planning trips for others, exploring “back roads” with an eye to their past history , hiking, photography, and working with Habitat for Humanity.

Don Eland

Board Member

Don grew up in Denver, Colorado, graduated from Oral Roberts University, traveled abroad with a music ministry group for three years and then received a Masterʼs degree at Tulsa University before completing post-graduate work at Stanford, Berkley in Boston, Eastman School of Music and University of North Texas. He is married with a daughter in Texas, a son in Virginia and 3 1/2 grandchildren running around somewhere in Austin and Lexington.

Mr. Eland taught jazz and commercial music for 20 years and then digital media for 20 years at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He was director for the MultiMedia Institute at ORU before retiring, Faculty Emeritus, in 2014.

He has traveled in 50 states and 48 countries, living in five of these countries. His hobbies and interests are
backpacking remote areas, woodworking, speed sailing, photography/videography, sax and flute.

His favorite scriptures are the ones that start with “In the beginning…” (Gen 11) and end with “Surely I come
quickly … Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 2220)

Ted Chalgren

Board Member

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 
(1 Corinthians 3: 11)

After +/-55 years of employment in the banking, real estate, architectural and engineering sectors of US business, Ted has retired (re-fired) in Rockbridge County, Virginia with his wife Jan.  They have a blended family with 4 children AND 4 grandchildren, so far.  His redemption, having been accomplished by the finished cross-work of Jesus Christ, manifested about 40 years ago while living in Columbia, South Carolina, the city of his birth.  His new birth precipitated a turn from his old ways to seek daily the will of God for/in his life.  Joining a confessing Christian church in the late 1970’s, Ted’s growth “…. in grace, and in the knowledge of [his] Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ….”  prompted his continuing pursuit of the Lord in His word & prayer and via engaging in various community endeavors and lay ministries: Christian academy history teacher, elderly ministry, Sunday school teacher, private specialty school board member, prison ministry, Bible study leader, professional societies, occasional “preaching” ….

Ted hopes our BCBS students will be taught not merely to think, but rather, to think biblically in order that they might grow to be men of God through whom He will be pleased to transform this world into Jesus’ kingdom.