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Bryan Lynch
M.Ed.,Linfield College
Headmaster
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.

Bryan Lynch
Headmaster
Veritas School

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Jeff Adams
B.A., Eugene Bible College
M. Arts, History of Christianity, Regent College
Mathematics, Theology, College Advisor

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.

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Anna Danese

B.A., Piano Performance and English Literature; Westmont College
M.A., Classical Christian Studies; New St. Andrews College
Seventh Grade Humanities, Ninth Grade History of Natural Science, 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!

I have also earned permanent certification by the Association of Classical Christian Schools.

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Adam Fitch

B.A.and M. Arts; University of Northern Colorado
M. Arts, Theological Studies; Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Theology, Middle School Cross Country Coach

 
I worked in public education for 11 years, six of which as a full time teacher. I taught three years as a middle school social studies and reading teacher. After earning my M.A. I moved to a new school and was the Building Technology Specialist and Talented and Gifted Teacher.
 
In 2006 my family and I moved back to my wife’s hometown in Wyoming where I went into ministry. I became the youth pastor at a local Baptist church. This position quickly turned into a broader “Family Ministries” pastoral position. While serving in this role, I earned my Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
In January, 2014, my family and I moved to Newberg where I assumed the position of senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church. In the fall of 2014, we enrolled our children at Veritas and have fallen in love with the school. I teach freshmen and junior theology classes at Veritas.

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Brenda Imboden
UC Irvine; BSci in Biology
Science, Mathematics

I have been at Veritas since 2014.  I teach algebra, geometry, 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 X-ray 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.”

 

Geary Linhart Secondary FacultyGeary Linhart 
MAT, Seattle Pacific University
Secondary Rhetoric & Humane Letters , Theology, Speech & 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.

Sally MehlerSally Mehler Secondary Faculty
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Secondary Music & Choir

I am Veritas’ high school and middle school choir director, and I also teach general music to all sixth through twelfth graders at our school.  My music and education degrees were earned at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and I continue to study choral conducting through workshops several times a year.
 
I have been learning about Classical Christian education since I first found out about it in 1992. My family’s move to Newberg happily coincided with the start of Veritas School in 1997, and I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful community of educators, students, and families.
 
Although “my” Veritas Concert Choir is an award-winning group, and I love that, my main goal as a music teacher is to encourage students toward a lifelong enjoyment of music.

I invite you to enjoy the Concert Choir at State in 2012. (Korean folksong,”Arirang,” with John Hyun Min Cho as soloist).  I also invite you to enjoy Balleilakka and Adoramus Te.

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Emily Shelton
B.A. American Studies, Journalism; Hillsdale College
Master of Arts in Teaching; George Fox University
Eighth Grade Humanities; Latin, Theology, Art History, 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.

 

Staff Secondary SmithJoshua W.D. Smith
B.A. in Religion/Law & Society (Oberlin College)
M.A. in Historical Theology (Westminster Seminary in California)
Humane Letters, Latin, Greek

After teaching in classical school, college, and homeschool settings in Chicago, I joined Veritas in 2004. Since then I have taught Latin, Greek, and Humane Letters continuously; along the way I also taught Theology for ten years, conducted a number of summer courses in Logic and in Latin, and directed a number of drama productions, first as an assistant and now as head director. Outside the usual school routine, I have helped to lead an educational trip to Italy & Greece, studied in Italy with the National Endowment for the Humanities, presented at local and national teaching conferences, and guest taught in the honors program at our local university.

Veritas is in the business of helping to grow people: our portrait of a graduate (https://veritasschool.net/our-school/about-us/portrait-of-a-graduate/) is not about grades and scores but about who our students will be, each in a unique way, but all following the pattern of Christ. Both in and out of the classroom, my hope and aim for my work here is to contribute to this through the pursuit of beautiful, accurate, joyful language as the means to deep, careful, generous thought.

I am glad to be a Veritas parent as well as a teacher: my son and daughter have both been consistently in and around Veritas since even before they were officially students.  The privilege and blessing of having them take root and grow up among these students, families, teachers, and staff, is even greater than that of getting to teach here.

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Diane Wiser
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. 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.

science teacher photoAdina Jones
B.Sci Geology, California State University, Fresno
Earth Science

I was born and raised in Taiwan, the middle child of a large missionary family.  I attended a local Chinese school through sixth grade before attending Taipei American School where my mother was, and still is, teaching middle school science.  After high school, I taught various English classes and did translation work for several groups before attending the National Taiwan University, majoring in Geology.  After two and a half years at NTU, I transferred to Fresno State University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in 2004.

Education has always been important to me, so after I was married and had started a family, I embraced homeschooling, classically educating my children until our move to Oregon in 2018.

I am excited to be teaching my most beloved subject at Veritas, and sharing with my students my love for exploring the beauty of the world God gave us through the lens of science.

Daniel Jones
B.A. Mathematics, California State University, Fresno
Mathematics

I was born in Wisconsin.  When I was five, my parents moved to Taiwan and were missionaries there for twenty years.  After graduating from Taipei American School in 1995, I eventually ended up in Fresno, California where I received a degree in mathematics from Fresno State.  I then taught math at University High School at the Fresno State campus for fifteen years.

While teaching at University High School, I developed a debate-style method of mathematics instruction.  For the last seven of my fifteen years at University High School, I worked with the Fresno State math department as the lead instructor for the Fresno State summer STEM academy, training teachers from all around the San Joaquin Valley area in this debate-style of instruction.  In the summer of 2017, I learned of the classical Christian renewal and got in contact with Veritas School soon thereafter.  I have been teaching here at Veritas School since the fall of 2018.  I am currently working on my master’s degree in math education through Fresno Pacific University.

Adina and I have been married since 2004 and we have seven children.  Besides teaching and researching mathematics, my hobbies include New Testament textual criticism, studying Chinese, and playing townball.

Ericka Kencke
BA, Linguistics University of Victoria
MA, Linguistics University of Victoria

French

I’ve always been drawn to activities involving languages and language learning.  I learned French in school in Canada, then solidified it by living and studying in Quebec and Switzerland.  I used my BA to train for Wycliffe Bible Translators, then taught phonetics and developed an alphabet for a pre-literate people group in French-speaking Cameroon.  After my MA, I spent five years teaching English as a Second Language in Canada.

Most of the next two decades I spent happily working as a homemaker and mother of two in Beaverton. One of my aims was to find the best schools for my children.  Once I found Veritas, this meant driving a 50-mile round trip at least once each day. It has been well worth it.

In my fifth year of this commute in the fall of 2018, I stepped in to fill the need for a French teacher, and am now learning how to apply my other teaching experience to French.  In this classical Christian environment, I am learning as much as I am teaching, and I hope and expect that will continue as long as I am here!