The Instructors' Promise to Parents

The Oxrose Academy is a classical, liberal arts online academy and curriculum provider, working within the Catholic educational tradition.  We, the instructors and contributors, are Catholic academics who wish to share our talents in support of your educational efforts through this online school.

  • We will do everything that we can in justice to provide you with an excellent service and value for your money.
  • We accept the teaching authority and mission of the Catholic Church and seek to support Christ's Church in its mission of salvation.
  • We will not miseducate your children, but will seek the liberation of their minds into wisdom, the liberation of their wills into virtue, and the liberation of their lives into Christ.
  • We will always keep in mind that the example we provide is the most powerful teaching tool at our disposal.
  • Be assured of our prayers and support for you and your children.
Instructors & Contributors
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Kenneth Rolling, M.A.
Headmaster

Mr. Rolling co-founded Oxrose Academy in 2011.  He is an instructor in Philosophy, Trivium Studies, Science, Theology, and Great Books.  He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Benedictine College and a Masters Degree in Classics with an emphasis on Greek from the University of Nebraska. He has completed all but his thesis and dissertation for a Masters in Divinity and PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He taught previously in homeschooler basements, some colleges, and other online institutions.  He is the author of Traditio Nostra, Oxrose's Trivium and Philosophy sequence, Schola Rosa's Music and Religion programs.

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Alecia Rolling, M.A.
Registrar

Mrs. Rolling co-founded Oxrose Academy in 2011. She is an instructor in Latin, French, and German; as well as chief author and director of the Oxrose Press.  She received her B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi in French, Latin, and German and a Masters Degree in Classics with an emphasis in Latin from the University of Nebraska. She is the main consultant for the Schola Rosa program. She is teaching Art courses for Oxrose at present.

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Mrs. Mary Hughes Walker, B.A.
Academy Secretary

Raised between Pensacola, FL, and Cincinnati, OH, Mrs. Mary Hughes Walker is a veteran homeschool mom of 2, tutor of several, and teacher of many. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Alabama (last millenium...), in Mobile, AL, where she met her husband, Todd. They have been happily married since 2000, and have two teenage daughters. Mrs. Walker has worked in all manner of business applications and processes throughout her career, from data entry to nonprofit board president. She is the new cheerful voice behind the telephone calls.

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Mr. Zach Krueger, M.A.
Instructor and Author

Zach Krueger lives in Sioux Falls, SD.  He has been married for six years, and he and his wife Meghan have three daughters.  Mr. Krueger works as the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis at St. George Parish in Hartford, SD.  He completed graduate studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary for an Masters in dogmatic theology.  Previously he received a degree in Music Education from South Dakota State University.  After graduating Zach and Meghan spent five years working for the missionary organization FOCUS.  Mr. Krueger teachers courses in Great Books, History Primer, Composition, Trivium-Philosophy, and Spiritual Formation.

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Joshua Keatley, M.A.
Instructor

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joshua Keatley holds a Bachelor's degree from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, a Master's in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary, and a Master's in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria. When diverted from studying the classics of Western and Christian civilization, he can be found hiking the hills of Moravia in the Czech Republic, where he lives with his wife, Anezka.  Mr. Keatley teaches Great Books, History, Trivium-Philosophy, and Latin courses.

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Matthew Walsh, B.A.
Instructor

Mr. Walsh is a native of South Carolina and finished his B.A. in History with minors in French and Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Carleton College in 2020. A recent convert to the Church, he did his thesis work on the topic of clerical identity in the Rationale divinorum officiorum of William Durand and his MARS Capstone project on Christianity in L’Estoire del Saint Graal: A Trinitarian Analysis. He has been a referree for the US Soccer Federation since 2014.  Mr. Walsh teaches French, Latin, History, Great Books, and Spiritual Formation courses.

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Alexander Cavender, MTS
Instructor

Mr. Cavender graduated from St. Olaf College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Religion, and Classics. His linguistic background is in Latin, Ancient Greek, Syriac, and French. He just finished his Master of Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2021. Since 2016 he has been deeply involved with catechetical and missionary outreach programs and has spent his slight spare time in tutoring. He teaches Great Books, Latin, History, and Spiritual Formation courses.

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Mrs. Jessica Long, M.A.
Instructor and Author

Originally from Illinois, Mrs. Long graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in Biochemistry and Religion. She then attended the University of Dayton, from which she graduated in August 2015 with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.  Mrs. Long teaches Maths and Sciences.

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Charisma DaSilva, M.S.
Instructor and Author

Charisma DaSilva is a homeschool mom, teacher and naturalist at heart.  Mrs. DaSilva received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of the Philippines where she worked as a Research Assistant at the Marine Science Institute.  Charisma received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States where she earned a Master’s degree in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.  Charisma has eight years of teaching experience as an instructor and assistant professor at a college level, and as a certified science teacher in Massachusetts at high school level.  Currently, she is enjoying teaching her three future saints as a homeschooler to her three children. Mrs. DaSilva is a contributor to the Schola Rosa Program and she teaches Science.

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Lorryn Sterkenburg, M.A.
Instructor

Lorryn Sterkenburg is a convert to the Faith, a wife, and a teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in History at Hillsdale College, followed by a Master’s in Secondary Education at The University of Michigan. Her conversion began while writing a term paper on the life of Jesus Christ in Ancient History class, and she was baptized on April Fool’s Day of 2018. Since then, she has been a “fool for God”. Lorryn began teaching in 2018 and has taught History, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics in a variety of locations, including Monterey, Chicago, and Cincinnati. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, drawing, and reading with her husband. She looks forward to teaching Math with Oxrose Academy. Mrs. Sterkenburg teaches Math courses. 

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Anna Berlinger, M.A.
Instructor

Miss Anna Berlinger is the daughter of a first generation German father and Irish-American mother. Having heard English spoken by her mother and German by her father, she was raised bilingual. Homeschooled from K - highschool, Anna graduated from Seton Homeschool of Front Royal, Virginia in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bradley University in 2017 and a Master's Degree in English Literature at the same university in the spring of 2019. She enjoys her work at Chesterton Academy of the Sacred Heart as a Latin and History instructor.  In her spare time and over the summer, she rides horses and provides training for ones with emotional issues, as well as hones her home-making skills such as cooking, baking bread, knitting, sewing, and candle making. She is teaching German.

Laura DiBlasi, MFA
Instructor

Laura DiBlasi holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rosemont College, PA. She also holds an MFA from Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino, Italy. During her years in Italy, she trained under Don Gianluca Busi - a master iconographer - in classical Russo-Byzantine icon painting. While at his lab in Bologna she mentored foreign students, guiding them in the basics of iconography and gilding, while also working as an icon
painter, working on a team for large commissions. She is currently an Art teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School in Taylor, TX.

Barbara Robicheaux, M.A.
Instructor and Author

Mrs. Robicheaux lives in rural south Mississippi. She recently came out of retirement in 2021 to join Oxrose Academy as a math teacher. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi with emphasis in mathematics and a B.S. for William Carey College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in secondary education. Before retirement in 2018, she spent 40 years teaching in a public high school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has taught various levels of mathematics and also technology discovery (forerunner of STEM). Mrs. Robicheaux teaches religious education classes for her parish and spends time working in her yard and reading. A favorite quote: Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe. ~ Galileo

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John McNichol, M.A.
Author

John McNichol holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Master's degree in Education from Portland State University, a Master's degree in English Literature from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and has taught Math from the Saxon curriculum for over 2/3 of his twenty-nine year teaching career. He currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife and children and teaches high school full time. You will find him in videos for Math 4: Advanced Math at Oxrose Academy.

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Mrs. Kimberly Robinson, B.A.
Author

Mrs. Robinson grew up in rural Nebraska. Her bachelor's degree is in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Mathematics and a minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2016. Kimberly taught 7th and 8th grade math and 7th grade religion for two years at a Catholic school in Lincoln. She and her family currently reside in Lincoln, NE.  Mrs. Robinson teaches Math, but has stepped away for her growing family. You may still meet her in Video Lectures throughout our Math classes!

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T. Matthew Meyer, M.A. and Abigail Meyer

Mr. Meyer was an instructor and author of Latin, History, Science, and Great Books courses at Oxrose from 2014 to 2016.  He received a Masters Degree in Classics with an emphasis in Greek and Latin from the University of Nebraska and taught previously in the public school system in Nebraska.  He also is the author of Schola Rosa's Cycle 3 Greek program and Cycle 2 4th-6th Grade Latin.

Abigail Meyer was a contributor to the Schola Rosa program from 2014-2016. The Academy is thankful for their great contributions during the lean years!