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Mr. Trevor J. Davis

Instructor ♦ History and Government
Mr. Trevor J. Davis earned his associate in Liberal Arts from North Lake College in Irving, TX in December 2014 before transferring to the University of North Texas to pursue a B.A. in European history with a minor in music. Graduating Cum Laude in December 2016, Mr. Davis immediately enrolled again at UNT in the spring of 2017 as a graduate student. He successfully completed his M.A. at that institution in the spring of 2020, with concentrations in Medieval Europe, Ancient Greece and Rome, and the American Revolution. Mr. Davis lives with his wife and daughter in Denton, TX, and hopes to eventually earn his PHD. Aside from history, Mr. Davis has a deep and abiding love for classical music, political philosophy, fine literature, and B-movies.

Mr. James Caleb Dean

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
James Caleb Dean was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and was enrolled at Scholars Online. From the McMenomys, he learned English, Latin, and Physics. A National Merit Scholar, he attended the University of Dallas, where he obtained a degree in Mathematics and a Concentration in Computer Science.
Starting in high school, Mr. Dean was a teacher’s assistant and tutor for mathematics. He continued tutoring throughout college, and privately tutored students in Calculus and Euclidean Geometry. He currently works for Systemware in Development with software for content management. His interests include music, strategy games, and philosophy.

Mrs. Susan L. Dennis

Instructor ♦ Latin
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.

Mrs. Sarah Esposito

Instructor ♦ Classics • History
Academic Years 2006-2013, current
Sarah Esposito has been involved in online education since 1997, when she first began taking high school 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, she is a second-generation teacher at Scholars Online.

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 2004 Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies’ Semester in Rome Program. In 2012, she completed her MA at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis interpreting Thucydides’ discussions of the Athenian tyrannicides. Other research interests include Greek thought in Vergil’s Georgics and Herodotus’ portrayals of non-Greek peoples in the Histories.

Sarah's experience includes teaching Latin in a brick-and-mortar setting as a UNC Chapel Hill graduate teaching fellow. She has also tutored and coached writing both online and face-to-face for the UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center. Sarah rejoined Scholars Online in 2018 as a Greek instructor, and in 2020 began teaching World History as well.

Mrs. Emily Marie Gassman

Instructor ♦ Latin
Emily Marie Gassman (née Sandquist) studied Latin, literature, and English through Scholars Online. She received a B.A. in Classics from St. Olaf College in 2013, as well as awards in six Latin sight-translation competitions and the college's CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies. She and her husband Mattias, a Roman historian, live in Oxford with their three children (preschool and under). When not busy homeschooling, Emily Marie enjoys writing, killer sudoku, and helicopter-spotting.

Mr. John M. Hogan

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
John Hogan pursued a double major of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He obtained the newly available Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the College of Engineering there. He has taken graduate courses in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Seattle Pacific University to help prepare for teaching. He has previously taught the Introduction to Programming and Algebra I classes at Scholars Online. He currently works as a computer applications developer in the Phoenix, AZ, area. His interests are quite varied, but he is particularly interested in playing and studying the Asian board game of Go.

Miss Cynthia C. Liu

Instructor ♦ Greek
Cynthia Liu returns to Scholars Online as a second-generation teacher. She was enrolled in the Latin and Greek sequences throughout high school and was a student of Dr. Bruce McMenomy and Sarah Esposito. She received her B.A. in Classics and Linguistics from Baylor University in 2018. In 2019 she completed her MSt. in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford with a thesis reconciling the varying traditions of the Phaethon myth via parallel Near Eastern mythology. She is currently a third year doctoral candidate at Oxford, finishing up a dissertation on the literary afterlife of mystery religions in Latin and Greek poetry from the sixth century BC to the Augustan era. Her other research interests include the performance of ancient texts, women in epic, and E.S. Piccolomini.

Cynthia’s teaching experiences include five years of teaching Latin and Greek to undergraduates at Baylor University and at Oxford as well as two years of teaching Latin with the active method through Oxford Latinitas.

Mr. Art Mabbott

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
Mr. Mabbott, M.S., is a mathematics teacher with more than 40 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. Mr. Mabbott retired in 2015 from Seattle Schools where he served as a mathematics specialist for secondary schools. 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, National, and International 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 past president of the Puget Sound Council and service on PSCTM’s board in various capacities.

Dr. Bruce A. McMenomy

Instructor ♦ Literature — Latin — Greek — History — Writing
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 taught online courses in history, literature, Greek, Latin, and Old English through the Scholars' Online Academy from 1995-2005, and since through the reorganized Scholars Online. 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.

A partial reflection of some of what he’s learned while teaching is in his book Syntactical Mechanics (Fall 2014, University of Oklahoma), which attempts to clarify a number of areas that have proven murky for students of Latin and Greek. You can read Aislinn Melchior’s review of Syntactical Mechanics in the January 2016 issue of The Classical Journal(PDF), published by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

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. Dr. McMenomy is a member in good standing of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and of the American Classical League, has frequently presented at recent ACL institutes, and is a member of the Editorial Board for Classical Outlook.

Dr. Christe A. McMenomy

Instructor ♦ Science — History
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 retired from Boeing in September 2015, having spent 25 years supporting software development across the corporation as a systems integration analyst and systems architect.

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 Scholars Online, Dr. Christe has taught science courses over the Internet since 1996. In previous years, her biology, chemistry, and physics courses have been certified as meeting all AP requirements. She remains particularly interested in the history of science and in teaching science within the context of the liberal arts, and presented a paper at the 2014 American Classical League Institute on using Cicero’s translation of Aratus’ Phaenomena in intermediate Latin courses as an example of scientific literacy in the ancient world. She also works on developing curriculum materials, including animations for the Scholars Online YouTube channel, dynamic and interactive simulations, and innovative methods of data representation for all her courses. She is a member of the Americal Classical League, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the National Science Teachers Association.

Ms. Alexandra Dascalu Nelson

Instructor ♦ Modern Languages: French; Literature
Alexandra Dascalu Nelson has been teaching online and tutoring for the last four years, privately and through Scholars Online. She hails from a homeschool background, having attended classes both at the local community college, Santa Monica College and through Laurel Springs Online. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with an Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. Alexandra then attended Pratt Institute in New York and received her Masters of Science in Information and Library Science. She studied French both personally and through school programs during these years. She is currently working towards a Teaching Online certificate through the University of California, San Diego.
She enjoys introducing students to novels that have a deeper subtext, that are applicable to the inevitable transitions during their teenage years and, in some cases, an awareness to social structures in the world at large.
Alexandra has held many different occupations but finds teaching to be the most enjoyable and rewarding thus far. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, though her heart longs for cooler climates.

Mr. Karl F. Oles

Instructor ♦ Philosophy
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.

Mrs. Ada Thomas Pimentel

Instructor ♦ History
Ada Pimentel is a homeschool graduate who received her BA in English with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies from the University of Dallas. She worked as a classroom teacher in private and public charter elementary schools before beginning her MA in Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist University. She and her Scholars Online Alumnus husband currently live in Dallas.

Mr. Alex Saks

Instructor ♦ Spanish
Though not Cuban, Alex Saks was born in Havana and lived there for six years while learning Spanish and English. Upon moving to the U.S., he forgot most of his Spanish, but returned to studying the language in middle school, culminating with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and is currently enrolled in the Spanish M.A. program at New Mexico State University.

Mr. Saks has been a missionary for 24 years, beginning with five years in Ecuador. When not hampered by COVID restrictions, he travels extensively throughout the world but spends much of his time in Latin America. He lives in Colorado with his wife with whom he has three grown children, all classically homeschooled through high school, two of whom took classes at Scholars Online. He enjoys singing, classical and Christian music, and football, and hopes the Broncos will have an offense this season!

Mr. Fred Williams

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
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!

Emeritus Teachers

Dr. Rachel Knudsen

Instructor ♦ Classics
Summer 2006

Ms. Krista Alsop

Instructor ♦ Writing
Academic year 2013-2014

Mrs. Jaimie L. Althage

Instructor ♦ Latin
Academic Years 2014-2016

Mrs. Lucie M. Seitz

Instructor ♦ Writing
Academic Years 2017-2018

Mr. Paul L. Christiansen

Instructor ♦ History and Writing
Academic years 2008-2016.

Mr. Timothy S. Dean

Instructor ♦ Classics
Academic years 2014-2019.

Miss Sasha Decker

Instructor ♦ Classics
Academic years 2006/2007 to 2010/2011.

Mr. John E. Esposito

Instructor ♦ Writing
Academic year 2012

Mrs. Christy Frary

Instructor ♦ Math
Academic Years 2006-2014

Dr. Mattias P. Gassman

Instructor ♦ Latin
Academic Years 2017-2018

Miss Rosamund E. Hodge

Instructor ♦ Modern Language
Academic Year 2008-2009

Mrs. Sandra Howard

Instructor ♦ History — Writing
Academic years 2006-2011.

Miss Emily D. Jennings

Instructor ♦ Writing
Academic Years 2009-2011

Mr. Mark Johnson

Instructor ♦ History
Academic year 2006/2007

Mrs. Mary Catherine Lavissière

Instructor ♦ Modern Language
Academic years 2013-2015

Mrs. Caitlin M. LoTruglio

Instructor ♦ Literature
Academic years 2015-2017

Mrs. Holli B. Manzo

Instructor ♦ History and Government
Academic years 2016-2019

Dr. Mary Luthien J. McMenomy

Instructor ♦ Latin
Summer 2006

Dr. Andrew T. Seeley

Instructor ♦ Literature
Summer 2006

Mr. Brian A. Reeves

Instructor ♦ Modern Language
Academic Years 2010-2014, 2016-2017

Mr. David W. Townsend

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
Academic Years: 2016-2017

In Memoriam

Mrs. Jill A. Byington

Instructor ♦ Writing
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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