About the CLAA
by William C. Michael
Mr. William C. Michael
The Classical Liberal Arts Academy was founded in 2008 by Mr. William C. Michael with a mission “to research, restore, publish and teach the classical liberal arts.” Mr. Michael studied Classics & Ancient History at Rutgers University, where he graduate magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Rather than continue in university studies, Mr. Michael elected to devote himself to teaching, aiming to return classical liberal arts studies to their traditional place in early education. He has spent 25 years researching and studying the classical liberal arts full-time. Mr. Michael worked as an upper school Classics teacher from 2000–2008 before founding the Academy. Mr. Michael is a Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, all of whom have studied in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. Mr. Michael was recently invited to serve as one of the Senior Fellows in the Albertus Magnus Institute and is currently in his first year of formation in the Third Order of St. Dominic (Lay Dominicans). Outside of his academic work, Mr. Michael enjoys working on his 15 acre family farm in rural North Carolina.
Mrs. Dania C. Michael,
Mrs. Michael earned a degree in Classics from Rutgers University, and worked for several years as a private elementary school teacher before the birth of her first child in 2000. Since then, she has been a homeschooling mother to ten children ages 21 to 6. Mrs. Michael provides homeschool support for parents and students in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. Outside of her work in the Academy, Mrs. Michael enjoys gardening and is in formation as a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic.
Mr. Jared Haselbarth
Mr. Haselbarth earned a B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he went on to work as an assistant Academic Dean before going into private business. Mr. Haselbarth has been involved in the Academy since 2009 as both a contributor and homeschooling father. He is appreciated for his work in music and video production.
Dr. Jonathan Kenigson
Dr. Kenigson is a theoretical mathematician and founder of Athanasian Hall, Cambridge (UK). He is currently a member of the Isaac Newton Mathematical Institute at the University of Cambridge, and Sr. Research Scholar in Philosophy of Science, Mathematics, and Religion at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studes of the Cambridge Federation. Dr. Kenigson is a friend of the Academy and has offered assistance with the Academy’s Quadrivium curriculum. See: A Modern Mathematician with a Classical Education: Interview with Dr. Jonathan Kenigson
Br. Patrick Lynch
Br. Patrick studied in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy before joining the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in 2018. Br. Patrick was an exemplary student in the Academy, having lived and studied with Mr. Michael for several years. He possesses a thorough understanding of the classical liberal arts curriculum and history, and is highly competent in classical language studies.
Mr. Guilherme Soares
Guilherme Soares is finishing his B.S. degree in computer science from New York University’s school of engineering. Both he and his wife are members of the Third Order Lay Dominicans. With children on the horizon, Guilherme found the CLAA in the beginning of 2021 and has since immersed himself in the curriculum, as well as started to make preparations to raise and educate his children in the CLAA. While studying the classical liberal arts, he assists with the review and grading of student work in the Academy.