Driver celebrates anniversary at CCA
Published 10:10 am Monday, October 10, 2016
By: Shayla Terry
As fall semester reached the half way mark, Crenshaw Christian Academy Headmaster Gary Driver celebrated his second year with the institution.
Serving in administrative position in private schools since 2006, Driver says he was previously knowledgable of CCA.
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“I’ve known for years about Crenshaw Christian Academy,” Driver said.
“I knew it was an extremely good school with a lot of good people involved with it.”
Driver, a native of Opp, Alabama, is the son of a minister. He says he thinks that teaching was always his calling.
“I felt like I was called to work with the youth, and help students,” Driver said.
“I had a math teacher in the tenth grade who made math fun. It just sort of became my plan from then on.”
Driver holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Samford University. He also received a master’s in mathematics and administration from the same university.
“I went to college knowing what I wanted to do,” Driver says.
“I graduated knowing what I wanted to do. I’ve been doing it all my life.”
Before transitioning to private schools, Driver completed 25 years serving in public schools. Driver says he was searching for a position that would match his beliefs.
“CCA’s motto, their plan, their reason for existing just sort of lined up with my philosophy about education,” Driver said.
“It was a natural choice if I was going to stay in education, I would try to get somewhere that matched what I wanted to do.”
In Luverne, Driver says that he has found a great community. “I’ve met with the different organizations, meeting and groups,” he said.
“Everyone has been super nice. People in the community, regardless if they’re a part of the CCA family, have treated me with utmost respect.”
In the future, Driver wants CCA to flourish, and for the community to be knowledgeable on what they have to offer.
“I know there’s rivalry between the public schools and private schools,” he said.
“We have a lot to offer. It may not be for everybody, but for those who want an alternative to public school – it’s a very good alternative.”
Last year under Driver’s guardianship, CCA juniors and five seniors tested an average of about 22.5 on the ACT. The score is above the national and state average.