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.
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.
Andrew is the president of the St. Jerome Institute in Washington, DC. He obtained his Ph.D. in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute with a dissertation focused on the philosophy of education and childhood in the thought of the German Thomist, Ferdinand Ulrich. He has served for nearly two decades as a teacher and leader in classical schools. He was the Head of School for The Atonement Academy in San Antonio and later joined the team for Great Hearts Texas, where he was the founding Headmaster of Great Hearts Northern Oaks. He has published articles and translations in both the Humanum Journal and Communio and is preparing a translation of Ferdinand Ulrich’s book on childhood and education, Der Mensch als Anfang (Man as the Beginning), for publication by Humanum Press in 2023.
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 eight lively children.
Maggie Smith is the Assistant Headmaster of St. Jerome Institute. While studying Secondary English Education at The Catholic University of America, she tutored middle school Language Arts and taught American Literature at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Her conversations with students about searching for happiness and grappling with God’s commandments inspired her to obtain a Masters in Moral Theology and Ethics from CUA; and from there, Maggie taught theology for five years at Elizabeth Seton High School. During her time at Seton, Maggie regularly ran retreats with Campus Ministry, reinvigorated Pro-Life Club, and served on committees for student formation and discipline. Maggie enjoys hosting dinner parties, cooking complex recipes, hiking, and spending time at the beach.
Emily Strab is a mother of four 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, currently serving as a city councilmember, and having served 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.
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 children where they enjoy cooking, swing dancing, and elaborate board games.
Monica Evans (Guza) holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. In addition to her commitment as a fundraiser, she serves as a lector at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and volunteers at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center. Additionally, she volunteers alongside the Dames and Knights of Malta at soup kitchens, clinics and other engagements as a candidate for the Class of 2024.
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.
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).
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.
Miss Mari-Ana Narbon teaches the Seminar in Natural Philosophy for years one, two and three. 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 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.
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.
Christine Bailey teaches the Seminar in Mathematics for years two and three. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science and Geospatial Information Sciences. After graduating, she worked for the U.S. Army in the Communications Electronics Command as a computer scientist. While working for the Army, she entered consecrated life in the Crusaders of Mary, a secular institute founded in Spain. Christine left the Army to join our SJI family in the spring of 2022 as long-term mathematics substitute and did not want to leave. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in psychology from Divine Mercy University.
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.
James Foeckler graduated from Christendom College in 2020 with a major in Philosophy and minor in Mathematics. While at the college he played four years for the varsity soccer team on the Tom S. Vander Woude athletic scholarship while captaining it for his last two years. He received the student achievement award at his graduation and continued to work for the college for the past three years as Residence Director and men’s assistant soccer coach. During that time he earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies concentrating on Moral Theology, and was accepted into a PhD program at CUA where he will be continuing his education in the same field. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate work, he has sought to unite his academic and athletic interests whenever possible, writing his undergraduate thesis on the relationship of athletics and a liberal arts university, and his masters thesis on the relationship of sports and virtue.