Master Teacher: Douglas Favelo, PhD
Douglas Favelo, PhD
MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.
He lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.
Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed four Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, and Latin 2.
MA, Pepperdine University
In addition to his BA and MA in history, Brian Trimmer holds a teaching credential through California Lutheran University. He has been a classroom teacher for fifteen years. He currently teaches world and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Brian highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history.
Brian has published three history-related articles on Google’s Knol informational website. Two of these articles are chapters straight from his Master’s thesis: Defenders of the West, the History of Naval Airstation Tillamook. He has also achieved expert author status on EzineArticles with eleven feature articles on entrepreneurship and home-based business. He and his wife Heather have begun a successful home-based business. God has given them three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.
This is Brian’s seventh year teaching for the Academy.
MA, George Mason University
Megan Bowman earned her bachelor's degree in social studies and secondary education from Appalachian State University in 2006 and her master’s of education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, with a concentration in history, from George Mason University in 2009. She had the unique opportunity to study abroad for a summer term in 2004 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She also worked as a historic interpretative intern with the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2006. Over the past ten years, she has taught 9th–12th Grade Social Studies classes in Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools and HSLDA Online Academy, including AP® World History, AP® U.S. History, and AP® European History.
Megan is very excited to be teaching again with HSLDA Online Academy this academic year. Over the past ten years, her passion for history and for piquing young people's interest in history has grown exponentially. Her favorite topics to study include ancient Greek and Roman history, early church history, the Reformation, the American Civil War, World Wars I & II, and the Cold War. She looks forward to getting to know her students and facilitating a fun and exciting European History class!
Megan lives in West Virginia with her husband Kevin and their daughters Lizzy and Victoria. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, baking, wood-working, and hanging out with her family and their beagle Bella.
This is her third year teaching for the Academy.
MA, Villanova University
Anna Fitzpatrick Layer earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a Bible minor from Cedarville University. In the fall of 2016, she completed her master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history from Villanova University. Anna’s primary research interests include Irish participation in the American Civil War, along with more general Civil War history. She also finds the American Revolution and World Wars I and II fascinating!
Various travel and work opportunities have enhanced Anna’s love of history and teaching. During the summer of 2015, Anna had the opportunity of traveling to Ireland with other Villanova students to participate in a summer studio program with Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre. While in Ireland, Anna enjoyed exploring how Ireland’s history is portrayed through its theatre. Various internships at national and local historic sites and museums, such as the National Archives, deepened Anna’s passion for sharing history by giving tours to groups of students and the general public. Anna has also worked as a TA for online Cedarville University politics courses. She greatly enjoyed working with the students in this position, and helping them achieve their academic goals.
Anna is so excited to be a teacher with HSLDA Online Academy and to share her passion for history with her students! She looks forward to meeting her students, and conveying to them how history enriches lives, creates empathy, and reveals more of God’s sovereignty.
Anna currently lives in Kansas with her husband Jacob and their Beagle / Jack Russell mix, Tammy. Along with spending time with her husband and family, Anna enjoys going on walks and hikes, playing the piano and harp, baking, reading, knitting, and touring museums and battlefields.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
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