High School Specialists
Desmond Kilgannon is pleased to step into the role of Credit Advisor to WISDOM families. He thanks Rae LaRocque and Vic Wiens for all their hard work in laying the foundation stones and lighting the path forward for WISDOM High School programming. Desmond began working for WISDOM last fall as a Facilitator and has added Credit Advisor and Subject Specialist (Math, Physics and Biology) to his responsibilities this year.
Desmond and his wife Claudia homeschooled their three children through high school. He also worked for 27 years as a Math, Science and Technology teacher. For the last 12 years of that career, he added school administration to his repertoire, first as a secondary school assistant principal and then as the principal. Never once, though, did he stop teaching his favourite subject: senior high Math. As a secondary school administrator, Desmond became very familiar with all aspects of the Alberta High School Diploma and the ways and means of achieving it. Now, he is rapidly learning the many options open to homeschooled students who wish to pursue specific high school courses or the full Alberta High School Diploma.
Desmond looks forward to assisting families as they discern the best path through high school for their children, whether they wish to pursue a Parent Authorized Diploma, a mixture of traditional home schooling with some Alberta Education credits, or the complete Alberta High School Diploma.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Siebert to our faculty. Andrew is eager to continue his life-long exploration of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with all of the students of The Gilbertine Academy, both WISDOM Home Schooling students and the campus students.
As an interdisciplinary adventurer, Andrew has greatly enjoyed connecting history, philosophy, and literature in his classes as a teacher in the Republic of Georgia - the land of Prometheus and Jason's Golden Fleece. Along with teaching AP courses, Literature, and coaching debate, he has spent the last six years discovering medieval castles and archaeological sites with his wife Rachel and their four homeschooling children. Andrew loves the outdoors, discussions about the history of ideas, and writing.
Starting in Fall 2021, Andrew will be directing all English and Social Studies course challenges for students of WISDOM Home Schooling. At the Gilbertine Academy, Andrew will be teaching English and leading socratic seminars in history and philosophy to high school students, with parent and faculty participation.
Joe Pollock, and his wife, Diane, have been facilitators with WISDOM Home Schooling for over 25 years. He has always had a passion for science, especially Chemistry and Physics. Prior to WISDOM, Joe spent 11 years teaching Science and Math at several Calgary and area High Schools.
Joe and Diane home schooled their five children through to High School Completion, and helped to prepare them for Diploma Exams for the core courses so that they would have easy access to post-secondary studies.
He enjoys advising students to help them be successful in completing Alberta courses.
Peter grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he was schooled through the institutional model of K-12. He went on to the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Upon completion of his first degree, he was called to the Seminary, where he attended the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, which is conducted by the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey. Peter describes this as, “one of the most fulfilling and most valuable experiences of faith and community formation one could ever ask for.” Peter completed his Pre-Theology degree majoring in Philosophy and he says that he doesn’t know his minor as he had to take equal amounts of minor classes in Ecclesial Latin, Koine Greek, Catholic Religious History. While in Mission, his passion for hockey seemed to be contagious as he also managed to help get a new outdoor asphalt hockey rink built for intramural street hockey, of which he found himself the Commissioner and ran the league. He is proud to have taught Fr. Matthew, the seminary vice-rector, how to enjoy playing roller hockey.