Bill Stutzman is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born and raised in Idaho, where he grew up skiing and exploring the great outdoors before making his greatest discovery, meeting his lovely artist wife, Cherise. Married since 2000, they have three children: Tyndale (18), Dulcinea (16) and Latimer (13), who are being classically educated. The family revels in beauty’s many forms, and all five enjoy learning, playing music together, and sharing a deep appreciation for good hamburgers. Most of all, they are grateful to have the blessing of knowing and following the Lord Jesus together as a family, seeing his work and wonders woven throughout the world.
Always enamored with learning, Bill studied a variety of subjects at the University of Idaho before earning a degree, summa cum laude, in English Literature with minors in music and French. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Bill has worked in classical Christian education for nearly two decades in a variety of roles. Beginning as a sixth-grade teacher at The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho, Bill later taught 7th-12th grade humanities and rhetoric classes, orchestra, Bible, and even a little science. Bill also founded the instrumental music program, developed curriculum and classical methodologies, and served as the head of academics and both grammar and secondary programs at The Ambrose School.
He was elected to the national council of the Alcuin Fellowship as one of its earliest members and has had the privilege of traveling, speaking, and training teachers in classical Christian philosophy and pedagogy. After a decade in Boise, Bill moved his family to Spokane, Washington, to be nearer to extended family. At The Oaks Classical Christian Academy in Spokane, he began an instrumental music program and helped write and produce annual events highlighting classical Christian education and culture at the school. In addition to teaching a number of literature classes, he led the Senior Thesis program for six years and then also served as Academic Dean and Head of Logic and Rhetoric. During the 2019-2020 school year, Bill took the role of Upper School Principal at Calvin Christian School in Escondido, California, where he assisted the school in exploring and transitioning towards a more developed Liberal Arts tradition.
A wandering troubadour and poet at heart, Bill has written, performed, and released (with the help of his family) multiple full-length albums of original songs, including Crabapple World (2009) and Cardinals & Fireflies (2014). He enjoys reading and writing in his spare time and loves jamming with his kids and friends, whatever the instrument closest to hand. He has also helped produce other albums, including his wife Cherise’s first collection of instrumental and classical works, Of Waltzes and Weeping (2009). As his family grows, so does their love of playing music together and their dreams of one day being a full-fledged family band. More albums, as well as poetry collections, are in the works. Together, they are delighted to live a life of learning and wonder serving Christ, dedicated to seeing future generations educated in the classical Christian tradition. Bill is delighted to come “home” to serve as CCA’s Head of School.