Our Faculty & Staff 2020-21

"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

Chaplain: Father Christopher Andrews

Lara Neri: Founder/Directress/web designer

Dr. Marc Neri: cofounder/CFO

Our Board of Directors:

Lara Neri, President

Dr. Marc Neri, Treasurer & Secretary

John Wilcox

Dr. Andrew Moran

Our Advisory & Admissions Board:

Lara Neri

Marc Neri

Polly Christensen

Jennifer Spurgin


Our Teachers:

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Lara Neri: Founder, Head Mistress

- BA in Art, Art History, Medieval & Renaissance Studies from the University of Dallas (1998)

- Masters in Literature from the University of Dallas (2001)

- studied Russian literature at the Pushkinsky Dom in St. Petersburg, Russia

- Cambridge English Language Teaching of Adults Certificate (2002)

- Byzantine School of Iconography (2016-17)

- studied under James S. Taylor, student of John Senior & author of Poetic Knowledge: the Recovery of Education

- AMI Montessori Adolescent Introductory Training with Train Montessori

- Lost Tools of Writing Training with the Circe Institute

- Prince's School of Traditional Art (2017 - present)

- taught Literature, Grammar & Writing at Holy Trinity Catholic School, the St. Philip Neri Latin School, & the University of Dallas

- taught English language, grammar, and writing abroad in China, Russia, & England

- Owner & Artist at Akathist Art (2005-Present)

- Art & Art History teacher at Akathist Art (2005 - Present)

- founder and director of the Lily Club, a Theology of the Body group for girls 8-18 (2014-present)

- founder, director, Writing, Literature and Art teacher at St. Anthonys Academy (present)

Dr. Marc Neri: co-founder, CFO

- BSC in Physics from the University of Durham (1996)

- CIMA qualification (CPA +)

-Cambridge English Language Teaching of Adults certification (2001)

- Masters in Humanities from the University of Dallas (2008)

- studied business ethics at the Angelicum in Rome (2009-2010)

- PhD in Business Administration at the University of North Texas (2016)

- worked at the BBC London, Glasgow, and Belfast, CBRE, & PWC

- taught English & studied martial arts in China (2001-2002)

- taught English in St. Petersburg, Russia (2002)

-taught Biology & coached soccer at Cistercian Preparatory School (2004-2005)

- Deutsche Bank in London (2010)

- CFO at Pillar Commercial 

- professor of finance & accounting for undergraduate & MBA at Texas Christian University (2016 - present)

- played Rugby at Durham University

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Carpenter at Work

Adrian Montes: Sport & Team Building

- certified through the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association

- B.S., Recreational Sports Management, Minor in Health, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

-TWIC current

-Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary; Denton, NE

- Parish Life Coordinator, Mater Dei Parish (2017-Present)

- Program Manager, Director & Tennis Instructor:  

- Team Building/ Program Coordinator

- Program Leader: -Responsible for outdoor education at Youth Odyssey (2000-2001)

- Landscape Drafting at Doug Wade Landscape Architect

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Mr. Montes has experience with Health Science, gardening, plumbing, woodwork, archery, bow making, and folk music, as well as in management, administration, instruction in public & private schools, and coaching. He has taught all ages, and his strength is experiential education.

Volunteer/ Apostolates:

- 2018 - Service Award from Bishop Burns

- 2018 - Founded Living the Vow Series

- 2017 - Founded Surge Upper teen group

- 2017 - Pro-life sidewalk supporter, pro life march

- 2017 Organized 5 Processions for parish

- 2017 - Miles Christi

- 2017 - Founded St. Joseph’s Workshops

- 2016 - Founded Family Annual Conferences at Mater Dei Parish

- 2013-2016 - Choir at St. Theresa Catholic Church

- 2014 - Founded St. Joseph’s Company

- 2004 - Catechist St. Mark’s Catholic Church

- 2002 - became 4th degree Knight of Columbus

- 2001 - Choir Director St. Michaels

Dr. Melissa Yale: Quadrivium

- B.A., Majors: Sociology and Christian Education, Minors: Psychology, June 2001Cedarville University, Cedarville, OhioPh.D., Educational Psychology, August 2012
- M.S., Applied Statistics, August 2010 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

- Ph.D., Educational Psychology, August 2012
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Emphasis: Research Methods, Evaluation, and Measurement

- Assistant Upper Elementary guide with student understanding of fractions, decimals, algebra, geometry, and other mathematics material at St. Francis Montessori (Fall 2019 - present)
- Statistics Academic Coach at the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, University of Dallas (Fall 2013-Present)
-Taught  research methods and advanced multivariate statistical methods at the University of Texas - Southwestern
- Taught basic quantitative review and statistical reasoning for MBA students at the College of Business, University of Dallas

Boone, W., Staver, J., & Yale, M. (2013). Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences. New York,
NY: Springer.
Yale, M. (2011). The practice of statistics in the life sciences SPSS manual. (2nd ed.). New
York, NY: W. H. Freeman.
Yale, M. (2010). Introduction to the practice of statistics SPSS manual. (7th ed.). New York,
NY: W. H. Freeman.
Yale, M. (2010). The practice of statistics for business and economics SPSS manual. (3rd ed.).
New York, NY: W. H. Freeman.

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Rachel Shunk: Humane Letters

- BA in Liberal Arts at St. Thomas Aquinas College

- MA in English at the University of Dallas

- PhD in English at the University of Dallas (ABD)

-  currently writing her dissertation on medieval poetry, specifically on Chaucer’s use of Ovidean and other myths to probe the mysteries of the resurrection.

- currently teaching for an online Canadian school and teaching Latin online for the Dallas College summer program.  

- has taught in various capacities for almost fifteen years

- participated in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Summer Shakespeare for the Stage program in London, for which she received a bronze certificate for sonnet performance

- completed five months research as a Scholar-in-Residence at C.S. Lewis residence the Kilns in Oxford.

Parker Eidle: Humane Letters, Martial Arts, Classical Languages

- BA in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College

- currently engaged in graduate studies in Humanities and the Classics at the University of Dallas

- spent several years doing handcrafted timber building with the Amish

- Editor and Marketing Specialist for Scepter Publishers

- Guitar Teaching at Fremont Music Center, Lander, WY

- Music Teaching at RBR Music, Irving, TX

- Trained Leader and Wilderness First Responder with CPR certification through SROM and WCC Outdoor Courses

- Wyoming Catholic College Mission Trip Coordinator

- worked as a youth group coordinator and leader

- taught CDD at St. Ignatius of Loyola, West Lawn, PA

- has been wrestling since age 5

- studied Krav Maga, Capoeira, & Brazilian Ju jitsu

- Live Music Performances, Festival Organization and Design

- Theatre- Director, Manager, Thespian

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Engineering Tools

Timothy Krieg: Natural Science & Practical Arts

- BS in Mechanical Engineering from Benedictine College - 2019

  • ABET accredited Liberal Arts engineering program

  • EIT, Passed Mechanical FE exam

  • Relevant courses: Manufacturing Processes Lab, Structural Analysis, Circuits, Electronics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Statistical Analysis of Data, Robotics, Thermodynamics

- worked as a counselor for the Pines Catholic Camp with campers ages 7-17 - 2017-18

- has done welding & casting

- College Shop Steward - 2019

  • Helped underclassmen in manufacturing projects with familiarity in all machine shop procedures.

- Engineering Mission Trip to Peru - 2017

  • Constructed a greenhouse in Orurillo, Peru at 13,000 ft.

  • Assisted in the planning and prototype construction in Atchison, KS.

Dr. Jennifer Mazzara: Director of Development

- BA in English from Christendom College (2008)

- MA in Military History from American Military University (2013)

- PhD in Military History from Kings College London(2019)
- Case writer/lecturer at Marine Corps University (2014-2017)
- Founded Marion Fox business consulting (2015)
- Lecturer in leadership skills for international corporate, nonprofit, and military audiences (2015-current)
- Co-founded Chester Belloc Alumni Association (2016), president of the Board of Directors (2018-current)

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Julie Flick: Trivium

- BA in Comparative Literature & French from the University of California Irvine (1991)

- spent a year studying at Universite de Poitiers in Poitiers, France

- CiRCE Certified Classical Teacher certificate (2020)

- editorial assisting and copy editing for Entrepreneur Media, Irvine, California

- freelance copy editor/proofreader 

- has tutored in Writing & Literature at CiRCE Academy, Northlake College, Our Lady of Fatima Co-op, & Our Lady of Good Counsel Co-op.

Nick Pratt: Folk Music

- Professional Music Teacher (2015 - present)

- piano, guitar, electric guitar, ukulele and tin whistle
- Irish Folk Songs
- voice lessons
- classical guitar and classical piano
- has taught in the Suzuki method
- teaches how to read sheet music and music theory
- teaches recording and publishing of original and covered music

- has recorded, mixed, mastered and published original songs
- has performed live and done busking on street corners

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