Faculty

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Arete Faculty- Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn

Founder and Head of School

BA – Anthropology – University of California, Los Angeles (summa cum laude)MA – Anthropology – University of California, San DiegoFulbright Grant for medical anthropology research in Yap, Federated State of MicronesiaClasses:Great Ideas: Philosopher's Toolkit (Human Nature)Idea Lab
Arete Faculty- Eli Hahn

Eli Hahn

Assistant Head of School

BA – Psychology – Antioch UniversityClasses:Spanish 1-5Fashion Design

Batsheva Frankel

English and Arts Instructor, Co-Director of The Areté Institute

BFA – Drama – New York UniversityMidreshet Rachel College of Jewish Studies for Women – Jerusalem, IsraelMAT candidate (2019)- American Jewish UniversityClasses:English: Advanced Literature Analysis: Defying Societal Gravity: Strong Women of LiteratureEnglish: Telling Our StoriesAdvanced Literature Analysis – Words Vs. Images: Writing on Literature and FilmAdvanced Literature Analysis – Much Ado About ShakespeareImprovisationDrama

Jason Cruze

Director, Great Ideas Program; Ethics Bowl Coach; English, History and Great Ideas Instructor

BA – Philosophy – University of California, RiversideMA – Philosophy – Biola University (magna cum laude)Elected to Membership in Kappa Tau EpsilonClasses:Great Ideas: Free Will and Moral ResponsibilityGreat Ideas: ImmortalityGreat Ideas: Crime, Punishment, and the Ethical GangsterGreat Ideas: Love and the Paradox of JusticeGreat Ideas: Good Kids, Mad Cities – Social Justice and the Inner CityHistory: A Moral History of 20th CenturyAdvanced Literary Analysis: Ethics, Evil, and FictionAdvanced Literary Analysis: The Guilty and the InnocentEthics Bowl
Arete Faculty- Christi Gambill

Christi Gambill

Academic Dean; College Counselor, Mathematics and Great Ideas Instructor; Athletic Director

BS – Journalism – Ohio UniversityMA – Religious Studies – University of California, RiversidePrinceton in Asia Teaching Fellow - Hangzhou, ChinaClasses:Ancient HistoryIntegrated Math IPhysical EducationGreat Ideas: Introduction to ReligionGreat Ideas: Epistemology, Skepticism & TruthGreat Ideas: Lived Religions, Pluralism & ExtremismGreat Ideas: From Um… to Om: Buddhist PracticesThe Principles of Inquiry: Skills and Methods of Scientists and Historians
Arete Faculty- Krystina Lamorte

Krystina Lamorte

Director of Individualized Learning Program

BA – Bachelor of Arts, English – Eastern Illinois University – 2012Professional Educator LicenseSecondary Education; Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement (in progress)English as a Second Language (ESL)The UCLA Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Certified ProviderClasses:Executive Functioning WorkshopEnglish
Arete Faculty- Hiroko Axelson

Hiroko Axelson

Japanese and Arts Instructor

BA – English and Japanese Literature – Keisen University, Tokyo, JapanClasses:Japanese 1-5Japanese Calligraphy
Arete Faculty- Mick Bender

Mick Bender

Arts Instructor

AA – Fashion Illustration – Art Institute of PittsburghAA – Structural Steel Welding – Cerritos CollegePatternmaking – Art Institute of Los AngelesHaute Couture Finishing & Construction – Otis CollegeClasses:Fashion DesignFashion Illustration
Arete Faculty- Kyle Broom

Kyle Broom

Great Ideas, English and Arts Instructor

BA – Classics – University of DallasBA – English – University of DallasMA – Philosophy – University of IllinoisPh.D. – Philosophy – University of IllinoisClasses:Great Ideas: Cellphones, Cyborgs and Killer Robots: The Philosophy of Technology and Human NatureGreat Ideas: What is Life and How Did it Happen? Evolutionary Theory and the Philosophy of BiologyAdvance Literary Analysis: Utopia and the Collapse of CivilizationFilm Analysis, Creative Writing
Arete Faculty- Anne Butler

Anne Butler

English and Arts Instructor

BA – Theater Studies with minors in history and psychology – Duke University (summa cum laude)MFA – Acting – UCLAClasses:English: Insiders, Outsiders, and the Construction of IdentityEnglish: Manufacturing MeaningPoetry: Exploring the Power of Language and Developing a Poetic Voice
Arete Faculty- Brian Clark

Brian Clark

Science and Math Instructor

BA – Mathematics and Psychology – Pomona CollegeClasses:Integrated Math IIIStatisticsPsychologyPhysicsAdvanced CalculusChemistryGeometry
Arete Faculty- Jerolyn Crute

Jerolyn Crute

Arts Instructor

BFA – Illustration – Art Center of College DesignClasses:DrawingStone Wall to Light Wall: Communication through the Art of MuralsThe Art of Chaos and Portable Protests
Arete Faculty- Wendy Schapiro

Wendy Schapiro

History and English Instructor

A.B. – Education – Brown UniversityM.Ed. – Education – Harvard Graduate School of EducationM.Ed. – Middle School Humanities – Lesley UniversityClasses:World History II
Arete Faculty- Wednesday Hobson

Wednesday Hobson

English Instructor

BA – Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Creative Writing – Antioch University, Los AngelesMA – English with a Concentration in Creative Writing – Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesClasses:English: Whose Literature is it Anyway: The Many Lenses of Literary TheoryEnglish: A Literature of One’s Own: Writers Shaping Society

Michelle Willett

French, History, Chinese and Symposium Instructor

Mallory Ditchey

Latin, History and Symposium Instructor

Jomaquai Jenkins

STEM Instructor

Andrew Knauft

STEM Instructor

Stacey Kovoloff

Director of Admissions and Outreach