Instructors

Nicole DeLambo

Nicole DeLambo received a B.A. in Interior Design and Art from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio, and then worked at a residential interior design firm. She went on to obtain an M.A. in Education at Ursuline College and later an M.Ed. from DePaul University in Educational Leadership. During the past eighteen years, she has attained diverse teaching and school leadership experience at public and private schools in both Ohio and Illinois. She found a passion for gifted education and enjoys inspiring young minds to see the beauty of art and design in the world around us.

Allen Gross

Allen Gross holds both a B.S. and an M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from New York University. He was an adjunct mathematics professor for nineteen years at LaGuardia Community College and taught SAT math review classes for ten years. He has recently retired from a career in banking.

Tom Kemnitz, Jr.

Tom Kemnitz, Jr., has a degree in Media Production and Screenwriting from The New School in Manhattan. Following graduation, he completed two-year conservatory training at Stella Adler Studio. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, as well as plays. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America East.

Dr. Sharon Kaye

Dr. Sharon Kaye is the author of the Western philosophy series published by Royal Fireworks Press. She is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She runs a Philosophy for Kids internship program in which undergraduate students teach philosophy to middle school honors students. She has published numerous articles and books, some of which have been translated into Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Slovak. She and her husband have two young children.

Myrna Kemnitz

Myrna Kemnitz taught writing for decades in the New York public schools, and she also trained teachers in the instruction of creative writing. She is the author of the enormously popular four-volume series Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus, which teaches readers how to use children’s literature to develop higher-level thinking skills. Among her other publications are My Friend the Mastodon and What Valley View Has Meant to Orange County. She served as editor of many of the Royal Fireworks Press novels.

Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz

Dr. Thomas M. Kemnitz is a historian and the author of many books for students. During the past few years, he has concentrated on writing about the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome for students of the Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum by Royal Fireworks Press. He received his B.A. in history and literature from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in history from the University of Sussex in England.

Ingrid Klass

Ingrid Klass holds a Master’s in the History of Religion from the University of Chicago, with a focus in South Asian philosophy and languages (Sanskrit and Pali). Her B.A., from Carleton College, is in religion, with a concentration in South Asian studies. She has studied Sanskrit at Harvard, and while a student, she lived in Sri Lanka for one semester, studying Buddhism. She has taught courses in Asian philosophy, world religions, Buddhism, Fundamentalism, and Asian humanities at the college level.

Dr. Kristin Krause

Dr. Kristin Krause is a teacher and a biologist. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in biology. After earning her doctorate from Dartmouth College, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she learned to slice a fruit fly’s eye into 5,000 extraordinarily thin pieces. She spent two years as a crew member on tall ships, which led her to write Last Voyage of the Hornet: The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous, published by Royal Fireworks Press. She keeps busy as an adjunct professor and has three teenaged sons.

Dr. Frances R. Spielhagen

Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., is Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. She served as Chair of the NAGC Education Committee from 2009 to 2011. Her most recent publications include Homeschooling in New View and Pedagogy into Practice: A Handbook for New Teachers. Dr. Spielhagen was a Latin teacher for more than 30 years. She has presented her work in Latin at the American Classical League, the Classical Association of New England, the New Jersey Classical League, the Association for Teachers of Foreign Language, and the National Association for Gifted Children. As a young scholar, she was author of a Review Book for the College Board Achievement Test in Latin. She is the creator and author of the Fabulae Caeciliae series of Latin texts published by Royal Fireworks Press.

Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson

A native Spanish-speaker from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Puerto Rico. An experienced classroom teacher, she has taught Spanish in elementary school through high school and college. She is a co-author of the Caesar’s English texts and is the translator/author of With the Eyes of a Woman and Ideal Love. She contributed articles to Our Gifted Children magazine, including “Identification of Gifted Hispanic Students” and “One Gifted Child, Three Environments.” She is co-author of the chapter “Reflections on Foreign Language Study for Highly Able Learners” in Developing Verbal Talent, published by the College of William and Mary (1996). Fascinated by the Spanish classics of the Golden Age, she likes to reread Cervantes’s Don Quixote every few years. She has spent the last decade researching the work of nineteenth-century Latin American women writers. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the Great Homeschool Convention conferences.

Michael Clay Thompson

During a period of thirty years, Michael Clay Thompson was a classroom teacher, middle school head, and academic. Now Michael teaches his curriculum online while he continues to develop new literature trilogies. An acclaimed speaker and workshop presenter, he has inspired millions of students and educators through his teaching, books, and presentations with a new love of language and literature. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, studied for gifted education accreditation at Mars Hill College, and obtained his M.A. from Western Carolina University. During his teaching career he taught in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Michael has written more than 100 books, all with Royal Fireworks Press.

Francis C. Wickham

Francis C. Wickham

Francis C. Wickham, AIA, practiced architecture for three and half decades as a partner with Prentice & Chan, Ohlhuasen Architects (New York City). His training began at Carnegie and included Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria. He spent five years with I.M. Pei and Partners and many years as a solo practitioner. He designed and contributed to the designs of many buildings around the world. He has taught at Columbia University and Vassar College.

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