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Jeff & Becky Larson

Jeff and Becky grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and met at Heritage Christian High School. After receiving undergraduate degrees at Taylor University and Trinity International University, respectively, they returned to Milwaukee where Jeff attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Becky began teaching fifth grade at their alma mater. They were married in 2004. After graduating from medical school, they moved to Madison for Jeff's surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin from 2006-2011. After two years of additional training, the Larsons returned to Madison where Jeff is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at Meriter-Unity Point Medical Group. They have four children: Charlotte, 7, Joseph, 6, June, 3, and Everett, 8 months.

Jeff and Becky are members of Redeemer City Church, where they enjoy leading worship and hosting a weekly small group. In their leisure time they enjoy reading, attending concerts, traveling, discovering unique Madison restaurants, golf and cheering on the mighty Badgers and Packers. The Larsons became interested in classical education after returning to Madison. As a young family, they appreciate university-model schooling and the philosophy behind Charlotte Mason’s joyful discovery. They look forward to being involved with Charis Classical Academy, observing its growth and impact on families in the community.

Zach & Kim Nielsen

After both graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, Kim received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Iowa (go hawks!) and Zach his Master of Theology from Covenant Seminary. Zach’s career took the family from Iowa to Nashville, TN and then to Albuquerque, NM to serve as a music pastor. While in NM, Zach felt the call to plant a church with a team of two other pastors back in the Midwest, thus bringing them to Madison.

Zach is currently a pastor at The Vine Church. He is a talented musician and also blogger extraordinaire; he enjoys playing with his jazz trio, exercising, photography, and spending time with his family. Kim worked as a physician assistant until having their third child. She served as faculty at two different PA programs where she realized her love for teaching and education. She enjoys reading, gardening, restoring furniture, and discipleship.

While in Albuquerque, Zach and Kim discovered classical education and helped found Oak Grove Classical Academy in 2008 where they fell in love with the classical, christian, university-model® of education. They have four children, Taylor, Autumn, Emery, and Mya. While enjoying a few years of homeschooling, they look forward to being part of Charis Classical Academy and seeing the school bless the Madison community.

Shannon & Jill Stahl

Shannon and Jill met at the University of Illinois, where they were both undergraduates. But, Shannon then left for graduate school in California, and they did not reconnect for 12 years. In the meantime, Jill finished her degree in Chicago (UIC) and worked for 10 years as an occupational therapist near Peoria, IL, and Shannon moved from graduate school in CA to a postdoc position in Boston, and then started his career as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Chemistry. Shannon and Jill are the parents of Karissa and Lavell, both of whom attend Charis. They attend attend Geneva Campus Church where they help to lead the children's worship program and host/lead a household group. When Shannon isn't writing research papers or grant proposals or traveling for work, he enjoys reading to his kids, watching football, and enjoying outdoor activities with his family. Jill loves every chance she gets to sneak in a long (or even short) walk, hike, or bike ride, or curl up with a book or her journal with a cup of tea in her favorite chair.

Jay & Katie Tuck

Jay and Katie met in their hometown of Rockford, IL when they both became involved with a college/career ministry inspired by Passion conferences. Katie had recently returned from Biola University and Jay graduated from Vanderbilt University. After a whirlwind romance they were married and headed off to Chicago where Jay began medical school.

Almost 15 years, 4 cities, 3 kids, and 2 dogs later, the Tucks have settled in the Madison area where Jay works as a Pulmonologist & Intensivist at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Jay and Katie are members at Red Village Church where Jay is an elder. Jay also enjoys reading, jogging, biking and nature hikes with his family. Katie enjoys spending time outside with her family, discipleship, reading, running, and the arts.

The Tucks became interested in classical education before they even had children when they read Dorothy Sayers' essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning.” They are excited about being a part of Charis Classical Academy.