Making The Leap Podcast: The Legacy of Stanley M. Herzog


This week on a new episode of Making the Leap Podcast, co-hosts Chris and Christine Stigall discuss the increasing role of unions in education, and the emerging trend of independent-minded teachers leaving their unions. Christine shares her views, as a former public school teacher, of the increased pressure put on teachers by unions and administrators, and what the correct role of a teacher ought to be, especially outside their role as educator.

The Stigalls are joined by Jake Herzog, son of the late Herzog Foundation founder, Stanley M. Herzog or “Stan” as he liked to be known. Stan was a Christian businessman, philanthropist, father, and grandfather. He believed Christian education was critical to spiritual and cultural flourishing. Jake was raised exclusively in Christian education and shares his experiences as well as a history of his father’s company.

Jake shares his views of Christian education, both as a child and now as an adult, the importance of Christian education in today’s world, and the legacy his father left to promote that goal.

Jake Herzog is the Vice President of Engineering and R&D at Herzog Contracting, Inc., founded by his grandfather and eventually run by his father, Stan Herzog. You can find more about the company at

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About the Podcast

Making The Leap is a weekly podcast hosted by Christine and Chris Stigall. The Stigalls recently made the leap to Christian education, pulling their daughter out of a public school and sending her to a private Christian school. The Stigalls want to empower other families to choose the school that’s best for them and break free from the status quo. They speak with society experts, educators, legislators, psychologists, and other parents to uncover the hidden truths in education and lay the groundwork for change. 

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