“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Lk. 10:21)                                      “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33)                                      “As a child has rest in its mother’s arms even so my soul.” (Ps. 131:2)                                      “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn. 2:5)                                      “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam. 3:10)                                      “Everyone of us needs a half hour of prayer each day, except when we’re busy, then we need an hour.”                                      “Quo Vadis?”                                      “Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” (Mt. 6:20)                                      “The chief purpose of theology is to provide an understanding of Revelation and the content of faith. The very heart of theological enquiry will thus be the contemplation of the mystery of the Triune God.” (St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio)                                      “No man can serve two masters.” (Mt. 6:24)                                      “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.” (Mt. 7:13)                                      “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7:16)                                      “Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock.” (Mt. 7:24)                                      “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father in not in him.” (1 Jn. 2:15)                                      “The fundamental difference between religious and other forms of education is that its aim is not simply intellectual assent to religious truths but also a total commitment of one's whole being to the Person of Christ.” (The Catholic School)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." - St. Francis de Sales                                      “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)                                      “Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’”(Song of Songs 2:9-10)                                      "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant." (Lk. 1:46-48)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." St. Francis de Sales                                      "Remember that good confessions and good Communions are the first steps to a sound education."-St. Don Bosco                                      "A school without music is a school without a soul, for music aids education. It is a most effective means to obtain discipline, morality, and help good feeling..." - St. Don Bosco                                      "Frequent Communion and daily Mass are the two pillars of education." - St. Don Bosco                                     

Faculty and Staff

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Joel Fernandez - Headmaster

Joel Fernandez is a husband and father of 3 young children. He holds a BS in Computer Science from MIT and an MA in Theology from Ave Maria University. He has over a decade of experience in education in a variety of settings (public, diocesan, independent, Montessori, CCD) as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He has been a speaker at numerous Catholic events including retreats, conferences, and even World Youth Day and founded a number of Catholic apostolates (St. Paul Youth Ministries Boston Chapter, Anscombe Society of MIT, and FIAT at Ave Maria). In addition to his duties as Headmaster, he also teaches Math and Theology/Philosophy at Living Nazareth.


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Jeanne Lamana - Music

Jeanne Lamana is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, VA. She is a cantor for masses and facilitates the Women's Bible Study group as well as other morning and evening bible studies at the parish. She has raised four adopted children with her husband, Joe. These four children came from different parts of the world and all came to the family with special needs and gifts. This has created a sensitivity in her teaching to recognize and provide for the individual needs of both the gifted, average, and special learner.

Mrs. Lamana attended Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in CT where she received a Bachelor of Music as well as Teacher Certification in Music for grades K-12. She was a master teacher in NY where she attended Stony Brook University and was awarded a MA in Liberal Arts Education. Mrs. Lamana has taught chorus, drama, music history, and has directed many plays,and musicals. In earlier years she was employed as an actress and singer and she often taught private voice and piano lessons as she and her family moved around a lot with her husbands military career.

Mrs. Lamana has traveled extensively with her family throughout the United States and abroad and brings what she has learned about these cultures to the classroom through her love of art and music. Other forms of her favorite weekend activities are biking, kayaking, cross country skiing and hiking with her family as well as being alone at her piano or reading non fiction.


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Sharon Mank - Administrative Assistant

Sharon has ministered in Catholic Education her entire adult life as an elementary school teacher, director of religious education, administrative assistant, and assistant superintendent. She enjoys baking, writing poetry, being in nature, and guiding spiritual retreats. She has just been accepted in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program at Divine Mercy University.

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Dermot Winters - Science

Mr. Winters serves his parish (Saint Francis de Sales, Purcellville) as a Mass Coordinator and a CCD teacher. He, and his wife, Maria, are the parents of two grown adopted children and grandparents to granddaughters ages 5 and 2. While their children were growing Mr. Winters coached them in CYO basketball and youth soccer and also served as a Boy Scout leader.

Mr. Winters is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology, and an M.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. He retired after more than 30 years of Federal government service in December 2017. During the last phase of his career Mr. Winters performed health and safety oversight reviews of Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear facilities. His prior Federal service included participating in the development of Federal mining regulations. Prior to Federal service, Mr. Winters was an engineering geologist with consulting engineering firms performing subsurface investigations in support of large commercial and industrial projects.

Post-retirement, Mr. Winters has taught a middle school general science class for a consortium of home schooling parents and is a part-time consultant for a DOE contractor. He looks forward to teaching 9 th grade science from a Catholic perspective.