Our Faculty

Passionate learners Make Passionate Teachers

Our teachers are chosen not only for their outstanding academic accomplishments but also for their enthusiasm for teaching and learning, along with their willingness to put students’ ideas at center stage. Our teachers model genuine intellectual passion and humility coupled with a sincere respect for every learner. 

In seminars, teachers don’t lecture.  Rather, they create learning opportunities, help students ask better questions, and guide them to explore layered answers. Teachers and students value the learning process as much as the outcome, and view the classroom as a place to share and nurture individual and mutual passions.

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Anne Butler Swiech Qualia Arete

Anne Butler-Swiech

Director 6-12 / English Teacher
English, Great Ideas, Theater and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Theater Studies, Duke University, 2004
MFA Theater, UCLA, 2012

Brian Clarke

STEM and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Psychology and Mathematics, Pomona College, 2012

Sydney Delaney

English, History, Great Ideas and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Art History and Italian Literature, Pitzer College 2006 
MA English Literature, Loyola Marymount University, 2020

Ethan Dunleavy

STEM, Band, Ceramics and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2018

Wednesday Hobson

English, Symposium, Great Ideas Senior Master Class Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Liberal Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 2012
MA English, Loyola Marymount University, 2016
MA Education, Leadership and Change, Antioch University, 2019

Mio Honke Hahn Arete Qualia

Mio Honke Hahn

Director of Advancement
Japanese Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA International Relations Tsuda College Tokyo, 2002
MA English (TESOL Concentration), San Francisco State University, 2004
MA Education, Leadership and Change, Antioch University, 2020

Robert Johnson

STEM, English Instructor
Fellow at Areté institute

BA Film, Southern Methodist University, 1994

Ramsey Lawrence

Spanish and History Instructor

BA Foreign Affairs and Latin American Studies, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
MA Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
M.Ed Educational Leadership, Universidad Diego Portales Santiago, Chile, 2018

Peter McNamara Arete Qualia French Italian Spanish

Peter McNamara

Spanish and French Instructor

BA Italian Studies / BA East Asian Studies,  John Carroll University, 2013

Sarah Pan

Visual Arts Instructor

BFA Game Art, Concept Emphasis, Laguna College of Art and Design, 2019

Michelle Ratliff Willett

Campus Engagement Specialist History, Symposium and French Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Psychology, UC Irvine, 2011

maggie storm arete qualia

Maggie Storm

Director of Admissions, Enrollment and Retention

BA Liberal Arts, Individual Studies, Antioch University, 2022

Joe Stromberg

Math Instructor

BS Finance, University of Kansas Lawrence, 2012

JC Wright Qualia Faculty

JC Wright

History, Great Ideas, Symposium and Band
Fellow at the Areté Institute

BA Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2017 MA Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2018