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Dr. Andrew Seeley
For 20 years, Dr. Andrew Seeley has been a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Seeley received his Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (1995). His dissertation was a study in St. Thomas's teaching about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
His teaching experience includes courses in Biblical Studies; Patristics; Logic; Natural Philosophy; Biology; Geometry; Cartesian Algebra; Differential Calculus; Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy and Literature; Classical Physics and Relativity; and Music Theory.
Desiring to share his love of learning, in 2005 Dr. Seeley became Executive Director at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has spoken at conferences, led in-service workshops, offered consultations to schools and colleges and directed the Institute's Annual Academic Retreat for Teachers.
Dr. Seeley is on the National Policy Advisory Board for the Catholic High School Honor Roll, and Aleteia’s Board of Experts (English edition). His articles have been published on-line in Crisis, First Things and The Imaginative Conservative, among others. He is co-author of Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government. He is currently working on a book to promote Catholic classical education.
Dr. Seeley is married to Lisa Seeley and is father to six children.
Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed
Mr. Van Hecke is the President and Founder of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has been a Catholic educator for 25 years, currently serving as Headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura. He received a B.A. in classical Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. He is President and Publisher of the Catholic Textbook Project, a company producing the first history textbooks specifically for Catholic Schools in nearly 50 years. As a consultant and speaker, Mr. Van Hecke loves to share his passion for Classical Catholic education across the country. When not doing that, he enjoys life with his wife and three children on their avocado ranch in bucolic Santa Paula, California.
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In-Service Workshops at Catholic Schools – Our one and two-day in-service workshops give faculty at a host school or schools a deeper understanding of Catholic education and practical curricular and pedagogical advice. Workshops are tailored to fit the needs of each school.
Academic Retreat for Teachers – Our five day Retreat gives Catholic educators an in-depth experience of an authentic Catholic learning environment. Each day is devoted to a different aspect of the curriculum -- the Trivium, Quadrivium, Natural Sciences, History and Theology. Discussions inside and outside the classroom reinvigorate the joy of learning, while offering helpful suggestions to participants for bringing their experience back to their schools.
Catholic Professionals Seminars – Our seminars for Catholic Professionals open the treasury of Catholic wisdom to men and women outside of the academic life. A perfect way for board members and donors to deepen their appreciation of the good they help make possible.
Consultation Services – The Institute offers curricular and faculty development review and consultation for k-12 and collegiate core programs.