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 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).

Ethan Gotcher | Assistant Director

Ethan serves as the Assistant Director of the Classical Latin School Association, and in that capacity endeavors to organize, improve, and expand the CLSA’s resources and training initiatives for schools around the country. He also teaches classical studies at the Highlands Latin Cottage School in Louisville, KY, and writes for CLSA’s Exordium and Memoria Press’ The Classical Teacher. He holds an M.Div. in Biblical and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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.

Shane Saxon | School Representative, Trademark Schools

Shane serves as the School Representative for Trademark Schools for the Classical Latin School Association, and in that capacity, helps to work with communities around the country to start Highlands Latin cottage and full time schools. He also teaches composition and literature at the Highlands Latin Cottage School in Louisville, KY and writes for Memoria Press’ The Classical Teacher. He holds a B.A. in English, and both an M.Div. and a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.   

Kathy Becker | School Representative, West

Kathy is a Schools Division Representative in the West for the Classical Latin School Association. 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. 

Thomas Jay | School Representative, West

Tom is a Schools Division Representative in the West for the Classical Latin School Association. Prior to joining the CLSA team Tom worked for many years as a teacher and administrator in diocesan and charter schools. He is committed to the advancement of classical education and enjoys partnering with schools in developing curriculum and training teachers. Tom holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Humanities with a Concentration in Classical Educaton, both from the University of Dallas. 

Michelle Tefertiller | School Representative, Midwest

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 Colors, and 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.

Jim Duncan | School Representative, Midwest

Jim is the Schools Division Midwest Representative for The Classical Latin School Association.  He served as a pastor for 31 years before joining the CLSA team.  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 CLSA 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.

Sarah Jo Davis | School Representative, Southeast

Sarah Jo is the Schools Division South Representative for the Classical Latin School Association. Prior to this role, she taught fifth grade at Highlands Latin School, and she also has taught high school Latin. She co-wrote Book of Birds and has edited or contributed to several courses in the Classical Core Curriculum. She has a B.A. in Humanities from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theology Seminary.

Cheryl Swope | School Representative, Special Needs

With a master’s degree in special education, Cheryl holds lifetime K-12 state teaching certifications in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She has served in public and private schools, and is the author of the award winning book, Simply Classical. Cheryl and her husband adopted boy/girl twins and homeschooled the children through high school. Both twins have autism, learning disabilities, and schizophrenia. Now young adults, their enduring love of literature, history, and Latin inspire Cheryl to share the hopeful message that a classical Christian education offers benefits to any child.