Our Faculty

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Karen Beebe

kbeebe@gregorythegreatacademy.org

Karen Beebe grew up in Cooperstown, New York where she worked as a housewife and home-schooling mother until she moved to Pennsylvania in 2000 to work for St. Gregory’s Academy. She holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Mrs. Beebe teaches Rhetoric I, Scripture I and II, and acts as the school’s Secretary, Registrar, and Admissions Director.

Luke Culley

lculley@gregorythegreatacademy.org

Luke Culley received his Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Aquinas College and Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Dallas.  He serves as Academic Dean, teacher of Humanities II, Rhetoric, Church History, Senior Symposium, and is the director of the Saint Julian’s Juggling Troupe and the senior Pilgrimage.

Sean Fitzpatrick

sfitzpatrick@gregorythegreatacademy.org

Headmaster Sean Fitzpatrick is a graduate of St. Gregory’s Academy and Thomas Aquinas College, and has taught with the academy for 12 years.  In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches Literature I and II, and Senior Seminar.  He lives in Scranton PA with his wife, Sophie, and their five children.

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Stephen Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Saint Gregory’s Academy, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Aquinas College and a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Scranton. Stephen teaches Physics, Euclidean Geometry, Latin I, Senior Theology, and Folk Music. He lives in Dunmore PA with his wife Vanessa and their four children.

Benjamin Hastings

Benjamin Hastings, a native of Alaska, is the Head Cook and Kitchen Manager of Gregory the Great Academy. After graduating from Thomas Aquinas College, he spent three years studying drawing and painting at the University of Alaska. In addition to cooking delicious meals, Ben teaches Logic and leads the Pen and Ink Guild.

David McMyne

David McMyne is a graduate of St. Gregory’s Academy, class of 2011. After graduating he volunteered with NET Ministries and traveled throughout the U.S. evangelizing Catholic youths. Later, he migrated to the upper peninsula of Michigan where he volunteered at a wilderness retreat center run by the Companions of Christ the Lamb. David uses the skills he gained there to head a guild teaching bushcraft and wilderness self-reliance. He also serves as Dormfather, Rugby coach, and Juggling instructor.

John Prezzia

John Prezzia is a homeschool alumnus of 2009, and UW-Madison/St. Paul’s Newman Center graduate of 2014.  He served with a collegiate missionary group from 2014-2016, and will be using the various skills acquired through the years to assist with dormfather responsibilities, rugby strength and conditioning, and teaching Algebra I.

Paul Prezzia

Paul Prezzia graduated from St. Gregory’s Academy in 2002.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in History from the University of Notre Dame.  He joined the development team of Gregory the Great Academy in 2012, and serves as school Economos (sometimes called Business Manager). He teaches Latin IV and World History.

Daniel Schiller

dschiller@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Daniel Schiller is a native of New Baltimore, NY. He graduated from St. Gregory’s Academy in 2007 and Ave Maria University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He is currently the lead Development and Event Coordinator for Gregory the Great Academy and lives in Front Royal, VA with his wife, Clare, and two sons, Gabriel and Michael.

Andrew Wilson Smith

Andrew Wilson Smith is a graduate of St. Gregory’s Academy, class of 2003. After graduating from St. Gregory’s, Mr. Smith pursued artistic training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Florence Academy of Art. Balancing his career between teaching and sculpting, Mr. Smith has completed a number of artistic commissions around the United States and abroad. His work, including a group of carvings executed for Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, may be viewed at www.Andrewwilsonsmith.com. Mr. Smith teaches Humanities I, Architecture, and Algebra I, and is in charge of the Block Printing Guild.

Benjamin Strong

Benjamin Strong serves Gregory the Great Academy as a Dormfather, teacher, and all around Renaissance man.  His teaching duties include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Folk Music.  He also heads up the Leather Working Guild and is in charge of all vehicle maintenance and repairs.  Hailing from rural Kansas, Ben attended high school in St. Mary’s Kansas, and college at Kansas State University.

Garret van Beek

gvanbeek@gregorythegreatacademy.org

A graduate of St. Gregory’s Academy, Garret van Beek received his degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa and has been with the faculty of the Academy since 2005. Garret is the Athletic Director, the Head Coach of Soccer and Rugby, and the Dean of Discipline. He teaches Earth Science, Natural History I and Natural History II. He lives in Dunmore PA with his wife Claire and four energetic children.

Zachary Van Sant

Zachary comes from the small state of Rhode Island. He graduated from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in 2013. He has volunteered at Boy’s Town and as a teacher of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for a number of years. He serves as a Dorm Father and teacher of American History and Latin.

Matthew Williams

mwilliams@gregorythegreatacademy.org

Music Director Matthew Williams is a veteran of the St. Gregory’s community. He holds a degree in music from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where his primary instrument was the piano.  Having been involved in church music from an early age, Matt has participated in and conducted choirs both young and old.  He has served as organist for several parishes and teaches private piano and voice lessons. In addition to teaching Schola and Sacred Music, Matthew serves as head Dormfather, Parent Liason, and Infirmarian at Gregory the Great Academy.