The Field School Incoming Class
The Field School – Oak Park, Illinois
- Emerging Leader: Jeremy Mann
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $15,000
- Dates of Grant Term: August 2018 – August 2020
Jeremy Mann is founder and Head of School at The Field School, Oak Park, Ill. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Programming and Development for the Center for Pastor Theologians, an organization based in Oak Park resourcing pastors writing academic theology. Mann is a doctoral student in Christian theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Ill.; he also serves on the advisory board of the Illinois School Project, a ministry promoting evangelism in Illinois public high schools. Mann has a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill., a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in urban education from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and great books from Biola University, La Mirada, Calif. He has studied and participated in funded academic conference workshops in England, Germany, Poland, Israel, Wales, Quebec, Utah, New York, Michigan, and Indiana.
The Field School is a classical, multiracial, Christian elementary school in Oak Park, Ill., just outside of Chicago. The school serves a diverse student population both racially and socioeconomically – 40% African-American, 28% white, 16% multiracial, 8% Asian-American, and 8% Latino(a). Over half of the families at the Field School are low income and a quarter of families are high income. The first academic year started in August 2017 with 45 students from pre-kindergarten to first grade. This fall, the Field School will nearly double in size to roughly 80 with the grant supporting the incoming pre-kindergarten class. This class will have the same disparities of readiness, income, and parent educational background as the other classes, but also the same incredible potential and God-reflecting glory.