Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith has worked with both private Christian and charter classical schools for over twenty-five years and was the founding headmaster for three schools. During his career, he has served in key administrative roles including curriculum director, assistant head, head of school, and dean of a headmaster coaching program. He is the former executive director of Academies for the Great Hearts Texas charter school network and also served on the boards for the Society for Classical Learning and the Orthodox Christian School Association. He holds a master’s in politics from the University of Dallas.

Before assuming leadership positions, Bryan taught history, art, Latin, and Greek. He is now the Director of the Orthodox Christian School Association and works as a consultant to classical schools leaders in tending the organic life of school communities, curricular planning, and pedagogical training.

Consulting and Speaking Topics

Noted Areas of Consulting Expertise

  • Articulating the classical vision to a variety of audiences
  • Interviewing and hiring for a unique mission
  • Cultivating a unified faculty through substantive professional development
  • Mentoring future leaders
  • Nurturing informed and supportive parent communities
  • Building student culture
  • Monitoring teacher performance and coaching for improvement
  • Assessing curricular plans and pedagogical practices

Workshop Topics

  • “The Larger Questions of Every Discipline: A Faculty Collaboration on the Bigger Issues Your Students Should Think About, Write About, and Discuss”
  • “What Unites the Disciplines? A Faculty Collaboration on Our Unified Work”
  • “Language Across the Curriculum: Using Rhetorical Precepts in Every Subject”
  • “The Disciplines in the Light of the Incarnation”
  • “Jason as Headmaster: How to Recruit and Manage Heroes”
  • “The Practice of Imitation in Composition”
  • “Teaching History through Biography”
  • “Five Pedagogical Practices for Classical Schools”
  • “Contemplation as a Regular School Practice”
  • “Four Events to Bring Parents into the Philosophical Fold”
  • “Saving the Logosphere: Restoring Language to the Center of the Curriculum”

Conference Presentations

Bryan has presented on the following topics at conferences for CiRCE, the Society for Classical Learning, the Orthodox Christian School Association, the Arizona Charter School Association, the Texas Charter School Association, and the Association of Core Texts and Courses, as well as at Great Hearts in-service events.

  • “The First Classical Christian School Movement (2nd and 3rd Centuries AD)”
  • “Teaching Writing through Imitation”
  • “Four Byzantine Scholars”
  • “Teaching History through Biography”
  • “Filling the Inward Eye: The Value of Memorization”
  • “Genre Theory in Literature”
  • “Imitation as a Pedagogical Practice”
  • “Imitation as a Spiritual Discipline”
  • “Lessons from Aesop”
  • “Biography and Hagiography”
  • “What’s Important in History?”
  • “Writing Paragraphs by Imitation”
  • “Using Socratic Practice in Schools”
  • “Classical Education”
  • “What’s Important about Grammar?”
  • “Grammar as the Key to Meaning”
  • “What to Teach in History: The Spectrum of Historical Studies”
  • “The Scope of Language Arts”
  • “Two Views of Education: Progressive Education and Liberal Arts”
  • “Classical Education in the Public Sector”


  • “What it Means to be a Student” (Classical Teacher)
  • “Books to Live With” (Classical Teacher)
  • “Educating Narcissus” (American Orthodox Institute; edited and republished as “Drawing Narcissus Away from the Pool” for the Great Hearts Annual Report 2015–2016)
  • “Education in Christ” (The Word)
  • “One School’s Reckless Efforts to be Reasonable” (Texas Education Review)
  • “Camillus and the Schoolmaster” (Saint Paul’s Family Magazine)


On-site Consulting/Speaking Fees:
Half day (up to 4 hours): $845 + travel
One full day (5–10 hours): $1,390 + travel
Two full days: $2,495 + travel

Online Consulting/Speaking Fees:
90-minute sessions: $345

Team-consulting packages (two or more consultants): negotiated
Long-term consulting packages:

Contact Information:
Classical Academic Press
Phone: 866-730-0711
E-mail: consulting (at)