Eric Cook, Headmaster
Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught history, political science, psychology and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director.
Eric serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Society for Classical Learning. The Society is a national organization that exists to “foster human flourishing by making classical Christian education thrive.” Eric is excited about the work God is doing among classical Christian schools across the country and is honored to serve the movement. He speaks and writes about classical Christian education in a variety of contexts, but is most honored to lead a growing and thriving K-12 school in Fort Worth.
Eric is a voracious reader and a true lifelong learner, with special interest in the areas of philosophy, theology, education and history. He is a passionate educator who enjoys golf and a good cup of coffee. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William and Lincoln.
Brent Stevens, Upper School Head
Brent Stevens is from Portland, Oregon, and began his career in education at Covenant Classical School in 2011. Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Classical Education at The University of Dallas. During his time at Covenant, Brent has had the opportunity to teach Latin, history, and literature, as well as chair the Humanities department.
Brent enjoys attending academic conferences as both a participant and a seminar leader. He has had the opportunity to present at the Society for Classical Learning annual conferences as well as the Pew Society’s annual Paideia conference hosted by Dallas Baptist University. Brent is excited to be a part of the Christian classical education movement and is passionate about cultivating its growth and impact on society.
Brent and his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Isaac, enjoy spending time together outdoors, working on various home improvement projects, and exploring Fort Worth.
Andrew Elizalde, Interim Grammar School Head
Andrew Elizalde earned a bachelor’s from Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, with a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor. He received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration.
His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. His past work in classical education has most notably included reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities through meaningful professional development.
Andrew is glad to now be serving Covenant Classical School as the Dean of Academics and Interim Grammar School Head. Additionally, Andrew also offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and has been a keynote speaker at both the ICS Math and Science Lyceum and SCL annual conferences. Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters who attend Covenant.
Caroline James, Development Director
Caroline James earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Trinity University in San Antonio. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Trinity, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Caroline taught high school for five years in San Antonio public schools before returning to Trinity and earning a master’s degree in school administration.
Caroline served as a school administrator in Judson Independent School District in San Antonio for four years. After moving to Fort Worth in 2002, Caroline taught in the Education Department at Texas Christian University for 10 years.
Caroline has been a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth for 20 years, where she has served on the board multiple times and gathered the experience that led her to work in development.
Caroline and husband Mark have two boys, Billy and Andrew, who attend Covenant. Caroline’s love for education and for Covenant in particular led her to be a part of the administrative team at Covenant in 2013.
Amy Burgess, Director of Admission and Marketing
Amy Burgess attended Biola University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism, and a minor in Biblical Studies. After college she was the Associate Editor on the VMI Alumni Review magazine, a newspaper reporter for the Wichita Falls Times-Record News, and a freelance writer for a variety of publications. Amy and her husband, Josh, have two children at Covenant and feel blessed to call the Covenant community home.
Hallie Williams, Student Support Director
Hallie Williams is a Texas native from the small town of Brock. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University, and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Hallie formally served as a Network Specialist in Special Education on multiple campuses in Fort Worth ISD for two-and-a-half years where she coached general and Special Education teachers in best instructional practices to meet the unique needs of their student population. In her last year with the district, she took on the additional role of Math Specialist on several of her middle school campuses. Prior to working with Fort Worth ISD, Hallie was a Special Education teacher at Burleson High School and Millsap Middle School. In Millsap, she also taught English Language Arts, History, Business and Technology courses.
The Lord led Hallie to join the Covenant family as Director of Student Support in the summer of 2016. Hallie’s husband is the Lead Pastor at Solid Rock Church in Fort Worth where they have faithfully served for the last 11 years. They have two boys, Hudson and Calvin, who attend Covenant.
Ron Abrams, Athletic Director
Ron Abrams joined Covenant as Athletic Director in 2011. Ron is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and returned to the university as an assistant track coach from 1990-1995. He served as the founder and head coach of the Elite Track Club for 15 years and was the Assistant Executive Director for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club during the 1980s. Ron’s career in coaching spans 35 years and encompasses a vast wealth of experience and accomplishment. Ron has coached six TAPPS state championship teams in football and in track-and-field events. Ron and his wife, Denise, have three children and one grandchild.
Bill Clifton, Director of Operations
Bill is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Interdisciplinary Studies. He worked in advertising for 16 years, then joined Brants Realtors in 2011. He joined the Covenant administrative team in 2013 as Director of Facilities, and became Director of Operations in 2015. Bill and his wife, Nicole, have four children who attend Covenant.