Veritas Press Scholars Academy Instructors

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 students at Veritas Academy.

 
Scott Baker has taught rhetoric and communication studies for over twenty years in a variety of institutions. His college teaching experience includes positions held at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, Goucher College, UNC-Greensboro, and Liberty University. He is currently an instructor at Bowling Green State University. Baker's contributions to the classical Christian setting include teaching rhetoric at New Covenant School for eleven years where he also developed and directed the Senior Thesis program. He has served as consultant on the role of rhetoric in the Trivium to several classical schools.
 
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.
 
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.
   
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 is currently producer of St. Anne’s Public House and lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 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. Dr. Collender loves Classical rhetoric and has taught it for many years with an eye toward effecting persuasion in the 21st Century.
 
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 a classical school setting 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. He has taught Omnibus and Logic courses for Veritas Press Scholars Academy since 2008. In addition, Rick has contributed essays for the Omnibus textbook series. He enjoys reading voraciously and eclectically, especially anything relating to ancient or medieval history and archaeology. Rick and his wife Mary Beth are members of Providence Church in Lynchburg, VA and are the 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.
 
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.
 

Cynthia Jackson has a God-given passion for children and young adults.  She and her husband Calvin have been blessed with two children educated at Cary Christian School.  After receiving a business information technology B.B.A. degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, she spent about 25 years as a technical and business professional in the computing industry.  She has taught technical product software to corporate clients and children.  She joined Cary Christian School in 2009 as an SAT Prep elective teacher and later as College Advisor.  Cynthia is an active servant in her church's Children's, Prayer and Women's Ministries. 

 

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.

   
Susan Joslyn is a magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University and mother of six. She began homeschooling in 1987. She later went on to teach professionally beginning in 1999 when she took a position at the grammar level at New Covenant Schools of Bedford, a classical Christian school. There she became trained in Shurley Grammar and Saxon Math. She implemented a writing program for students there based upon the principles of the highly effective Institute for Excellence in Writing. Susan further developed these skills when she transferred to New Covenant Schools of Lynchburg, VA, where she continued to teach at the grammar level until 2006. At that time she moved to Tappahannock, Virginia, and for two years taught literature, grammar and composition, science, and math at the Aylett Country Day School. She began her career as an online instructor with Veritas Online Scholars in the fall of 2009 teaching Grammar and Composition III, Literature I and III. She is currently teaching the Saxon curriculum for grammar math classes Math 65 and 76. Susan and her physician husband now reside in High Point, NC and are members of St. John’s Anglican Church in Greensboro, NC.
 

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.
 

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.

 

Woelke Leithart received a Bachelor of Arts from New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and a Master of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  His graduate thesis was entitled The Effect of the Black Death on English Universities.  He has taught Biblical Interpretation and Bible survey classes for middle- and high-school students, and he contributed numerous chapters to the Omnibustextbookseries.  His hobbies include Duke basketball, film scores, and studying the American legal system.  Woelke and his wife Megan have been married for eight years and have three children: John, Matthias, and Vivian.  They currently live in North Carolina.

 
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.
 
Cindy Marsch has been with Veritas Press Scholars Academy since 2010 and has taught writing online since 1997, and before that taught at two community colleges, Auburn University, and Florida State University, where she earned a B.A. with honors in creative writing and business and an M.A. in general literature studies. Cindy and her husband Glenn, a professor of physics at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, were among the founders of a classical Christian school, and Cindy has served as a conference speaker and as a consultant and tutor for several schools and homeschool study centers. The Marsch family, members of Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Grove City, includes Abby (GCC ’11) and her new husband Garrett (GCC'11), David (GCC ’12), Betsy (Union University ’14), and Ben (VPSA '16), all of whom have been homeschooled for the majority of their education.
 

Steve Maus has served as a US Air Force helicopter pilot for the last 22 years - twelve years in special operations (with deployments to Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan and other exciting places) and the last nine years as an instructor at all levels of Air Force flight training.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and a Masters Degree in Information Systems Management from Webster University.

His interests are in environmentally responsible, ecologically beneficial, permanent agriculture, reformed theology, mathematics, music and music history.  Steve and his much-loved wife, Amy, have been married for 20 years, are the homeschooling parents of 18 young adults and children, ages 2-23, and are the owners of the Autumn Creek Ranch near Spokane, WA.

   

Jacob Moya has a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in History from the University of San Diego. Jacob has taught in various capacities over the last 10 years, including as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Julia, have six beautiful children. The Moya family enjoys hiking together, playing soccer and tennis, and watching old films. Jacob's academic interests include postbellum educational history in the American South, 19th century historical theology, and economic history. One day, Jacob would like to own a small business with his sons.

 
Joost Nixon is the pastor of Christ Church, Spokane. He loves to teach, and has done so in many different subjects in a number of institutions, including Christ Seminary (Polokwane, South Africa), Greyfriars' Hall (Moscow, ID) and The Oaks: A Classical Christian Academy (Spokane, WA). He has been a contributing editor of Credenda Agenda magazine since 2000, and is the Executive Producer of St. Anne's Public House, a Christian audio quarterly. He is on the Board of Trustees for New St. Andrews College. Mr. Nixon has a M.Div. from the Master's Seminary, and is an incurable student. Joost has been married to Kristen, who is much too good for him, for fifteen years. They have six sons and one well-protected daughter.
 
Adair Paul has been involved in Christian education for several years, teaching a variety of science courses at both the middle and high school level.  She is a founding board member of Imago Dei Academy, a classical Christian school in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and currently teaches science for the school.  Prior to teaching science, Adair worked as a registered nurse for twenty years. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. Adair and her husband Allan have been married for 33 years and have three grown children.
 
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.
 

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 the study and application of 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 has also equipped Rebekah to serve those with specific needs by helping them find solutions that enable the 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. Traveling to visit friends in the US and beyond, collaborating with composers for special music projects and published choral anthems, planning and participating in events for family and friends, serving in various ministries of the church, cooking and baking all types of recipes, running and hiking in God’s beautiful world, and finding new things to learn or experience are just a few more ways she enjoys living.

   
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.
 
Eric Reini graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a BA in mathematics secondary education and received his Master’s of Education from Cedarville in 2004. He has taught for 12 years in the Christian school, public school, and community college environments. He and his wife, Diana, work together to homeschool their 5 daughters. He currently lives in Marion, Ohio, and enjoys sports and reading.
 

Deirdre Salmon has taught grammar school, middle school, and high school Latin classes; individually tutored home schooled Latin students; taught Latin to home school groups; and instructed Latin at Providence Classical Academy (2007-2011), which she and her husband helped found. She has composed and contributed tests and worksheets to Classical Academic Press and has recently completed the test books and answer keys for Classical Academic Press's Latin Alive! Books 1 and 2. Her students frequently receive honors on the Elementary Latin Exam, National Latin Exam, National Classical Etymology Exam, and National Mythology Exam. Deirdre and her husband Jeff have been married for twenty-two years and have three sons and a daughter whom they have classically educated for twelve years. Her children will tell you that in her spare time she reads and reads and then for good measure reads some more, that she loves Chick-Fil-A, that she loves to take indoor cycling classes at the local gym, and that she loves Latin and relates it to every area of their lives ad nauseam. She holds a B.A. (honors, magna cum laude) in Human Communication from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. The 2013-14 school year will be Deirdre's third year as a Latin teacher at VPSA.

 

Mary Sam is a home schooling mom of six children, ages 2 – 16.  She graduated from Houghton College with a B. S. in Biology and completed her Masters in secondary science education at the University of Bridgeport.  In addition to home schooling for 12 years, she taught Life Science, Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry to students in Grades 7 – 12 in both the public and private Christian Schools.  Currently, in addition to home schooling, she enjoys teaching Shakespeare at her local Home School co-op.

   
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.
   
Kelly Songer is a homeschooling mom who received a B.A. in Human Communication from Abilene Christian University in 1990.  She and her husband Jimmy lived and worked as missionaries in the Philippines for fourteen years, where all four of her children were born. Her love of languages was sparked when she studied Greek in college. After that she learned Tagalog while working as a missionary and upon returning to the States, had the opportunity to learn Latin. She spent five years homeschooling her own children and then spent two years teaching Latin to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Providence Classical School. She has also taught Latin to Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stage students in homeschool groups. She is now happy to be homeschooling again and eager to share her love of languages with her students.
   
Jessica Sperry has long loved language. She studied English and French at the University of Florida; after graduating with a B.A. in English and a French minor, she lived in France working as an au pair, studying French, and enjoying all the art galleries she could. Her teaching career began when she moved to New York City and served as a teacher’s aide in Harlem. Since then she has taught in various Christian settings for over ten years. While earning her master’s in English and writing her thesis, she became enamored with Dickens and things Victorian. She loves teaching for Veritas Press Scholars Academy, her three kids, her beekeeping husband, and, of course, language.
   

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.
   
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.
 

Art Stroh recently graduated with a B.A. in Classics from Florida State University where he quickly became an ardent supporter of the classical model following the realization that his former education had merely taught him what to think rather than how to think. His minor studies were in Religion and his intention is to continue this education at seminary in the very near future. Art and his family live in Panama City, Fl, where he presently serves at his church as teacher and music leader to the youth group.  He has two boys (Tate and Liam) and, in spite of what other husbands may think, is married to the most beautiful woman in the world (Angela). Art’s passion is reading about the wondrous works of God as recorded in His Holy Writ and throughout the annals and epochs of time (his-story). The “goal of [Art’s learning] and instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5)”.

 

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.
 

Dr. Edwin Utz teaches Omnibus classes for Veritas Press Scholars Academy.  He has been the pastor of Bennett Community Church in Jackson, Michigan for 14 years.  He has also taught History and Worldview classes for a local homeschool co-op and taught Personal Leadership Development and Biblical Perspectives for Spring Arbor University.  Before that, he lived in South Korea, serving as a pastor and educator. He graduated from Liberty University (B.S. and M.Div.) and Ashland Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He and his wife Teri have two daughters.  Mr. Utz loves touring historical sites, creative writing, Korean food, and watching students learn.

   

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.

   
 

Tom Vierra has taught in the classical school setting for the past eight years. He was a founding faculty member at two different schools in the Phoenix area, teaching Great Books seminars, writing, and Ancient, Medieval, and American history. In his most recent position as Academic Dean, he was brought on to help build a new school by overseeing the development of the curriculum and of the faculty culture. He holds B.A. degrees in History and Philosophy, an M.A. in Philosophy, and has nearly completed his Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Arizona State University. He is currently working on his dissertation which focuses on ancient Greek and Roman moral philosophy. He has been blessed with marriage for nine years. He and his wife Tracey have three children, two cats, one dog, and thirteen chickens.

   
 

Sheryl Vine graduated with a B.A. in English from The Master’s College. She spent one of her college semesters at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University in England. After marrying and moving to Bozeman, Montana, she became connected with Petra Academy, a Classical Christian school in Bozeman. She taught Latin and English classes there for 4 years to students in 6th-10th grades. She also helped to develop curriculum, held summer Latin clubs and tutored in a variety of grade levels. In April of 2010, she left Petra to become a mom. She now lives in Minnesota with her husband Cody and son Tyler. Along with her passion for languages, she loves being out in Nature, reading, writing, coaching volleyball and basketball, floral design, cooking and gardening.

   
 

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.

 

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. Rae enjoys reading, exercise classes, and following her favorite sport teams. She and her husband are both active in their church. Rae feels very blessed to be part of Veritas Press Scholars Academy!

   
 

Mary Wright graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a degree in Mathematical Sciences and an emphasis in Philosophy. Before staying home with her three children, she taught secondary mathematics in the Long Beach Unified School District for four years and obtained a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. Mary has homeschooled her three children for sixteen years and for ten years she led a successful Apologia Science/Mathematics/Logic Coop at her church. Mary enjoys camping, hiking, rock collecting, backpacking and reading C.S. Lewis.

   
 

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.

   
 

Jodi Young has taught various aged children and adults for the last 16 years in the classroom, mission field, and at conferences. She has her B.S. degree from Florida State University and a Masters of Education from Regent University. Since 2001, Jodi has passionately assisted several schools transition into Veritas Press curriculum with staff and parent trainings in Shurley Grammar, Saxon Math, and Veritas Press Bible & History. Jodi and her husband, Josh, live in Destin, Florida where he pastors Kingdom Life Vision Center. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, write, and spend time at the beach.