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Our Administrative Team

Joanne Schinstock

Director/Principal

Joanne Schinstock has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. She joined as an instructor of Scholé Academy in 2016. As director, she oversees the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education.

Charissa Sethman

Educational Services Coordinator
Tutoring Center/CSLD Manager

Charissa Sethman joined Scholé Academy as an instructor in 2018. As the Tutoring Center/CSLD manager, she endeavors to offer excellent support and tailored assistance to SA families. She also crafts the weekly Scholé Academy eNewsletter and manages community special events. 

Alison Haley

Culture and Events Coordinator

Alison Haley began her work in education in 2003, and has M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics as well as a M.S. in Mathematics and Reading. As the Culture and Events coordinator, she helps develop the school community through the newsletter and special events. She supports instructors and the admin team through instructional technology assistance.

Jocelyn Knittel

Customer Service Support Associate

Jocelyn Knittel, Customer Service Support Associate, earned a M.Ed. with emphasis in Special Education at The George Washington University and taught for twenty years in Maryland and Pennsylvania public schools. She resides in central Pennsylvania with her husband, three children and dog. Jocelyn loves Jesus, traveling, reading, hiking, cooking, baking and helping others.

David Rosentrater

Systems Integrator & Tech Support

Contact Us

For general inquiries, placement questions, or questions about enrollments please contact:
support@scholeacademy.com

To reach us by phone, please call:
866-730-0711

Department Chairs

At Scholé Academy, our exceptional instructors work under the leadership of seasoned department chairs. Gathering for quarterly faculty circles, providing mentorship, and aligning courses within the department, our faculty chairs are leaders in engaging, restful learning. 

Amy Morgan, Scholé Academy’s Writing & Rhetoric Department chair, 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. amorgan.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. friley.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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 fifteen 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 two 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 continuing with Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski drinks coffee, loves reading, helps homeschool his kids, and plays board games. He lives with his wife, six children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. ejkotynski.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Phaedra Shaltanis, Chair of Humanities, 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. pshaltanis.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. rbright.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Instructors

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.

Alison Haley earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Reading in 2011 and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics in 2020. She is well equipped as a student of the classical tradition. 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.

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 on the Administrative Team as well as in the math department and tutoring center. Reach out to her at alison.haley.education@gmail.com

 

Alison Grace Johansen is teaching the fall course Introduction to the Art of Poetry, the spring course Formal History of Poetry, and the yearlong class Well-Ordered Language Level 1. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., where she was comments editor, 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, newsletters, websites, books, and social media platforms.

Mrs. Johansen has always loved the written word and the sounds words make, which are the music of poetry. She has been writing poems, stories and songs for as long as she can remember! She also plays several instruments, enjoys singing, and loves using poems and songs as fun memorization tools. After all, poems — in their sound, rhyme, rhythm, tone and movement — are much like songs, which are a key part of the Well-Ordered Language Level 1 curriculum. She believes these forms of expression are beautiful ways students can learn about and praise God’s world. 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 lives in northern Virginia with her husband and their 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 bird-watching while enjoying a walk outside, you might find them reading aloud together or playing their favorite instruments: the piano, flute, guitar, ukulele, and drums! Her love for both writing and music is one of the many reasons she is excited to share these courses – along with their poems and songs! – with her students. ajohansen.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. She currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, but as an avid traveler, can more times than not be found in Italy, Brazil, or 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 ten 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. magistrareeves@gmail.com

Amy Morgan, Scholé Academy’s Writing & Rhetoric Department chair, 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. amorgan.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Andy Newman calls western Nebraska home, that borderland where Midwest and West shake hands. There he has taught literature, composition, history, journalism, and the humanities for twenty years at the high school and college levels. His mind and heart have longed been pulled toward classical Christian education. And he is as excited as he is thankful to now be fully in its orbit and looks forward to working with students in the humanities, rhetoric, and logic.

His education is varied, having earned master’s degrees in history and English from the University of Wyoming and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, respectively. Most recently, he earned a MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Antiochian House of Studies and a MA in Biblical Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University and, in Fall of 2021, completed his coursework for the PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University and has moved onto the dissertation. A tonsured Reader, he is involved in parish ministry at Assumption Orthodox Christian Church, in Bayard, Nebraska, and is in the process to be ordained to the priesthood. a.newman.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Angelique Chaverri holds an MSEd in special education from Missouri State University and a BA in psychology from Southwest Baptist University. Angelique has spent her adult life working to understand the underpinnings of learning. After initial interests in physical therapy and neuropsychology, she found her way into special education. Four years after entering the public school system, Angelique went into private practice. She worked for a year in a learning clinic under a neuropsychologist before starting her own business in 2005. Angelique then began cross-training in various therapy modalities usually used by medically based therapists in hospitals and rehab clinics.
 
For the past 15 years, Angelique has specialized in using standardized assessments to identify the underlying causes of learning difficulties and has designed individualized programs to improve learning while guiding parents and teachers in how to modify the learning environment and instruction to the student’s individual needs. Angelique has provided training for schools, parents, and hospitals. She firmly believes in teaching students to use their strengths to enjoy, not fear, the learning process.
 
Angelique has more than 15 years of experience working with students with all types of learning disabilities, including those who have issues with reading, math, spelling, writing, dyslexia, auditory processing deficits, attention problems, sensory processing deficits, visual processing deficits, and more. Because difficulty in these areas often leads to increased anxiety in the student and can impact family life, tackling these issues in a way that is manageable and hopeful is one of Angelique’s highest priorities.
 
This year, Angelique will celebrate 15 years of marriage to her wonderful husband. She is a homeschooling mom to two fantastic boys. When avoiding housework, Angelique prefers to be outside hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, tending her medicinal herb and veggie gardens, hobby farming, and learning about regenerative agriculture and classical physical education.achaverri.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. a.hoffman.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. ashirk.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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! awhite.schole@gmail.com

Ben Cook earned his BA in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida, and is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Syracuse University. He is passionate about teaching students how to think and write logically, rigorously, reflectively, and articulately. As image-bearers of the Logos, the Divine Reason, he believes learning these skills helps us to grow into the likeness of Christ more fully. Ben has taught courses in moral theory, political philosophy, formal logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. He also has experience lecturing, in a parish setting, on Patristic interpretations of Scripture. In addition, Ben has a particular passion for the works of the three great British Christian writers C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and G.K. Chesterton.

When not doing philosophy, he enjoys studying theology, playing guitar, and going on hikes. He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife. They attend All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Raleigh. benkylecook@gmail.com

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. clegere.scholeacademy@outlook.com

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. casey@ashlandlex.org

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 studied Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew in Jerusalem for two years where she met her now-husband, Michael. They have settled in Michael’s home village in the Upper Austrian countryside where they enjoy going for long walks, discussing languages and education, watching Poirot episodes, and delighting in the miracle of their growing family. Catie is looking forward to offering Latin for Children B for a second year with Scholé Academy! ckopf.scholeacademy@gmail.com

 

 

Charissa Sethman, Educational Services Coordinator & Tutoring Center/CSLD Manager began teaching and reading great books with her own children at home in 2009, and accepted her first teaching position in 2014. She discovered Classical Academic Press and experienced scholé firsthand in Orvieto, Italy, followed by a move to the Scholé Academy team in 2018. She enjoys teaching the Well-Ordered Language and Writing & Rhetoric series, but truly cherishes dialogue and deep study with students of all ages and in many disciplines. Prior to her work as an educator, Charissa studied Philosophy & Religion, Art, and Spanish at Covenant College, where she also worked for a time as an Events Planner. She now manages the Tutoring Center & the Center for Students with Learning Differences, endeavoring to offer excellent support and tailored assistance to SA families. Each week she also crafts the weekly Scholé Academy eNewsletter, manages SA community special events. She is excited to combine her love for learning, Classical Education, students & their families, events, and design in her role at Scholé Academy.

Charissa, husband Michael, and their 5 children reside in Chattanooga, TN. They enjoy tending their farm where they grow cut-flowers, host gatherings, celebrate the Church calendar, play ball, and add-on to the treehouse continually. Charissa enjoys reading, book-club discussions, design work, sports, and spending time with her family and friends. tutoring@classicalsubjects.com

Charity Jacobson is always ready for an adventure, whether it be a walk in the rain, taking a last-minute 2-day tour of Norway, or being taught by Ukrainian children to catch jellyfish without being stung. Her love for children influences much of her life as she enjoys teaching children from her community and often travels internationally to develop relationships with children who don’t have families of their own. At every encounter with children, Charity endeavors to see the world through the eyes of those children and to interact with them on a level that is easy for them to understand. Each child is uniquely gifted by God, and she enjoys nurturing them to be exactly who God has made them to be. She is currently pursuing an MA in biblical studies from the Master’s University. Teaching both adults and children is a pleasure for her. The greatest reward for her is when she sees her students master the material and turn around and teach it to someone else, or become so passionate about the subject that they begin to surpass her in knowledge. jacobsonca@masters.edu

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. clancy_schole@comcast.net

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. chris@alwayslearningeducation.net

Christa Maldonado has a love for learning and a deep enjoyment of puzzles and patterns. She enjoys identifying the patterns in nature, mathematics, and language that can lead the restful mind to contemplate the good and the beautiful. She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from Excelsior College and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Western Governor University. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Instructional Design from Western Governor University. Although she has a great love for the patterns found in courses that give foundational structure, such as grammar and mathematics, she also enjoys learning more about the arts and sciences.

Christa is married and has three children. Her family enjoys discovering nature through hiking and camping. They live a restful life, full of good books and good food. Christa loves to read, sew, and bake. She has tutoring professionally since 2017. Christa is excited to help facilitate your child’s learning about to goodness, beauty, and truth. c.maldonado.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Christine Seaward was born and raised in central California. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts and earned her elementary teaching credential at California State University, Stanislaus before becoming an Air Force wife in 1992. During the nomadic years of military life, she lived in various places: Oklahoma, Colorado, South Korea, Japan, Hawaii, and Florida. She is blessed to be a wife and mother of two teenage girls. Christine has served as the President of the Protestant Women of the Chapel at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. She has also served as a group and administrative leader in Bible Study Fellowship. She completed her M.A. in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration in Literature from Faulkner University where the Great Books program changed the way she viewed education. Christine has taught high school English in a traditional Christian school. She also taught a course on Aquinas and Dante and served as the faculty adviser for the student book club at Kepler Education. She is a long-time admirer of C.S. Lewis, and she continues to grow in her appreciation for the Great Books of the Western World. She enjoys supporting her daughters, taking long walks with her husband, following sumo wrestling, and the pleasure of reading. cseaward.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Chris Marchand (pronounced mar-shan) is a music pastor and priest within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), serving in Peoria, Illinois. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and was trained as a hospital chaplain in a residency program at Saint Francis Hospital. 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. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a guide for churches and families, he also produces podcasts, composes music, and loves to discuss anything related the arts and his favorite sport tennis. cmarch34@gmail.com

Danae McGregor Edsall holds a B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Danae’s own background in the 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, collaborative, 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 most especially, Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for five 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.

Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, VA 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, and hiking on the weekend with her husband. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multi-faceted 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. dmedsall.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Danielle Bartko is an experienced Math and Science teacher, and Orthodox Church Cantor and Choir Director. She taught in public schools and a Montessori based Orthodox private school. She has served the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese as a Cantor and Choir Director, and the Orthodox Church in America as a Choir Director. She spent countless summers at Camp Nazareth, first as a camper, and later as a counselor and chant teacher.

She holds degrees in Biology and Music from Lafayette College, and Secondary Teacher Certification from DeSales University. She has taught grades 5-12, and currently homeschools her children. She has experience in a variety of teaching methods, and has taught students with diverse academic needs. She is a lifelong learner, and has enjoyed growing and changing as an educator over the years. Her goal is to inspire her students to become lifelong learners as well.

Her Liturgical music education comes from a variety of coursework in Orthodox Music and Choral Directing. She has taken classes through Christ the Saviour Seminary and the OCA Liturgical Music Department, and independent study with Very Rev. Protopresbyter Michael Rosco and Professors Paul Hilko, George Hanas, Andrew Talarovich, and Jerry Jumba. Whenever she travels and visits a church, she will sneak into the choir loft, wait for an invitation to sing with the choir, and then ask for copies of good music to keep as a souvenir.

She grew up in New Jersey, but now lives in Pittsburgh PA with her husband and two young daughters. When she is not homeschooling her children or teaching classes, she enjoys gardening, jigsaw puzzles, SRS Iconography classes, visiting with friends and family, and going to the beach. dbartko.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Dr. David Schenk has taught philosophy, logic, and composition as a college professor since earning his PhD in philosophy from the University of Iowa in 2003. He also has recorded several teacher training courses at Classical U, taught logic at Covenant Christian Academy, and is a scholar in residence this year at Classical Academic Press.

An habitual hermit, he lives in a house in the woods with two cats and more books than any man has a right to own.

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 fifteen 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 two 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 continuing with Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski drinks coffee, loves reading, helps homeschool his kids, and plays board games. He lives with his wife, six children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. ejkotynski.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. ehenreckson@gmail.com

 

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. ebrigham.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. flongshore.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. friley.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. gquinodoz.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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: heather.mccoy05@gmail.com 

Jenny Canal delights in learning and believes that this delight is contagious. She is convinced that children learn best from others who have sincere and cheerful hearts, rooted in the love of Christ. And that is the person she strives to be. Through many years of teaching, Jenny has found that a vibrant classroom environment is one in which rigorous study and sober reflection are mixed with a hearty dose of love and laughter. She has come to know that “where smiles are scarce, learning is limited”.

After graduating summa cum laude with her BA and MS in English and Literacy Education, Jenny became a middle school English teacher in a small public school. Five years later, she came home to be a wife, mother, and homeschooling parent. Over her decade of homeschooling, Jenny has become a student of the classical, Christian approach to education in the scholé style. For Jenny, the discovery and reclamation of these “old ways” have satisfied her long search for education that honors God, nurtures virtue, instills knowledge, fosters wisdom, and inspires joy.

When not in the classroom, Jenny rejoices in her own version of the monastic life: bringing order and beauty to her home, welcoming visitors, studying and contemplating God’s Word, walking in the woods, practicing silence, and striving to be diligent and graceful in the hard, ordinary things. Most of all, she rejoices in God, her Savior, and seeks to magnify Him to her children when she sits in her house, when she walks by the way, when she lies down, and when she rises up. A colorful banner hangs above her classroom door, declaring, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Let it be so. jcanal.scholeacademy@yahoo.com

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. jschambach.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Joelle Riethmiller believes true education impacts the body, mind, and soul of an individual through all subject areas and promotes personal and virtuous growth through life-long learning. Mrs. Riethmiller received a BS in Mathematics-Mathematics Secondary Education from Grove City College (1999). While teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics in public school, she earned a M-ED in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University (2002). Mrs. Riethmiller chose to step away from the classroom in 2003 to focus her attention on her young and growing family. In 2007, she embarked on the home education journey with two of her three children. Continuing that journey, she is still experiencing the humbling beauty and depth of true and real life-long learning. She believes her 20 years of sacramental marriage, parenting and home educating her now four children, and her personal faith journey have cultivated a desire to seek truth, beauty, and goodness in all aspects of life.

Mrs. Riethmiller strives to ignite a love for learning and desire for virtue in her students that ex-tends beyond the study of mathematics. She is thrilled to participate in the Scholè Academy mission to cultivate student learning that endures. jriethmiller.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. jfant.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Rev. Justin Woodside earned his B.A. in History with a minor in Philosophy from UC Riverside in 1996 and received an M.A. in Teaching from National University (2011). He was a History teacher for 19 years. In addition, he developed and taught an Introduction to Philosophy course and taught AP World History for four years with a high student success rate. He was trained to teach using the Socratic Method and discussion and utilized these techniques in his History and Philosophy courses. He currently serves as the Pastoral Advisor on the School Board of Martin Luther School, a private Classical Lutheran Parochial school in Bismarck, ND.

In 2016, he left his career as a History and Philosophy teacher and recently finished his MDiv at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN (2016). He 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.

Besides studying and teaching theology, Rev. Woodside enjoys playing strategy board games with his family, composing and performing music, and writing. pastorwoodside@gmail.com

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. klobley.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. kmorton.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. kelliet.srs@gmail.com

Kirsten Fortier holds a BA in Education from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. The bulk of her experience comes from 18+ years of classically homeschooling four sons K-12 who have now transitioned successfully through college, into careers, and enjoying life. She has taught in various settings including at home, in co-ops, in brick-and-mortar schools, and online. Most recently she enjoyed the role as the Director of Curriculum at a small classical Christian school. She now looks forward to a part-time career teaching restfully at Scholé Academy. Her passion for classical education is especially apparent when she is developing in others a love for the humanities and all that is good, true, and beautiful. In her free time, she enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren, hiking, camping, and researching family genealogy. She and her husband live in Michigan with their two dogs, one cat, a handful of chickens, and two hives of honeybees. kfortier.scholeacademy@gmail.com 

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. kristiestoddard@gmail.com

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. lhartke.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Madeleine Kirkpatrick is pursuing her MA in English Literature at Missouri State University, and will graduate in the Spring of 2023. She holds her BA in English and Multimedia Journalism 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. Throughout all of her education and teaching experiences, the value and power of pursuing truth, beauty, and goodness through reading deeply and writing thoughtfully have been at the center of what it means to be a lifelong learner.  mkirkpatrickschole@gmail.com

Maria Overy completed a BA in classics at King’s College London and a postgraduate diploma in theology at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. She first learned to speak Latin when she attended a summer school at the Accademia Vivarium Novum, a college of the humanities where Latin is the only spoken language. She is currently completing an MA in Greek & Biblical Hebrew at the Polis Institute, Jerusalem, a specialist institution for the study of ancient languages in an immersive setting. This is her third year teaching Latin for Scholé Academy.

As an adolescent she developed a desire to educate herself in philosophy, literature, and the classical languages, and sought a classical education, despite the lack of providers in the UK. While studying with the Temenos Academy, a London-based educational charity, she came to know and love the principle of learning “from not merely about” the writers of the ‘great tradition’. In addition to studying and teaching classical languages, she plays various genres of violin, and loves to sing jazz. Ms. Overy is very excited to share her love for Latin, the key to our Western literary and philosophical heritage, under the auspices of an institution that aspires to the highest standards in humanistic education. movery.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. mingle.schole@gmail.com

Melissa Browne holds an Honors BA in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada as well as an Honors Certificate in TESL. Melissa taught English in Peru for almost a decade in various settings, including language institutes and a Waldorf-inspired school. She also earned a certificate in Waldorf Pedagogy in Peru. 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 grade 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. 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. mbrowne.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. mdehaven9342@gmail.com

Monika Minehart has been working in Catholic Religious Education for over a decade and currently serves as the Director of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation at a parish in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Early Christian Studies from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago with a focus in Biblical Studies and Koine Greek. Having observed teaching styles in a wide array of school settings (homeschooling, private, public & charter) in her own education and that of her children, she understands the necessity of restful learning wherever you may be attending school. Monika is passionate about reinvigorating Catholic catechetical programs through relational ministry using the mediums of literature, music, and art. She is delighted to be an instructor with the Aquinas House of Studies at Scholé Academy.

Monika cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband and four children, enjoys weightlifting and exercising in her garage gym, and loves listening to uplifting music.

Nancy Dayton comes to Scholé Academy with more than 26 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 partnering with parents to strengthen our learning and teaching skills. In May of 2022, Nancy is due to graduate from the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program which focuses on concepts of classical education, writing, and certification as a Master Teacher. She strives to live the ideal of scholé—restful learning and teaching. 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 a German shepherd and a bunny. She loves living near the ocean on the beautiful Central Coast of California. ndayton.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Nathan Dickinson holds a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as a deacon at Christ the King Anglican Church in Beckley, West Virginia. He is a West Virginia native who has had approximately a decade of teaching experiences in local churches and missionary settings. He has taught the Bible in Kenya, Zambia, Myanmar, and Jamaica, and has taught English (among other things) to students in a Christian school setting. He loves helping students see the beauty of God in Holy Scripture and helping students learn to engage in meaningful dialogue.

His two boys (Barnabas, 5, and Martin, 3) keep his home life interesting and full of adventure! When he is not adventuring with his wife and boys, he is looking for a good cup of coffee, a good book, and a good conversation. ndickinson5192@gmail.com 

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. ncovert.schole@gmail.com

Nicole Parnell 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. nleubecker.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Nomikos Vaporis holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Acupuncture—DAc—at the New England School of Acupuncture. Nomikos has always seen the art of teaching as being intrinsically linked with true comprehension of the subject at hand; and for him, teaching has become an integral part of a fulfilling life. Some of Nomikos’ other interests and hobbies include: learning Mandarin Chinese and Modern Greek, applied linguistics and the linguistics of second-language acquisition, Spencerian Calligraphy and Palmer Business Writing, and designing/constructing mechanical keyboards. NomikosVaporisEducation@gmail.com

Patricia Livecchi comes to Scholé Academy after more than 25 years in the field of special education in private, parochial, and public schools. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College and an M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The George Washington University. Her years of experience and extensive continuing education have developed her expertise in supporting children with language-based learning disabilities, dyslexia, executive function weaknesses, auditory processing disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Patty finds it extremely important to share her knowledge with parents, helping them to support their children’s education and development at home so they can enjoy a “restful” learning environment.

Patty has three grown sons. While raising them, she endeavored to provide them with the best education. Over the years they home-schooled and attended a local classical school as well as independent and public schools. She has always been drawn to the classical education model and recently was involved in a local group that attempted to re-establish a classical school in her area.

Patty lives in NJ with her husband of 35 years and their two dogs. In her free time she studies and creates art in many media – painting, drawing, collage and print-making. She has taken a class in writing icons and looks forward for furthering her skills in this area too. Patty is also active in a rosary prayer group and enjoys spending time in adoration at the nearby adoration chapel. plivecchi.schole@gmail.com

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. pklauke.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. pmartorana.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Peter Belfry has a range of teaching and tutoring experience in a variety of subjects and age levels from kindergarten through to adult education at the college level and has taught at several classical, Christian and public schools. Currently, he serves as a professor of computer science with Canadore College, teaching courses on Operating Systems and programming languages such as Windows, Linux, HTML, C++ and Visual Basic. Peter holds an Honors BA from Trent University in History as well as a BA in Education, specializing in History and Computer Science. He holds an MA from Knox Theological Seminary in Classical and Christian studies, which provides him a background for teaching from a classical perspective. For his MA program, he read many of the Great Books as well as studied Scripture and church history. Peter has completed a week-long teacher training with the Association of Classical Christian Schools and Rockbridge Academy. His favourite piece of classical literature is Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In addition to teaching, Peter also has experience serving in a pastoral role and enjoys volunteering to serve in his local church and community. He helps in evangelistic outreach as well as teaching lessons from the Bible. Peter has experience and training as an English as a Second Language instructor as well. He has experience teaching both online and in person. He believes in Scholé’s approach in seeking “restful learning” and believes that education should be life-giving and freeing for the soul as it should acknowledge the Lord Jesus as the source of all that is true, good and beautiful. Peter lives in the North Bay, Ontario area with his wife and twin boys. pbelfry.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. p.bradshaw.scholeacademy@protonmail.com

Phaedra Shaltanis,  Chair of the Humanities Department, 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. pshaltanis.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Philip Cialini  After earning a BA in History from Eastern University, Mr. Cialini taught Latin, Ancient and Medieval History, and English at Regina Angelorum Academy in Ardmore, PA. Currently, he teaches Latin and Medieval History at Main Line Classical Academy in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In 2020, he completed his MAT in Classical Education from Templeton Honors College. Mr. Cialini has also taught and worked for various international programs. He and his wife enjoy traveling, reading good books, watching old movies, being with family, and raising their twin daughters. pcialini.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Dr. Ralph “Rafe” E. Spraker, Jr. earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (2010); Three Master’s degrees including an MSSE from Montana State University, Bozeman (2011); and Bachelor’s degree from BIOLA University (1983). His STEM cognates include: BioLogica: Biochemistry, Genomics, Molecular and Systems Biology; MatheMatica: Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Quantitative Analysis and Statistics; and GeoLogica: Astronomy, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Hydrology, and Physical Geography. His experience spans over 25 years in secondary, undergraduate, and graduate education. He also currently advises doctoral dissertation students in STEM.

Dr. Spraker maintains a two-mile segment of the Mountains to the Sea Trail segment from the “Raven Rock” [BRP Milepost 290] to the “Aho Gap” [BRP Milepost 288, Elevation 3722] which parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway near his home in Boone, NC. He enjoys photography and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and “Out West” (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) with his dear wife Debbie of 38 years. He enjoys studying Lutheran and Patristic theologians (“Solus Christus”) and reading about Revolutionary War history [he just finished Chernov’s George Washington: A Life]. rspraker.scholeacademy@gmail.com

“Quia Lex per Mosen data est Gratia et Veritas per Iesum Christum facta est.”
Ioannes I : XVII

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. r.israel.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Rebecca Newman graduated from Bryan College with a BA in Liberal Arts and an MBA. She is passionate about guiding students to a better understanding of the quadrivium. Since graduating, she has enjoyed teaching logic, mathematics, and science courses to homeschool communities in her local community. As a homeschool alumna, she is passionate about the mission of classical education. She loves helping students see and understand the order and beauty of Creation.

When not in the classroom, Rebecca enjoys reading, baking, and hiking around in the mild Florida winters. rnewman.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. rbright.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Sarah Fothergill has been teaching for 13 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 offers her students a passion for studying literature, history, poetry, and nature, 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 is blessed to serve as Youth Ministry Coordinator and chanter at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, Nebraska. She also loves spoiling her two young nieces, reading, writing, gardening, coffee and conversation with friends, and spending time with her husband and two cats. sfothergill.schole@gmail.com

Sarah McInnis began her life-long study of French in the Seventh Grade. She still remembers that first fateful day of class, and desires to spark the same love of the language in the hearts of her own students. Her studies brought her to France twice for extended stays and several more times over the years as a traveler. She has continued to immerse herself in the language by taking her own classes, reading books, and listening to French news and podcasts as she goes about her daily work.

Although French is her passion, Sarah loves all things grammar—she holds a BA in English from Central Washington University and has been the Latin specialist at The Cor Deo School in Tacoma, WA for the past nine years.

After being inspired by The Well-Trained Mind when her oldest daughter was in kindergarten, Sarah embarked on her own pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful by homeschooling her five children in the classical method. She has over 20 years of experience teaching classically.

When not reading a book, you can find Sarah hiking in the woods, traveling, or cooking big meals for her extended family. smcinnis.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Sean Oswald holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors degree in arts education from Miami University, Ohio. Before attending graduate school, Sean studied painting and drawing at the Carraige House Atelier with Garin Baker learning the “alla prima” style. His work combines both traditional and contemporary practices with a focus on still life, landscape, portraiture and figure painting. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in collections around the United States. Sean has over ten years experience teaching in a variety of contexts including the college level, K-12 public schools, Classical schools, homeschools, and privately and he also serves as the upper school fine arts teacher at Live Oak Classical School. Currently Sean works out of his home studio in Waco, Texas where he lives with his wife Hilary and their two daughters Beatrice and Josephine.

Sean is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help foster the artistic gifts of others and to point them back to God in worshipful reverence. soswald.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Sarah Williams brings a lifelong love of learning into her vocation as a teacher, having been formed by her own classical Christian education and her years teaching Latin and Humanities to students of all ages in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from Gardner-Webb University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a minor in Philosophy and Ethics, she joined the faculty of Faith Christian School, where she met and married her husband and fellow teacher, Stephen. When not conjugating verbs or formulating syllogisms, Sarah greatly enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with the latest Half-Baked Harvest recipe and exploring the sacramental realities underlying the worlds of food and hospitality. As Stephen now pursues his pastoral calling at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah delights to sow seeds of joy for God’s works and world in her students through Scholé’s vision of restful learning. swilliams.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Sherry Joslin earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and holds a MA in Science and Religion from Biola University. She and her husband Brian live just south of Forth Worth in Burleson, Tx.

With over 12 years of experience in the classroom and as a homeschool mom, she has taught every grade K through 12th. Her classroom experience includes Logic, AP Physics, Honors Geometry, Algebra, Singapore Math and more. Prior to teaching, Sherry worked in Mission Control as a NASA engineer. When asked why she left, she explains that children are far more complicated than space shuttles, and that her greatest accomplishment has been in the role of mentoring and educating her three children who are living for Christ as young adults.

Sherry is passionate about showing students how the relationship between faith and science is not one of conflict but of qualified agreement; and before attending university, students should be confident that the Christian worldview provides a coherent understanding of both reality and their place in it as children of God. sjoslin.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Stephen Williams once told his longsuffering, homeschooling mother that his future job would never depend on his ability to write in cursive or diagram a sentence. Similarly, he spent over a decade swearing that he would never enter pastoral ministry, yet he is nonetheless now creeping towards a decade in the classroom while pursuing theological studies at Beeson Divinity School in preparation for the Anglican priesthood.

Stephen has had the privilege of being shaped by several classical institutions throughout the course of his life, most notably his alma mater, Patrick Henry College, which exposed him to the glories of the Western Canon and began to grow in him a love of literature, history and theology. After a season spent in campus ministry at PHC, he stumbled into a teaching career that has spanned the elementary, middle, and high school levels, turning him into an amateur medievalist, Inklings enthusiast, and subject-matter expert on the psyches of middle school boys. Rumor has it that he sleeps with a baseball and a copy of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion under his pillow each night.

When he doesn’t have his head in a book, Stephen enjoys hiking, dabbling in poetry and cooking, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals with his brilliant and hilarious wife and fellow Scholé instructor, Sarah Williams. stephenwilliams.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Tamara Davault is a native Texan who loves Biology. She graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin with B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Mrs. Davault went on to earn an M.S. in Medical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Since graduation, she has been teaching various Biology courses at several community colleges and universities in Texas. Mrs. Davault’s hobbies include archery, crochet, and nature walks. davault.science@gmail.com

Tisha Frost has been teaching in a variety of settings over the last 20 years after following one of the best pieces of advice she was ever given, “Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire” (attributed to St. Catherine of Siena). This inspired her to study both history and theology during her undergraduate years. She obtained a B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Theology, from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Middle School and High School Social Studies. Through her experiences of teaching many students, including her own children, she has seen the need for restful education that is focused on the true, good, and beautiful. Tisha resides in Northern Minnesota with her husband and six children. When she has a moment to herself, she enjoys children’s literature, British mysteries, good movies, and baking. tfrost.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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. traceydbeers@gmail.com

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. TDickinson.Schole@gmail.com.

Tyrone Benson graduated at the top of his class, summa cum laude and valedictorian, with a B.A. in Bible and Educational Ministry (double major) from Saint Louis Christian College, where he relished four semesters of Biblical Greek. Recognized by the faculty for his linguistic aptitude and achievement, he received the distinguished Greek award. During his college career, he served as lead campus tutor of Biblical Greek, and his Greek studies continued into graduate school. Tyrone went on to study both further Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There he earned an advanced-track M.A. in Christian Education and an M.A. in Theology. During this time, he richly engaged the classical theological disciplines and entered the exciting world of classical Christian schools, along the way picking up the study and teaching of Latin.

 
Tyrone is a lifelong student of various disciplines, but currently his focus lies within the Latin language. He has been teaching Latin Alive! for four years, and this will be his fifth as he begins as a Scholé instructor and tutor. He was drawn to Scholé by his love of restful learning. His pursuit is to instill the same love in all his students. Outside of class, Tyrone loves a game of ultimate frisbee, an engaging film, and a reflective conversation. magisterbenson.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Vincent Capone has taught for the past nine years at Greystone Academy, a small Christian school in Newtown, Pennsylvania for grades 7-12. He earned a B.A. in History from Thomas Edison State University. While history has been and will remain his first love, he has gained the experience of – as he likes to describe it – a 19th-century one-room-schoolhouse teacher. Besides history, he has also taught the sciences, writing, literature, logic, and the U.S. Constitution, and has nearly eleven years of experience tutoring math from elementary arithmetic to pre-calculus. In addition to his work with Schole Academy, Mr. Capone will be continuing to work with homeschool families this coming fall through private, virtual instruction and a local schoolhouse in New Jersey, where he has lived all of his life.

When he is not teaching (or reading in preparation for teaching), Mr. Capone enjoys spending time with his parents, taking walks, unearthing good stories through well-made films both old and new, fellowshipping with his church family, and working on the fourth and final manuscript for his prospective MG/YA Dunhaven Manor series. He also savors the humor of a conversation about his surname! vcapone.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Vixie Friedman   Since she was a little girl, Vixie Friedman always wanted to be a teacher and lined up her dolls and stuffed animals to compose her classroom. That dream became a reality when she began homeschooling her oldest son in 1988, a journey that continued with her six children until her youngest graduated from their family’s homeschool in 2015.
Vixie has taught in a formal classical education setting since 2008 and assisted with curriculum development and staff training with a classical Christian curriculum company.
Graduating with a BS degree in nursing from Western Carolina University, Vixie entered the US Army Nurse Corps, where she was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. This fueled her love of travel and history as she married and left her Army commission to raise a family. She and her husband lived in Germany for nine years and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, studying the region’s history as they traveled.

These days she continues to travel as she and her husband travel to Israel, Europe, and Africa through their ministry, Children of Jacob. She is continuing her education as she pursues a Master of Classical Studies in History and enjoys enriching her personal education through Bible studies, individual reading, and book clubs. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including a growing number of grandchildren, cooking, and crafting. vixiefriedman.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Weslea Bell holds a MA in English from Mississippi State University and has taught Language Arts courses, including Literature, Composition, Mythology, and Logic, for almost thirty years. She has written for various publications and venues and homeschooled her own children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She enjoys gardening, coffee dates with friends, training her horse, playing piano, and – most of all – spending time with her husband and two daughters. wbell.scholeacademy@gmail.com

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