Our Administrative Team

Joelle Hodge

Director

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.

Adam Lockridge

Principal

Adam is a veteran classical educator, with a Master Degree in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. Adam serves as the St. Raphael School Principal, and the Scholé Academy Assistant Principal. As the Assistant Principal, he manages the SA Tutoring Center & Center for Students w/ Learning Differences and assists the Principal in the general management of the school.

David Rosentrater

Systems Integrator

David provides systems support to the administrative team, teachers, and students at the school.

drosentrater@classicalsubjects.com

 

Fr. Noah

Spiritual Director

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.

Instructors

St. 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.

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.

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!

Deacon Aaron Taylor completed his BA in religion and Russian at Oklahoma City University, followed by graduate studies in moral theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Throughout his career, the last 8 years of which have been at the Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he has taught Latin; Greek; logic; New Testament; and Late Antique, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Great Books. Deacon Aaron was ordained in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 2012 and serves at Saint Benedict Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City. His wife, Brighid Allison Taylor, is a musician and choir teacher, and they have 3 children—Elisabeth, Nicholas, and Benjamin.

Celeste Gregor enjoyed a classical- and literature-based home education from kindergarten through high school. During high school she found a passion for textiles, which eventually led to a year of study abroad at an arts folkschool in Sweden. There she fell in love with making the practical and mundane things in life beautiful; bringing nature into the home and daily life; and using the beauty that can be found around us to bring joy, depth, and learning into family life. Celeste now lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband David, their 3-year-old daughter Dulcy Lucia, their 1-year-old daughter Willa Irene, and David’s 2 teenage daughters, Meredith and Samantha. The family attends Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester. In addition to supplementing the older girls’ public school experience with home-based learning, Celeste is enjoying planting the seeds of a lifelong love of learning, and building a foundation for future homeschooling, with Dulcy and Willa. E-mail: celestephotini@gmail.com

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. E-mail: ejohnson.raphaelschool@gmail.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: moultonee@gmail.com 

Irene Bullock was born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She attended Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies (2014), a Byzantine chant certificate (2015), and a master’s degree in theological studies (2016). During that time, Irene was an active member in two of the school’s choirs—the St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir and the St. Kassia Byzantine Women’s Choir. After graduating, Irene worked as an adjunct instructor of Byzantine liturgical music at Hellenic College/Holy Cross. In 2017, Irene was officially tonsured a canter by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios. Irene’s husband, Trevor, graduated from Holy Cross in 2018 and accepted a pastoral assistant position at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, Maryland. Irene currently gives private chant lessons and presents on topics of liturgical music. She recently started a Byzantine choir composed of women from the Baltimore/DC area. Outside of chanting, Irene enjoys listening and dancing to Greek folk music, cooking, drinking coffee, and spending quality time with her husband. E-mail: irene.psalticart@gmail.com 

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.

Mallory Stripling begins her sixth year of teaching Greek with St. Raphael School in September of 2020. She embarked on her teaching career as a founding faculty member in an Orthodox classical school, where she taught children of all ages across the curriculum. Mallory is a homeschool alumna and a 2010 graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied philosophy, history, literature, French, Greek, mathematics, science, and music. In Santa Fe, she also met and fell in love with the Orthodox Church (into which she was baptized in 2008) and her husband, Matthew (whom she married in 2011). Matthew and Mallory live with two kindergarteners and a baby in Annapolis, Maryland, where Mallory likes to read, make bread, drink coffee, make music and art with her family, and begin knitting projects. E-mail: mstripling.raphaelschool@gmail.com

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 of Springfield, Massachusetts. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners. E-mail: mkoulianos.raphaelschool@gmail.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: frnikolai.raphaelschool@gmail.com

Randi Maria Sider-Rose began painting icons over 20 years ago, when she received a grant to travel to learn from different teachers and studios. Since then, she has married Michael Sider-Rose, completed an MDiv, and begun homeschooling her 4 children. Though she spends most of her studio time on commissions for churches and individuals, Mrs. Sider-Rose also has a real passion for teaching iconography to all ages and 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. Mrs. Sider-Rose and her family attend St. 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. E-mail: rsiderrose.raphaelschool@gmail.com

For more information about Mrs. Sider-Rose’s process, please visit her website at www.immanuelicons.org.

 

 

Father Timothy Hojnicki was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. A 2002 graduate from the University of Delaware, Fr. Timothy 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, P, where he currently serves as pastor. Fr. Timothy has taught liturgics and homiletics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and given many retreats and talks over the years. He and his wife, Anastasia, have 4 children: Nicholas, Kyra, Elijah, and Joachim. He is excited about the opportunity and challenge of teaching for St. Raphael School.

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