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Teachers Currently Offering Courses through Scholars Online

Ms. Alexandra Dascalu Nelson

Instructor ♦ Modern Languages: French
Alexandra Dascalu 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. She 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 has held many different occupations but finds teaching to be the most enjoyable and rewarding thus far. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, much to her dismay.

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 is currently tutoring students in Calculus and Euclidean Geometry. His interests include music, strategy games, and philosophy.

Mr. Timothy S. Dean

Instructor ♦ Greek and Latin
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.

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
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. This will be her eighth year teaching Greek I for Scholars Online.

Mrs. Emily Marie Gassman

Instructor ♦ Latin
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.

Dr. Mattias P. Gassman

Instructor ♦ Latin
Mattias Gassman defended his PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge in June 2017, receiving his Ph.D. from that august institution in October, 2017. His main focus is on Roman history and early Christianity, with a dissertation on attitudes toward Roman paganism in the fourth century A.D.

Homeschooled as a child, Dr. Gassman began studying Latin at eleven and Greek at twelve as a part-time student at Iowa State University, and later as a full-time student earned a BS in biophysics and German (Iowa State), as well as a BA (ISU) and MA (University of Minnesota) in Classics and an MPhil in late antique history (University of Oxford). He has taught and tutored Latin for three years, and has teaching experience in a range of other areas, from precalculus to Classical mythology. He enjoys writing fiction and non-fiction.

Mrs. Holli B. Manzo

Instructor ♦ History and Government
Holli Manzo studied with Scholars Online in high school and during a gap year before attending the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she combined her love of history, languages, and politics and earned a B.A. in Greek & Latin and Political Science. She was a recipient of the Helen Lane Merit Scholarship for Language Study and the Joan Palevsky Award for Extraordinary Achievement in the Department of Classics. She graduated cum laude in 2015 as a member of the Honors College. Since then, she has worked as a language and humanities instructor and tutor throughout the greater Los Angeles area and is a 7th grade Latin teacher at a private school in Santa Monica, CA.

When she’s not at work, Holli writes and studies fantasy novels and short stories, reads history books, takes long walks with her husband and daughter, and is an enthusiastic Dungeons & Dragons player.

Mr. Art Mabbott

Instructor ♦ Mathematics
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.

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. 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 is a member of the Americal Classical League, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the National Science Teachers Association.

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.

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.

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

Miss Rosamund E. Hodge

Instructor ♦ Modern Language
Academic Year 2008-2009

Mr. John M. Hogan

Instructor ♦ Mathematics and Programming
Academic Years 2009-2012, 2015-2016

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

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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Scholars Online was accredited by AdvancED and the Northwest Accreditation Commission from 2009-2016 and was accepted March 2018 with Candidate Status as a member of MSA-CESS.