Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family - Downers Grove, IL
Dr. Conor Hill
Dr. Hill has a Ph.D. in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In addition to his duties as headmaster, he teaches theology.
Mr. Michael Fairman
Mr. Fairman was previously a teacher and Dean of Students at Kingswood Academy. He teaches history.
Mr. Patrick Lyon
Mr. Lyon graduated from the Program of Liberal Studies (i.e., a Great Books Program) at the University of Notre Dame in May 2017. He teaches Literature, Writing Composition and Latin.
Mr. Christopher Lyon
Mr. Christopher Lyon teaches History, Astronomy, Philosophy, and Latin, and is also the Athletic Director. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and father of 3 lovely daughters. Mr. Lyon is also a published poet and historian and coauthors an epic fantasy series with his brother Mr. Patrick Lyon.
Mr. Joseph Linn
Mr. Linn is A.B.D. in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches a variety of classes including Philosophy, Mathematics, and Latin. He has been teaching at the academy since 2015.
Mrs. Arpana Duggal
Mr. Joe Rankin
Mr. Joe Rankin has a Master’s of Science in education and Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics from Franciscan University. He teaches mathematics and physics and is the academy’s Dean of Men.
Mrs. Christine Maslanka
Mrs. Christie Maslanka has a Bachelor's degree in Science and Language Arts Education with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She teaches Math, Chemistry, and Biology and is the academy’s Dean of Women.
Mrs. Janet Podczerwinski
Mrs. Podczerwinski, in addition to working as the Choir Director at Saint James in Sag Bridge, has also been the Co-Choir director and a faculty member in the Musical Theater program at Kingswood Academy. She has been teaching Music and Drama at Chesterton Academy since 2016.
Mrs. Kim Roth
Mrs. Roth has taught Art for many years at her private studio in Naperville. She has been teaching Art at the academy since 2015.
Mrs. Vanda Varnai-Garcia
Mrs. Varnai-Garcia has over ten years experience as a ballroom dance instructor and she has been teaching dance at the academy since 2016.
Mrs. Julie Bowles
Mrs. Michelle Ryan
Mrs. Mimi Giles
Mrs. Colleen Billing
Ms. Rachel Jurado
Before joining Chesterton Academy, Rachel served dozens of nonprofits as a fundraising consultant. She also has experience in editorial and earned an MA in English from the University of Notre Dame.