Edington Scholars Teachers
Joshua Appel has led a double-career life as both college professor and pastoral assistant/pastor for 14 years, a happy coincidence of his passion for the educational nature of pastoral care and the pastoral nature of education. His own education was fairly non-traditional: home educated, joined the Audubon society at aged 10, ministered to juvenile delinquents while still a teenager, bits of grad school before college, and later a B.A. in Liberal Arts and M.A. in Christian Thought. He is an avid audiophile, lover of music, food, & wine, father of six, husband of Sara, and currently serves as a Fellow of Humanities at New Saint Andrews College and Pastor of Parish Life at Trinity Reformed Church.
Jennifer Collender is the wife of fellow Veritas teacher Dr. Michael Collender and the mother of four. She graduated from New St. Andrew’s College with a Liberal Arts degree and an Education Emphasis. She is now a very thrilled homeschooling mother. For five years she was the director of Coram Deo Academy, a homeschool co-op based in Spokane, WA. At Veritas, she has taught Fiction Writing and currently teaches Rhetoric I, Logic I, and Novels of Jane Austen. She is the co-author of Veritas Press’s new Composition I, a unique composition textbook that teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing to junior high students in fun and engaging ways. This will be her third year teaching writing for White Horse Hall and her sixth year teaching writing in a co-op setting.
Ryan Handermann has been teaching Latin and Humanities for 8 years. He taught four years at an ACCS school, three years at White Horse Hall co-op, two years online with the Davenant Latin Institute and others. He has taught a wide variety of students, ranging from rambunctious kindergarteners, to recovering drug addicts, to seminary professors (those are the easy students). He also serves as a pastoral assistant at Trinity Reformed Church and has a beautiful wife and four excitable children. He is extremely grateful to his parents for homeschooling him back in North Carolina, and his high school co-op teachers who inspired him to love people and pursue learning. He has a B.A and M.A. from New Saint Andrews College.
Jonathan Roberts hails from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the King's College, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
Courtney Skeen grew up under the enormous and ever-sunny New Mexico skies with the Rocky Mountains in her backyard, eating green chile on everything and loving cozy, rainy days. It was Wes Callihan's online classes that first introduced Courtney to classical education and the Great Books. She has since earned her B.A. and M.A. at New Saint Andrews College with an emphasis on classical languages. She has also taught a variety of subjects, from private music lessons to high school writing and college math tutoring, and she currently works full time at a local tech company. Courtney enjoys creating order, making beauty, being an aunt, wearing black, and exploring new places and ideas, but nothing makes her happier than to have people in her home to feed them and talk about all the big and the small things in life.
Jesse Sumpter has been teaching for over ten years in various school settings: online, middle school, high school, and sunday school. He currently teaches online with Veritas Scholars Academy. He has taught a variety of classes: Latin, Greek, writing, literature, and history. He graduated from New St. Andrew's College with a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Classical and Christian Education. He also has an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. Jesse and his wife, Kate, have a daughter, Epiphany who is attending White Horse Hall. Some of Jesse's hobbies include reading, writing, baseball, languages, history, poetry, and fiction.