Chesterton Academy Boosts Faculty With Local Stars, Veteran Teachers

Five New Faculty Members Join Mathematics, Science, and Music Programs

ACT and SAT Prep Strengthened

Headmaster Niemann: "A great off-season'"

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota (August 2, 2011) Chesterton Academy, a private, classical high school, has hired several new faculty members as the school enters its fourth year of operation, announced Headmaster John Niemann. “We’ve had a great ‘off-season,’” Niemann said. “The quality of teachers we were able to attract, including some outstanding veterans from local schools, was very gratifying.”

Chesterton Academy is a pro-family, independent high school offering an integrated, college preparatory curriculum centered on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Chesterton launched in fall of 2008 with just 10 students. More than 60 students have enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. New faculty hires include:

Austen Rockcastle, a veteran of more than 20 years teaching experience, comes to Chesterton Academy after success at both Trinity School and Eagle Ridge Academy. Dr. Rockcastle holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a PhD in philosophy, both from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Dr. Rockcastle will teach geometry, theology, and literature, and help lead the school’s SAT and ACT prep efforts.

Marilyn Zayac comes to Chesterton with many years of industry experience in research and manufacturing, as well as teaching high school. She holds a bachelor of science in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in materials science from Michigan State University. Mrs. Zayac serves as an educational counselor for MIT, helping students gain admission to that prestigious university. Mrs. Zayac will teach chemistry and statistics.

Denise Hirl most recently taught math, science and social studies at St. John’s Catholic School in Hopkins, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Honors Mathematics and concentration in Secondary Education. She earned her Masters in Education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mrs. Hirl will teach Calculus I and II.

Mary Helen O’Hare has taught biology and chemistry at Trinity School for the past eight years. She has also taught algebra and music. She holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Bethel College and a nursing degree from Creighton University. Mrs. O’Hare will teach freshman science and biology.

Mary LeVoir will assist Dr. Robert Peterson in the music program. Dr. LeVoir holds a master’s degree in music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts, both from the University of Minnesota. She has been church organist at St. Agnes for many years and also serves as music director for Saint John Vianney Seminary.

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