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Dr. Andrew SeeleyThe Center for Independent Research on Classical Education — otherwise known as the CiRCE Institute — has awarded its Russell Kirk Paideia Prize to Dr. Andrew Seeley (’87), recognizing his “invaluable contribution to the Christian classical renewal.”

A leading provider of inspiration and resources to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada, the CiRCE Institute has been at the forefront of the renaissance of classical education since 1996. It has awarded its Paideia Prize annually since 2002, aiming to recognize educators “who have spent their adult lives cultivating wisdom and virtue in their students.” Previous recipients include another TAC graduate, Laura (Steichen ’75) Berquist, who founded Mother of Divine Grace School, as well as renowned authors Wendell Berry, Dr. Peter Kreeft, and Dr. Anthony Esolen.

The Institute is honoring Dr. Seeley for his incomparable dedication as a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for more than 30 years, as well as his tireless involvement in every aspect of revitalizing K-12 education through initiatives such as the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. “Those who receive the Paideia Prize,” says the Institute, “stand in as representatives for the many who labor quietly in thousands of classrooms and homes throughout the United States and the world … by their faithful continuance in doing good, they have been victors in the fight for souls.”