John Van Fossen, M.A. -- Chief Executive Officer

John Van Fossen  spent seven years founding and developing a Christian Classical K-8 school in California. John was the headmaster of the school and also taught history and mythology classes to all age levels. John earned his Master’s degree in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he taught mythology for 5 years as a teaching assistant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with Departmental Honors from Occidental College and spent several years substitute teaching in public junior high and high schools and assistant teaching in private pre-school, elementary, and junior high school classrooms. John lives in Naples, Idaho where he homeschools his three sons with his wife Anne. He loves reading, watching movies, and chopping wood to keep his family warm in the winter.

Anne Van Fossen, M.A. -- Chief Academic Officer

Anne Van Fossen  spent seven years working with her husband, John, to found a Christian Classical K-8 school in California. Anne was the Director of Program and Curriculum Development and head of the Ancient Languages Department. She has over 15 years of experience teaching classical Greek and Latin to all ages from Kindergarten to adult. Anne earned her Master’s degree in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was awarded the Keith Aldridge Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Classics and taught Greek Mythology, Classical Archaeology, Greek Civilization, and Greek Tragedy as a teaching assistant for four years. Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Societies. Anne lives in Naples, Idaho where she homeschools her three sons with her husband. She loves reading, running, and romping with her boys

Bryan Smith, M. Politics -- Director of Academic Programs

Bryan Smith has been involved in classical schools for over twenty-five years. During his career he has taught history, government, Greek, and art.  He has also served in several key administrative roles — curriculum director, head of school, and vice president of academies. He was the founding headmaster of St. Peter’s Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a Master of Politics from the University of Dallas.

Matthew Gallatin, M.A. -- Technical Administrator

Matthew Gallatin  received his M.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, and taught at Gonzaga and North Idaho College for 17 years. He is a noted author (Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells, Conciliar Press, 2002) and speaker. Since age 15, Matthew has also been a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist, as well as a musical arranger, producer, and studio musician. For the past 7 years, he has been a member of Cairde (CAR-jeh), a whistle/flute and guitar duo which performs traditional Irish and Scottish music around the Inland Northwest. Matthew has participated in home school cooperatives, and has been active in teen ministries for many years. He and his wife Alice live in picturesque Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They have two adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three terrific grandchildren.

Andrea Wallace -- Registrar

Andrea Wallace is a homeschooling mother of 8 children ranging in age from 2 months to 22 years.  She enjoys singing, cooking, crochet, and helping her children explore and discover the wonders of the world around them.  Andrea has gained adminstrative experience in a wide variety of office settings and is delighted to bring her skills to the CLRC.  She and her husband Matt reside in Bonners Ferry, ID where they also raise chickens and grow vegetables in their summer garden with their children.