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.
Ben was home schooled in Southern California until he attended Thomas Aquinas College in 2005, from which he would graduate ten years later. Not all of those years were spent at school; he took a six-year side-jaunt from the straight and narrow to enlist in the US marines (he no longer insists on being addressed as Sergeant). After college, he gardened for three years and is now pursuing a Masters in Theology at Ave Maria University in Florida. He is eagerly looking forward to leaving Florida behind him next summer, as he pines for the mountain paths and his California gardens. While confined in Florida, he looks for beauty elsewhere and spends his free time reading English novels, painting landscapes, and watching films others find boring.
Madeline (Schmitt) Grimm was homeschooled until 8th grade, when she began more formally studying the Liberal Arts at Trivium School in her hometown of Lancaster, Massachusetts. She continued her search for Goodness, Truth and Beauty at Thomas Aquinas College, where she was not disappointed. She is now married with two girls and lives in Ventura, California, a place which is well-suited to her love of the beautiful. When not teaching, she enjoys good food, good music and good conversation, out-of-doors whenever possible.
Ali Grzesiak grew up in South Carolina where she was home-schooled through 12th grade. After one year as a collegiate diver at the University of South Carolina, she transferred to The King's College in NYC and studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Since then, Ali has taught history, literature, and economics to a variety of grade levels in classical charter schools and has begun working on a Master's in Humanities at the University of Dallas. Ali loves going on adventures-- through books, nature, old cities, or foreign countries.She resides in Hillsdale, Michigan, with her husband Przemek and daughter Nina.
Meaghen Gonzalez (formerly Meaghen Hale) graduated from Ave Maria University, after which she worked in publishing at Ignatius Press in San Francisco and Catholic Insight Magazine in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles to begin screenwriting studies. She is an alum of the Act One Writing Program, has taken improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade and writing classes at Second City, and has two produced scripts (one on Baptism, which she co-wrote for Family Theater Productions, and one comedy-horror she co-wrote and filmed in her own apartment!). Even more exciting, four years after moving to Los Angeles she married David Gonzalez in 2018. She has been a tutor for WISDOM since the fall of 2011 and loves working with students to develop their knowledge of literature and improve their writing skills.
Zoe Mahood is a newlywed magna cum laude graduate from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College. Her dedication to traditional learning is fueled by a deep appreciation for the rigorous classical education that her parents provided to her at home. It is her enthusiastic and earnest desire to aid parents in imparting the same to their children. She enjoys a thought-provoking conversation in the classroom, in the mountains, in a coffee shop or even on the street corner with a total stranger. The new Mrs. Mahood feels extremely blessed to be married to a young officer in the Canadian Military who not only shares her love for the classics but also her wholehearted devotion to Christ. As they anticipate having to move multiple times throughout their life together, they are both delighted that Zoe has been added to Wisdom's team of tutors; thanks to this opportunity, no matter where their adventures take them, she will still be able to share her passion for education with the next generation.
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.
Theresa (O’Reilly) Nelson has been long-time tutor for WISDOM for various terms from 2009 onward. 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.
Rachel Shunk is a returning WISDOM tutor who was homeschooled in California through high school, attended a community college at fifteen, then went on to acquire her BA at Thomas Aquinas College. She obtained her ME at the University of Dallas, where she is currently ABD for her PhD in medieval literature. She has been teaching in various capacities through most of her adult life and is delighted to be returning to WISDOM. She is possessed of a boundless curiosity, and her academic forays have included a summer doing Shakespeare for the stage with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and five months as a Scholar-In-Residence at the Kilns in Oxford.
The first poem Heather Tutuska ever memorized was about dinosaurs. She has since memorized some more serious poems, but she still remembers the one about dinosaurs. She is delighted to share her love of stories, poems, and history with WISDOM students.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Philology and a Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas and lives in Texas with her husband John and young son Elias. When she is not chasing her surprisingly fast child, she likes to read in coffee shops, cook supper, and go for walks.
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