VSA Staff


Get to know the VSA staff and instructors.

HEADMASTER
 
 

Dr. Robert J. Cannon is Vice President of Educational Services at Veritas and Headmaster at Veritas Scholars Academy (VSA). He formerly served as Principal of New Discoveries Academy in the great north of Minnesota. He has led adult academic programs and community outreach as a dean at Albright College, served as a vice president in corporate training and community education for Ridgewater College and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and led customized executive education programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cannon has also taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in higher education, primarily Organizational Leadership, and has served as pastor of a non-denominational fellowship just outside Philadelphia. He has volunteered services as an advisor in higher education and is passionate about the Scriptures. Bob and his wife Carrie Ann have seven much-loved children, three dogs, two cats, and a farm of a couple dozen chickens and domestic geese.

   
ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
   
Joy O’Byrne has worked full time for Veritas Scholars Academy as the Administrative Manager since 2012. She received her Bachelor's degree from Houghton College and her Master's degree from Lancaster Bible College.  For the past 30 years she has worked in Christian school administration, church ministry, and international missions and taught as an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College.  When she's not at Veritas she loves to be outside walking, hiking, biking and simply enjoying nature!
   
DIPLOMA PROGRAM DIRECTOR
 
  Deb Nissley graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Marketing. Following graduation, she began working for an engineering firm while pursuing an MBA degree. She worked 10 years in the areas of marketing, finance and data management for two different engineering firms. After leaving the workplace to start a family, she directed her energies toward her children. She served part time on staff for Children’s Ministry at her church, Office Manager at Veritas Academy, where her children attended, and finally four years ago for VSA. Apart from working for VSA, she loves reading, cooking, walking and antiquing. Deb and her husband Greg have four sons and one daughter living in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
   
DIPLOMA PROGRAM ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
 
  Jill Heine graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Speech Communication. She classically homeschooled her children for 7 years before enrolling them into Veritas Academy, a local ACCS accredited school. She assisted with Admissions, Marketing and Fundraising at this school for five years. She currently serves as Admissions Counselor for the diploma program at Veritas, Inc. Jill and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, both of whom are in college. Jill enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and meeting new people.
   
VSA TECHNOLOGY STAFF
   
  Jesse Brooks has been involved with Veritas since he was 14 years old, and has been employed in many different capacities. Even before working here, he used our curriculum from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Jesse is almost finished with a Bachelors in International Studies, and plans to graduate early. His interests include reading old books, learning the Arabic language, international travel, eating delectable food, trying new things, and spontaneity. He plans to be a Diplomat. 
 
DIPLOMA CONSULTANTS
   
Karen Bolton lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona, a city not far from the Mexico border. She and her husband, Jeff, have two grown and married daughters whom she homeschooled in their primary years. Karen earned her Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. Her education experience includes homeschooling, teaching at a local Christian school, and being a founding teacher and Head of School of a classical Christian school for fifteen years. Karen has experience with both the blessings and challenges of the homeschool environment and schedule. Through serving as the Head of School for a classical Christian school, Karen has helped many students set and achieve their goals of graduation and beyond. She understands the demands and rewards of a rigorous classical education. Her experience with countless families and students helps her to discern the most appropriate course plan for the individual student.

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Pam Eatmon Although Pam began homeschooling only half-a-dozen years ago; classical Christian education has played a significant role in her and her husband's life since the early 90s. An experienced paralegal of more than 20 years, Pam has applied her skills in organization and analysis to help meet the unique learning needs of each of her four children, two of whom she and her husband adopted from India. And she's an educator not only of her children, but also of those interested in organic foods, integrative medicine, and special-needs adoptions. Outside the home, Pam facilitates women's Bible studies at church and in the neighborhood and serves her sons' Boy Scout troop as one of its parent leaders. When not otherwise tied up, Reclaiming Our Culture for Christ … One Young Heart and Mind at a Time! you might find her curled up with a good book or stretching out in her favorite yoga class.

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Kim Fulcher enjoys encouraging others in their homeschooling goals and journey. She started homeschooling their oldest son in 2002 using a classical approach.  Even before having children Kim was learning about Christian classical education and attended homeschool conferences with her husband, a teacher at a Christian classical school near Nashville.  She has navigated many challenges while homeschooling, including special needs testing, learning disability remediation, college applications, Eagle Scout projects, AP courses, and motivating children to develop their diverse gifts and talents.  She continues to deepen her understanding of education, as well as biblical counseling.  Kim graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  She then studied Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and worked within the medical imaging industry until leaving to teach.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking and serving in her local homeschooling community and church.  Kim currently lives in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania with her husband, five active children, a cat, chickens and an over-friendly labra-doodle.

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Rebecca Graves feels blessed to be able to support homeschool families with resources and encouragement to continue teaching their children with Biblical values and to realize their goals of college and career.  She graduated from Bryan College with a B.A. in Psychology and from the University of Central Florida with a M.Ed. in Counselor Education. After teaching and counseling in the public schools for seven years, Rebecca has enjoyed homeschooling for the past 14 years, and has served as a homeschool evaluator, testing administrator, co-op teacher, and activities coordinator. She also enjoys leading in two Christian scouting organizations, Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls, and camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, and enjoying God’s creation. Rebecca lives in Florida with her husband, Jonathan, and three sons who are attending local colleges.

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Jessica McGehee is a homeschool mother of three and wife to an Active-Duty Marine. Currently, they live in Yuma, Arizona. Jessica has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a Masters of Educational Administration and Human Development from George Washington University. She began her journey in education as a teacher at KIPP: Austin College Prep as a Middle School science and writing instructor. After relocating, Jessica began working as the Director/Principal of a small early childhood education school in 2009. Within this position she was responsible for restructuring the culture and curriculum to be more Truth-centered. She became enamored with the rigor and priceless value of a classical Christian education (CCE) in 2010 after visiting Trinitas Christian Academy in Pensacola, Florida. From there, she and her husband, expecting their first child, committed themselves to learning more about CCE and find ways to integrate that style of learning into their nomadic lifestyle. This is when Jessica first learned about Veritas Scholars Academy. Since, she and her family have been committed to training their children in the classical style of learning with the aid of VSA's phenomenal instructors and resources. Jessica currently owns and operates a small business in her spare time, along with recreational writing and reading when time allows. She is looking forward to serving the families of VSA as they endeavor to homeschool their children in a community of Christ-centered learning.

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Teresa Butterfield loves learning and delights in everything relating to Christian education.  She and her husband, Mark, take pleasure in being with their two sons and their families.  She obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in elementary and deaf education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While teaching at the South Dakota School for the Deaf, she worked several years with multi-handicapped deaf students and then taught speech to students in that department. Following her career in deaf education, she homeschooled their boys.  The homeschooling experience began with working with a homeschool co-op where the parents assigned teaching tasks amongst each other.  After several years, she branched off on her own.  During this time, she was active with the Sioux Falls’ Homeschool Association.  Over the subsequent years, her journey took her family onto the mission field, which ultimately lead Teresa and her husband to reside in Arizona.  There, she taught at a local classical Christian school.  She has now become a campaigner and avid proponent for this instructional method. 

 

   
   

Tammie Wampler delights to make much of the one in whom all blessings flow by discipling both her children and other women. She first discovered her interest in teaching at Southeastern State University in Oklahoma while pursuing an Elementary Education degree. Her education classes along with her past job experiences in high school and college relations, college admissions, and scholarship processing gave her a passion to assist other families with the many decisions that parents make in their children’s educational journey. She and her husband Cody have three grown children, one son-in-law, and one daughter in the eighth grade who is a Veritas diploma student, hence, she understands the rigor of a classical education and the challenging schedule that is married to it. She hopes to encourage others to persevere by sharing her strengths and the many rewards that classical Christian education has brought to her family.

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VSA INSTRUCTORS  

   
Ron Adair was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, grew up in Odessa, Texas, and received formal training at the Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been mostly freelancing since 1972 and currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Beth. Having grown up in west Texas and having lived in Dallas for over twenty years, he loves Texas history, especially the story of its quest for independence. Mr. Adair has greatly enjoyed teaching drawing to several of his many grandchildren (he and his wife homeschooled their five children, and they currently have 19 grandchildren). He has been blessed to teach middle school, high school and adults online. Occasionally, he has conducted workshops for adults who want to improve their drawing skills and, sometimes, private lessons for high school/adult students. Mr. Adair's credits include five U.S. Postage Stamps, portraits of presidents Reagan and Bush for the Republican National Committee, the official oil portrait of Jack Nicklaus for the United States Golf Association, book jacket illustrations for the autobiographies of Roger Staubach and Brooks Robinson, as well as the Hall of Fame poster for Mr. Robinson, artwork of John Wayne which Colt Industries used to gold etch into their SAA .45 commemorative for Wayne, 90 Bible illustrations for ACSI curriculum products, sports posters for the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, historical paintings for the Baptist History Preservation Society, 100 illustrations for the philatelic history of America, the Oklahoma City bombing painting (commissioned by the Family Research Council) presented to Governor Keating, many sports portraits for Donruss, Upper Deck and Topps trading cards, and work completed for other major national clients. Mr. Adair enjoys camping, shooting sports/hunting, frisbee games, a little golf, and watching MLB and NFL games. He also plays the flute and has enjoyed playing for occasional weddings, funerals and other events. He and his wife are avid readers and especially enjoy learning U.S. history and church history. Lastly but certainly not least, he has taught historical theology to adults over the years.  
   
 

Mia Anderson started studying Chinese in high school and hasn’t stopped since. She received a B.A. in Chinese from the University of Florida and after graduating moved to China to continue intensive language courses for a year. Her first study abroad experience was for six weeks during the summer of 2009 in Shanghai, followed by a summer semester at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2012, and most recently the 2013-14 academic year at Sichuan University in Chengdu. She also speaks conversational German because her mom is German and she lived in Germany for the first three years of her life. She is passionate about languages and has been teaching either Chinese, English, or both since graduating from college. Mia currently lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband Zach as he finishes his last year of medical school. She is excited about moving to a new city with him when he starts his pediatric residency after graduation. When not spending her time thinking about languages, Mia enjoys biking, hiking, picnicking, and pretty much any outdoor activity, as well as reading and spending time with friends and family.  

   
   

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 through his teachers at VSA, is now a nationally recognized public high school debater. Her two younger children, Veronica and Enoch, continue as Veritas Scholars Academy Diploma students.

   
   
  Kathy Arrick attended Bob Jones University and Clearwater Christian College to become an elementary education teacher. Right after college she married and had six children. Her focus, then, became raising her six children in the fear and admonition of the Lord and homeschooling them. After nine years of homeschooling, all her children enrolled in a classical Christian school, and she became the assistant principal as well as a part-time teacher: teaching music, Latin, rhetoric, British Literature, writing, and logic. During the past 13 years she has been a full-time teacher of both third and fourth grades at Veritas Academy in Leola, PA. She is very excited to teach and believes that everything that we see and may know is because God has created it and given humans the ability to see and know Him through it. Her love for art history stems from the wonderment of humankind's creative and expressive nature which can be seen and can be traced back to God, whose creativity and expressiveness is seen in all that He has made. To Kathy, geography is not merely learning facts about countries and lands, rather, geography teaches about God our Creator - His power, intelligence, and sovereign control - and the diverse world He created for us both to live in and to renew for us when Christ returns. Teaching students how to write using the IEW rubric is one of Kathy’s passions because in learning to write, we learn to communicate our thoughts with great precision and winsomeness, just as God communicates His thoughts to us through Scripture. Her desire is to train the future generations how to apply His truths to as many disciplines as possible so that they are better equipped to serve the Lord in all walks of life. 
   
   
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. 
 
   
   

Miguel Benitez Jr. has taught in a number of different settings for the last five years. He received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. Miguel went on to receive his M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration in Philosophy from Faulkner University. He teaches the Omnibus courses and Spanish courses for Veritas. Miguel is also a speaker for Doubtless Faith Ministries.

Miguel and his wife Daniela and their baby boy Alex live in Central Florida. Miguel loves reading and spending time with his family at the Walt Disney World theme parks.

   
   
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. 
   
 

 

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Will Boyd lives in the Palouse region of North Idaho with his wife Liz, five sons, and one daughter. Mr. Boyd grew up near the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he earned a B.S. in Biology (2000) and minors in Chemistry and Conservation Biology. Through his undergraduate years he participated in numerous biological field studies in fun places like the Bering Sea, Alaska’s North Slope, Western North Carolina, Minnesota, Central Wisconsin, and the Cuyahoga River Valley of Ohio. He also interned for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Research Center, where he led an effort studying giant eland reproduction and spent a season caring for and studying wallabies, kangaroos, and other marsupials at the Macquarie University Marsupial Fauna Park near Sydney, Australia. Mr. Boyd has worked in science education since 1999 in various capacities including: as the Education Director of a public lands advocacy organization, Science Chair and teacher at Montrose Christian Academy in Moscow, ID, Zoology lab instructor and Ornithology/Herpetology teaching assistant at North Carolina State University, and as Natural Resources instructor at the University of Idaho. He earned a Secondary Science teaching endorsement and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho (2013). Will most recently worked as the 4-H Science Extension Associate at the University of Idaho, where he coordinated K-12 STEM education programs throughout the state. He is the founder and board president of the Homeschool Institute of Science (HIS, Inc.) and he absolutely loves encouraging and inspiring those around him to explore God’s marvelously complex Creation!  
   
   
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 is a science teacher at a small public high school in Oregon, where he has served as mathematics, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, government and economics teacher, as well as choir and drama director for the past 27 years. He holds degrees in Chemistry (Seattle Pacific University) and Science Education (Oregon State University), earning his Masters of Science from Oregon State. He is a Murdock Charitable Trust “Partners in Science” Fellow and was named Oregon’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. He holds National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescent/Young Adult Science. He currently serves on the Chalkboard Project’s Distinguish Educators Council and is an adjunct professor in the College of Education for Concordia University-Portland.


In his spare time, he serves as Robotics coach for Colton High School’s FIRST Robotics teams. Allan and his wife have been married 28 years and live in Mulino, Oregon. Their oldest daughter earned her BSN from George Fox University and is employed in the nursing field with Providence Health Systems. Their middle daughter is completing her undergraduate degree in history at George Fox University. Their youngest daughter, born with Down syndrome, is living at home and enjoying music, reading, and acting. All are delightful young adults who are pursuing their aspirations and dreams. All three of their children were homeschooled. Allan is a teaching elder at Meadowbrook Community Church, where he also serves as minister of music. The Bruners have been involved with this congregation for 27 years.

   
   
Callison_jaimie_pic_2016 Jaimie Callison has loved art and creativity all her life. She routinely doodles and is pretty sure she even doodled on her English final in high school. Jaimie still doodles, but these days she loves to draw and paint as well. Jaimie loves to encourage others in their artistic abilities and believes that anyone can learn to draw. Jaimie has taught elementary and secondary students both in individual lessons and in a traditional classroom setting. She currently lives in the artistic community of Bisbee, Arizona with her husband and their infant son, and loves being an aunt to seven nieces and nephews, in addition to being a wife and mother. One of her favorite things in life is being creative with her nieces and nephews. Jaimie loves God, people, and art, and she had the privilege of studying Visual Arts at Belhaven University. She also has credentials in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. 
   
   

Sarah Cartwright grew up with a homeschool, classical, Christian education and thoroughly enjoyed learning through the lens of reformed, Christian faith. Growing up with a math teacher and a software engineer for parents, Sarah grew to love mathematics and science. This led to Sarah earning a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), graduating summa cum laude. Sarah was a National Merit Scholar, a member of the UNLV Honors College, and was named the most outstanding mathematics major at UNLV. During her time at university, she worked with a team of faculty and graduate students on a mathematical modelling system, calculating the possible spread of Ebola. Sarah was chosen to teach a university undergraduate seminar for freshmen in her final year, and has served as an undergraduate instructor in a biology lab, a university mathematics tutor, and a private violin instructor. Sarah also studied music while at university and has performed as a violin soloist for the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. She has also performed in Beijing, China, with her youth orchestra in 2011. Sarah loves seeing the connections between math, physics and music, and she hopes to show some of these connections to her students and to encourage them to use math and science to better appreciate every aspect of their lives.


In 2012 Sarah was awarded a placement to study for a semester at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she met her husband, Scott. They now live in northern England, where Scott works in aerospace engineering, and Sarah happily teaches from their home near Preston. They are faithful members of Fulwood Free Methodist Church in Preston, and their faith influences every aspect of their lives. Sarah and Scott love to travel, and thanks to Scott’s travel and tourism skills, they plan to see as much of God’s beautiful planet as possible. Besides exploring new places, Sarah loves to horseback ride at the local stables, hike in the nearby Lake District where Beatrix Potter wrote her children’s stories, and play her violin.

   
   
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 VSA, 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 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. 
Kevin Deitering has taught several subjects, ranging from the Bible to Spanish and ESL, in different settings for several years. He graduated with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Ohio University and a M.A. in Education from the University of Findlay. While in college, he studied abroad at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, which is where his love for the Spanish language began to grow. He is currently enrolled in Knox Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a M.A. in Christian Classical Studies. Kevin and his wife Rebekah have six children. They have been serving as missionaries with The Master´s Mission in the Amazonia of Ecuador since 2006. Kevin is a pastor and a church planter in Archidona, Napo. He is the founder and coach of the Cruz del Sur sports ministry. In his free time he loves to read, hike, and play with his kids.
   
Melonie Eastham loves teaching students to look for the integration of Biblical truth and worldview. “In the beginning was the Word…” How utterly humbling and fascinating it is to consider that the Almighty God would choose to communicate Himself to His creation. Language is the medium through which we discover our Savior is the very, eternal Word – Logos. After learning to study the Bible inductively at a young age, Mrs. Eastham became passionate about studying language and literature. Literature is the voice of the condition of man; only Christ truly ministers to the cry of the human heart. Mrs. Eastham’s classically-minded training as an educator clarified her understanding that the examination of literature and history can never be separated from the analysis of God’s Word. Mrs. Eastham holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University and an M.A. in Literature from Clarks Summit University. Her enthusiasm for learning has been shared in Sunday school and Bible studies, as a home educator, in private and public education, and at the collegiate level. Mrs. Eastham is currently working on a book focusing on the deconstruction of Biblical truth in American literary thought. She makes her home in the beautiful mountain town of Fairplay, Colorado, and is ever thankful for her husband and family, her friends, and her family of faith. She continuously embraces one truth: that a life lived in trust of Jesus’ faithfulness is a life worth living. 
   
Felso_cindy_pic_2016.jpg Cindy Felso has been teaching, tutoring and mentoring students for more than twenty years. In addition to teaching numerous math and logic classes to North Georgia students, she has had the privilege of homeschooling her own five children from the beginning of their educational journey. Throughout her years of homeschooling, she developed a passion for Christian Classical Education, cemented by witnessing how well it worked to prepare her oldest two children for success in college and beyond. Cindy earned her B.A. at Rutgers University in economics and her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from George Washington University. Currently she is in her final year of doctoral work in Educational Psychology at Regent University where she is working on dissertation research studying “Homeschooling Parents’ Mathematical Self-Efficacy”. When she’s not teaching or studying, you’ll find her hiking with the family in the North Georgian Mountains or spending time with her miniature dachshund “Brutus Maximus”. 
   
   
Fiedler_ingrid_pic_2016 Ingrid Fiedler is the wife of one awesome husband, mother of five intense children, and owner of one tired dachshund. Her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana and her Master of Arts is in Comparative Literature from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Her fields of study are German and French literature, plus a smattering of Antiquity. Although born in the Hoosier state, she has lived on three continents, including a short year in Uganda as a missionary. Teaching languages are her passion. She believes that learning a new language opens the door for cultural understanding and gives us the ability to reach out for Jesus. Her students have ranged from middle school to retirees, and her class sizes from one to thirty. She currently lives in the tiny town of Reinheim, Germany and she looks forward to speaking German with you!  
   
   
Denise George graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education Mathematics and an M.S. in Education of the Hearing Impaired. She has enjoyed teaching at Veritas Scholars Academy since 2010. She has also taught math to a wide variety of ages in a number of settings, including public schools, community college, and private tutoring, and she is a teacher, organizer, and academic consultant for Excelsior Homeschool Cooperative. Denise and her husband have four children who have been homeschooled, though she is very close to “retirement” from that amazing adventure. Denise enjoys reading and discussing interesting books with friends, walking/hiking, crocheting, and dark chocolate. She loves the way mathematics reflects the order and structure of God’s creation and hopes to pass on that love to her students.
   
   

 

 

 

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 taught Latin, Logic, and Humanities at a local classical Christian school for five years before joining VSA. He loves sharing the joys of Latin with students from all over the country in his classes. 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. He is happily settled in Indiana with his wife and daughters.

   
 
Gleason_charlotte_headshot_120115.docx Charlotte Gleason  knew she wanted to be an English teacher by the time she was a junior in high school. Her lifelong love of reading and the ability to clarify her thoughts with words motivated her to pursue a degree in secondary English education and later, a master’s in liberal studies with an emphasis in literature. After teaching high school English for five years, she decided to stay home after the birth of her first son. For the past seven years, she has been homeschooling her children and serving as a part-time faculty member at Cairn University, teaching composition, literature, and education courses. Currently, she oversees all of the English composition courses at Cairn, providing training and feedback for the instructors. Her children can attest to her commitment to all things reading and writing. After teaching an evening composition course at Cairn University, she awoke the next morning determined to teach her 4-year old son to love C.S. Lewis, her 8-year old daughter to write in complete sentences, and her almost 10-year old to use active verbs instead of countless “to be” verbs. Needless to say, her children were ready for a break before lunch. When she is not attempting to create little (and bigger) writers, she is outside – walking, chasing three children, weeding a large garden, or rescuing chickens from being over-loved.  
   
   
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.
   
   

 

 

 

Damian Haarhoff (more commonly known as Sir Haarhoff the brave and noble) was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to Namibia when he was three 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 (and then from) a herd of baby elephants, and a close encounter with a baboon . . . not all on the same day, that is!

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, his eyes were opened to how the glory of God is manifest in what he once thought were boring 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.

In addition to being a math teacher, Sir Haarhoff has been a pastor, counselor, Sunday school teacher, and karate instructor. He has taught math since 2000 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 whom he met at DBU. They live out in the country in a small town called Cut-N-Shoot, outside of Conroe, Texas. They have eight adorable children, nine cats, a few chickens 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 Crown and Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Conroe, Texas.

Sir Haarhoff loves working for Veritas, where he is committed to support and come alongside parents in their honorable endeavors to educate their children. Armed with a love for students, a passion for mathematics, and a ready supply of humor, he enters the classroom each day, ready to slay dragons of ignorance and apathy and rescue damsels of potential and promise. "What a remarkable privilege," he says, "to be able to bring my students on a daily basis to the grandest of all theater performances . . . to the very front row, where they will sit on the edge of their seats and behold the wonders of God unfold before their very eyes in the world of mathematics."

   
   

 

 

 

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Dr. Barbara Helmkamp earned an engineering degree in Physics from Colorado School of Mines (1986) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Louisiana State University (1995). Between undergraduate and graduate studies she worked as a petrophysical engineer for the Shell Companies in New Orleans. After graduate studies, she and her husband Bob started their family. In 1999, the Helmkamp family relocated to Houston. Barbara taught part-time (secondary science and math including Algebra I) at St. Mark Lutheran School (Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod) in Houston from 2005-2008, after her younger daughter started first grade there. Barbara also completed a course of study in theology for Lutheran school teachers, including Old Testament, New Testament and Church History, through Concordia University Texas (2007). In 2008, the Helmkamp family relocated to Parker, Colorado (southeast of Denver). From 2010-present, Barbara has taught part-time (Physics and Chemistry lectures and labs) at Credo Academy, which is a large, board-run, secondary home school co-op in Lone Tree, Colorado. She has also taught her daughters their courses in Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry, Calculus I-II, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics and Statistics. Both daughters joined VSA’s diploma program after completing the 8th grade in Lutheran schools—Amalia graduated with Honors as Salutatorian in 2015 and is now studying violin and nursing (double major) at University of Iowa, and Sophia (class of 2017) is in the Highest Honors program with VSA and plans to study engineering, like her father and mother, and minor in music/violin. Barbara finds much joy in secondary Christian education, knowing that the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ is cherished above all by all involved: students, parents, faculty and administration. She looks for ways to have “theological moments” in the classroom (theology being the “queen of the sciences” according to Aquinas)—by opening class with a hymn to read aloud, thereby exposing students to the rich hymnody of the church, or by bringing the Scriptures to bear in the context of teaching, as time and subject matter allow. Barbara and her family particularly enjoy the out-of-doors including hiking, skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cycling, walking the dog, etc. Being able to teach VSA classes from the Helmkamp’s Grand Lake condo is a happy thought indeed.  
   
   

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. 

   
   

Tammy Kabakjian is a homeschooling 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 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.
   
 
Carynkepfordphoto_2016 Caryn Kepford received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She continued her education with sixteen years of homeschooling her four children; seven years of teaching Art/Art History and three years as Academic Dean at the Maine Classical Christian School in Freeport, Maine; and five years of teaching Studio Art/Art History to small groups of homeschoolers. In 2014, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by completing her MFA in Fine Arts through the Academy of Art University in SanFrancisco, CA. Currently, she is an Art instructor at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Caryn enjoys spending time in her studio and painting in the great outdoors. She loves visiting art museums and traveling to the far reaches of the earth to see the great treasures made by people throughout history. She╩╝s ridden camels around the pyramids of Giza, climbed the steep steps at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and explored first hand numerous churches, palaces and ruins throughout Europe. Caryn lives with her dear husband, Ron. Together, they are learning to be grandparents of six precious grandchildren and enjoy cultivating the gardens that surround their home in Winterset, Iowa. 
   
   

Laura King, is headmaster and teacher for Imago Dei Academy in Alamogordo, New Mexico and 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.

   
   
 

Susan Klein is the wife of fellow VSA 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. 

 
   
Krans_jeremy_pic_120115 Jeremy Krans is an old soul that longs for meaningful tradition and metaphysical speculation. He is a father of four and husband of one. He thoroughly enjoys crafting carpentry as well as argument. If you don’t find him reading a book in a nook, fixing the things that break, or dreaming of how to attach the old with the new, you may catch a glimpse of him soaking in the great outdoors of Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in Theology and a bachelor’s in Philosophy. He has been teaching everything from Koine Greek to apologetics for the past decade. He will be teaching Latin Transition 1 in the Fall of 2016. It will be a delight.  
   
Theresa Krebs attended George Mason University, where she earned undergraduate degrees in both Chemistry and Biology, with a specialization in Biotechnology. She went on to pursue postgraduate studies at Northwestern University and finished her work at the University of Virginia, earning a Master of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Education in Exercise Physiology. She has taught as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia in both Nutrition and Microbiology, as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at John Tyler Community College, and as a teacher at local homeschool co-ops in both high school math and science. Sharing about God’s creation, watching students begin to grasp concepts, and witnessing their knowledge and appreciation of His mastery have been tremendous joys in her life. When she is not teaching science, Theresa spends more time teaching! She has been a certified group-exercise instructor for over 15 years and teaches three times a week at a local health club. She enjoys running, reading, cooking, and watching movies on Friday nights with her family. She currently lives in the Richmond, Virginia, area with her husband and their five children, who range in age from preschool to high school. In her youth she never imagined being a mother to five children, nor did she ever consider homeschooling as an option. Nevertheless, in 2007 she and her husband accepted God’s calling to home educate their children. They are truly grateful for the privilege and for yet another reminder that God's ways are so much higher than our own.  
Ben Laird was born and raised in the scenic city of Denver, Colorado before relocating to Lynchburg, VA as a High School student. Following High School graduation, Benjamin studied at the Word of Life Bible Institute (Pottersville, NY) before moving back to Lynchburg and studying at Liberty University. It was at Liberty that Ben met his wife Margaret. In addition to his studies at Word of Life and Liberty, Ben is an alumnus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He also spent a year of study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. In addition to academics, Ben loves to serve the local church and has had the privilege to serve as a pastor in Virginia as well as in Scotland. Outside of teaching, Ben enjoys the outdoors, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. Margaret and Ben now have five children whom they educate from their home in Lynchburg. Ben’s greatest treasure in life is Christ and he seeks to encourage students to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and mind.
   
Pixie Lichtenstein is a homeschool mother of two, having completed seventeen years of homeschooling her own children. Her son is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, and is currently an Account Manager for Chem Station. Her daughter is a Certified Massage Therapist. Pixie is the co-founder of a classical education co-op, in which she taught: Logic, Institute for Excellence in Writing, The Lively Art of Writing, Shurley Grammar, Toastmasters and SAT Prep. Pixie has been a speaker for Blackburn Study Center, a Classical Education center for home school students, Veritas Teacher Training Seminars, and currently for the Indiana University of Pittsburgh Graduate Curriculum Development Program. She is a Pennsylvania home school evaluator and private tutor. Pixie also works as a Development Officer for Ligonier Ministries, the Teaching fellowship of Dr. R.C. Sproul, in Sanford, FL. She is currently a VSA Diploma Consultant and Instructor in Linguistics and Literature in our Grammar school. 
   
   
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.
Crissy Lodmell is excited to be teaching mathematics at Veritas Scholars Academy! Crissy graduated magna cum laude from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and she taught Saxon Math in a public school setting before marrying her husband John and moving to Los Angeles. After living on the West Coast for five years and having their first baby, they moved to the Dallas area, where they continued to grow their family. Now they have four children (Jack, Holly, Mitchell, and Charlotte) and live in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her four children are all full-time students at VSA and have been classically educated at home and through VSA since Kindergarten. With four children taking more than twenty online classes, she knows how important organization and communication are to parents, and how important it is to keep children engaged in the classroom! Crissy and her family enjoy the outdoors, so naturally, camping and hiking are activities they enjoy together. Their family has two dogs and an ever-increasing number of chickens. Additionally, Crissy is always learning new things. She is currently taking tap classes and learning to knit (Hogwarts scarves, anyone?) and enjoys listening to audiobooks and all kinds of podcasts while doing so. She looks forward to partnering with you through live online classes at VSA and can’t wait to meet you in person at the End-of-Year Gathering!  
   
   
  Rich Lusk is the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. He has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, with just over ten of them at his present congregation. Previously, he spent several years at Redeemer Presbyterian in Austin, TX, and a couple of years at Auburn Avenue in Monroe, LA. He and his family have been involved in Christian education for a long time. His wife Jenny taught at Regents School of Austin, and presently works for Westminster School at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Rich has been involved in teacher training and classroom instruction in the classical Christian school movement off and on over the past two decades. His primary interests include theology, philosophy, hermeneutics, history, and literature, so he is very much looking forward to working through the Omnibus curriculum with his students. Rich and his wife are blessed with 4 children in grades 6 through 12. They all attend Westminster. Rich is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S. in Microbiology) and the University of Texas (Masters in Philosophy). 
   
   
Manuel_paul_pic_2016 Paul Manuel grew up in the Great Plains States of Nebraska and Wyoming. He excelled in high school in the visual and performing arts. He graduated with a BA and MA in Biblical Studies from Pensacola Christian College and began teaching science, Bible, and music in South Florida where he met and married his wife, Heather. After teaching for several years, he felt a call to pastoral ministry and earned a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 1998. Mr. Manuel served as a pastor in several PCA churches for 15 years. More recently, he has returned to the classroom. He now teaches Upper School Bible, theology, and worldview at Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto, Florida. He also coaches cross country and coordinates weekly chapel services. Since an early age, Mr. Manuel has had a heart for missions. He has traveled extensively and led mission trips in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. He also studied World Religions at Harvard University Extension School to gain more knowledge of the cultures of the world. Paul and his wife, Heather, have been married for 23 years and have three children: Emily (17), Elijah (15), and Elisabeth (9). On any given weekend, you can find the Manuel’s enjoying the beach, hiking, swimming, biking, running, kayaking, paddle boarding, gardening, or spelunking. On the off chance that the Florida sun is not shining, you’ll likely find them reading, writing, making music, or playing some very competitive board games. 
   
   
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 two 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 VSA and that God would use her gifts and talents in a way that is glorifying to Him.
   
Andrea McCabe developed a love of both science and teaching early in life, helping her father set up his entomological field experiments and assisting her mother in the classroom during a childhood spent in the Philippines and in Canada. After a year serving at a 12th century castle in Austria run by Inter Varsity, she obtained a B. Sc. in Honors Biology – Cooperative Education and a B. Ed. in Secondary Education (Biology/Chemistry) from the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University, respectively. One of her greatest joys at university was a period of four months teaching at Faith Academy, a missionary school in Manila, Philippines. This experience confirmed her calling as a teacher. After teaching at a local private school for a brief period, she and her husband Nick began a family and the classical education of their four children. As a family, the McCabes enjoy good food and experiencing the beautiful outdoors of Southern Ontario, Canada. Any free time Andrea has is spent reading, experimenting in the kitchen, and learning more about the astonishing world which God has created. Andrea is excited to share her love of God’s created world by teaching at VSA, working alongside parents in the awesome task of educating the next generation. 
   

 

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Scott McQuinn loves beholding God in His Word and in His world. As a means to the former, he holds a B.A. in biblical languages from Northland International University, an M.Div. in biblical exegesis from Bethlehem Seminary, and is currently working on an M.A. in ancient language acquisition from Fresno Pacific University in order to more effectively equip others to behold God in His Word too. He has been studying Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic for over ten years (including a six-week Hebrew immersion program in Israel, and Hebrew and Greek spoken fluency workshops), and teaching Hebrew and/or Greek communicatively for more than six years in various contexts, including The Bethlehem Institute, Fresno Pacific University, the Biblical Language Center, online, and at his local church. He is passionate about helping others know the beauty, power, and relevance of the living Word to all spheres of life, particularly through the study of biblical theology and the original languages of the Bible. As a means of beholding God in His world, Scott enjoys being in the great outdoors, marveling at the creative play of his little girls, building things with his hands, engaging with people of different cultures, hiking along California’s breath-taking central coast, and nighttime snail hunts with his two little girls. He especially loves spending time with his lovely wife, who takes care of their four young children, including their twin babies. 
   
   
  Jaclyn Partridge completed her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Grove City College with a Minor in Marriage and Family Studies. Her studies in these disciplines, her experience in testing and her proclivity towards working with young adults have equipped her to navigate the process and study of test preparation with VSA students. Mrs. Partridge has always enjoyed working with children and their families in her career as both a teacher and community mental health counselor. She pursued a career in teaching, having developed an Introduction to Psychology class for Trinity Christian School in Pittsburgh, PA based on Dr. David Myer’s text Exploring Psychology. She was humbled and overjoyed to have taught Psychology at TCS for four years up until the birth of her second child. She has also delighted in her career in mental health counseling working in a home-based family therapy setting and also in behavioral health at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. In her home life, Jaclyn is married to Elliott and mother to two beautiful, energetic and curious toddlers. Her activities include co-leading a women’s bible study, reading with her book club ladies, cake decorating, cooking, crafting and singing. She is a lover of learning and discovery! New to VSA, Mrs. Partridge hopes to continue her growth and learning in the direction in which God is guiding her, ever hoping to share the graces and mercies of Christ which are new daily!  
   
   
Kaye Pepin has lived and worked all over the world (that’s what happens when you marry a soldier).  She currently lives in Cookeville, Tennessee, with her family and three dogs Caesar, Brutus, and Cleo. She graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s Degree in math many moons ago and a Master’s Degree in English from Tennessee Technological University. She has been teaching off and on since 1982 in both private Christian schools and the public school system, served in the United States Army as a Russian linguist, and homeschooled her sons (now grown). She is an active member of Collegeside Church of Christ in Cookeville, and teaches the Sunday morning ladies' class. She spends most of her free time writing, reading, and taking weekend trips to places off the beaten path. 
   
   
Pickering_mark_pic Mark Pickering is a graduate of Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and minor in Bible. He also holds a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Additionally, Mr. Pickering has completed all coursework and a dissertation proposal towards a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Mr. Pickering taught mathematics, Bible, Spanish, world history, and physics for Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria, where he and his wife lived for close to four years. He has also held teaching positions with Jefferson County Public School in Louisville, KY, specifically DuPont Manual High School and Olmsted South Academy. He currently resides in Johnson City, TN with his wife and their two children. Currently Mr. Pickering is homeschooling their children via a Christian, classical curriculum. When he is not teaching or with his family, Mr. Pickering is rooting for Chicago sports teams or enjoying the beautiful hiking spots in east Tennessee.  
   
   
  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 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 and did graduate studies in the language at Calvin College and Eastern Michigan University. A veteran teacher of over 30 years, she has taught French in both public and private schools from preschool through twelfth grade before joining the faculty at VPSA. She has led 15 student tours to French-speaking countries and has tutored internationals learning English. The Powells are thrilled that their daughter and her family have moved near them in Michigan after living in the U.K. for the last decade. 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 Yamada 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. 
   
Alyssa Reaves has had the heart of an educator from an early age when she would play school with her sisters. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Arizona Christian University and a M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist from Liberty University. The Lord opened doors of opportunity for her to teach in a variety of grades in her home state of Arizona before calling her to take her educator heart overseas. She spent two years teaching in a Christian international school in Japan before meeting her Marine Corps husband and moving back to the states. Since then, as a Marine spouse she has lived in three different locations and has used her educational background in a variety of ways, including mentoring other teachers and homeschool moms, private tutoring in reading and writing, leading Bible Studies for young women, and offering private piano lessons in her home. In her free time, she enjoys walking along the beach with her husband, early morning workouts, drinking good coffee, and building relationships with other women. Alyssa feels honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with parents and provide her students with a quality education from a biblical worldview. 
Rachel Rigdon studied violin with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University before switching gears and completing her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy at Western Kentucky University. After playing violin professionally for over a decade, Rachel decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from Liberty University. Rachel and her husband have homeschooled their three teenagers since preschool, and she currently teaches high school composition and literature at the Bridge Academy outside of Richmond, VA. She loves to read old books, write essays, run marathons, and play violin with her string trio, Violevoce.  
   

 

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Jonathan Roberts was born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico where he grew up speaking English, Spanish, and Spanglish. His parents David and Cristy Roberts are still missionaries in Aguascalientes and administer a Christian elementary school and Christian bookstores. Jonathan attended the elementary school his parents helped start and was then homeschooled during his middle and high school years. He then attended The King’s College in New York City and graduated with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He then spent two years teaching at a classical charter school in Phoenix. Sources tell us he especially enjoyed teaching Latin, Spanish, history, and literature. Jonathan is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and hopes to write his thesis on the great English theologian John Davenant. When he is not reading philosophy for school, Jonathan enjoys reading about the history of the Reformation, working on his Latin and Greek skills, and having a grand time discussing history, theology, and philosophy with his friends. Jonathan is looking forward to enjoying with his students some of his favorite works of literature—including the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other great works by Shakespeare, Dorothy Sayers, and George Alfred Henty. 
   
   

 

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Mary Beth Robison moved to Orange County, California, three years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio, and the move proved to be quite a change! Although the constant, crazy traffic continues to baffle her, she has thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful, breezy weather and the glorious majesty of the towering sea. While living in Cincinnati, she received her B.A. in vocal performance and a minor in English literature from Miami University (of Ohio). During this special chapter in her life, she spent time studying in Italy, performed in different operas, and sang for a wide variety of ministries. Although the Lord did not lead her down the path to become an opera singer, the lessons she learned in earning this degree greatly impacted her ability to teach and manage a classroom. After she graduated from Miami University in 2008, she taught all sorts of music classes at a Christian homeschool co-op and for a private music studio. In 2009 she was hired to assist an English teacher at a more academically rigorous homeschool program (and very Christ centered) called Providence Extension Program, and then eventually got hired to teach Composition, Literature, and American History to 8th and 9th graders. In the midst of these endeavors, she decided to work on obtaining her teacher’s license. Once she finished taking a long list of pre-requisite English classes, she enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Northern Kentucky University. Through this program, she worked long hours in the public school system, which came with dark challenges and joyful rewards. Although she grew in her abilities through the secular domain, the experiences during this time ultimately enriched her passion for Christian education. She finished this degree in May of 2013 and was hired to teach at Grace Classical Academy in Laguna Niguel, CA, the following fall where she taught 6th grade for three years. After undergoing these different pursuits and endeavors, she is so thankful to be teaching at VSA where she can freely exalt Christ as King in the classroom. 
   
   

Mary Sam is a homeschooling 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. 

   
   
Dr. Bret Saunders holds the B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College and the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas. He lives with his wife and two children in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he is Assistant Professor of Humanities at John Witherspoon College. He teaches rhetoric, composition, and literature to college freshman and high-school seniors, as well as Rhetoric 1 at VSA. Previously he taught philosophy and Writing Principles at the University of Dallas. Hobbies include poetry, sports, folk music, and relaxing with his family. What he loves about rhetoric is how it calls upon the imagination, intellect, and body in the service of “speaking well;” how it’s deep power can form, direct, and energize human communities; and that it is central to our nature and mission as images of the divine Word. 
   
   
 Erica Searl is the wife of a retired Army chaplain and the homeschooling mother of five children, three of whom are in college. She graduated summa cum laude from Montana State University with a BS in mathematics (with emphases in both applied math and education) and a minor in music. She worked as a systems analyst for several years before enjoying the privilege of being home teaching and learning with her children. As they have moved around the country, she has tutored and taught in a wide range of settings and subjects – music, Latin, history, but especially all levels of math and physical science and Physics and debate. She loves the order and beauty of God’s creation that can be observed and predicted and expressed in these disciplines.
   
   
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 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.
   
   
Heidi Smith has been interested in math and science, especially learning about the way things work for as long as she can remember. After receiving a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Messiah College with a concentration in mathematics and art, Heidi worked with professional chemists and engineers conducting research and analysis and later as an information specialist performing patent searches using chemical abstract databases.

Heidi has been involved in home education for nearly twenty years. Her family joined a homeschooling cooperative, where she developed and taught a Geometry course for eight years, a Calculus course for four years, and other courses including Physical Science, Art History, Engineering and Building, and Illustration. In addition, Heidi tutors students from local public and Christian high schools in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. Interacting with students and helping them understand the material and its applications are her favorite aspects of teaching.

Heidi and her husband, Leonard, a water resources engineer, have four children. Two have graduated from Liberty University with degrees in English and Graphic Design/Advertising. The younger two attend the same university and are studying Information Systems and Nursing. Heidi likes to spend time with family and friends, visit art museums, read five books at a time, enjoy a good cup of coffee, and appreciate the wonders of God’s Creation. She is thankful for the honor and privilege of being part of the VSA faculty and serving the Lord here as a teacher.

   
 

 

 

 

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 VSA 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, 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.
   
   

 

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Melissa Stewart grew up in northern New Jersey in an ethnically and linguistically diverse neighborhood, which inspired her to pursue the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Melissa studied English at Gordon College and the University College, Cork, Ireland, and graduated with a B.A. After marrying a pilot from Maine, she enrolled in the University of Southern Maine to pursue a Master's degree in Literacy with a concentration in TESOL. Following her graduation in 1998, she taught English in a multilingual public school for two years and at a small Bible school in the Philippines for one year. An invitation from a friend to apply to a new private school in Maine introduced Melissa to the world of classical education. She then taught Humanities and Writing at Maine Classical School for six years and has been a Writing and Literature instructor at the Merrymeeting Homeschool League in Topsham, Maine, since 2011. Additionally, she has been homeschooling her own children since 2007. Melissa appreciates the Classical Christian model of education because it honors God while encouraging students to be "thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17) through the study of a wide range of subjects. When she is not teaching, Melissa is often reading books about teaching or previewing books for students. She also loves to write and usually assigns herself homework in this area, just to keep up with her students. Melissa and her husband, Dale, have two daughters, Jeanette and Anneke. They live in mid-coast Maine.  
   
   
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 homeschool 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 homeschooled 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 V 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.

   
   
Ashley Tacoma graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in Classical Studies in 2012. Since then, she has been teaching Latin at Classical Christian schools. After a brief stint in Texas, Ashley and her husband returned to Hillsdale, Michigan, where her husband is pursuing a PhD in American politics. They welcomed their first child in 2015. Ashley enjoys reading great literature, playing with and teaching her son, studying Latin, history, and theology, playing piano, running, and cooking.
   
   
Melissa Teply earned a B.S. in Secondary Education Biology from Crichton College in 1999. She went on to teach AP Biology, Biology and Physical Science in the public school system for six years before leaving to start a family. Melissa and her husband, Matt, have been married for almost sixteen years and have three beautiful children. She is now a homeschool mom, involved with her local library, local government, and her church. Over the past twenty years, she has taught Sunday School and Awana. She also is the Coordinator/Chairwoman for the Cannon County Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children under the age of five.  
   
   
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.
   
 
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 and Josh. 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. She is also a Registered Instructor with the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).  Gail has been with VPSA since 2011.  Mrs. Van Ryn has been a community college professor for over fifteen years, teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Prior to children, she worked in university research and government program management for fifteen years where she wrote a variety of technical reports, proposals, responses to Congress, and speeches on technical topics for government officials. She loves discussing good writing and having her students share their work. Mr. Van Ryn is enjoying retirement, and their two homeschooled graduates are in college. The Van Ryns live in the beautiful Hunt Country region of Virginia, where they enjoy various activities with their church, gardening, and fishing. 

   
   
Weaver_summer_pic_111615 Summer Weaver has developed a passion and personal commitment to three things: leading young children to Christ, fostering a love for learning, and challenging young minds to think and solve problems. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Westmont College and a master’s degree in Education from Simpson University. She loves literature, traveling, and hiking to beautiful mountain lakes; but most of all she treasures spending time with her husband (Todd) and two sons (Ethan and Seth). Summer’s journey in classical education began eight years ago when she began homeschooling her two children. She loves that classical education is language focused and that learning is accomplished through both written and spoken words. Summer looks forward to teaching Linguistics at VSA and encouraging students to master language form, meaning, and context which will benefit all of their future studies. She feels very strongly that God has entrusted our children to us to raise to honor and glorify Him. Summer is blessed to have the opportunity to come alongside parents and be a part of educating our future with a strong biblical foundation.  
   
   
 

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.

   
   
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.”  
   
   
Wienckoski_christina_pic_1115 Christina Wienckoski graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in French and completed her Masters of Education in French from West Chester University. She has spent significant time abroad, including a semester at the University of Grenoble, France. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree, she worked as an English language assistant in French schools near Nantes, France. She has experience teaching French courses at both the middle and high school levels. Christina resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her husband Jesse, their two children, Christian and Sophie, and a cat named Sonny. At Pine Grove Church, she serves as a Sunday School teacher and secretary of Pine Grove Preschool Board. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoys cooking, running, reading and traveling. 
   
   
 

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 encouraged 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 homeschooled her two children for fourteen years. 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 her three children.   While teaching for the Long Beach Unified School District, she was selected as one of 40 teachers nationwide to attend a conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by President George W. Bush for Disadvantaged Youth. It was an amazing experience and inspiration!  Mary then homeschooled all the way through high school all three of her children, predominantly using Veritas Press curriculum.  She organized and invited many other children in her church to join her family in a math and science coop for their high school years.  Her main claim to fame though is that her adult children all seem to have survived the Wright Homeschool.  Captain Katie, her oldest, graduated from the Air Force Academy and is currently serving in Greenland!  You can sleep well at night, because Captain Katie is on the job, crocheting pumpkins and watching the sky!  Sarah Cartwright, who also teaches for Veritas Scholars Academy, is well, if you know Mrs. Cartwright nothing more needs to be said!  She is a smart, talented teacher and Mary recommends you take Mrs. Cartwright for all your math and science classes!   And her son, Jonathan, is the coolest, most talented mechanical engineer she has ever met.  Mary does appreciate that she may be a wee bit biased when it comes to her children.  

Mary and her husband Harold have been married for over 30 years and actively serve in their church, Providence Reformed Church of Las Vegas.  Mary loves to scheme and plan for VBS over the summer and is known for her, in her own opinion, very fun, very messy paper mache crafts.  BUT Mary especially enjoys playing her flute on any worship team led by her very talented husband!  SHE loves to listen to him singing to the LORD in practice at home and in church, “You are working in our waiting, sanctifying us.  And beyond our understanding, you’re teaching us to trust.  Your plans are still to prosper you have not forgotten us.  You’re with us in the fire and the flood.  You’re faithful forever, perfect in love. You are Sovereign over us.”  Mary and Harold also enjoy camping in the seven national parks within a day's drive of their home, hiking, biking on nice slopes (NOT negative slopes), rock collecting, backpacking, dogs (especially huskies named Bear Bear and Air Force beagles named Ziggy), reading together and listening to books together.