English, Director of The Prefect Board
Hayden Butler’s life is marked by a love for education and a desire to see students learn and thrive. Mr. Butler attended Biola University, where he studied English Literature and the Bible. He also attended Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute where he studied the great books in the Socratic mode of learning. He learned curriculum-craft and pedagogy from his English advisors and Torrey professors, all of whom are master teachers. During this time, Hayden also connected with Wheatstone Ministries, which works to instill a love of learning and living in high school students and teachers. Mr. Butler graduated Summa cum Laude from Biola and earned Highest Honors from the Torrey Honors Institute.
After college, Hayden took a post teaching AP Literature at his alma mater, CVCS. During his time there, Hayden served on strategic planning and curriculum boards, held four class advisorships, and spoke in all-school chapels. In the English and Biblical Studies Departments, he developed curriculum centered on Socratic pedagogy and explored its practical applications for conventional classroom environments. This study uncovered the benefits of interdisciplinary academics and, more broadly, a schooling integrated with the cultivation of virtue, toward the goal of living a good life. Mr. Butler’s endeavors met with success both in and out of the classroom. He built a strong record for AP test scores, received awards for curriculum and instruction, and helped students find their place and footing in both industry and academy.
At CVCS, Mr. Butler founded several programs designed to integrate subject areas into collaborative interdepartmental relationships, and to bridge interpersonal gaps between students and faculty in order to create a cooperative environment for learning. In 2012, he became the Chair of the English Department, and focused his attentions on empowering fellow teachers to model excellent learning themselves, while creating transformative classroom experiences. Despite the demands of his teaching schedule, Mr. Butler still found great joy in hosting discussions outside of class, praying with students, and visiting with alumni.
Mr. Butler holds an Master’s Degree in English Literature from the School of Humanities at UC Irvine, where he focused especially on the relationship between theological upheaval and dramatic production during the English Renaissance. He also holds an Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the Divinity School at Regent University. This interdisciplinary conversation of the humanities with theological studies have profoundly shaped Hayden’s formation and practice as an ordained minister in the Anglican tradition. His pedagogical and pastoral capacities have been united in a vocation of shepherding young people in the pursuit of goodness, truth, and beauty through both church and school, to care for the whole soul of his students.
In 2015, Mr. Butler joined the team at Pacifica as the Chair of the English Department. He works at crafting a curriculum that enriches students’ abilities to read texts carefully and liberally while broadening their abilities to think creatively and critically. Students study texts to sharpen their God-given faculties, but also look beyond the classroom to see how Literature puts us in conversation with the mystery at the heart of the persons made in His image. Ultimately, students at Pacifica will have the opportunity to become proficient practitioners of the English language while cultivating a knowledge, imagination, and love for God, for themselves, for each other, and for the world in which they live.
Hayden and his wife Christy are parents to their daughter Lila, active members of St. Matthew’s Church, avid bakers, and podcast enthusiasts. They are delighted to share life with the Pacifica community.
MTS – Regent School of Divinity
M.A. English Literature – University of California, Irvine
Diploma – Torrey Honors Institute
B.A. English Literature & Bible Minor – Biola University
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