Erasmus Academy
 

Mr. Fabien L. Rivière
French
Mr. Rivière, a native speaker of French, grew up in Toulouse, France. He received his BA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Civilizations (2004) and a MA in World Languages (2005) both from the University of Toulouse. He did graduate research in French and German Studies at Ramapo College, New Jersey (2006) and spent a year completing a postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University, England (2007). Fabien is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Teaching & Instructional Leadership Award, granted by The State University of New York at New Paltz. Currently Mr. Rivière serves as an Adjunct Professor of French and Global Studies at Ramapo College and a French teacher in the Goshen Public School District, New York.



Ron Ditmars
Mr. Ron Ditmars
German
Mr. Ditmars did graduate work for six years at Freiburg University, Germany in classical and modern languages. He holds a Magister degree from that institution in modern German literature. He has a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a M. Phil from Union Seminary in NYC, where he directed its Summer Language Program and taught the intensive German course to graduate students for nine years.






D Ben DeSmidtDr. D. Ben DeSmidt
Classical Latin

Dr. DeSmidt is Associate Professor of Classics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he has taught Latin and Greek languages and literatures for six years, and is the directorof the Western Heritage Program. His B.A. is from the University of Chicago; he graduated with a Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2006. This will be Ben’s fourth year of teaching the summer intensive, online Latin course with the Erasmus Academy.







John_Anthony_DunneMr. John A. Dunne
New Testament Greek
Mr. Dunne is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, under the
supervision of Professor N.T. Wright. He has a BA (’08) in Biblical and Theological Studies from
Biola University, in La Mirada, CA, and from the Talbot School of Theology an MA (’10) in New
Testament Language & Literature and an MA (’11) in Old Testament & Semitics. He received the
Zondervan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Greek (’10) and the same award for
Biblical Hebrew (’11). Mission trips have taken him to Mexico, Romania, Peru, and Costa Rica. He currently teaches Koine Greek and other New Testament courses at the Las Vegas extension of Lincoln Christian University.



Dr. Kristina Chew
Classical Greek
Dr. Kristina Chew received her BA in Classics from Princeton University (1990) and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995. She has extensive teaching experience in Greek and Latin languages as well as in classical civilization courses. She was an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2001-2005) and Associate Professor of Classics (with tenure) at Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ (2005-2014). She is now an Instructor in the Department of Classics at Rutgers University. 



 
Mr. William Andrews
 Spanish
 Mr. William Andrews Mr. Andrews received his BA in Spanish
 Languages and Literatures from the College  of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He currently is  enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Chicago  Theological Seminary and serves as the Spanish instructor for  doctoral students there, as well as for  graduate students in the Hyde Park, Chicago cluster of schools,  who are preparing for their proficiency  exam. Will also worked as a translator at the US/Mexico border for  more than a year. 






Dr. Bergljot Chiarucci
Sanskrit
Dr. B.J. Chiarucci earned MA and PhD degrees from the University of California Berkeley in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. She spent the summer of 2004 in Heidelberg, Germany practicing spoken Sanskrit at Heidelberg University, and she spent several summers in India where she took further language courses in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Tamil. At UC Berkeley, she taught in the Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies and in the Department of History of Art between 2005-2011. Her interests include Sanskrit literature, the history of yoga, and manuscript studies.



Jim Wilson
Hebrew

Mr.Wilson is the Hebrew Teaching Fellow at Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D candidate in the Old Testament in Wilmore, KY under the supervision of Professor Bill Arnold. He has a BA ('07) in Biblical, Theological, and Classical Studies from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN, and a MA in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary ('14). He received the ICTHUS Award from Asbury Seminary for Old Testament Studies. He has experience in several Semitic languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, Akkadian, and Northwest Semitic dialects; and several years of experience in New Testament, Septuagint, and Classical Greek. He has also served as a Youth Director for several years in the United Methodist Church.