Christie Wright

2024 Speaker

Christie Wright serves as the Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean at Highland Rim Academy in Cookeville, TN. She was instrumental in the founding of the school in 2007 and has spent most of her instructional time in the humanities and rhetoric classes. She earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Technological University. She enjoys her country home with her husband, Jeff, where the chickens and their six children are all free range.


2024 Speaker Topic


The Seven Laws of Teaching

As the foundational pedagogical guide in our association, Gregory’s Seven Laws provide wisdom and practical ideas for teachers with great or little experience across all subjects and all grades. Additionally, administrators responsible for teacher training and evaluation will receive suggestions for how to best train, implement, and evaluate their faculty according to the laws.

The Training and Teaching Dichotomy

Building on the foundation of Gregory’s Seven Laws of Teaching, this talk explores the idea Gregory presents in his book’s introduction: the teaching and training dichotomy. Great teachers understand this distinction and strive as much to train their students as they do to teach them. This talk aims to explore this important distinction and then discuss the practical ramifications for this training: the what and the how of proper training for the classical Upper School classroom.