Tutors

Martin Cothran

B.A., Philosophy and Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara
M.A., Christian Apologetics at the Simon Greenleaf University

Martin Cothran is editor of The Classical Teacher magazine and author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, Classical Rhetoric and Lingua Biblica.

Martin teaches Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky and is widely quoted on education and other public policy issues in Reuters News Service, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post. The Lexington Herald-Leader called him “the master of the thirty-second sound bite,” and the Associated Press has described him as “articulate and relentless.” His expertise on education and public policy and made him the most frequent guest on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” a statewide weekly public affairs program. He is also the only person to have publicly debated a federal judge on a case that was still before the court.

Dan Sheffler

Ph.D., Philosophy at the University of Kentucky
M.A., Classics at the University of Kentucky
B.A., Philosophy and Classics at the University of Kentucky

Dan Sheffler has taught ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, and Asbury College. His academic teaching experience includes philosophy of religion, history of ideas, ethics, political philosophy, and ancient languages.

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, sought after speaker, and Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College He is a co-editor of the St. Austin Review and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press.

Joseph Pearce has authored biographies of literary figures, including The Quest for ShakespeareTolkien: Man and MythThe Unmasking of Oscar WildeC. S. Lewis and The Catholic ChurchLiterary ConvertsWisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. ChestertonSolzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Croatian, and Polish.

Carol Reynolds

Ph.D., Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.M., Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., Music at Hollins College

Carol Reynolds is a musicologist, pianist, organist and author. She specializes in Russian, East European, and German cultural history. Carol was a professor of music history for more than 20 years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In addition to music, she is well versed in the history and fine arts of western Europe and Russia. Carol is a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led tours through Russia, the Baltic States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Croatia. She is fluent in Russian and German, and while she lives in North Carolina, she maintains a second home in the Weimar region of Germany. Carol is author of of “Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture,” an entertaining DVD-based self-study course for adult and high-school learners, and “Exploring America’s Musical Heritage through Arts, Literature, and History,” a DVD program shot coast-to-coast and featuring 38 artists and specialists.

Tracy Lee Simmons

M.A., Classics, Oxford University

Tracy Lee Simmons is a writer and journalist who has written widely for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Sun, The Weekly Standard, The New Criterion, Crisis, and the Sewanee Review along with other newspapers and magazines, including the Classical Teacher magazine. He served as associate editor for National Review under William F. Buckley Jr. and is the author of Climbing Parnassus, a bestselling case for classical education in America that won a Choice Award for ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ in 2002. He holds a master’s degree in classics from Oxford has taught at the Humanities and History in the Westover Honors Program at Lynchburg College and is the former director the Dow Journalism program at Hillsdale College. He was the recipient of the 2005 Paideia Prize award, given by the CiRCE Institute for lifetime contribution to classical education. 

Jerry Salyer

B.A., Aeronautics from Miami University
M.A., Great Books from St John’s College

Jerry Salyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Miami University and a Master of Arts from the Great Books Program of St. John’s College, Annapolis. A veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Salyer has navigated ships, deployed to the Persian Gulf, and served as an assistant security officer at the American naval base in Naples, Italy. He works as a classical educator and writer in Louisville, KY.

Thomas Cothran

B.A., Philosophy at the University of Kentucky
J.D., Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law

Thomas Cothran has written on philosophical and theological topics, especially on classical theism, Aristotelian philosophy of mind, and philosophical method. These articles include “The Apologetics of Transcendance” (First Things), “The Sophistic Method?: Dialectic and Eristic in Legal Pedagogy” (Kentucky Law Journal: ), “Nietzsche and Neo-Scholasticism: The Dangers and Promise of Natural Law” (Anamnesis Journal), and “And This All Men Call God“.

Vigen Guroian

B.A., History at the University of Virginia
Ph.D, Theology at Drew University

Dr. Vigen Guroian has been Professor of Religious Studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Center on Law and Religion at Emory University. He is the author of several books, including Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics, Tending the Heart of Virtue, and Rallying the Really Human Things.  His nearly two hundred published articles cover a range of subjects including marriage and family, children’s literature, ecology, gardening, Armenian history and medical ethics.