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Summer hours Mon-Thur 9AM-3PM - closed July 30-August 12

Schedule a visit now to learn more about the oaks for 2018-19 school year! - 509-536-5955

Summer hours Mon-Thur 9AM-3PM - closed July 30-August 12

Schedule a visit now to learn more about the oaks for 2018-19 school year! - 509-536-5955

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

Your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” (Is. 30:20-21)

The Grammar School

Melody Kind

Kindergarten

1 child attending
11 years teaching
4 years at The Oaks

Melody Kind

Melody grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA, graduating from Seattle Pacific University as a language arts major. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13) has become a life verse. Favorite authors include Lewis, Austen, Dickens and A.A. Milne of Winnie fame, but nothing quite beats taking walks with her husband and dog.

Beccy Holland

First Grade

1 alum
30 years teaching
18 years at The Oaks

Beccy Holland

Beccy taught for ten years in the public schools in Orlando, Florida. With a Master’s in Reading Education, she was happily volunteering in the Reading Literacy Program in Spokane until God brought The Oaks and the Trivium onto the 'radar'. The rest is .... wonderful history that continues to this day.

Kim Mewes

Second Grade

30 years teaching
21 years at The Oaks

Kim Mewes

Kim grew up in Spokane, graduated from E.W.U. and attends Christ our Hope Bible Church. The Wind in the Willows and To Kill A Mockingbird are perennial favorites. This scripture always encourages her: "those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31) Kim loves to travel abroad, but nothing surpasses her affection for the Oregon coast.

Ally Tedrow

Third Grade

3 children attending
12 years teaching
6 years at The Oaks

Ally Tedrow

Ally grew up in western Washington, and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. Her husband, Arik, served as her gateway to the Spokane area. Ally holds a graduate degree in Administration from the University of Idaho. She enjoys running, baking, reading, photography, skiing and spending summers with her toes in the sand at her family's lake place.

Colin Williams

Fourth Grade

2 children attending
11 years teaching
4 years at The Oaks

Colin Williams

Colin loves nothing more than to hang out playing games with his family, run the hills of Liberty Lake with buddies, play basketball with other Oaks’ dads and staff, and watch football on Sundays. But, even more, he loves God, who used Young Life during high school to grant salvation in Christ. Colin graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 and met his wife, Renee, while attending graduate school at Seattle Pacific University in 2001.

Thomas Kolarsky

Fifth Grade

3 children attending
13 years teaching
8 years at The Oaks

Thomas Kolarsky

Thomas grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota, receiving a B.A. in elementary education from Bethel College in St. Paul. He attends Southside Christian Church, directed by his favorite scripture, John 17, when Jesus prays for all believers. Thomas loves to go for walks with his wife, visit family in Minnesota, and work with wood.

Stacey Miller

Sixth Grade

6 years teaching
Alum
6 years at The Oaks

Stacey Miller

Stacey graduated from The Oaks and received a Liberal Arts degree from New Saint Andrews College. She cherishes Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, running, ultimate frisbee and ... words. Psalm 63:7-8 inspires her: "Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You. Your right hand upholds me."

Gary Woodroof

Sixth Grade

3 alums
14 years teaching
5 years at The Oaks

Gary Woodroof

Gary received his B.A. in Music Education from Northwest Nazarene University, followed by a Masters in Choral Conducting from Portland State University. He has served as Worship Pastor for the First Church of the Nazarene since 2003. He has taught "Exploring Music", with great pleasure, at Moody Bible Institute since 2011. Gary enjoys watching the Mariners, the Seahawks, and college sports (football and basketball particularly) while sipping on a tall Americano coffee. This last may be an understatement.

Cherise Stutzman

Art

3 children attending
4 years teaching
2 years at The Oaks

Cherise Stutzman

Cherise majored in English and Music Theory at the University of Idaho, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. She believes "talent is a phenomenon we observe in others who have been given opportunity for enrichment, instruction and inspiration." She loves composers like Rachmaninov, Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Shastakovich, as well as artists like Michelangelo, Wyeth and Turner. Their lives move her as much as do their works.

The Logic and Rhetoric Schools

Eric Indgjerd

Latin

1 alum
21 years teaching
11 years at The Oaks

Eric Indjgerdd

Eric is a fourth-generation Spokanite who first fell in love with foreign languages as a petit amateur on the French bike-racing squad Vendée la Roche sur Yon Cyclisme.  He has studied and taught ESL, Spanish, French and Latin for two decades. 

Eric is not infrequently seen trail-running along the Spokane River reciting lines from the novels of Flannery O’Connor, the poetry of T.S. Eliot and the Proverbs of Solomon.

Allegra Miller

Latin

9 years teaching
Alum
8 years at The Oaks

Allegra Miller

Allegra grew up in Wenatchee, WA and Spokane, WA. After graduating from The Oaks, she received a bachelors in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College. She worships at Trinity Church in Coeur d'Alene. Allegra can often be found reading and baking bread ... baking bread and reading.

Kent Young

Music, Bible

2 children attending
18 years teaching
12 years at The Oaks

Kent Young

Kent grew up singing hill-billy songs in three-part harmony in the family vehicle car, truck, van, boat — "whatever they were driving that week". After failing miserably as a business owner, he found success as a music teacher at Longmont Christian School. He then attended Colorado State University, receiving an M.M. in Choral Conducting before coming to Spokane. Kent has a cat "who probably scorns The Oaks, as she scorns everything else."

Ben Tate

Bible, Math

3 children attending, 2 alums
19 years teaching
7 years at The Oaks

Ben Tate

Ben grew up in the 'City of Roses' (Portland, Oregon), before venturing to Florida to teach and pursue a theological degree. In his own words, "for all of my Christian life, the words of Isaiah have gripped my heart and soul: "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." (Is. 40:8) One thing which I love perhaps more than almost any other is the peculiar quiet of the early morning hours in which communion with God is often so particularly rich."

Lucy Nolan

Math

19 years teaching
19 years at The Oaks

Lucy Nolan

Lucy grew up in Falmouth, MA but came west and graduated from WSU with a degree in mechanical engineering. Spokane is home, but she looks forward each summer to the joys of Cape Cod summers amidst the intimacy of her birth family. Memorizing psalms and hymns has become a favorite hobby, thanks to many years of Oaks encouragement.

Andy Mattson

Math, Physics

1 child attending
21 years teaching
6 years at The Oaks

Andy Mattson

Andy was born in Astoria, Oregon and raised across the Columbia River in a small fishing community. He still commercially fishes for salmon in Alaska each summer. Andy’s passion is discipling students and athletes to glorify God, deepened by nine years as a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Tekoa, Washington. Colossians 3:17 motivates him: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Joel Dowers

Biology, Chemistry

1 child attending
2 years teaching + alum
2 years at The Oaks

Joel Dowers

Joel received an A.A. from New Saint Andrew’s College, a B.S. in Sports Science from the University of Idaho and his M.S. in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly, he was a program manager for the research company STRIDE and taught a variety of college courses. A member of the second graduating class at The Oaks, Joel's daughter is now also an Oaks student.

Matt Dykstra

Earth Science, Biology

2 children attending
21 years teaching
19 years at The Oaks

Matt Dykstra

Matt grew up in Michigan before making a life-changing decision to attend college in the Northwest. He delights in seeking what it means that God’s “eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen” in God’s created world. Matt enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, star gazing, bird watching, reading, and playing his harmonica. It's no wonder he has become the school's premier 'tour guide', leading field trips as well as the Grand Tour.

Carter Stepper

History

5 years teaching
2 years at The Oaks

Carter Stepper

Carter received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and is working towards an M.A. in theology from Whitworth. His interests in history, philosophy and theology are inspired by the dictum of “faith seeking understanding.” He has a passion to help students connect the complex, beautiful world of God's truth with the contemporary world.

Scott Welch

Logic, Literature

5 children attending
19 years teaching
2 years at The Oaks

Scott Welch

Scott spent five years as a Naval Aircrewman after high school before attending New St. Andrews College and WSU. He came to The Oaks in 2016 after teaching and administrative duties at The River Academy in Wenatchee, WA. Scott is now working on his Master’s degree in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. Building relationships with students and athletes is a source of motivation and joy.

Emily Woodroof

Logic, Rhetoric, Philosophy

5 years teaching
Alum
5 years at The Oaks

Emily Woodroof

Emily was home-schooled in her early years, but entered and graduated from The Oaks after the Woodroofs settled in Spokane. She is a graduate of Biola University, where she studied the Great Books alongside the scriptures in the Torrey Honors Institute. The opportunity to study themes as varied as King Arthur and the Problem of Evil have become an asset she shares daily with her students. Emily has a deep love for music and cherishes every chance to sing alongside her father and two younger sisters.

Amy Kim

Literature

1 child attending, 2 alums
14 years teaching
12 years at The Oaks

Amy Kim

After being raised in Omak, WA, Amy received her BA in 1992 from Pacific Lutheran U. with a double major in English Literature and Music. In 1994, she and her husband, Michael, moved to Spokane where she earned her M.I.T. from Whitworth and taught at Lewis & Clark HS before her three children were born. In 2008, she returned to the classroom at The Oaks. She enjoys singing on the worship team at Faith Bible Church, beautifying inside and outside spaces, and trying to keep up with Michael on the bicycle.  

Ben Palpant

Literature, Art

4 children attending, 1 alum
21 years teaching
19 years at The Oaks

Ben Palpant

Ben grew up in Kenya, Africa before moving to Spokane at ten years of age. He attended Whitworth University and has taught for twenty years. Eighteen of those have been at The Oaks. Ben and his wife, Kristen, have five children. He attends Christ Church and is the author of A Small Cup of Light, Sojourner Songs, and a children’s book, Pepin and the Magician. He loves writing, reading, and fly-fishing.

Jason Farley

Literature, Apologetics

4 children attending
11 years teaching
2 years at The Oaks

Jason Farley

Jason graduated from Whitefield College and Greyfriars Pastor’s Hall, receiving ministerial ordination in 2010. He spent eight years "not shoveling snow" while pastoring in Santa Cruz, CA. He served as founding headmaster of St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy. He loves to write, as well as watch and play basketball. Jason, with his wife Erin, "host regular dance parties at home."