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Jeff Larson

Jeff grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After receiving an undergraduate degree at Taylor University, he returned to Milwaukee and attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Jeff married his wife, Becky, 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, Joseph, June, and Everett.

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. Jeff looks forward to being involved with Charis Classical Academy, observing its growth and impact on families in the community.

Kim Nielsen

Mrs. Nielsen served as the founding headmaster of Charis Classical Academy and is currently the Curriculum/Teacher Development Coach. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies at University of Iowa. She practiced for a number of years before accepting faculty positions at two different PA programs, where she realized her true love of teaching. After being introduced to classical education and the university model, she and her husband helped found Oak Grove Classical Academy in Albuquerque, NM. In 2010, they moved to Madison with their four children to plant The Vine Church. Kim’s passion for education, for seeing the gospel displayed in every aspect of life, and for her own family came together once again in the birth of CCA. She loves spending time with her husband and four kids, investing in their church community, reading, gardening, and re-purposing furniture (nothing better than seeing something old revitalized!).

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 has served as 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.

Tony Tucci

Tony grew up in West Bend, WI, north of Milwaukee. As a child, he and his family lived in southern Mexico while his family served as missionaries there for 5 years. He cherishes this time as a child having learned Spanish along with a love for international culture.

Tony owned a roofing company after high school and married Kirsten at the age of 20. He went back to school the week his eldest son Michael was born. After graduating from Cardinal Stritch University in 2006, with their second son in tow Tony and Kirsten moved to Madison to begin a career in real estate sales.

Tony and Kirsten have 6 children–5 boys and 1 girl–Michael, Caleb, Anthony (T-Bone), Jonathon, Vincent, and Iris.

Tony runs a real estate sales team ,“The Tucci Team,” with Realty Executives Cooper Spransy. He has served on the board of directors and is a past president of the Realtors Association of Southern Wisconsin.

Tony was home schooled until high school and has a deep love for the home-schooling education model. Tony and Kirsten home-schooled their kids for their first 6 years. When they were introduced to the Classical Model through Charis they jumped in and have never looked back.

Tony enjoys time with family and friends and, at one point in his life, spent lots of time playing basketball. His mission is to see the King of Kings glorified in his life by serving those around him with gratitude and generosity.