Our Mission

ClassicalU is an online teacher-training platform that provides a clear path toward mastery for classical educators seeking to understand the classical tradition of education and teach with excellence.

ClassicalU was launched in 2015 as a division of Classical Academic Press and has been gradually adding courses that feature veteran classical teachers, professors, and leaders who are gifted at training and inspiring others.

In 2021, ClassicalU partnered with the Templeton Honors College to offer for-credit graduate courses as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the college.

ClassicalU enjoys partnering with numerous organizations seeking to advance the renewal of classical education. We work closely with the following organizations:

Meet the CEO

Christopher Perrin

Christopher is the founding CEO of Classical Academic Press and the founder of ClassicalU.com. As he was traveling doing faculty training for classical schools in the 1990s, he noted the great need that schools and homeschools had for good, practical teacher training and development. He and the team at CAP decided it would be a great help to gather experienced classical educators and professors, record their training and make it available on an easy-to-access website. 

Meet the Director of ClassicalU

Jesse Hake

Jesse Hake has been an upper school humanities educator. Most recently before ClassicalU, he was Principal for seven years at Logos Academy, a classical school in downtown York, PA. Jesse leads the course production efforts at ClassicalU where he helps recruit talented teacher-trainers and professors, and arranges for all aspects of the course design, recording, as well as hosting presenters onsite in Camp Hill, PA. 

Jesse also leads the logistical and operational side of ClassicalU and the interface and collaboration with the Templeton Honors College.

meet the vice president of sales and Marketing

Joelle Hodge

Joelle has been an upper school humanities and logic teacher for many years before becoming the director of Scholé Academy (an online 3-12 school) and then the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Classical Academic Press and ClassicalU. Joelle oversees the promotions and sales operations while working closely with Jesse Hake and our Marketing Manager, Alex Lash. 

Joelle is also engaged in cultivating strategic partnerships with organizations wanting to work with and include ClassicalU in their work and mission.

meet the web developer and programmer

Stuart Dum

Stuart studied computer science at Grove City College and brings a wealth of programing, coding, and web development skills to the ClassicalU website. Many of the easy-to-use features and interfaces you find ClassicalU are the result of his programming and creative skills!

Stuart works to ensure that the website is regularly maintained, fast and easy to use, and deploying up-to-date tools and technology. 


Richard Prensner

Richard works closely with the CAP and ClassicalU team to ensure the website makes the best use of video and aesthetic design. Richard is also our main studio operator who ensures a great experience with our presenters and a great resulting recorded presentation that is clear, balanced and engaging.

Richard has a passion for storytelling and brings that sensibility to the way in which videos are recorded, presented, and edited.

meet the Website Support and Operations Assistant

Sarabeth Borowiec

Sarabeth has served ClassicalU for several years providing course outlines and now supports our subscribers with content access as well as continuing to provide lesson outlining and course setup. She is a mother and home educator with a love for classical education.