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Faculty

St. Jerome Institute Faculty

Every faculty and staff member at the St. Jerome Institute has something important to contribute to our mission of cultivating virtue and wonder in our students. Fundamentally, the student culture reflects the faculty and staff culture. It is the responsibility of all members of the SJI family to live a life of learning. Our faculty members strive to be men of women of action and models of sanctity.

Teaching at SJI

Teachers at the St. Jerome Institute belong to a passionate and tight-knit community. We believe that teaching is a high art. Faculty members receive tremendous coaching, development, and support as they take on the humbling endeavor of forming souls.

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Peter Crawford

Headmaster
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Peter Crawford is SJI’s Headmaster and a graduate of Ave Maria University. He received his Masters and MPhil degrees in philosophy from the University of Leuven. He taught history and humane letters  at Glendale Preparatory Academy, a classical charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2009-2013. In 2013, he founded two Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Crawford grew both the lower school (K-5) and the upper school (6-12) enrollment to serve 400 students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Mr. Crawford and his wife have five children.

William Bertain

Assistant Headmaster, Philosophy of Nature
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A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, William has been a classical educator for over a decade. A founding faculty member and Master Teacher at Glendale Preparatory Academy, William later went on to hold the positions of Academic Dean and Interim-Assistant Headmaster at Anthem Preparatory Academy. In his career, William has instructed Middle School and High School students, and taught courses in History, Latin, Mathematics, and Humane Letters. He has also led numerous enrichment seminars and pedagogical workshops for Great Hearts Academies Arizona teachers. He and his wonderful wife are the parents of seven lively children.

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Emily Strab

Enrollment, Music
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Emily Strab is a mother of four whose children attend St. Jerome Academy students and has been a music educator of all ages. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a master’s in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Hyattsville community, serving on the board of the Hyattsville Life & Times and as captain of her neighborhood watch. She served on the board that initiated the Montessori program at St. Jerome Academy.

Rose Church

College Counselor
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Mrs. Rose Church is St. Jerome Institute’s College Counselor. Mrs. Church received her B.A. from Ave Maria University with a double major in Theology and Managerial Economics & Strategic Analysis as a Mother Teresa Scholar and member of the honors program. She studied abroad in Gaming, Austria and has led a mission trip to Lourdes, France. She previously served as Campus Minister for Southern Illinois University Carbondale before returning to school to earn an M.T.S. from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. Mrs. Church and her husband, Tanner, live in Hyattsville with their one daughter where they enjoy cooking, swing dancing, and elaborate board games.

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Monica Guza

Director of Development
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Monica Guza holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. In addition to her commitment as a student, she served as the Assistant to the Director of Student Activities. She was involved as an active member of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society at Christendom College and enjoys spending time in discussion concerning a variety of topics, including philosophy, theology, politics, and education. She previously held positions in development at Marian Press in Stockbridge, MA and Thomas Aquinas College in CA. Monica is from Bad Axe, Michigan, and is an avid fitness instructor, who also regularly plays tennis and volleyball.

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Michael Higgins

Humanities
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After graduating from Duke University, Michael spent a year sharing life with the poor as a missionary in Brazil, and another working with the homeless in Philadelphia . He earned his MTS and PhD in theology from the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. Before coming to SJI, Michael taught theology at Loyola University Maryland, Georgetown University, and the Academy of the Holy Cross. His work has been published in such theological journals as New Blackfriars, Irish Theological Quarterly, Gregorianum, and Angelicum.

Larry Lee

Director of Athletics, Gymnasium
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A native of California, Larry Lee is a life-long fitness enthusiast, and spent much of his early career involved in show-business and stunt-work. When not coaching SJI students to achieve physical and moral excellence, Mr. Lee runs boot-camp style training for adults and families. Mr. Lee and his wife Janice are the parents of two sons, and proud grandparents of four.

Mimi Aujero

Seminar in Mathematics
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Mimi Aujero has been teaching all levels of high school math for more than a decade and has begun her best years yet in teaching the beautiful, delightful, and challenging curriculum of the Seminar in Mathematics. She graduated with a degree in Math and Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America and earned her Masters in Education through the PLACE Corps program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Nothing excites and energizes Mrs. Aujero like a great lesson on triangles. Thus, she is so grateful for her wonderful husband, family, friends, Catholic Terp babysitters, and SJI school community that have enabled her to keep teaching while having n children in n+1 years (currently, n=6).

Evan Goldman

Studio Art
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Mr. Evan Goldman teaches SJI’s Art Studio classes. Mr. Goldman is a drawing and painting instructor at Montgomery College in Maryland as well as a professional artist. He earned a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and an MA in Art Education from George Mason University. His studio art classes at St. Jerome Institute have an emphasis on realism and the techniques of the Old Masters.

Mari-Ana Narbon

Philosophy of Nature, Mathematics
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Miss Mari-Ana Narbon teaches the Seminar in Natural Philosophy for years one, two and three, and the Seminar in Mathematics for year one. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biological Basis of Behavior (Neuroscience), Miss Narbon spent a year teaching at a Catholic School in Philadelphia before moving to Peru to serve the poorest of the poor in the shantytowns of Lima and the Andes Mountains. When she returned to the United States, she earned her Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. Miss Narbon is from Panama City, Panama, where her love for the beach, nature, and most importantly, her family was nourished. She loves getting lost in books, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and opening her home to friends.

Matthew Hudson

Latin
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Matthew Hudson is SJI’s Latin instructor. Born and raised in Texas, Matthew Hudson received a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Aquinas College and completed a master’s degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, focusing on language, literature, and the medieval theory of speculative grammar. He has taught Latin, history, philosophy, and literature at classical schools in Arizona and California for nearly a decade. When not in the classroom or on the tennis court, he likes to read and travel. His favorite destinations so far are France, Croatia, and Israel.

Alexi Sargeant

Latin
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Mr. Sargeant is joining our Humanities faculty. Alexi Sargeant is a graduate of Catholic homeschooling and of Yale University. He has worked as an editor at First Things and Magnificat, and directed theatre at Yale and in New York City. Before coming to the DC area, Alexi worked at the Catholic chaplaincy of Princeton University. He now lives in Hyattsville with his wife Leah and their two daughters. His writing has appeared in First Things, The New Criterion, The New Atlantis, and Plough.

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St. Jerome Institute Board

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Peter Crawford

Headmaster
pcrawford@stjeromeinstitute.org

Peter Crawford is SJI’s Headmaster and a graduate of Ave Maria University. He received his Masters and MPhil degrees in philosophy from the University of Leuven. He taught history and humane letters  at Glendale Preparatory Academy, a classical charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2009-2013. In 2013, he founded two Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Crawford grew both the lower school (K-5) and the upper school (6-12) enrollment to serve 400 students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Mr. Crawford and his wife have five children.

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John Archer

Secretary to the Board

After graduating from Christendom College with a degree in philosophy, John Archer worked at St. Gregory’s Academy, a Catholic liberal arts high school for boys in eastern Pennsylvania.  He later pursued graduate studies in English at the Catholic University of America, where he taught freshman writing and humanities courses and served as the Assistant Director of the University Writing Program.  Currently, Mr Archer teaches English and Latin at Elizabeth Seton High School.  He serves as SJI’s Secretary to the Board.

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Daniel Gibbons

St. Jerome Institute Board

Daniel Gibbons is the current SJI Board President and an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English at The Catholic University of America. He earned a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Dallas, and both an MA and PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Over the course of nearly twenty years as a teacher, Dr. Gibbons has tutored middle-school and high-school students; has trained students in technical and accountancy writing; and has taught rhetoric, writing, and literature to a diverse body of students at a community college and three different universities. He helped to author Catholic University’s new undergraduate core curriculum and is a member of the Secondary Education Council, which helps to oversee the training of high school teachers at the university. Dr. Gibbons helped to start the Montessori program at St. Jerome Academy and serves on the curriculum committee for SJI.

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Michael Hanby

St. Jerome Institute Board

Michael Hanby is an Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science at the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. He has taught in writing-intensive Great Books programs at Villanova University and at Baylor University, where he was also Associate Director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning, dedicated to the reintegration of Christian faith and the intellectual life. Dr. Hanby was deeply involved in the creation of the St. Jerome Educational Plan for St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland. He has written and spoken extensively on the renewal of Catholic education. He is the author of two books, numerous articles, and is currently working on a book provisionally titled Technology and Truth. He is the father of two teenage boys.

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Deborah Ruddy

St. Jerome Institute Board

Deborah Ruddy is a former SJI Board President and a parent at St. Jerome Academy. She earned a BA in Political Theory at Georgetown University and both an MA and PhD at Boston College. She worked as an Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2000 to 2008. Dr. Ruddy also served as the Director of the Catholic Education Program in the Ryan Institute. From 2001-2008, she taught Catholic high school teachers and administrators in an MA program run by the Murray Institute of St. Paul Seminary.

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Edward Trudeau

St. Jerome Institute Board

Edward Trudeau has taught middle school, high school, and college undergraduates mathematics, logic, and philosophy. He was a member of the original St. Jerome Academy curriculum committee and currently serves as vice chair of the SJI Board. He is Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Catholic University.

Nicholas J. Healy

St. Jerome Institute Board

Nicholas J. Healy is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Culture at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, with a dissertation on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is an editor of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review and a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is the author of The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Being as Communion and, together with David Schindler, Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Declaration on Religious Freedom. Recent articles have addressed the nature and sacramentality of marriage, the question of Christian philosophy, and the theological anthropology of Henri de Lubac and Thomas Aquinas.

Elizabeth Kirk

St. Jerome Institute Board Member

Elizabeth Kirk is a faculty research associate at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Previously, she served as the Director and Kowalski Chair of Catholic Thought at the Institute for Faith and Culture at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas, an institute dedicated to forming university students in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition, to fostering an appreciation for beauty through exposure to nature, culture, and the arts, and to encouraging students to embrace the lifelong task of educating themselves for their vocations and personal flourishing. From 2005 to 2010, she served as the Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, an interdisciplinary center inspired by the teachings of St. Pope John Paul. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law, representing religious and charitable organizations and in the area of estate planning. She and her husband, Bill, have four children.

Taylor Myers

St. Jerome Institute Board

Taylor Myers is the Lead Scientist at MF Fire and a parent to children at St. Jerome Academy. He earned a BS in Fire Protection Engineering and Astronomy and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in the JD program at the Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Myers previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Maryland teaching engineering to undergraduates and designing engineering curriculum for high school students.

Abby Perrotta

St. Jerome Institute Board

Abby Perrotta is a community planner with a focus on preservation. She earned a B.S. in Architecture and Masters degrees in Community Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. She focused her graduate education on the City of Frederick and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore. During her graduate studies she also worked with organizations that served communities in and around College Park. After graduate school she spent a year doing community development work for the City of Hyattsville, then two years on revitalization efforts with the College Park City-University Partnership and has built a network of local connections from working with multiple agencies and institutions along the Rt 1 corridor. She and her husband were married at St. Jerome and have since been blessed with two young boys.

Don Bunuan

St. Jerome Institute Board

Don Bunuan earned a BA from Georgetown University and received his Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland–College Park. He began his career as a high school teacher, having taught at catholic schools for over a decade. He gained experience teaching many different subjects, all grade levels, and abilities; from honors-level students to special needs students. He then went on to work at the United States Department of Education in the office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. There he was responsible for program and financial management for grant recipients as well as the management of all the contracts funded through the Rehabilitation Services Administration. He now practices real estate and is ranked in the top five percent of realtors nation-wide. He and his wife have 5 children.

SJI Contact Info

1800 Perry St. NE
Washington, DC 20018
202-390-1289
info@stjeromeinstitute.org

Office Hours: M-F 8am-4pm

 

Apply Now

COME SEE WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
SJI Open House
SJI will offer in-person and online instruction this Fall. Our reopening plan follows OSSE guidelines for school reopening. Join us on campus for a tour or shadow day

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT

Employment at St. Jerome Institute

St. Jerome Institute has completed hiring for the 2022-2023 school year.

We are accepting applications for all positions for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Please fill out our form below and send an email to pcrawford@stjeromeinstitute.org.

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