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 and have attended, or are currently attending, Wheaton College in Illinois. 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, algebra, and C.S. Lewis in the high school. 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, math, and PE.
M. Div, Golden Gate Theological Seminary
BS, Univ of Arizona
Earth Science, Physics & Statistics
I started teaching Sunday School at age 18. I’ve taught all ages at church, from preschool to mostly dead (my favorite movie is The Princess Bride). I make renowned apple pies. I can’t resist a good pun, or for that matter, just about any pun. I know that students tend to remember stories teachers tell, so when I have a life lesson to communicate, I couch it in story form. One of my greatest skills is grandfathering. My grandchildren love me deeply, and the greats have started.
I was my high school co-valedictorian and attended Caltech as a National Merit Scholar. I graduated from University of Arizona with high honors then took graduate courses in physics, math, and engineering. After working as an electronic engineer for five years I did a career switch and got my Master’s in Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. I took additional education courses to be licensed to substitute in Nevada while serving as a pastor. As a missionary, I taught physics and math at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria. I taught Electronics Engineering Technology and math at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. I have taught at other Christian schools and at George Fox University. I began teaching at Veritas in 2007.
I love to explore theoretical physics and bake apple pies. Sherrie, my wife, said ‘I do’ to me in 1970; we built a house in Gaston and serve in leadership in Wapato Valley Church. I enjoy golf. I am an experienced piano technician; I build and play violins, and serve as Concertmaster with the Hillsboro Symphony.
BFA, Marylhurst University
Elementary & Secondary Art Teacher
One of my greatest passions is the connection between the arts and our Christian faith. Teaching art to young students is a genuine calling in my life that brings great joy and satisfaction. In addition to teaching K-8 art classes each week, I also teach high school art history labs that provide hands-on projects corresponding with the particular art movements students are studying. Since coming to Veritas as a teacher in 2007, I’ve also assisted with graphic design layouts for the school and am the editor of Verbatim, our school’s quarterly newsletter. Over the years I’ve taught art to students of all ages as a private instructor, have served as a ministry leader at my church in areas such as curating visual art displays within the church, and leading support groups for Christians in the visual arts. I’ve been married to Michael since 1994 and we have five grown sons between us, a passel of grandchildren and our youngest child, a daughter, who is currently in high school at Veritas. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art (concentration in Painting) from Marylhurst University, and a Certificate in Electronic Publishing from the University of Oregon Continuation Center.
B.A., Piano Performance and English Literature; Westmont College
M.A., Classical Christian Studies; New St. Andrews College
Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher & Latin
I began teaching at Veritas in 2007. I received her 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 three children until 2005, when my husband, John, and I moved from Los Angeles, choosing to live in Newberg so that our children could attend Veritas. Our oldest son Greg is now a college senior majoring in business marketing at Pacific Lutheran University. Our daughter Mimi is a freshman majoring in sociology at Grand Canyon University and our youngest son Jack is now a senior at Veritas.
I am the director of worship arts for our church, and my non-musical hobbies include hiking, bike riding, reading, gardening, and laughing with my friends.
I have 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
Ninth Grade Theology
M. Ed, Vanguard University
Eighth Grade Humanities , Art History, Logic
Classical education was a priority for our family- we moved to be closer to Veritas! My husband, Lee, and I have three sons who are all graduates of Veritas School. Our eldest is a recent graduate of Wheaton College, the school from which our twin sons will graduate in May.
My bachelor’s degree is in English Literature, and I earned elementary and high school teaching credentials, as well as an M.Ed. with an emphasis in curriculum and leadership development. I am currently pursuing a degree in history through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. I have always loved learning, so it is no surprise that I enjoy teaching humanities, logic, art history, and theology at Veritas School!
UC Irvine; BSci in Biology
I have been at Veritas since 2014. I teach Algebra, Integrated Math, 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.
B.A., Religion/Law & Society; Oberlin College
M.A., Historical Theology; Westminster Seminary in California
Humane Letters, Theology, Latin & Greek
I came to Veritas School in 2004 and since then have been teaching secondary Latin and Greek, Humane Letters (Rome-Late Middle Ages), and New Testament Theology. Prior to Veritas, I taught Jr. High Theology and Humanities at a classical Christian school and was an adjunct professor of philosophy at a Christian college, both in the suburbs of Chicago. A major goal and highlight of teaching for me continues to be seeing students deeply engaged with and transformed by Scripture and the Great Books, especially in the original languages whenever possible.
Beyond Veritas, I have had a number of opportunities to engage in both learning and teaching in a classical vein: accompanying a tour group of high school students and their parents to Italy and Greece as an assistant instructor, being one of fifteen teachers selected from across the U.S. to study Dante in Siena, Italy through the National Endowment for the Humanities, presenting on Latin instruction at a national conference of the Society for Classical Learning, and participating in week-long Latin and Greek immersion workshops. When not at school, you might find me reading and taking advanced courses in Greek and Latin, exploring the urban hiking and food scene of Portland with my wife and two children, cooking, trying to learn to love gardening, and occasionally indulging in a detective novel.