The Classical Historian Family
John and Zdenka De Gree live with five of their children in San Clemente, California (Their oldest two are out of the house). After working in private and public school education for over twenty years, John recognized the great need in American society to promote independent and critical thinking through open and thoughtful discussion of history. While home schooling, Zdenka realized that fun games that teach history are nonexistent. The Classical Historian teaches history through games and creative curriculum. Our materials are inspired by the best that is offered in the Western education tradition: openness, analysis, healthy competition, respect towards opposing viewpoints, recognition of an absolute truth, and academic honesty.
John earned his Masters of Arts in Humanities from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Zdenka her MBA from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. After marrying, John and Zdenka founded a windsurfing school in Turkey and taught German tourists on the Mediterranean Sea. For four years, they lived in the Czech Republic, where they started their family. At Charles University, John studied World and Czech history and taught English and History in various locations. Since 1996, the De Grees have lived in California, where John has been teaching in public and home school for over nineteen years.
Adam De Gree is our teacher of our online courses for junior high and high school students.
Adam De Gree is a 22-year old Freelance Writer and recent Philosophy graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is not only the first student to graduate from The Classical Historian's middle school program, but according to John De Gree, in the area of Humanities, “Adam is one of the most academically-gifted students I’ve ever taught.” After passing through the tutelage of his mother, Zdenka, and his father, John, at the family home school, Adam went on to attend his local high school.
In high school, he earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma and was named one of the top 20 leaders of the 750-student class of 2012. Along with this honor, he scored “5” on the following tests:
At UCSB, Adam studied Philosophy, a major he chose thanks in part to its emphasis on critical thinking. As an undergraduate, he enrolled in several graduate seminars above and beyond his degree requirements. In addition, he followed his interests into an independent thesis on Primitivism that integrated elements of History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy.
Since starting college, Adam has been financially independent in the expensive location of Southern California. After a brief (painful) stint behind a cash register, he followed his interests and found himself steady work as a freelance writer. Writing has been his primary source of income for over 2 years, and it funded his 8-month journey through Europe, Asia, and Australia last year. (You can read about his journeys here.) He plans on writing and teaching for the next few years in foreign countries, alongside his fiance, Tessa.
A few words from Adam:
"I am very excited to pass on the critical thinking, debate, and persuasive writing skills that I learned through The Classical Historian program. Looking back, I can confidently say that my middle-school history classes changed my life by inspiring excitement about history, an interest in the process of argument and analysis, and an openness to new and challenging ideas. This impact touches every part of my life, including my academic experience as a Philosophy student, my career as a writer, and my social life in a world of divergent viewpoints. I have a love of learning that I acquired, in part, through home schooling, and I can't wait to pass this onto my students.
The class is really amazing. This is our first year homeschooling and we were previously at a private "classical" school. The teacher is knowledgable and most importantly is patient and explains the topics until the students understand the discussion.
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Tessa De Gree is our teacher of our online courses for elementary school.
Tessa is a 23-year old English Teacher and recent Political Science graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the eldest of three siblings raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, Tessa cultivated an appreciation for art and grassroots community organizing. Her passions led her to study both Dance and Comparative Politics at UCSB. As an undergraduate, Tessa participated in research with her professors and teaching English while studying abroad in Thailand. Tessa is currently living with her husband Adam in Czech Republic. She plans on dancing and teaching English overseas for the next few years, alongside her husband.
The following is a detailed explanation of the Classical Historian approach.
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