Year Four Brings Continued Growth at Genesis Classical Academy

Genesis Classical Academy in Winnebago, MN will open its doors on September 5th for its fourth year of operation, where consistent growth and excellence has become a hallmark of this Christian classical academy. With the addition of seventh grade, the Genesis family now includes 74 students in preschool through Grade 7, drawing students from a 40 mile radius of Winnebago. Additional staff members have been hired to educate the growing student body.

Alan Dicks will be teaching classical literature in grades 4 – 7, and working to develop curricula for the planned addition of Grades 8 – 12. A native of southwest Iowa, Mr. Dicks attended Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, and he received a Biblical Studies degree in 1979. After serving 3 years in the Military Police at Fort Riley, he returned to Calvary Bible College, and he received an additional degree in Secondary Education. Mr. Dicks has been a teacher, coach, school administrator, pastor and a bus driver over the last 30 years. He and his wife, Tamara Kay, have six children ranging in age from 10 to 35.

Victoria Ellis is no stranger to GCA, having served as a substitute teacher in several classrooms last year. This year she will be teaching 1st grade (half days), teaching 4th and 5th grade science, and supervising study hall. Ms. Ellis graduated from North Central University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Ali Wilkinson has been working part-time at Genesis this past year, lending her graphic design talents to the school’s marketing efforts. This year she will add “art teacher” to her list of credits. Ms. Wilkinson is a 2014 graduate of MSU-Mankato, where she pursued degrees in Graphic Design and Child Development/Family Studies, and played college basketball. This summer she led the art and basketball camps for Genesis students.

Additions to the curriculum include incorporation of an interactive learning platform (Picta Dicta) to help students master Latin vocabulary through auditory cues and visual illustrations. The Lego Robotics team began its second year with work sessions on August 20th and 23rd. The theme of this year’s challenge is “Into Orbit”.

Other improvements include the relocation of the science classroom and expanding the media center. Nearly 50 adults and students came to school on August 14th to help move, clean, and organize in preparation for the new school year.

Back-to-School Orientation Night will be held on Tuesday evening, September 4th . Students and families are invited to drop school supplies off in their classrooms and meet their teachers beginning at 5 pm.

There will be a picnic supper from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, followed by an orientation meeting for all families from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Enrollment for the 2018 – 2019 school year is still open! To learn how a GCA education can best prepare your children for the future, visit the website at, or call 507-893-3600 to schedule a tour of the school.