Rachel Shunk is a returning WISDOM tutor who was homeschooled in California through high school, attended a community college at fifteen, then went on to acquire her BA at Thomas Aquinas College. She obtained her ME at the University of Dallas, where she is currently ABD for her PhD in medieval literature. She has been teaching in various capacities through most of her adult life and is delighted to be returning to WISDOM. She is possessed of a boundless curiosity, and her academic forays have included a summer doing Shakespeare for the stage with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and five months as a Scholar-In-Residence at the Kilns in Oxford.
The first poem Heather Tutuska ever memorized was about dinosaurs. She has since memorized some more serious poems, but she still remembers the one about dinosaurs. She is delighted to share her love of stories, poems, and history with WISDOM students.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Philology and a Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas and lives in Texas with her husband John and young son Elias. When she is not chasing her surprisingly fast child, she likes to read in coffee shops, cook supper, and go for walks.
Chelsia Van Hierden is a storyteller, a scholar, and a native Albertan. She graduated magna cum laude from Regent University with a BA in Politics and History, and is currently undertaking her Master of Studies at Oxford University. Her deepest historical interest lies in the Second Temple period, through which she strives to uncover the grand coherence between the past and the present, to unveil sublime nuances beneath simple facts, and to foster historical understanding within the confines of an unstable world.
As a lover of classical studies, few things delight her so much as witnessing the mutual embrace of faith and reason, and the incarnation of abstract ideas in virtuous action. When she’s not studying in shadowed cloisters, you might find Chelsia enjoying heated political debates, penning a high-action thriller at the Eagle and Child, or exploring distant civilizations in an attempt to sedate her unquenchable wanderlust.
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