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Live Q&A!

Do you have questions about how the CiRCE Apprenticeship works? Our head mentors are here to help! Each week this spring, one of them will be available via online Zoom room to answer your questions about the program. So whether you have questions about the curriculum, the retreat experience, or the purpose of the program, we’re here to clarify.

Click the link to join during any of the times listed below. This will also be the link to all future dates, so keep it handy!

Meeting ID: 828 6938 4321
Passcode: Homer

The Apprenticeship
is our Heart.

For over 15 years the CiRCE Apprenticeship has been equipping teachers to understand the nature and principles of classical education, and showing how those principles can be brought back to any classroom.

Registration for the 2024-2025 are now open!

Space will be limited.

“The CiRCE Apprenticeship has been a deeply formative experience . . . I have grown in my ability as a teacher and am learning how to truly love my students. The Apprenticeship is intense and challenging, but worth every moment. The fellowship of being in a group of people who share a common desire to love the true, good, and beautiful is unlike anything else I have ever experienced.”

Jill C.

“Just say yes. This program changed my life. When I entered the apprenticeship I had never read a classic, I did not understand the connection between form and freedom, and I had a lot of growing to do as a teacher. Because of this program, not only did I grow and learn in all of those areas, but I also became a better human, a better friend, a better neighbor. Please check this out. You will not regret it.”

Jennifer D.

“I had no idea what to expect upon joining the Apprenticeship. What I can tell you after three years is that I think differently. I see differently. And I would like to think I’m speaking differently.

While prayerfully seeking to be transformed by the renewal of my mind, I feel less conformed to the world, and more attuned to God’s will and His goodness, truth, and beauty all around. For brevity sake: the Apprenticeship makes me see less dimly.”

Nancy D.

Discover the CiRCE Apprenticeship!

“The supreme task of education is the cultivation of the human spirit to teach the young to know what is good, to serve it above self, and to reproduce it.” – David Hicks

The CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program is an in-depth, personal teacher development community in which a Master Teacher mentors a small group of educators in classical rhetoric and classical modes of instruction. It’s founded on the idea that to feed students properly teachers must feed themselves. With mentorship and community at its core, it’s a program for teachers (from all walks of life) who want to drink deeply from the wisdom of the ages, engage in inspiring conversation with like-minded friends, and push hard towards Truth, Wisdom, and Virtue. 

Mentorship Matters

The mentor/apprentice relationship–and the community that springs out of it–is the very heart of the program. Each of our seven groups is kept small so that mentors and apprentices can truly know each other. The mentors guide the apprentices by providing assessment that blesses them, accountability that strengthens them, and regular discussions that nurture them. The environment is welcoming and safe, the community develops over shared meals and stories, the pedagogy is founded on Christian classical education forms, and the assessment is for the apprentice to flourish. These are the things that set this teacher training program apart.

The Head Mentors

Andrea Lipinski

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Lipinski

Dr. Matthew Bianco

Dr. Matthew Bianco

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Renee
Mathis

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Buck
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Molly
Rychener

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Christine Mooradian

Heather Shirley

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Shirley

Jonathan Councell

Jonathan Councell

Monique Neal

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Neal

COMMON QUESTIONS

The Apprenticeship curriculum operates on a three-term rotation in which each term corresponds with one academic year. Thus every apprentice completing three consecutive years will cover all of the selected literature. For example, an apprentice who joins during Term B advances to Term C and concludes with Term A.  Each term works through The Lost Tools of Writing, Norms and Nobility, and three selections from classical literature. Additionally, apprentices teach The Lost Tools of Writing weekly at home to a group of one or many students. 

The Apprenticeship curriculum operates on a three-term rotation in which each term corresponds with one academic year. Thus every apprentice completing three consecutive years will cover all of the selected literature. For example, an apprentice who joins during Term B advances to Term C and concludes with Term A.  Each term works through The Lost Tools of Writing; David Hicks’ influential book, Norms and Nobility; and three selections from classical literature. Titles are subject to change.

Term A: 2026 – 2027

  • Homer: Iliad
  • Plato: Gorgias
  • Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Term B: 2024 – 2025

  • Homer: Odyssey
  • Plato: Meno
  • Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Term C: 2025 – 2026

  • Virgil: Aeneid
  • Plato: Phaedrus
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest
  • David Hicks: Norms and Nobility
  • The Lost Tools of Writing

Apprentices and journeymen write several essays on the assigned readings and post regularly on the apprenticeship forum. In addition, participants have the opportunity to learn and practice classical modes of instruction (Mimetic and Socratic) at the retreats.  All apprentices apply the skills learned to their own teaching in the classroom or at home.

Apprentices attend two retreats each year: a 5-day summer retreat and a 4-day winter retreat. The summer retreat initiates a year-long journey with fellow apprentices and the Head Mentor and is held at the end of July or early August at a location determined by the Head Mentor. Apprentices MUST be present for the duration of the retreat. The winter retreat is held during a week in February determined by the Head Mentor. Both retreats are refreshing times of learning, fellowship, and camaraderie.

“The August and February retreats are some of the best parts of the Apprenticeship. Spending a week with your fellow apprentices not only helps you bond together as a friends, but also gives you greater opportunities to learn from each other’s strengths. There is no better way to learn mimetic pedagogy than to spend a week watching mimetic lessons and teaching one of your own. The banquets are true moments of leisure and celebration of the fruits of a challenging week’s honest labors!”

– Jacob, an apprentice from Florida

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Each year apprentices attend two retreats, a 5-day summer retreat and a 4-day winter retreat. They also participate in regular webinar discussions. The summer retreat initiates a year-long journey with fellow apprentices and the Head Mentor.  It is held at the end of July/early August at a location determined by the Head Mentor. Apprentices MUST be present for the duration of the retreat. During the summer retreat, each apprentice observes, teaches, and assesses a mimetic lesson drawn from The Lost Tools of Writing.

The winter retreat is held sometime in February (each group’s mentor will choose a week). Once again, each apprentice observes, teaches, and assesses a mimetic lesson drawn from The Lost Tools of Writing. Both retreats are refreshing times of learning, fellowship, and camaraderie.

Apprentices should expect to cover their own travel, lodging, and personal expenses.

Each month, September through May, the Head Mentor meets with participants in a 90-minute live webinar. Apprentices and journeymen attend separate webinars. A third webinar brings the apprentices and journeymen together to discuss the reading. Each new apprentice is assigned a mentor from among the journeymen to assist them throughout the year.  Apprentices meet with their journeyman-mentors once each month, and more frequently if needed.

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WEBINAR TIMES
East Coast (Bianco) – Wednesdays, 3:30-5 EST
East Coast (Holler) – Tuesdays, 4-5:30 EST
East Coast (Shirley) – Tuesdays, 3:30-5 EST
Mid-Atlantic (Mooradian) – Wednesdays, 5:30-7 EST
Gulf Coast TX (Mathis)– Tuesdays, 4:30-6 CST
Midwest OH (Rychener) – Thursdays, 4-5:30pm EST
Rocky Mountain (Lipinski) – Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm MST

SUMMER RETREATS

East Coast (Bianco) NC — July 29 – Aug 2
East Coast (Holler) TN — July 29 – Aug 2
East Coast (Shirley) NC — July 29 – Aug 2
Mid-Atlantic PA — Aug 5-9
Gulf Coast TX — Aug 5-9
Midwest OH —  July 29 – Aug 2
Rocky Mountain CO — July 29 – Aug 2

WINTER RETREATS

East Coast (Bianco) NC — Feb 12-15
East Coast (Holler) TN — Feb 26 – Mar 1
East Coast (Shirley) NC — Feb 12-15
Mid-Atlantic MD — Feb 5-8
Gulf Coast TX — Feb 12-15
Midwest OH —  Feb 19-22
Rocky Mountain — Feb 5-8, 2025.

Airport Cities to reach Retreat Locations
East Coast (Bianco) NC – Charlotte, NC
East Coast (Holler) TN – Knoxville, TN
East Coast (Shirley) NC – Kernersville, NC
Mid-Atlantic (Mooradian) – Philadelphia, PA in Aug and Baltimore, MD (or possibly remaining in Philadelphia) in Feb
Gulf Coast TX (Mathis) – Dallas, TX (Love Field) for Fairfield, TX
Midwest OH (Rychener) – In Ohio, 1 hour from Cleveland or Detroit airports
Rocky Mountain (Lipinski) – Denver, CO in Aug and Phoenix, AZ in Feb

CiRCE apprentices come from a wide range of circumstances, including homeschooling parents, private and public school teachers, homeschool co-op instructors, academic deans, and school administrators.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN AN APPRENTICE

We seriously consider any candidate who expresses commitment to Christian classical education. We especially seek candidates who desire to teach in a way that honors the child and the subject taught; who cultivate a love for truth, goodness, and beauty; who love and respect God, man, and the creation; and who embrace their own ignorance–that is, who preserve a humility that recognizes limitations.

PROFILE OF AN APPRENTICE

CiRCE apprentices enjoy reading great literature, discussing important ideas in small groups, and writing about these ideas to enhance their understanding and compositional skills. Apprentices are eager to learn and willing to be corrected. They work hard to understand and communicate ideas. They love teaching, or want to learn to love it. 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

All applicants should be actively involved in some form of education. Such involvement might include homeschooling, classroom instruction, co-op instruction, or administration.

Apprentices will have to travel to the two mandatory retreats each year. The retreats take place during early August and February in or near Charlotte, North Carolina (East Coast groups); Houston, Texas (Gulf Coast group), Cleveland, OH (Midwest group), Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain group); and Newbury, NH/Annapolis, MD (Mid-Atlantic group). The Mid-Atlantic group could also meet near Philadelphia, PA.

In total, you can expect to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on the Apprenticeship; some people even say 4-7 hours is sufficient. The workload estimates depend on your current teaching circumstances. Apprentices are required to teach The Lost Tools of Writing at home throughout all three years while they are in the program. This teaching requirement can be met in a teacher’s current classroom or in a new setting. Some apprentices teach their spouse, teach their children, teach a group of fellow teachers from school, or launch a new class and offer it to their homeschool community.

The Apprenticeship costs $2850/year in tuition, plus a $400 administration fee upon acceptance. There is a non-refundable $75 application fee to apply for the Apprenticeship. In addition to the tuition and deposit, apprentices should expect to pay for travel, lodging, and food for the two retreats. A general estimated cost for each retreat is $500 plus airfare if applicable. Including all fees and expenses, the estimated cost for one year in the Apprenticeship is $4250.

The CiRCE Apprenticeship does not lead to a degree, as CiRCE is not a degree-granting institution. However, due to changes in accreditation and credit granting over the last several years, it is now possible to be granted graduate level credits for your work in the CiRCE Institute’s Master Teacher Apprenticeship by colleges willing to do so. Colleges are allowed and some have given credit for “prior learning experience” (the term the regulatory bodies use to describe this kind of credit) to people who have participated in the Apprenticeship program. If you are interested in earning a graduate degree, you should contact the specific school you are in or are considering to see if they will grant prior learning experience credit for the Apprenticeship.

An apprentice is a first-year participant. Second and third-year participants who have met all first-year requirements are referred to as journeymen. As a journeyman, you take on a mentoring role with the first year apprentices and are required to read different material. The costs, travel, and time commitments are the same for journeyman as they are for apprentices.These terms indicate progress in the program.

Apprentices receive an evaluation in December for the fall semester and in May for the spring semester. During evaluations, Head Mentors provide apprentices with valuable feedback and suggestions for improvement.  Apprentices are assessed on their participation, teaching, and writing. 

Apprentices receive an evaluation in December  for the fall semester and in May for the spring semester. During evaluations Head Mentors provide apprentices with valuable feedback and suggestions for improvement.  Apprentices are assessed on their participation, teaching, and writing.

  • Participation: Attended both retreats and at least two webinars each month as well as post twice monthly on the internet forums.

  • Teaching: Implemented Classical instruction at the retreats and at home

  • Writing: Read all the assigned material and completed the assigned essays each semester.

To be recognized as a CiRCE Certified Classical Teacher participants must:

  • Attend 6 retreats

  • Attend at least two of the three webinars scheduled for each month from September to May

  • Complete all writing assignments, including assigned essays and regular contributions to online discussion

  • Implement mimetic instruction at home or in the classroom

  • Read all assigned literature

  • Fulfill all payment obligations

  • Earn passing marks on evaluations distributed twice per year

An apprentice who does not fulfill the necessary requirements will be awarded an Audit Credit.

We have a number of preparatory options that are less time-consuming and demanding than the full program. 

For various reasons, teachers may not be ready (or able) to join the apprenticeship. For teachers who want to develop the art of classical instruction from home, CiRCE offers two additional programs.

The Lost Tools of Writing for Adults online class is a six weeks commitment with a weekly class lead by Apprenticeship graduates. We teach just about each lesson in the curriculum and discuss how you too can teach it and assess it with your students. This course is called a Six Week Intensive because we do with you what we ask you to not do with your students; we teach many lessons in one week. This class is designed to prepare the teacher to teach the lessons. Teachers will come to a fuller knowledge of these tools after using them to write their own essays and after teaching them to their students. No class or intensive replaces this work! We are here to help guide you.

Our Atrium program explores the foundations of Christian classical education with only online classes and discussions. It is a one year (nine/ten month) commitment. For teachers,  administrators, and learners, we offer a variety of options to cultivate wisdom and virtue. Andrew Kern, our founder and President, leads an Atrium course on rhetoric, the liberal art of decision making in community. Peter Vande Brake leads an Atrium course reading to understand David Hicks’ classical education treatise, Norms and Nobility. We are currently developing additional professional development courses. 

The Lost Tools of Writing for Adults and the Atrium are both excellent preparations for the Apprenticeship.

Discover Our Other Apprenticeship Programs

Latin Apprenticeship

A Latin Apprenticeship Program, Tirocinium Latinum is crafted to help parents, teachers, or students who want to learn Latin by building the required skills to think, read, and communicate in Latin. While this program aims to read Latin texts, language skills contribute to another goal of enlarging the soul.

Greek Apprenticeship

Ἀττικίζω (Attikizo) is a three-year language apprenticeship program designed to help parents, teachers, and students build the skills required to engage with classical texts in the original Greek. Approaching ancient Greek as a living language, apprentices will build skills in communicating, reading, and thinking in ancient Greek.

Curriculum Development

Are you interested in curriculum development? Would you like to develop and contribute curriculum to the Christian classical education renewal? In The CiRCE Institute’s newest apprenticeship program, we will be offering training to graduates of the Master Teacher Apprenticeship program to help Master Teachers learn how to develop their own curriculum.

Live Q&A

2024 Office Hours continue with our Head Mentors. Join us to hear an introduction to this teacher training program in which we gather in person for two separate retreats and meet online the rest of the year while teachers teach in their local schools.

Tue, Feb 6 Molly Rychener, 4:30-5:30pm ET

Thur, Feb 15 Heather Shirley 3:30-4:30pm ET

Wed, Feb 21 Dr. Matthew Bianco 4:00-5:00pm ET

Tues, Feb 27 Monique Neal (Greek) 3:00-4:00pm ET

Thur, Feb 29 Andreea Lipinski 6:00-7:00pm ET

Tues, Mar 5 Molly Rychener 4:30-5:30pm ET

Tues, Mar 12 Katie Carillo 7:00-8:00pm ET

Thur, Mar 14 Dr. Matthew Bianco 4:00-5:00pm ET

Mon, Mar 18 Andrea Lipinski 7:00-8:00pm ET

Wed, Mar 27 Camille Hunt 1:00-2:00pm ET

…more hours with all of the head mentors will be posted, so check back again.
 
 
Meeting ID: 828 6938 4321
Passcode: Homer

Why the CiRCE Apprenticeship Exists

The noblest aim of Christian classical education is to cultivate wisdom and virtue in students. The CiRCE Institute Teacher Apprenticeship Program exists to set teachers free to focus on this aim.

How does a teacher cultivate wisdom and virtue? By nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty. 

How does a teacher nourish the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty?  By means of the seven liberal arts and the four sciences. 

How does a teacher present the seven liberal arts and the four sciences? Through two modes of instruction: the Mimetic and the Socratic. Mimetic instruction applies the Christian classical idea that humans learn and become virtuous by imitation, while Socratic instruction applies the idea that truth is knowable. 

Why would teachers develop Mimetic and Socratic teaching skills? So that the student is enabled to better know, glorify, and enjoy God.

To this end, the CiRCE Institute mentors teachers in the art of classical instruction, equipping you to:

  • Teach facts, skills, and ideas classically
  • Assess students with confidence and grace
  • Practice classical rhetoric effectively and clearly

You will learn that classical teaching is about embodying truth, goodness, and beauty for students. You will learn to energize your classroom and engage the attention and imagination of your students through Mimetic and Socratic instruction. And you will learn to improve both your writing and your teaching using The Lost Tools of Writing, a classical composition curriculum rooted in the canons of classical rhetoric. 

For fifteen years, the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship has mentored teachers in the art of classical instruction by providing an in-depth, personal, teacher training experience. We lead groups across the nation including the East Coast, the MidWest (Ohio and Kansas), the Gulf Coast, and the Mid-Atlantic. 

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“The knowledge that I’ve gained here is not just about education . . . I’m experiencing a formation.” 

– Chris, an apprentice from Georgia

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How the Apprenticeship Works

If completed in full, the CiRCE Apprenticeship is a three-year program. In the spring of the first year, apprentices decide whether to continue for an additional two years as journeymen. Journeymen help mentor and assess first-year apprentices. Upon successful completion of the program, journeymen become CiRCE Certified Classical Teachers.

To receive certification, apprentices must do the following: 

  • Attend six retreats (one summer and one winter each year)
  • Teach lessons at the retreats from the Lost Tools of Writing
  • Teach lessons at home from the Lost Tools of Writing
  • Attend two webinars each month, September through May
  • Complete requisite assigned writing assignments
  • Implement mimetic instruction at home or in the classroom
  • Read all assigned literature
  • Pass biannual evaluations
  • Mentor a first-year apprentice
  • Prepare and teach an original mimetic lesson at a retreat 
  • Lead a Socratic discussion
  • Fulfill all payment obligations

Head mentors assess apprentices on their participation, teaching, and writing. In December and May they offer individual evaluations, providing specific feedback with suggestions for improvement. 

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The CiRCE Apprenticeship group is made up of regional groups: three groups based in North Carolina (led by Matthew Bianco, Buck Holler, and Heather Shirley), a group based in Houston, Texas (led by Renee Mathis), a group based in Denver, Colorado (led by Andrea Lipinski), a group based in Ohio (led by Molly Rychener), and a Mid-Atlantic group that gathers in New Hampshire, Maryland, and Pennsylvania (led by Christine Mooradian).

Each group launches its year via a week-long retreat in late July or early August. During the day, the first, second, and third-year apprentices gather for teachings, reading, and discussions with one another and their head mentor, who guides the literary and pedagogic terrain the group will traverse. During the retreat the apprentices teach lessons and observe other apprentices’ lessons. In the evenings, apprentices are invited to gather at local restaurants to share meals and form friendships. On the last evening of the retreat, each group hosts a banquet to celebrate what the group has accomplished that week and where they are headed in the months to come. 

During the school cycle the apprenticeship thrives via weekly gatherings and at-home assignments. Each week apprentices gather online (or over a phone). And during once-a-month webinars, first-year apprentices convene with their head mentor. Second and third-year apprentices gather in a separate monthly webinar with the head mentor. A third monthly meeting for all apprentices focuses on a literature discussion. A fourth monthly meeting is planned for first-year apprentices to engage with a second or third-year apprentice; this time allows a graduating apprentice to practice skills of mentorship while a first-year apprentice is learning the new program. At home apprentices are reading, writing, and teaching The Lost Tools of Writing. Monthly webinars and assignments provide an opportunity to discuss Great Books, assess writing, and review teaching.

In February apprentices gather for a second 4-day retreat that, once again, culminates in a celebratory banquet. At this retreat apprentices will observe, model, and assess each other’s teaching; they will also discuss the term’s literature, take walks, enjoy meals, and make friends. In both late December and late May, apprentices have a personal review over the phone with their head mentor. This time is for accountability, assessment, encouragement, and reflection.

Head mentors provide a syllabus; apprentices complete their assignments and submit notice through Canvas, our online classroom resource. Assignments include reading Great Books, teaching the Lost Tools of Writing weekly, attending webinars, and participating in our online discussion community. Along the way the head mentor guides the apprentices through the work of authors like of Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Hicks, Berry, and Lewis.

Andrea Lipinski

Vice President of Training and Consulting

Andrea Lipinski is the Vice President of Training and Consulting for the CiRCE Institute, where she also serves as a Head Mentor in their teacher training program, the Rocky Mountain Apprenticeship. A homeschooling mother of two sons, she has graduated her oldest son who attends the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Her younger son has one more year at home. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest where they grow fruit, ski Mt. Baker, and paddle the lakes. She is a co-author of A CiRCE Guide to Reading.

Dr. Matthew Bianco

COO

Dr. Matthew Bianco is the Chief Operations Officer for the CiRCE Institute, where he also serves as a head mentor in the CiRCE apprenticeship program. A homeschooling father of three, he has graduated all three of his children, the eldest of whom graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. His second graduated from Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC, where his youngest still attends their great books honors college. He is married to his altogether lovely high school sweetheart, Patricia. Dr. Matt Bianco has a PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University’s Great Books Honors College. He is the author of Letters to My Sons: A Humane Vision for Human Relationships.

Email: mattbianco@circeinstitute.com

Renee Mathis

Gulf Coast Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Renee Mathis has “graduated” from the classroom after finishing a combined 30 years of teaching in both her home and tutorial settings.  She and her husband Steve, recently relocated to central Louisiana,  have five children and eight grandchildren. She has served the homeschool community in Houston in various capacities, including as administrator and teacher of the PREP Classes Tutorial. Additionally, she is a CiRCE Certified Master Teacher of The Lost Tools of Writing, having completed the CiRCE apprenticeship program. She now leads the Gulf Coast Apprenticeship as a Head Mentor.

Buck Holler

East Coast Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Buck Holler is a former horse trainer and rodeo cowboy from Red Bluff, CA. After receiving more injuries than winnings he retired from the rodeo circuit to study theology and languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Leaving the beautiful New England campus he jumped back into the arena of secondary education as a teacher. Buck first joined The CiRCE Institute as an apprentice in 2007. In 2009, he moved to NC with his wife and three daughters, teaching, farming, and raising animals. He leads an East Coast Apprenticeship with The CiRCE Institute as a head mentor, and, mirabile dictu, leads CiRCE’s first Latin Apprenticeship aimed to promote and support the study of Latin in Latin.

Molly Rychener

Midwest Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Molly Rychener graduated from the East Coast CiRCE Apprenticeship program in 2014 and is now Head Mentor for the Midwest Apprenticeship. Molly has progressively served as room mom, part-time teacher, head teacher, and principal since 2004 at Trinity Christian Academy, a small K-8 classical school in Ohio. She currently teaches Latin (3rd-8th grades), as well as LTW and English (7th-8th grades). Molly also serves on the board of directors at her local library. She has two grown daughters. Molly has a passion for classical education, quality literature, and quiet time to enjoy her family.

Christine Mooradian

Mid-Atlantic Head Mentor

Christine Mooradian established Greystone Academy, LLC, a classical and Christian hybrid school, in Newtown, PA in 2010.  Greystone Academy offers a complete high school curriculum to homeschooled students and offers college credit through Cairn University.  While directing the school, she teaches Literature, English Grammar, and Composition using The Lost Tools of Writing.  A veteran homeschooling parent of four, she graduated her youngest in 2017.

Christine completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship Program in 2015 and is a Certified Master Teacher. She holds a BS in Psychology and an MS in Organizational Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and Masters of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (2019).

Heather Shirley

East-Coast Head Mentor

Heather Shirley is the wife of Ed Shirley and mother of their three homeschool graduates, Daniel, Emily, and Caleb, who attend The King’s College in NYC and Belmont Abbey in NC. Joining the Classical Conversations team in 2002, Heather currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer, where she supports a fantastic team of curriculum and training developers and has tutored for 13 years in her local CC community.  Heather graduated from the CiRCE apprenticeship in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MA in Humanities at Faulkner. Heather and Ed enjoy hosting reading events with friends and family where grilled goods are served and good conversations abound. You can learn more about these events by visiting http://sanctifiedwoman.com/bookinaday/

Jonathan Councell

Holy Trinity Head Mentor

Jonathan Councell is Chair of the Upper School Humanities at Holy Trinity Classical Christian School where he teaches an integrated Humane Letters curriculum, Lost Tools of Writing, and the Classics. He also serves as their Head Mentor for this school based Apprenticeship program. A graduate of the CiRCE Institute’s master teacher program and former Dean of Classical Education and Research at The Connection School of Houston, Jonathan is a passionate and outspoken advocate of Christian Classical education and he consults in curriculum and pedagogy, writes freelance, and lectures.  He currently lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with his wife Laura, daughter Claire Elaine, and a small menagerie of creatures: a springer-spaniel named Bertram, a fife-canary named Bryn, a hedgehog named Nigel, and a small brood of nameless—but loved—quail.

Monique Neal

Greek Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Monique Neal lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and homeschools their four children. She graduated from the CiRCE Teaching Apprenticeship Program in 2021. She is fluent in modern Greek and modern Greek Cypriot and has pursued studies in ancient Greek as a living language under various mentors including completing the course of study in ancient Greek at Accademia Vivarium Novum in Italy.