The landscape of divisional leadership has shifted a great deal over the past 4 years, and we are keenly aware that the role of the division principal is increasingly complex. To support leaders new to the principalship in the past three years, CESA is excited to launch the Wisdom Walk, a division principal mentorship and cohort designed to equip and empower divisional leaders in CESA schools to thrive in their position, create a strong network of leaders in like-minded schools, and catalyze a deep understanding of their leadership that is inextricably linked to how Christian faith informs practice.


This event is SOLD OUT. If you’d like to join the waitlist, please contact Katie Wiens - [email protected]

What to know about the Wisdom Walk:

  • The mentorship will begin in August of 2024 and ends in June of 2025
  • 1:1 coaching calls and personalized coaching program monthly
  • Facilitated monthly cohort calls 
  • Shared reading and resources 
  • In-person session at CESA Symposium
  • $2000 Registration includes all sessions and readings 
  • Registration will be capped; registration will remain open until the VERY LIMITED number of spaces are filled.



T. RuskTawanna Rusk, Associate Head of School at Mount Paran Christian School, has led every division in K-12 Christian schools. Her passion for Godly leadership that is transformative for the students, faculty, and families in her care has marked her 20+ years of exceptional leadership.  Tawanna has a deep desire to see the next generation of division principals prepared to lead with uncommon excellence.  This year-long walk with Ms. Rusk and the cohort will leverage the wisdom, experiences, and knowledge of Ms. Rusk and those in the cohort to provide a framework and foundation for years of success in the principalship.




Mr. Shonn Brown has been in Christian Education for over 25 years. He currently serves as the Upper School principal at Charlotte Christian School. As the upper school principal, Mr. Brown serves as the upper school's chief academic and administrative officer. He is also responsible for providing leadership for all educational, spiritual, and operational programs and activities in the upper school. He previously served as CCS's upper school assistant principal of student life. 

Mr. Brown’s prior roles at Charlotte Christian have included teacher, department chair, dean of students, coach, associate athletic director, and interim athletic director. Shonn’s classroom experience includes teaching biology, physics, earth science, life science, ecology, anatomy, and physiology, as well as courses in other disciplines. Shonn is passionate about growing teachers, leadership coaching and development, mentoring, and helping people achieve their goals. 

A native of Charleston, S.C., Mr. Brown received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Clearwater Christian College with a minor in Bible and a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Covenant College. Shonn is a Van Lunen Fellow (2023). Shonn and his wife, Allycia, have been married for 26 years and have two children: Shonn Terrelle Brown II and Morgan Brown.


Questions? Contact Katie Wiens
[email protected]