Our Faculty & Staff 2021-22
"Before buildings, before books, even before students, a school is a gathering, often of just a few friends, learning together, who love the same things and love to reflect and remark about them in conversation."
- James S. Taylor, Poetic Knowledge
Lara Neri: Founder/Directress/web designer
Dr. Marc Neri: cofounder/CFO
Our Board of Directors:
Lara Neri, President
Dr. Marc Neri, Treasurer & Secretary
Dr. Andrew Moran
Our Advisory & Admissions Board:
Deacon Tareq Nasrallah: chaplain
Founder, Head Mistress; Humanities & Trivium Program Director & Guide
Mrs. Neri has taught Literature, Grammar, Writing, & Art for 20 years. She did her undergraduate work in Art History & Medieval & Renaissance Studies at the University of Dallas and returned to UD for her Masters of Literature. She is certified for teaching English in Western Europe and has taught in China, Russia, and the UK. Mrs. Neri has completed the AMI Adolescent Montessori Introductory training and continues to attend Montessori workshops and training conferences. She has also trained at the Byzantine School of Iconography and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.
Mrs. Neri has four children, ages 8 to 15. She has done training in Positive Discipline, Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), sensory issues, and trauma informed parenting. She has traveled extensively and loves exploring other cultures and customs. She finds joy in attending the Byzantine Liturgy, reading good books, discussing educational philosophies, talking with friends, hosting parties, playing board games, doing puzzles, sitting at sunny cafes, and riding horses.
Her favorite book is The Brothers Karamozov and her favorite cities are Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, and Rome.
Timothy Krieg, EIT:
Practical & Vocational Arts and Natural Philosophy Program Director & Guide; Folk Music Guide; Athletics Club Director
Mr. Krieg was Montessori educated as a child, and he went on to get his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Benedictine College in 2019. He brings training in Manufacturing Processes, Structural Analysis, Circuits, Electronics, Heat & Mass Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Statistical Analysis of Data, Robotics, and Thermodynamics, as well as welding & casting. While at Benedictine, he also helped underclassmen in manufacturing projects and went on an Engineering Mission Trip to Orurillo, Peru where he helped to construct a greenhouse at 13,000 feet.
He spent two summers during college as a counselor working with campers age 7 to 17 at the Pines Catholic Camp, plays guitar and bass, has been involved in music ministries since middle school and taught guitar for a year. He works well with adolescents and is patient in difficult situations.
Mr. Krieg's favorite saint is St. Francis, his favorite engineering project was a crane cable spooling skid, and his favorite holiday destination is Zion National Park.
Mrs. Brianna Harrison:
Humanities & Trivium Guide, Practical Arts Assistant Guide
Mrs. Harrison graduated from Wyoming Catholic College with a BA in Liberal Arts & also holds a Certificate of Pastoral Theology from the Emmanuel School of Mission, where she worked in International Missions. She has worked as a Director of Youth Ministry and a co-director on the 21-day Expedition required of Wyoming Catholic freshmen, and she is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She also has experience as an au pair in France, in greenhouse management & landscaping, & with the homeless in Denver, Colorado.
Mrs. Harrison enjoys gardening, exploring small town squares, occasionally canyoneering in Utah, as well as taking walks, discussing film, and arguing about phenomenology with her husband. Her current favorite reads include That Hideous Strength, James Joyce's "The Dead," and Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. She is excited to "enter into the green wood" this year alongside St. Anthony Academy students, pursuing wonder, hope, & courage in the realm of Christendom.
Mr. Mark Drogin, MThS:
Mr. Drogin has many years of experience teaching Mathematics to high schoolers. He studied at Harvey Mudd College, UCLA, California State College, and the University of Dallas.
Mr. Drogin was born into a family of third-generation atheistic, socialist Jews in Los Angeles, but was baptized into the Catholic Church 28 years later. After his conversion, he helped to establish a Dominican Lay Community and ran a non-profit. He has also had experience with plumbing and forest management. Some of his great interests include theology, the Liturgy, and Scripture in its original languages.
Mr. Drogin has a dozen living children, four dozen grandchildren, and half a dozen great-grandchildren. He is excited about becoming an active part of the St. Anthonys Community.
Mrs. Susan Clopton:
Life Skills Guide
Mrs. Clopton studied Theology & Hebrew at Trinity University, Emory University, and Ulpan Akiva. She has taught religious studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, been active in helping with political campaigns, and she now runs a small business. She has also taught financial literacy to refugees through Catholic Charities.
She & her husband have fostered children from infants to teenagers, as well as having four biological children, a dog, and two cats.
She enjoys gardening, making her home beautiful, & good conversation over a hard seltzer.
Dr. Marc Neri, PhD:
Psychology & Statistics Tutor
Dr. Neri has a BS in Physics from Durham University, a Masters in Humanities from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. He has taught English in China & Russia, Biology at Cistercian Preparatory School, & currently teaches Accounting at Texas Christian University.
Marc is an Anglo-Italian, born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne & growing up spending summers in Italy with his father's family. He loves traveling, reading history & philosophy, studying languages, and continually pursuing more graduate degrees.
Mrs. Nece Zipper:
Practical Arts Assistant Guide
Mrs. Nece Zipper graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She is also trained in all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and has built and served in various atria since 2009. Currently, she serves as the Level Two guide for St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church and Level Three guide for St. Francis Montessori. She enjoys working with the older children as they complete the CGS formation and also loves the material making process and preparation of the environment.
Mrs.Zipper has been an avid crafter since her first job at MJ Designs, craft store, in high school. She is currently a member of the Dallas Makerspace and enjoys learning new skills. Over the years, she has learned a variety of practical arts that she looks forward to sharing: jewelry, sewing, ceramics, woodworking, painting, bookbinding, and calligraphy.
Mrs. Zipper and her husband live in Irving with their four children.
Mrs. Kirsten Huber:
Botany & Horticulture Guide
Mrs. Huber is the owner of Good Tilth Farm and Nursery and Lorica Tea. She is a certified permaculture designer from the Australia Institute of Permaculture. In 2009 she hosted Fort Worth's first PDC course. Since then she has and been working in the urban agriculture industry, teaching at schools and as a designer and a market gardener. She also works at Elizabeth Anna Urban Farm & Garden doing greenhouse management, design, and in education and outreach.
Mrs. Huber will be instructing students in various aspects of permaculture, soil science, seed saving, aquaponics, botany, and more. She will oversee the Gardening/Botany Badge for those students who choose to pursue this study further.
She enjoys gardening...obviously.