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2014 Conference Speakers
 
BeallKevin Aldrich
Kevin lives with his wife and seven children in Springfield, IL. He writes screenplays, TV pilots, novels, non-fiction books and articles, and English and religion curricula. His homiletic lectionary-based blog is http://www.doctrinalhomilyoutlines.com/. His blog for aspiring writers is http://www.thecatholicimage.com/. 
 
 
BeallEdward Beall
Upon graduation from the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Richard Edward “Eddie” Beall returned to his alma mater of St. Jerome to teach fourth grade. Eddie taught fourth grade for five years before teaching sixth grade for one year. During his tenure in the fourth grade, Eddie graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Master of Arts degree in special education. When St. Jerome Academy switched to the classical curriculum, Eddie was approached to develop a resource program to make the Classical Education of St. Jerome Academy accessible to all students, especially those with various learning differences. Eddie has been in the role of resource teacher for 4 years. He is about to enter his 11th year of teaching and his 5th year as the resource teacher at St. Jerome Academy. 
 
SeeleyLaura M. Berquist
Mrs. Laura M. Berquist, a home schooling mother of six, is founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, an accredited distance learning school serving more than 4000 students, and providing ongoing training to parent educators. Mrs. Berquist is the author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and editor of The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum. Based on the philosophy of the classical Trivium—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—she developed a classical curriculum for grades K-12 that strengthens character and intellect, and reinforces virtue. Inaugurated in 1995 with 75 students, MODG now offers various levels of programs for students, summer classes for students and parents and workshops for parents throughout the school year.
       Mrs. Berquist is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. She home schooled her six children for 25 years. All six graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, three have earned advanced degrees and two are currently in graduate school. Four of her children are married and she has six grandchildren.
 
CurrieChristopher Currie
Director of Institutional Advancement, St. Jerome Academy, Hyattsville, Md.
Chris handles enrollment management, marketing and public relations, and program development for St. Jerome Academy, one of the nation's first parochial Classical schools.  Chris also spearheaded the development of SJA's Montessori early-childhood education program, launched in 2013-2014.  Previously, he served as a product development and marketing manager for the nation's fourth-largest professional association, and has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing and public relations professional in the non-profit sector.  Prior to enrolling their children in SJA, Chris and his wife, Susie, founded and ran Crittenden Academy, a small classical school that met in private homes and helped inspire the movement toward classical education at SJA.  In his spare time, Chris works at his personal apostolate of building an intentional Catholic community in Hyattsville, Md., profiled this year in Fare Foreward magazine.
 
SeeleyMary Pat Donoghue
Mary Pat Donoghue is Principal of St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland. Three years ago, St. Jerome Academy implemented a unique Catholic classical curriculum, one of only a few diocesan schools across the country to do so. Mary Pat has 22 years of experience in Catholic education. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master's in Administration from Trinity College, Washington, DC.
 
SeeleyMichael Hanby
Dr. Michael Hanby is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. His latest book, entitled “No God, No Science? Theology, Cosmology, and Biology?”, unites many of his academic interests in retrieving the Christian doctrine of creation from the distortions imposed upon it by positivist science and the Darwinian tradition of evolutionary biology.. He is a principal author of the St. Jerome Academy Educational Plan, which has provided inspiration for many Catholic schools around the country that want to adopt a classical curriculum.
 
SeeleyJeffrey S. Lehman
Jeffrey S. Lehman is Assistant Professor of Education at Hillsdale College. Before coming to Hillsdale, Dr. Lehman taught at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, and at the Torrey Honors Institute, an interdisciplinary “great books” program at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He holds an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and an MA and PhD in philosophy from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. Dr. Lehman serves as a fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies as well as founding director of the Arts of Liberty Project. His work has appeared in many journals and collections of essays, including Logos, Moreana, The Review of Metaphysics, Thomas More Studies, The Great Books Reader, and the Ignatius Critical Editions. He is currently working on a manuscript exploring the heart and love in Augustine’s Confessions.
 
McGannStephanie McGann
Mrs. McGann joined the faculty of St. Jerome’s Academy in 2010 as a seventh grade homeroom teacher. She integrates a core curriculum of history, literature, religion, and grammar around the theme of the Christendom Year and in keeping with the logic phase of learning for the junior high. Mrs. McGann also serves on the Student Assistance Task Force. In addition to her classroom duties, she also serves on the Assessment Team and the Student Assistance Team.
         Mrs. McGann has four years of research and project management experience from a nonpartisan thinktank called The National Bureau of Asian Research, a semester of teaching assistant experience from the University of Washington, as well as a long-time love for working with young children through various volunteer and coaching activities. She obtained a Bachelors degree in history with a minor in Asian studies from Fordham University, followed by a Masters degree in International Studies – China from the University of Washington. She obtained a teaching certification with Notre Dame University of Maryland in 2013.
 

OrhanMichelle Orhan
Michelle Orhan received her BM from the Catholic University of America.  She began her education career in 2002 at St Jerome as a 4th grade teacher.  In 2008 she began teaching junior high mathematics at St Jerome's where she has been ever since.

 
SeeleyAndrew Seeley
For 20 years, Dr. Seeley has been a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Seeley received his Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (1995).  His dissertation was a study in St. Thomas's teaching about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
     His teaching experience includes courses in Biblical Studies; Patristics; Logic; Natural Philosophy; Geometry; Cartesian Algebra; Differential Calculus; Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy and Literature; Classical  Physics and Relativity; and Music Theory.
     Desiring to share his love of learning, in 2005 Dr. Seeley became Executive Director at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education.  He has spoken at conferences, led in-service workshops, offered consultations to schools and colleges and directed the Institute's Annual Academic Retreat for Teachers.
     Dr. Seeley is co-author of Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government.
 

SeeleyEdward Trudeau
Edward Trudeau has taught a wide range of subjects to students of all ages on three continents.  His first teaching position was as a mathematics teacher at the high school level, and he moved from there to English language instruction across the lifespan.  He has taught English language, logic, and philosophy at the collegiate level, and most recently computer science to professionals.  Edward currently works as a software engineer in the DC Metro area. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his family.

 
SeeleyJessie Van Hecke
Jessie Van Hecke, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, credits her liberal education at Thomas Aquinas College with introducing her to classical views of education and the human person, and with giving her the ability to sort quickly through different educational theories. After completing her education at Thomas Aquinas College in 1986, Jessie Van Hecke received her certification in primary education from the Montessori Institute of Los Angeles a year later and has taught across the country. Currently, she heads the K-3 program for St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California.
 
SeeleyMike Verlander
A native of Atlanta, GA, Mike Verlander holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, and an M.T.S. from Holy Spirit College. He is in his eleventh year of teaching at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, where he chairs the Theology Department. He also teaches Philosophy at Holy Spirit College. In catechesis, he has experience teaching all student levels including adult education at several parishes. Along with attending academic and teaching seminars in liberal and Catholic education, a cherished highlight of his career is leading trips to Rome, Italy for each year for the last 9 years. He and his wife, Linda, are parishioners at St. George Catholic Church in Newnan, GA where they reside and raise their four children: Mary, Thomas, Veronica and John. They happily expect a fifth baby in July.
 
 

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