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 20 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
Amy Grant -- Chief Operations Officer
Amy Grant studied Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and has been a leader in operations and management for the past 17 years. She has been actively involved in various facets of education throughout her career, including private tutoring and facilitating financial wellness workshops. She and her husband, Bryan, gained ministry experience in Jacksonville, FL and Indianapolis, IN, and currently reside in Midland, TX, where they enjoy hosting cookouts for friends and family, planning their next travel adventure, and spoiling their dog, Milo.
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.
Anne McCauley Padula -- Curriculum Advisor and Administrative Specialist
Anne McCauley Padula received an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. Immersed in literature/poetry at UD, Anne studied a range of genres and authors including Homer, Vergil, Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton. With a special interest in lyric poetry, Anne studied and wrote about Shakespeare's Sonnets for a junior project and T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets for her senior thesis. She also studied Greek and Latin as an undergrad and graduate student to pursue more deeply her love for Homer and other classical authors. Anne taught literature/poetry and writing at community colleges in Dallas as a graduate student, and later worked as a writer for the University of Texas Medical Branch. A full-time lecturer at Texas A&M University at Galveston for three years, Anne taught Freshman Composition, Homer and the Trojan War, Environmental Ethics, Logic, and Technical Writing. For the past 19 years, Anne has been devoted to home school education, for her own children, and in the past 4 years for CLRC. Very involved in music education, Anne served as director of operations for a youth strings program, and has guided her own children who have a Celtic band and classical string trio. Anne loves hiking, swimming, and exploring the outdoors with her three children.