“When enjoying the fruit, think of the tree; when drinking from the stream, remember the source.”
We hope both our teachers and students will have hearts of thanksgiving and gratefulness. Our teachers will regard education as a mission. They will work alongside of the children, facilitating their growth with love and joy. We hope to see that our students, wherever they are, whatever they do, will remember to love others as themselves, and love all places as their home.
Welcome from Dr. Scott Finnamore
CDES exists to prepare students for life; a life in which they positively influence the world around them. Because of this, we believe that who students are is the foundation for what students can do. This is seen in the purpose statement of CDES, which states that we “educate students to be citizens of excellence with powerful qualities based on integrity and love.” Students who have a foundation of integrity and love are well-balanced, carefully nurtured, and aware of the needs of the world around them. You will therefore find that at CDES we are serious about the moral character, because it is only with this foundation of moral character that students will be adequately prepared to excel. With this foundation, they can be citizens of excellence, people who successfully achieve their potential. And then they are prepared to live a life of influence, making a positive difference in the world around them.
Dr. Scott Finnamore