Teachers Currently Offering Courses through Scholars Online
Instructor ♦ Writing Sequence Ms. Krista has enjoyed the craft of writing from her earliest memories. She drafted thank-you letters with the help of her first and best teacher (thanks, Mom!), learned to type by writing a horse story, and gave her poems as gifts. In one memory, she sits at a tiny desk next to Miss Sasha Decker, hastily scribbling the story of a naughty mouse, when the kitchen timer dings: it is time to swap pages with her friend and continue the next tale. Inspired by these games, Ms. Krista still uses collaborative fiction methods in her classes.
After completing her homeschool years, with highlights including the Literature and Latin sequences at ISLAS, Ms. Krista studied at St. Olaf College (B.A.) and Multnomah University (M.A.). Her own experience with chronic illness has given her a fascination with the intersection of writing and health. In 2011 she participated in a workshop on this topic at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa.
Ms. Krista and her husband have recently returned from teaching English and writing in China and Indonesia, where they enjoyed crossing cultures and eating interesting things.
Instructor ♦ History Sequence Mr. Christiansen began studying history at an early age, received his BA in History from Earlham College in 2006, and his Master's in Teaching from Earlham two years later. While at Earlham he dabbled in the classics, and ventured as far as Greece for a month. He currently works for Sylvan Learning Center while not teaching for Scholars Online, and has also worked for two years as a professional editor. He fills his off-hours with reading, writing, and the occasional research project.
Instructor ♦ Latin Sequence Miss Jaimie Conley is an alumna of Scholars Online Academy, having studied the Classical Languages under Dr. Bruce McMenomy beginning in the year 2000 and continuing until her graduation from high school. She credits her studies at Scholars Online with giving her a passionate love for the classics that persists to this day. She was awarded substantial scholarships by Hillsdale College; in 2011 she graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale with a B.A. in Classical Studies, with a double concentration in Greek and Latin.
Miss Conley offered peer tutoring in Greek and Latin during her undergraduate years, and currently teaches Latin, as well as Greek and Roman History, at Anthem Preparatory Academy, a liberal arts charter school run by Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix, AZ. When not teaching or learning languages, she generally fills her time with reading and writing; favorite authors and objects of research include Ovid, Shakespeare, and Euripides.
Instructor ♦ Latin Sequence
Mr. Timothy Dean graduated from the University of Dallas in 2010 with a B.A. in Classical Philology and Mathematics and a concentration in Computer Science. Homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, in 1999 he began taking classes from Scholars Online Academy. Under the tutelage of the McMenomys, he studied English, Latin, Greek, Chemistry, Physics, Cryptography, and Perl. While attending the University of Dallas, Mr. Dean spent a semester studying in Rome and a month studying German in Austria at the University of Klagenfurt. He also took a leave of absence (delaying his graduation a year) in order to study for a semester at New College in Oxford.
Mr. Dean has spent the last five years working as a private tutor, and he is currently in the process of turning this into a regular business employing other tutors. He enjoys strategy games, programming, running, and playing piano.
Instructor ♦ Latin Sequence Mrs. Susan Dennis has taught Latin classes online and in Southern California for the past ten years. She holds a B.A. degree in English (with a minor in French) and a M.M. degree in Piano Performance from Texas Tech University. Besides homeschooling her four children, she has taught piano for over twenty-five years. Mrs. Dennis lives in Orange County, California with her husband.
Instructor ♦ Classics Sequence
Mrs. Sarah Esposito has been involved in online education since 1997, when she first began taking courses from Scholars' Online Academy. As a graduate of the Latin and English sequences and a long time student of Dr. Bruce and Dr. Christe McMenomy, Sarah is a second-generation teacher at Scholars Online. Sarah has taught within Scholars Online's Greek sequence for six years.
Sarah received her BA in Classics from Middlebury College in 2006. While in college, she studied Greek and Roman history and archeology in Sicily, Naples, and Rome on the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies' Semester in Rome Program. She also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant to Prof. Randall Ganiban on the Focus Press Aeneid Commentary Project, now in print. Her undergraduate work was on Vergil's Georgics and its Greek literary models. In 2008 Sarah completed a masters degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis on Thucydides' treatment of the story of the Athenian tyrannicides. As a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina, Sarah is presently continuing her study of early Greek historiography with a dissertation on Herodotus' Histories.
Instructor ♦ Math Sequence Mrs. Christy Frary has a Masters in Teaching from Willamette University.
She taught mathematics both in public schools (seventh and eighth grade
mathematics) and privately (Pre-algebra through pre-calculus) for over fifteen
years. She has spent the last eight years running a private tutoring business
and consulting with families on graduation and college requirements.
Christy remains active in the mathematics community through various
professional organizations, such as Puget Sound Council of Teachers of
Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Instructor ♦ Latin Sequence
Emily Marie Gassman (née Sandquist) studied Latin, literature, and Old English through Scholars Online and received a B.A. in Classics from St. Olaf College in 2013. She was a National Merit scholar and, while in college, received awards in six Latin sight-translation contests and St. Olaf's CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies. She has been working at translating St. Hilary of Poiters's Tractates on the Psalms into English. Besides her classical pursuits, Emily Marie enjoys reading, writing fiction and conlangs, and playing the piano. She lives in Oxford with her husband, who is doing graduate work in Late Antique history.
Instructor ♦ Programming Sequence
Mr. John Hogan received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1974, being among the first to earn this newly-created degree. He proceeded with some post-graduate studies there for two more years before entering the workforce.
John learned to program computers in high school during the 1960’s, pursued this interest in college, even though it had no formal degree program when he entered. He has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. He has extensive experience both in using a variety of programming and scripting languages and supporting programmers on both IBM mainframes and UNIX servers.
John has regularly taught beginners in the game of Go at the Seattle Go Center for 10 years and is regarded as one of their best teachers; he has assisted at the Youth program at the annual Go conference for several years and has recently worked at youth Go camps. His teaching style is to assist students discover concepts and ideas rather than merely to hand out information.
Instructor ♦ Writing Sequence Miss Emily Jennings was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and studied English with Dr. Bruce McMenomy. She was awarded a National Merit Scholarship in 2005 and a 4-year full scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with a BA in Classics and Philosophy. As an undergraduate, she won school competitions for Greek and Latin, as well as the departmental award in philosophy, and was an Honors Fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A violinist and certified Suzuki instructor, she has taught violin to children ages 7 through 14. She currently works as a professional musician with the Tulsa Signature Symphony while preparing to attend law school in fall 2010. In her spare time, Emily enjoys creative writing, sewing, and gardening.
Instructor ♦ Modern Language Sequence
Mary Catherine Lavissière did a significant amount of her high school course work with Regina Coeli Academy / Scholars Online Academy. She went on to study biology at the University of North Florida for two years, before deciding to study languages. She majored in Spanish and minored in French, spending her senior year at the University of Alicante, Spain. In 2006, she received a B.A. in Spanish. In 2007, she moved to France to begin her graduate studies at the Sorbonne. She graduated with a Masters in Spanish Linguistics in 2009. Her thesis topic was the alternation between subjunctive and indicative verb forms in Medieval Spanish. In 2010, she graduated with a Masters in English Linguistics. Her thesis topic was the translation to French of the English structure “can + perception verb” in the novels of Graham Greene. She is currently working on a doctorate about the evolution of the Spanish subjunctive system. She works primarily with the theories of Gustave Guillaume and “linguistique du signifiant.”
She has had various teaching experiences such as private tutoring during her undergraduate studies, classroom teaching for St. Augustine Academy, university teaching at the University of Mans and the University of Lille in France. She has also taught and constructed training programs for adults in English as a Foreign Language in companies such as Air France, Chanel, and Veolia Environnement. She joined the Scholars Online teaching staff in 2011.
In her free time, she enjoys surfing, cooking, creative writing, and studying languages. She lives in Morocco and is finishing her doctorate with the Sorbonne.
Instructor ♦ Mathematics Sequence Mr. Mabbott, M.S., is a mathematics teacher with more than 30 years experience. He has taught in grades 4-12 in both public and private schools around the Pacific Northwest as well as at the university level. Currently he is a mathematics specialist for secondary schools with Seattle Schools and an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University, College of Education. He earned a Master Degree in Mathematics and continues to deliver and engage in professional development and advanced training thru the Northwest Mathematics Interactions, the University of Washington and the Institute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics Institute. Mr. Mabbott is a perennial presenter at Northwest, Regional, and National Mathematics Conferences, offering back to his professional peers his years of experience. In addition to being a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, he is the most recent past president of the Puget Sound Council.
Instructor ♦ Classics Sequence — Literature Sequence Dr. Bruce McMenomy received his B.A. from Pomona College, an M. A. in History and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from UCLA. His field of specialization is Mediaeval Latin, and his dissertation an editio princeps of the first part of Claudius of Turin's (ca. 815) commentary on the Gospel of Matthew — the completion of which was somewhat delayed while he was homeschooling his own three children. Dr. McMenomy has taught online courses in history, literature, Greek, Latin, and Old English through the Scholars' Online Academy since 1995. His literary thought has largely been molded by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and he enjoys literature ranging from the ancient to the modern, but he has yet to discover a subject that is not somehow interesting. His chief joy in teaching is in exploring the various ways of understanding with his students, and he admits that in the process he has probably learned at least as much from his students as he has taught.
Dr. McMenomy was awarded an SDB Fellowship through the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in 2005. The essay submitted for that occasion is linked here.
Instructor ♦ Science Sequence Dr. Christe McMenomy received her B.A. from Scripps College, studying Physics as a Joint Science student at Harvey Mudd, Scripps, and Pomona, and pursued a masters in astronomy for a year before changing majors and schools to complete a Ph.D. in the history of science at UCLA, concentrating on the organization and transmission of scientific knowledge in the Middle Ages. She has practiced science actively at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (where she was using MILNET to post to online bulletin boards in 1973), developing image processing and cataloguing techniques for the Landsat, Viking, and Voyager missions, and at the Rand Corporation applying computer simulation technologies to policy analysis. She currently supports software development at Boeing, and presents papers on software configuration management at national professional conventions.
Over the years Dr. Christe has taught or assisted teaching courses at the college level in Western Civilization, history of technology, history of science, physics, and astronomy, as well as professional training courses in database design and programming for Boeing. Together with her husband, she homeschooled their three children through high school. Through Scholars Online Academy (ISLAS) and now Scholars Online, Dr. Christe has taught science courses over the Internet since 1996. Her biology, chemistry, and physics courses have been certified as meeting all AP requirements.
Instructor ♦ Philosophy Sequence
Karl F. Oles received a B.A. degree from Pomona College, an M.A. from the University of London, and an M.A. from UCLA, all in philosophy, as well as a J.D. degree from the University of Washington. Since 1986, Mr. Oles has practiced law in Seattle, Washington. He is currently head of the construction and design group in the Seattle office of Stoel Rives LLP, where his practice includes both complex litigation and transactional work. He has represented clients in state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Instructor ♦ Modern Language Sequence
Mr. Reeves received his BA in international relations from Stanford University in 1982 with a focus on Latin America and accompanying overseas study at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Later, after receiving his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned his M.A.T. from Emory University with an emphasis on foreign language education. He taught high school Spanish in Georgia for six years before becoming the Chaplain and Director of Religious Studies at the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, a boarding school for mostly Spanish speaking students. Mr. Reeves has also taught English as a Second Language to foreign students, immigrant adults, and migrant children, and was co-founder of the La Alba Nueva Education Center in Colorado, an ESL and computer skills training center for adult immigrants. In addition to his overseas study in Spain, Mr. Reeves has also lived, studied and taught in Mexico and the UK, and has either led or participated in student, educator, and church mission trips to Barcelona, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Instructor ♦ Mathematics Sequence
Mr. Fred Williams received his bachelor of arts in physics from Pomona College, and, after working full time for several years, completed his MSEE (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Southern California. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State (where he lives) and in California.
Mr. Williams' career has alternated between practicing engineering and teaching. He has worked for small, medium, and large companies (Hughes Aircraft, TRW, Virtual Vision, Siemens, Zetron, Digital Control, Inc, and Shine Micro). He has taught both full-time and part-time, at a large state university (USCD), a small private college (Cogswell College North), a for-profit university (DeVry University), and a community college (West Los Angeles College).
He sings with Seattle Pro Musica - science, technology, engineering and math are not incompatible with the arts and the humanities!
Dr. Rachel Knudsen
Instructor ♦ Classics Sequence Summer 2006
Instructor ♦ Classics Sequence
Academic years 2006/2007 to 2010/2011.
Instructor ♦ Writing Sequence
Academic year 2012
Instructor ♦ Modern Language Sequence Academic Year 2008-2009
Instructor ♦ History Sequence — Writing Sequence Academic years 2006-2011.
Mr. Mark JohnsonInstructor ♦ History Sequence Academic year 2006/2007
Dr. Mary Luthien J. McMenomyInstructor ♦ Latin Sequence Summer 2006
Dr. Andrew T. SeeleyInstructor ♦ Literature Sequence Summer 2006
Instructor ♦ Writing Sequence Mrs. Byington devised the Writing for the College-Bound curriculum, and taught basic grammar, poetry, playwriting, and writing workshops for Scholars Online from 2006-2009. She served on the Scholars Online board of directors until her death in December, 2010, from breast cancer.
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