Who we are
Daniel grew up in Georgia where he was home schooled K-12 and had the privilege to study under Wes Callihan (Schola Classical Tutorials) throughout high school.
Daniel did his graduate work at St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he earned an M.A. in Liberal Arts (2013). His undergraduate work was done at LaGrange College, in LaGrange, Georgia, where he earned a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Music, and minored in Philosophy (2010). Daniel’s Philosophy minor was awarded in recognition of his studies at Oxford University, UK, where for a term he studied Ancient Philosophy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (2009).
Daniel is a currently a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern Literature & Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina.
In addition to his work here at Polymath, Daniel teaches at the Memoria Press Online Academy (2013 – present), and has taught Literature, Composition, Logic, Rhetoric, Geometry, Physics, and Precalculus for a number of years. In the fall of 2022, Daniel will be narrowing his focus to mathematics and taking on a new role as Head of the Math Department.
Daniel has also taught Freshman English at the University of South Carolina (2017-18, 2019-20).
Daniel and his wife, Haley, live in South Carolina and have three wonderful children. They are members in good standing at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Columbia, SC.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys music (classical guitar, piano, and occasional bouts of accordion), poetry, backpacking, and dabbling in languages.
Contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2013, Daniel emailed Fritz Hinrichs (gbt.org) to get some advice in pursuing online teaching as a classical educator. In reply, he mentioned that there was a great need for someone to develop an online mathematics sequence for home schooled Great Books students. Armed with that knowledge and his encouragement, Daniel launched Polymath Classical Tutorials a few months later with the goal of putting together a 4-year math sequence in the Great Books tradition.
Since 2013, Daniel has spent his summers teaching seminars in Geometry, Arithmetic, and Algebra while researching and writing the Classical Mathematics series.
During the school year, Daniel teaches in the Memoria Press Online Academy.
What we do
Polymath Classical Tutorials is an online tutorial service and curriculum publisher dedicated to providing classically grounded Christian education.
Why we exist
We live in an age which is simultaneously hyper-specialized and superficial. College students, for instance, are forced to choose only one or two subjects to pursue in depth, and even grade-school students are taught to think of knowledge as a heap of unrelated subjects. In response, we seek to help students discover that all subjects are interrelated. (For instance, students using Classical Mathematics ONE will find themselves not only doing math, but also writing essays and tackling questions about the nature and beauty of human rationality.)
Furthermore, we believe that education ought to be, as educator Andrew Kern once put it, the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the good, the true, and the beautiful. By this definition, Christian education is simply a fulfillment of Solomon’s exhortations to pursue wisdom. Finally, because Christ is Lord of all, all education is, ultimately, an inquiry into the mind of God.
We are always working to add new courses, curricula, and resources, and have plans to expand into disciplines beyond mathematics. All of our courses and materials are designed to encourage and help students to develop deep interests in all subjects, recognizing that truth is a consistent whole and must be sought to the glory of God.
At Polymath, it is our goal to participate in the modern rebirth of classical Christian education by providing the tools to raise renaissance men and women.