Our Faculty & Staff

"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 Board:

Lara Neri

Marc Neri

Polly Christensen

Jennifer Spurgin

Our Teachers:

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Lara Neri: Humane Letters, Writing & Rhetoric, Fine & Practical Arts

- 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: Martial Arts, Latin, Greek

- 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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Adrian Montes: Natural Science & Practical Arts

- 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

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: Mathematics 

- 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.


Polly Christensen: Head of the Disciplinary Committee, Director of Student Communication skills group

- BA in Literature

- studied literature under Dr. Dennis Quinn, who worked with John Senior in the Integrated Humanities Program

- Masters in Literature from the University of Dallas

- founder of St. Francis Montessori - 2009

- Directress of St. Francis Montessori - 2009-present

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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Writing by the Water

Julie Flick: Writing & Rhetoric

- 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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