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 Diego

Fulbright Grant for medical anthropology research in Yap, Federated State of Micronesia

Classes:
Great Ideas: Philosopher's Toolkit (Human Nature)
Idea Lab

Arete Faculty- Eli Hahn

Eli Hahn

Assistant Head of School

BA – Psychology – Antioch University

Classes:
Spanish 1-5
Fashion Design

Arete Faculty- Clark Brandon

Clark Brandon

Dean of Students

Classes
Think N Do Internship
Arete Faculty- Keely Collins

Keely Collins

Spanish and Arts Instructor

BA – Spanish and International Studies – Cal State Long Beach
Study Abroad – 2 years – University of Madrid
Post baccalaureate studies – Italian and Photography – University of Florence
M.Ed. – Educational Psychology – Pepperdine University

Classes:
Spanish 1-5
Photography

Jason Cruze

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

BA – Philosophy – University of California, Riverside
MA – Philosophy – Biola University (magna cum laude)

Elected to Membership in Kappa Tau Epsilon

Classes:
Great Ideas: Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Great Ideas: Immortality
Great Ideas: Crime, Punishment, and the Ethical Gangster
Great Ideas: Love and the Paradox of Justice
Great Ideas: Good Kids, Mad Cities – Social Justice and the Inner City
History: A Moral History of 20th Century
Advanced Literary Analysis: Ethics, Evil, and Fiction
Advanced Literary Analysis: The Guilty and the Innocent
Ethics Bowl

Michael Feldman

College Counselor; Outreach Director

BA – Liberal Arts – Sarah Lawrence College
MA – Higher Education Administration – Drexel University

Batsheva Frankel

Dean of Faculty; Director of Community and Student Services; English and Arts Instructor

BFA – Drama – New York University
Midreshet Rachel College of Jewish Studies for Women – Jerusalem, Israel

Classes:
English: Defying Societal Gravity: Strong Women of 19th and 20th Century Literature
English: Telling Our Stories
Advanced Literature Analysis – Words Vs. Images: Writing on Literature and Film
Advanced Literature Analysis – Much Ado About Shakespeare
Improvisation
Drama

Arete Faculty- Christi Gambill

Christi Gambill

Academic Dean; History, Mathematics and Great Ideas Instructor; Athletic Director

BS – Journalism – Ohio University
MA – Religious Studies – University of California, Riverside

Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellow - Hangzhou, China

Classes:
Ancient History
Integrated Math I
Physical Education
Great Ideas: Introduction to Religion
Great Ideas: Epistemology, Skepticism & Truth
Great Ideas: Lived Religions, Pluralism & Extremism
Great Ideas: From Um… to Om: Buddhist Practices
The 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 – 2012
Professional Educator License
Secondary Education; Learning Behavior Specialist Endoresment
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The UCLA Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Certified Provider

Classes:
Executive Functioning Workshop
English

Arete Faculty- Sylvia Puglisi

Sylvia Puglisi

STEM Director; Director of Eudaimonia Advanced STEM Program; Science and Math Instructor

BS – Applied Science and Engineering: Computation & Neural Systems – California Institute of Technology (CalTech)

Classes:
Principles of Inquiry: Skills & Methods of Scientists & Historians
Integrated Math III
Computer Science
Neuroscience
Introduction to Programming: App Design
Eudaimonia Advanced STEM Seminars

Arete Faculty- Hiroko Axelson

Hiroko Axelson

Japanese and Arts Instructor

BA – English and Japanese Literature – Keisen University, Tokyo, Japan

Classes:
Japanese 1-5
Japanese Calligraphy

Arete Faculty- Mick Bender

Mick Bender

Arts Instructor

AA – Fashion Illustration – Art Institute of Pittsburgh
AA – Structural Steel Welding – Cerritos College
Patternmaking – Art Institute of Los Angeles
Haute Couture Finishing & Construction – Otis College

Classes:
Fashion Design
Fashion Illustration

Arete Faculty- Kyle Broom

Kyle Broom

Great Ideas, English and Arts Instructor

BA – Classics – University of Dallas
BA – English – University of Dallas
MA – Philosophy – University of Illinois
Ph.D. – Philosophy – University of Illinois

Classes:
Great Ideas: Cellphones, Cyborgs and Killer Robots: The Philosophy of Technology and Human Nature
Great Ideas: What is Life and How Did it Happen? Evolutionary Theory and the Philosophy of Biology
Advance Literary Analysis: Utopia and the Collapse of Civilization
Film 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 – UCLA

Classes:
English: Insiders, Outsiders, and the Construction of Identity
English: Manufacturing Meaning
Poetry: Exploring the Power of Language and Developing a Poetic Voice

Arete Faculty- Glen Chung

Glen Chung

Science Instructor

BS – Nutritional Science – University of California, Berkeley
MS – Chemistry – University of California, Los Angeles

Classes:
Chemistry
Eudaimonia Advanced STEM Program

Arete Faculty- Brian Clark

Brian Clark

Science and Math Instructor

BA – Mathematics and Psychology – Pomona College

Classes:
Integrated Math III
Statistics
Psychology
Physics
Advanced Calculus
Chemistry
Geometry

Arete Faculty- Jerolyn Crute

Jerolyn Crute

Arts Instructor

BFA – Illustration – Art Center of College Design

Classes:
Drawing
Stone Wall to Light Wall: Communication through the Art of Murals
The Art of Chaos and Portable Protests

Arete Faculty- Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada

Math Instructor

BS – Mathematics – CalTech

Classes:
Integrated Math III
Honors Integrated Math III
Integrated Math IV
Honors Calculus

Arete Faculty- Wednesday Hobson

Wednesday Hobson

English Instructor

BA – Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Creative Writing – Antioch University, Los Angeles
MA – English with a Concentration in Creative Writing – Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Classes:
English: Whose Literature is it Anyway: The Many Lenses of Literary Theory
English: A Literature of One’s Own: Writers Shaping Society

Arete Faculty- Robert Nielsen

Robert Nielsen

History, Great Ideas, and Robotics Instructor

BA – History Education – Illinois State University

Classes:
World History II
Honors U.S. History
Honors 20th Century Political and Intellectual History
Great Ideas: For King and Country: A Philosophical Examination of Government
Robotics

Arete Faculty- John Perkinson

John Perkinson

Music Instructor

BA – Mass Communications – North Carolina State University
Journeyman Program – Musicians Institute

Classes:
Rock Band
Vocals

Arete Faculty- Wendy Schapiro

Wendy Schapiro

History and English Instructor

A.B. – Education – Brown University
M.Ed. – Education – Harvard Graduate School of Education
M.Ed. – Middle School Humanities – Lesley University

Classes:
World History II

Laura Wittcoff

Think N Do Internship Instructor

BA – History – Dickinson College
MSW – Social Work – Boston University
Post-Graduate Fellowship and Organization Development and Human Resource Consultation – Boston Institute for Psychotherapy
Doctoral Candidate – Social Work – University of Southern California

FullBright-Hays Teaching Scholarship, Vienna, Austria

Classes:
Think N Do Internship