Featured Speakers

​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler

Marlin has been a leader in classical education for decades. Together with his wife, Laurie, he was instrumental in the foundation of three classical schools: Veritas Scholars Academy an online school based in Lancaster, PA (2006); Veritas Academy, Leola, PA (1996); and The Geneva School, Orlando, FL (1992).

He serves as the president and founder of Veritas Press which provides classical educational materials worldwide and operates an online school. He has spoken in dozens of cities on classical education in both school and conference settings. He served on the National Board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as a founding board member for 22 years and served as its initial chairman for two years.

Marlin has written, edited, published, and participated in the creative process for many of the leading curricular works serving the classical education communities. He has a B.A. in Business Management from North Carolina State University where he played on the university golf team.

Laurie Detweiler, well known for her creativity and the sense of wonder she brings to children in her educational endeavors, is a vice president and owner of Veritas Press. She has authored and published numerous books and curricular products. She was instrumental in founding two classical Christian schools, The Geneva School, Orlando, Florida, and Veritas Academy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In both instances, she served as the curriculum coordinator for several years. Her involvements in classical education from a Christian worldview, initially motivated to help her children, have made her a favorite speaker, consultant, and writer. She and her husband, Marlin, have four boys, three daughters-in law and three grandchildren.

​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler

Michael Eatmon

Michael Eatmon first learned of classical education from a Christian worldview from Marlin and Laurie Detweiler nearly 25 years ago. For 15 years Michael served as the academic dean of The Geneva School in Orlando, Florida, where he taught logic, rhetoric, aesthetics, classical and modern foreign languages, and math. For several years afterward, he developed curriculum and trained teachers for the Rafiki Foundation, which is taking Christian classical learning to sub-Saharan Africa. For the past three years, he has functioned as VP’s director of curriculum development, where current projects include series in science, rhetoric, phonics, and composition. Michael holds a BA in foreign language from Furman University and an MA in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a master of liberal studies from Rollins College. He and his wife and four children live in Orlando, where they enjoy the winters that those in Pennsylvania only dream of.

Michael Eatmon

G. Tyler Fischer

G. Tyler Fischer has been the Head of School at Veritas Academy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, since 1997. He received a BA in history from Grove City College and a master of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He serves on the board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. He has been involved in numerous curricular projects. Most recently, he edited Teaching Beauty: A Vision for Music & Art in Christian Education. He was the managing editor of Veritas Press’ Omnibus Curriculum. He was also a contributor to Perspectives on Family Ministry and Perspectives on Your Child’s Education which were published in 2009. Ty and his wife, Emily, are the parents of four daughters: Maddy, Laynie, Karis, and Elyse and the proud owners of one “periodically obedient” puggle, Roxy.

G. Tyler Fischer

Tom Garfield

Tom, a Michigan native, has lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1977, largely due to meeting and marrying his wife, Julie, there. Their four children all graduated from Logos School; they and his 11 grandchildren are still his primary ministry. He was the superintendent of Logos School from when it began in 1981 until 2016. Starting in 2016, he serves as the President of LEAF (Logos Education Advancement Foundation), a consulting and training entity for classical, Christian teachers, administrators and board members. Tom has a BFA degree in Education and a Masters in Ed Admin, both from the University of Idaho. Tom has taught history, art, and directed drama productions at Logos School since its beginning. He earned his Professional Superintendent’s certification from the Association of Christian Schools, Intl. (ACSI), and serves as a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). He is the author of Dear Parents, Return of Dear Parents, Putting Feet On the Trivium (for Admins), was a contributing author to Repairing the Ruins, and recently completed a history of Logos School titled Non Nobis. Tom has been a speaker at the ACCS conferences since 1993 and the Logos School Summer Teacher Training sessions, as well as at numerous Christian schools and groups around the country.  

Tom Garfield

Karen Moore

Karen Moore has filled both teaching and administrative roles at Grace Academy of Georgetown, a classical Christian school in central Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. She has over 15 years of experience teaching Latin, Greek, and Ancient Humanities in classical Christian schools.  She is the author of the Libellus de Historia History Reader Series, the Latin Alive textbook series, and the Latin for Teachers training program, all published through Classical Academic Press.  She and her husband Bryan are the proud parents of two children at Grace Academy and one Grace Academy graduate.

Karen Moore

Additional Speakers

Katherine Arrick

As an elementary education major, a homeschooling mom of six, and now a teacher in classical education for over 30 years, and a grandmother of 16 precious jewels, Katherine Arrick is humbled by the fact that God would grant her the privilege of teaching His truth to the future generation. After classically homeschooling her own children, she was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Tall Oaks Classical School in Delaware for five years, a third and fourth grade teacher at Veritas Academy in Pennsylvania for over a decade. 

By God's grace she has taught every grade, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and a variety of subjects, including logic, literature, and Latin. She strives to impart God's truth dressed in wonder.


Janet Beavin

With a background of teaching in public and private schools, homeschooling, and educational co-ops as well as many years with Veritas Scholars Academy, Janet Beavin has more decades of experience than she cares to admit. A lover of good books, she enjoys teaching literature classes and has developed a multi-year writing and literature curriculum for her local homeschooling co-op. She also enjoys teaching composition. Her focus is on engaging students who hate to write, particularly thirteen-year-old boys who hate writing, grammar and poetry, since turning reluctant writers into enthusiastic word warriors is a source of immense satisfaction.


Allan Bruner

Allan Bruner teaches science at Veritas Scholars Academy and teaches at Colton High School, where he has taught mathematics, science, government, and economics, as well as serve as choir and drama director for over the past two decades. He holds degrees in Chemistry and Science Education. He is a Murdock Charitable Trust “Partners in Science” Fellow and was named Oregon’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. He serves as Robotics coach for Colton High School’s FIRST Robotics teams and has directed fall dramatic and spring musical productions for the past 26 years.

Allan and his wife, Karen, live in Oregon and have three adult daughters. All three girls were homeschooled through high school. He serves as Teaching Elder at his church where he also leads the music ministry. 


Ned Bustard

Ned Bustard is the graphic designer for World's End Images and Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). He is also a children's book illustrator, author, and a printmaker. Books he has written, illustrated, or edited for Veritas include the Legends & Leagues geography series, Squalls Before War: His Majesty's Schooner Sultana, The Chronicles of Narnia Comprehension Guide, Bede’s History of ME, and History of Art: Creation to Contemporary. He is an elder at Wheatland Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Leslie have three daughters, one dog, and an unreasonable amount of books. Ned lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—much too far inland for him to get to go sailing.


Ralph Cochran

Ralph is a fifteen-year veteran of implementing marketing and development growth strategies for Christian Schools and businesses. He is President of Schola, an inbound marketing agency committed to helping Christian schools grow enrollment. He graduated from Grove City College in 1995. Although he enjoys working in the business world, his heart was in helping young people to see the world through a Christian worldview and better make an impact for Christ in our culture. He helped found a classical Christian school and served as board president for thirteen years. He understands the value of grass root level, word of mouth marketing in the growth of schools and how it can be amplified through the use of the internet by implementing an inbound marketing strategy to complement a traditional outbound strategy. He currently lives in Lancaster, Pa with his wife, Linda and their 6 children ages 5 to 15.


Rick Davis

Rick Davis studied in the honors program at Liberty University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a B.A. in Religion. During his senior year of college, he volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at a local classical school. Rick has been teaching logic in classical schools for 11 years, and loves to guide students toward understanding of formal logical reasoning. He has always enjoyed logic puzzles and logical thinking, and captained his high school’s mathematics competition team. His love of logic was cultivated from a young age by watching episodes of Star Trek and spending many hours learning to raise one eyebrow just like Mr. Spock.


Brandon Detweiler

Brandon's knowledge and experience in classical education is extensive as he played a critical role in the development of much of the Veritas curriculum as one of the "test students" over the years. After pursuing a career in Golf, Brandon now serves as the Director of Marketing at Veritas Press where he seeks to impact the lives of millions by generating interest and awareness of the true benefits of a classical education from a Biblical worldview and how it can prepare children for life.


Damian Haarhoff

Damian Haarhoff is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in both mathematics and Biblical studies, as well as a minor in New Testament Greek. He is certified in Elementary General Education and Secondary Mathematics and has been teaching for over 17 years. He has taught 6th grade math up to Calculus to struggling students from inner city schools as well as the gifted and talented. He has also written curriculum and developed questions for state tests. "Sir Haarhoff, the brave and noble teacher of mathematics," as he is more commonly known, currently teaches math for Veritas where he delights to come alongside parents in their honorable endeavors to educate their children. Armed with a love for students, a passion for mathematics, and a ready supply of humor, he enters the classroom each day, ready to slay dragons of ignorance and apathy and rescue damsels of potential and promise!


Jackie Lake

Jackie is married to David and has three grown children. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and an MA in Elementary Education from Towson State University in Towson, Maryland.  She has had the privilege to teach in many different grades since graduating from college, but has spent the last 23 teaching kindergarten—her favorite mainly because you can tangibly see the childrens' progress and there is never a dull day. For the last 15 years she has taught kindergarten at Veritas Academy, a classical Christian school in Leola, Pennsylvania.  She also loves music and reading.

 


Pixie Lichtenstein

Pixie Lichtenstein is a professional fund raiser, having served for the past 13 years, for Ligonier Ministries, the teaching of Dr. R.C. Sproul, Sanford, Florida. She is mother of two adult children, and founder of a Classical Christian Co-op. Having home schooled her own children for 18 years, using primarily Veritas Press curriculum, Pixie is no stranger to the content of our material. She has taught at VSA for 9 years, in the Grammar school, teaching Grammar and Writing, Linguistics and Literature. She also serves as a Diploma Consultant. She is widowed from her childhood sweetheart, having been married for 28 years. She loves to travel, read, and encourage others in their journey of Home schooling.