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 acts as the Registrar, Assistant Administrator, and Admissions Director.

John Burger

John Burger graduated from St. Gregory’s Academy in 2002. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College and an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. John teaches Latin and Ancient History.

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 II, Church History, Logic, and is the director of the Saint Julian’s Juggling Troupe and the Senior Pilgrimage.

Nathan Cummings

Nathan Cummings attended St. Gregory’s Academy from 2004-2007. After high school, he attended Wyoming Culinary Institute, studying Culinary & Hospitality Management. He has spent the last several years working at fine dining restaurants and country clubs. Mr. Cummings serves as Head Cook & Kitchen Manager.

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 16 years.  In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches Literature I and II, and Senior Captains’ Table.  He lives in Scranton PA with his wife, Sophie, and their six children.

Stephen Fitzpatrick

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

Stephen Foeckler

Stephen was born and raised in Virginia, graduating from Seton School in 2013. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College in 2017. He has held various roles since his graduation from college: dormfather at the Virginia International Academy in Front Royal, VA, academic tutor for students at Christendom College, and full-time caretaker for three boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Stephen serves Gregory the Great Academy as a dormfather, Latin teacher, and assistant soccer coach.

Jonathan Kuplack

Jonathan Kuplack graduated from St. Gregory’s Academy in 2007. Since then, he served the Academy for 4 years as a dormfather, athletics coach, folk music teacher, and weekend activities director. He has spent much time traveling throughout the United States and Europe, working various jobs including roofing, commercial fishing, mentoring mentally handicapped teenage boys, teaching grade school and high school religious education programs, and leading a youth group in the UK. Mr. Kuplack serves Gregory the Great Academy as the head dormfather, assistant coach, and folk music teacher.

Joseph Kuplack

Dormfather Joseph Kuplack is from a small town in North Idaho. He attended St. Gregory’s Academy from 2009-2012, after which he went on to earn a degree in Philosophy at Christendom College, graduating in 2017. He teaches American History to the Freshman class and folk music to the Senior class.

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 folk music instructor, bushcraft instructor, and juggling instructor.

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 Business Manager. He teaches Latin.

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 Special Event Coordinator for Gregory the Great Academy and lives in Front Royal, VA with his wife, Clare, and three children.

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.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith serves as the Director of Development. Christopher graduated from St. Gregory’s Academy in 2003. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College in 2007, and an M.A. in National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics in Washington DC in 2011. He currently lives just outside of Front Royal, VA with his wife, Kathleen, and their two children.

Daniel Snyman

From a military family, Daniel Snyman was born in Germany and has lived across the Midwest. From near Clear Creek Abbey, he attended St. Gregory’s Academy and graduated in 2012. After high school, he became certified in small engine repair, earned experience in construction, and ventured a summer of commercial fishing in Alaska. Continuing his adventures at Christendom College, he studied abroad in Rome and Ireland, played 4 years on the rugby team, and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. Mr. Snyman serves his alma mater as a dormfather, teaches Algebra II and Physics, and assists in the rugby program.

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 Natural History I and II. He lives in Dunmore PA with his wife Claire and six energetic children.

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 Residential Dean, Parent Liason, and Infirmarian at Gregory the Great Academy.