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

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 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 new and creative ways to keep her little family fat and happy.

 

Kyla Alders

Latin I, Latin II 

Kyla Alders was raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. She attended a Private Classical Christian school through graduation in 2016. After high school, Kyla moved to Moscow, ID where she is currently studying Liberal Arts and Culture at New Saint Andrews College. In her free time, Kyla loves reading, volleyball, playing the violin, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

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.  

 

Brianna Bratrud

Humanities and Economics/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.

 

 

Chris Comis

Humanities

Mr. Comis was born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest (Tacoma area). He loves the cloudy, cold weather of the Northwest. But most important of all, he loves Pho and Pad Thai, and has come to realize recently that the PNW is one of the only regions in the U.S. that not only has an abundance of these essential food groups, but can also make them to his satisfaction. 

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. So basically, he is a theology and philosophy tool.

He has been happily married for almost twenty years now, has six little piglets and one more on the way. He and his family now live in Moscow, ID (the Protestant Mecca)." 

 

Sara Garner

Pre-Algebra, Advanced Math (Pre-Calculus)

I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland College Park. I started as a Pre-med major but took an Ancient Greek course as an elective during my freshman year, fell in love immediately, and changed my major to Latin and Ancient Greek. After college, my husband and I moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and while there, I worked in the corporate environment in Radiology and Microbiology, and also began tutoring homeschool students in one-on-one and co-op settings in Latin, Greek, and Advanced Math.

In 2002, my family moved to Monroe, Louisiana where I taught Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics at Geneva Academy, a classical Christian school, for eight years. It was a joy to help students learn and understand math as both a mechanical tool and as a Spirit-given language capable of expressing tremendous truth and beauty. It was also a time of growth for me as I began to understand and implement biblical education.

My husband's job brought us to to Cary, North Carolina in 2012, and I taught Latin and Greek at Cary Christian School for five years. One of my greatest passions in the classroom is encouraging students to see that with prayer, patience, and hard work, difficult or intimidating subjects can be conquered.

In my spare time, I play and teach piano. I have played viola in orchestra settings off and on for thirty years. I love photography (especially wildlife), cooking, reading, knitting, digital scrapbooking, and watching baseball. I would love to learn how to crochet, because I’m always cold and I love blankets, but knitting a blanket would take approximately two thousand years and I don't have that much time. I have been married for over twenty years to my husband, Duane, and we have two children, Bailey and Jacob. We currently live in Apex, North Carolina but dream of the North Carolina mountains and spend time there whenever we can. 

 

Mandy Hedderly

Algebra I, Calculus, and Geometry

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! 

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.

 

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.  

 

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.

 

Kate Myers

Latin I

 Kate Myers was educated at Heritage Oak School, a Classical Christian school in California, graduating in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2016 from Thomas Edison State University. Over the course of that time she owned a landscaping business and worked on farms at home and abroad. After completing her degree, she taught theology, history, literature, and college prep at Heritage Oak. She is a mother of two boys and pursuing her Master’s degree through New Saint Andrews College where her husband is attending as well. Any spare time is spent writing or going on family adventures.

 

 

 

Kimberly Parker

Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus

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.

 

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.

 

Aaron Powers

Algebra II

I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During my senior year of college I began to tutor for Riverwood Classical School. Upon graduating I shifted gears and started teaching as a full-time teacher at RCS. I have always had a spirit for helping others, and teaching has shown to be an effective and often overlooked form of ministry. I've been teaching math, science, and logic classes since 2016.
I've gone to church for as long as I can remember and I am thankful that I have had the joy and honor of knowing Him and His ways for all these years. I look forward to teaching the children of Logos Online School about both math and ministry. I've always taken a great interest in theology and the study of God's word.
I hope and pray that everyone will learn more about God's creation and God's ways.

 

Brooke Powers

Biology

Brooke Powers was born in the Pacific Northwest and has always marveled at the glory of God’s creation. The mountains, the ocean, the waterfalls, the rivers, and streams all felt like a tiny glimpse into the awesomeness of our Creator. Growing up Brooke enjoyed camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, and laying on the grass amazed by the stars in the sky. When she attended high school Brooke played varsity track, soccer, and basketball for all 4 years of high school and learned to appreciate the complexity of the biomechanics and physiology of the human body. Every bone, every muscle, every angle of every joint was so intricately designed. While she enjoys all subjects, science is her favorite subject because every tiny detail of our world has clearly been designed and accounted for in a very organized and logical yet still majestic manner.

Brooke finished high school with an associates in arts degree from Centralia College and then completed a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. There she met her husband Kent and then started their family which has now expanded to include five energetic children eight years and younger, four of which will be attending Logos next year. While living in Alabama with her husband and growing family, Brooke went back to school and received an associate’s degree in nursing and RN. It was just the right season in life that she could be blessed with a job in which she could provide care for others as well as her own children.

Brooke homeschooled her kids while her family lived a year in New York and a two years in St. Maries, ID. While living in St. Maries, Brooke began working as a nurse at the local hospital and continues to work as needed on the medical/surgical floor and in the ER. When her husband took a job in Moscow, ID, they felt fortunate that they could take the opportunity to enroll their children in classical Christian education at Logos.

The Powers family is delighted to be in Moscow and is grateful to be embraced by such a wonderful community. They have visited both Trinity Reformed Church and Christ Church and are so excited to be part of such a thriving community of believers. Brooke loves studying God’s word, teaching others science, and the education that her children will be getting at Logos- so teaching for Logos online is a wonderful combination of all her passions. Her additional hobbies include any form of exercise or playing any sport and working on getting her pilots license; and while she is most likely very tone deaf she loves singing.

 

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.

 

Joshua Roberts

Spanish I

Joshua Roberts was born and raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico. A child of missionary educators, Joshua has been blessed with a lot of early experience in both teaching and serving, not to mention languages and translation.                                                    

Joshua is currently a senior at New Saint Andrews   College in Moscow, Idaho. He is Choir Assistant at Trinity Reformed Church, and is a freelance translator. He has taught elementary courses in English, computer science, and music. When he's not working or studying, Joshua likes to listen to old music, and maybe write his own.

 

Zoe Roberts

English I

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. 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. 

 

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."

 

 

Kelsie Smathers

Consumer Math

Kelsie Smathers currently lives in Moscow, ID with her husband, Samuel, and two kids, Dominic and Trinity.  She spent the first half of her childhood roaming the woods of Big Fork, MT until her family relocated to Moscow for the church community.  Kelsie was homeschooled until 11th grade when she attended and then graduated from Logos High School (2009).  She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho (UI) in Vocal Music Education but transferred to the more practical subject of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).  FCS addresses a wide variety of topics such as human development, food science, personal finance, clothing/textile design, consumer economics, and family relationships.

After 4 years in undergrad followed by a short break from school Kelsie decided to pursue a Masters of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus on personal finance education.  She received this degree from the UI in May of 2016, 8 months after having her first child. Since the beginning of her career in academia Kelsie has assisted with and taught a variety of course for the UI: “Personal and Family Finance and Management,” “Consumer Economic Issues,” “Adulting: Life, Love & Money,” “Housing America’s Families,” and “Financial Counseling and Debt Management.”

At this stage in life Kelsie spends most of her time managing two little ones and lesson planning. Her family enjoys frequent trips to the park, never-ending home improvement projects, watching movies, and meal planning.  In her spare time Kelsie teaches harp lessons and cleans houses for precious coffee money. She is excited for the opportunity to work with fellow believers at Logos Online School.

 

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.  

  

Lauren (Abens) Trotter

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). 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.

 

Mark Wilson

Consumer Math

Mark was raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and educated at Belfast High School before moving to England to obtain his MEng in Engineering Science and subsequent teacher training at the University of Oxford. He then spent 8 years teaching mathematics to high school students in Bristol, England before moving with his wife and three children to Moscow, Idaho in July 2016. In his spare time, he is avid trivia quiz fan and is thoroughly pleased to be able to follow a number of American sports in a more conducive timezone than he has previously experienced in the UK. He is excited to be able to continue teaching by God's grace both at Logos School and Logos Online over the coming year.