Our Administrative Team
Jolie is a veteran classical educator, the author of several award-winning logic texts, and a mentor and trainer of classical teachers. As Director, she oversees the leadership teams and future development of Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School.
Joanne has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. As principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education.
Adam is a veteran classical educator, with a Master Degree in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. Adam serves as the St. Raphael School Principal, and the Scholé Academy Assistant Principal. As the Assistant Principal, he manages the SA Tutoring Center & Center for Students w/ Learning Differences and assists the Principal in the general management of the school.
David provides systems support to the administrative team, teachers, and students at the school.
Scholé Academy instructors are independent contractors who instruct, mentor, and shepherd students in online courses offered by the school. We are thrilled to have found so many fine educators to host our classical Christian courses. Many of them are master teachers who bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for their courses. You can read more about them below.
Joanne Schinstock, Principal has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. As principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education. Joanne joined the faculty of Scholé Academy in 2016 and enjoys teaching the Writing & Rhetoric series. After studying a year abroad focusing on Italian language and culture in Florence, Italy, she began her teaching career as a middle school classroom instructor in Language Arts. The Dallas Catholic Diocese recognized Joanne as a Work of Heart Award recipient, honoring outstanding teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can read more about Mrs. Schinstock’s philosophy of education here.
She and her husband, Brad, find joy in forging their family culture in their Catholic faith and in the classical Christian tradition, participating in their church community, their children’s school community, The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, and delighting in weekend family outings. email@example.com
Adam Lockridge, Assistant Principal is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. Adam later taught upper-school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for 7 years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last 14 years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited 2 volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, 5 children, and 2 cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. email@example.com
Deacon Aaron Taylor completed his BA in religion and Russian at Oklahoma City University, followed by graduate studies in moral theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Throughout his career, he has taught Latin, Greek, logic, New Testament, and Late Antique, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Great Books for the last 8 years at the Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Deacon Aaron was ordained in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 2012 and serves at Saint Benedict Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City. His wife, Brighid Allison Taylor, is a musician and choir teacher, and he has 3 children—Elisabeth, Nicholas, and Benjamin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Reeves has a BA in Greek and Latin from Stanford University, where she received recognition in her department for both her enthusiasm for the classical world as well as her excellence in scholarship. After finishing her degree, she spent a year living abroad in Rome, Italy, designing and facilitating short-term study-abroad programs for students studying Latin through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Currently, she lives all over the world, splitting her time between the United States, Italy, Brazil, and anywhere else she thinks would be interesting to get to know. She enjoys keeping her interest in the ancient world current by working with elementary, middle, and high school Latin 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 seven years and particularly enjoys seeing how each unique student’s personality shapes the learning environment. When she is not exploring the world, she spends her time waxing poetic about the Parthenon Marbles and Stanford football, always with a strong cup of coffee in hand. email@example.com
Amy Morgan earned her BA in liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and continued her education with an MA in TESOL/applied linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington. For over 18 years, Amy has taught English to speakers of other languages in the university, community, and private tutoring contexts. Additionally, Amy educated her own two children at home in grades PreK–8. When Amy’s not teaching, you might find her serving families who care for children in vulnerable circumstances, hosting international guests, reading aloud with her family or smiling at the antics of her backyard chickens. firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Searl holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Cedarville University. She is currently pursing a Master of Arts in classical teaching from Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Amy teaches elementary-age Latin, literature, history, and composition part-time, as well as coaching high school debate. email@example.com
Angela Mejdrich holds a BA in political science from the College of Saint Benedict, a BA in child study from Charter Oak State College and a MA in education from Augsburg College. She completed her thesis work on inclusive education in Catholic schools and wrote a white paper on her findings to the educational leadership of her local archdiocese, advocating for changes in enrollment policies on students with special needs. Mrs. Mejdrich is a professionally licensed educator with endorsements in special education and school administration. She has been in education for over 20 years and has taught at the preprimary through post-secondary levels in a variety of settings, following a variety of education models. Most recently, she has been working in school administration. Mrs. Mejdrich is excited to join Scholé Academy and looks forward to working with families along their homeschooling journeys.
Mrs. Mejdrich lives on a lake in Central Minnesota with her husband and their two children. She enjoys experiencing the beauty and promise of God’s creation, especially sunrises, starry skies, birdsongs and the seasonal cycle of trees, as well as cooking, reading, boating, hiking, and running. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ash White holds a BA in English and theater from Mary Baldwin University, and has taught literature, writing, and logic at the middle and secondary level for nearly 15 years. Ash is passionate about classical education and homeschooling, both of which are flourishing in the Shenandoah Valley, where she and her husband, Jon, make their home and perform in the local music and theater scene. If you visit their house, you’ll find it difficult to determine which is largest: their library or their record collection! email@example.com
Ben Whittington received his B.S. in Religion and a M.A. in Philosophy from Liberty University, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). While at LU, he served as the Coordinator for the Center for Apologetics under Joshua Chatraw. During that time, he published his first work as a contributing author in Sean Mcdowell’s “”New Evidence That Demands a Verdict”” (2017). In addition to spending the past two years as a Latin/Omnibus Teacher at an ACCS school, he has spent the past several years as an Adjunct Professor teaching Philosophy courses (residentially and online) at the College of DuPage, Ivy Tech Community College, and Volunteer State Community College.
Ben and his wife Emily reside in the Nashville area, and are active in the Church of the City. He has two little girls: Hadassah (3) and Eila (1). They love TV shows such as The Office and Friends, but their real TV love is Survivor. Ben’s favorite books are Lord of the Rings and Lewis’s Space Trilogy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charissa Sethman holds a BS in philosophy and religion from Covenant College near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, Michael, and their 5 children. Mrs. Sethman brings to the classroom more than a decade combined of classical teaching experience in home-education and tutorial settings. With a passion for classical and liberal arts education, she relishes the order and beauty of language, mathematics, and music and finds great satisfaction in reading and writing a well-turned composition. Her interests extend further to the visual arts and to music, having taught art studio and a lecture series on the cultural heritage of the West. Charissa aims to help students do good, careful work unto mastery while also allowing time for restful, worshipful contemplation of great ideas. Her passion is to help her students to enjoy truth and to know and love God through their experiences with beautiful and good things.
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. email@example.com
Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Kapusinski (pronounced cap-u-sin-ski) fell in love with the classical education philosophy as a young college student via a public speaking course in which she compared and contrasted its principles with the common core state standards. Upon graduation, she taught for 2 years in private classical schools at both the elementary and high school levels in the DC and Philadelphia suburbs, but has recently returned to her Mississippi Gulf Coast home for a yearlong, enriching sabbatical from full-time teaching due to personal circumstances. Currently pursuing a Master of Arts in teaching (MAT) in classical education from Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College, Claudia delights in true understanding, good community, and beautiful language. email@example.com
Danae McGregor Edsall holds a BA in classical liberal arts with an emphasis in literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Danae’s own background in public, home, and private school traditions has provided her with a unique perspective on the intricacies of each system. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, classical, and subject-specific tutoring. Her teaching experience spans nearly all levels of education from primary to secondary school. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the humanities, including English, composition, logic, literature, history, poetry, and Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for 5 years and served one year as the foreign language department chair at a private school in northern Virginia, where she oversaw the administration of the Spanish, French, and Latin programs for the school. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn. In fact, it was the learning, studying and ultimately, teaching of Latin that solidified Danae’s desire to educate: docendo, discitur (by teaching, one learns).
Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enjoys an active and often adventurous lifestyle. She spends much of her time weight training at a local gym, biking around the New River Valley on both road and trail, hiking on the weekend with friends, cooking and baking, reading yet another book, or traveling to see family. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multifaceted background with greater purpose than she can see, and she is excited to partner with her brothers and sisters in growing Christ’s kingdom through education. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Fransell Riley spent most of her career working as a quantitative analyst. She earned her PhD in mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington with every intention of remaining in corporate America. Though she enjoyed her work, she ultimately responded to an internal call to pursue a passion for educating students, including her own children. Fransell has taught math and science to students of all ages from elementary school to college. While teaching, she noticed that her natural teaching style aligned almost perfectly with the concepts of classical education. She takes a holistic approach to teaching and involves her students in discussions aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the concept being taught with the desire that student learning extend beyond memorizing algorithms. Fransell has a passion for mathematics and seeks to share that passion with the next generation. Beyond math, Fransell enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. They are all athletes and nature lovers; they enjoy participating in sports, hiking, exploring nature, and traveling. When they aren’t enjoying God’s creation, you can find them indoors reading or watching reruns from the Star Trek series. email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope Kaboré earned a BS in civil engineering with a minor in math from Texas Tech University and a MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to focusing on her family and homeschooling her 4 children, she worked in commercial land development and then taught math in middle and high school in San Antonio, Texas. Seeing the gaps in the traditional school system and curriculum and longing for her children to experience a classical Christian education as she had, Mrs. Kaboré was led to Classical Academic Press and Scholé Academy as a parent. She has a passion for helping students see how math is applied to everyday life. Hope is excited to join the faculty of Scholé Academy and currently resides in Houston, Texas, with her family. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kathryn Morton has a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a DVM from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Pennsylvania to work as a clinical research veterinarian on a large dairy farm. From there she transitioned to a busy, small animal practice doing medicine and surgery. When the call of homeschooling touched her heart, she left private practice to focus on her husband and 6 children. She has been teaching math and science courses to the homeschooled students in her local community for 13 years and she heads a robotics club at her town’s public library. She is a lifetime learner and enjoys teaching students about the beauty of the creation and helping them grasp complex topics. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Williams is trained as both artist and educator, holding a Bachelor of Science in art education and an Associate Degree in Christian education. She has taught in many contexts, including elementary, middle and high schools, daycare centers, and in parish ministry. For 7 years she taught at Cair Paravel Latin School, a private classical Christian school, where she designed the K–6 art curriculum and developed a passion for classical education and writing curriculum. She currently teaches 6th and 7th grade art at Delaware County Christian School and adults through preschoolers at the Wayne Art Center, both in Pennsylvania. When not teaching others, Kim turns to one of the several mediums she has used over the years for her own art, from oil paint to charcoal, pastels to printmaking. She and her family reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Kyle Stewart is a career educator and lover of the good, beautiful, and true. He holds a BA in Bible and history from Clearwater Christian College, as well as master’s degrees from Biblical Theological Seminary (MDiv.) and Saint John’s College Graduate Institute (MALA, ANA ’09). As one convinced of the interconnectedness of all of the academic disciplines, he has spent many years teaching students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with differing strengths to appreciate even the most rigorous subjects—particularly science, mathematics, and foreign languages. In addition to developing his classroom skills in classical Christian schools up and down the East Coast, he has authored several curricula for institutions, including the Rafiki Foundation. When he is not tutoring students or teaching his own children, he pastors Trinity Presbyterian Church of Winter Springs, Florida. email@example.com
Lauren O’Bryan was born and raised in central Oklahoma, relishing all that creation has to offer through camping, fossil hunting, weather watching and attending Oklahoma City Astronomy Club events. She received a B.S. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2014. Motivated by a desire to put her knowledge to use for service, she provided forecasts and voyage plans for mariners as part of a large global company. However, she missed the classroom and the joy that comes from getting to know new corpores of knowledge. After marrying an “armchair classicist”, she cultivated a burgeoning interest in classical education, which only continued to grow after she was blessed with a son in 2019. This interest led her to become involved in the Servi Institute, and ultimately led her to the Scholé Academy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lylah Molnár found her home in classical education because of her desire to form the whole person in virtue and involve the heart as well as the head while teaching her pupils. Before the birth of her daughter, Lylah spent time teaching at a classical Christian school outside Boston, where she was captivated by the joy her students took in learning and the way they challenged themselves to develop their God-given intellectual talents. Her particular passion lies in rooting younger students in practices and curriculum designed to cultivate wonder and awe, as well as deep learning. She is excited to translate that enthusiasm into a new course and curriculum for Scholé Academy families. The Writing & Rhetoric and Well-Ordered Language series are also an area of joy for Mrs. Molnár due to the fabulous stories that she gets to share with her pupils. She has seen the confidence that her students build as they progress step by step through the writing process and is humbled to be a part of their journeys as authors! Mrs. Molnár is excited to join Scholé Academy for another year as a teacher and tutor! email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Weaver holds a BS in education from Lock Haven University. She has nearly 23 years of experience as an educator, having begun her career as a private reading and math tutor. For the past 14 years Mrs. Weaver, through her company, Stand Firm Educational Service, has been dedicated to working with local home school families as a teacher, consultant, course of study coordinator, and evaluator. She began her journey toward classical education when she took on the responsibility of educating her own children. Wanting to understand the Bible more clearly inspired her to study Latin. Under the tutelage of Peter and Laurie Brown of Lancaster Center of Classical Studies, Margaret added to her love of languages with Latin and Greek. She is continuing her own classical studies as a student of Classical Academic Press’s ClassicalU. As an educator she enthusiastically brings writing, grammar, and Latin into conversation with each other. Mrs. Weaver is looking forward to continuing to bring her love of learning to the live, online classroom as she guides her students on their own classical journeys! email@example.com
Dr. Michael Robinson is an engineer, teacher, and lover of the arts. As an engineer, he develops new ways for people to interact with computer-controlled machines. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Penn State and has researched assistive devices for the blind and algorithms for autonomous vehicles. He has taught at a middle school, and at colleges in the United States and Africa. He also sojourns in the world of art by writing code to create visual works, which he hopes might help us better understand our experiences. He and his wife, Gabrielle, live in State College, Pennsylvania. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Phaedra Shaltanis is a seasoned classical educator with 20 years of experience teaching in the classical tradition. Her experience includes home-educating her 4 children, teaching in private schools, creating a classical curriculum for young learners, serving as a leader in various programs, and mentoring parents and teachers in classical education. Phaedra cherishes conversations built on God’s truth and strives to engage others through discourse, particularly in the areas of literature and history. She hopes to encourage her students toward a stronger ardor for language as they seek after God and treasure their membership in Christ’s kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Stout holds a BA in English Literature from Grove City College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Rachel’s love for the English language began at a young age and continued to flourish throughout her college and graduate school careers. Rachel has more than ten years of experience as a freelance writer and editor, and has enjoyed working with students in various capacities as a writing and ESL tutor. With additional training and experience as a Christian therapist, Rachel believes that a holistic approach to students and their education incorporates an understanding not only of academics but also of psychological development, personality, and learning styles. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she works as a writer, therapist, and mentor. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhea Bright holds a B.A. from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an M.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University, also in Halifax. Her Classical studies involved Latin and Greek, as well as classical and medieval literature, philosophy and theology. King’s Foundation Year Program, an early integrated great books curriculum, and the Dalhousie Classics department formed and nurtured what became a life-long love of the classics and a deep appreciation of the contribution of the ancient world to whatsoever is good and true and beautiful. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. Rhea taught Ancient and Medieval Humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma for nine years, and over the course of ten years at Providence Hall and The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, she taught Latin, Logic, Bible, and integrated ancient literature and history. Rhea is married to Father Patrick Bright, an ordained Anglican priest who served for over 24 years at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and recently retired from full-time ministry. Together they raised five sons, now grown. They now live in a 170-year-old house in rural Nova Scotia. email@example.com
Sarah Collister has been an English teacher for 7 years. Her experience in the classroom includes a dual language Spanish/English school, her own private Christian alma mater, a classical christian school, and more recently, a Scottish Catholic high school! She discovered the “garden of delight” that is classical education 4 years ago and has not looked back since. She loves reading, writing about, and occasionally even performing literature with her students. Sarah and her husband currently live in Scotland, where he is pursuing a PhD in divinity at the University of St. Andrews. In their spare time, they host a podcast about poetry called Poetry for the People. The mission is simple: put poetry back into the able and appreciative hands of the people! firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Foose is a fluent and enthusiastic Spanish speaker and an experienced Spanish teacher. She enjoys the language-learning process in its own right and loves sharing this love with her students. Her Spanish journey began when she was young, continued at Duke University where she was a Spanish major, and came to fruition with a second major in Latino Studies, 2 stints studying abroad in Southern Mexico, and various interpreting, missions, and immigrant advocacy roles as an adult. Sarah has taught Spanish to grades 3 through 10, privately and at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has also taught dialectic and rhetoric school math, history, logic, literature, and ESL literature. Sarah loves Spanish grammar but enjoys even more the beauty of cross-cultural relationships made possible by a common language—this is what Spanish class is ultimately about! She and her husband, Jeremy, have 2 young, bilingual children, Leah and Annie, and live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sarah’s other passions include a gospel lifestyle, food, and the great outdoors. Mrs. Foose teaches Spanish for Children A and B at Scholé Academy. email@example.com