Sundial Classical Farmstead (SCF) is a Michigan Nonprofit Corporation organized in 2022 with a directorship governance model according to Michigan’s Nonprofit Corporation Act 162 of 1982. The purpose of Sundial is to provide community education programs in Common Arts and Trades and supplemental instruction for homeschooling families through a Classical Liberal Arts Program.
Board of Directors
Sarah Kwilinski is a certified special education teacher currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Classical Teaching from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Her interest in high-quality pedagogy and curricula led her to the classical education renewal movement. She admires Charlotte Mason and Maria Montessori and seeks to create a classroom where both would feel at home. She lives in East Lansing, MI. Sarah serves on the Board of Directors as its President and also serves as the Director of Programs and Liberal Arts Instructor for children ages 5-9.
Amy Richards, Founding Director
Amy Gilbert Richards, PhD is Affiliate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA a suburb of Philadelphia. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Templeton Honors College’s Master of Arts in Classical Teaching program. She lives in Havertown, PA. For more background, visit her faculty page at Templeton.
Mindi Grieser Cromwell, Founding Director
Mindi Grieser Cromwell, PhD is Chair of the Ministry and Theology Department at Central Christian College of Kansas. She lives in McPherson, KS. For more background, visit her faculty page at Central.
Jeremy Dowsett, Secretary
Jeremy Dowsett is a doctoral student at the University of Dayton where his focus is in the area of moral theology/ethics and Catholic social teaching. He lives in Lansing, MI. For more background, visit his student page at the University of Dayton.
Anneli Mung, Treasurer
Anneli Mung runs her own business The Rooted Bookkeeper. She lives in Lansing, MI. For more background, visit her business website.
Classical Liberal & Common Arts Programs
Director of Programs and Liberal Arts Instructor for Ages 5-9 (see above)
Rufus Chappell of Happendance, Dance Instructor
Rufus Chappell IV is a professional dancer from Farmington Hills Michigan. He started training in professional dance five years ago and has not looked back. He has degrees from Liberty University in Virginia: business, finance and economics. Rufus is a former collegiate gymnast and still trains in the southeast area of Michigan. He is fluent in English in Spanish and loves to travel. Rufus has goals of working commercially on dance TV shows and in movies.
José Luis Maldonado, Music Instructor
José Luis Maldonado, Jr. was born in Montebello, California and grew up in the city of Whittier. He began his musical studies at age 8 as a saxophonist. He did not begin singing until he was 19 years of age, when he studied Bel Canto with world class soprano, Ann Gresham. José is a baritone and a new Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student at Michigan State University. For more background, visit his professional website.
Matthew Romans, Common Arts Instructor
Matthew Romans has worked on and managed organic farms for over 10 years. A graduate of MSU’s Organic Farmer Training Program, he currently works as the Program & Education Specialist at the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project, coordinating 100+ community gardens & developing educational resources for gardeners throughout mid-Michigan. He lives in East Lansing MI, and loves seeing students engaged in building applied knowledge & skills.
Woldumar Nature Center, Naturalists
Naturalists from Woldumar will work with the students in nature based science lessons. Lessons will cover vocabulary and concepts in disciplines such as biology, botany, and ecology in Woldumar’s 180+ acres of woodland, prairie and wetland terrains, with over a mile of shoreline on the Grand River.
Statement of Faith
Sundial Classical Farmstead (SCF) is rooted in the Western Tradition, arising out of Greco-Roman culture and the Abrahamic religions of the Ancient Near East, and is founded on the historic, universal Christian faith as described in the Nicene Creed which serves as a faithful summary of Christianity (accepted by Catholic, Orthodox, and confessional Protestants) and of the necessity of Christian unity and love in the bond of peace as expressed in Ephesians 4:1-6. Additionally, SCF fully affirms the ACCS Statement on Ethnic Harmony regarding the proper Christian view on contemporary political and social issues.
Affirmation of religious belief is not required for enrollment or employment at Sundial Classical Farmstead. However, association with SCF will involve exposure to classical Christian and Non-Christian content and perspectives, along with behavioral expectations aligned with historic Christian ethics.