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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 three 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.

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Susan Antlitz

College Counselor
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Susan Antlitz received her undergraduate degree from The King’s College in New York City and Masters in Education from Boston University. Prior to moving to DC, she worked as the College Guidance Counselor at The Wilberforce School, a classical Christian school in Princeton, NJ. While there she helped build the college counseling program and guided the first three graduating classes through the college search and application process. She also has experience in higher education having worked at Boston University as an academic advisor. She and her husband have three beautiful children. Their family enjoys nature walks, biking, read-aloud novels, and making (but especially eating) sourdough bread.

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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.

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Irene Carriker

Latin, Music
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Irene Carriker is a graduate of the University of Dallas, where she majored in Classical Philology. She has tutored both Latin and Ancient Greek and has also taught piano lessons. She has experience speaking Latin and Ancient Greek, and she has won multiple prizes in national translation competitions. Her other interests include renaissance choral music, Irish step dancing, and calligraphy. Miss Carriker heads the Ancient Greek and Troubadour Traditions clubs at SJI.

Larry Lee

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 teaches the Seminar in Mathematics. After graduating with a degree in Math and Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America, she joined the PLACE Corps program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. While earning her Masters in Education and living in community with other members of her program, she taught students from diverse backgrounds. After two years living without deciduous trees, Mrs. Aujero returned home to the East coast where she spent the past seven years teaching all levels of math at Gonzaga College High School. Mrs. Aujero and her husband have four beautiful children, and are expecting their fifth this winter. 

Bethany Lee

Studio Art
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Bethany Lee is SJI’s studio art instructor. She received her BA in sculpture from the University of Dallas and recently completed the drawing and painting program at the Florence Academy of Art. In her own studio practice, she currently focuses on oil painting from life and on pursuing further studies in stone carving. To see her work, visit www.belfineart.com. When not in the studio, Ms. Lee can be found sitting on her front porch, playing guitar or spending time with her small niece and nephew.

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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 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 the 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.

SJI Contact Info

1800 Perry St. NE
Washington, DC 20018

301-887-3008
info@stjeromeinstitute.org

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

 

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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

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Corresponding Members of the Board

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Maria Marta Ferreyra

St. Jerome Institute Board

Maria Marta Ferreyra is a senior economist at the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank. Her research specializes in the Economics of Education, with special emphasis on the effects of large-scale reforms. She has conducted research on charter schools, private school vouchers, public school accountability, and school finance reform for primary and secondary education in the United States, and on higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research has been published in books and leading academic journals. Prior to joining the World Bank, she served as a faculty member at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is originally from Argentina, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Washington, D.C. At SJI, she serves as the chair of the Marketing and Enrollment committee, and of the Fundraising committee.

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Michael Ortner

St. Jerome Institute Board

Michael Ortner is the Chairman of Cana Academy, a nonprofit that helps bring classical education to schools and other places of learning. Mr. Ortner was the cofounder and CEO of Capterra, an award winning technology company sold to Gartner in 2015. He currently advises startups and engages in philanthropy for schools.

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Max Pakaluk

St. Jerome Institute Board

Max Pakaluk works as a senior manager in the National Partnership Tax group at Ernst & Young. He previously worked in a tax group at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Mr. Pakaluk is a St. Jerome Academy parent.

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Danny Flynn

St. Jerome Institute Board

Danny Flynn is principal of St. Jerome Academy. He has over 15 years of experience in the education field, working in both public and Catholic schools. Mr. Flynn was on the curriculum committee for SJI.

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Mario Enzler

St. Jerome Institute Board

Mario Enzler is a former Swiss Guard under Pope John Paul II and founder of New England Classical Academy in New Hampshire. He currently serves as Dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

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Andreas Widmer

St. Jerome Institute Board

Andreas Widmer is also a former Swiss Guard under Pope John Paul II. Mr. Widmer teaches business at The Catholic University of America and is a contributor to various media outlets on matters of faith and business. He is also Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University and President of The Carpenter’s Fund.

SJI Contact Info

1800 Perry St. NE
Washington, DC 20018

301-887-3008
info@stjeromeinstitute.org

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

 

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

The St. Jerome Institute is Hiring
School Year 2021-2022

If you are interested in applying for employment at the St. Jerome Institute for the 2021-2022 school year, please fill out our form below. 

Please send employment inquiries to info@stjeromeinstitute.org.

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