About the director

WesWesley Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated in History from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho; the University of Idaho; New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho; and at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has written curriculum for several ACCS and other Christian schools, has written some Great Books study guides for homeschoolers (published by Veritas Press), speaks regularly at Classical Christian education conferences for home educators and private schools, and has taught summer intensive Latin and other summer courses. He has written columns and short fiction for Credenda/Agenda and Antithesis, and contributed to the book Classical Education and the Home School, (published by Canon Press).  Schola Classical Tutorials, a program of live internet courses in the Great Books and the Classical Languages, began in the fall of 1997 and is his contribution to the growing classical Christian education movement, as is Hill Abbey.

Wes and his wife Dani have six children, five of them married, and twelve grandchildren. Wes and Dani live in an old farmhouse in northern Idaho near Wes’s parents, where they all use the cold winters as an excuse to read, and the hot summers as another excuse to read. Wes likes to read, garden, watch movies, fish and hunt, barbecue, travel (he offers tours most summers for his students and their families to Greece and Turkey), write, and read some more.

Statement of Faith

I teach explicitly as a Christian and in the light of the historic, universal Christian faith, especially as exemplified in the “undivided age”, the first millenium of Christianity. I affirm the Nicene Creed as a faithful summary of the Christian faith and the necessity of Christian unity and love in the bond of peace as expressed in Galations 5:22-23 and throughout 1 John. The only spiritual requirements of my students are a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to kindness and graciousness toward others, but it should be expected that all the teaching in Hill Abbey and Schola will clearly, explicitly, and regularly reflect a historical and classical Christian perspective.

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