Our new Interim Head of School, William “Buzz” Lance, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, California with majors in both Bible and Secondary Education and a Master of Education from Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Secondary Education. His past experience includes positions as a secondary principal, head of secondary school, assistant principal, teacher, and adjunct assistant professor. He is also the founder of Our Heritage Tours, an educational tour company that works with schools to design customized academic trips, and a fellow with the Clapham Circle, a consultation company serving schools, churches, and other organizations. We asked Mr. Lance the following questions to give you an opportunity to get to know him better.
Q: What do you like most about SBCA so far?
A: I love working with our dedicated and talented staff. They have genuine hearts for the education and discipleship of our students, desire to continue developing as teaching professionals, and I have had so much fun getting to know their unique personalities and giftings. I also enjoy helping with the car line in the afternoon when it is raining.
Q: What are your top priorities for your first year at SBCA?
A: Putting resources and processes in place to streamline school operations and become a more efficient and effective school. My job is to remove obstacles and provide resources for our staff so they can impact our students, I want to help SBCA prepare for the future and grow into all the Lord has planned for it.
Q: When did you first discover a love for education?
A: I first discovered my love for education during college at Pacific Christian College when one of my professors shared their passion for teaching and helped me discover my own calling to education. He encouraged me to develop my teaching abilities and fostered my love for education.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Now? I live in Brownsburg, Indiana with my wife and daughters. I spent the better part of 15 years in Southern California, but I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, a small town just outside of Anchorage, Alaska.
Q: What is your favorite scripture and why?
A: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind (Matthew 22:37).” This verse is a constant theme in my own life to reminding me to focus on giving my “all” and resonates the deepest with me at this time in my life. I am also using this scripture as the foundation for helping SBCA continue to build an excellent curriculum.
Q: What’s one thing you want SBCA families to know about you?
A: I prefer practical solutions over theory. For example, I want our students to not only be able to quote Bible scriptures, but also to apply them.
Q: What advice do you have for first-year families at SBCA?
A: Get involved. SBCA should not just be a place where you drop your children off, but a place where you find community. The school is not just there for the students, but for our families as well.