Director, teacher of Middle School and High School - Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7
Adam was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas where Adam studied Philosophy and Rachel studied Art Education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. At KU Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching--especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his Master's degree at the University of Memphis.
While in Memphis Adam gained teaching experience at Westminster Academy. What he thought might be one or two years there turned into six, largely as a result of the wonderful families he served and the joy he found in his students. He taught students ranging from 5th to 12th grade in rhetoric, literature, history, logic, and even a little math. In his last two years at Westminster he served as the Director of Instruction.
Adam's interest in the ancient world and Rachel's love of iconography sparked the beginning of their journey to the ancient Church. In September of 2013, one year after their enrollment as catechumens, the Lockridges were chrismated as a family. This event sent Adam searching for a way to use his love for teaching to promote Orthodox education in America, and he found a compelling vision for that in the writing and speaking of Dr. James Taylor. Adam has found a new home among the families of St. Raphael School who offer their children the riches of the traditional Good and Great books in the ethos of Orthodoxy.
The Lockridge family recently relocated back to northeastern Kansas to live closer to family--a location which also happens to be near Adam's mentor and friend, Dr. Taylor.
Matushka Photini Roegner
Matushka Photini is the wife of Deacon Spyridon and the homeschooling mother of their 5 children. She and her family attend St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Pella, IA. Mat. Photini began helping administratively at St. Raphael School in November of 2013 after enrolling her two oldest children in the online courses offered that first fall semester. She is available to assist you with any enrollment questions or technical difficulties you may have.
Fr. Noah Bushelli
Teacher of High School Catechism Course
Father Noah Bushelli is grateful to be married to a living saint, Kh. Elizabeth, who homeschools their seven marvelous children. He is an Archpriest in the Antiochian Archdiocese and was received into the Orthodox Church in 1994. He met his wife at a Vespers service in Alaska and still remembers the joyous and awkward moment. After graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage with a B. Ed. in 2000, they moved to St. Vladimir's Seminary where he graduated with an M. Div. in 2004 with his thesis exploring St. John Chrysostom's notion of the Church as a Spiritual Hospital. After serving St. Nicholas in Bridgeport, CT for three years he moved to St. Philip in Souderton, PA in 2006. He is grateful to raise his family in this warm, generous, faithful and vibrant community and is working very hard to meet the demands of parish life as well as focus on "the one thing needful". He spends his down time taking walks, reading theology, changing diapers, telling stories to his children, playing a little guitar. He is grateful for the success of St. Raphael School and is excited to share his love for God and the Church with the students and stretch his teaching skills into cyberspace. He thanks you for your prayers for him, his family, parishioners, and students!
Fr. Daniel Meyer
Teacher of High School Catechism Course
Fr. Daniel Meyer is the priest at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in West Chester, PA. His undergraduate studies in Social Work took place at the California State University, San Bernardino (2006). Both as a student and after graduation he worked with troubled youth with behavioral problems in residential treatment facilities, in their schools, and also as a one-on-one therapist for children with autism. In 2011, he received a Master in Divinity with Honors from St. Tikhon’s Orthodoxy Theological Seminary (South Canaan, PA), after three years of study. His graduate thesis was entitled, Practicing the Remembrance of God with the Whole Man.
Fr. Daniel was raised an Evangelical Christian, and was received into Holy Orthodoxy in 2004. During his graduate studies, he interned for two summers at St. Andrew (Riverside, CA) as a Pastoral Assistant to Fr. Josiah Trenham. He was ordained to the Holy Deaconate in 2010, and then to the Priesthood in 2011 by His Grace, Bishop THOMAS (Diocese of Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic).
In August of 2011, Fr. Daniel was assigned as pastor to Holy Ascension, under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop THOMAS. Fr. Daniel is married to Presbytera Elizabeth, and together, they have five children. Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church is a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North American and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.
Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Teacher of Elementary - Levels 2 and 3
Ever since she was a young child, Elizabeth has been in love with books, but it was not until she was approaching fifty and had entered into Orthodoxy that she began writing. The publication of her first book, And Then Nicholas Sang, (the story of the Trisagion hymn), then led to several others as well. Now having homeschooled her own three children, she homeschools three of her eight grandchildren and as time allows continues to write from her homestead farm in western New York. As a teacher for St. Raphael School, she draws from her experiential background as well as her academic: a master's degree in intercultural training, one year as a missiology student at Fuller Theological Seminary, a four--year degree in Bible and Theology, and an associate degree in early childhood education. She attends St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester, NY.
Teacher of Elementary - Level 1
Celeste is the product of classical and literature based home education, from kindergarten through high school. During high school she found a passion for textiles which eventually led to a year of study abroad at an arts folkschool in Sweden. There she fell in love with making the practical and mundane things in life beautiful, bringing nature into the home and daily life, and using the beauty that can be found around us to bring joy, depth, and learning into family life.
Having worked as a nanny and as a teacher of fiber arts, Celeste now lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband David and two step daughters and attends Saint John the Baptist church in Rochester. In addition to supplementing the girls’ public education with home-based learning, Celeste looks forward to fully homeschooling their own children - the first of which is due in December.
Mallory is the oldest of a large homeschooling family and a 2010 alumna of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied the liberal arts by means of the Great Books and discussion classes. She has experience teaching several subjects in and designing a Great Books-based curriculum for an Orthodox classical school as well as having worked in a public elementary school. She and her husband Matthew live in Northern Virginia with their children, Scott Maximos and Dorothea Mary, and attend St. Mary's Orthodox Church.
DR. JAMES TAYLOR
FOUNDER AND professor emeritus
James Stephen Taylor, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Columbia, Missouri, where he attended the public schools and the University of Missouri. He received his Bachelor degree in Humanities, and his Master's degree in English, from Southern Illinois University. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, was the setting for his Doctorate in Philosophy of Education where he attended courses in the famous Integrated Humanities Program with Professors John Senior and Dennis Quinn. At KU he taught Freshmen and Sophomore English and Literature, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of education. Upon graduation Taylor taught in a variety of middle and high school schools, parochial schools and preparatory academies, including St. Marys Academy (Kansas), Wichita Collegiate School, Topeka Collegiate School. For five years was assistant then associate professor of the Education Department at Hillsdale College, Michigan. Two of those years he served as department chair. He held regular classes using the Good and Great Books as part of the teacher preparation program. His last collegiate position was at the University of Tulsa, also in the department of education where his specialties were philosophy of education in the graduate school, and Children's Literature classes for elementary and middle school future teachers.
Dr. Taylor's father, a newspaper man and writer for the Associated Press, became editor of the Missouri Alumnus magazine and a popular speaker. His mother was a fourth grade teacher and librarian for Columbia public schools. James Taylor was raised in the Methodist church. His journey to Orthodoxy may have well began there while during a lengthy sermon he gazed at the engraving on the wooden pulpit: “The Truth Shall Make You Free.” He was pleasantly surprised years later to learn that John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was an Anglican minister deeply read in the Fathers of the Church. Later, he began a tour through the various expressions of Roman Catholicism, particularly traditional Benedictine monasticism, then spent several years with a Byzantine Rite, and finally arriving, somewhat broken but not beyond repair, at peace in the Orthodox Church.
Dr. Taylor is currently a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Topeka, Kansas.