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Our Administrative Team
Christopher has been part of the renewal of classical education around the U.S. for the past nineteen years, serving first as the head of a classical school, then as a consultant and publisher. Christopher is responsible for teacher hiring and training.
Jolie is a veteran classical educator, the author of several award-winning logic texts, and a mentor and trainer of classical teachers. As principal, she provides academic leadership and supervises the development and operations of Scholé Academy.
Emily works with our teachers, parents, and students to ensure a smooth experience from enrollment to course completion.
Joelle Hodge, Principal, holds a BA in history/political science from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a staffer to United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa) before finding her professional home in the world of classical education in 1999. She has more than eighteen years of teaching experience—many of which were spent at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There she also developed much of their logic and rhetoric curricula. She has coauthored two logic books, The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies and The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, both published by Classical Academic Press. Currently, Classical Academic Press hosts Joelle’s consultant offerings, where she engages with educators across the country, tailoring workshops for classical schools and co-ops that seek to train their teachers in the fundamentals of dialectic, and rhetoric-stage pedagogy. Since the inception of Scholé Academy, Mrs. Hodge has taught courses across a variety of disciplines, including math, logic, rhetoric, as well as a course in student-skills development (How To Be a Student). She also served as Senior Teacher for Scholé Academy before stepping into the role of academy principal in 2018.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fourteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, five children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together.
Adam Lockridge, Mentor Teacher, is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. He later taught upper school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for seven years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis.
Abigail Alberti graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in American studies. Propelled to pursue her love of great books, she earned an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College where she wrote her master’s essay on The Brothers Karamazov. Discovering a natural home in the universe of classical education, Abigail has seven years’ experience in classical Christian schools. She has worked with students from fourth to twelfth grade and taught courses on the history of western civilization, ancient Greek and Roman literature, beginning and intermediate Latin, grammar, writing, and pre-algebra. Alongside her career in classical education, Abigail has four years’ experience in helping non-profits achieve their missions through effective fundraising, development, and event-planning. Abigail currently serves as the part-time Director of College Counseling at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth. She lives with her husband in Texas, and she loves literature, baseball, and the idea of gardening.
Allison Scheidegger earned her BA in literature with a minor in classics from Patrick Henry College. She served two years as a Latin teacher for Providence Preparatory Academy, a Scholé Community in Northern Virginia. After thereby discovering that she loved teaching languages, Allison dove into the world of online teaching. In all her experiences tutoring and teaching Latin, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of Latin. Allison has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that one of her favorite pastimes is learning and teaching languages. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute or the fun of using complementary infinitives, Allison hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand, appreciate, and creatively employ language.
Andrew Ward earned his Bachelor of Arts in British and American Literature from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While at Franciscan University, Andrew was admitted into the Honor’s Program: a Great Books series of courses in which students study the canonical texts of Western Civilization in disciplines of literature, history, politics, philosophy, and theology. His studies at St. John’s not only compliment and further this background in the humanities, but also add fundamental texts in mathematics and natural sciences. Andrew’s interests expand into the fine arts as well; he earned a minor degree in Drama at Franciscan University and subsequently taught dramatic courses and directed several performances for the public. He is also an accomplished vocalist and has performed a variety of classical tenor pieces both solo and in choir. When not engaged in scholastic or artistic endeavors, Andrew enjoys finding deep-space Messier objects in his amateur telescope on cloudless nights.
Anthony Thomas graduated with high honors in 2012 from Ave Maria University, where he double-majored in classics and literature. He received a master of arts in classics from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing his PhD in classics at the University of Minnesota. He taught Latin to junior high and high school students at the Rhodora J. Donahue Academy and has also taught Latin to college students. He is always interested in helping students go deeper into the depths of wisdom and experience found in classical literature. Mr. Thomas offers one-on-one Latin tutoring at Scholé Academy.
Claudia Jackson has a BS in biology education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is an experienced upper school science instructor. Claudia is also a very active member of her church, where she has taught religious education for over a decade, led a number of book studies for mothers, and participated in many bible studies herself. She enjoys helping her husband and their eleven children find beauty and joy in whatever endeavors may come their way.
Charissa Sethman holds a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Covenant College near Chattanooga, TN, where she resides with her husband, Michael, and their five children. Mrs. Sethman brings to the classroom more than a decade combined of classical teaching experience in home-education and tutorial settings. With a passion for Classical and liberal arts education, she relishes the order and beauty of language, mathematics, and music and finds great satisfaction in reading and writing a well-turned composition. Her interests extend further to the visual arts and to music, having taught art studio and a lecture series on the cultural heritage of the West. Charissa aims to help students do good, careful work unto mastery while also allowing time for restful, worshipful contemplation of great ideas. Her passion is to help her students to enjoy truth and to know and love God through their experiences with beautiful and good things.
Emily Gerard is a graduate of Gordon College (BA, political science and philosophy) and The Johns Hopkins University (MA, government). She has taught philosophy, rhetoric, and Latin for the past five years, most recently at a classical school in downtown York, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Gerard currently lives in York with her husband, their young daughter, and a border collie.
Dr. Fransell Riley spent most of her career working as a quantitative analyst. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington with every intention of remaining in Corporate America. Though she enjoyed her work, she ultimately responded to an internal call to pursue a passion for educating students, including her own children. Fransell has taught math and science to students of all ages from elementary school to college. While teaching, she noticed that her natural teaching style aligned almost perfectly with the concepts of Classical education. She takes a holistic approach to teaching and involves her students in discussions aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the concept being taught with the desire that student learning extend beyond memorizing algorithms. Fransell has a passion for mathematics and seeks to share that passion with the next generation. Beyond math, Fransell enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. They are all athletes and nature lovers; they enjoy participating in sports, hiking, exploring nature, and traveling. When they aren’t enjoying God’s creation, you can find them indoors reading or watching reruns from the Star Trek series.
Hope Kaboré earned a BS in Civil Engineering with a minor in Math from Texas Tech University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to focusing on her family and homeschooling her four children, she worked in commercial land development and then taught math in middle and high school in San Antonio, TX. Seeing the gaps in the traditional school system and curriculum, and longing for her children to experience a classical, Christian education as she had, Mrs. Kaboré was led to Classical Academy Press and Scholé Academy as a parent. She has a passion for helping students see how math is applied to everyday life. Mrs Kaboré is excited to join the faculty of Scholé Academy and currently resides in Houston, TX with her family.
Jimmy Schambach holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University, and a BA in Theology and Philosophy from Evangel University. Currently, he works as the Executive Director of a faith-based, non-profit organization called M28 Ministry, which operates out of Harrisburg, PA. In his past, Jimmy worked as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor at a large church in Indianapolis, IN. Since his time in college, Jimmy has grown in his love for Philosophy, Logic, and Theology. He as taught in many settings over the years and looks forward to teaching as part of Scholé Academy. Jimmy and his wife, Tristin, live in Camp Hill, PA, where they are expecting their first child in March 2018.
Joanne Schinstock earned a BA in journalism from Creighton University and a master in humanities from the University of Dallas. After studying a year abroad focusing on Italian language and culture in Florence, Italy, she began her teaching career as a middle school classroom instructor in language arts. While working at The Highlands School (Irving, Texas), she was the co-chair of the English department and a middle- and upper-school English instructor, teaching classes that included advanced placement language and composition and journalism. The Dallas Catholic Diocese recognized Joanne as a Work of Heart Award recipient, honoring outstanding teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Joanne also obtained an adjunct professor of humanities position at Brookhaven College in the School of Arts and Sciences (Farmers Branch, Texas). From classroom teaching, her interests in the profession expanded to work in curriculum writing and professional development as a consultant for primary and secondary schools in North America and Manila, Philippines. Subsequently, she worked as a language arts instructor and curriculum coordinator for a 6th-12th grade all-girls charter school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her duties included work with the Tennessee Charter School Association as an advocate for students, parents, and community members engaging in advocacy for disadvantaged students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Joanne took a reprieve from teaching after seven years to give time to her children and husband. She and her husband, Brad, currently reside in Grand Prairie, Texas, with their children. They find joy in forging their family culture in homeschooling in the classical Christian tradition, participating in their church community, and delighting in weekend family outings. Mrs. Schinstock teaches Writing & Rhetoric at Scholé Academy.
Jon McCord serves as the headmaster of Veritas Preparatory School in Greenville, South Carolina—a university model school where he teaches Latin and logic. Jon has worked in churches, ministries, and schools teaching Sunday school, Bible studies, and academic classes throughout his career. He earned his BA in Biblical languages from Moody Bible Institute and his MA in Biblical exegesis from Wheaton College. Before coming to Veritas in 2014, Mr. McCord served as a teacher and headmaster at a classical Christian school in Chicago for seven years. Besides reading and writing, Jon enjoys gardening, fishing, and playing music. Jon and his wife, Lesley, have three sons. Mr. McCord teaches Latin 1 and 2 at Scholé Academy.
Lylah Molnár graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Education from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. She taught high school religion before moving abroad with her husband. While working in an international school, she realized how the good, the true, and the beautiful transcend words. Coupled with her desire to form the whole person in virtue and involve the heart as well as the head in education, she found her home in the classical education environment. Lylah spent time teaching at a classical Christian school outside Boston where she was captivated by the joy her students took in learning and the way they challenged themselves to develop their God-given intellectual talents. One of Lylah’s pastimes is learning Hungarian, her husband’s native language. Working to master this language as an adult, she has learned the importance of attentive listening and imitation of others in the learning process. As she continues her career in classical education, Mrs. Molnár is excited to share with the students at Scholé Academy the fruitfulness of a similar approach as they strive to become successful writers.
Maria Overy completed a BA in Classics at King’s College London and a post-graduate diploma in Theology at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. She is an alumna of the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Rome, where her love of Latin was ignited, and has taught Latin for the Iris project and for the Oxford Latinitas Project, specializing in the sermo vivus (“living speech”) method of Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata course. As an adolescent she developed the desire to educate herself in Philosophy, Literature, and the Classical languages, to carve out for herself a Classical education, despite the lack of providers in the UK. She completed a diploma in Perennial Philosophy with the Temenos Academy, during which she came to know and love the principle of learning “from not merely about” the great writers of our tradition. Music is one of Ms. Overy’s dearest hobbies: she has worked in the music department of St. Paul’s Cathedral School, she plays folk and classical violin, and she sings and improvises jazz. Ms. Overy is very excited to share a love for Latin, the key to our literary and philosophical heritage, under the auspices of an institution that aspires to the highest standards in humanistic education.
Margaret Weaver holds a BS in education from Lock Haven University. She has nearly 22 years of experience as an educator, having begun her career as a private reading and math tutor. For the past 13 years Mrs. Weaver, through her company, Stand Firm Educational Service, has been dedicated to work with local home school families as a teacher, consultant, course of study coordinator, and evaluator. She began her journey toward classical education when she took on the responsibility of educating her own children. Under the tutelage of Peter and Laurie Brown of Lancaster Center of Classical Studies Mrs. Weaver added to her love of languages Latin and Greek. She is continuing her own classical studies as a student of Classical Academic Press ClassicalU. She looks forward to continuing to bring her love of learning to the live, online classroom as she guides her students on their Latin journey!
Melissa Kennedy earned a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and a MS in Physiology from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation, she spent a few years teaching undergraduate level biology classes in North Dakota. Melissa’s introduction to the tradition of classical education began in 2012, while homeschooling her children. Since then, she has taught in a variety of homeschool settings, and currently leads a Scholé Group for local homeschooling families. She believes that God’s creation testifies to His creativity, splendor, and goodness, and is excited to share this with her students this year. When she is not homeschooling or cheering on her children in their favorite activities, Melissa enjoys crocheting, reading, and watching football. She lives east of Cincinnati in the middle of the woods with her husband, three children, and the wildlife that frequent their yard.
Dr. Michael Robinson is an engineer, teacher, and lover of the arts. As an engineer, he develops new ways for people to interact with computer-controlled machines. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Penn State and has researched assistive devices for the blind and algorithms for autonomous vehicles. He has taught at a middle school, and at colleges in the United States and Africa. He also sojourns in the world of art by writing code to create visual works, which he hopes might help us better understand our experiences. He and his wife, Gabrielle, live in State College, Pennsylvania.
Monica Chilbert was classically educated at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA. She went on to earn her BA in philosophy from The Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester at the University of Oxford studying Aristotle’s Metaphysics and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and falling in love with England. Monica has always been a language-lover, but it wasn’t until she took a year of Koine Greek in college that she decided to pursue a career in learning and teaching languages. Monica went on to teach literature, writing, grammar, and Latin at Trivium Preparatory Academy, a classical school in Arizona, for several years. This will be her second year teaching Latin with Scholé Academy. She is overjoyed for the opportunity to share her own enthusiasm for the order and complexity of language with her students. Monica lives near Philadelphia with her husband, their son, and their Australian shepherd-border collie mix.
Phaedra Shaltanis is a seasoned classical educator with twenty years of experience teaching in the classical tradition. Her experience includes home-educating her four children, teaching in private schools, creating a classical curriculum for young learners, serving as a leader in various programs, and mentoring parents and teachers in classical education. Phaedra cherishes conversations built on God’s truth and strives to engage others through discourse, particularly in the areas of literature and history. She hopes to encourage her students toward a stronger ardor for language as they seek after God and treasure their membership in Christ’s kingdom.
Rebecca Jekel is a graduate of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a double major in mathematics and PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics). Upon graduation, Rebecca moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught high school mathematics at a classical school for several years. This experience gave her a deeper appreciation for both the challenge of teaching and the beauty of mathematics. In the fall of 2017, she moved back to Pennsylvania, where she and her husband currently reside. As she continues her career as a classical high school mathematics educator, Mrs. Jekel is thankful to be doing work that is beautiful, challenging, and rewarding.
Roxanne Ferlmann graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from Ave Maria University with a BA in Classics and Early Christian Literature and a minor in Theology. She then pursued graduate studies in Latin Philology at the University of Arizona, and taught two semesters of Latin 101 in her time there. Whether teaching or tutoring, she loves helping students and seeing the light of understanding appear in their eyes when they learn new concepts. She is also the editor of a homily collection, I Have Someone to Tell You: A Jesuit Heralds the Gospel, by Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ. Roxanne and her husband Jim live in an oasis in the desert in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Sarah Foose is a fluent and enthusiastic Spanish speaker and an experienced Spanish teacher. She enjoys the language-learning process in its own right and loves sharing this love with her students. Her Spanish journey began when she was young, continued at Duke University where she was a Spanish major, and came to fruition with a second major in Latino Studies, two stints studying abroad in Southern Mexico, and various interpreting, missions, and immigrant advocacy roles as an adult. Sarah has taught Spanish to grades 3 through 10, privately and at a classical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has also taught dialectic and rhetoric school math, history, logic, literature, and ESL literature. Sarah loves Spanish grammar but enjoys even more the beauty of cross-cultural relationships made possible by a common language—this is what Spanish class is ultimately about! She and her husband, Jeremy, have two young, bilingual children, Leah and Annie, and live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sarah’s other passions include a gospel lifestyle, food, and the great outdoors. Mrs. Foose teaches Spanish for Children A and B at Scholé Academy.
Sara McGahey earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She worked in the semiconductor industry as a designer before she turned her attention toward raising her family and homeschooling her five children. Sara has cultivated her passion for the classical Christian tradition over the past fifteen years. Serving as both the director of a local co-op and a support manager for other directors, she has delighted in training, counseling, and exhorting others in the homeschool community both one-on-one and through speaking engagements. Over the past seven years, Sara has taught English to homeschool students using a variety of curricula. This experience includes two years teaching online for Veritas Scholars Academy. She fell in love with the Writing & Rhetoric curriculum in 2015 when she began implementing it with her own children. She appreciates the focus on story, creativity, logic, and strong sentence structure. Sara desires to come alongside parents as they lay a foundation of biblical truth in the lives of their children and is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of Writing & Rhetoric through the tutoring process.
Timothy McIntosh, MA, received his BA from Bryan College (Tennessee) and his MA in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary. Before he joined the Scholé Academy faculty, Mr. McIntosh served as a Great Books tutor and later as the provost at Gutenberg College in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to his work as a classical educator, Mr. McIntosh is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. His play Søn of Abraham received a “Best New Plays” award, and the film of his screenplay Mandie was released by Kalon Media in the spring of 2009. Timothy is also featured on the book club podcast Close Reads, produced by the CiRCE Institute.