Scholé Mentors

Scholé Mentors & Consultants

Expert Guidance for Homeschool Educators and Leaders in Scholé Communities

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Find Guidance For Restful Leadership

These experienced Scholé Community Directors are qualified to help new communities get started and thrive!

To qualify as a Scholé Mentor, a director must have two to three years of experience leading a Scholé Community and at least five years of experience homeschooling and studying classical education and pedagogy, and demonstrate leadership ability. All of these mentors have been interviewed and approved by the Scholé Communities network. New Scholé Communities are highly-encouraged to reach out to one of these mentors for an initial, free consult to help a Scholé Communities start. Each mentor sets her own fees for ongoing consulting and mentoring of new Scholé Community directors. Each of these mentors is also qualified by the Scholé Communities network to host and lead Scholé Retreats around the country.

Ashley Richard, mentor for schole communities classical education

Ashley Richards

Ashley Richards is the founder and director of Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy, which started in 2016 and joined Schole Communities in 2017. She currently teaches middle school humanities, covering history, literature, and writing and has previously taught science and Latin. She writes curriculum for her Schole community, trains new teachers, and provides consultation to other homeschool groups looking to build their classical curriculum and form a nonprofit. She is a homeschool mom that lives on a hobby ranch in northwest Indiana with her husband, two boys, and a growing menagerie of livestock and pets. She has trained as a nonprofit consultant under Carol Topp, HomeschoolCPA, and continues her own Great Books education in her free time. She believes community is vital to blessing our kids with a strong faith and education. Ashley can be reached at

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Jill Courser, teacher and mentor for schole communities classical homeschool

Jill Courser

Jill Courser is a homeschool mom to five boys and founder of Sanctuary Schole Homeschool Fellowship in Lapeer, Michigan. She has been a student of classical education since 2005 when she started researching homeschooling approaches for her children. Jill graduated from the Circe Institute Teaching Apprenticeship program in 2021 and she currently teaches rhetoric, literature, Latin, and “wonder” math at the homeschool fellowship. She lives with her husband and boys on 20 acres in rural Michigan where they run a deer processing and taxidermy business. In her spare time Jill loves gardening, reading, music, and hiking. She studied French horn performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts. Jill is available for all kinds of consulting, including homeschools, co-ops, Christian schools, and continuing education for teachers and homeschool parents. She specializes in assisting with plans for homeschool/hybrid groups and incorporating restful practices in all kinds of educational settings. Contact:

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Jennifer Dow

Jennifer directs the Paideia Fellowship Online Scholé Community, which has been a Scholé Community since 2015 and in existence since 2013. Jennifer is a CiRCE Certified Classical Teacher and has been teaching classically since 2009 in a variety of settings, including homeschooling her own children, teaching the humanities, classical rhetoric, nature study, and the fine arts in the local homeschool community as well as at The CiRCE Academy and St Raphael School. She is the owner and founder of The Paideia Fellowship, an organization devoted to coaching parents and teachers in how to teach the classical liberal arts through online resources and courses, live workshops, and events. Her passion is to help parents, leaders, and teachers grasp how to teach the classical liberal arts. She knows well how to help groups start and thrive in a restful and authentically classical way and has the experience and ability to help groups with any of the above topics. You can reach Jennifer at

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Colleen Leonard

Colleen Leonard is the Director of Sola Gratia Classical Academy in Raleigh, NC, which began as a Scholé pilot group in 2015, following three years of teaching a group out of her basement. She has been homeschooling for 15 years. She runs the website and writes about her experiences in classical education and the journey her Scholé group has been on since its inception. She loves to bring creative, embodied learning to students, and help others create a more restful experience in their pursuit of a classical education. Her passion is to educate student’s heads and hearts for Christ. You can reach Colleen at

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