Our Mission

We equip a generation of young minds with the virtues, knowledge and skills they need to guide society forward to the next frontier. Our mission is to foster moral and intellectual virtues, modern foreign language acquisition and professional skills in our students so they can become excellent scholars, integral citizens and successful professionals in a rapidly-changing society. We believe classical online education in Glendale is the answer.

Pursue Wisdom

We encourage our students and faculty to seek intellectual and moral activity — not merely as an extrinsic good, but as an intrinsic good.

Succeed Professionally

We guide students to prepare for successful careers. Our modern language immersion curriculum gives our students a competitive advantage as young people seeking their vocations.

Live a Beautiful Life

Most importantly of all, we inspire our students to pursue goodness, truth and beauty wherever it can be found, whether in the mysterious depths of the ocean, in the furthest reaches of history or in the inner workings of the human mind.

Our Story

“Does status quo of education adequately serve students?”

I recall asking myself this question as a history teacher at a brick-and-mortar school. The question set me on a journey.

Over the last few years, I encountered many like-minded professionals who shared a passion for educating young people, but who were also asking themselves the same fundamental question: Does status quo of education adequately serve students?

We poured ourselves over coffee and Great Books, and as our conversations evolved, a resounding consensus emerged: change is no longer optional; it is necessary. We shared the same critiques of the modern public school system. We discovered (and re-discovered) time tested tools of learning that had only recently been lost. We came to an agreement – a deep-seated belief – that all students, regardless of demographic and socioeconomic background, ought to be free to acquire a state-of-the-art classical online education in Glendale at an affordable cost.

This journey lead us to create a new academic institution to better serve our communities — especially students who would receive no advantage attending a government-funded school.

The culmination of that journey is Chesterton School of Liberal Arts. We welcome you to join us in our pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.

Gary Gyultemiryan
Co-Director & Co-Founder of Chesterton School

 

Our Faculty

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ARTUR ASADURIYAN

Co-Director and Head of Theology & Philosophy Department

Email: Artur.A@ChestertonSchool.org

I have a M.A. in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology and a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a Minor in Education from L.I.F.E. Pacific College. I am a full time Pastor and adjunct professor at Eternity Bible College where I teach courses in Theology. It gives me great joy to be involved with Chesterton School as we focus on ushering in a classical education for a modern audience. I have a deep and abiding passion to engage young minds in rhetoric, philosophy, and other areas of inquiry to further engender an inquisitiveness.

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GARY GYULTEMIRYAN

Co-Director and Head of History Department

Email: Gary.G@ChestertonSchool.org

I have earned a Humanities degree from Biola University with an emphasis in philosophy and went on to receive my M.A. degree in teaching with a single subject credential in the social sciences. I have twelve years of teaching experience, five of which were in the brick-and-mortar setting. Over the course of the last seven years, I have been a social science teacher in iQ Academy. I was compelled to head up this project as a result of my daughter and children like her who ought to have the opportunity to study the classics, study modern language, learn the social graces and ultimately to appreciate truth, beauty and goodness.

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WEINA CHEN

Head of Mandarin Language Department

Email:Weina.C@ChestertonSchool.org

My background is in K-12 Chinese language teaching, program developing, and children's ministry leadership. I have two masters' degrees in Educational Psychology and Management, and I am working on a Ph.D. degree in Education (Global Leadership and Change) from Pepperdine University. As a graduate assistant and an international liaison, I also serve as the president and co-founder of CABE. Mandarin (California Association of Bilingual Education). Chesterton's classical learning pedagogy, the future of the hybrid-learning model, and devotion in promoting modern languages is my inspiration for walking this exciting journey with Chesterton and my fellow colleagues.

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AREVIK SARGSYAN

Head of Spanish Department

Email:Arevik.S@chestertonschool.org

Earning both my B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish language & literature and minoring in the French language at Yerevan State University, I have experienced first-hand the importance of language as an entry point to many worlds. Over the past two decades, I have been able to successfully cultivate the love for languages in students both at the university level as well as the k-12 level. Using the classical model in my teaching, I introduce a holistic perspective in teaching which includes history, etymology, comparative studies, geography, and culture.

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ARIEL SHEEGOG

Head of Humanities & Literature Department

Email: Ariel.S@ChestertonSchool.org

I earned my B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of St. Katherine. After graduating, I taught high school literature for three years at Biola Youth Academics, a hybrid brick-and-mortar outreach to the homeschool community. During this time, I also helped develop and teach an online version of their World Literature class, which introduced me to the possibilities and challenges of virtual teaching. I am excited by the Chesterton School's desire to prepare students to pursue their own paths, whether that be to further reaches of academe or into the world at large, and I hope to contribute to that preparation by providing students with a well rounded education.

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JEREMIAH BLESSINGER

Director of Speech & Forensics

I recently received a Master's degree in Theatre from Regent University and have worked in education for nearly 15 years. In that time, I have worn many teaching hats. By far, the greatest contribution I made to the generations that came my way was instilling in them a love for the Arts. I am delighted to provide Chesterton School's students with the same vibrant connection to the inspiration of the Arts. It is my desire to enrich their global appreciation of the expression of beauty, liberty, and truth through curriculum that inspires, challenges, and strengthens a student's core ability to articulate and defend the great virtues encapsulated in a Classical education. In addition to teaching, I will be serving as the Director of Forensics, overseeing student enrichment through the practice of Debate and Oral Presentation skills.

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JASMINE KOLANO

Director of Communication, History/Civics Teacher

Email:Jasmine.K@ChestertonSchool.org

I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University's Honors College with a B.A. in Honors Humanities and Communication Studies. My life was radically transformed by the Humanities and its classical approach to education - which is why I am committed to providing Chesterton School's students with the same rich and meaningful educational experience I had. I am a history teacher because I believe in the power of utilizing stories to impart truth and wisdom to this generation. With wisdom comes the knowledge and maturity that students need to identify their role in today's society and develop into distinctive leaders for tomorrow's world. In addition to teaching, I will be serving as the Director of Communication, overseeing student recruitment and ensuring that administrative communication is conducive to Chesterton School's overarching vision and purpose.

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DANIELLE ANDERSON

Head of Mathematics Department

Email:Danielle.A@ChestertonSchool.org

I am a math educator with over ten years of experience in teaching, seven of which was as an online math teacher. I earned a B.S. in Mathematics from UC Irvine and a Mathematics Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. I have taught all levels of mathematics from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. I am looking forward to working at Chesterton School, where the flexibility of a virtual program will be enhanced by having weekly in-person session with students.

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KIM LAMOS

Head of Middle School Science & Math Department

Email: Kim.L@ChestertonSchool.org

I have a M.A. in Human Development and a Multi-Subject Credential from Hope International University. I taught in brick in mortar for 7 years and transitioned to virtual teaching in 2014. I love the challenge and the fresh new way of teaching. I am excited to be a part of Chesterton School to continue my love of teaching in the hybrid model, focusing on Math and Science.

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AMY HARMS

Lead Philosophy Teacher & Business Development Maneger

Email: Amy.H@ChestertonSchool.org

I earned my B.A in Philosophy and Business Management from Azusa Pacific University. Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is not something of the past, but needs to be integrated once again to reignite the power and passion for intellectually virtuous individuals. Because of this, I am incredibly excited to pursue Chesterton's vision of developing intellectually and morally virtuous individuals through the classical model and our devotion to the liberal arts. Philosophy has drastically changed the way I view myself, my world around me, and my faith which is why I am dedicated to teaching the next generation of its importance and relevance.

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KATIE WOODWARD

Art & Media Director

Email: Katie.W@ChestertonSchool.org

I am a recent graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a General Studio Arts B.A. I have struggled with the current schooling system and believe that Chesterton's idea of hybrid learning combined with a classical model would immensely help students flourish spiritually, academically and professionally. I am excited to be a part of the Chesterton community and will be the fine arts instructor.

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KEITH BUHLER

Advisory Board

Email: Keith.B@ChestertonSchool.org

I am a philosopher, writer, and educator with more than fifteen years in the classical renewal movement. I earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, an M.A. in Orthodox Theology, and a B.A. in history from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. I currently teach upper school humanities and Greek language at Trinity Classical Academy. Previously, I've held leadership positions at the Torrey Academy, Wheatstone Ministries, and Veritas Academy (KY). I'm overjoyed to contribute to the Chesterton School, which promises not only to prepare students for professional life but to inspire their pursuit of goodness, truth, and beauty.