Our Faculty

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Karen Beebe
kbeebe@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Karen Beebe grew up in Cooperstown, New York and holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Mrs. Beebe serves as the Registrar, Admissions Director, and Rhetoric teacher.

John Burger
jburger@gregorythegreatacademy.com
John Burger holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College and an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas. John teaches Latin, Rhetoric II, Agriculture Science, and serves as the Academy’s Farm Foreman.

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

Paul Cummings
Paul Cummings grew up in Powell, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Paul spent a year at an orphanage in Colon, Mexico and a year doing an apprenticeship with a guitar builder located in Denver, Colorado. Paul enjoys playing music, cribbage, and making latte art, among other things. He serves as a folk music teacher and head dormfather.

Sean Fitzpatrick
sfitzpatrick@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Sean Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College. He serves as the Assistant Headmaster and teaches Literature I and II, Humanities I, and drama. He lives in Scranton with his wife, Sophie, and their seven children.

Nathan Lefler
A long-time friend of the Academy, Nathan Lefler is Associate Professor of Theology in the department of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton, where he teaches courses on Grace, Friendship, Hagiography, and Worship. He has published articles on the Psalms, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, Balthasar, Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, Flannery O’Connor and Catholic liturgy. He is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Academy seniors’ Theology seminar. He lives in Scranton with his wife and three children.

Rev. Christopher Manuele
Fr. Christopher is a Melkite Greek Catholic priest of the Eparchy of Newton and pastor of St. Joseph Church in the West Side of Scranton. He is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and Holy Cross School of Theology, Boston, MA. Father teaches Scripture I, Latin, and provides the Divine services and religious instruction at the Academy.

Michael Miller
After twenty years pursuing his love of carpentry and woodworking and becoming a general contractor, Michael joined the Academy to serve as Director of Operations. He is thrilled at the opportunity to beautify and care for the building and property. Michael is teaching Euclidean Geometry as well as pioneering a woodworking guild for the boys. He and his wife, Kaylie, live in Elmhurst, PA with their seven children.

Anthony Mioni
Anthony Mioni III received a degree from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in 2020, and now serves as a dormfather, assistant coach, and folk music teacher.

Paul Prezzia
Paul Prezzia 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 and teaches Latin.

Brian Redmond
Brian Redmond attended Missouri State University, graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2014. Later that year, Mr. Redmond was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. After over four years of active service, he was honorably discharged in December 2019. Mr. Redmond serves the Academy as an Algebra teacher and rugby coach.

Daniel Schiller
dschiller@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Daniel Schiller is a native of New Baltimore, NY. He graduated from Ave Maria University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He is the Special Event Coordinator and American History teacher for Gregory the Great Academy and lives in Waymart, PA with his wife, Clare, and four children.

Joseph Sladky
A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Sladky studied biology, chemistry, and physics in a pre-med program before deciding to change course and pursue graduate studies in history. He earned his Ph.D. in Modern European Church history at the Catholic University of America. His professional experience includes several years teaching middle school math and science at Northridge Preparatory School as well as working with inner-city youth in Chicago. He teaches Ancient History, Modern History, Physics, Latin I, and Scripture II.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith serves as the Director of Development. 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 three children.

Thomas Urgo
Thomas Urgo spent several months traveling Europe as a street performer and is pursuing a degree with Wyoming Catholic College. He has also worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Mr. Urgo loves juggling and playing guitar. He teaches folk music and leads the leather-working guild while serving as a dormfather.

Garret van Beek
gvanbeek@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Garret van Beek received his degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Garret is the Athletic Director, and the Head Coach of the soccer and rugby programs. He teaches Natural History I and II, and lives in Moscow, PA with his wife, Claire, and seven children.

Matthew Williams
mwilliams@gregorythegreatacademy.org
Music Director Matthew Williams 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 at Gregory the Great Academy.