Featured Speakers

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eleven, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Andrew Pudewa

​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-in-law, and three grandchildren.

​Marlin & Laurie Detweiler

Peter Greer

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda.

He is a graduate of Messiah College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Peter is an award-winning author and speaker, and has a passion to see the Church engage in effective missions and economic development. He has written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son, Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015) Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016), and The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley, 2017).

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.

More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.

Peter Greer

Peter Lillback

Peter Lillback is president of Westminster Theological Seminary where he is also Professor of Historical Theology and Church History. Additionally, Dr. Lillback serves as the president of the Providence Forum and is a senior editor of Unio cum Christo: An International Journal of Reformed Theology and Life. He is the author of the biography, George Washington’s Sacred Fire.

Peter Lillback

Additional Speakers

Dr. Kari Ceaicovschi

Dr. Kari R. Ceaicovschi is an enthusiastic advocate for the study of the ancient world.  She has taught Latin at all levels from a Homeschooling Co-op to an advanced college course held in Rome, Italy.  She served The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington for seven years as a Middle School Latin Teacher and as a Grade 9 English teacher for one.  In addition, she taught advanced Latin at Providence Classical Christian School in Bothell, Washington.  Currently, she is teaching Latin with Veritas Scholar's Academy and at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.   The mother of two teenage boys, Kari spends all her free time volunteering for Scouts of America, 4-H, and at her local church.  Kari and her family live on a small property outside of Helena, MT and are raising Suffolk-Hampshire cross sheep.


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. 


Emily Fischer

Emily Fischer is the 4th-grade teacher at Veritas Academy and mother of 4 daughters. She has taught various levels of upper grammar school, written curriculum for Veritas Press, coached volleyball and basketball and spoken at various conferences. She has worked alongside and supported her husband, Ty Fischer, to establish Veritas Academy.


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

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.


Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith is a secondary math teacher at Veritas Scholars Academy.  For the past five years she has taught Calculus I and led the AP Calculus Test Prep Club.  She has also been a contributor to the development and implementation of the calculus curriculum at VSA.  Beyond Veritas, Heidi has ten years of experience at a local homeschool cooperative, where she developed and taught courses in geometry, calculus, introduction to engineering, art history, physical science, chemistry, and illustration.  She regularly tutors high school and college students in math and science.  Heidi and her husband Leonard, an environmental engineer, live in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Whenever possible, they enjoy God’s marvelous Creation by taking trips to sunny beaches, tranquil lakes and snowy mountains with their four adult children.


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.

 


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.


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.  


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

Rebecca Tunstall

Rebecca Tunstall is a teacher of a variety of classes at Veritas including Grammar and Writing, Omnibus, and Composition.  She previously taught 7th grade English and History at a classical christian school in Pennsylvania.  Along with teaching, she has often hosted book clubs and writing seminars for students to engage their critical thinking and creative writing skills in a more casual environment. She graduated with a degree in Secondary Education with a focus in History from Cairn University and continues to work towards her graduate degree in Curriculum Writing and Teaching English from Liberty University. Rebecca and her husband Joshua (also an English teacher) live in Woodstown, NJ with their two sons Noah (2 years) and Judah (3 months).


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

Trisha Williams

Trisha Williams is the first Dean of Students for Veritas Scholars Academy. Her love for learning was nurtured first by receiving a classical education at home in Illinois and then at LeTourneau University and then later Wheaton College for graduate school. She was a missionary to Guatemala for four years. She's taught in international, private, and public schools, and has taught a variety of disciplines for VSA since 2013. She now resides in Lancaster, PA and she loves the challenge of fostering community in an online school, mentoring students and encouraging them to reach their full potential for Christ and His Kingdom.

Trisha Williams