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

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


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


 

Rose Chen

Mandarin Instructor

 


BA Japanese & International Business, Chinese Culture University, 1997
MS Retailing, Michigan State University, 2008


Brian Clark

STEM and Symposium Instructor Fellow at the Areté Institute


BA Psychology and Mathematics, Pomona College, 2012


 

Sydney Delaney

English, 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, Ceramics and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute


BA in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2018


 

Will Groening

Japanese Teaching Assistant

Wednesday Hobson

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


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


 

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 Instructor


BA Film, Southern Methodist University, 1994


 

Peter McNamara

French, Italian and Spanish 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


 

Carlos Steinkamp Calandria

Spanish, Great Ideas and Symposium Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute


BA Liberal Arts 2019, Hampshire College


 

Maggie Storm

Director of Admissions and Enrollment


BA Liberal Arts, Individual Studies, 2022


 

JC Wright

History, Great Ideas, Symposium, Band, Robotics and Senior Master Class Instructor
Fellow at the Areté Institute


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


 

Charlie Watson

Photography Instructor


BA Graphic Design, Middlesex University, 1990