Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, and is on the board of The Society For Classical Learning (SCL). Since establishing CiRCE as a research and consulting service to classical educators, Andrew has trained teachers, led board retreats, and assisted with institutional development and start up in over 100 schools since 1996. He has been directing the CiRCE Institute full time since the summer of 2000. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, where he served as “Lead Teacher,” Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID, where he served as Director of Classical Instruction from 1996-2000, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as Headmaster from 2001-2003, and The Regent Schools of the Carolinas where he served as Dean of Academics from 2006-2008. He and his family live in North Carolina.
You can email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Perrin has been a part of the classical education movement for the last 13 years: as a headmaster (and Latin teacher) of a classical, Christian school in Pennsylvania and as a publisher, author and consultant with Classical Academic Press. He also serves with the Institute for Classical Schools, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting classical, Christian education in the US and abroad. His love of classical education began in college as a classics minor. He continued to study Latin and Greek through college and graduate school, studying at St. Johns College and Westminster Seminary in California and Philadelphia. Chris holds a B.A. in history, a M.Div and a Ph.D. (theology/apologetics).
Christopher is the author of An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents. He is also the author of Greek For Children Primer A and the Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and is a co-author of the Latin for Children series.
He is married to Christine Perrin, a poet and teacher at Messiah College. They have three children and live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Leigh Bortins is a nationally acclaimed educator, perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. As a teacher, author and commentator, Leigh is credited with helping to launch the “home-centered learning” education movement.
After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry before beginning her work as an educator. In teaching study skills for almost 20 years to children and adults, she has written several books including:
- The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Home-Centered Education
- Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education
- The Foundations Program: A Classical Curriculum (a teaching guide)
- The Essentials of English Language Guide (a teaching guide for language arts from the classical perspective).
She has authored complete K-12 curriculum guides for program directors, teachers, and tutors all across the country.
Leigh is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations Inc., an organization that models classical, home-centered education to empower learners of all ages. She trains facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods, and is thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life. Classical Conversations is nearly doubling in size and scope each year.
Leigh has completed the Doctoral program in Global Education at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston, where she developed relationships with educators in India and Africa. She enjoys speaking to policy organizations interested in promoting private education as well as homeschooling organizations. On her radio show, Leigh! at Lunch, Leigh engages thought leaders from across the country in conversations on education. Her blog, 1SmartMama, provides opportunities for those interested in classical education to speak out on current events as well as encourage every parent that they are smart enough to homeschool their children.
Leigh’s emphasis on the time-tested enjoyment of learning and the fundamentals of education and critical thinking skills grew out of her own experiences in homeschooling her four boys with her husband Robert. They live near Pinehurst, North Carolina.
John Mason Hodges is a conductor, lecturer, composer, and writer. He holds degrees in music from University of Maryland and Indiana University, and worked as a professional conductor from 1983-2009. He lectures on the subjects of aesthetics, classical education, and music, and writes for various publications on the arts. He held the position of Associate Professor of the Arts and Culture at Crichton College where he taught classes on worldview, history of music and visual art, and reader’s theater; directed theater productions, and was founding director of the Institute for the Arts and Cultural Apologetics. He is founder and director of the Center for Western Studies, and serves as scholar-in-residence for the National Fellows movement.
Martin Cothran, the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logicand Classical Rhetoricprograms, is an instructor of Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, and Classical Studies at Highlands Latin School. Martin holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now a part of Trinity University). He currently serves as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. His articles has have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and various other newspapers, as well as on radio and television. He has also served as a registered agent (or “lobbyist”) at the Kentucky State Capitol for over 12 years and has served on various state committees that oversee education policy, where he continues to be an influential voice on education policy issues. Martin is the managing editor of “The Classical Teacher” magazine, which also serves as Memoria Press’ product catalog. He and his family live in Danville, KY.
Angelina Stanford graduated with both an MA and an Honors BA (cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi) in English literature from the University of Louisiana and then worked for 9 years in Christian classical education in a variety of teaching and administrative positions. When her oldest child was in Kindergarten, she began teaching her 3 children at home and has just completed her ninth year of homeschooling. In addition, Angelina works as a freelance writer and editor and is a feature writer for Home Educating Family magazine (and a frequent contributor to the CiRCE Papers). She is also the founder and director of Acadian Homeschool Tutorial, which offers rigorous Christian classical education classes for homeschoolers.
Cindy Rollins has been living, loving and learning (homeschooling) with her 9 children (8 boys and 1 girl) for 27 years, graduating 5, almost 6, so far. She has been married to Tim for 31 years and they now share 6 adorable grandchildren. She blogs at Ordo Amoris (http://dominionfamily.blogspot.com/) usually on topics related to Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Raising Sons, Reading and Baseball.