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
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.