Faculty and Staff


Guy Bauer, B.A. Mathematics and History Teacher and Coach.

Mr. Bauer has over ten years of teaching and coaching experience at the middle school level, three of them at a private boarding school where he lived with his charges. He has also worked on curriculum development throughout his career. A native of New York, he taught and coached in the Fauquier County, Virginia, school system before coming to Chelsea Academy. Mr. Bauer is an avid outdoorsman. He and his wife have four  children.

Jonathan Brand, B.A., M.A. Headmaster and History Teacher.

Prior to founding Chelsea Academy, Mr. Brand served as Chairman of the History Department at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and as Academic Dean at The American School in Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland. During his ten years of teaching in Europe, he also led students in cultural excursions to significant sites all over the continent, but particularly France and Italy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in History from The College of William and Mary. He and his wife have four children.


Robert Farris, B.A. French and History Teacher and Coach.

Mr. Farris holds a degree in Philosophy from the Ateneo Pontifico Regina Apostolorum in Rome. A native of Connecticut, Mr. Farris studied French in Quebec and Paris during his high school years, and he later worked at an all boys’ boarding school outside of Paris. Most recently, he taught middle school at Summit Academy in Idaho, and in 2013 he and his wife, Colleen, were married.

Joel Fernandez, B.S., M.A. Mathematics and Religion Teacher.

Mr. Fernandez graduated from MIT before earning a master's degree in Theology from Ave Maria University. In addition to teaching high school mathematics in Miami, Mr. Fernandez has taught religion at the middle school level and founded and led youth ministry groups.

Christopher Foeckler, B.A. Science, Math, and Religion Teacher and Coach.

Mr. Foeckler graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College, majoring in Theology with a minor in Math and Science. Growing up in Manassas with his five brothers, Mr. Foeckler developed a wide range of interests that he pursued in college. He played on the varsity soccer team for four years. He acted in several college plays, and he participated in Christendom’s choir and debate society. Mr. Foeckler joined the Chelsea faculty in 2013 after teaching for a year at Holy Family Academy in Manassas. He and his wife live in Front Royal.

Elizabeth Foeckler, B.A. Choir Director.

Mrs. Foeckler graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in Theology and a Liturgical Music Minor. She has taught music and directed choral groups at All Saints Catholic School, Seton School in Manassas, and Christendom College. A classically trained pianist and mezzo soprano, Mrs. Foeckler has been a member of Chorus Sine Nomine in northern Virginia since 2013.

Anna Maria Guttierrez, B.A. Art Teacher.

A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, Mrs. Guttierrez received formal art instruction as an undergraduate and has worked as an artist for the past eight years. She has also studied classical voice and has won awards in competitive Irish dancing.

Jacob Guttierrez, B.A. Latin and Religion Teacher and Coach.

Mr. Guttierrez grew up in California and graduated from Thomas Aquinas College. He came to Chelsea Academy after teaching Latin at Villanova Preparatory School for four years. In addition to leading the Latin, chess, and philosophy clubs, he coached soccer, track and field, tennis, and cross country during his time at Villanova Prep. He and his wife have three children and live in Front Royal.

Ashley Maciag, B.A., M.A. ESL Teacher.

A native of New York, Mrs. Maciag earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Union Graduate School after attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she graduated with a B.A. in English. For two years Mrs. Maciag taught English and served as yearbook coordinator at John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, Virginia. She and her husband have one daughter.

Teri McGrath, B.S. Science Teacher.

Holding a degree in Chemistry from the University of Dallas, Mrs. McGrath grew up in Colorado before going to Texas for college and then on to Maryland, where she taught science and mathematics at Brookewood Academy for four years. She also spent a year with the Sisters of Life in New York City and taught English and other subjects as a volunteer in a boarding school in Honduras. Her science background includes four summers as a chemistry technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory and an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Kentucky. In college Mrs. McGrath played on the women’s lacrosse team and received a nomination as an all-American student athlete. Mrs. McGrath and her husband live in West Virginia.

Holly McShurley, B.A. 4th and 5th Grade Teacher.

A Christendom College graduate with a degree in Philosophy, Mrs. McShurley is a mother of ten children, whom she has homeschooled, and she has worked as a part-time science, math, and Latin teacher. She has also taught CCD at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. For twelve years she directed a Shakespeare drama group in Front Royal.

Mary Mueller, Administrative Assistant.

Mrs. Mueller came to Chelsea Academy with great administrative experience, having handled the scheduling, transcripts, student registration, report cards, and attendance at a large high school in Marietta, Georgia, for almost ten years. She and her husband have five sons.


Joan Philbin, B.A. French Teacher.

Mrs. Philbin comes to Chelsea after serving for nearly twenty years in the United States Marine Corps. A graduate of Christendom College, she speaks French and Russian and has completed graduate work in linguistics at Georgetown University and George Mason University. Mrs. Philbin has served as a translator in addition to teaching French at the high school and college levels. She and her husband have two sons and live in Winchester.

Joseph Selner, B.A., J.D. Earth Science Teacher.

With degrees from The College of William and Mary and The Catholic University of America, Mr. Selner worked in law and finance before deciding to become an educator. For four years he has homeschooled his two children and taught religion to seventh and eighth graders at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock, Virginia. Outside the classroom, Mr. Selner serves as a scout leader, soccer coach, and Chief Counselor of his parish’s Columbian Squires circle. Mr. Selner and his family live in Shenandoah County. His interests include canoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping.

Shari Schäffer, B.A., M.A English Teacher.

With degrees in English from Wake Forest University and the College of William and Mary, Mrs. Schäffer has teaching experience that includes two years at a private school in Virginia and twelve years with her children as a homeschool educator.

Harold Siegel III, A.B., M.A., M.M.S. English and Latin Teacher, College Counselor, and Coach.

Mr. Siegel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning master’s degrees at Catholic University of America and the University of Notre Dame and completing the coursework for a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame. In addition to teaching English, Latin, and History at Catholic middle and high schools in North Carolina and Texas, he served as an assistant professor at Hillsdale College for eight years. A soccer enthusiast, Mr. Siegel has great experience coaching and directing youth soccer programs. He and his wife have five children and live in Front Royal.

Joseph Sladky, Ph.D. History and Mathematics Teacher.

After graduating from Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Sladky studied biology, chemistry, and physics in a pre-med program before deciding to change course and pursue graduate studies in history. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Catholic University. His professional experience includes several years teaching middle school math and science at Northridge Preparatory School as well as working with inner-city youth in Chicago. Dr. Sladky also worked as an editor of The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation. He and his wife have eight children.

Joseph Strickland, B.A. Mathematics and ESL Teacher.

Mr. Strickland holds a major in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Christendom College. After graduating from college in 2013, he worked in the development department at Human Life International. Mr. Strickland lives in Front Royal.

Catherine Waters, B.A., M.A. ESL Teacher.

Mrs. Waters earned her undergraduate degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York before going on to receive a Master of Curriculum and Instruction at Hood College. For ten years she taught English at St. John’s College Preparatory High School, where she also served as English Department Chair and directed an annual Shakespeare festival. Mrs. Waters and her family live in Winchester.

Micah Willard, B.A. Religion Teacher, Athletic Director, and Coach.

For four years, after graduating from Christendom College with a degree in Classical and Early Christian Studies, Mr. Willard served as a middle school teacher at The Heights School in Potomac, Maryland. He has also worked with inter-city students in New York as part of the Crotona Achievement Program and with middle and high school students in several summer camps in Maryland. Mr. Willard and his wife have three children.

Henry Wingate, B.S. Art Teacher.

Mr. Wingate studied traditional representational painting in ateliers in Boston, Massachusetts, and Florence, Italy. An accomplished painter of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and larger figurative works, he has won several prestigious awards, and his work has been featured in Portrait Highlights and American Artist. He and his wife have five children.

Andrea Yadon, B.A., M.S. ESL Teacher.

Ms. Yadon holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.S. in English as a Second Language from Florida State University. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she has had teaching stints at a middle/high school in Spain, a high school in Florida, and universities in Peru and Florida. She has also taught indigenous people in the Amazon and a migrant community in Florida.



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