Our Administrative Team
Jolie is a veteran classical educator, the author of several award-winning logic texts, and a mentor and trainer of classical teachers. As Director, she oversees the leadership teams and future development of Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School.
Joanne has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. As principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education.
Educational Services Coordinator & Tutoring Center/CSLD Manager
Systems Integrator & Tech Support
Sales & Customer Support
Scholé Academy instructors are independent contractors who instruct, mentor, and shepherd students in online courses offered by the school. We are thrilled to have found so many fine educators to host our classical Christian courses. Many of them are master teachers who bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for their courses. You can read more about them below.
Joanne Schinstock, Principal has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. As principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education. Joanne joined the faculty of Scholé Academy in 2016 and enjoys teaching the Writing & Rhetoric series. After studying a year abroad focusing on Italian language and culture in Florence, Italy, she began her teaching career as a middle school classroom instructor in Language Arts. The Dallas Catholic Diocese recognized Joanne as a Work of Heart Award recipient, honoring outstanding teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can read more about Mrs. Schinstock’s philosophy of education here.
She and her husband, Brad, find joy in forging their family culture in their Catholic faith and in the classical Christian tradition, participating in their church community, their children’s school community, The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, and delighting in weekend family outings.
Dr. Fransell Riley, Chair of Math Department spent most of her career working as a quantitative analyst. She earned her PhD in mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington with every intention of remaining in corporate America. Though she enjoyed her work, she ultimately responded to an internal call to pursue a passion for educating students, including her own children. Fransell has taught math and science to students of all ages from elementary school to college. While teaching, she noticed that her natural teaching style aligned almost perfectly with the concepts of classical education. She takes a holistic approach to teaching and involves her students in discussions aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the concept being taught with the desire that student learning extend beyond memorizing algorithms. Fransell has a passion for mathematics and seeks to share that passion with the next generation. Beyond math, Fransell enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. They are all athletes and nature lovers; they enjoy participating in sports, hiking, exploring nature, and traveling. When they aren’t enjoying God’s creation, you can find them indoors reading or watching reruns from the Star Trek series. [email protected]
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last 14 years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited 2 volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, 5 children, and 2 cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. [email protected]
Rhea Bright, Chair of The Canterbury House of Studies, holds a B.A. from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an M.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University, also in Halifax. Her Classical studies involved Latin and Greek, as well as classical and medieval literature, philosophy and theology. King’s Foundation Year Program, an early integrated great books curriculum, and the Dalhousie Classics department formed and nurtured what became a life-long love of the classics and a deep appreciation of the contribution of the ancient world to whatsoever is good and true and beautiful. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. Rhea taught Ancient and Medieval Humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma for nine years, and over the course of ten years at Providence Hall and The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, she taught Latin, Logic, Bible, and integrated ancient literature and history. Rhea is married to Father Patrick Bright, an ordained Anglican priest who served for over 24 years at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and recently retired from full-time ministry. Together they raised five sons, now grown. They now live in a 170-year-old house in rural Nova Scotia. [email protected]
Alison Haley earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Reading in 2011 and is completing a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics in the summer of 2020. She is well equipped as a student of the classical tradition and emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts foundation in a STEM culture. Growing up in a rural area, she has a heart for making dynamic, classical education accessible to those who desire its fruit regardless of geographic or socioeconomic hurdles. Alison has homeschooled her four children and worked extensively in serving the homeschooling community. Beyond school and work, her family enjoys running, athletics, music, and a competitive game of Euchre.
She believes cultivating educational virtue is a foundation for student success. As a math instructor, her desire is to promote wonder that leads to worship while students connect abstract concepts with tangible representations. Restful diligence is necessary for students to reap the fruit of the art of number, and seeing God’s nature through mathematics gives students a more complete understanding of our Creator. She believes that all students can be successful and offers classroom environments of engagement, participation, and growth. Alison is serving Scholé Academy in the math department and as a private tutor in many disciplines. Reach out to her at [email protected].
Alison Grace Johansen has always loved the written word. She has been writing poems, stories and songs in her journals for as long as she can remember! She hopes to inspire her students to discover the many ways they can use their own words to express themselves with truth, goodness and beauty. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Richmond in Virginia. She worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for over 12 years before pursuing writing and editing in all forms of media: legal and academic publishers, startups and larger companies, magazines, websites, and social media platforms.
Alison lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Her dedication to her faith and children influences every part of her life, from teaching Sunday school and writing a children’s picture book, to exploring the beauty of God’s world with her family. If they aren’t enjoying a walk outside or reading books together, you might find them playing their favorite instruments: the piano, flute, guitar, ukulele and drums! Alison’s love for both writing and music is one of the many reasons she is excited to share the Well-Ordered Language curriculum – and songs! – with her students. [email protected]
Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. After finishing her degree, she spent a year living abroad in Rome, Italy, designing and facilitating short-term study-abroad programs for students studying Latin through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Currently, she lives all over the world, splitting her time between the United States, Italy, Brazil, and anywhere else she thinks would be interesting to get to know. It is one of the great joys of her life to pass along her enthusiasm for Latin to her elementary, middle, and high school students. Having learned Latin online herself, Amanda is passionate about distance learning and enjoys integrating traditional grammar and translation methods with spoken Latin to produce the best educational experience for her students. She has taught and tutored Latin online for the last nine years and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the world, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. [email protected]
Amy Morgan earned her BA in liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and continued her education with an MA in TESOL/applied linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington. For over 18 years, Amy has taught English to speakers of other languages in the university, community, and private tutoring contexts. Additionally, Amy educated her own two children at home in grades PreK–8. When Amy’s not teaching, you might find her serving families who care for children in vulnerable circumstances, hosting international guests, reading aloud with her family or smiling at the antics of her backyard chickens. [email protected]
Annice Hoffman holds a BA in Anthropology from Penn State University. As a young adult, curiosity and a desire to find her neighbor in the wider world led her to spend one summer abroad in Mexico City and another with missionary friends of the family in Paraguay. Following university, she spent a year teaching English at a Christian school in the Dominican Republic, where her Spanish blossomed. After further adventures as an au pair in England and English teacher in Prague, Annice made her way back to Pennsylvania, where she met her future husband. When their first child came, she transitioned from teacher to stay-at-home-mom and, eventually, to homeschool mom. A chance event introduced Annice to the work of Classical Academic Press–and the meaning of Home Education began to clarify; as Classical educators, we were not essentially fleeing from mainstream culture (her move to home schooling had first come as an instinct to protect), but rather racing toward Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.
Annice lives in Erie, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Her hobbies are reading, walking, learning other languages, and watching her kids grow. [email protected]
Anthea Shirk earned a BA in English Education from Cedarville University in 1996. Her love of teaching was ignited in Taiwan as she rubbed shoulders with missionary kids at Morrison Academy and learned to delight in the complexities of an international classroom. In her first full professional teaching role, Anthea taught English, speech and drama, and fitness to middle and upper school students in Alaska and Indiana. As a young mother, she discovered homeschooling and classical Christian education. She dug deep into the theories and practice of homeschool education, becoming a resource for others in their homeschool journey. Anthea continues to passionately pursue homeschooling, supporting homeschool parents, and encouraging children to see the beauty of language. She uses conversation and humor to cultivate a love of writing in her students.
Anthea lives on the Hawaiian island of Oahu with her husband and three children. Her favorite books usually contain dragons and everyday heroes, but she wishes she could read them in Latin. You might find her reading on the beach when she isn’t reading aloud to her children or serving at Honolulu Speech and Debate Club. [email protected]
Ash White holds a BA in English and Theatre from Mary Baldwin University and has taught literature, writing, and logic at middle and secondary levels for over fifteen years. Ms. White is passionate about classical education and homeschooling, both of which are flourishing in the Shenandoah Valley where she and her husband Jon live and perform in the local music and theatre scene. If you visit their home, you’ll find it difficult to determine which collection is largest: their books or records! [email protected]
Caridad Legere was born and raised in Guatemala City. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Caridad worked in different industries in her native country. In 2005 she married and moved to Arizona, and in 2014 joined West Valley Christian School staff as their Spanish Teacher. Her passion for Classical education began when she and her husband started homeschooling their daughter, looking for a higher education that would aloud their daughter to search for the truth, goodness, and beauty, through a Christian Worldview. During the past ten years, they have used several of the CAP materials and her daughter is now a student of Latin at Scholé Academy. Caridad genuinely enjoys sharing her culture with her students and introducing them to the Spanish language, which is so rich and vital since we live in a time where there are so many opportunities to use it every day.
Caridad, her husband, and daughter live in Glendale, Arizona. They share their home with a dog, five cats, and more than fifteen fish. There is never a boring moment at their house. When she is not teaching her daughter, or teaching Spanish, she can be found driving her daughter to choir, theater, AHG, or hiking on one of the many trails Arizona has to explore all year round. Also, they enjoy camping, visiting interesting places in Arizona, traveling to Guatemala to visit family, and reading books aloud. [email protected]
Casey McCall holds a BA from Samford University and an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently completing a Ph.D. in Church History. He pastors a Baptist church near Louisville, Kentucky (ashlandoc.org) and has five years’ experience teaching Latin, Logic, and Humanities in classical schools. Casey desires to cultivate historical awareness among students and deeply believes that historical thinking is necessary for living wisely in the modern world. He enjoys connecting all learning to Christ and teaching students to treasure truth, goodness, and beauty. When not pastoring or teaching, Casey enjoys spending time with his wife, Niki, and five children, coaching his sons in baseball, reading, and blogging at caseymccall.com. [email protected]
Catie Kopf, born and raised in Northern Virginia, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Early Christian Literature summa cum laude from Ave Maria University in southwest Florida in 2017 after being homeschooled for grades K-12. After college, she spent a year on fellowship in the University of Arizona’s Classics MA program, where she studied Greek and Latin languages and literature and earned the graduate Latin teaching award for her instruction of Latin 101 and 102. Catie then moved across the world to Jerusalem, Israel, in order to study Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew in full-immersion classes at the Polis Institute, where, in her second year, she also taught Ancient Greek. In Jerusalem, she met her husband, Michael, a native of Upper Austria and a fellow classicist and teacher, and they married in Jerusalem (with their families watching via a Zoom video call) on the eve of Palm Sunday under the first COVID-19 lockdown. They have settled in Michael’s home village in the Austrian countryside where they spend their days discussing classical education, looking at the Alps outside their windows, and delighting in the miracle of their growing family. Catie has always had a passion for teaching and working with children and is thrilled to be offering Latin for Children B and C with Scholé Academy. [email protected]
Chris Clancy earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University and the University of Chicago, she decided to leave academia and stay home with her firstborn son. She and her husband homeschool their four children. After reading Dorothy Sayers’ “The Lost Tools of Learning”, she was inspired to teach her children in the classical style of learning.
Chris has taught high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to both her own children and other homeschoolers at a Catholic homeschool co-op which she and her husband helped found. She is equally enthusiastic about history and literature and is always willing to play a board game, cribbage, or backgammon. [email protected]
Chris Hall has a BA in philosophy from Gettysburg College and an MAT in elementary education from Towson University. He has been a classroom educator and administrator for 25 years, having served in public, independent, and classical schools. In that time, he has served as a classroom teacher in grades K-12, primarily as a science educator, PK-8 Science Department Chair, and a Lower School Academic Dean. Along with his professional pedigree, he is a lifelong practitioner of several of the common arts profiled in his book Common Arts Education: Renewing the Classical Tradition of Training the Head, Hands, and Heart, and the founder of Always Learning Education, an organization dedicated to teaching, learning, and propagating the common arts. He lives on a small, homesteaded farm in central Virginia with his wife and three homeschooled sons. [email protected]tion.net
Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. [email protected]
Danae McGregor Edsall holds a BA in classical liberal arts with an emphasis in literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Danae’s own background in public, home, and private school traditions has provided her with a unique perspective on the intricacies of each system. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, classical, and subject-specific tutoring. Her teaching experience spans nearly all levels of education from primary to secondary school. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the humanities, including English, composition, logic, literature, history, poetry, and Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for 5 years and served one year as the foreign language department chair at a private school in northern Virginia, where she oversaw the administration of the Spanish, French, and Latin programs for the school. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn. In fact, it was the learning, studying and ultimately, teaching of Latin that solidified Danae’s desire to educate: docendo, discitur (by teaching, one learns).
Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enjoys an active and often adventurous lifestyle. She spends much of her time weight training at a local gym, biking around the New River Valley on both road and trail, hiking on the weekend with friends, cooking and baking, reading yet another book, or traveling to see family. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multifaceted background with greater purpose than she can see, and she is excited to partner with her brothers and sisters in growing Christ’s kingdom through education. [email protected]
J. Daniel Faubus holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Luther College. There he became enamored with the language, literature, culture, and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. He particularly enjoys reading epic and lyric poetry as well as studying the history of Bronze Age Greece and Italy. Faubus has taught Latin and Greek at Classical Christian schools for over fifteen years and loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm about the ancient world with his students.
Apart from his pursuits in classics, he enjoys practicing various stringed instruments and spending time with his wife and three children at their home in Fort Worth, TX. [email protected]
Elena Henreckson earned her BA in English and Theater from Hillsdale College in Michigan. There she thrived in embracing her schedule of reading, writing, rehearsing, and photography. After college, she spent several years teaching high school English Literature at a public charter school outside of Boston. She has since moved to the midwest with her husband and is excited about pursuing classical Christian education. She was educated in the classical model at a small Christian school where she now serves as a board member. Passionate about the power of stories and our ability to communicate effectively, she is thrilled to guide students through the process of becoming strong and effective writers and thinkers.
Elena has a passion for all things creative. She was an avid creative writer in high school and college and has been investing time in recent hobbies such as hand lettering, acrylic painting, and ukulele playing. She adores used book stores and enjoys expanding her personal library and slowly chipping away at her lengthy “to read” list. Teaching is very much a part of her identity, so she is greatly looking forward to tutoring at Schole Academy. [email protected]
Emily Brigham holds a BA in Primary Education from the University of North Florida. She was homeschooled through high school in the classical tradition, and previously taught the elementary grades in a Waldorf-inspired public charter school. Her classical upbringing instilled in her what Plato called an “affinity for the good” in academics, art, and virtue, while her Waldorf training inspired an appreciation of the unique nature of the child. She now seeks to cultivate those whole-child pedagogical approaches in the classical, liturgical tradition, to awaken in her own students that “”affinity for the good.””
Emily lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Her avocations include bringing classical, sacred, and old-time music to churches, front porches, and street corners, and coaxing as many flowers as possible into her garden. These, and a trip to the mountains, are where she loves to find the glimpses of God’s goodness in these sacred ordinary days. [email protected]
Francie Longshore has taught Latin, humanities, writing, and logic to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and undergraduate college students for over fifteen years. Most recently, she worked as the lead humanities teacher at an ecumenically-minded classical Christian school. She possesses an M. A. in Medieval Studies (Catholic University of America), an M. A. in Christian Thought with an emphasis in philosophy of religion (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), and a Ph. D. in Philosophy (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium). Francie lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband, two elementary-aged kids, and three cats. The kids are home-schooled and the cats are self-taught. When not reading Virgil or facilitating Socratic seminars, Francie enjoys a good game of Scrabble and the occasional British game show. In the summer, she can often be found turning tomatoes into salsa or blackberries into jam. [email protected]
Gabe Quinodoz graduated from Eastern University in December of 2019 with a B.A. in History. After graduation he worked as an Assistant Teacher at Main Line Classical Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is currently a student in the Masters of Arts in Teaching in Classical Education at Eastern University, and is very excited to put the wonderful knowledge and skills he is learning to use in teaching the students of Scholé Academy. Gabe is also currently teaching a section of Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) for the Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC) online. As a teacher at St. Philip’s Orthodox Church Sunday School, and at their Summer Camp, and having been an R.A. & T.A for the high school students in the Summer Scholars program at Eastern University, Gabe loves and is experienced with teaching students of all ages. He is very thankful to be a part of Scholé Academy. Gabe enjoys going to church, spending time with his friends and siblings, walking, hiking, reading good stories and also trying to write them. [email protected]
Heather McCoy has a BA in liberal studies with an emphasis in art from California State University, Northridge, and a MEd in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in online teaching and learning and biblical literacy from Concordia University. Prior to homeschooling her four children, she taught special education in public schools in California and Missouri. When Heather noticed her local district allowed significant gaps in her daughter’s education, the family made the decision to move to home schooling. Heather was intrigued by the classical Christian education model and found it to be a good fit for her family. Since then, Heather has participated in workshops through the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education to further her appreciation and understanding of the classical Christian model. With 13 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, she has had many opportunities to develop strategies for individual student achievement. She enjoys working with individual students and their families to develop personalized strategies that lead to academic success and increased confidence. Heather lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband and four children. They enjoy supporting Spartan Athletics at Michigan State University and exploring the arts and the beautiful state of Michigan! E-mail: [email protected]
Jimmy Schambach holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University, and a BA in theology and philosophy from Evangel University. Currently, he works as the executive director of a faith-based nonprofit organization called M28 Ministry, which operates out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In his past, Jimmy worked as a youth and young adult pastor at a large church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since his time in college, Jimmy has grown in his love for philosophy, logic, and theology. He has taught in many settings over the years and enjoys his classes at Scholé Academy. Jimmy and his wife, Tristin, live in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where they have a young daughter named Aviana and a dog named Panda. [email protected]
Jonathan Fant loves anything to do with the classical Quadrivium, old rocks, or fish. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from McNally Smith College of Music and is currently finishing up his Masters in Classical and Christian Studies at New Saint Andrews College. Jonathan has taught for seven years at Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii, teaching a wide variety of subjects. His favorites are Earth Science, Algebra II, and Music Theory. Jonathan loves teaching classically and holds very firmly to the ideal of scholé in the classroom. In his Earth Science courses he relishes the chance to re-enchant the natural world for his students, igniting their passion to study the world as a Divinely spoken work of art.
In addition to teaching, he is an active church planter and is currently assisting the Diocese of the Rocky Mountains (ACNA) in planting All Saints Anglican Church in downtown Honolulu. He serves there as the music director. Jonathan is husband to Jessica and father of two boys and one brand new baby girl. All his children are extremely tall and well mannered toddlers/babies.
In his spare time Jonathan enjoys collecting rocks, spear fishing, regular fishing, and eating poke (which is just another way to enjoy fish). He does not surf or dance hula. [email protected]
Rev. Justin Woodside recently finished his MDiv at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and was called to serve as Pastor in Bismarck, ND. He currently lives in Bismarck with his wife, Victoria, and their 5 homeschooled children. Rev. Woodside and his wife have been homeschooling their kids using the classical model for about 14 years.
Before going to study for the ministry, He earned his B.A. in History with a minor in Philosophy from UC Riverside and received an M.A. in Teaching from National University. He was a Social Studies and History teacher for 19 years.
Besides studying and teaching theology, Rev. Woodside enjoys playing strategy board games with his family, composing and performing music, and writing. [email protected]
Dr. Kathryn Morton has a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a DVM from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Pennsylvania to work as a clinical research veterinarian on a large dairy farm. From there she transitioned to a busy, small animal practice doing medicine and surgery. When the call of homeschooling touched her heart, she left private practice to focus on her husband and 6 children. She has been teaching math and science courses to the homeschooled students in her local community for 13 years and she heads a robotics club at her town’s public library. She is a lifetime learner and enjoys teaching students about the beauty of the creation and helping them grasp complex topics. [email protected]
Kara Lobley, a homeschool alumna, began her journey into classical education as a freshman attending and eventually earning a history BA from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Although initially uncertain as to the usefulness of discovering “the good, the true, and the beau-tiful” in everything, she finally realized that classical education’s emphasis on weeding truth out of lies is imperative in living a Christlike life in a fallen world. Kara began her journey working with children as a high schooler working at children’s theater camps and at her church’s Vacation Bible schools, and later continued it by spending five years tutoring high schoolers in writing and a year in being a teaching assistant for preschoolers. She is excited to teach with Scholé Academy this year and looks forward to helping students discover “the good, the true, and the beautiful” in language and writing. [email protected]
Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hillsdale College to study Classical Languages and Literature. While there she was received into the Orthodox Church which led her to continue her studies at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA where she met and married a handsome seminarian from Armenia. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the Waldorf Teacher training program at Antioch University with a thesis entitled “”Making Space for the Sacred: The Creative Arts and the Spiritual Development of Children””. Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
A veteran homeschooling mom of three, she has been teaching in and out of the classroom for over twenty years. Presvytera Kellie and Father Anthony live in Wilmington, MA and serve the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Somerville. When not teaching, Presvytera enjoys making music with her children, gardening, hiking and keeping company with their 11 chickens. [email protected]
Kristie Stoddard holds an M.Ed. in History from American College of Education and a BS in Government from Evangel University. Born into a military family and spending her early childhood and teenage years living in Germany, Kristie has traveled extensively and served on mission projects all across Europe and Africa. Currently, she travels regularly to Northern Italy in partnership with her home church to assist church planting missionaries. Teaching has been one of Kristie’s passions for over 20 years, beginning with a love of learning for personal enrichment, she taught adult basic education in NM, then went on to home-school her six children – three of whom have gone on to higher education – and finally has taught in the formal classroom setting for 12 years. In addition to studying and teaching Latin, History, and the Liberal Arts, Classical Educational is one of Kristie’s central passions, believing that Classical Education, enlivened by a Christian worldview, can help “repair the ruin of our first parents” (Milton). When not teaching, traveling, and spending time with family, Kristie enjoys reading, trail running, and gardening. She looks forward to cultivating a vibrant learning environment in which the subject matter comes to life for students in fresh and meaningful ways that train their minds to think, to perceive wisdom, pursue virtue, and proclaim truth. [email protected]
Lauren Della Piazza Hartke is a third generation teacher, raised by parents who instilled in her a passion for history and literature. She graduated from a Christian high school before attending Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Lauren had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland for a semester before obtaining a B.A. in History. As a teaching assistant at Geneva College she fell in love with teaching the humanities and accordingly went on to obtain an M.A. in Public History from Georgia Southern University where she also worked as a teaching assistant and a coordinator for the Ogeechee International History Film Festival.
Lauren’s abiding interest is in educating people of all ages in all matters of history, but her favorite eras are classical and medieval Europe. Her experience in both Christian and secular higher education made her consider her own pedagogy and preference for the classical model. She firmly believes that an education in the humanities enables us to better love God and love our neighbors.
Besides reading and watching old films, Lauren loves baking, traveling, playing the piano, and hiking. She and her husband Logan live in Jacksonville, Florida where they share a house with their cat, Katya. They love cooking for friends and family members, and can frequently be found at exotic grocery stores shopping for unique ingredients. [email protected]
Madeleine Kirkpatrick holds her Bachelor of Arts in English from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Madeleine was classically educated all the way through high school and is passionate about seeing others fall in love with learning. She has gotten to see, throughout all of her education, the value and power of critical thinking, reading well, and skillful, effective communication.
She and her husband enjoy building their personal library in their renovated 1890 carriage house, as well as cooking, reading and writing. Madeleine’s outside hobbies include trail-running and traveling as often and as far as possible. She is so excited about teaching with Schole Academy this school year! [email protected]
Matthew Ingle earned his BS in Biology from The Master’s University, and his MS in Natural Science and PhD in Biology from Loma Linda University. He completed his PhD while serving on the faculty of Cedarville University in Ohio. After completing his PhD, he moved back to California, serving a short tenure at Biola University before returning to his alma mater. For the last three years, he has been teaching part time at The Master’s University and teaching at a local classical academy.
Matthew has been teaching science and mathematics for over 12 years at the high school and university level. Dr. Ingle has developed an integrative approach to this teaching, incorporating Biblical Truth, classical pedagogy, information from the entire hierarchy of life, and original research into the classroom. [email protected]
Melissa Browne holds an Honors BA in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada as well as an Honors Certificate in TESL. After University, she began teaching Spanish and Social Science courses in Toronto. Later, a calling-back to her native land moved her to South America where she taught ESL for almost 10 years while homeschooling her two young children alongside her husband.
In Peru, Melissa taught at a Waldorf-inspired school and earned a certificate in Waldorf Pedagogy. Upon returning to Canada, she began her journey in Classical education. By God’s grace, in her search for solid Christ-centered pedagogy and curriculum to continue homeschooling her children, she found and pursued the Classical Christian model. Providentially, a new Classical Christian school opened in her neighborhood where she now teaches grades 3/4.
A love for children paired with the responsibility to point students to all that is good, true, and beautiful according to Christ as the center of wisdom and virtue is fundamental to Melissa’s teaching philosophy. In addition to teaching at a Classical Christian school, she serves in Children’s Ministry at her church and occasionally teaches Spanish and Anthropology at the local College. During the long Canadian winter, good books and board games abound and the summers are filled with swimming at the beach and gardening. Cooking, fellowship, and hospitality are year-long joys. [email protected]
Michael DeHaven has taught German to university students and working adults since 2008. His fascination with languages started at a fairly early age when he came across his dad’s German-English dictionary. During his teenage years, he took classes in Spanish and German, dabbled in Biblical Hebrew, and taught himself Russian. Shortly after High School, he spent three and a half years in Germany, stationed in Frankfurt with the Air Force. While there, he and his wife traveled to different places in Europe, enjoying various cultures. Later, he earned a BA in German from Washburn University, then an MA and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas. The focus of his dissertation research was on applying Second Language Acquisition research to the teaching of German grammar. While still in graduate school, he was introduced to the concept of Poetic Knowledge through his friendship with Dr. James Taylor, and, seeing the wisdom in this way, slowly began to turn his attention toward Classical Education. After several years of teaching and administering language programs at public universities, he decided to leave modern education and seek opportunities to teach in an atmosphere that holds a higher view of both education and students.
Michael serves as a Deacon at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka, KS. He has been married to his wife Sandra since 1991 and has two grown daughters and three cats. In his spare time, he enjoys studying languages, trying to improve his woodworking skills, and volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol. [email protected]
Nancy Dayton comes to Scholé Academy with more than 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of public school and homeschool settings. She earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and holds a teaching credential in the state of California. Nancy taught English for ten years in public schools in Northern California. Upon having children, she and her husband decided to educate them at home. Her family embraced the ideals of classical education very early in their journey, and Nancy’s passion has been to promote and support classical education among the homeschool community. She enjoys encouraging parents to strengthen their learning and teaching skills, and she offers Latin, English and history classes for students in her local community. To invest in her own learning, Nancy participates in the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program, honing her own skills and building her understanding of classical education. She strives to live the ideal of scholé-restful learning. In her spare time, Nancy cooks a wide variety of cuisines, especially Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese, and Indian. Her family dotes on their pets that include two dogs and a bunny. She loves living near the ocean on the beautiful Central Coast of California. [email protected]
Nellie Covert earned her BS in Biology from The Master’s University. After completing her bachelor’s, she spent a year substitute teaching high school science. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Biology at Loma Linda University. Related to her passion for conservation, her Ph.D. project is focused on studying anthropogenic effects on the health of freshwater turtles. She loves exploring creation stewardship and sharing what she learns with those in her life and in the classroom.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling and gaining new experiences. She has spent time doing research in Honduras, as well as studying abroad in Israel, Turkey, and Greece. [email protected]
Nicole Leubecker holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from Messiah University and specializes in two-dimensional studies. In addition to teaching, Nicole works as a freelance Artist in a broad range of mediums including drawing, painting, and illustration. Her work has been exhibited in galleries such as the Susquehanna Art Museum, the Square Halo Gallery, and the Aughinbaugh Gallery of Messiah University.
Nicole is excited to share her passion for art and to continually explore with students what it means to be made in the image of God, and to demonstrate God’s nature as a Creator through our ability to create. Nicole has extensive experience working with students of all ages and from a variety of educational backgrounds, particularly homeschoolers, and students transitioning to virtual learning. She is appreciative of the opportunity to teach through Scholé Academy, and is eager to foster artistic reverence, wonder, and growth, and to provide students with a faith-based creative environment.
In addition to art, Nicole enjoys quality time with her family, reading, and spending a copious amount of time outdoors—especially at the beach. [email protected]
Paul Klauke received a BA in Mathematics from Holy Cross College, where he was elected to the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and played football on scholarship. He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS) and worked as an actuary in the US, London, and Bermuda.
Paul and his Norwegian wife, Elin, just returned from Africa where they served for 12 years as missionaries under the direction of the Rafiki Foundation. Paul taught Math and was Headmaster for the K-12 schools in both Malawi and Kenya. He has fallen in love with Classical Christian Education and looks forward to showing his students what is good, true, and beautiful about Mathematics. [email protected]
Dr. Perlita Martorana is delighted to share the awe of God’s universe with young science scholars. She appreciates the value of learning science from a classical Christian model and encourages students to become virtuous young people in God’s Kingdom while they discover their world.
She earned a B.S. in Biology from UCLA and an M.D.from the UC San Diego Medical School, then completed 3 years of residency in pediatrics. Perlita loved her pediatrics practice, but felt it was a higher priority to fully devote her time to forming her own children. Her passion for teaching comes from over 20 years of home-educating her four children and other students in schools, churches, and homeschool groups.
She is active in her church and lives in Southern California with her husband, four children, three cats and two dogs. She loves to travel with her family, whether it be museums, mountains, beaches, road trips, or Europe. Perlita enjoys a good conversation, walking the dogs, reading, and reflecting on the many blessings from God. [email protected]
Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the summer of 2020. Since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects over the past six years. He particularly enjoys teaching Literature, History, Formal Logic, and Rhetoric. When not in the classroom, he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife are expecting their first child at the end of March. He currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt, and is planning on enrolling in a Fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September 2020. Peter is also eager to teach Geometry and return to something he has always loved and understood but with the much-widened perspective his studies in Classical education have given him. [email protected]
Phaedra Shaltanis is a seasoned classical educator with 20 years of experience teaching in the classical tradition. Her experience includes home-educating her 4 children, teaching in private schools, creating a classical curriculum for young learners, serving as a leader in various programs, and mentoring parents and teachers in classical education. Phaedra cherishes conversations built on God’s truth and strives to engage others through discourse, particularly in the areas of literature and history. She hopes to encourage her students toward a stronger ardor for language as they seek after God and treasure their membership in Christ’s kingdom. [email protected]
Reagan Israel has a BS in psychology and is currently in graduate school, studying ancient Greek and Hebrew in Jerusalem. A Texas native, Ms. Israel taught Latin and ancient humanities at a classical school in Houston for 4 years. During her time there, she was introduced to “active Latin” pedagogy through a series of workshops and began to apply these methods in her classroom. In a past life, Ms. Israel was a professional ballet dancer and for 7 years has stayed connected to the art through teaching and choreographing. In both the studio and the academic classroom, she enjoys working with middle schoolers and being a part of their lives as they grow from childhood into adolescence. Ms. Israel is married to a musician and mobile app designer; they currently make their home in Jerusalem, where they enjoy reading widely, drinking Turkish coffee, and fumbling through Hebrew conversations. [email protected]
Rebecca MacPhee is an experienced classical educator who has taught at classical schools all around the United States. For the past nine years, she has been a fourth-grade classroom teacher in New Mexico, Georgia, and Virginia. A native of Maryland, Rebecca attended and received her Bachelor of Arts in history at Hood College and additionally completed extensive coursework in education and psychology.
She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her pet rabbit, Watson (yes, the reference is to Dr. John Watson). In her leisure time, Rebecca enjoys making any number of things with needles and threads, studying German, reading as much as possible, and visiting her family in Maryland. She is looking forward to illuminating the beauty and wonder of mathematics for Scholé Academy’s grammar and middle school students, and to guiding them in their understanding and appreciation of mathematics. [email protected]
Sarah Fothergill has been teaching for 12 years. She holds a BA in 7-12 English and History Education and an MA in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Throughout her career, Sarah has taught writing, literature, and speaking to both middle and high school students. Sarah is excited to offer Scholé Academy students her passion for studying literature and history, and looks forward to helping them learn, grow, and reflect on “the good, the true, and the beautiful” in everything.
In addition to teaching, Sarah also enjoys leading Sunday school and Vacation Church School classes, and serving as a youth group instructor and chanter at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, Nebraska. She also loves spoiling her two young nieces, reading, writing, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two adorable kittens. [email protected]
Tracey Beers earned a B.S. in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996 and an M.Ed. in Christian Education from Regent University in 2002. She spent six years serving our great country in the United States Air Force as a Communications Officer and fourteen additional years supporting her husband’s dedicated career as an Air Force pilot.
A resourceful math enthusiast and thirteen-year veteran of home education, she understands the struggle to balance the inspiration of Classical Christian Education with a restful learning environment. Educating her four children, as she and her family traveled around the world (Yes! Hawaii is THE BEST PLACE ON THE PLANET), has taught her that every student learns differently, but God’s provision never fails. She enjoys discovering whether a student needs to ‘see’ the subject through a unique lens or ‘handle’ concepts with personal experiences and then providing learning opportunities tailored to their needs. Tracey’s dedication to the home-educated student and her love of math is one of the many reasons she’s excited to serve Schole Academy as the Algebra Tutorial Instructor as well as a private math tutor. [email protected]
Tracy Dickinson holds a B.A. in English from Cedarville University and has had a passion for the written word since learning to read at age four. She and her husband, Matt, who met as fellow English majors in college, have passed that love of good literature on to their six children and two grandsons. Tracy has been homeschooling for almost 25 years, in addition to maintaining a career as a freelance writer, playing piano for her church, and teaching writing and literature through various homeschool organizations. She also leads middle and upper level classes in her local homeschool community.
As her own study of the principles of classical education has grown, so has her passion for learning and teaching. The classical model has transformed the way she reads, the way she studies God’s Word, and the way she listens to others. In her free time — and often when she should be doing something else — Tracy can be found reading, with a glass of iced coffee close by.
She is honored to be joining Scholé Academy as an instructor in Writing and Rhetoric, Literature, and the art of honest persuasion through Everyday Debate and Persuasive Writing. [email protected].