Check out the bios below for our great team of tutors for the Socratic Dialogue Online Program!
Our online program 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 background, as well as experience in the classics in their post-secondary education.
James grew up the middle child in a family of fourteen children in the woods of New England. He homeschooled (mostly played) until the ninth grade when he and four of his brothers put themselves through a private liberal arts high school. After getting his BA in the Liberal Arts at Wyoming Catholic College, where, among other things, he reluctantly learned to ride horses and climb rocks, met and married his wife, and developed a love of literature, James decided to pursue a career in higher education. He is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Dallas and teaching four boys to love fishing, even in the city, and if his machinations prove successful, after Dallas, he will be living a life of intellectual fulfillment and friendship somewhere with seasons until he keels over in front of a fire in a dusty, private 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 22 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 University 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 daughters Freya and Lucy, and their cat Basil. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, raising backyard chickens, and playing board games.
One of Emily's greatest joys in life is sharing a good story with her children, and she is thrilled to do the same with WISDOM students. Although not homeschooled herself, Emily learned to appreciate and admire homeschooling when she co-founded and taught in a homeschooling co-op filled with excited, motivated learners who loved a good debate.
Emily studied political philosophy and art history at the University of Dallas and theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She enjoys exploring new places, diagramming complicated sentences, and listening to her children recite poetry.
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 has experienced both homeschool and public school education, giving her a deep appreciation for parent and student led learning. 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. Over the next several years, she went on to teach reading programs for the Institute of Reading Development, joined WISDOM as a tutor in 2009, and became a store manager for retailer Anthropologie for upwards of six years. She was thrilled to return to WISDOM in 2015 whilst pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy. She obtained her Masters in Occupational Therapy in August of 2019, and is passionate about helping both adults and children reach their full potential both in therapy sessions and in the WISDOM classroom.
She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, John, and their 3 young children. In her spare time, she loves to read, try new cuisines, and experiment with paleo and grain-free cooking.
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