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Welcome, John Binnert

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School’s (CCPS) Governing Council have concluded their search for a new Executive Director. The Governing Council is proud to announce that CCPS founding faculty member, John Binnert, will begin his role as the new Executive Director in July 2019.


Cottonwood Classical is overseen by a Governing Council made up of voluntary members of the community. The Governing Council conducted the search for a new Executive Director on a local, national, and international level. Binnert’s background in education, experience with the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, and commitment to pursue a strong school culture in accordance to Cottonwood Classical’s values and charter made him an ideal candidate. 


“We are thrilled to have John Binnert as our new Executive Director at Cottonwood Classical. John’s background exemplifies dedication to students, commitment to the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, and passion for our community. We have the utmost respect for John and look forward to standing alongside him as he leads Cottonwood Classical and provides students with a private school education at a public school cost,” stated Jill Van Nortwick, President of the Governing Council.


Binnert received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico and his Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Binnert is a lifelong educator with educational impact in Venezuela, California, and Pennsylvania. 


“I am honored and excited to return to Cottonwood Classical as the new Executive Director. I look forward to implementing best practices that will promote IB, foster a culture of knowledgeable and compassionate students, and create lifelong learners. I am eager to serve the students, teachers, and parents of Cottonwood Classical and the Albuquerque community,” stated John Binnert, Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School.


Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School was founded in 2007 and opened its doors in August 2008. It is a tuition-free state charter school serving over 700 students in grades 6-12. Cottonwood Classical follows the Paideia principles and pedagogy and offers pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Their guiding principle is for students to become life-long learners who actively engage in the curriculum through project based learning and Socratic seminars. Cottonwood’s focus is to develop skillful, knowledgeable, compassionate, balanced, and internationally-minded lifelong learners who are inspired to improve themselves and shape a more peaceful world.