Our Administrative Team
Jolie is a veteran classical educator, the author of several award-winning logic texts, and a mentor and trainer of classical teachers. As Director, she oversees the leadership teams and future development of Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos
Presbytera Maria has been an educator since 1997 holding two Master Degrees from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University. As principal of Saint Raphael School, she is a servant-leader who is charged with building a community that supports students and parents striving for Orthodox restful classical education.
Fr. Noah is an archpriest and father who is grateful for the success of St. Raphael School and Scholé Academy. He enjoys sharing his love for God and the Church with students, and stretching his teaching skills into cyberspace.
Educational Services Coordinator & Tutoring Center/CSLD Manager
Systems Integrator & Tech Support
Sales & Customer Support
InstructorsSt. Raphael School instructors are independent contractors who instruct, mentor, and shepherd students in online courses offered by the school. We are thrilled to have found so many fine educators to host our Orthodox courses. Our instructors bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for their courses. You can read more about them below.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos, Principal 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Noah Bushelli is grateful to be married to a living saint, Khouria Elizabeth, who homeschools their 7 marvelous children. He met his wife at a vespers service in Alaska and still remembers the joyous and awkward moment. He is an archpriest in the Antiochian Archdiocese and was received into the Orthodox Church in 1994. He graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a BEd in 2000, and then he and his wife moved to St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He graduated with an MDiv in 2004. His thesis explored St. John Chrysostom’s notion of the Church as a spiritual hospital. After serving St. Nicholas in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for three years, they moved to St. Philip in Souderton, Pennsylvania, in 2006. Fr. Noah is grateful to raise his family in this warm, generous, faithful, and vibrant community and is working very hard to meet the demands of parish life as well as focusing on “the one thing needful.” He spends his downtime taking walks, reading theology, changing diapers, telling stories to his children, and playing a little guitar. He is grateful for the success of St. Raphael School and Scholé Academy, excited to share his love for God and the Church with students, and looking forward to stretching his teaching skills into cyberspace. He thanks you for your prayers for him, his family, parishioners, and students! email@example.com
Father Nikolai Meyers is a native of Southern California. He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible and cross-cultural ministry from Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan, Kansas. He earned his master of divinity from St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary, in South Cannon, Pennsylvania. He was ordained Deacon in September of 2007 by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochain Archdiocese at St. Tikhon Monastery in South Cannon, Pennsylvania, and to the holy Priesthood in July of 2008 by His Eminence at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California. He served 6 years as assistant pastor of St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and concurrently was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Orthodox Mission in Tupelo, Mississippi. From October of 2014 to July of 2019 he was the pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, New York, where he was also the spiritual adviser for Teen SOYO in the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York. He now serves as the pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka, Kansas. He is married and has 5 children. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Timothy Hojnicki was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a 2002 graduate from the University of Delaware, where he received his MDiv from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in May of 2005. In June of 2005 he was assigned to Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he currently serves as pastor. He has taught liturgics and homiletics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and given many retreats and talks over the years. He is married to his lovely wife, Anastasia, and has four children: Nicholas, Kyra, Elijah, and Joachim. He is excited for this class and looks forward to the continued opportunity and responsibility of teaching the faith for St. Raphael School! email@example.com
Fr. Daniel Bethancourt was born in Arizona. After several moves his family landed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he graduated from high school and attended St. John’s College, receiving a BA in Liberal Arts. He met his wife, Presvytera Maria, when she visited his church in Santa Fe on a business trip for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Eventually they both ended up at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. Fr. Daniel graduated in 2007 with an MDiv; they were married that summer and returned for another year at the seminary, where Fr. Daniel worked as director of recruitment while Presvytera Maria finished her degree. In June of 2008 Fr. Daniel was ordained to the holy priesthood by His Grace, Bishop BASIL, and was assigned to St. Nicholas in Shreveport, LA, beginning an adventure that continues to the present. Now Fr. Daniel has served at St. Nicholas for 12, and has been the SOYO spiritual advisor for the Diocese of Wichita for 7 years. He is currently in a PhD program in Orthodox Studies with the Antiochian House of Studies. Fr. Daniel is grateful to God for his dear wife and two children, his lovely parish family, and countless other blessings, none of which he deserves. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Quinodoz graduated from Eastern University in December of 2019 with a B.A. in History. After graduation, he worked as an Assistant Teacher at Main Line Classical Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is currently a student in the Masters of Arts in Teaching in Classical Education at Eastern University, and is very excited to put the wonderful knowledge and skills he is learning to use in teaching the students of Scholé Academy. Gabe loves and is experienced in teaching students of all ages. He hosts a history course for another online school and serves as a teacher at St. Philip’s Orthodox Church Sunday School and at their Summer Camp. He has previously served as an R.A. & T.A for the high school students in the Summer Scholars program at Eastern University. He is very thankful to be a part of Scholé Academy. Gabe enjoys going to church, spending time with his friends and siblings, walking, hiking, reading good stories and also trying to write them. email@example.com
Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hilllsdale College to study Classical Languages and Literature. While there she was received into the Orthodox Church which led her to continue her studies at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA where she met and married a handsome seminarian from Armenia. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the Waldorf Teacher training program at Antioch University with a thesis entitled “”Making Space for the Sacred: The Creative Arts and the Spritual Development of Children””. Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
A veteren homeschooling mom of three, she has been teaching in and out of the classroom for over twenty years. Presvytera Kellie and Father Anthony live in Wilimington, MA and serve the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Somerville. When not teaching, Presvytera enjoys making music with her children, gardening, hiking and keeping company with their 11 chickens. firstname.lastname@example.org
Magda Skermo joins The St. Raphael School as the Greek 1.2 instructor. She is a native Greek speaker devoted to developing literacy and fluency in the Greek Language, Culture, and the Orthodox faith. Magda has over 15years experience educating Children and Adults for parishes with Greek Language Schools. In addition, she is a seasoned Nursery School teacher.
Magda began her career as a Greek Speaking Agent for Olympic Airways and eventually became the Group Sales Representative designated to International Study Tours & Pilgrimages. The witness of journeys through historic and holy regions where the stories of the Acts of the Apostles and New Testament epistles coming to life was what sparked her to begin providing educational services for the Greek community where there continues to be great emphasis on the cultivation and development of Greek identity.
Magda currently serves as the Holy Orthodox Primary Education and Junior Orthodox Youth Ministries in the position of Advisor for grades Pre-k through 6 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Charleston, SC. She has been married for 29years years to her Ray, and they have 4 blessings named Maria, Christopher, Nicholas, and Alexandria. Email: email@example.com
Nicholas Roumas, originally from rural Massachusetts, now lives in the Midwest with his wife Sarah and their child. After originally studying engineering, he turned his attention to theology, which he pursued at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Marquette University. He also holds a certificate in Byzantine Music, and chants in church. Nicholas is bookish, dedicating his time to reading, writing, and teaching, as well as to singing and composing church music. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the summer of 2020. Since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects over the past six years. He particularly enjoys teaching Literature, History, Formal Logic, and Rhetoric. When not in the classroom, he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife welcomed their first child at the end of March 2020. He is currently a catechumen in his local church where he currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt. He is planning on enrolling in a Fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September 2020. email@example.com
Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago when she was able to travel to learn from different iconography teachers across the country. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose and completed an MDiv at the University of Chicago Divinity School. As well as taking commissions from churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose loves to walk with students on the journey of learning to see better and more intentionally, using this “prayer of the hands” to grow in holiness, with God’s grace. Homeschooling her four children in an urban fixer-upper strewn with books, art projects, and Legos helps keep the whole operation real.
Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend Saint Moses the Black Orthodox Mission Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to serve in the ministry of iconography.
For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Roumas is delighted to join St. Raphael School. She received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University, a master of theological studies and a master of theology degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D in liturgical theology from the University of Notre Dame. She studies the development of the Byzantine liturgical books and biblical interpretation in Byzantine hymns. Her dissertation was on the hymns of Lazarus Saturday in Greek manuscripts of the Triodion. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where she chants at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church and lives with her husband Nicholas and baby son, Anthony. email@example.com
In Memoriam: Fr. Porphyrios passed away on April 16, 2020.
Fr. Porphyrios (Dr. James Stephen Taylor) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Columbia, Missouri, where he attended the public schools and the University of Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in humanities and his master’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, was the setting for his doctorate in philosophy of education, and was where he attended courses in the famous integrated humanities program with professors John Senior and Dennis Quinn. At KU he taught freshmen and sophomore English and literature as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of education. Upon graduation, Taylor taught in middle and high schools, parochial schools, and preparatory academies, including St. Mary’s Academy (Kansas), Wichita Collegiate School, and Topeka Collegiate School. For 5 years he was assistant, then associate, professor of the education department at Hillsdale College, Michigan. For 2 of those years he served as department chair. He held regular classes using the Good and Great Books as part of the teacher preparation program. His last collegiate position was at the University of Tulsa, also in the department of education, where his specialties were philosophy of education in the graduate school, and children’s literature classes for future elementary and middle school teachers. Dr. Taylor is also the author of Poetic Knowledge, a book often used and cited in the renewal of classical Christian education.
Dr. Taylor’s father, a newspaperman and writer for the Associated Press, became editor of the Missouri Alumnus magazine and a popular speaker. Taylor’s mother was a fourth-grade teacher and librarian for Columbia public schools. James Taylor was raised in the Methodist church. His journey to Orthodoxy may have well begun there while, during a lengthy sermon, he gazed at the engraving on the wooden pulpit: “The Truth Shall Make You Free.” He was pleasantly surprised years later to learn that John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was an Anglican minister deeply read in the fathers of the Church. Later, he began a tour through the various expressions of Roman Catholicism, particularly traditional Benedictine monasticism, then spent several years with a Byzantine Rite, and finally arriving, somewhat broken but not beyond repair, at peace in the Orthodox Church.
After a five year odyssey, Taylor has now been tonsured monk as Fr. Porphyrios, and resides in a monastery in northwest Missouri.