Our administration consists of a team committed to seeing the mission at SLO Classical Academy flourish, the community thrive and the school becoming a sustainable, dynamic institution that lasts the test of time.
Susie Theule, Ph.D., Visionary Director
As Visionary Director since the school's inception, Susie brings years of education and practical experience to this position and an ongoing, passionate commitment to classical education and the SLO Classical Academy model. Our resident visionary, she motivates staff and parents to pursue their understanding of the classical approach, encourages the development and refinement of our educational model, protects the mission of the school, and hatches ideas to keep the program dynamic and sustainable.
Although home schooling was never in the plan, she has happily been home educating her four children since 2004 and wouldn't change that for the world. All four or her children attend SLO Classical Academy and range in age from first through ninth grade. As one of the founders, Susie helped lead the school from 27 children in 4 homes to over 240 students on a large school site. Susie holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, but after taking a break from private practice when her family moved to the Central Coast, she has spent her time investing in a creative and exceptional educational option for her own children and those in the surrounding community. She remains passionate and motivated in her role by constantly witnessing first-hand the unfolding of classical education, character and community in her own family and in those she serves.
Troy Wathen, Ed.D., Associate Director
With nearly twenty years of teaching and educational leadership experience, Troy brings a rich understanding of classical education to SLOCA. In 2000, Troy moved from Southern California to become the founding headmaster of a classical school in Houston, Texas. During that time, the school grew from a handful of families to over 300 students in 2010 and nearly fifty graduates from the high school. Troy has been encouraged to see that classically educated graduates are more than able to excel in some of the finest universities in the country. It is also encouraging to watch students mature and participate in activities such as mock trial, speech and debate, and athletics with excellence. Troy believes that the classical model of education is applicable to all areas of life and offers great hope for training the mind, body and spirit of the individual. Troy has spoken nationally on topics of classical education, student discipline, non-profit leadership and governance, and the classical family life.
Troy received his Bachelors in Economics and Business from Westmont College, his masters in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University, and his doctorate in Educational Studies from Biola University. The emphasis of his doctoral studies was on the development of intentionally engaged students. He hopes to bring the strategies uncovered in his studies to the students at SLOCA to foster a true love of learning that comes when we fully engage our minds in the learning process. Troy will be working on student development in addition to practicing his craft of teaching with our lower middle school students. He is very enthusiastic about learning alongside his students and encouraging this same pursuit in the families of SLOCA.
Troy has been married to his wife, Summer, for over twenty years, and they have two daughters, Faith-Marie and Grace. They presently live in Morro Bay where they enjoy riding bikes, taking long walks, and taking their dog, Teeny, to the dog park. The entire Wathen family is happy to be back in California, closer to family and in the pleasant climate where they can enjoy the outdoors.
Kateri Rein, Enrichment Coordinator & High School Coordinator
Passionate and knowledgeable about education, Kateri Rein came to SLO Classical Academy as a homeschool parent ready for something new. Her oldest signed up as a 5th grader in February of the first year the school started and loved it so much that her 3 siblings joined over the next couple of years. Kateri has always wished for more art in her children's lives, so she started as a volunteer, helping to coordinate the school’s Academy Classes. This job quickly grew to being the Enrichment Director, where Kateri oversees Academy Classes, Enriched Hybrid classes, and Enrichment Classes after school, as well as other workshops that come up during the school year.
As a part of the staff leadership team, Kateri's understanding of the unique vision and mission of SLOCA makes her an essential piece in offering excellent enrichment opportunities and in the overall planning and development of the school as a whole. In spring of 2009, as her 8th grader grew increasingly sad at the idea of graduating from SLOCA, Kateri found herself researching classical high schools and from there, the developing SLOCA High School program began. Kateri has served as the High School Coordinator since 2009.
Cozy Faber, Development Director
Cozy Faber's children started their elementary learning in kindergarten at SLO Classical Academy during the fall of 2007. Being the primary educator for the at-home portion of their instruction both motivated and inspired Cozy to participate more deeply in the development of Classical Academy. After playing a key role in parent volunteering, she joined the administrative staff in 2009 to turn a consistent focus onto the raising of funds to support the school’s increasing growth. Using her experiences from the formation of multiple start-ups in the Silicon Valley and here on the Central Coast, Cozy strives to create fun, intuitive, and successful ways for the community to invest in SLO Classical Academy.
Amy Calloway, Admissions and Business Manager
Amy Calloway and her husband Mike both grew up in San Luis Obispo County. They are parents to three wonderful children; two girls in their 20s and one boy in Lower Middle School at SLOCA. Amy has many years of experience in the administrative field. She worked for PG&E for 19 years as an administrative assistant to senior management in a variety of departments, ranging from construction and engineering to public relations. When their son came along, Amy decided to work part-time from home to spend more time with her son. For seven years she worked for Marsh Consulting Group providing administrative support in the Health and Welfare Benefits Field. Additionally, she homeschooled their son until they found SLOCA in 2008.
Amy loves SLOCA and what it represents. She started working in the office as a Nice Office Lady for the 2008/2009 school year and has spent the last two years working in the area of Admissions, Parent Care and office management. She works hard to ensure that the office operates smoothly so parents feel informed and well-connected, and can focus on the education of their children as well as themselves.
Merideth Eades Preschool Co-Director
Merideth Eades comes to SLOCA with over 25 years experience in the field of education. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BS degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Child Development. She went on to receive her Multiple Subject teaching credential from National University. In addition, Merideth received training as a Reading Recovery Teacher and spent nine years teaching struggling readers.
As part of her degree program, Merideth had the opportunity to teach preschool. After graduation, Merideth spent two years directing a Child Development Center for a local business. During her time as Director, she oversaw the planning and implementation of curriculum, kept the center in compliance with current regulations, and oversaw the staff. She then went on to teach first grade for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District for 13 years.
When her oldest was ready for Kindergarten, Merideth and her husband made the decision to homeschool. Not wanting to stop teaching, Merideth was delighted to join the staff at SLOCA and have the opportunity to homeschool her daughter as well. Currently she is directing SLOCA’s new Jr. K program.
Merideth has lived on the Central Coast for over 20 years. She and her husband Scott have three children; Hayden Joy, Luke and Sam. In addition to directing and teaching, Merideth enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, camping and hiking.