Summer Program Co-Lead and Instructor
Mr. Michael Phillips
Summer Program Instructor
Mr. Jesse Williams grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and attended Montana State University acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering, a subset of the University’s Chemical Engineering program, and a minor in Hispanic Studies.
After college Mr. Williams served two and a half years in the Peace Corps and served as a Community Health Volunteer in Itapé, Paraguay. During his time in the Peace Corps, Mr. Williams taught health and English classes at a local public and private school where he discovered his passion for teaching. Mr. Williams then was a substitute teacher for his hometown school district in Idaho. Since then he has worked as a Junior Environmentalist with Hennepin County in the twin cities area and as a Data Analyst/Administrative Assistant in the Mercedes and SMP plants located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Mr. Williams joined the Cyprus Classical Academy team in the 2020-2021 school year, and co-leads the CSMA Summer Program.
Mr. Michael is a children's music artist, early childhood specialist, and a visual artist. He has been a teacher for Cyprus Classical Academy's Art & Music program since 2018 and runs his classes with energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and fun! Mr. Michael's career has revolved around working with and sharing his art and music with children. He has performed in the United States as a children's music artist and has recorded a children's music CD. He lived and worked as a first grade teacher and a music teacher at St. Stephens International School and as a first grade teacher at Kasetsart University Laboratory School in Thailand. He also worked as the Deputy Head of Early Childhood Education for Modern Montessori International in Singapore. He returned to the US in 2012.
Mr. Michael began teaching at Cyprus Classical Academy in the 2018-2019 school year has been a CSMA Summer Program Instructor since 2019.
Summer Online Tutor: Math & Language Arts
Ms. Samantha Stoll has a B.A. in Math Education from St. Catherine University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has a teaching licensure for grade 5-12 Mathematics, and is currently a member of Phi Beta Kappa (National Academic Honor Society), Pi Mu Epsilon (National Math Honor Society), and Pi Lambda Theta (National Education Honor Society).
She has been a faculty member at Cyprus Classical Academy since 2018 and teaches Math, Literature, Language Arts, and is a high-level math specialist. Ms. Stoll began working in CSMA's Summer Online Math program in the summer of 2020.
Mr. W. earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Writing with a specification in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, with an expected graduation in 2022. Shane studied under numerous successful, published authors including Chris McCormick and Sam Apple, and is currently working on his first novel.
Mr. W. has a passion for movies demonstrated by his extensive Blu-ray collection with over 1400 titles. In addition to watching movies, he has written, directed, and edited numerous short films and is currently working on a script for a feature film to be produced in 2023. Mr. W. has many years of experience working in education and has always wanted to be a teacher. He has a passion for writing and literature and is excited to share his accumulated experience and knowledge with Cyprus students this year teaching Logic at the college level, Advanced and Honors Language Arts, Creative Writing, and History.
Mr. W. joined the Cyprus Classical Academy faculty in 2021, and has offered Cyprus students the benefit of not only his knowledge, but has also brought in published authors and Johns Hopkins University faculty to meet with his students about creative writing and being an author.