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Teachers Currently Offering Courses through Scholars Online

Mrs. Jaimie L. Althage

Instructor ♦ Latin
Mrs. Jaimie (Conley) Althage 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.

Mrs. Althage offered peer tutoring in Greek and Latin during her undergraduate years, and from 2011-2015 taught Latin, Greek, and Ancient and Medieval History, at Anthem Preparatory Academy, a liberal arts charter school run by Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix, AZ. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and son. When not teaching or studying languages, she generally fills her time with reading and writing; favorite authors and objects of research include Ovid, Shakespeare, and Euripides.

Miss Lucie M. Buisson

Instructor ♦ Writing
Lucie Buisson is an alumna of Scholars Online, having taken five years of Greek and Literature and one year of Old English with Dr. Bruce McMenomy. In her senior year of high school she won the National Greek Exam Scholarship and was also a National Merit Commended Scholar.

In 2016, Ms. Buisson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas with B.A. in Classical Philology (Greek focus). During her undergraduate career, she spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, served as a tutor for the Classics department, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received the University of Dallas Classics department's Father Placid Csizmazia award.

When not teaching for Scholars Online or for Founders Classical Academy of Mesquite, where she is a Latin instructor, she enjoys swing dancing, reading, knitting, cooking, exploring new areas, and trying new things.

Ms. Alexandra E. Dascalu

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, who 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. 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.

Mrs. Caitlin M. LoTruglio

Instructor ♦ Literature
Mrs. LoTruglio (née Clancy) is an alumna of Scholars Online. She graduated valedictorian of her class in May 2015 from Belmont Abbey College’s Honors Institute, where she received an Honors Fellowship and completed a B.A. in Government & Political Philosophy and English. The two-time recipient of Belmont Abbey’s Political Philosophy Departmental Award and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student, she thrives on academic pursuits and is a lifetime member of Sigma Tau Delta. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Trojan Tub Entertainment, interned for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s Gabriel Project and Project Rachel, and has been an Assistant Instructor at TopKick Martial Arts, where she earned her third Dan black belt. When not working on poems, riddles, short stories, or the next great novel of the twenty-first century, she enjoys calligraphy, exercise, blogging, philosophical contemplation, and origami.

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. Brian A. Reeves

Instructor ♦ Modern Language
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.

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

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. Sarah Esposito

Instructor ♦ Classics
Academic Years 2006-2013

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

Dr. Mary Luthien J. McMenomy

Instructor ♦ Latin
Summer 2006

Dr. Andrew T. Seeley

Instructor ♦ Literature
Summer 2006

Mr. David W. Townsend

Instructor ♦ Mathematics

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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