Who We Are

The Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) is an association of elementary and secondary schools working to promote the transmission of the culture of the Christian West through the Classical Core Curriculum. The Classical Core Curriculum was developed at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. After teaching the mastery of basic skills and classical children’s literature in the primary grades, its dual focus is on the intellectual skills of the liberal arts and the cultural content of the great books from 3rd through 12th grade.

The Staff

Cheryl PhotoCheryl Lowe (1945–2017) | Founder

Cheryl Lowe was the founder of the Classical Latin School Association along with Martin Cothran. Mrs. Lowe was a Louisville native whose books and essays on Latin instruction have garnered a national reputation for excellence within the classical education renaissance. Yet, her own education was grounded initially in math and science. She held a B.S. in chemistry with honors from the University of Louisville, with minors in mathematics and history, and a master’s in biology from Western Kentucky University. In addition to writing Latina Christiana and the First Form Series, she also founded Memoria Press and Highlands Latin School. Mrs. Lowe passed away in June of 2017, yet her memory and example continue to daily inform the mission and vision of the Classical Latin School Association as we seek to pass on the culture of the Christian West.

Martin Cothran | Director 

Martin is the Director of the Classical Latin School Association. He is a writer and educator who lives with his wife and family in Danville, Kentucky. He is the editor of The Classical Teacher magazine and former director of the Memoria Press Online Academy. He is a co-founder of both Mars Hill Academy in Lexington and Highlands Latin School in Louisville, and is the author of 5 books, including Traditional Logic: Books I and II, Material Logic, Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle, and Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin. Having worked in public policy in communications and legislative relations at the state level for 20 years, he is a frequent guest opinion writer for newspapers and regularly appears on radio and television—even being the most frequent guest on Kentucky public television’s public affairs program “Kentucky Tonight.” Cothran graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in economics and philosophy. He also received an M.A. degree in Christian apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now a part of Trinity University).

Paul Schaeffer | Assistant Director

Paul is the Assistant Director of the Classical Latin School Association and in that position has helped in numerous start-up schools. He is one of the few professionals working in classical education who received such an education himself. He has taught middle school, high school, and college-level Latin internationally. In Louisville, Kentucky, he led students through Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and other great works at Highlands Latin School. He is a regular contributor to The Classical Teacher magazine.

Tanya Charlton | Curriculum Director

Tanya Charlton taught at Highlands Latin School for five years before taking on the role of Curriculum Coordinator for the school as well as writing curriculum for Memoria Press. Tanya wrote the study guides for Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Famous Men of Modern Times, and several literature guides for the grammar school. Seven years ago, Tanya transitioned to a full-time position at Memoria Press as Curriculum Director. She oversees the development of new curricula, is responsible for the revision and reprinting of existing curricula, supervises Memoria’s homeschool convention season, and continues to write study guides as time permits. Tanya is also the assistant editor of The Classical Teacher. Tanya has a B.A. in English from Milligan College and a B.S. in accounting from Troy State University.

Michelle Tefertiller | Primary School Specialist 

Michelle received her B.A. in education with a minor in language arts from Oklahoma Baptist University.  She has written First Start Reading Book E, Numbers and Colorsand has edited or contributed to many courses in the primary grades of the Classical Core Curriculum. After teaching at Highlands Latin School for six years, she transitioned full time to the position Director of Primary Education for Memoria Press and the Classical Latin School Association.

Ryan Weston | Director of Trademarked Schools & Cottage School Consultant

Ryan is an administrator and educational consultant who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and six children. He has served as Director of the Highlands Latin Cottage School in Louisville and as Director of Cottage Schools for Memoria Press and has previously worked as a primary school educator. He received his B.A. in applied management from Grand Canyon University and is pursuing a master’s degree in systematic theology. In his position, Ryan assists and advises start-up cottage schools and provides on and off site consulting services for administrators, faculty, and staff.

Kathy Becker | School Representative West

Kathy leads the Western Schools Division for Memoria Press. Prior to her present role, she taught literature for the logic and rhetoric stages in a classical Christian school, and then served on the school’s administrative team. As an educational consultant, Kathy works with schools to promote the growth of classical education by meeting curricular and teacher training needs, while her college major in Biblical Studies informs her dedication to all things classical. 

Jim Duncan| School Representative Midwest

Jim is the Schools Division Midwest Representative for Memoria Press.  He served as a pastor for 31 years before joining Memoria Press.  In 2015 he led Second Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to start Coram Deo Classical School. Jim has a passion to help other churches yoke with Memoria Press and start classical Christian schools as part of their community outreach.  He has a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Mid-Continent Bible College, and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary.