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Meet the Teachers

Wes Callihan
Teacher
Wes Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and earned a BA in history from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught at Logos School and New Saint Andrews College, both in Moscow, Idaho, as well as Veritas Academy in Lancaster, PA. Wes is the founder of Schola Classical Tutorials, where he teaches online classes in the great books and other classical subjects. He is the primary instructor in the Old Western Culture series by Roman Roads Media.
Joe Carlson
Teacher
Joe Carlson is from Santa Cruz, CA where he served as a minister for seven years. He is married to Jen and they have one son, Joseph Benaiah, (whom they adopted in 2017). He is a graduate of New St. Andrews College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature at the University of Dallas where he has translated and published Dante's Inferno, along with a Reader's Guide. Translations and Guides for Purgatory and Paradiso are forthcoming.
Kari Christophersen
Teacher
Kari Christophersen has lived in the US, West Africa, France, and Japan but has always called Moscow, ID home. She holds an M.A. in TESOL and two B.A. degrees, English and French, from the University of Idaho, as well as a Maîtrise in technical translation from the University of Haute Bretagne in France. She has taught in Japan, homeschooled her three kids, and enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and reading lots of good books to her kids.
Roxana Corradino
Teacher
Prof. Corradino is a proud alumna of Florida International University where she earned a B.F.A in 2000 and where she currently teaches Performance Art, Art History I, Art History II, and Exploring Art. She also earned an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.
William Daniels
Teacher
William is a pianist and teacher. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University and his Master of Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Central Florida. He lives in Orlando, FL with his family.
Mandi Gerth
Teacher
Mandi first read "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning" twenty years ago which launched her journey of extensive reading on Classical Christian Education. She and her husband moved from Wisconsin to Texas to enroll their children in a classical University Model school where she took a teaching position. She has earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism; and later, a M.Hum. with a Classical Education Concentration from the University of Dallas.
Ryan Griffiths
Teacher
Ryan Griffiths lives in Taylorville, Illinois and has taught composition and critical reading to college freshman. He holds a Master's degree in English with a concentration in digital pedagogy from the University of Illinois in Springfield. His interests include English literature, creative writing, and film.
Danae Harlow
Teacher
Danae grew up in Salem, OR and attended a classical Christian school. In 3rd grade she was introduced to Latin, and it quickly became her favorite subject. Danae attended New Saint Andrews College where she tutored other Latin students. Since 2013, she has taught JH & HS Latin at Logos School (Moscow, ID). She is married Jordan Harlow and lives in Moscow, ID with their two cats and two horses.
George Harrell
Teacher
George Harrell is a graduate with a master’s degree in Theology and Letters from New Saint Andrews College. He has taught an American history course for adults, and has published in the South African magazine “Die Boodskapper,” and US History and Economics at Kepler. He continues to live in the foothills of Idaho with his wife and his son Patrick, where he pursues the study of hidden things.
Dr. Aaron Hebbard
Teacher
Dr. Hebbard has taught in Christian secondary and higher education since 2001. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Vanguard University in Biblical Studies in 1992 and 1996. In 2005, He earned his Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Glasgow in the field of Literature, Theology and the Arts. He and his wife, Nicole, have been married since 1991 and they have six children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Barbara Helmkamp
Teacher
Dr. Helmkamp earned her Ph.D. in physics from Louisiana State University (1995) and an engineering degree in physics from Colorado School of Mines (1986). She has worked in petroleum engineering (petrophysics) for the Shell Companies in New Orleans and taught at both online and brick and mortar schools. She and her husband Bob Bob are members at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (LC‒MS) in Elizabeth, Colorado.
Gage Herrmann
Teacher
Gage grew up in San Diego, California in the water at the beach, on dirt bikes in the desert, and playing computer games like Quake and Roller Coaster Tycoon. He is married to Shaina and together they have one child. Gage earned an AAS in computer programming and has more than 12 years experience in game development. "Everything I do, big or small, needs to be submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ who is my savior and my king."
Dr. Junius Johnson
Teacher
Dr. Junius Johnson is an independent scholar, teacher, musician, writer, and the executive director of Junius Johnson Academics. He holds a BA from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and an MA, two MPhils, and a PhD from Yale University. He is the author of 4 books, including The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty. He is married to Rebekah and resides in Waco, Texas.
Katie Łastowiecka
Teacher
Katie grew up in Northwest Arkansas where she was homeschooled alongside her three siblings. She attended the honors program at a state college, earned a Master's in Education, and spent several years teaching at a private Catholic school. She currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she attends St. Joseph’s parish and enjoys gardening with her husband, traveling, writing, and grain-free baking.
Dr. Garrett League
Teacher
Dr. League earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Art from TCU, an M.S. in Biology from Baylor University, and obtained his doctorate in biology from Vanderbilt in 2017. He also conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell where his research focused on disease carrying insects. Born and raised in Southern California, he and his wife now homeschool their three young children near Fort Worth, Texas.
George Luke
Teacher
George lives in Moscow, Idaho. He's a Christian with three first names, one wife, one national identity as a first generation American, two immigrant parents from India, and two kids (so far). George is presently a student at Greyfriars Hall, a training program for pastors out of Christ Church in Moscow, ID. He holds an M.A. in Biblical and Pastoral Studies.
Benjamin Lucas
Teacher
Benjamin Lucas is a husband, father, and teacher in a quiet town nestled among the rolling hills of Old Wessex. A born-again Christian, who was saved in his teenage years, Ben holds to the Westminster Confession and he and his family attend Yeovil Family Church and St John's Yeovil. He earned a BA in Modern Foreign Languages with a Year Abroad (German and Russian).
Stacy Lung
Teacher
Stacy Lung educated her children in the forests of northern Wisconsin, has taught students and adults online, and is the Director of the Environmental Learning Center at Christ Serve Ranch in Henning, MN. She has an M.S. in Environmental Ed. from Concordia University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Heather Magnuson
Teacher
Heather has been involved in classical Christian education since she began homeschooling her own boys—for more than fifteen years. Today, she is the director of Arete Homeschooling Collaborative in Panama City, FL. She holds a M.Ed. in Bilingual/ESL education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is completing an M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in Classical Education from the University of Dallas. She and her family live in Florida.
Daniel Maycock
Teacher
Daniel grew up in Georgia where he was home schooled and studied at Schola Classical Tutorials. He earned B.A.s in English and Music, minored in Philosophy (Oxford University), and earned an M.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern Literature & Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Haley, live in South Carolina and have three wonderful children.
Karla Memmott
Teacher
Dr. Karla Memmott is a long-time resident of the Sacramento, California area where she lives with her husband, Kyle and dog, Kona. She home-schooled her children. She continues to support homeschooling parents by teaching online and in -person courses which include history, literature, writing, public speaking, and German. Additionally, she and her husband have coached high school mock trial.
Lori Miller
Teacher
Lori earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Colorado State University: Arts and Humanities in 1984 and French with a secondary teaching certificate in 1987. Discovering a passion for mathematics, she earned an M.A. in Mathematics Education in 2018. She married Keith in 1985, and they have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1991. Each of their three sons was born in a different country!
Nicholas Moore
Teacher
Nick resides in the great state of Texas. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Texas State University and an MBA from Liberty University. When he's not teaching, he enjoys pitching a tent, hiking or kayaking with his son, Henry, and spending quality time with family over a hearty conversation, healthy debate, simple competition, or communal cuisine.
Dr. Daniel Newman
Teacher
Dr. Newman initially intended to become a doctor. After sensing a call to ministry, he pursued ordination and served in parishes on the south coast, near London, and in the countryside for nine years before moving to Moscow, Idaho in July 2022. He and his wife, Brooke, have six children. In his spare time, he enjoys fencing.
Scott Piland
Teacher
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy from Moody Bible Institute and a master’s degree in theology from Southern Seminary. He has been a classical educator since 2006 and most recently he was the managing director of Memoria Press Online Academy. He has a passion for anything written by C.S. Lewis, and when he isn’t working, teaching, or wrangling children, he enjoys spending time with his wife in the outdoors.
Dr. Scott Postma
Teacher
Scott served as a minister for 20 years and as a Christian educator for 25 years. He earned degrees in the humanities (Ph.D., Faulkner University), classical studies (M.A.C.C.S., Knox Theological Seminary), religion and English literature (B.S., Liberty University), and creative writing (A.A., College of Southern Nevada). He also earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theology from a former denominational institution back in the day.
Seth Rutt
Teacher
Seth and his wife Katilyn enjoy homeschooling their two boys in Helena, Montana. An avid runner himself, he has completed over a dozen ultramarathons including one 100 mile ultramarathon in the mountains of Wyoming. He earned his BA in Liberal Arts w/ Emphasis in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Physical Education, and is the director of Adventure PE, a comprehensive homeschool PE program for K-5.
Jillene Santoro
Teacher
Jillene Santoro is an Air Force veteran turned homeschool educator with 18+ years of experience teaching. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children, but has lived all across the United States and has visited all fifty. She earned an M.S. in Graduate Operational Analysis at the Air Force Institute of Technology: School of Engineering in 1996 and a B.S. in Operations Research at the United States Air Force Academy in 1994.
Wesley Santos
Teacher
Wesley Santos lives in Aracaju/SE, Brazil. He earned an M.S. in Biological Oceanography in 2014, a B.S. of Biological Sciences in 2010, and has been teaching full time since 2014. He is married to Sanny, is the father of Matias, and is expecting his second child.
Dr. Gregory Soderberg
Teacher
Dr. Soderberg has taught in Christian schools for 18 years. He is completing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology (Free University of Amsterdam) and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture (New St. Andrews College), an M.A. in Church History (University of Pretoria). He and his wife have five children and enjoy hiking, boating, reading, and traveling.
Nichol Starr
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Nichol is an attorney-turned-homeschooling mom and rhetoric teacher with more than 18 years of experience working with private schools and homeschool families. Deriving much of her educational philosophy from Charlotte Mason, she has spent the past several years working alongside students and parents as they plan for the high school and college years. She and her husband attend Providence Reformed Church in Nampa, Idaho.
Joffre Swait
Teacher
Joffre was raised in several cities throughout Brazil, Canada, and the United States. He is married to Kimberly and they educate their five children in Moscow, ID. He has 15 years of experience teaching ESOL, Spanish, Portuguese, Bible, and Literature. In his spare time, Joffre enjoys writing poetry, playing rugby, making YouTube videos, and video chatting with strangers from around the world.
Kimberly Swait
Teacher
Kimberly is from South Florida and loves the sunshine. She now lives in Albuquerque, NM with her giant husband and five children. She has homeschooled her children for 12 years and earned a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Florida in 2001. She is currently a working artist and her favorite art element to explore is texture.
Dr. Christy Anne Vaughan
Teacher
Dr. Vaughan holds an Ed.D. from Liberty University in Educational Leadership and serves as Secretary for Classical Christian Education International, Inc., and served as Head of Curriculum and Instruction at Brown County Christian Academy for three years.
Dr. Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock
Teacher
Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock is a homeschooling mother of 3 children and a military spouse. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, is studying at Liberty University for her Ph.D. in Advanced Educational Studies and Special Education.
Dr. Robert Woods
Teacher
Dr. Woods has been a Classical Christian educator for nearly 20 years. He has a B.A. in biblical studies and ministry from Point University, an M.A. in religious studies from Barry University, and a Ph.D. in humanities from Florida State University. He developed and chaired the Great Books Honors College at Faulkner University for more than 15 years and is the author of “Mortimer Adler: The Paideia Way of Classical Education.”

Partner Institutions

The Alyosha Society
A Kepler Partner
Bruce Etter studied Spanish and Bible during my undergraduate years and graduated from Columbia International University in 1992 and a Master's Degree in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary. He married Julie in 1993 and they have five children, adopted and biological. He has been teaching in Christian schools since 1992 and have served as both teacher and administrator in six different schools.
New England Consortium of Classical Educators
A Kepler Partner in Classical Education
The New England Consortium for Classical Educators partners with Kepler Education to expand the reach of classical education and foster human flourishing by providing training and resources for Christian families, teachers, and educational organizations throughout New England.
Bohnet Music Academy
A Kepler Partner in Music Education
We want to train our students to be capable, intelligent, and free musicians by encouraging joy, gratitude, and confidence in their musicianship skills, thus making them ready musical leaders in their home, church, and community (Psalm 33, 66, 149, 150). That’s our fruit, root, and reach.
Apprentice University
A Kepler Partner
Our mission is to serve high-school graduates with a challenging college education that equips them to explore and navigate careers of interest. In this high-speed, crazy, volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, knowing how to learn and how to anticipate upcoming turns in the curvy path ahead of you is imperative.
The Consortium of Classical Educators
A Collaborative Initiative of Kepler Education
The Consortium of Classical Educators provides resources and regional connections for Christian families, teachers, and educational organizations to expand the reach of classical education and foster human flourishing for generations to come.