James Waldy

2024 Speaker

James D. Waldy, EdS, is a lifelong educator who has been involved in classical education for 38 years. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in elementary education and went on to complete master’s and educational specialist degrees from BJU in educational administration. He has taught at every K–12 grade level and has served as either dean of faculty or principal in 26 of his 38 years in classical education. Happily married to his wife, Tami, and the father of five wonderful children and fourteen grandchildren, James serves at Mars Hill Academy in Mason, Ohio, as the grammar school principal, fourth grade grammar and senior astronomy teacher, and the biggest kid at recess.


2024 Speaker Topic


Filling an Unforgiving Class Period with 50 Minutes Worth of Distance Run

Focusing upon the grammar school classroom, the workshop will offer strategies for fostering attentiveness and involvement, tips for driving the pace while allowing for thought and reflection, a plan for developing a systematic review of material taught, and a call for each minute to include sixty seconds worth of distance run. We’ll also address transitions, assignments, rules for visual enrichments, and the various types of learning styles. Finally, we will attempt to offer some wit and wisdom gleaned from observing, evaluating, and mentoring teachers for over twenty five years.