Online Course Tutors are selected based on:

  • their commitment to reflect WISDOM’s philosophy in their relationship with students and parents
  • experience and skills pertaining to tutoring using a Socratic approach
  • ability to work with and serve home schooling families, to prepare for classes and commit to the schedule of the program, and to fulfill the requirements of the program.

It is desirable that tutors have home schooling in their own background, although not required.

Paul Dittus is a graduate of Ave Maria University’s Music Honors program, and has been working as the Music Director at St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish in Gilbert, AZ. Paul was homeschooled using both the Seton and Mother of Divine Grace Homeschooling programs. Paul’s love for music developed through children’s and boy’s choir, singing and performing in Opera Naples, the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir, Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, and the Ave Maria Shakespeare in Performance. When Paul is not playing music, you might find him reading, recording, working on computers/websites, or enjoying the great outdoors.

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Karli Dittus was homeschooled along with her three sisters for seven years, during which time she developed a deep passion for learning. She recently graduated from Ave Maria University with a major in Music and a minor in Literature. At Ave Maria, Karli gained an appreciation for the liberal arts, especially in how these disciplines nurture and form the whole person. She was a university writing tutor for two years, and she enjoys teaching her students how to best articulate their thoughts through the art of persuasion. In her free time, Karli enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her husband Paul and perusing the Classics section of her local library. 

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Marc Duteau was homeschooled alongside his younger sister and brother his whole life until he attended Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy and completed their three-year program in Christian Humanities majoring in Philosophy and Literature.  He went through all the WISDOM online courses he could get his hands on and is exciting to be joining the wonderful array of tutors for the younger generations.

He enjoys acting, singing, playing any musical instrument he can find, dancing, cooking,, reading, making lame puns, and insulting modern philosophers like Kant and Berkley who don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same paragraph as Aquinas and Aristotle.  But his greatest loves are, in his opinion, the three best English writers, Tolkien, Chesterton, and Lewis.

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Jenny (Sawyer) Fast has served as a tutor for WISDOM since 2008.  She has been a part of classical education as a student or teacher for over 17 years:  she attended middle and high school at Cair Paravel-Latin School in Topeka, Kansas; graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California with a BA in Liberal Arts; and earned her Masters in Literature from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Literature with an emphasis in medieval texts.  Besides teaching for WISDOM, she is an Instructor in Literature at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville, TX, where she also serves as the Regional Head of Literature for the ResponsiveEducation family of schools.  She resides in the greater Dallas area with her husband Francis (a WISDOM graduate), their new daughter Freya, and their cat Basil.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading fat books, cooking strange and exotic foods, travelling to faraway countries, jogging up and down city streets, and playing complicated German board games with friends.

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Mariclare Forsyth was classically homeschooled  along with her 8 younger siblings.  The love of reading and sense of wonder that she gained during those wonderful years spurred her on to study liberal arts through high school, and then at Thomas Aquinas College, where she graduated with a B.A.  She has wanted to be a teacher since she was 14, because she saw how with sometimes a single question, a teacher could open whole worlds for the students to explore.  What could be more exciting and worthwhile?  Her love of learning and students has led her to teach a variety of subjects in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, and now in Ventura, California, where she lives with her husband.

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Elisabeth Grimm grew up in the beautiful hills of Kentucky and now lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and two small children. She studied the Great Books at Thomas Aquinas College in California and, for the past six years, has brought her passion for classical education into all of her classrooms in Texas.  Having worked with students in kindergarten through high school, Elisabeth has valuable experience and is thrilled to share it with WISDOM Home Schooling.  When she is not teaching, Elisabeth enjoys photography, playing the guitar, cooking, and of course spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. 

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Meaghen Hale is a graduate of Ave Maria University with a passion for literature.  She is a writer and the assistant editor for the Catholic Education Resource Centre.  She is a film enthusiast and enjoys writing, exploring, and solving the mysteries of the universe with friends.  She has been a tutor for WISDOM since the fall of 2011 and enjoys working with students to develop their knowledge of literature and improve their writing skills.

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Maria McDonald is proud to have been home schooled “all the way through,” and to be a graduate of WISDOM.  She completed her post-secondary studies in Christian Humanities and Liberal Arts at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom in Barry’s Bay ON.  Having enthusiastically devoured WISDOM’s classical online courses during high school, she considers it an exciting honour to be able to pass on what she received to a new generation of home schoolers.  Maria is fascinated by faith and reason walking hand-in-hand, as God-given tools for discovering his goodness, beauty, and truth.  She is passionate about the subjects she tutors, such as literature, history, and writing, but also has a keen interest in swing and ballroom dancing, acting, and music.

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Theresa (O’Reilly) Nelson tutored for WISDOM in 2009 and is pleased to be returning for fall 2015.  Theresa grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and was homeschooled, giving her a deep appreciation for parent and student led education.  After finishing high school she studied the Great Books in California at Thomas Aquinas College, and graduated in 2008 with a BA in liberal arts.  She went on to teach reading programs for the Institute of Reading Development - pre K through high school age students - before moving back to Canada and teaching with WISDOM in 2009.

Having held a managerial position for the past 6 years, she recently decided to pursue a masters degree in occupational therapy.  She continues to possess a great love for classic literature and philosophy and is thrilled to be returning to WISDOM to share this passion in the classroom once more.  She currently resides in Ferndale, Michigan with her husband John and their 7 month old daughter.  In her spare time she loves to read, try new cuisines and experiment with middle eastern recipes. 

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