Success at the 2018 UMSI Summit

Dear University-Model® Stakeholders,

From my perspective, the 2018 UMSI Summit was an amazing success, and I am extremely grateful to all who attended or participated in both small and big ways!

Positive comments are coming in almost daily regarding the quality of the teacher training, both classical and traditional, and I am especially grateful to Dr. Deborah Henry and Anna Miller for their support and vision to build exemplary professional development for teachers into this year’s Summit!

Many people have commented that Dr. John Turner’s opening keynote address, in which he passionately recast the vision of the University-Model® ministry and movement, was his best speech ever! In my opinion, most people view John’s speeches as extraordinary. Those who do can imagine the heightened quality of this latest discourse on being faithful to God’s purpose for the University-Model®!

Several schools will use the recorded version of John’s speech during fall professional development sessions for all stakeholders, as preparations are already underway for the new school year 2018-2019. Several school leaders have contacted John to deliver his speech in person! If you are interested in having John speak at your school this fall or in the future, complete and submit the Service Request Form according to the instructions on the form.

Once the final editing of the recorded sessions is complete, all school administrators and Summit attendees will receive a link to these sessions for use during fall and spring PD. Sessions will have great value for parent information meetings, board retreats, parent workshops, and other important training events. Dr. Turner’s speech will be ideal for board retreats.

From one educator to another, it will be worth your time and effort to view these sessions and speeches. Consider it an investment in your school’s success.

One of the greatest values of NAUMS/UMSI membership is having access to the quality and variety of the professional development provided by the National Summit!

Our prayers are with you as you prepare for another successful school year. For special needs or requests, do not hesitate to contact Shirley Smith, Coordinator of Member Services, at She can also be reached by calling the NAUMS/UMSI office. She will take your specific prayer requests and connect you with the appropriate staff member(s) based on your individual needs.

As you pray and prepare, please keep one of my favorite scriptures uppermost in your mind:

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

In God’s amazing grace and love,
Barbara Freeman
Chief Executive Officer
UMSI | University-Model® Schools International 

Barbara Freeman
Barbara Freeman
Chief Executive Officer | NAUMS, Inc.
Barbara Nicholson Freeman brought thirty-six years of educational training and experience to UMSI in 2002 when she became its first Executive Director. Having served in both public and private schools, she believes the University-Model® is an excellent alternative in education. In her opinion, it is the best of the three options (public, private, University-Model®), especially for parents who desire time with their children combined with a quality educational program. Mrs. Freeman’s educational credentials include a B.S. in Elementary Education from Delta State University, a Master of Education, and a Master of School Administration, both from the University of Texas-Pan American. She holds Texas lifetime certification in teaching, instructional supervision, and school administration. Her K-12 experience includes thirty-three years in public education and seventeen years in Christian education. Prior roles include teaching, public relations director, federal programs supervisor, central office administrator, elementary and high school principal, and superintendent. Mrs. Freeman has two adult children and six grandchildren, three of whom attended Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington. She is married to Chuck Freeman, a Fort Worth architect.

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