Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook announces Dr. John Lindsell as its new Head of School

Oakbrook families are invited to a "Meet and Greet" Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Lindsell in the Student Commons.

Oakbrook Preparatory School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Lindsell as the new Head of School of Oakbrook Preparatory School. Dr. Lindsell has extensive experience in the leadership of independent schools and a deep background in both theology and education. He will officially begin his duties as Head of School on August 1.

Dr. Lindsell completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, followed by a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Education, both from Harvard University.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Lindsell has served as Head of School at Westminister School (Augusta, Georgia), Saint James School (Montgomery, Alabama), Whitefield Academy (Mableton, Georgia), and Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, Texas).  He has also taught as an Associate Professor of Education at Kennesaw State University with an emphasis on independent school leadership.  Most recently, Dr. Lindsell has served as a Senior Consultant with MPK&D Consulting Group, providing consulting services to universities and independent schools. 

For the past 30 years, Dr. Lindsell has served as a visiting faculty member in the Education Department of Harvard University, teaching a six-week summer program focused on leadership, financial management, and advancement within non-profit organizations.  He will continue teaching this summer course each year as he serves as Head of School at Oakbrook.

We are excited to bring Dr. Lindsell and his wife Stephanie to Spartanburg. They will be moving to the area from Houston, Texas in the next few months. They are excited to be in the Upstate, with family and many long-time friends in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

We are very appreciative of the Search Committee, led by John Kellam, for the many hours of work they invested in this important search process which has led us to Dr. John Lindsell.  We believe Dr. Lindsell possesses the unique skills, experience and talent required to lead Oakbrook through our next phase of development and growth, with a specific emphasis on faculty and staff development.

We are especially grateful to Kyle Boyles who has served as Interim Head of School during this important accreditation year. He has worked tirelessly and led us with excellence.  His love and passion for Oakbrook are clearly evident.  Kyle will serve as the Interim Head of School through July 31.  Upon Dr. Lindsell’s arrival in August, Kyle will assume the role of Associate Head of School for Advancement, with responsibility for development, admissions, marketing, and communications.  We foresee a bright future as Kyle and the entire Administrative team partner with Dr. Lindsell to lead Oakbrook. 

We hope you will review the attached bio to learn more about Dr. Lindsell. In the near future, we plan to host the Lindsell’s for a meet and greet with the faculty and school families.  Please join us in welcoming John and Stephanie Lindsell into the Oakbrook family!

 

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Varsity and Elementary Robotics teams head to Worlds tournament

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Article by Lewis Moore

Oakbrook's three VEX robotics teams have each qualified for the world competition in Louisville, KY, April 19-22.  Greenville, TX, based VEX Robotics, through Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, organizes competition among more than 16,000 teams world-wide, the largest of its type.  REC describes their vision this way: “By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization.”

Oakbrook Prep’s full support for STEM (science, technology, electronics and mathematics) at all grade levels is self-evident. To the best of our knowledge, Oakbrook is the only private school in South Carolina to compete in VEX robotics. One or the other of their two high school teams (8926 & 8926B) has won every SC state competition entered this academic year.  The two teams together, allied with Pickens team 7447A, handily won the SC state championship in Columbia on Saturday, March 11, in a field of 61 of this state’s best. Oakbrook’s senior team, 8926, went undefeated in 10 matches that day. The Oakbrook-Pickens alliance was so dominant there was never a third round in the best two out of three final elimination rounds. These teams will move on to VEX World’s.  (Team 8926 is so strong they actually qualified for World’s three times by different routes.  This may be unprecedented.)

Simply earning entry to the VEX World’s Championship is an honor, as VEX teams world-wide compete for a slot at the Kentucky International Exposition Center.  At the high school level alone, this 4-day, prestigious event hosts 500 of the best international teams. (Last year China sent 53 teams to World’s.)  It’s the best of the best.  Total event attendance including support staff and families is about 14,000, filling the Expo Center’s adjacent coliseum.

Also on Saturday, March 11th, Oakbrook’s new elementary school VEX robotics team entered their first competition.  Because there are still so few elementary school robotics teams, the Oakbrook team had to compete with the older students from SC middle schools.  Even so, they came in 2nd place in this state-wide event, and so impressed the judges they were given the Excellence Award, thus earning this young team  entry in VEX World’s also.  

Finally, Oakbrook Robotics team members Elva Yang and Suzanna (“LuLu”) Lu, had together entered and won a REC on-line, photo-journalism essay contest about females competing in robotics.  They will be honored on stage at VEX World’s.    

 

 

  

 

SHREK The Musical Tickets On Sale Now

Oakbrook Prep is performing SHREK The Musical March 10-12.
Click here for ticket information.

Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?

Preschool and Lower School Open House

Friday, February 24 9-11 a.m.

We invite you to tour our campus, see students and teachers interacting during a regular day of school, and meet the Lower School Director and staff. Families will learn more about our unique Charlotte Mason approach to education. 

The preview begins at 9 a.m., followed by a campus tour, information about the admission process and plenty of time for Q & A. We look forward to meeting you! 

If you are unable to attend this event, or have questions, please contact Admissions Director Amanda Ledbetter at 864-580-6252 or amanda.ledbetter@oakbrookprep.org.

 


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