Staff & Teacher Bios

"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

STAFF

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 with her husband Mike and their bouncing baby boy. Back when she had spare time, she enjoyed epic road trips with her man and singing with various local groups, anything from Bach to Jefferson Airplane. Now her interests include critiquing the Alphabet board-book genre, and looking for creative ways of keeping her little family fat and happy.

 

Sandy Belschner

Asst. Registrar & Customer Service

My great-great-grandfather got his land during the Oklahoma Land Rush, and my family didn't leave during the Dust Bowl. I grew up singing and going to church alongside three generations of Okies. After earning a B.S. in Business Communications at Missouri State University(1988), I married a handsome, baseball-playing Texan who boldly stated that we would live in the Lone Star State for the rest of our lives. But after the Lord changed his heart of stone into a heart of flesh, baseball was no longer the guiding force in our lives, and a career-change into the U.S. Air Force started our growing family on an amazing adventure...outside of Texas! We started homeschooling that same year. As Brent was pinning on his first gold bar as Second Lieutenant, I was trying to figure out how to teach my oldest how to read. We homeschooled for the entire time we were in the military, topping out our family with seven fantastic kids--four boys and three girls. We did okay, I guess, and sent our firstborn off to college in Moscow, Idaho (while we were living in Germany). In 2008, we said goodbye to military life, hoping to plant the rest of our family in Moscow, Idaho, too. That’s when things got really interesting! Over the next decade, Belschner kids would attend and graduate from Logos School (the brick and mortar one), others would continue their studies at home and go to college from there. I would teach at Logos, develop curriculum for Logos Press, and help launch the online school. Today, the last two lovely Belschner ladies are finishing up their high school education at home (mostly with Logos Online). We also own and operate a Christian dance studio where our girls get to kick up their heels with some of their best friends. And did I mention the grandkids? Seven and counting! Of course, I also get to serve the many Logos Online families who are on this same, crazy homeschool adventure. When you call, be sure and settle in with your list of questions and a cup of coffee--I can’t wait to hear your story!

Anita Harkness

Customer Service

My name is Anita. I grew up in southwest Michigan where I attended a small Christian school and where I met my husband Nick. The Lord has blessed us with four outstanding boys. Because of the too few schooling options and none of those being all that appealing, we decided to start homeschooling our oldest who was four at the time. We had no idea how foundational this would be for our family or what we were doing for that matter.  But we believed that the Lord was ordering our steps. He eventually led us to classical Christian education and then to Logos Online School. In the summer of 2019 we are able to make the trip to Moscow to attend the Logos Online End of the Year Party. At that point our family knew that this was where we wanted to live. When we got back Michigan we began praying. God open doors and we made the cross country moved to Idaho that fall. He continues to order our steps for His glory. 

I am looking forward to encouraging and serving other homeschooling families through Logos Online School.

 

TEACHERS 

Brent Belschner

Logic

My lovely wife Sandy and I have seven kids, ranging in age from 32 down to 14. We also have seven grandkids and counting! Our youngest daughters, Hope and Bekah, are both LOS students and thoroughly enjoy their teachers and classes. As for my own educational and career journey, it's been very different then I planned. My obsessive drive to play baseball took me to a couple of colleges, eventually landing at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. I managed to get a degree in math (and, of course, P.E.) while playing and then coaching. As we started our family in the late 80s, I was teaching math and coaching in the Texas public schools. But after seven years of this, God changed my heart and our path. From my experience teaching in the government schools, it was clear to me that “school was no place for kids” and that we needed to do something different with our family. And so we began homeschooling our oldest when he started kindergarten, not knowing anyone else crazy enough to do it, too. At about the same time, I realized I needed a new career. The Air Force liked my math and athletic abilities which got me in the door of their Officer Training Program as an "old man" of 32 years. Our family continued to grow, and our homeschool became a worldwide adventure. I was honored to serve in the Air Force for 14 years, rising to the rank of Major and picking up a masters degree along the way. We moved to Moscow, Idaho when I separated from the military, and I currently work for Economic Modeling Specialist International (Emsi), based in Moscow, Idaho. I assist community colleges in the southeastern states with our career exploration and labor market research tools. I’ve carved out some time this upcoming school year to teach a section of logic and look forward to working with your students. God has been gracious to us throughout our 26-year homeschool journey to educate our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. “Back in the day,” homeschool resources were nowhere near what they are now. We would have been very grateful for an option like Logos Online School.

 

Brianna Bratrud

Integrated Humanities, Economics, and Government 

Brianna Bratrud grew up on the Southeast coast. She was home-schooled in Maryland until she was 10, when her Dad left his homicide detective work to become an LCMS pastor. She would then go on to be educated at a Lutheran middle school in Missouri, a classical Christian high school in North Carolina, and finally, New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. While at NSA, she married Moses Bratrud, and in 2017 graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture. Brianna is an enthusiastic student at heart, and approaches everything with fides quaerens intellectum. She treasures the skills, tools, and wisdom she learned at NSA and aims to share these with her students. Brianna and her husband currently live in an apartment in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and spend most of their time reading and discussing books and articles and ideas. When she can, Brianna also loves to fish, camp, cook, eat, and listen to all sorts of podcasts and music.

 

 

 

Carly Bullard

Science, Photography, and Russian 

Carly mostly grew up near Houston, Texas. Her family became international missionaries to Russia when she was 11 years old. She graduated as salutatorian of her high school class and attended Texas A&M University. While in college, God gave her many opportunities to lead Bible studies, host discipleship groups, and lead worship music for various events. She met the love of her life and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Biology and a Minor in Education. She spent the past year coaching soccer and teaching Biology, Chemistry, Photography, Algebra, and Bible at an international Christian school in Taiwan. She has since moved back to the USA and now lives five minutes away from Lake Michigan.

When she’s not teaching, you will probably find Carly snacking on a sweet treat, sipping hot coffee, playing one of her instruments, traveling, kayaking, listening to one of her many Spotify playlists, or marveling through the lens of her camera at God’s creation. She is passionate about many different areas of life, and she looks forward to teaching others what it means to live life for the glory of Jesus.

 

 

Kaitlin Burke

Math and Science

Kaitlin (Katie) Burke was taught through the classical model from elementary through high school and graduated salutatorian of her senior class. She then continued her academic endeavors at Goucher College where she earned a B.A. in Education with a Minor in Music. During her time at Goucher she took several math and science classes and developed a passion for teaching those content areas. After graduating from Goucher, she began teaching at a classical school in Bel Air, Maryland where she taught math and science, as well as other subjects, to students across the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric levels. Katie also took on the role of Athletic Director, Volleyball Coach and Drama Director during her time teaching. Additionally, Katie has earned a M.A. in Educational Administration for K-12 students from Concordia University Nebraska. Katie and her husband Tim now live on a farm in Cecil County Maryland with their two potbellied pigs. They are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child, who will be making his arrival in May 2019. 

  

Christina Gartrell

Science and Spanish

My name is Christina Gartrell, and I fell in love with a classical education as a little girl under the tutelage of dear teachers in a private Christian school setting located on the Texas-Mexican border decades ago when classical education was just an emerging movement. It was in that setting that the Lord saved me. He continued to use this faithful school and its teachers to educate me and instill in me a love for Him and learning. I found my identity in Christ and my identity as a perpetual student at this school. Eventually, I would go on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, and English from the University of Texas and earned my Masters of Teaching from Spalding University in Kentucky.

I am now a professional educator, wife, and homeschool mother to a large family. The Lord has continued to mature and grow me, and I still remain a perpetual student. I still love to learn and I think that is what makes me a great teacher. I want to share my love of Christ and my love of all things academic with my students to the glory of God. My career as an educator began in the brick and mortar classrooms in Texas, and became additionally credited to teach in Kentucky and Wyoming. Recently I have added experience as an online ESL/DLI teacher. However, I remain a classical educator at heart to the extent that I Ieft the traditional classroom to homeschool my own children all those years ago. I continue to find opportunities to teach and maintain my credentials, and fine tune my teaching methodologies. I have been told by students and parents who have known me as teacher that my best teaching qualities are content, patience, and encouragement. I look forward to meeting your student and striving to pursue what is true, good, and beautiful in all our classroom endeavors. Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Mandy Hedderly

Math

Hi! I'm so excited to be on the Logos Online team! Here's a little about me: I have a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. I live in Belton, Texas, which is smack-dab in the middle of this big ol’ state. I've been teaching math since 2010 and am inching my way up to my next upgrade: “Master of Mathematics,” because I am that passionate about math, and, you have to admit, it sounds super cool. I am overflowing with math-y goodness and I can't wait to share my enthusiasm for teaching and learning about this wonderful subject with you! 

Non-math related facts about me: I married my ruggedly handsome husband in 2002. We have four kids, which is something I never thought I'd say, but God’s plans are always better than my own. I homeschool my older kiddos, and try to keep my younger ones from destroying the house (and my sanity). I'm a CrossFit Trainer and up until my last pregnancy, I competed in Olympic Lifting and ranked third in Texas. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you in class! Together, we can put the fun in functions! 

 

 

 

Zachary Kwong 

Lead Science Teacher
 

Hello and welcome to Logos Online School! I grew up in California, and was homeschooled for the majority of my pre-undergraduate years before graduating in 2012 from Wheaton College in Illinois with a B.S. in physics. I first entered teaching because I loved helping students “get it”. I joined Logos Online School in the 2014-15 academic year, and enjoy creating applicable and authentic connections between the sciences and students’ lives, a challenge as some concepts can seem abstract and not significant to every day life. Earning my M.A. in Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (I-STEM) from Virginia Tech in 2017 gave me a much deeper understanding and approach for my craft. I continually strive to design assignments and lessons which present students with authentic contexts for science content. I am very interested in learning the best way to teach students how to learn and seek to hone my craft with research based best teaching practices, and classroom management procedures.  

I enjoy every discipline, and learning in general and I look forward to sharing my wonder and excitement over God's creation with my students. Currently, I live with my wife Hannah and my 1 year old son Matthew in Roanoke Virginia. 

 

Jacob Litwin

Integrated Humanities 

Jacob Litwin was born and raised in Southern California. By the grace of God, he heard the gospel when he was 16 years and came to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, Jacob has a great passion for teaching biblical truth, giving all the glory to God. Jacob went on to receive his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies (emphasis: Christian Education) from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California. It was in college where he met his beautiful wife, Elrica Litwin, and got married on December 29th, 2018. Before moving to Moscow, Idaho, Jacob taught High School English Literature in San Jose, California.

Currently, Jacob is attending Greyfriars Hall, a pastoral ministry training program through Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho as well as pursuing his Masters Degree in Theology & Letters from New Saint Andrews College.

Outside of teaching, Jacob enjoys reading, watching and discussing movies, playing guitar, hiking, and traveling. 

 

 

Sarah Miller

Latin

Sarah Miller was born and raised in the corn fields of Carbondale, Illinois until her family packed their belongings and moved to Moscow, Idaho in 2011. She attended Logos School 8th-12th grade and graduated with an honors diploma in 2016. Since then, she has been working on getting her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College where she surprised herself by developing a special love for Latin. About to enter her senior year, Sarah is excited to see how the Lord will use her to serve others and further his kingdom through teaching. 

When she’s not working or studying, Sarah loves playing volleyball, baking, reading biographies, driving through the Palouse, and going for a swim in the beautiful Snake River. She also enjoys teasing and exploring the outdoors with an extremely vast and entertaining collection of nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Karen Mondoy

Spanish

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.

  

Kimberly Parker

Math

It is my passion to teach, train and educate; it is a gift from God. Born and raised in St. Louis, I have been teaching something, somewhere from the age of 11 - whether that was teaching Sunday School, VBS, or holding Backyard Bible clubs. After graduating 2nd in command of my regiment in NJROTC, I moved ‘next door’ to Kansas for my undergraduate study in Education at Mid-America Nazarene University. There I was able to formally teach a practicum every semester and serve local pastors on a traveling ministry team on weekends. I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and began a teaching career in Kansas City, KS, before returning to Missouri to teach Middle School Math. As my love for math grew, I added a Math Certification to my credentials through Harris-Stowe State University.

I have traveled all over the United States and Canada and enjoy many hobbies. Last year I moved to Southwest Florida where I am learning how to enjoy its 2 seasons; summer and football. Although I come from a large family, I have only one child. Relationship to family has been a work in progress and I am grateful for every life lesson learned.

As my student, you can expect truth, love, acceptance and high expectations. As a teacher I expect your very best efforts, acceptance and academic honesty. Even while cultivating a culture of excellence, our learning will be fun.

  

Mark Rauch

Lead Math Teacher

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.

  

Zoe Roberts

English and Integrated Humanities

Zoe Roberts 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. From the age of 8, when she was introduced to Latin, she has loved studying languages, especially Latin, Classical Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. She continued pursuing all three languages in her college thesis in which she analyzed in depth the Bible in its original languages, focusing, in particular, on comparing and analyzing the Latin and Greek translations of the Psalms of Ascent.

Zoe completed her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture in 2017, and a week later she married her best friend Josiah. Since graduating she has greatly enjoyed teaching children grades 4-12 at Logos Online School and at a local homeschool co-op in Moscow, Idaho. Throughout her education, she has been privileged to have excellent teachers who instilled a love of learning in her. As she teaches, her desire is to instill a love of learning in each one of her students and to teach all her classes with Jesus Christ as the foundation and beginning of all wisdom and knowledge.

When she isn’t teaching, she loves reading, painting, hiking and exploring the surrounding Palouse, camping, laughing, cooking for a bunch of friends, or playing badminton with her husband. She gets excited about a good cup of tea with scones and jam, Mediterranean food, and Mexican cuisine.

  

Deirdre Salmon

Latin

For the past thirteen years Magistra has taught every level of Latin (grammar, logic, rhetoric) to homeschoolers, in a brick and mortar school, and for the past seven years at online schools. Her students leave her classes with a inexplicable passion for the Latin language and frequently receive honors on the national benchmark Latin exams. Magistra has published Latin curricula and holds a BA in Human Communication. She and her husband have four classically educated children (and one son-in-law) who currently attend, will attend, or have matriculated from New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. In her spare time she frequents estate sales with friends and accumulates treasures to bless her home and family. She also loves stories: listening to them, telling them, and reading them. Favorite quote about Latin: “If you don’t love the Latin language you just didn’t have the right teacher."

 

  

Micaiah Shaw

Math

Micaiah was born in Kansas City, Missouri where she lived until her dad joined the military and her family began traveling the world. Throughout middle school and high school, she enjoyed a classical Christian education made up of a mixture of online classes and homeschool classes. Her mom (a math whiz) shared her love of numbers and logic with Micaiah throughout her homeschool years.

In 2018, Micaiah married Eric Shaw, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from New Saint Andrews college, and had their baby boy, Graham, prematurely. Her job as a graphic designer and secretary was then swapped for homemaking and mothering. Now she is excited to add teaching math to her repertoire!

In her spare time Micaiah loves to sew, read, cook new things, eat new things, and explore the outdoors with her family.

 

  

 

 

Kevin Smith

Integrated Humanities

Kevin Smith grew up in Oregon, spending most of his time either playing outside or with his nose in a book (all depending on the weather!). After sensing a call into ministry in high school, Kevin pursued his BA at Multnomah University and then traveled to Kansas City to attend Seminary. Along the way he served as a pastor at several churches, taught at two Christian universities and in classical Christian K-12 settings.

After returning to Oregon, he met a beautiful teacher, Ashley, who is now Mrs. Smith. In the final year of his PhD in Historical Theology through the University of Nottingham, he stays busy with their charming little girl and his piles of books (some things don’t change!). Their shared passion is to equip parents to raise their children in the knowledge of the Lord. Serving as a teacher is the ministry the Lord has set before them.

 

 

 

Natalia Sosa

Spanish

Ana Natalia Ramirez Sosa, or as most people know her, Natalia, was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She attended a Christian, bicultural, local school until she graduated with honors from high school. After this, she spent 6 months being an educational assistant and Spanish teacher in a small Christian School in Sevenhampton, United Kingdom; where she discovered her love for education and of course, tea. When she returned to Mexico, she decided to be an English high school teacher for a year before starting her degree. She studied International Relations and spent one semester studying abroad at Sciences Po in Strasbourg, France. She graduated as class valedictorian and worked for the French Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.

Natalia has a genuine love for teaching, learning, history, cultures and languages. She is in charge of the missions’ team in her local church and is convinced that languages are an important tool to share God’s glory to the world. She speaks Spanish, English, French and a little bit of German. She enjoys Bible reading, reading (in general), painting, singing, drinking tea and coffee, spending time with her friends and family, taking long walks and having long conversations. Her favorite cuisine is of course Mexican food and she loves living like a tourist in her own home town. This is because she believes God has called His children to be in constant discovery, and knowing another language allows them to do just that, to discover. 

 

Carson Spratt

Integrated Humanities, Logic, Economics, and 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

Integrated Humanities

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.  

  

Molly Sumpter

Integrated Humanities and Logic

Molly Sumpter grew up in the beautiful countryside of Maryland. She was home schooled with five brothers who made sure she perfected the art of swinging a baseball bat left handed. Molly’s mother taught her to love books by reading aloud to her and enjoying the stories with her. Her father taught her to love Pastoral ministry by involving his family in his calling of Pastoral work. When Molly was 11 years old her family moved to southern Oregon where they found a wonderful community of christian homeschoolers. After completing her high school education, Molly moved to Moscow, Idaho where she attended New Saint Andrews College. Molly graduated from NSA with a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture in 2017. She continues to live in Moscow with most of her family. In her free time Molly enjoys reading, singing in Church choir, taking walks on sunny days, and spending time with her siblings and the growing myriad of nieces and nephews.

 

 

Lauren Trotter

Lead Latin teacher

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). Since then, she has moved back to the Land of Lakes and married Kanaan Trotter in June of 2018. 

In her free time, Lauren loves floral design, hockey, carrots, waterskiing, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends. 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.