Faculty

Headmaster – Azin Cleary

Azin Cleary received her B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.  She worked for more than a decade in the consulting field implementing financial systems and business processes for both federal and private sectors.  She and her husband, Bill Cleary, have homeschooled their 6 children for over 12 year.  Mrs. Cleary brings a wide range of experience in business and in education.  She realized the beauty of  classical education while educating her own children.  In 2018 Mrs. Cleary and her husband founded Chesterton Academy of Annapolis with dedicated friends to help foster the traditional classical education in the service of Christ in a spirit of joy and the pursuit of truth.

Assistant Headmaster – Michael Bors

Latin/Math/Debate/Ballroom Dancing

Michael Bors is a graduate student in philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He earned his bachelor degree in philosophy and theology from Thomas Aquinas College in California. Michael has been studying the Latin language and its literature (ancient, medieval, and modern) for nine years. His path has led through several educational institutions, including the Academia Vivarium Novum, an all spoken-Latin academy in Rome. He is due to receive his Licentiate in Philosophy (PhL) from School of Philosophy, CUA in May of 2019.  This is a license to teach philosophy at any Catholic university, seminary, or pontifical faculty in the world.  Michael is passionate about sharing the inheritance of Latin with Catholic students in ways that are lively, enjoyable, and effective.   He is also an avid ballroom/swing dancer and will be leading Chesterton Academy of Annapolis’ dance class.  Mr. Bors will take on the role of Assistant Headmaster while teaching courses at the Academy.

School’s Chaplain – Father Mariano Varela, IVE

Fr. Mariano Oscar Varela, I.V.E., was born and raised in Añatuya, province of Santiago del Estero in Argentina. After graduating from High School, he entered the Institute of the Incarnate Word in May 1991. Ordained to the priesthood on December 06, 1997, he served as Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Charity, Guyana from 1998 to 2008. From 2008-2017 Pastor of Ss Peter and Paul in Mankato, Minnesota at the same time he was appointed rector of St. Jose Sanchez Del Rio, High School Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota. In 2017 he continues with furthers studies in spiritual theology in the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Fr. Mariano currently serves as pastor at Sacred Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, and Saint Rita parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland.

History/Theology – Tim Feeney

Mr. Feeney earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Towson State University in 1991 and then received a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in biblical exegesis from Biblical Theological Seminary in 1996. He taught History, Literature, Latin, and Theology at Redeemer Classical Christian School from 1998-2001 before taking a position at Rockbridge Academy, a classical Christian school in Millersville, MD. At Rockbridge Tim taught Theology and History from 2001-2015. During his time there he wrote the curriculum for courses in Historical Theology, Old Testament, New Testament, Apologetics, Church History, and U.S. History. In the summer of 2009 he completed a summer seminar at St. John’s College in Annapolis on Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. He prefers to teach using the Socratic method because it trains students to think logically and systematically work toward conclusions that are rationally defensible.

Philosophy – Sister Mary of the Incarnate Word, SSVM

Sister Mary of the Incarnate Word, SSVM, has been a member of the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará since 2003. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Caldwell University, and has taken graduate level courses in the Metaphysics of Saint Thomas Aquinas from The Catholic University of America. As part of her religious formation in the Institute, she has undertaken a program of studies emphasizing Philosophy and Theology. Besides teaching catechism to children and youth of all ages, she has assisted in the formation of the Sisters of her community for 12 years, teaching Philosophy (especially the Philosophical Anthropology of Aristotle and Saint Thomas), History of Philosophy, Church History and Spanish.

Literature/Cross Country – Patricia de Leon

Mrs. Patricia de Leon received her BA in English from St. Vincent College with a minor in history.  She has taught at both the high school and middle school levels in Delaware and Virginia.  Mrs. de Leon also taught drama and directed plays such as Hamlet.  She is an avid runner and has coached track for many years.  She is looking forward to starting track at Chesterton Academy of Annapolis.

Art  – Naomi Popp

Ms. Popp graduated from Benedictine College with B.A. in art and an entrepreneurship minor.  Her senior thesis focused on the New Evangelization through Visual Art. Popp trained in sculpture at Staab Studios in Kearney, MO before returning to the east coast to implement her undergraduate thesis.  Ms. Popp has taught both elementary art classes and art classes for government detention facilities. She currently directs an artisan league at St. John the Evangelist in Severna, Park MD.  She also maintains a studio kept on the church campus.  Ms. Popp serves as the Director of Homeschool Outreach for the Classic Learning Test.  She will begin her M.A. in Sacred Art form Pontificate University in September 2018.

Music History / Choir – Barbara Lancaster

Classically trained Soprano, Barbara Lancaster holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Music Teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Mrs. Lancaster maintains a private classical voice studio specializing in the Italian Bel Canto Technique.  She enjoys sharing her love of faith thru sacred music while directing two choirs at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, is on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and is President of the Music Teachers Association of Bowie.

Math – Dave Ehemann

David Ehemann was born and raised in Lancaster, Pa, a son of two school teachers.  Upon graduation from high school, David attended college for a year, after which he enlisted in the United States Navy.  During boot camp, he was nominated to compete for an appointment to the Naval Academy.  Mr. Ehemann earned an appointment and graduated in 1969, after which he served on destroyers and frigates as a surface warfare officer.  Mr. Ehemann attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca and graduated with an MS degree in Operations Research in 1974.  His last tour of duty in the navy was as the Associate Chairman of Mathematics at the Naval Academy.  After retiring from the Navy, David served 10 years in Executive Management for the Federal government, retiring with 14 years service.  He then taught mathematics in the public school system to advanced students until his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Ehemann is married to Carole Kessler Ehemann of Lancaster, Pa.  They have two adult sons, William and Paul.

Physics – Chija Bauer

Mrs. Bauer holds a BA from Bethany College in both Mathematics and Physics.  She also earned a Masters in Science from Montana State University Bozeman in Physics where she focused on Physics Education Research.  She loves teaching and has taught at the high school level for 18 years.  Mrs Bauer loves teaching physics for many reasons, the subject matter is so interesting, mathematics comes alive and has meaning in what is observed in nature.  Mrs. Bauer loves to witness students learning something new and make connections that they have not previously considered.  It is a gift to have this precious time to learn and grow with those entrusted in her care.  Mrs. Bauer makes use of decades of Physics Education Research in her teaching methods.  She uses an inquiry approach to learning, which is student centered.  The goal is for the students not only learn material for test, but for the material to be en-grained in them, so that the concepts will stay with them far beyond the time they graduate Chesterton Academy.

Biology – Natalie Bulera

Natalie Bulera, teacher and environmentalist, has experience teaching students in grades 6-12 during her time in the classroom.  She has taught in New York State as well Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Bulera attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for her Masters of Science Degree, Secondary Science Education.  She earned two Undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees, Geology and Earth Science/Environmental Science. Mrs. Bulera was born and raised in Erie, PA and has lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Buffalo, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA prior to settling in Annapolis, MD six years ago.  In addition to her teaching career, she served as the Recycling Coordinator for Erie County in Pennsylvania for three years, hosting her own weekly radio program and television programs to promote environmental awareness.  She also worked in the field as a registered environmental scientist.  She served as the Executive Director for the Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education before settling into her beloved teaching role.  Mrs. Bulera serves on many volunteer boards in the Annapolis area.  She has been married to her husband Scott Bulera, General Manager and Vice President of Turner Construction Company, for 19 years.  She has a 16 year old son,  and a 14 year old daughter.

Latin/Drama – Joseph Rivera

Joseph Rivera graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in California with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 2017.  He has since been studying philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, where he has been working towards a Licentiate in Philosophy.  Mr. Rivera has been studying Latin formally and informally for ten years and is eager to share what he has learned with his students.  He also has experience acting in several collegiate theatrical productions and will be teaching this year’s drama class.

Administrative Head- Laura Graham

Laura has been close to education for 20 years.  She is the Religious Education Coordinator for her Catholic parish, running catechism classes
for 110 students.  Laura and her husband homeschooled two sons, during which time she was a paid tutor for math and grammar at the homeschool
tutorial her sons attended.  Laura has taught Religious Education and Confirmation classes in parishes in three states.  She also taught Latin
to Maryland prison inmates. Prior to homeschooling, Laura worked for eight years in international development in Central Asia.  She holds a M.A. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Political Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN).

Interested in teaching at Chesterton Academy of Annapolis?

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