Mr. Dan Janeiro has worked in a wide range of educational institutions providing instruction in the humanities.
Mrs. Julie Bowles
Mr. Michael Fairman
Mr. Michael Fairman was previously a teacher and Dean of Students at Kingswood Academy. He teaches history and theology.
Mr. Joseph Linn
Mr. Joseph 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.
Mr. Patrick Lyon
Mr. Patrick 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.
Ms. Annika Clementi
Ms. Annika Clementi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches Biology, Chemistry, and Math.
Mrs. Arpana Duggal
Mrs. Reba Lyon
Mrs. Reba Lyon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with majors in mathematics and theology. She teaches math and coaches volleyball.
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. Janet Podczerwinski
Mrs. Janet 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. Kim 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. Vanda Varnai-Garcia has over ten years experience as a ballroom dance instructor and she has been teaching dance at the academy since 2016.
Ms. Rachel Jurado
Before joining Chesterton Academy, Ms. Rachel Jurado 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.
Mrs. Michelle Ryan
With a background in customer service, Mrs. Michelle Ryan most recently worked in admissions at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Before joining Chesterton in June 2019, she earned a BFA in Commercial Illustration at the Illinois Institute of Art and studied at the School of Representational Art. She continues to do freelance artwork that promotes the Catholic faith.
Ms. Lana Trapp
Ms. Lana Trapp has worked in small companies, large corporations, and nonprofit organizations including school environments. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from George Williams College.
Mrs. Mimi Giles
Mrs. Mimi Giles has a Bachelor and Master of Science from Eastern Illinois University in Dietetics. She worked in hospitals for 17 years and worked in pastoral care for 12 years before joining Chesterton in 2017.
Mrs. Colleen Billing
Mrs. Colleen Billing has a degree from the University of Illinois in Secondary Education, Speech Communications, and Literature. She is in charge of running all of our events at Chesterton as well as organizing the volunteers.