Check out the bios below for our great team of tutors for the Socratic Dialogue Online Program!
Our online program tutors are selected based on:
- their commitment to reflect WISDOM’s philosophy in their relationship with students and parents
- experience and skills pertaining to tutoring using a Socratic approach
- ability to work with and serve home schooling families, to prepare for classes and commit to the schedule of the program, and to fulfill the requirements of the program.
It is desirable that tutors have home schooling in their background, as well as experience in the classics in their post-secondary education.
Patrick was born and raised in Lloydminster, Alberta, as the youngest of three children. From a young age, his mother gave him a love of reading and listening by reading stories to him daily, and his father gave him a love of truth and tenacity in seeking it by a constant supply of skeptical political discourse. By homeschooling him with WISDOM from first grade, they gave him fuel for these two loves with a steady stream of Socratic online courses. In between reading and discussing, he found time in this school years to pursue music, writing, acting and storytelling, which all remain important parts of his life. Through a string of coincidences, he got the opportunity to become a Suzuki Method violin teacher, and has been teaching a small studio since 2017. Patrick's main goal in teaching is to form and nurture the student through the good pursuit of truth and beauty, and he is excited to do so in a new way through tutoring WISDOM's online courses.
One of Emily's greatest joys in life is sharing a good story with her children, and she is thrilled to do the same with WISDOM students. Although not homeschooled herself, Emily learned to appreciate and admire homeschooling when she co-founded and taught in a homeschooling co-op filled with excited, motivated learners who loved a good debate.
Emily studied political philosophy and art history at the University of Dallas and theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She enjoys exploring new places, diagramming complicated sentences, and listening to her children recite poetry.
Madeline (Schmitt) Grimm was homeschooled until 8th grade, when she began more formally studying the Liberal Arts at Trivium School in her hometown of Lancaster, Massachusetts. She continued her search for Goodness, Truth and Beauty at Thomas Aquinas College, where she was not disappointed. She is now married with two girls and lives in Ventura, California, a place which is well-suited to her love of the beautiful. When not teaching, she enjoys good food, good music and good conversation, out-of-doors whenever possible.
Meaghen Gonzalez (formerly Meaghen Hale) graduated from Ave Maria University, after which she worked in publishing at Ignatius Press in San Francisco and Catholic Insight Magazine in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles to begin screenwriting studies. She is an alum of the Act One Writing Program, has taken improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade and writing classes at Second City, and has two produced scripts (one on Baptism, which she co-wrote for Family Theater Productions, and one comedy-horror she co-wrote and filmed in her own apartment!). Even more exciting, four years after moving to Los Angeles she married David Gonzalez in 2018. She has been a tutor for WISDOM since the fall of 2011 and loves working with students to develop their knowledge of literature and improve their writing skills.
Zoe Mahood is a newlywed magna cum laude graduate from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College. Her dedication to traditional learning is fueled by a deep appreciation for the rigorous classical education that her parents provided to her at home. It is her enthusiastic and earnest desire to aid parents in imparting the same to their children. She enjoys a thought-provoking conversation in the classroom, in the mountains, in a coffee shop or even on the street corner with a total stranger. The new Mrs. Mahood feels extremely blessed to be married to a young officer in the Canadian Military who not only shares her love for the classics but also her wholehearted devotion to Christ. As they anticipate having to move multiple times throughout their life together, they are both delighted that Zoe has been added to Wisdom's team of tutors; thanks to this opportunity, no matter where their adventures take them, she will still be able to share her passion for education with the next generation.
Maria McDonald is proud to have been home schooled “all the way through,” and to be a graduate of WISDOM. She completed her post-secondary studies in Christian Humanities and Liberal Arts at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom in Barry’s Bay ON. Having enthusiastically devoured WISDOM’s classical online courses during high school, she considers it an exciting honour to be able to pass on what she received to a new generation of home schoolers. Maria is fascinated by faith and reason walking hand-in-hand, as God-given tools for discovering his goodness, beauty, and truth. She is passionate about the subjects she tutors, such as literature, history, and writing, but also has a keen interest in swing and ballroom dancing, acting, and music.
Theresa (O’Reilly) Nelson has been long-time tutor for WISDOM for various terms from 2009 onward. Theresa grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and has experienced both homeschool and public school education, giving her a deep appreciation for parent and student led learning. After finishing high school she studied the Great Books in California at Thomas Aquinas College, and graduated in 2008 with a BA in liberal arts. Over the next several years, she went on to teach reading programs for the Institute of Reading Development, joined WISDOM as a tutor in 2009, and became a store manager for retailer Anthropologie for upwards of six years. She was thrilled to return to WISDOM in 2015 whilst pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy. She obtained her Masters in Occupational Therapy in August of 2019, and is passionate about helping both adults and children reach their full potential both in therapy sessions and in the WISDOM classroom.
She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, John, and their 3 young children. In her spare time, she loves to read, try new cuisines, and experiment with paleo and grain-free cooking.
Elizabeth grew up attending schools without a classical focus, but was always interested in the liberal arts. She eventually pursued this interest, attending Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic liberal arts school. Although a native of British Columbia, Canada, she has been teaching for six years at classically focused schools in sweltering Phoenix, Arizona. While teaching, Elizabeth loves getting a heated discussion going and watching her students progress as writers. In her free time, you can find Elizabeth doing more of the same: reading great books, writing not-so-great ones, and engaging others in discussions about what it means to be human. She hopes someday to return to her home in the Great White North.
Daniel Spiotta grew up in Wheaton, Illinois – within easy striking distance of both Chicago and farmed land. His education, beyond voracious unscripted reading, includes home schooling between fourth and eight grades. While studying English and Latin at Hillsdale College he also cultivated a love of learning poems by heart. Two years of teaching Latin at a classical school brought him to the University of Dallas, where he has taken a Masters in literature and is currently working on his dissertation. He loves thinking and conversing about the poems and treatises that wise men in the West have found to be great and worthy to be preserved. He trusts that the earnest pursuit of wisdom and understanding within the context of discussion surrounding these poems cannot fail to bear choice fruit. He and his wife are raising their new son, Anselmo, in southeastern Ohio, hoping that Daniel can complete his doctoral work soon and find a place in a permanent community of letters and good conversation.
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