“The task of the modern educator
is not to cut down jungles
but to irrigate deserts.”
– C.S. Lewis –
Our Mission & Values
Chesterton School of Liberal Arts is an online and hybrid classical middle school based in in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County in Southern California. We equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to guide our world into the next frontier. Both our 100% Online Education program and our Hybrid Learning program are flexible, affordable and built on a challenging, well-rounded classical foundation. We offer Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language lessons and a professional preparedness program.
- Expand Young Minds | First and foremost, we strive to teach our students to enjoy learning.
- Develop Wise Citizens | We foster moral and intellectual virtues so our students can become wise adults.
- Professional Preparedness | We offer special coursework so our students have an edge in the job market:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Business Communication
- Speech & Debate
- Mock Trial
- Classical Education | We believe a well-rounded classical education is invaluable. A classical liberal arts education teaches students how to think and how to reason, speak and write.
- Flexible Schedule | We believe in flexible and transparent education. We offer two non-traditional schedule options: 100% Online and Hybrid.
- Affordable Tuition | We believe quality education should be affordable for all. We offer need-based scholarships and discounted sibling tuition rates.
“Does the status quo of public education adequately serve students?” I wondered to myself a few years ago. Then, I was a history teacher at a brick-and-mortar school in Los Angeles County. I had no idea that question would set me and future colleagues on a life-changing journey.
I encountered many like-minded professionals while I researched the answer to my question. We all shared a passion for educating young people and were dissatisfied with the modern public school system. Over time, our friendships deepened as our conversations evolved. We met frequently for coffee, poured ourselves over the Great Books and dived into our research. On our journey together, we re-discovered time-tested tools of learning that had been abandoned relatively recently.
Finally, after months of research and debate, we came to one conclusion: the status quo of public education does not adequately serve students. All students, regardless of background, ought to have access to an affordable classical education.
We no longer believed change was an option. We came to believe change was absolutely necessary. Our journey together lead us to create a new academic institution to better serve our local community: Chesterton School of Liberal Arts.
And the rest is my favorite subject to teach: history.
Director of Chesterton School of Liberal Arts
Characters in Act I
Director & History
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Math & Science
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.
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.
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.