Humane Letters, Rhetoric
Bryan Lynch is a founding board member of Veritas School and has been headmaster at Veritas since 2002. He teaches rhetoric and humane letters to eleventh grade students. He serves as a board member of the Society for Classical Learning, and is a visiting accrediting administrator for the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.
His first twenty years of teaching were at Newberg High School where he taught AP European history, European humanities, and coached football, basketball, and softball. Bryan was a Fulbright exchange teacher to the United Kingdom (UK) and spent one summer in Paris on a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship studying Gothic architecture.
He and his wife, Ann, have three children, all of whom graduated from Veritas. Bryan has an M.Ed. from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, where he majored in history and secondary education.
Bryan blogs frequently on classical education.
A message from our Headmaster
It is my privilege to welcome you to Veritas School’s website. If you are new to classical, Christian education, it is my desire that this site will provide you with a beginning to what will be a life-long pursuit of wisdom, virtue, and godliness. In fact, this is our mission for all of us at Veritas, from students to parents. Classical, Christ-centered education is first and foremost concerned with the formation of whole persons, it is about the shaping souls and bodies, for the faithful service of Christ and their communities. Classical, Christian education is not about preparation for specific tasks in the current economic structure. Rather, we want to prepare our graduates to be able to serve, for their whole lives and with all they are, in whatever capacity their individual callings may ask of them.
The tools of learning—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—and our curriculum rich in great books, great ideas in mathematics and science, music, art, foreign language, and physical education are all designed to allow our students to move confidently and effectively into their adult lives.
We consider the shaping of our students’ virtue in a genuine community as every bit as important, if not more so, as their intellectual growth. (Fortunately, we do not have to choose!). From singing our hymn of the month together every Monday, frequent classroom devotions, prayer, and integration of a biblical worldview in all subjects, to our secondary House organization and deliberate implementation of our Portrait of a Graduate into the everyday life of our school, the formation of our students’ character is of paramount importance.
Our outstanding faculty of teachers, and caring staff, are dedicated to the intellectual and spiritual growth of each of our students, and our small classroom student to teacher ratio allows them to get to know each student well, and to work closely with parents in this partnership of education.
Veritas School is committed to an exceptional Christ-centered faculty, students and family culture. We are dedicated to unparalleled classical curriculum and instruction. And we are committed to having an exemplary K-12 ACCS program, including extraordinary academic and co-curricular achievement and preparation.
We would love to have you join us in this marvelous adventure and critical calling known as classical and Christian education.
I began teaching at Eugene Bible College (now New Hope Christian College) in 2002, where I worked for a year teaching the History of Christianity. I then decided to explore the business field for six years, working in real estate development and project management. At the end of that time, God led my wife and I back into ministry. We lived in Canada for five years working for L’Abri, the international apologetics ministry started by Edith and Francis Schaeffer.
In the spring of 2013, we (now with two little dual citizens) moved back to Oregon, hoping that we would be able to give our kids a Veritas education. Veritas is one of the main reasons we chose to live in Newberg. Beginning in the fall of 2013, I worked at C.S. Lewis Academy, teaching Bible, history, and algebra. It was God’s providence and a great gift to be there. In the fall of 2016, it was my great pleasure to join the faculty at Veritas, something we had hoped and prayed about for three years, where I am currently teaching theology and math.
B.A., Piano Performance and English Literature; Westmont College
M.A., Classical Christian Studies; New St. Andrews College
Seventh Grade Homeroom and Humanities, Ninth Grade History of Natural Science,
Ninth-Tenth-Eleventh Grade Art History, Twelfth Grade Leadership and Veritas House Coordinator; accompanist for High School Music and Concert Choir
I began teaching at Veritas in 2007, and received my B.A. in Piano Performance and English Literature from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and my Masters in Classical Christian Studies at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho.
I classically homeschooled my own three children until 2005, when I and my husband, John, moved to Oregon from Los Angeles, choosing to live in Newberg so that our children could attend Veritas, from which all three have since graduated.
I am the director of worship arts for our local church, and my non-musical hobbies include hiking, bike riding, reading, gardening, and laughing with friends. My most recent personal achievement was walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across Spain with my daughter, Mimi, this past summer!
I have also earned permanent certification by the Association of Classical Christian Schools.
B.A.and M. Arts; University of Northern Colorado
M. Arts, Theological Studies; Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Theology, Middle School Cross Country Assistant Coach
UC Irvine; BSci in Biology
I have been at Veritas since 2014. I teach Algebra, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a BSci in Biology. My past jobs have included being an Xray technologist, a physician’s scribe, a homeschool tutor, and a children’s fencing instructor. Before moving to Oregon, I taught at St. Augustine Classical Academy in Southern California. My favorite part of teaching is watching students make connections between old and new material and between subjects. I love watching “the lights come on.”
MAT, Seattle Pacific University
Secondary Rhetoric & Humane Letters , Theology, Speech and Debate Coach
After a lovely six year teaching start at a non-classical Christian school in the Seattle area, I decided to get my Masters in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University. While studying curriculum design I came across the ideas surrounding classical schools. I loved the idea of being an expert in the tools of learning: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. I especially have a passion for making logic relevant in citizenship and community discussions. I am trying to be an expert student.
After learning about classical education, and with my masters in hand, and with a desire to move back to my childhood home of Oregon, I pursued classical schools in the Portland area and came upon Veritas in 2007. I have been teaching secondary Rhetoric II, Humane Letters, Theology, and I oversee the senior capstone project called Poiesis.
B.S., Applied Mathematics; University of Colorado
M.S., Secondary Mathematics Education; Oklahoma State University
Our family moved to Newberg, Oregon in 2002. We were excited that there was a classical Christian school for our three kids to attend. Our oldest, a girl, was just entering seventh grade and our two boys were in second and fifth grade. Since I have a background in mathematics, engineering and education, I was thrilled when, the next year, the opportunity arose to teach at Veritas. I have been happily teaching students the wonderful subject of mathematics since the Fall of 2003. I love teaching at a classical Christian school! It is so nice to be at a school where we can speak of Jesus Christ and pray everyday. Our students and families make teaching a true joy!
I am married to an amazingly adventurous man, Dr. Michael Magill, who also happens to be Head of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at George Fox University (GFU). Our three children have all graduated from Veritas. Our daughter is currently attending medical school. Our oldest son is finishing a master’s degree in engineering. After graduation, he will spend five months in Uganda using his engineering expertise to design buildings for Christian ministries in that country. Our youngest son is currently completing a BS in Biochemistry with plans to go on to graduate school in a health science TBD.
Veritas is a great school and I have thoroughly enjoyed my many years of teaching here!
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Secondary Music & Choir
B.A., Linfield College
I was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico in a large family with French Canadian roots. I made my first trip to France as a sophomore in high school when I lived with a family in the Loire Valley for a month. I knew then that French came naturally to me. I attended Linfield College where I majored in French with an emphasis in art history and other foreign languages. I spent my junior year living in Nantes, France and attending the Institute of European Studies and the University of Nantes.
After graduating from Linfield College in 1984, I married Matthew Newby. We have four children, now grown, whom we homeschooled for seven years before coming to Veritas School in 2001. All of our children graduated from Veritas School and have gone on to receive their degrees from various colleges, including Wheaton, Whitworth and Seattle Pacific.
I love teaching French here at Veritas and find the most rewarding part is to hear my students speaking meaningfully in French. I enjoy helping my students write creatively as well, putting their own thoughts into words. Many of my students have gone on to excel in French in college and have used their French in their travels.
BS George Fox University
Master’s Arts in Teaching George Fox University
Seventh Grade Science Teacher
I was born and raised in Oregon. I attended George Fox University and received my BS in Sociology/ Social Work. After spending a few years working with troubled children in an education setting, I transitioned to working at Catlin Gabel as the After School Care Coordinator. While being at Catlin Gabel, I had an opportunity to be in the classroom as a teacher assistant and really enjoyed that role. I went back to George Fox and received my Masters of Arts in Teaching. I taught at a small Christian school in Tigard for ten years and took a break from teaching when my oldest started preschool. I came to Veritas in 2014 when my daughter started Kindergarten. This is my first year back to teaching, and I really enjoy being back.
B.A. American Studies, Journalism; Hillsdale College</>
Master of Arts in Teaching; George Fox University
Eighth Grade Humanities; Latin, Theology, P.E.
I first came to Veritas in 1997, when I was going into kindergarten, and continued until graduating high school. I then attended Hillsdale College where I received my B.A. in American Studies – an interdisciplinary major in literature, history, and politics – with a minor in Journalism.
After working as a pastry chef for a couple years, I joined George Fox University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program and graduated with endorsements in secondary Language Arts and Social Studies. I am excited now to return to this alma mater, seeking to know and love God together with this community.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Art Teacher
Ninth through Eleventh Grade Art Lab Teacher
I have created a life centered around my passion for Christ and my love of children and art.Â Beginning with my upbringing in the artist community of Laguna Beach, California, I absorbed and was inspired by the creative spirit that abounded and was able to take advantage of the many art classes that were offered. My artist grandmother, Mary Canavello, devoted herself to passing down her knowledge and love of painting to me at every opportunity.
I have four grown children, my youngest being a 2017 Veritas graduate, and six grandchildren. My husband Tom and I have resided in Tualatin since 1996. I have spent many years as a homeschool mom and grandmother and am thrilled that three of my grandchildren now attend Veritas. I have devoted much of the last 30 years to art related volunteer work, mural painting, and tutoring students in reading and math in both public and private schools around the state. I taught K-3rd grade art at Veritas from 2009-2012. Returning in 2017, I am excited to integrate my faith with classical art as a teacher at Veritas.