Moderator Bios

"Hi! I'm Amanda L., and I'll be moderating 10th Grade Literature. We've homeschooled from the beginning, and this is our 6th year using MP. I majored in classical languages, and I love sharing the ancient world with my three boys and many other students."

Hi, I'm Ryane (pronounced 'Ryan') and I am excited to have the opportunity to moderate the Famous Men of the Middle Ages group again for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is our 12th year homeschooling and our 6th year using Memoria Press. During that time I've taught Latin, composition, grammar, geography, and history both online and at our local co-op. I love that homeschooling gives me the opportunity to learn alongside my students. I live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains with my husband, 4 children, and our labrador retriever, Daisy.

Miranda will be leading the Fables Classical Composition class: "I have taught Memoria Press in my home for seven years to my three children. One of my favorite subjects by Memoria Press is their profound Classical Composition. I have enjoyed the privilege of teaching this at a cottage school and I have not met a child yet that doesn't enjoy MP's Classical Composition Fables! Offering Classical Composition in a group setting provides children the opportunity to share their final drafts in class and students may give feedback to fellow students. Being able to share final drafts truly is a rewarding experience for the student. We will follow the MP curriculum manual suggested syllabus."

Elizabeth will be leading 5th Grade Literature. She is a homeschooled high school senior with a love for classic literature. Her previous English credits include classes in Dante, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, College Prep writing, and AP English Literature where she scored a 5 on the AP exam. In 2021 she will have an essay published in The St. Austin Review on Chesterton and Lewis. She has always enjoyed English and is considering it for her major college.

Jenn O. will be leading discussion for 6th Grade Literature as well as Book of the Ancient Romans/Aeneid: We have been classical homeschoolers for almost a decade and have completed all of the MP complete core curriculum thru the 8th grade. We have used MP from the very beginning with my youngest and since the first grade with my oldest. This will be my second year moderating a virtual discussion group. We live in the Natural State and enjoy a quiet lifestyle. My side kick is an 18 pound Maine Coon who may or may not make unannounced cameos!

Julia will be moderating Greek Myths and Famous Men of the Middle Ages: Julia is a homeschooling mom of 2 boys. This will be her third year using full Memoria Press cores (and loving it) and her second year moderating with Vita Beata.

Julie will be moderating 6th Grade Literature and 8th Grade Literature: Julie is a long time homeschooling mom of many. She has nineteen years of experience; five of those with Memoria Press full core. Julie was drawn to MP through their literature guides and enjoys walking with students through the wonderful literature selections. She has moderated with Vita Beata for the past two years. Kristi is a pastor’s wife and is in her ninth year of homeschooling. She loves reading and learning alongside her two children. She blogs about family and faith, especially about homeschooling and trusting God in hard times.

Kristi will be moderating 4th Grade Literature and Book of the Ancient Greeks, Iliad, and Odyssey: Kristi is a pastor’s wife and is in her ninth year of homeschooling. She loves reading and learning alongside her two children. She blogs about family and faith, especially about homeschooling and trusting God in hard times at www.thissideofheavenblog.com.

Diana will be moderating 7th Grade Literature: "My name is Diana and I have three kids who are entering their fourth year in MP cores for the 2021-22 school year. We live about 20 miles south of Washington DC. I love reading and discussing books! Some might call me a book club junkie as I participate in two monthly clubs as well as meet with other women at least twice during the week to discuss books we’re reading together. I get excited about how good books are able to teach complex truths and help shape understanding and thinking. This will be my third time through the 7th grade literature which are among my favorites of the cores we’ve covered so far from 4th to 9th grade.

Melisa will be moderating 9th Grade Literature: "I have homeschooled my children since kindergarten. My children will be 9th and 11th grade in 2021/22. We are longtime MP users with a brief stint of teaching more Charlotte Mason style than Classical; however, that was short lived and we have spent most of our homeschooling years in Classical education. I live in Ohio on a small farm just south of Cleveland near the large Ohio Amish community. One of my hobbies is reading and collecting great books. I also enjoy baking, hiking and studying nature."

Alison will be moderating 7th Grade Literature: "Hi! I'm Alison and our family is in our 10th year of classical homeschooling. We love the Memories Press curriculum and community! We have a son who is a 9th grader and a daughter who is in 7th grade."

Hi, I’m Jennie. I’ll be moderating 5th Grade Literature and Famous Men of America for the 2021-2022 year. This will be my 3rd year moderating for Vita Beata. I have also taught Memoria Press classes at HLS cottage schools in CA and MI. My educational background is in Accounting, but I have a classical heart and love that my kids are getting a liberal arts education. We have five kids age 3 to 14 and live in southwest Virginia.

Anne will be leading third grade literature. This will be her third year moderating with Vita Beata. She has been homeschooling for six years. She is currently an inch shorter than her 8th grader and 5th grader. She enjoys children's literature and isn't ashamed to admit that she still borrows picture books from the library. Outside of homeschooling, she also teaches science and Lego Robotics.

Danielle will be moderating 11th Grade Literature: "Former school teacher, at home last six years to give my children a classical education."

Christina will be leading 8th Grade Literature: Christina is a 2nd generation homeschooler with a BS in Computer Science. She has homeschooled her three children from the beginning of their education. This is Christina’s first year at Vita Beata.

"I’m Christy and I will be moderating Greek Dramas. This is my sixth year moderating Memoria Press discussion groups. I have moderated both classical studies and literature. We started our schooling experience at the main Highlands Latin School in Louisville, but a job change forced us to move. We knew there was nothing like an HLS education, so we went straight from going to the school to homeschooling with Memoria Press materials. For the ‘21-22 school year I will be homeschooling 11th, 9th, 6th, and 3rd grade boys. I also spend a lot of time teaching at our coop, where I get to put my lawyer hat back on to teach classes like Intro to Law, Mock Trial, and Constitution."

Kristin will be leading discussions for The Book of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and Reformation Times: "I am the administrator for Vita Beata, this is my 5th year moderating online discussions. My girls are graduated, so this is my way of still enjoying the Memoria Press community. My husband, Matt, and I have 2 daughters - Annika, a junior in college studying Aerospace Engineering, and Kailyn, a freshman in college studying Mathematics. I am also Deputy Commander of a Civil Air Patrol Squadron.