Plenary Speaker

Sam Andreades

Sam Andreades is the pastor at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church and author of enGendered, a thought-provoking book that tells you exactly what Scripture has to say about sex, gender, and relationships and is World Magazine’s 2015 Book of the Year for Accessible Theology.

Sam Andreades

Featured Speakers

​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler

Marlin & Laurie Detweiler were instrumental in the foundation of three classical schools and Veritas Press. Marlin was a founding board member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Laurie has authored and published numerous books and curricular products. They have four boys, three daughters-inlaw, and three grandchildren.

​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler

G. Tyler Fischer

G. Tyler Fischer has been the headmaster
at Veritas Academy since 1997 and currently serves
on the board of the Association of Classical and
Christian Schools. He served as the Managing
Editor of the Veritas Press Omnibus Project. His
experience with the Great Books offers extraordinary
opportunities for learning. 

G. Tyler Fischer

Tom Garfield

Tom Garfield was a founding board member of the ACCS, the superintendent of Logos School from when it began in 1981 until 2016 and is now the Dean of Academics at Veritas Scholars Academy. Tom has a BFA and a Masters in Ed Admin, both from the University of Idaho and earned his Professional Superintendent’s certification from ACSI.

Tom Garfield

Additional Speakers

Jacqueline 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.

 


Dave Heineman

Dave Heineman has an AB in Chemistry and MEd in Mathematics. He has over 30 years experience in public education where he taught every secondary math course available. For the past eight years, he has been a consultant with Veritas Scholars Academy, working in various areas including systems oversight, financial reporting, and preparation of placement tests. Dave and his wife recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They have three kids and six grandchildren. His hobbies are walking, gardening, and reading.


Gene Liechty

Gene Liechty is currently the Director of School Services at Veritas Press. He is concurrently the Director of Development & Marketing at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho where he has been serving for five years. Prior to this, Gene worked as the Director of Advancement at Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina (2002-2012). Gene and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of four teenagers.


Mary Sam

Mary Sam, a homeschooling mom of six children, graduated from Houghton College with a BS in Biology and a Masters in secondary science education at the University of Bridgeport. In addition to homeschooling for 18 years, she taught Life Science, Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry to students in Grades 7 - 12 in both public and private Christian schools. Although science is one of her first loves, she also enjoys classic literature, especially Tolkien and Shakespeare.  


Rick Davis

Rick Davis has been teaching Logic for over 12 years in both a brick-and-mortar and an online setting. He has taught for Veritas Scholars Academy since 2008. Throughout all the courses he teaches, he seeks to instill in his students the idea that good, solid reasoning is foundational to every aspect of life.


Kate Zappitella

Katie Zappitella graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in music, as well as coursework and classroom experience in classical education. She started as an intern at Veritas Academy, teaching a number of subjects from kindergarten music to seventh and eighth-grade writing and then taught at the school for seven years. She currently teaches third grade with Veritas Press curriculum, including Memory Period. Katie has worked as a Customer Service Representative for Veritas Press for several summers.


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.


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.


Pixie Lichenstein

Pixie Lichtenstein is Pennsylvania native, having grown up in Pittsburgh, PA and now living in the Ligonier Valley of Western PA. She is the widow of her childhood sweetheart and the mother of two grown children. Her son, Skip, is a District Manager for Komet, Germany in Medical Sales. Her daughter, K.C., is an HR intern for Parques Reunidos, Spain at the world renown family park, Idlewild, while she is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.


Dr. Robert J. Cannon

Dr. Robert J. Cannon is Vice President of Educational Services at Veritas and Headmaster at Veritas Scholars Academy (VSA). He formerly served as Principal of a charter school in Minnesota. He has led academic programs and community outreach as dean at Albright College, served as vice president of corporate training and community education for Ridgewater College and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and led customized executive education programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cannon has taught leadership and human resources in collegiate settings, and has served as pastor of a church fellowship just outside Philadelphia. Bob and his wife Carrie Ann (also an educator) have seven much-loved children, a couple dogs, cats, and a hobby farm complete with chickens and domestic geese. 


Carol Stoltzfus

Carol Stoltzfus has fought the world of grammar blunders, unclear antecedents, dangling participles, and choppy paragraphs for many years. Whether in the homeschool arena or a traditional classroom, she loves to help students turn their incoherent, sloppy writing into a well-crafted and grammatically correct essay. She is currently recruiting more grammar police to help wage the battle! 


Denise George

Denise George graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education Mathematics and an M.S. in Education of the Hearing Impaired. She has enjoyed teaching at Veritas Scholars Academy since 2010, where she has taught Grammar School Math using Saxon Curriculum. She has also taught math to a wide variety of ages in a number of settings, including public schools, community college, and private tutoring, and she is a teacher, organizer, and academic consultant for Excelsior Homeschool Cooperative. Denise and her husband have four children who have been homeschooled, although she is very close to “retirement” from that amazing adventure. Denise enjoys reading and discussing interesting books with friends, walking/hiking, and dark chocolate. She loves the way mathematics reflects the order and structure of God’s creation and hopes to pass on that love to her students.


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.