Jim is a servant of Jesus Christ, devoted husband to Elli Atchison for 25 years, and father to three amazing children that they homeschool together. Jim is a passionate conservationist of wild life and wild places, private investor, philanthropist and businessman. Jim had a 30-year career at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment where he started as a teenage parking lot attendant before retiring as CEO and President in 2015. He has served on numerous corporate, charitable, conservation and faith-based boards, traveled to dozens of cities across six continents and given hundreds of interviews to various national and international media outlets. Jim holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Florida where he also played soccer and an M.B.A from the University of Central Florida.
I believe Circle Christian School currently performs a great service to the homeschooling community in Central Florida. This enterprise has a unique foundation from which to evolve to the educational needs of a changing society.
Jim is the president and chairman of Z88.3 in Orlando which is broadcast on four full power FM facilities, five translators throughout Central Florida and encompass the facilities that are Hot 95.9, G106.3 and 103.7–The Rock in Orlando. In addition, he serves the community as chairman of Pathways to Care, a homeless respite, serves on the board of advisers for Nathaniel’s Hope, Inc., (a special needs children ministry), Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) Orlando Campus Advisory Board and teaches children’s Sunday School at Northland, a Church Distributed, Longwood campus. Jim and his wife Eunice have two grown children, both Circle graduates, and their oldest daughter is married to a Circle grad.
I am absolutely passionate about teaching our children the Faith, followed by a Christian worldview. My purpose on the Circle board is to create long term viability and to protect the mission and vision of the school.
I am passionate to let others know about the impact Circle Christian School has had on our family. I have found that the primary driver of Circle’s success is how this alternative approach to education lends itself to strengthening families and building legacies for God’s glory. The in classroom experience and home instruction time allows for each child to pursue their passions. I am enthusiastic about, and appreciative of, the fact that our children have an opportunity to pursue a great education, cultivate deep friendship, and go hard after Christ, as a result of being a part of Circle Christian School.
John is the CEO of CFS Financial, a consulting firm which engages primarily with nonprofit organizations to resolve debt disputes, negotiate debt terms, and resolve other financial management matters. Prior to CFS John spent 28 years in commercial banking. He is a student of theology and fills several servant leadership capacities at his church. His experience includes an adjunct teaching role at The University of Central Florida as well as board service with various nonprofit entities. John has been married to Connie for 35 years. They have one daughter, a 2016 Circle grad.
I value the work of Circle in so many respects. The focus on excellence, the reinforcement and further development of Christian worldview, and the building of Christ-like character are the big-picture concepts that stand out as differentiators at CCS. I would be pleased to utilize my banking and financial management experience to advance the Kingdom of God by serving Circle Christian School in any meaningful capacity.
Jim is the Founder and Administrator of Circle Christian School. Jim has a passion for his family and loves challenging parents and students to understand that education goes beyond mere academic accomplishment. He believes the learner must be equipped with skills for building relationships, developing character, and fully engaging with all life experiences. He believes that Jesus Christ is the foundation of all sound knowledge and learning (John 17:3). Jim is a graduate of Miami Christian College. He has been married to Linda for over forty-five years. They have five married children and 16 grandchildren.
I believe Circle is a living testimony of what God can accomplish through a community of families that come together with common goals and commitment. I believe Circle is a model of education that could benefit families and transform education across the country and even the world.
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