About the CLAA


Image of William C. Michael, Headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

Mr. William C. Michael

The Classical Liberal Arts Academy was founded in 2008 by Mr. William C. Michael with a mission “to research, restore, publish and teach the classical liberal arts.” Mr. Michael studied Classics & Ancient History at Rutgers University, where he graduate magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He has spent 25 years researching and studying the classical liberal arts full-time. Mr. Michael worked as an upper school Classics teacher from 2000-2008 before founding the Academy. Outside of his work in the Academy, Mr. Michael enjoys running and reading philosophy. Mr. Michael is a Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, all of whom have studied in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.

Homeschool Support

Mrs. Dania Michael

Mrs. Dania C. Michael,

Mrs. Michael earned a degree in Classics from Rutgers University, and worked for several years as a private elementary school teacher before the birth of her first child in 2000. Since then, she has been a homeschooling mother to ten children ages 21 to 6. Mrs. Michael provides homeschool support for parents and students in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. Outside of her work in the Academy, Mrs. Michael enjoys gardening.

Note: In 2021, Mr. & Mrs. Michael are beginning formation as members of the Third Order of St. Dominic.


Mr. Jared Haselbarth

Mr. Jared Haselbarth

Mr. Haselbarth earned a B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he went on to work as an assistant Academic Dean before going into private business. Mr. Haselbarth has been involved in the Academy since 2009 as both a contributor and homeschooling father. He is appreciated for his work in music and video production and handles the Academy’s Sacred Scripture courses.

Br. Patrick Lynch

Br. Patrick Lynch

Br. Patrick studied in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy before joining the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in 2018. Br. Patrick was an exemplary student in the Academy, having lived and studied with Mr. Michael for several years. He possesses a thorough understanding of the classical liberal arts curriculum and history, and is highly competent in classical language studies.

Mr. Guilherme Soares

Guilherme Soares is finishing his B.S. degree in computer science from New York University’s school of engineering. Both he and his wife are members of the Third Order Lay Dominicans. With children on the horizon, Guilherme found the CLAA in the beginning of 2021 and has since immersed himself in the curriculum, as well as started to make preparations to raise and educate his children in the CLAA.