About Logos Online School

 

 

MISSION

Logos Online School exists to support parents in their biblical responsibility to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. To this end, we provide Christ-centered, computer-based, classical education for grades 7 through 12 that is convenient, affordable, and accredited. 


 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe in the inerrancy of scripture and the birth, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 


 

VISION

We aim to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.

We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our instructors. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their online classroom and how their work fits into the whole; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.

We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school; to see them well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works. 


 

OUR STORY

Logos has been providing online instruction since the fall of 2013, but we have been at the forefront of the classical, Christian education movement since its inception. As a matter of fact, some say that the movement was born here.

It all began in 1981. The setting was a little town in northern Idaho. It was then and there that a handful of educational pioneers, armed only with faith and an essay written by Dorothy Sayers, opened the doors of Logos School in the hopes of providing a classical and Christian education for their children. Ten years after that first handful of students entered Logos School, one of the school’s founding fathers, Douglas Wilson wrote a book called Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning to introduce Logos School to the world. This book ignited a spark that spread like wildfire: classical Christian education. Classical Christian schools sprang up around the nation, and homeschoolers also quickly began to apply the same principles in their endeavors.

In spite of the increasing number of schools and families interested in classical Christian education, curriculum was difficult to find. Thus, the Logos School teachers began to offer the fruit of their labors for the benefit of other educators, forming Logos Press. That was twenty years ago, and the work continues today.

Thanks to advances in the ever-expanding field of technology, Logos Online School can now bring decades of experience - the best of homeschool, private school, and Christ-centered classical education - right into your home! 


STAFF

"Logos Online School instructors are highly qualified… they go above and beyond to make themselves available to my sons when they have had questions or problems with their assignments, even after classroom hours." - Karen Stafford

Dr. Larry Stephenson

Superintendent

Dr. Stephenson has spent over twenty-five years in educational administration. He is the current superintendent of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho and former superintendent of Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina. His desire is to cultivate excellent classical Christian education for children throughout the world.

Grace Jankovic

Registrar

Grace Jankovic grew up in the small town of Goodland, KS, homeschooling for most of her education and graduating from Goodland Public High. She earned her BA in Studio Art, emphasizing in Art History (with a minor in Religion & Philosophy) from Friends University in Wichita. For three years after graduation, she contributed monthly Art History lectures at Northfield School of the Liberal Arts as part of an interdisciplinary lecture series on Western Civilization. During that time, she continued to make art on commission and participate in gallery shows, while getting a crash course in web design from the School o' Hard Knocks.

Currently, she lives in the beautiful Idaho countryside outside of Viola, ID with her husband Mike. In her spare time, she enjoys epic road trips with her man and singing with various local groups, anything from Bach to Jefferson Airplane.

 

Mark Rauch

Lead Math teacher: Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Consumer Math


My primary education came from Fairfield Christian Academy in Lancaster, Ohio.  I then studied Electrical Engineering at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio).  I aced nearly all of my college-level math classes; (I had a great teacher).  My attention to detail naturally compels me to scrutinize the technical aspects of written material.


Upon obtaining my degree, I worked in the engineering field for 8 years before pursuing a career change, which has included some measure of teaching.  As a husband of one and father of six (one who’s with the Lord), I enjoy fulfillment during the teaching moments around the dining table and in front of the couch for evening devotions.

I hope you will enjoy observing me as much as I will enjoy sharing with you, and by God’s grace, we will both learn about Him together.

 

Lauren Abens

Lead Languages teacher: Latin I, II, and III


Lauren was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was homeschooled from 6th grade through high school and took online classes her Sophomore and Senior years. Being a student in online classes gave Lauren a love for the classical Christian model of education and for the unique community online classes offer. She has had the opportunity to travel to various countries which demonstrated the importance of learning languages. During her Junior year of high school, she took a year of community colleges classes and after high school moved to Moscow, ID where she graduated in May 2015 with a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture (cum laude). She then moved back to the Land of Lakes with her family. 

In her free time, Lauren loves floral design, hockey, waterskiing, and carrots. She looks forward to sharing her love of language, Latin especially, with her students, learning with her students, and developing relationships with families around the world through Logos Online. Above all, she is excited to serve Christ and glorify Him through her teaching.

 

Zachary Kwong 

Lead Science teacher: Chemistry, Biology, Advanced Biology
 

Zachary Kwong grew up in California, and was homeschooled for most of his pre-college education. After completing a Bachelor's of Science in physics at Wheaton College in Illinois, he worked as a tutor at a large private Christian school in Southern California. There, he discovered an enjoyment of seeing students "get it" no matter what subject he helped them with. Resolving that God had called him to be a teacher, he moved to teach physics, algebra, and Latin at a small Christian school in Roanoke, Virginia after a call from a friend notified him about the job.  

Even though Zachary majored in physics, he enjoys every discipline, and learning in general. He looks forward to sharing his wonder and excitement over God's creation with his students.    

 

Scott Postma  

Lead Humanities teacher


Scott Postma served in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years and is the author of The Most Valuable Gift and Discover Your Significance (published by Coram Deo Press). He is married to his high school sweetheart, has four amazing children, and has a precious grand-daughter he calls Maddie-cakes. Scott was raised in a rural farming community in Southern Nevada just beyond the bright lights of Las Vegas. When he wasn’t in school or playing sports, he was exploring the red agrarian valley on his horse or motorcycle, hiking the arroyos and mesas in search of dangerous critters and Paiute artifacts, or skiing on Lake Mead. In 1978, he heard and understood the gospel, but didn’t become grounded in the faith until 14 years later.

After high school, he headed off into the wild blue yonder and spent four years working on B-52 bombers in support of Operation Desert Shield. In 1991, he married Tammy, his high school sweetheart, started a family, and soon after, committed his life to Christ as Lord and Savior. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he served six years as an associate pastor and school principal in Spokane, WA. In 2001, he and his family were commissioned to plant churches in Las Vegas where they have invested the past 14 years.

Scott has earned degrees in creative writing (A.A. from the College of Southern Nevada ), theology (B.A., M.A. from Salt Lake Baptist College), religion (B.S. from Liberty University), and classical Christian studies (M.A. from Knox Theological Seminary). Currently, he’s living in Moscow, ID, pursuing an M.A. in Theology and Letters at New Saint Andrews, a Ph.D. in Humanities at Faulkner University, and teaching part-time for Logos Online School.

He’s passionate about the craft of writing, exploring the Great Conversation, obeying the Great Commandment, and teaching the Great Commission while collecting more books than he’ll ever read in a lifetime.

 

Jackie Amorelli

Spanish I


Jackie was born and raised in New York City. Growing up, Spanish was predominantly spoken in her home. This served her well, as her first job was to help out her parents as an interpreter and probably where she fell in love with languages.  She attended LaGuardia High School where she was a vocal major, and then went to Queens College earning a B.A. in French and a Spanish minor. Upon graduation she began a career in International Banking with Banco Consolidado. Jackie left the business world to home-school all three of her children where she embraced classical education. Currently she is tutoring high-school students in Spanish and teaching American Sign Language to new mothers. She has also taught Spanish in a home-school co-operative.

She seeks to actively engage students and incorporate fun and creative activities in order to make sure that students become proficient in the language. She is creative and resourceful in coordinating and implementing lesson plans that immerse students in both the Spanish language and culture.

She married her high-school sweetheart and has three children, Luke , Julien and Gabrielle.  

 

Jim Becker

AP Macroeconomics

 

Jim has taught economics for 17 years, including the last 10 years teaching AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics courses.  He currently teaches 6th grade at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Brink

Pre-Algebra, Logic

Wendy Brink was born in Niles, MI, but she was blessed to spend her elementary and high school years on a dairy farm in Long Prairie, MN. Upon high school graduation, Wendy attended one year of college at St. Cloud State University while her parents moved to Wickenburg, AZ. After spending Christmas break in the warm, bright sunshine of Arizona, Wendy promptly followed her parents where she has been a desert rat for the past 29 years.

 

Wendy has had a variety of teaching positions at Wickenburg Christian Academy since 2003, including teaching pre-algebra, algebra, science, and logic. During that time she attended Northern Arizona University where she earned her teaching degree with a highly qualified certificate in junior high mathematics. Believing that arithmetic exposes the patterns and order of a God-created world, Wendy passionately shares her love for mathematics with her students. 

Wendy and her husband, Michael, have been married for nearly 23 years. Mike and Wendy have two adult children, Marah and Baylor, both of whom promoted from Wickenburg Christian Academy in 8th grade. Baylor is also a Legacy High School graduate. In her free time, you can find Wendy in the garden, or in the kitchen, or camping and off-roading with Michael.

 

Chris Comis

Humanities

Mr. Comis was born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest.  He loves the cloudy, cold weather of the Northwest, but now will have to get used to the hot humid weather of the Southeast. The whole Comis clan will soon be moving to Texarkana, Texas.  Ma, pa, and their six chitlens will soon be arriving in Texas where pa will be pastoring a small CREC church, Grace Covenant.  He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Washington, a GHL from Greyfriars' Hall in Moscow, ID, and an M.Div. from Western Reformed Seminary in Tacoma, WA. 

His family is his greatest love, but alongside them he loves to sing loud and proud, feast with good company, laugh with his children, play games, and pick fights with atheists on the Internet.  And even though he will be living in Texas soon, he will always be a Seahawk's fan to the core and will never be caught dead rooting for the Cowboys or any other Texas football team!

 

Dale Courtney

Algebra II, Advanced Math, Calculus 


Dale Courtney was born and raised on the West Coast of Florida, and attended high school and Junior College there. He spent his Junior Year in Munich, Germany, studying math and physics, and graduated from the University of Colorado with bachelor degrees in math, physics, and German. He entered the US Navy and served in nuclear engineering onboard submarines until his retirement. Along the way he picked up masters degrees in Information Systems and Religion.

After retiring from the US Navy, he taught online graduate school classes in Information Systems for the Department of Defense for 14 years, and also taught high school math classes at Logos School (Moscow) for 5 years. He currently resides in Moscow, Idaho, when he’s not chasing his youngest son around the world.    

 

Coley Klaers

Advanced Math (Pre-Calculus)

Nicole (Coley) Klaers received her BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. While earning her degree, she worked as a physics, math, and SAT/ACT tutor at Socrates Preparatory School as well as a freelance photographer. Inspired by three years of experience working as a Younglife leader, Coley pursued teaching rather than engineering upon graduation and began working as a substitute teacher for Seminole County Public Schools until receiving a position at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs where she taught Honors Physics, AP Physics C-Mechanics and AP Physics I for two years. Here she received her Florida Teaching Certification. After this, she took a position at a Classical Christian school in Winter Park, The Geneva School, where she loved teaching Algebra I, Pre Calculus, Physics and Photography for two years.

Coley now resides in Old Fort, North Carolina and is excited to continue teaching Classical Christian education remotely. She enjoys reading, making art prints, photography, eating and hiking with her husband, Daniel, beautiful new baby girl, Jemima Milly, and two dogs, Nala and Napoleon (who are mostly interested in the eating and hiking.) 

 

Karlen Kochar

Physical Science, Physics


I spent most of my childhood in south Florida. My family loved the beach. I would walk by the ocean and have a sense of longing for…something. Years later, after I had believed that Jesus died for my sins, was buried and rose again I was walking along another beach. It was then I realized that now I KNEW the One who was behind the ocean: my longing had been fulfilled!

In 8th grade I began to be interested in physics, and in high school I had a great physics instructor. I therefore majored in physics in college. A math opening at a high school in Massachusetts was the beginning of a 37- year career in teaching all levels of math and some physics. I wrote a book on very basic math for a select group of students. They wrote the second part of the book by writing word problems and solving them to produce a solutions manual. I presently teach two physics classes in two online schools. My husband and I both married late in life, so we have no children. I take great joy, however, in teaching young people in many different venues.

Karen Mondoy

Spanish II

Karen is a native Texan who was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. After graduating  from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Elementary Education and Spanish,  she moved to Fort Worth, Texas. She met her husband, Patrick Mondoy who had moved  to Fort Worth after growing up in Hawaii and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in May of 2017. God blessed them with three wonderful, Christ following  daughters and three of the most amazing and beautiful grandchildren around.  

Karen taught high school Spanish for 17 years at Trinity Christian Academy in Willow Park, Texas. God has given her a great love for the Spanish language and for the students  that she has had the opportunity to teach. Being able to see a teenager understand the importance of learning and using another language for God’s Kingdom has been a great blessing in her life.  

Karen has a great love for the family and friends that the Lord has placed in her life. She  is a Bible Study leader at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth and enjoys studying  God’s Word with other ladies. She often spends time with her grandchildren and  considers being a Gramsy one of the greatest blessings that God has allowed in her life.  She also enjoys travelling, spending time with her friends and reading a good Christian novel when time allows. Her rescue dog Remington is also a special part of her life.

 

Jacob Moya

Logic

Jacob MoyaJacob Moya has a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Teaching History from the University of San Diego. Jacob has taught in various capacities over the last 14 years, including as a historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has spent the majority of those years teaching the Trivium from a Christian perspective both for online schools and brick and mortar schools. The 2017-2018 school year will be Jacob’s sixth involved with online education. He will be teaching Logic and Humanities. He and his bride, Julia, have six children, and they make their home in Moscow, Idaho. The Moya family enjoys hiking together, playing soccer and tennis, and watching old films. Jacob's academic interests, among other things, include educational history, historical theology, and music appreciation. 

 

 

 

Zoe Roberts

English I

Zoe Edwards is from Oxford, England where she spent most of her growing up years until she moved to Moscow, Idaho to continue her studies at New Saint Andrews College. She loves languages, especially Latin, Classical Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. She loves reading the Bible in its original languages, hiking and exploring (specially in the Lake District), laughing, punting, and having tea with friends. She gets excited about clotted cream with scones and jam. She also enjoys Mexican cuisine quite a bit.

 

 

Amanda Ryan

Integrated Humanities A


Amanda Ryan is a California girl turned lover of Idaho. Homeschooled through her sophomore year of high school, she then attended and graduated from Vacaville Christian High School. Growing up, she cherished two loves: literature and music. She studied both subjects at the University of California, Davis, where she received a bachelors of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2009. After graduating, she taught spoken English in China and wandered Asia for two years before deciding to continue her studies at New Saint Andrews College. There she received a Master’s in Theology and Letters in 2013.

Amanda is currently a freelance writer for Economic Modeling Specialists International, a soon-to-be mother, and the wife of the studliest science teacher ever, Daniel Ryan.

 

Ken Spirduso

Art

For over twenty years, Ken has worked as an artist in animation, illustration and fine art. After graduating from the University of Kansas and attending Atelier Lack School of Fine Art, he and his wife, Caroline, spent two years in Ireland-Ken working with Sullivan/Bluth Animation; Caroline training with the British Horse Society. Ken then went to work with Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida for the next 12 years, creating environments for many films, including The Lion King, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, and Brother Bear. When the studio closed in 2004, he began painting murals and creating theme park concept designs for Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios.

Ken has taught online with the Academy of Art University, Veritas Press Scholars Academy, and Schola Artium Classical Art. He currently lives in Sarasota, Florida where he teaches at an art college. Ken and Caroline have two wonderful children, Ian and Katherine, and two comical dogs, Alyss (the black lab) and Bandit (the miniature dachshund). Additional information on his background, as well as samples of his work, can be viewed at: www.spirduso.com 

 

Carson Spratt

Humanities, Logic, Econ/ Government

Carson Spratt was born in Vancouver, Canada, and although he moved to the Pacific Northwest over a decade ago, you can still hear his accent when he’s out and about. He learned to read at age 3, and can’t quite seem to break the habit. He graduated from New Saint Andrews College in 2014 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture, and since he couldn’t leave well enough alone, went back for an M.A., which he received in 2017. 

He enjoys getting to know nature up close and personal, and making people laugh. He loves singing almost anything, from Bach to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He happens to know that The Princess Bride is the best movie of all time, and he appreciates nothing more than a well-crafted pun. He can be curious about anything, and when he’s not teaching, he’s usually learning something. And he would be completely lost without his true love, Ellie, without whom life would be inconceivable. 

 

 Hannah Struble

English, Integrated Humanities A


Hannah Struble grew up in Moscow, Idaho. She considers herself fortunate to live in a town diverse in education opportunities, church communities, and abundant in outdoor activities. She attended Logos School in Moscow from Kindergarten through graduation, and from there attended the University of Idaho. Through the U of I, Hannah earned a B.A. in Theatre and English-Teaching, as well as a B.S. in Secondary Education-English Language Arts. She chose to pursue education, English, in particular, because of the adventure she finds through reading, and because she wants to inspire others to love literature the way her high school literature teacher inspired her. Some of her favorite re-reads include the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery.

While earning her college degrees, she married her husband, Caleb, whom she met during her years in Logos. They are currently parents to one little boy, and are soon to welcome their second son in October 2017.

When Hannah is not teaching, she enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, and the Moscow Farmer’s Market. Hannah’s favorite outdoor love is her garden. She loves encouraging little seedlings to become beautiful flowers, veggies, and fruits, and frequently finds herself planning more elaborate garden beds than she has either space or time to manage.

 

  

Evan Gunn Wilson

Integrated Humanities II, Government

Evan Gunn Wilson has spent his entire 25 years in Moscow, Idaho living a sedentary life among books and conversation. His education includes attendance to two private Christian schools through elementary and secondary, attendance of Wes Callihan's Hill Abbey Hall in Potlatch, Idaho and obtained his B.S. in History at the University of Idaho. He received honors upon his graduation and is also member of a honors history society Phi Alpha Theta. He was selected to give a paper at the annual Phi Alpha Theta history conference in Bellingham, Washington.

Outside his education Gunn paid for his schooling by mowing lawns in the summer as well as working other jobs in retail. After that he spent a year interning at Logos School in Moscow for their Classical history/literature teacher, Bekah Merkle. He has dabbled in theater having acted in various Shakespeare plays and directed Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Currently, while teaching for Logos Press the Integrated Humanities II courses (Omnibus IV) and a Government elective he works part time for the homeschool curriculum developer Roman Roads Media, where he formats the likes of Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon into books.

Aside from his professional life, Gunn pursues music avocationally and plays piano, guitar and drums. He plays Keys for a local cover band, which covers bands like Toto, The Hollies and The Bee Gees. He is currently engaged to his girlfriend and is casually planning a wedding. Past music, he only wishes for a good conversation with friends in the evening.