DR. DUKE PESTA
Dr. Duke Pesta is Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy and a tenured professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Dr. Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his PhD in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. His book, The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values, was published by Routledge in 2016. He has published scholarly essays on Renaissance Literature, American Literature, Shakespeare, Spenser, Byron, Michelangelo, and the History of Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy. His teaching has garnered seven teaching awards at four universities.
Dr. Pesta is an engaging and animated speaker, whose experiences as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher, and the administrator of an online classical school uniquely qualify him to address the current state of education in our country. He speaks at home school conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including homeschooling, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public schools, and the myriad ways that colleges and universities indoctrinate students.
Dr. Pesta is one of America’s foremost authorities on the dangers of Common Core, having delivered more than 600 hundred talks in 46 states. He has also testified about Common Core and educational reform before 20 state legislatures and participated in more than 5000 radio and television interviews, from Canada to China, and from Mexico to the United Kingdom. Dr. Pesta was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas. His collective videos and presentations top more than three million views online, and much of his work is available at FreedomProject.com and FPEUSA.org.
MR. ALEX NEWMAN
Alex Newman is an award-winning journalist, international correspondent, educator, author, and consultant. In addition to serving as a writer and media personality for FreedomProject, Alex is foreign correspondent for The New American magazine, contributor to World Net Daily, and president of the media and information consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media.
Alex has co-authored two books, including a major exposé of America public schools titled Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America's Children (co-authored with the late Sam Blumenfeld).
Alex has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida with an emphasis in economics and international relations. He has lived in seven countries on four continents and speaks multiple languages. His work has been cited by governments and major media outlets the world over.
MRS. KATIE PETRICK
Katie Petrick is a millennial, but do not ask her to use Snapchat or take a selfie. Yes, she will spend hours at the local coffee shop or working out, but she also participates in her local community and cares about the health of the America republic. Growing up in the farm fields of Wisconsin she values a hard day’s work.
A devoted student of knowledge, Katie has earned baccalaureate degrees in political science, communication, and secondary education: broad field social science. While completing a master’s degree in political science at Northern Illinois University, Katie taught undergraduate courses in American government and political statistics. Her international experience includes a summer internship in the British Parliament and a study abroad trip to Greece. Before completing her education degree and joining FreedomProject, Katie served as editor of a weekly newspaper, gaining insight into local education and politics.
DR JAKE JACOBS
Dr. Jake Jacobs is an author, educator, and founder of the Politically Incorrect Institute. He has degrees in American History and Judeo-Christian Studies from Arizona State, Ashland Theological Seminary and North-West University. Dr. Jacobs has spent more than 30 years teaching high school in public and private settings, and has taught college courses in political science. Dr. Jacobs is a passionate teacher and speaker on behalf of our Constitutional Republic under God, stressing historical accuracy in the face of politically correct intimidation by the academic establishment.
He has written several books, including MOBOCRACY: The Cultural & Political War to Destroy our Republic under God, and Mother Should I Trust the Government? Dr. Jacobs has appeared on such national shows as Fox & Friends and is a featured speaker for the campus organization Young Americans for Freedom. He is a regular guest on conservative talk radio, and delivers lectures for civic and church events across the country.
MR. MICHAEL MENZEL