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Meet the Teachers

Wes Callihan
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
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
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.
William Daniels
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.
Andrew C. Eads
Andrew is a career industrial photographer and holds a BA from Brooks Institute. He holds a certification as a Career and Technology Education teacher and established the photo program for the Pasco School District in 2002.
Ryan Griffiths
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Tracey Leary
Tracey holds an M.Ed. from Auburn University and a B.A., Music and English from Huntingdon College. Born and raised in Panama City, FL, she was an avid reader growing up and enjoyed studying music as well. She and her husband, Ross, have three boys and have been homeschooling for more than six years. She has also taught in a large homeschool co-op, served on its board of directors, and wrote and compiled its secondary humanities curriculum.
George Luke
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
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
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.
Karla Memmott
Karla graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capella University with a Master’s of Science degree in Education Psychology. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration in Humanities at Faulkner University. She home-schooled her two sons, who have now graduated college, coached mock trial with her husband, Kyle, and remains involved in her local home school community.
Lori Miller
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!
Annie Nardone
Mrs. Nardone is a C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow with a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. She has earned a B.S. in Graphic Design (1984) and an M.A. in Apologetics, Emphasis in Cultural Apologetics (2019). She has written for and contributed to numerous professional writing projects like An Unexpected Journal and Cultivating. She and her family reside in Florida where they attend First Baptist Church.
Josiah Nance
Josiah has been a high school math, science, and humanities teacher for five years. After graduating from New Saint Andrews College in 2014, he taught at Sequitur Classical Academy and Roman Roads Live Classroom. He also studied graphic design in England for a year. He now runs his own design agency, Designosaur, and continues teaching part-time as well.
Dr. Scott Postma
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.
Jillene Santoro
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
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
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.
Joffre Swait
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
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
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
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
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

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.