Faculty & Staff

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John Mark Reynolds

President and Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Reynolds is a Fellow of the Center For Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute. He is the former provost of Houston Baptist University and was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, the Socratic, great books-centered honors program at Biola University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he wrote his dissertation analyzing cosmology and psychology in Plato’s Timaeus. Dr. Reynolds is the author of numerous books, including When Athens Met Jerusalem: an Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought and is the editor of The Great Books Reader. He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on a wide range of topics including ancient philosophy, classical and home education, politics, faith, and virtue.

Timothy Bartel

Provost and Professor of Great Texts and Writing

Dr. Bartel holds a Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. His essays and poems have appeared in Christianity and Literature, Notes & Queries, Pilgrimage, Saint Katherine Review, and Windhover. Timothy’s academic specialty is the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and he is the author Glimpses of Her Father’s Glory: Deification and Divine Light in Longfellow’s “Evangeline” (Wipf & Stock, 2019). Timothy has also published three collections of poems, including Aflame But Unconsumed (Kelsay Books, 2019), and Arroyos: Sijo and Other Poems (Mariscat Press, 2015), which was named a “Book of 2015” by the Scottish Poetry Library. He is one of the founding faculty members of The College at The Saint Constantine School, helping shape the writing and literature curriculum.

In his free time, Timothy designs chapbooks and paints miniatures. Though his first love is poetry, he is not above reading Star Wars and Warhammer novels for fun. Timothy and his wife Hope have three children: Gwen, Roman, and Nina. They attend St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston.

Melanie Augustus

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Augustus holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University, where she studied the intracellular signaling of hormones. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from UT Southwestern. Melanie completed her post-doctoral work at Rice University, studying the role of peroxins in Arabidopsis thaliana. She spent seven years as adjunct faculty teaching Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Science courses for non-majors at multiple colleges and universities, while homeschooling her children for ten years. Melanie has presented her work at numerous conferences over the years and has published her work in several journals, including the Journal of Biological ChemistryPNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) USA, Plant CellPlant Molecular Biology, and Genetics.

Rachel Kilgore
Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Literature

Dr. Kilgore holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Baylor University, and an M.A. in Literature from The University of Dallas. Her most recent publication comparing the Psalmists to Jane Austen’s character Fanny Price in Mansfield Park appeared in Religion and Literature (24.3). She is a writing consultant and a scholar of Jane Austen and the rising British novel.

David Gilbert

Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy

David Gilbert holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. He spent several years teaching philosophy and religion to sailors on board three deployed United States Navy aircraft carriers with the Navy’s College Afloat program. He was most recently a founding faculty member and the Associate Director of The Academy at Houston Baptist University.

Nathan Mueller

Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy

Nathan Mueller is a Doctoral Candidate at Baylor University in Waco, TX. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Creighton University and an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University. While his research interests include philosophy of religion and philosophy of education, Nathan’s primary areas of research focus on issues in epistemology and metaphysics, and, in particular, social epistemology. His dissertation defends the thesis that our epistemic norms can vary from one social context to another; a position termed Epistemic Norm Contextualism. 

When he is not doing philosophy you can find Nathan riding his bike, drinking dark coffee, working in his yard, sharing shows with his wife, or standing in as a jungle gym for his family, which now includes four kids and one dog. 

Caitlin Gilbert

Instructor of Great Texts and Theology

Caitlin Gilbert serves as the Associate Provost of The Saint Constantine School. She had the honor of designing the PreK – 12th grade curriculum and culture for Saint Constantine as one of the founding leaders of the school, and has grown more and more passionate about the power of a classical education rooted in love, play, and the work of God. Caitlin holds an M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot School of Theology, and a degree in English Literature from Biola University, where she is a perpetual member of The Torrey Honors College. Before helping start Saint Constantine, she was the founder and former director of The Academy, an innovative, great books-based, dual-credit program at Houston Baptist University. Caitlin writes and speaks regularly on education, the priorities and significance of childhood, personal growth, and helping children grow into mature Christian adults. Alongside her duties as Associate Provost, she teaches great books and literature.

Caitlin loves going to work everyday with her husband David and their young children, Galen, Theodore, and Virginia. She likes to cook, read, and clean house (really!) and can’t wait for the day when they’re able to live just a little outside the city again. 

Nick Dalbey

Instructor of Great Texts

Nick Dalbey is a California transplant by way of Tennessee. He received an M.A. in English Literature from Middle Tennessee State University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Biola University where he’s also a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. Nick is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Houston. Academically, he’s drawn to all things medieval. he spent most of his graduate studies researching the overlap of classical philosophy, Christian theology, and medieval literature. His thesis, “The Ascent of the Soul in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” outlined the Platonic, Boethian, and Augustinian influences behind Geoffrey Chaucer’s characterization of the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales. Boethius, Chaucer, and Beowulf are his love languages. 

Nick has enjoyed working in a wide variety of jobs in his life: he’s been a high school English teacher, an editor for a student academic journal, a barista, a groundskeeper, and deckhand for an Alaskan commercial fishing boat. When he’s not working, you’ll find his hanging out with his wife, Justine, and three children waiting soccer or taking a stroll through the neighborhood. 

Jonathan Mueller

Instructor of Great Texts

Jonathan Mueller is Head of Faculty Development and Associate Head of School at The Saint Constantine School, where he also serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Houston Baptist University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from Biola University where he is also a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. He served as the co-creator and lead teacher of The Academy at HBU’s Junior High program, and truly enjoys engaging with great texts and great ideas with students.

Jonathan loves to travel and learn about other cultures and languages, and is incorrigibly interested in a wide variety of pursuits, such as literature and poetry, archery, the history of aviation, and philology. He and his wife Megan have two children, Beatrice Louise and Charles Beauregard. They attend St. Matthias Anglican Church in Katy. 

Dan Enright

Instructor of Great Texts

Dan Enright received his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BS in Christian Leadership at the College of Biblical Studies. He served as both a High School and College Pastor in parochial ministry for a number of years and most recently as an Adjunct Instructor for The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas.

Dan is an avid reader, drummer, and dog-lover. He enjoys traveling to the Holy Land and leading others in connecting their faith to the land of the Bible. He loves spending time with his wife, Jennie, and their dog, Gretchen. Dan is currently pursuing Ph.D. studies in Bible Exposition at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kris Yee

Instructor of Great Texts

Kris Yee is the Dean of Co-Curriculars and a member of the President’s Cabinet. He has an M.A. in Philosophy from Houston Baptist University and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Great Books, focusing on the potential for moral formation through the reading and study of fairy tales. He graduated magna cum laude from Biola University and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. Before joining the founding faculty of The Saint Constantine School, he helped start The Academy at Houston Baptist University, where he served as first a Teaching Assistant, then as an Instructor of Philosophy. As Saint Constantine’s Dean of Co-Curriculars, he spends much of his time thinking about and building meaningful community among the students and faculty through retreats and events.

Kris is married to Lily Yee, who also works at Saint Constantine, and loves her more than any non-deity. He likes going to punk shows, tends to cry when reading children’s literature, and is constantly try to find the Fourth. 

Daniel Reynolds

Instructor of Great Texts

Daniel Reynolds is an Instructor of Great Texts and History at Saint Constantine. Dan has taught in Christian classical and conventional education at Torrey Academy at Biology University, Pacific Bay Christian School (Pacifica, CA), and Providence Classical School (Spring, TX). He has a B.A. in History from Roverts Wesleyan College, an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University, an M.Div. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, an M.Phil. in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in Anglican Studies at Azusa Pacific University and a member of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Katy, TX.

Dan enjoys all things theological, philosophical, political, and historical. He spends a great deal of time thinking about British history, genealogy, the history of languages, and ancient cultures. He enjoys travel to exotic locations like Middle Earth, Narnia, ancient Anatolia, and medieval England. He is a sucker for the good old Victorian adventure story. He also has frequent stimulating conversations with his family, friends, and his cat Lucy. 

Melissa Neacsu

Instructor of Mathematics

Melissa Neacsu has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Oregon and the Donald Clark Honors College. She has taught lab classes in Statistics for Business Majors, College Algebra, and General Math at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. She is the author, alongside Dr. Shlomo Libeskind, of the text Non-Euclidean Geometry Topics to Accompany Euclidean and Transformational Geometry, a supplemental geometry text that has been used at the University of Georgia.

Andrew Cogburn

Instructor of Biblical Languages

Andrew Cogburn graduated from the Honors College at Houston Baptist University with a B.A. in Classics. He then earned an M.A. in Classics and Early Christianity in May of 2020, also from HBU. He enjoys creating Latin and Greek curricula using the Living Languages model.

Andrew was born in Texas, but grew up in Kansas most of his life. He came back to Texas to study apologetics, but also fell in love with classical languages, Orthodoxy, and his wife Elizabeth Cogburn. When he’s not teaching, Andrew enjoys serving as a reader as Saint Paul’s Orthodox Church, learning Spanish, cooking, and searching for the perfect hot sauce. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had their first child in 2018 and their second in 2021. 

Robert Stacey

Visiting Professor of American History and Government

Dr. Stacey is the former Associate Provost at Houston Baptist University, and was the first Dean of the HBU Honors College. Prior to HBU, Dr. Stacey served as Associate Professor in Regent University’s Robertson School of Government and as founding Chairman of the Department of Government at Patrick Henry College. He has taught courses in Presidential Studies, National Security, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, and Political Theory. His current research focuses on the inherent tension between liberty and security and how these two vital interests can be balanced in an age of modern terrorism. His previous publications include Sir William Blackstone and Common Law, in addition to a host of articles and reviews on topics ranging from intelligence oversight to presidential elections. He received his Ph.D. in Government at the University of Virginia in 1998.

Angie Dorsett

College Registrar

Angie Dorsett serves as the College Registrar for Saint Constantine, organizing schedules, calendars, classrooms, and assisting both our college students and dual credit high school students. Angie earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Most of her career experience was focused in Human Resources for a major hospital system in Louisiana. There she was involved in salary and compensation, policy and procedures and accreditation efforts. Her family has moved around a bit due to her husband’s career. Their most exciting location was Trinidad and Tobago where they spent two years enjoying island life. Angie and her husband, Scott, have four children, two of which are in college and two who are currently students at TSCS.

Angie enjoys serving in her church, cooking and gardening, being outdoors and mostly, spending time with her family.

Justine Dalbey

College Admissions Officer

Justine Dalbey graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from Biola University and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors College. She’s a great example of a successfully functioning adult with a really cool degree that’s never made her any money. Justine has spent her professional career working in a paleontology lab, as a barre fitness instructor, and in education with students from kindergarten to graduate level. Justine is married to TSCS teacher Nick Dalbey and is a mom three young children. In what exists of her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, organizing drawers, taking toddler-paced strolls through the neighborhood, and watching Jeopardy, Project Runway, and Parks & Recreation.

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