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.
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.
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.
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.