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Christine Norvell

Christine Norvell

about the teacher

Christine Norvell is a classical Christian educator, a voracious reader, a wife, and mother of three boys. With a Masters in Humanities from Faulkner University's Great Books program, she has taught high school English in public, classical, and homeschool worlds for eighteen years, most recently for Regent Preparatory for the last eleven.

As a classical education parent for 18 years and a classical literature teacher for 12, Christine has created and taught Language Arts curriculum for 8th through 12th grades. She currently homeschools their youngest son. She is the author of Till We Have Faces: A Reading Companion (2020) and writes regularly at her teaching blog thylyre.com.

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is interdependent. When we join together, students and teachers both bring our experiences and giftings. Together we cheer each other on as we find our voices, confront our opinions, and witness each other confront the mysteries too big to solve or ignore. We learn from and with each other.

I believe that from ancient history to contemporary literature, the humanities reveal universal truths about faith, relationships, and the human experience. I'm passionate about examining these connections and discovering the God-given gifts that come to life through story—both in fiction and real life.

Statement of Faith

I believe that God loves all men, yet all have sinned and deserve death; that sin separates us eternally from God, and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves; that God sent Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross to redeem the world from sin; and that I have received Jesus through my choice to believe. I have publicly proclaimed my faith in Jesus Christ and put my trust in Him. As I have been forgiven through the Blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:22, Lev. 17:11), so too do I choose to walk daily in repentance and forgiveness. I believe Jesus’s words in Acts 1, that the Holy Spirit has been freely given to me and to all who believe in Him, that we may walk in our faith with the Holy Spirit as helper.

I believe in pursuing the portion of our Father’s will done that He sets aside for me each day (Matthew 6). This includes God’s revelation, discernment, truth, freedom, healing, and provision. Our family attends a Messianic congregation where we observe the rest of Shabbat and walk through the seven feasts during the year. These feasts depict the entire redemptive life of the Messiah beginning with the Passover (Lev. 23). I believe all of us have been invited to meet with God and enjoy the enduring blessings of His appointed feasts as children of Abraham.

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Publications

Till We Have Faces:
A Reading Companion
published, 2017, 2020
Articles
Circe Institute,VoegelinView,The Classical Thistle,StoryWarren

Education

M.A.
2014
Humanities
B.A.
1992
English Education