Mr. David McVicker
Principal, Lakeway Christian Academy
BS Science Teaching - Physical Sciences (Clemson University)
MEd Educational Leadership (Covenant College)
This is David’s 20th year in education, with 19 of those in Christian schools. He has served as a physics teacher, middle school science and math teacher, elementary assistant principal, Director of Instruction and Academic Technology, Upper School Head, and Head of School for schools in South Carolina, Georgia, and now in Tennessee.
David grew up in Lexington, SC where he met his wife Bridget at Lexington Presbyterian Church where both families were members. Bridget is also a teacher, with experience in both public and private Christian schools. She currently teaches 3rd grade at Cornerstone. David and Bridget were married in 2002 and have two children: Mary Woods and Hardy.
Some the achievements David is most proud of include: oversight of a 1-to-1 iPad roll-out for over 600 students including faculty training and device management; and a unique series of humanitarian projects that saw students design technical solutions to real problems in poverty-stricken areas and then travel to Swaziland and Jamaica to implement those solutions and train the local people how to recreate them on their own.
David believes that his call to education is to equip students to grow the kingdom of God by giving them the tools they need to bear influence in the world that they will inherit. In order to accomplish this, schools must be places of dynamic, engaged learning where students are challenged to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively and persuasively, and to collaborate with those around them to achieve the best possible results.
In his spare time, David enjoys music and playing the guitar, hiking and backpacking, fly fishing, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Wife - Bridget
Children - Mary Woods (8th) and Hardy (6th) at Lakeway Christian Academy
"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."
- James 3:17
Dr. Ragan Long
Principal, Cornerstone Christian Academy
BS in Journalism
MS in Elementary Education
EdD Administrative Leadership
As a native of Knoxville, Dr. Long has been active in the growth of education throughtout the state of Tennessee for 14 years. Before coming to Cornerstone, she spent 12 years in the classroom teaching all elementary grade levels. Along with her classroom leadership, Dr. Long served on her school's leadership team, gap closure team, and was active in leading professional development in her school, district and at the state level.
With a passion for literacy education, Dr. Long believes books make the same grand adventures available to everyone regardless of geographic or socio-economic limitations. In her words, “when our God decided to communicate His unfathomable love, He did so between the covers of a book”. Furthermore, Dr. Long wants students to see themselves as beginning practitioners in the many disciplines they engage in during a school day by embracing the thinking and behaviors of those practitioners. It is not enough to learn science content, students need learning experiences that allow students to examine information from the perspective of a practitioner like putting on a lab coat, mixing chemicals, dissecting vocabulary, and documenting all of it in a lab journal. She looks forward to expanding those learning opportunities in the coming years.
Dr. Long founded and ran a student outreach ministry called Pawsitive Impact that partnered with various community resources including Second Harvest Food Bank and Compassion Ministries to provide food, medicine, Christmas presents, clothing and hygiene items to students in need. She also wrote a Read to be Ready summer reading grant that served 55 under-performing students with reading recovery, meals, field trips and experiential learning opportunities. After the successful completion of this camp, Dr. Long spent one year working for the TN Department of Education, traveling across the state to train other educators in best literacy practices.
When she isn't working, Dr. Long participates in short term missions both domestic and abroad. The opportunity to serve orphans and impoverished people groups is one of her greatest honors. She also loves to read, eat ice cream and spend time with her family and friends.
Husband - Chad
Daughter - Natalie (8th grade at Lakeway Christian Academy