Veritas Press Scholars Academy Instructors



Mary K. Andreades is a classics maven, having pursued learning in the humanities for all of her life.  After receiving a classical education at the Holton-Arms preparatory school in Bethesda, Maryland, she earned a BA with a fine arts major from Yale University in 1984.  She worked in New York City as a fine artist, theatric prop and set painter, and inner city art teacher for several years before becoming a pastor's wife and mother of four.  Now a fifteen year homeschooling veteran, she was an enthusiastic early adopter of the Veritas curriculum. 

Mary K. also brings mentoring skill to her classroom. In assisting her husband, Sam, as he pastors the Village Church (PCA) in Greenwich Village, she has led a number of support groups, children’s arts programs, parenting and women's ministries as well as being active in counseling. Her eldest son, Thaddaeus, is pursuing 3D animation at School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Jeremy, who learned to argue properly from Mr. Baker and Mr. Dennis, is now a nationally recognized public high school debater. Her two younger children, Veronica and Enoch, continue as Veritas Press Scholars Academy Diploma students.

Erick Barrett is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Family Ministry and Biblical Counseling. Mr. Barrett has served as the Upper School Department Head for Highland Rim Academy, a classical Christian K-12 school, where he taught math and science and coached robotics. He has also served in positions with Target Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace, and with the U.S. Army. Mr. Barrett currently serves as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He currently resides in Cookeville, TN with his wife Lisa and their three children Cassidy, Allison and Andrew. He is the pastor of Whorton Springs Baptist Church in Smithville, TN. He and his wife homeschool their children and believe that children should not only have a complete and rigorous education, but that it should be grounded firmly on a biblical worldview.
Janet Beavin taught English in a Christian school before having a family and beginning her real education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University. Her experience includes homeschooling five children (four are now grown), tutoring, teaching in and directing a homeschool co-op, developing literature and composition classes, and hosting a radio book review program. Janet and her husband Bob have been active in church leadership, Christian education, missions and youth work for many years.
Alexandra Bitton is a native French speaker. She was born in Montreal, Canada and spent much of her childhood traveling throughout the Francophone world. Her family is from both Canada and Morocco, both rich in Francophone culture and language. Her primary and secondary educations were conducted in Canada. She graduated from Villa Sainte Marcellinne with a Diplome Canadien and a Brevet Francais. She completed a BA in history from the University of Florida, an MA in romance languages from the University of Florida, an MS in information science from Florida State University and has taught French at the college and university level. She is the mother of five children Daphne, Henry, Harrison, Ella, and Sophia.
Karen Bolton is a classical Christian education veteran. She has taught for fifteen years and served as Head of School for thirteen of those years at a classical Christian school in southern Arizona. Her experience as teacher and Head of School has equipped her with the ability to understand and adapt well to the needs of her students and their parents. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona as well as a Master Classical Teacher certification from the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). Karen and her husband Jeff have two grown daughters who have been educated in classical Christian, Christian, and homeschooling environments. In each of these settings Karen has taught many subjects and grade levels, including math from K through Algebra 2 using the Saxon program. 
Dr. Anna Boriack has enjoyed teaching mathematics and science in both public and private schools and loves being given the opportunity to enhance students’ understanding in these disciplines. She majored in Secondary Education (Chemistry and Mathematics) for her Bachelor of Science, earned a Master of Science in Biochemistry, and has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (STEM Education and Teacher Professional Development). Anna lived in numerous Midwestern states growing up and is currently living in Pennsylvania with her husband, Cale. She is very active in her church, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (LCMS), and heads up outreach events, teaching Sunday School, and teaching a Women’s Bible Study. When she has some free time Anna enjoys baking, crocheting, reading, hiking, and canoeing. Anna teaches online at the graduate school level, and is delighted to have joined the community of scholars at VPSA.
Linda Braman graduated from Central Michigan University, and has taught English and speech in public schools, Christian schools, and homeschool co-ops.  A life-long learner, she has taken classes at the local community college in photography and videography, specializing in portrait photography and event videography. She also takes advantage of the free online university classes, enjoying new insight into literature and writing.  Hobbies include doting on her seven grandchildren, traveling to see these same grandchildren, writing, rewriting, and reading, reading, reading.
Allan Bruner received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Seattle Pacific University in 1981. He received his Master of Science Education from Oregon State University in 1988. Between the years of 1981 and 1988, he fished in Alaska, went through nursing school to obtain a practical nursing license, worked on a doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics, and ultimately decided that teaching science was the best possible use of the talents God provided him.

Mr. Bruner has been teaching at Colton High School in Colton, Oregon for the past 21 years. He teaches a wide variety of science, mathematics, and social studies courses in this rural public high school located in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range. He serves as music and drama teacher, and advises a number of student clubs and organizations. He has served in a number of state leadership roles for the Oregon Department of Education, and been fortunate enough to work with Dr. William Woodward at the Oregon Health and Science University as a Murdock Charitable Trust “Partners in Science” Fellow. Most recently, Mr. Bruner was elected to serve as the President of the Oregon Science Teachers Association, and was named the Oregon Teacher of the Year for 2006.

Allan and his wife, Karen, have been married for 21 years and have three daughters who are educated at home. They are all active in their local church, where Mr. Bruner serves as teaching elder and musician. They own small acreage above the Molalla River in rural Clackamas County, Oregon, where they garden and enjoy a menagerie of farm animals.
Kari Ceaicovschi stumbled upon Latin when registering for a language as an undergraduate at the University of Montana. Twenty-three years later with an M.A. from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the classics, she continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for the study of Latin and inspires her students to feel the same way about the language. Kari has taught Latin at all levels, with most of her experience in the classroom coming from teaching Middle School Latin for seven years in a classical Christian school in Washington State. Now the mother of two boys, both of whom are studying Latin, Kari is learning judo, baseball, and soccer (vicariously), and has a new found appreciation for Legos. She also enjoys working in her vegetable garden, canning fruits and veggies, and serving the church in the altar guild and as a council member. 
Jennifer Collender is the wife of Dr. Michael Collender and the mother of three little monkeys, Jackson, Benaiah, and Isabella. She graduated valedictorian from Logos School and then from New St. Andrew's College with a Liberal Arts degree and an Education Emphasis. She taught numerous subjects for The Oaks Academy, an ACCS school in Spokane, Washington, including Latin, Protocol and Journalism, before having children of her own. She is now a very thrilled homeschooling mother and the director of Coram Deo Academy, a homeschool co-op based in Spokane, where she has taught Logic, Omni IV, Elementary Geography, Protocol, and Creative Writing. Her hobbies include anything related to children, even coaching her son's soccer team, though secretly she has never played a game in her life, but don't tell anyone. The team still doesn't know. 
Dr. Michael Collender is an alumnus of the Los Angeles Film Studies Center who also worked in script development and in production in the capacities of Assistant Director and Second Unit Director. He has taught philosophy and leadership studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, for over a decade. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, working on the problem of modeling complex systems. He has also been a Visiting Fellow of the Philosophy Institute of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. At VPSA, Dr. Collender teaches Rhetoric 2, Film and Worldview, Economics, Psychology and Omnibus courses. 
James Conner is currently serving full time as a Christian School teacher in Midland, Michigan where he resides with his family.  He has over five years experience as a science, mathematics, and technology teacher in a distinctively classical, Christian school. Jim has an engineering and technical background in both the electrical and architectural fields.  He holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry and is currently working toward several information technology certifications while pursuing graduate studies in apologetics.Along with a hearty discussion over the physical and biological sciences, Jim is particularly fond of studying and discussing both philosophy and theology.  He is also an avid sportsman with a passion for coaching basketball.
Rick Davis has been teaching in classical Christian schools since 2006. He studied in the honors program at Liberty University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a B.A. in Religion. In his college years, Rick spent time as a youth pastor and as a teacher assistant at Pactum Christian Academy in Lynchburg, VA. In 2006, he returned to Pactum to teach. Since 2008, he has taught a variety of courses for Veritas Press Scholars Academy including Omnibus II, Omnibus IV, Logic I, Logic II, and Rhetoric I. In addition, Rick has contributed essays and study questions to the Omnibus textbook series. He also wrote and taught for the self-paced Omnibus II Secondary Course, and contributed exercises to the self-paced Omnibus I Primary Course. He enjoys reading just about anything he can get his hands on. His particular interests include ancient and medieval history, archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, Medieval Literature, Biblical Studies and Christian theology. Rick and his wife Mary Beth are members of Providence Church in Lynchburg, VA and are the very proud parents of Luther, Anthea and Alfred. 
Tammy Duby holds degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Biola University. She is the co-author of The Ultimate Lap Book Handbook and Pillars of the Hebrew Nation. She taught kindergarten and first grade before homeschooling her two children. Tammy shares her passion for learning and teaching as she creatively teaches history, literature and science classes for local homeschoolers in kindergarten through high school. She especially enjoys encouraging parents in their homeschool journeys as she travels to teach Lap Book workshops to home educators. Tammy joined the Veritas faculty in 2008, and has taught grammar, history and Omnibus courses. She has never decided which age student is the most interesting, so she keeps busy with 6 to 18-year-olds all week. She enjoys talking about great books with students and challenging them to go "further up and further in" to God's kingdom. She loves cooking healthy food, reading, traveling, and hosting "How to Watch a Movie" nights for teens at her house. The most fun she has ever had was homeschooling her two children, who grew up way too fast. She actively serves in her local church and makes her home in the countryside outside of Washington D.C.
Christopher Farenhorst has been married for over 8 years to his lovely wife Melissa. The LORD has blessed them with four children so far – Eleanor (7), Brenna (6), Edmund (3), and Timothy (1 ½). Chris and his family have been thoroughly enjoying homeschooling for the past two years. Chris grew up in a loving Christian home in Owen Sound, Ontario and graduated from Redeemer University College in 1999 with his B.S. (major in Mathematics, minor in Chemistry) and B. Chr. Ed. Chris taught grade eight for one year at a Christian school in Dundas, Ontario and then taught for two years at Christian Liberty Academy in Suriname, South America. Following this, he taught for ten years as a high school math and science teacher at Heritage Christian School in southern Ontario. Three years ago, he made a major job change and started selling life insurance. He enjoys the work and being able to spend more time with the family, but missed teaching mathematics. Is there anything as exciting as graphing sinusoidal functions? Therefore, he is eager to be teaching mathematics to students once again at Veritas. He and his family attend New Creation Presbyterian Church in southern Ontario, and are thankful for faithful preaching and fellowship of the saints each Sunday. Chris loves spending time with his family, enjoys reading, and thrills at the prospect of casting a top water lure looking for largemouth bass in a beautiful Ontario Lake. 

Dr. Troy Gibson has taught courses in American Politics, Religion and Politics, Christian Political Theology, Social Science Statistics, and Public Law for over ten years. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia. As a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, he has published several academic studies in leading journals in the field of Political Science, such as The Social Science Quarterly and Politics and Religion. A specialist on the topics of politics and religion in American political thought, Christian political theology, and the Judeo-Christian roots of liberal democracy, Dr. Gibson and his research has been featured in several news outlets nationwide.

As a Christian, Dr. Gibson believes he should draw from a biblical worldview.  As a scholar, he believes he must, since understanding the world correctly requires it. Dr. Gibson serves God as a husband, father and churchman. His wife (and high school sweetheart) Natalie has been a first grade teacher, and their three children, Caleb, Noah, and Sarah Ann, are new homeschoolers. He regularly teaches the Bible, theology, and apologetics in Sunday School at Woodland Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. For fun, Dr. Gibson enjoys spending time with his family, blogging, smoking meats, and cheering on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

Samuel Gist earned a B.A. in History from Hillsdale College and an M.A. in Medieval History from King’s College London. He has taught Latin, Logic, and Humanities at a Classical Christian school for five years and is excited to be working with students from all over the country at the Scholars Academy. His passion for history and Classics lives outside of the classroom as well, where he spends his time writing historical fiction and collecting a very old-fashioned library. With any extra time he tries to keep up his jazz and classical trumpet playing. He is happily settled in Indiana with his wife and three daughters.
Denise George is a homeschooling mother of four children, ages 9-16. She has taught mathematics to various age groups, from Kindergarten through adult, and in many different settings, including public school, community college, private tutoring, homeschool co-op, and her own children. She is also an academic consultant for the Excelsior Co-op she and her children attend. Denise graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education Mathematics and an M.S. in Education of the Hearing Impaired. She continues to take stimulating continuing education classes and is always interested in learning new things. She loves the way mathematics reflects the order and structure of God’s creation and seeks to foster that love in her students.
Paula Gossard has a BA in Chemistry, a BS in Oceanography, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Science Education (Earth and Environmental Sciences). Discovering a love of middle school students and teaching while leading a middle school youth group during college, she also earned a California Teaching Certificate and embarked on a 31-year career teaching science and math, primarily in Christian schools, also serving as an administrator at Christian schools in Kodiak, Alaska and Fairfax, Virginia. Most recently, she has been teaching science and education courses at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA where she is currently the Acting Dean of the School of Education. Paula and her husband Carl lived in many different locations during his career as a Coast Guard officer. Of these, Alaska was by far their favorite! When “free” time allows, Paula enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, and cooking. She is excited to join the online community of scholars and teach Marine Biology in this, her first year, at VPSA.

Damian Haarhoff was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Namibia when he was three 3 years old - which means that his students receive their instruction in a cool South African accent at no additional charge! He had many adventures growing up in Africa including being chased by a rhino, running into a herd of baby elephants, and a close encounter with a baboon (not all on the same day).

When missionaries from the U.S. started a church in his hometown of Windhoek, he became a Christian by the sovereign grace of God through the means of their ministry. When he was 18, the church sent him to Texas to study at Dallas Baptist University.  One fine day in the midst of a required math course at DBU, his eyes were opened to how the glory of God is manifest in what he once thought were just unrelated numbers, meaningless letters, and irrelevant formulas. He began to see more and more of how the perfections of God permeate the world of mathematics - how the beauty, order, precision, immutability and complexity of math was indeed a testimony to the very nature of the God by whom and for whom all things were made. As a result, he went on to earn a B.A. in mathematics as well as in theology with a minor in New Testament Greek.

Damian has been a pastor, counselor, Sunday school teacher and karate instructor.  He has taught math for the last 15 years and has had the privilege of working with a diverse group of students from disadvantaged to honors.  He has taught everything from 6th grade math to Calculus II.  He is happily married to his bride of 15 years whom he met at DBU. They live out in the country with their 7 adorable children who help to manage their small farm of goats, pigs, chickens, bunnies, and a Great Pyrenees watch dog named Elsie. They have been homeschooling their children since their oldest could say the words "A says, a, -a-, a-pple."  The Haarhoffs are faithful members of Grace Family Baptist Church in Conroe, Tx. 

Damian is excited to be working for Veritas where he can support and come along side parents in their honorable endeavors to educate their children.  He hopes that his students will see how very exciting, practical and relevant math is in the real world and how it was designed by its Author to produce wonder and worship.


Amanda Jager holds a B.Ed. and an M.A. from McGill University. She has been homeschooled, attended private school, and has taught in variety of settings, from large public schools to tutoring ESL students in her dining room. She and her husband, Derek, have five young children and are beginning the journey of educating them at their home in Napierville, Quebec, Canada. Her passions are philosophy and literature, and in her (very small amount of) free time, she enjoys writing, reading, watching hockey with her sons, and baking. 


Dr. Jason Jewell holds a BA in history and music from Harding University, an MA in history from Pepperdine University, and a PhD in Humanities from Florida State University. Dr. Jewell is the chair of the Department of Humanities at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in history, literature, Bible, and interdisciplinary humanities. He is an Adjunct Scholar for the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, AL. He also homeschools his four sons with his wife, Vickie. He blogs at The Western Tradition, where he is tracking a seven-year project to read through the Great Books of the Western World.

Andrew Johnson received his baccalaureate degree from Crichton College in Memphis, TN majoring in Christian Ministry. He also earned the Master of Arts in Archaeology and Biblical Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, TX. Currently, he attends Yale Divinity School and is working on a Master of Arts in Religion concentrating on the New Testament and Early Christianity. He has taught Latin and Greek at Faith Heritage Christian Academy in Millington, TN, theological Latin at SWBTS, as well as secondary history and logic at Christian Life Preparatory School in Fort Worth, TX. One of his greatest academic interests is ancient languages. He has reached advanced reading levels both in Greek (Classical and Hellenistic) and Latin, and intermediate reading levels in Hebrew and Aramaic. He is married to Sara Johnson; together they welcomed their first child, Rosalie, in November of 2014. They enjoy traveling together and have visited every major Civil War battlefield in the country. They intend to visit the major Revolutionary War battlefields in years to come.  

Tammy Kabakjian is a home schooling mother with a love of classical education. She earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University, and has taught a variety of subjects in both Christian school and business settings. Tammy and her husband, Bob, have three children: Robert, Tori, and Katy. They reside in Camden, SC, (the oldest inland town in South Carolina), and are members of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. As a family, the Kabakjians love adventures like exploring new places, camping and traveling. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys early morning runs, baking and photography.

Al Keller received his M.A. in Russian History from the University of New Orleans in 1970, followed by three years of post-graduate work in Russian and Chinese History at the University of Washington. During the 1960s and 1970s, he served in the U.S. Navy in Intelligence, worked for the University of Washington in cardiovascular research, and spent five years as a programmer at Boeing. He received his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 1983. From 1984-2008, he served as Senior Pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church and School, Fort Wayne. He served as an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN from 2005-2008. He is skilled in the Greek, Latin, German, Russian, and Chinese languages. His interests include philosophy, international politics, chess, woodworking, and travel. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosalie, his daughter and son-in-law, and four homeschooled grandchildren.
Mark Keuthan grew up in central Texas. After earning a Bachelor of Education in English and Counseling from Hardin Simmons University, Dr. Keuthan taught public and private high school in Texas. Then Dr. Keuthan earned a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, concentrating on American and British Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, which precipitated teaching at UTSA, Wayland Baptist University, Baptist University of the Americas, and San Antonio area community colleges. Wanting to concentrate more on the study of film, television and literature, Dr. Keuthan accepted a teaching fellowship at Regent University in pursuit of a PhD in Communication Critical Studies. His dissertation explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s communication of evil and redemption in his earliest literature. Completing the Doctor of Philosophy, Dr. Keuthan has taught in Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts. Dr. Keuthan is an internationally award winning script and screenwriter, story consultant, actor, director, producer, and conference presenter. His greatest passion is writing redemptive cinema and television and seeing it produced. Dr. Keuthan currently lives in a small town in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

Laura King, headmaster and teacher for Imago Dei Academy in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She teaches grammar school science and grammar, and logic school grammar. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Liberty University. She has been with Imago Dei Academy from the beginning, and has also taught kindergarten through third grade. She has attended training seminars at the Association of Classical Christian Schools annual conference for the past two years, as has researched classical methodology.
Mrs. King has sixteen years’ cumulative teaching experience in church settings and Christian schools. She also has approximately 4 years experience in supervision and office management. She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for 16 years and they have three sons.

Jack Klein served as a US Air Force navigator for nearly 23 years – 10 as an instructor for the US Air Force Weapons School and 3 instructing senior US and foreign military officers as an assistant professor at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. He has served in the air and on the ground in places like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Iceland. Prior to entering the Air Force he taught high school math and science on the island of Guam, the Republic of Palau, and Laurel, MT. He has also taught Omnibus I, II, and III in home school coops and coached speech and debate through the NCFCA, as well as volleyball, baseball and soccer in various environments. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics education from Montana State University - Billings and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies (Air Warfare) from American Military University. His interests include Music (both performing and listening), Communications, and Community and Leadership Development. Jack and Susan have been married for 28 years, are the homeschooling parents of 6 children, ages 8-22, and are the owners of the leadership development business JSKLIFE. They currently reside in Billings, MT. 

Susan Klein is the wife of fellow VPSA teacher Jack Klein and mother of 6 children ranging in age from 23 down to 8, including 2 adopted from China and Vietnam. A graduate of Montana State University in Billings, MT with a degree in Math and History Education and extensive work in Chemistry and Physics, she has home schooled all 6 of their children over the course of 12 moves encompassing 5 states while her husband served in the US Air Force and has taught many others, principally nearly every flavor of mathematics and science through various home school coops. She has coached Lincoln-Douglas debate in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association since 2009 with several students competing at the national level. While being stationed at Grand Forks AFB, ND, she worked as a college mathematics instructor. Prior to her husband’s entrance into the Air Force she taught math and history in Guam, as a missionary teacher in the Republic of Palau, and as a substitute teacher in Laurel, MT. An avid reader, musician, and athlete, she loves being back in her home state of Montana. 


Amy Lewis graduated magna cum laude from Fresno Pacific College with a BA in English before earning her teaching credential and serving as a teacher for five years in Christian schools.  She has been happily married for twenty-one years to Stephen, a former PCA church planter and now a PhD candidate in Old Testament studies. Having met in the second grade, Amy and her husband now have seven children whom she has been homeschooling for eleven years.  Amy fills her spare time with stimulating discussions around the dinner table, reading, writing, camping and sewing. Amy also coordinates Christian Education at church.

Phyllis Linton is a veteran teacher of over 30 years, including twenty-five years’ experience in public high school education, experience teaching in two Christian schools, and overseas experience teaching at Han Nam University in Taejon, Korea. She has taught a variety of math classes ranging from Algebra I to Advanced Placement Statistics, as well as life science and English. She earned National Board Certification and has served as a national advanced placement grade reader for the College Board. A National Merit finalist in high school, she holds undergraduate degrees from Mississippi College and from the University of North Alabama, where, as well, she earned a Master of Arts in Education. She completed summer coursework at the University of North Carolina in Asheville and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2007 she won the Alabama District 7 Secondary Teacher of the Year award. With degrees both in biology and in mathematics, she inaugurated a statistics program over ten years ago at Florence High School. She enjoys statistics with its interdisciplinary component and the logical thinking necessary for analysis. An active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Florence, Alabama, she has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Honesty Martin has a passion for math, dance, teaching, and singing. After receiving a BS in Mathematics and a Dance Minor from Lander University, she taught high school mathematics for 9 years. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree soon and considers herself a life-long learner. She is married to Skip (nickname of course) and they have 2 boys, Cody, 10, and Taylor, 7. They reside in Woodruff, SC. Most recently, Honesty began tutoring homeschool students in math and teaching a dance class for the homeschool group at her local YMCA. She is an active member of her church, Duncan First Baptist and is a member of the choir. She is on the choir’s praise team, and sings with an all-female quartet group, Shine. Within the last year, she discovered that she has a knack for handmade crafts and makes clothespin wreaths to give away or sell. Honesty is very excited to be working with VPSA and that God would use her gifts and talents in a way that is glorifying to Him.

Jacob Moya has a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Teaching History from the University of San Diego. Jacob has taught in various capacities over the last 12 years, including as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has spent the majority of those years teaching the Trivium from a Christian perspective. The 2015-2016 school year will be Jacob’s fourth with VPSA. He will be teaching one section of Logic I. He and his bride, Julia, have six children, and they make their home in Northern Idaho. The Moya family enjoys hiking together, playing soccer and tennis, and watching old films. Jacob's academic interests, among other things, include educational history, historical theology, and music appreciation.

Kristen Nixon graduated from The Master’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She was a pre-med student until she got a better offer from Joost Nixon to become his wife. She taught high school science classes at Los Angeles Baptist High School. She teaches biology classes at Coram Deo Homeschool Co-op in Spokane, Washington. She has worked as a field biologist for the Colorado State Dept. of Wildlife and as a microscope operator/lab tech for a failure analysis laboratory. She has recently worked as a homeschooling mother for the past 5 years. She is married to Dr. Nixon, also of Veritas Press, and has 8 children ranging in age from 20 to 4 1⁄2. She loves and serves the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of her ability in the strength and joy that He provides.
Kaye Pepin graduated from Harding University with a B.A. in mathematics. She has taught in both the public and private school sectors.  She homeschooled her three sons for over 12 years and followed her Army soldier husband all over the globe.  She now lives in Cookeville, Tennessee, and spends her free time cooking, reading, hiking, and teaching ladies' Bible classes.
  Corey Piper earned his BA in Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and has mostly taught middle school students during his seventeen years of teaching. He has taught 6th grade Ancient History, Old Testament, Omnibus II, Omnibus III, and 11th grade composition. He has also coached baseball, led DC trips, participated in a summer missions trip to the middle east, been the advisor for the middle school yearbook, and written for the Veritas Press Omnibus series, volumes IV and V. He won the 1996 Whitworth writing award with his essay, “A Tear and a Laugh,” which was later published as “The Capacity of Love” in the May/June 1997 issue of “Christian Parenting Today." He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters and is looking forward to continuing to teach using the Omnibus curriculum. 
Sheryl Powell graduated magna cum laude from Houghton College with a B.A. in French. A veteran teacher of over 30 years, she has taught French in both public and private schools to four year olds through twelfth grade and has led 15 student tours to French speaking countries. Sheryl recently received her TESOL certification and tutors international college students. She and her husband live in Michigan and love visiting their daughter’s family in England. Sheryl has provided leadership to the music and fine arts ministry of her Presbyterian church and enjoys reading, playing the piano, card stamping, traveling, and teaching.
Rebekah Pringle delights in opportunities to explore and share her fascination with literature, cultures, genres, philosophies, theology, and the study of communication past and present. Earning degrees in Creative Writing (B.A.) and English (M.A.) from Bob Jones University and teaching literature and composition in classrooms and through media for the past several years have increased her pleasure in these subjects. Her experiences have also provided continued inspiration for excellence in communication and biblical thinking and living. Providing guidance, tutoring, counseling, and advice in various leadership roles over the past ten years equipped Rebekah to serve those with specific needs by helping them find solutions that enable accomplishments of personal and institutional goals. Rebekah enjoys one-on-one interactions with students and families from around the world and across the country. Homeschooled from K5-12 and the second of five, she also values the close relationships she has with her family: grandma, parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, and adorable nieces and nephews. 
Betsy Randolph has a BA in Human Anatomy and Physiology, MS in Biochemistry, MA in Education, and PhD in Neruobiology.  After working as a research scientist with a young drug delivery company, Betsy came home as a full-time mom when she had identical twin boys who are now 16.  For the past ten years she has been teaching biology, anatomy and physiology, and inorganic and organic chemistry at the community college level.  Given her passion for a Biblical six day creation, she is excited about the opportunity to teach science from a Christian world view.  When not enthralled in learning and teaching about cells and molecules, Betsy loves being outdoors in nature and exercising.

Mary Sam is a home schooling mom of six children, ages 6 through 20. She graduated from Houghton College with a BS in Biology and completed her Masters in secondary science education at the University of Bridgeport. In addition to home schooling for 15 years, she taught Life Science, Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry to students in Grades 7 - 12 in both the public and private Christian Schools. Although science is one of her first loves, she also enjoys classic literature, especially Tolkein and Shakespeare. 

Rob Shearer is the husband of Cyndy Shearer, the proud father of 11 children, an Elder at Abundant Life Church, and the Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He is also the Publisher of Greenleaf Press, and vice president of the Tennessee Association of Church-Related Schools. He is the author of Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation, and Famous Men of the 16th & 17th Century. Rob holds an MA in History and Humanities from Stanford University and a BA in History from Davidson College. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1979-1980. He has been reading, writing about, pondering, musing, and reflecting on the lessons of history (Ancient, Medieval, & Modern) for over thirty years. He re-reads Paul Johnson’s Modern Times every year, and loves watching Gone With the Wind, Dr. Zhivago, and The Lion in Winter. He once organized a twelve hour marathon back-to-back-to-back screening of all three of the Lord of the Rings movies. Every few years he leads the ultimate homeschool fieldtrip and takes several dozen students and parents with him to Italy and Germany for two weeks, exploring the historical sites associated with the Renaissance and the Reformation. 
Veronica Short loves foreign languages, especially Spanish. With this motivation, she graduated summa cum laude from Western Oregon University with a BA in Spanish. She then completed a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature from Portland State University with a focus in 16th century European science in relation to the the indigenous peoples of the New World. Veronica currently teaches at Portland State University. As an avid learner, Veronica believes that education is not restricted to an age group or career goal but rather that it is a way of life. She studies French, German and has just started violin. Her hobbies include classical ballet, travel, cooking, good coffee and tennis. She pursues her passions in Portland, OR.
Jodi Smith graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University at Montgomery with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught grades 5-8 for six years in both public and Christian schools. Jodi is married to Sam, a PCA pastor and National Guard Chaplain. For the last fifteen years, they have been raising and homeschooling their four children: Collin and Kaitlynn, who are enrolled in the VPSA Diploma Program; Christopher, who is enrolled in the VPSA Grammar school; and Kaebrie, who will enroll when she is old enough. They are expecting a new daughter from China in 2013. Jodi leads a ladies Bible study for her church, loves to read and to travel, and is a professional photographer. She is very thankful for this opportunity to help parents home-school their children through VPSA.

Travis Southern received his B.S. degree in biochemistry (with distinction) and his M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He has also earned the M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Southern has a diverse background that has served as an excellent foundation for teaching science. During college, he personally worked with John Saxon, assisting with the publication of his popular math textbooks. Upon graduation, Mr. Southern performed forensic toxicological analysis as part of a team investigating aircraft accidents for the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Southern then moved to the business side of science, providing financial analysis for a major petrochemical company. After teaching high school Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Physics while in seminary, he now serves as a Senior Pastor in Oklahoma. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mr. Southern has a deep love for students, science, and theology. As a teacher, he seeks to mentor students to gain a robust scientific understanding through the lens of a vibrant Christian worldview. This will serve to prepare students for life in a world impacted by science and technology at every level.

Travis and his wife, Mandy, have been happily married since 2000, and are home educating a daughter and two sons. He is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys jogging, playing trumpet, and a good cup of coffee.


Yolanda Statema earned a BA in Elementary Education from Wheaton College (’86), and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College (’07). She is a member of Phi Lambda Theta International Honor Society for Educators. Fourteen of her 22 years of teaching have been in schools committed to the classical curriculum. Before coming to VPSA last year, she spent seven years at Rockbridge Academy, a well-established Classical and Christian school near Annapolis. Over the years Yolanda’s positions have taken her to northern New Jersey, England, Cape Cod, Annapolis, and now back to Cape Cod. While living in England she took four years off from teaching to work for and tour the world with Oak Hall Expeditions and Skiing! She loves to travel, read, cook, enjoy a good cup of tea, and do anything outdoors. Yolanda is forever grateful that God has given her a calling that brings such joy and fulfillment to her life!

Carter Stepper has a Bachelor's degree with honors in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. He has worked in the marketplace for the last ten years, the best of which were for Veritas Press, and has been involved in youth ministry and teaching since 2006. Carter believes that learning is something to be excited about, and desires to impart that excitement to his students. He loves to wrestle with the big questions, and help students to do the same, understanding that all of human achievement has something to teach us. More than anything, he loves to teach, and to see students understand something for the first time. His eclectic interests range from theology and the Church fathers, to science fiction, Japanese culture, and everything medieval. He plans to attend graduate school in the future. When he isn't buried in a book with coffee in his hand, Carter is spending time with his wife Hollie and their two children in Spokane, WA.
  Jonathan Stewart holds a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in mathematics from Grove City College, and is a member of the Graduate Institute at Saint John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland). For the past six years, he has taught a variety of courses as a full time instructor to secondary students in the Washington D.C. area. These subjects include Senior Rhetoric, Senior Thesis, Junior Rhetoric, Latin, Algebra, Geometry, and a unique “History of Science” course. In his rhetoric courses, Mr. Stewart has led students through significant reviews of logic materials. His personal favorite course of study was Symbolic Logic. Thus, he is thrilled to be teaching several sections of logic at VPSA this upcoming year. In his spare time, Mr. Stewart makes a mean sushi roll, enjoys backpacking, and keeps his family’s 1986 Toyota alive through amateur repairs (after carefully studying YouTube demonstrations). He, his lovely wife, and their two year old daughter are members of The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Manassas. If you are ever in the Washington D.C./Annapolis areas, please let him know and he would be pleased to whip you up a nice espresso. 
Carol Stoltzfus earned her B.A. in English Education from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and later earned her M.A. in Psychology of Reading from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has had the privilege of teaching English and writing to students of both middle and high school grade levels in the public, private and home-school settings. She loves to plant and nurture a love for the fine art of grammar and writing…helping students build sentences, paragraphs and papers. She, and the love of her life, David, live in PA and are very involved in their local church where she  ministers through teaching, hospitality and supporting her husband’s elder ministry. Their four sons and one very well-protected daughter, have all been home-schooled throughout much of their education. Some are finished, while others are still enjoying the adventure.  In her spare time she enjoys God’s creation through running, swimming and of course, eating fine dark chocolates.

Jesse Sumpter graduated from New St. Andrews College in May, 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently working on finishing a Master's degree in Classical Christian Studies at New St. Andrews. Jesse has been teaching for six years. Currently, he teaches Latin at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho and Greek and Omnibus 5 at Veritas. Some of Jesse's hobbies include reading, writing, baseball, history, poetry, fiction, and teaching. Jesse and his wife, Kate, have been married for three years and they live in Moscow, Idaho.

Edward Thurber earned a BA in English literature from the University of California at Davis. He earned a Master’s degree in Spanish literature from California State University of Fresno. He has taught Spanish at the high school and college levels. Edward lives in the California Central Valley on a family vineyard with his wife Julie and their four children. Approaching the study and teaching of language from the perspective of a Christian world view is especially inspiring for Edward. Other interests include playing the piano, guitar, soccer and spending time with family and friends in some of the great California outdoors.
Patrick Timmis holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in English from Hillsdale College, and an M.A. in medieval literature from the University of Virginia. He has directed theatrical productions, worked as a journalist, taught English and Latin at a Virginia classical Christian school, and helped foreign-exchange students prepare for American college admissions exams. Some of his favorite authors are St. Paul, St. Augustine, Chaucer, C.S. Lewis, and Leo Tolstoy. Patrick and his wife Catherine live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They recently welcomed their first daughter, Emma, into the world. As a family, they love to exercise, hike, cook, and listen to baseball. In the near future, Patrick plans to return to school to pursue a doctorate in medieval poetry and theology. 
Norma Tochijara was born in Mexico City but 16 years ago moved to Montreal Canada where she lives with her family. She has been married to Victor Tochijara for 19 years and they have two sons: Marco 15 and Josh 13. She studied to be a speech therapist at the Instituto Nacional de la Comunicacion Humana (INCH) which gives her an advantage in teaching another language because she can focus on proper pronunciation and articulation, especially since Spanish is her mother tongue. Since she moved to Canada, she has been homeschooling her children and tutoring Spanish. Her whole family are communicant members of the Hudson/St.Lazare Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Her husband is the deacon at their church and Norma serves with the women in the church. The Lord has been very gracious to her and her family by saving them at a very young age. She loves running, reading (not at the same time though), baking, teaching and being with her family. 

Gail Van Ryn earned two B.S. degrees from New Mexico Tech, a M.S. from the University of New Mexico, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from Marymount University. At VPSA, this will be her third year teaching in the grammar school. Her local classes for homeschooled students have included hands-on science, memory work, and grammar and writing. Mrs. Van Ryn has also been a local community college professor for over fifteen years, teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Her two teens have always been homeschooled, and both are VPSA students. Favorite teaching moments include discussing good writing and having her students share their work. The Van Ryns live in the beautiful Hunt Country region of Virginia where they enjoy various activities with their church, gardening, and fishing.

Eric VanDerhoof currently teaches history, biblical studies, and Latin at Christian Leadership Academy, an ACCS founding and accredited school in Bloomfield Hills, MI (Metro Detroit). During his 20+ years in education, he has served as teacher, headmaster, consultant, and curriculum writer. He has been committed to a classical Christian approach to education since 1998 when he worked for Veritas Academy (Lancaster, PA) and Veritas Press. Eric earned his B.R.E. at Cornerstone University in 1984, where he also met his wife, Lisa. They have been blessed with 6 children: Kevin (Rebekah), Jonathan, Matthew, Alicia, Christa (who is resting in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ), and Valerie. They are also proud grandparents of Eldon and Ulrik! He enjoys reading, sports of all kinds, growing African Violets, interacting with students, and being with family. 

Hettie Weber resides in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia, with her three children and husband, Lee. She has taught Language Arts, History, and Latin in classical schools since 2007. Originally a homeschooler, Hettie's appreciation for classical education continues to grow. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a degree in History. Her husband is an officer in the US Navy and they have lived in seven states as well as in London, England. If she has spare time, Hettie enjoys playing the cello, reading, studying, and sewing. Her greatest passion is raising each of her children to love the Lord with all of his or her heart, soul, mind, and strength.


Kelly Weber has a degree in education from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She taught at a Christian school for twelve years until she became a mom to a miracle son, Samuel. While staying at home she tutored students in Saxon Math and Shurley Grammar. Kelly is passionate about making learning fun and making her students feel successful academically. She has been married to her husband, Steve, for six glorious years. Since her husband is a lead pastor she is often helping with women’s ministries, missions, teaching, and outreach. When she has free time she enjoys making hand stamped cards and making online photo albums to document all that He has blessed her family with. She resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Miranda Webster has taught third grade for seven years at a Christian classical school in Texas. She received a B.A. in Christian Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University, and received her Master’s in Christian Education with a concentration in Women’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has a passion for teaching, laughing, and bringing joy to the classroom. “It is my greatest desire to inspire my students to understand the beauty and depth of our Creator. May the Lord open our minds to the complexity and simplicity of who He is, so that we may be students and lovers of Him.”  

Trisha Williams is passionate about helping students demonstrate love for God and his Word by helping them understand the world around them and their purpose in it. The rhetoric of literature, history, and theology are the means she uses to engage students in this grand undertaking. Her love for learning and passion for classical education was passed on to her and her ten siblings from her teaching parents. She graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, with a B.A. in English Literature and Language and minor in Biblical Studies in 2005. She became a missionary to Guatemala in 2006, and taught all levels of high school English classes at the International Christian Academy of Guatemala for four years. She also helped coach a Harvard University sponsored debate team working to promote democracy amongst the Americas and saw them compete in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Ecuador. While in Guatemala, she helped establish ESL classes at local churches, as well as encouraging the literacy efforts of fellow missionaries to indigenous Mayan groups.

Ms. Williams is now finishing up her course work for a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. In her free time she tears her nose out of a book to play the piano, host dinner parties, or critique film. She teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible study classes at College Church, and when not leading short term mission trips to various parts of the globe, spends as much time as possible tutoring Hispanic immigrant children and encouraging the educational pursuits of her thirty nieces and nephews.


Rae Wilson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education K-8 with a Reading Major and a Math Minor from Eastern Washington University. She taught first grade for three years in a public school, fifth grade for four years in a private Christian University Method School, and home schooled her two children for fourteen years. This is her third year at VPSA, where she teaches Saxon 54, Linguistics IV, and Primary Literature 3. Rae enjoys reading, exercise classes, biking, skiing, and following her favorite sports teams. She and her husband of 27 years are active in their church, where she teaches ladies Inductive Bible Study. Rae feels very blessed to be part of Veritas Scholars Academy! 


Mary Wright graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a B.A. degree from the College of Math, Science and Engineering. She also obtained a secondary teaching credential from CSULB and taught secondary mathematics for the Long Beach Unified School District for four years before staying home with their three children. Mary has homeschooled for 16 years, predominately using VPSA curriculum. Mary and her husband Harold have been married for 29 years and actively serve in their church, Providence Reformed Church of Las Vegas. They enjoy camping, hiking, rock collecting, backpacking, dogs and reading.  


Sarah Wright.  In the spring of 2015, Sarah will complete a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating with high honors.  Sarah is a National Merit Scholar, a member of the UNLV Honors College, and was recently named the most outstanding mathematics major at UNLV.  Sarah has participated in multiple research projects and teaching seminars.  She is currently working with a team of faculty and graduate students on a mathematical modeling system, calculating the possible spread of Ebola.  Sarah was chosen to teach a university undergraduate seminar for freshmen this past year and spent six months teaching twenty-five first year students.  In addition, she has served as an undergraduate instructor in biology, a university mathematics tutor, and a private violin instructor.  In 2012, Sarah was selected to study abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she met her fiancé, Scott Cartwright. They will be married in May and are moving to Scotland shortly after.  In Scotland, Sarah plans to pursue research, work for the St. Andrews Baptist Church, and teach for Veritas Press.  Outside of academics, Sarah loves to play her violin, ride horses, hike, and backpack through national parks.  


Janis Yerington is a working artist, art historian and art educator. She graduated, cum laude, from Brandeis University near Boston, and also attended Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy and Cambridge University in the UK. She has worked at the New Yorker Magazine, a myriad of galleries, museums, an arts commission and newspapers. She and her husband Matt live on the coast north of San Francisco, raising three wonderful children. Janis has been teaching art since she was a teenager and her enthusiasm only increases. Hundreds of students have taken classes with her through the years at her studio, homeschool programs and private and public schools. Janis has also taught extensively on the topics of the biblical feasts and literature. Her art is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the states. Janis is the proprietor of Harvest Art Studio, Wedding Cake Sculptures and Bolinas Folk Art. Art is a passion and a joy and she is delighted to share her love with her students and to encourage them that through our creativity we can honor and worship our Creator.