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Level 1 Illustrated Classics

Sneak Peek Night

  • Thursday, August 19

  • 7:30 – 8:30pm ET

Don’t miss out in getting a SNEAK PEEK at our Liberal Arts Level 1 Illustrated Classics Course! We want to share our plans with you for the year! Children ages 5-7: bring your favorite book or a piece of artwork to share, or wear a costume of your favorite book character.

Parents, come prepared with questions. We’ll have a brief demonstration of how the class words and share an overview of our curriculum for the year. We will end with a brief overview of our Level 2 class also.

About Instructor Erin Moulton
Erin Moulton has a deep love for education and has been teaching in some capacity for over two decades. She holds a PhD in Slavic linguistics from the University of Kansas and has also studied at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the past, she served as an instructor of Russian language, literature, and culture at University of Kansas. She works professionally as an editor and project manager in the field of international compliance and serves as youth communications liaison for the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest and as board president of the Orthodox Christian Translation Society. Erin and her husband, Christian, are parishioners at Holy Trinity Church in Overland Park, Kansas, where she teaches church school and assists in creating a multiyear cycle of curriculum for the parish. Erin and Christian have four sons, all of whom she has educated at home over the past 13 years. E-mail:


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Community Book Discussion

Joseph Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues “Fortitude”

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • 7:00 – 8:30pm ET

Join fellow Scholé Academy and SRS parents and teachers for an evening discussion on the topic of courage.  For the past two summers we have read and discussed the virtues of prudence and justice.  This summer we will read chapter section three of Joseph Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues entitled “Fortitude” (pages 117-141).
About Joseph Pieper & The Four Cardinal Virtues
Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was a distinguished twentieth-century Thomist philosopher. Schooled in the Greek classics and in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, he studied philosophy, law, and sociology, and taught for many years at the University of Münster, Germany.

In The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper delivers a stimulating quartet of essays on the four cardinal virtues. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality a hollow convention and points out the true significance of the Christian virtues.


“Dr. Pieper, with his grounding in Scholastic thinking, especially Thomas Aquinas, brings to the reader an interpretation of this classical tradition that has things to say about the human person today. He attempts to make what could become a list of requirements for ethical behavior into a human quest for the wisdom that enables one to become the kind of person one strives to be.” —Studies in Formative Spirituality                      


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Meet Our Liberal Arts Middle School Instructors and Learn about Our Program

Presbytera Maria Koulianos, Sarah Fothergill & Elizabeth Crispina-Johnson

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • 7pm ET / 6pm Central

Meet our Middle School Teachers and learn more about our program. Students of the past and present will share their experience and perspective of Children’s Classics, American Classics, and British Classics.

We use classic books teaching students in a thoughtful manner recognizing each person of our learning community as members of the body of Christ, made in the image of God, Baptized and Chrismated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Following from this Orthodox Christian vision of the classroom and the enlightened view of the human person, classes are taught in the “conversational mode” rather than mere lecture. The term “conversation” indicates a “turning together” around a subject of significance and the questions of wonder and inquiry that naturally follow.

About Our Instructors

Presbytera Maria Koulianos has been an educator for over 20 years, loving every minute, with vast experiences in both public and private schools as a classroom teacher, a developer and implementer of learning programs for students, and an area administrator. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Indiana University with certifications in elementary education, 7/8 non-departmental, language arts 1–9, and computer education K–12. She holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she wrote her thesis, “The Annunciation of the Theotokos from a Liturgical Perspective.” Presbytera Maria and her husband, Father Dionysios, live in the greater Springfield area where he is the Dean of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, MA. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners. 

Sarah Fothergill has been teaching for 12 years. She holds a BA in 7-12 English and History Education and an MA in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Throughout her career, Sarah has taught writing, literature, and speaking to both middle and high school students. Sarah is excited to offer Scholé Academy students her passion for studying literature and history, and looks forward to helping them learn, grow, and reflect on “the good, the true, and the beautiful” in everything.

In addition to teaching, Sarah also enjoys leading Sunday school and Vacation Church School classes, and serving as a youth group instructor and chanter at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, Nebraska. She also loves spoiling her two young nieces, reading, writing, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two adorable kittens.

Elizabeth Crispina Johnson draws from both her experiential and academic backgrounds in her teaching. She started homeschooling the first of her 3 children in 1983, and continues homeschooling with 3 of her 8 grandchildren. As time allows, Elizabeth also writes children’s books, 4 of which have been published by Ancient Faith Publishing. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural training, a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology, an associate’s degree in early childhood education, and also attended a 1-year missiology program at Fuller Theological Seminary. Elizabeth lives in western New York and attends St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester.


The Liberal Arts Level 4 Children’s Classics course is a two-year rotation designed to increase student communication skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the study of the English language. Additionally, it will focus on nature studies and the composition of personal letters, narratives, essays, and short speeches.

The Liberal Arts Level 5 which consists of a two-year rotation,  American Classics and British Classics, is designed to increase student communication skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the study of the English language. Students will read a selection of British classics alongside a timeline of history, as history plays a fundamental role in shaping literature. Additionally, this course will focus on nature studies and the composition of personal letters, narratives, essays, and short speeches.


Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School Open House

Come and Join Us!

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • 7pm ET / 6pm Central

Join SRS Principal Adam Lockridge and Scholé Academy Principal Joanne Schinstock for a virtual tour. Whether you are a new family or a long-time family, we want to take some time to tell you about our courses, instructors, and answer many of our most common questions. Breakout sessions will dive into more specific questions about Lower School and Middle / Upper School. A special breakout session with St. Raphael School instructors will look more in depth at SRS offerings for 2021/22.

About Our Principals
Adam Lockridge, Principal, is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. Adam later taught upper-school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for 7 years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis.

Joanne Schinstock, Principal has been an educator since 2005, with a Master in Humanities from the University of Dallas. As principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for restful classical education. Joanne joined the faculty of Scholé Academy in 2016 and enjoys teaching the Writing & Rhetoric series. After studying a year abroad focusing on Italian language and culture in Florence, Italy, she began her teaching career as a middle school classroom instructor in Language Arts. The Dallas Catholic Diocese recognized Joanne as a Work of Heart Award recipient, honoring outstanding teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can read more about Mrs. Schinstock’s philosophy of education here. She and her husband, Brad, find joy in forging their family culture in their Catholic faith and in the classical Christian tradition, participating in their church community, their children’s school community, The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, and delighting in weekend family outings.


St. Raphael is an Orthodox school that is part of Scholé Academy, as a “school within a school.” This means that while St. Raphael School functions as a dedicated Orthodox academy, we also enjoy the benefits of being affiliated with a larger Christian classical online academy. Students from St. Raphael may also take courses at Scholé Academy, and sometimes our teachers at St. Raphael will offer courses with Scholé Academy. Both St. Raphael School and Scholé Academy are divisions of Classical Academic Press. St. Raphael School also benefits from the various staff resources and expertise at Classical Academic Press, in the areas of web development, promotion, order processing, and customer service.


Inaugural Fr. Porphyrios Taylor Memorial Lecture (online event)

Hieromonk Alexii Altschul

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • 8pm ET / 7pm Central

The Fr. Porphyrios (James) Taylor Memorial Lecture is hosted by St. Raphael School in memory of our founder.  Fr. Porphyrios was an author, teacher, and leader in Orthodox education, and his work Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education continues to inspire teachers and educational leaders, particularly those laboring to renew Christian classical education in the United States. The annual lecture will focus on themes exploring the intersection of Orthodox spirituality and education, keeping in mind the words of St. Porphyrios:  “Whoever wants to become a Christian must first become a poet.”

About Hieromonk Alexii

Hieromonk Alexii Altschul is a priest-monk with the Serbian Orthodox Church. After 20 years of serving an inner-city parish in Kansas City, MO, he was tonsured as a monk in October 2013, following the death of his Matushka in March, 2012. 

In 1993, he became an Eastern Orthodox Christian and eventually was ordained a priest, known as Fr. Paisius. He and his wife, Matushka Michaila, worked together reaching out to people in need, first as non-denominational Protestants, and then, after their conversion to Orthodoxy in 1993, through St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Kansas City, MO.

At that location, they saw, with the help of many dedicated servants of God, over 150 souls brought into the Orthodox Church, the founding of the Ancient Christianity and African American Conference, the founding of Reconciliation Services, and two books, An Unbroken Circle and Wade in the River. 

In addition to seeking to unite people through Christ, serving those in need, and providing a sacramental environment for healing, Fr. Alexii had also been a trained clinical social worker.

After his tonsure, he was sent by His Grace, Bishop +LONGIN (New Gracanica and Midwestern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America) to stay in Mt. Athos for nearly 7 months. He returned to rural Northwest Missouri where he was blessed by His Grace Bishop +LONGIN to form Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete in July, 2014. For more information on the skete, visit

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