The Daniel Academy is a private Christian school in Kansas City, Missouri, established in 2007 and serving students in preschool through 12th grade. We meet in classrooms with instructors 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday) and then students work at home with parents on Fridays. Our vision is to raise up students who want to go into the world and bring the Lord’s heart and ways to all arenas, just as Daniel in the Bible did. We train our students in both spiritual and academic excellence and prepare to launch them to impact the world, using their gifts to serve others wherever they go.
The Daniel Academy partners with families in the education process, allowing parents to directly participate at the school with their children. We currently serve 130 families with over 230 students.
Our School Emphases:
Joining the Global Prayer Movement – We believe our students are called to a deep walk with the Lord, focusing on prayer and hearing Him. As the Lord establishes a prayer movement around the world, we want to fully partner with expressions of prayer in Kansas City. Our families and staff commit to 2 hours per week in corporate prayer in places like the International House of Prayer (IHOP-KC), Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Navah Church KC, Create Church KC, Radiant Church KC, Team Xtreme, and prayer events at your home church. Our students also pray at school, starting our days with morning assemblies with our students leading in corporate worship, prayer and adoration. We break mid-day for intercession prayer on current events or issues in the world and then end our days with prayers of thanksgiving. We have seen over the years how much these times have impacted the students’ hearts.
Christian Reformers – We have been privileged to interact with a number of great men and women of God and allow our students to glean from their teaching and experiences. People such as Rick Santorum, Loren Cunningham, Peter Xu, George Verwer, Steve Douglas and Father Anton from India have visited our school to speak to and pray over our students. We have also had local city leaders including senators, doctors, businessmen, pastors and other professionals speak to our students about how to bring impact wherever the Lord sends them. We know this generation of youth is called to great things and we focus on helping them discover their gifts, talents and callings. We pray and counsel one-on-one with all our seniors, helping them map out their next steps.
Leadership in the “7 Mountains” preparation – We know today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders in the mountains of influence. We encourage our students to try new things in order to learn how to lead and discover their giftings. In addition to our classes, we also offer drama, sports, clubs, and other activities. Our school is like a greenhouse, where students feel safe and loved and are able to grow in leadership and wisdom in the areas they are called to. We have opportunities for our students to lead in worship, student government, drama productions, sports, art and science. We have had the opportunity to offer classes that will give our students a taste of future areas of study including entrepreneurialism, music production, film production, web design, novel writing, international relations and foreign policies and more.
Family Partnership Private School Model –
We have a unique model of partnership with our parents at TDA. We know that parents have the first responsibility before the Lord in training their children. We want to support our parents in this role both academically and also spiritually and emotionally.
We have a 4-day classroom schooling model with the 5th day at home with the parents. Students learn and practice new concepts in the classroom Mondays – Thursdays, and then work on homework and other projects at home on Fridays. This gives parents a chance to be a part of what their child is learning without carrying the full weight of instruction. This also gives more time for our families to do extra-curricular activities that are very important in the growth of students.
Our parents also serve on-site at school each week in our classrooms. This gives our parents the ability to be a part of our daily school routine and the opportunity to meet their children’s friends and other parents. It provides a special opportunity for building community together. (We also have options for parents who both work full-time.)
Principal / Dean of Biblical Leadership
Emily Lee has as a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chinese Studies, with a Minor in Psychology and Sociology, from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She and her husband helped start a church when they were in college. After seminary, they planted another church in Southern California, called The Exodus in 2001; they were ordained in 2006, and have SO enjoyed the journey with their ‘marvelous comrades’, loving Jesus FIRST together!!!! She’s also worked with/taught groups of high school students in the past as their advisor in the church. God led them to Kansas City in 2009. They have six children, with five of them enrolled at TDA! “We love TDA and love the fruit that we see in our 5 kids. My husband (Jonathan) and I are on the Board of TDA, I’ve been teaching high school Bible and Senior Foundations the last few years and absolutely LOVE it! I am so honored to partner with Jesus and see His dreams carried out here.”
TDA 2.0 CEO
Jonathan is married to Emily, the Principal of TDA. Since moving to Kansas City 10 years ago, he has been involved with the school, first as a parent helper, then as an active board member, Chaplain, and Dean of Biblical Leadership. Most recently, he has been given leadership over TDA 2.0 and the development of the HOPE District. Jonathan has a tremendous love for the business and ministry, and loves when the two intersect. Because of this, he has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jonathan has been involved with church plants and business startups, and longs to see that same entrepreneurial spirit manifests itself in the HOPE District!
Dean of Junior High
Jeri Logan is happily married to Jared Logan and they have 5 children. They moved here from Wisconsin in 2009. All of their children have attended or attend TDA since. Their two oldest have graduated from TDA. Jeri graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Her first job after graduating was as a Corporate Guardian which shortly thereafter led to a job as a Juvenile Crisis Counselor. In this position, Jeri worked with children and families in crisis, big or small, lead abuse and neglect investigations, was contracted by the county to perform suicide assessments, and fulfilled a grant-funded role that worked in conjunction with a local domestic abuse shelter and the police department to make contact with and provide assistance to families affected by domestic abuse. Jeri comes to us with both a heart for our students and a passion for the Lord and desires to see the Lord bring healing and wholeness and some fun to our families at TDA.
Elementary Dean & Chaplain
Lelonnie has been with TDA since its beginning and came to Kansas City with her family in 2004 to join the IHOPKC missions base. She met her husband Mike in the UK, where they had three children and connected with people all over the world who had a heart for children and prayer. Mike and Lelonnie owned a print business, worked as children’s pastors from 1982 and were ordained in 2007. She was born in Canada where she acquired a B.A. in Psychology and further Canadian teaching certificate, then taught Kindergarten for four years in the Canadian public school system. She taught Kindergarten at TDA for 10 years, served as Elementary Chaplain, ministering the heart of God in every classroom K-5 and overseeing our daily Elementary Assembly. Lelonnie loves writing books for both children and adults about Jesus, wrote our Elementary Bible curriculum. Both she and Mike long to see praying children at the center of the earth’s prayer movements. They now have three amazing grandchildren.
Lauren Fraser grew up in the mountains in the scientific community of Los Alamos, New Mexico. She followed her father’s footsteps into mechanical engineering, graduating from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation she worked at Westinghouse in Silicon Valley in CA on the Trident II submarine missile launch tubes. During a church plant there, she met her husband and they began a life of ministry, business and raising a family. Lauren has always been passionate about education and helping children love learning and love life. She home-schooled their 4 children, helping start a thriving co-op in Johnson County. In 2007 she helped found The Daniel Academy where the Lord supernaturally gave His vision for training up today’s leaders in all aspects of life. She relaxes by hanging out with her children and grandchildren, hiking and biking, and praying!