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.
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.
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 19 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, where she is currently a Doctoral Candidate. Besides teaching for WISDOM, she also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Literature at the Universty of Dallas, as well as a Master Teacher on Assignment at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville, Texas. She resides in the greater Dallas area with her husband Francis (a WISDOM graduate), their young daughter Freya, and their cat Basil. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking strange and exotic foods, travelling to faraway countries, jogging up and down city streets, and playing complicated German board games with friends.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah was born and raised in Alberta. After attending traditional school through elementary school, she was homeschooled in grades 7 to 12 in a variety of styles, graduating in 1998 from School of Hope. Having graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, she then married her college sweetheart, settled down in southern California and started raising a family. Presently, she home educates her own children in grades 8, 5, 3, 1 and wrangles a fun-loving three year old. On the side, Sarah has been tutoring and leading high school history discussions for the past 10 years, which she finds fulfilling and rewarding. Beach, book club and ultimate frisbee are passions in leisure time.
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 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.
Brendan graduated high school from St. Gregory’s Academy in Pennsylvania and obtained his B.A. in Theology from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. During his academic years, he was fortunate to have spent time abroad, studying architecture and history in Rome, Italy, through the Christendom Semester Abroad Program. He also studied Latin at the renowned Intensive Summer Latin Program at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.
After graduating from Christendom College, he was employed as a classical arts teacher at a private Catholic school in Peterborough, Ontario for two years. This school was the fruit of the many homeschooling families in the community and Brendan himself was one of the original students at the school.
After marrying his beautiful wife (Sally Sheridan, previous WISDOM tutor) in 2015, they were blessed with the opportunity to spend a year abroad in France both learning French and teaching English. They recently returned to Canada and are awaiting the arrival of their first child at the end of August.
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