Faculty & Staff

Audry Allman

6th & 7th Grade Teacher

Ms. Allman grew up in Northern Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She graduated from Franciscan University in 2018 earning a degree in Middle Childhood Education. She started her career at St. Bernadette’s Elementary School where she taught 5th grade for three years. Audrey enjoys being part of a vibrant school community and was involved whenever she could be in extracurricular activities. Outside of the classroom, she has a passion for travel which led her to fall in love with spending her summers in Ukraine as an English School counselor through Ukrainian Catholic University.

Angela Dugas

Lower and Middle School Art Teacher

Christopher Foeckler

Mathematics and Religion Teacher

Mr. Foeckler graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College, majoring in Theology with a minor in Math and Science. Growing up in Manassas with 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 after teaching for a year at Holy Family Academy in Manassas. He and his wife have two children.

Ellen Garcia

7th & 8th Grade Teacher, History and Physical Education

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Garcia was homeschooled all the way through high school.  A 2018 graduate of the University of North Florida with a major in history and a minor in biology, she has taught at Saint William of York Catholic School in Stafford, Virginia for the past three years teaching both fourth grade and middle school.  In her spare time, Ellen enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and spending time with her baby niece.

Alex Klassen

Development Coordinator

Alex grew up in Ottawa, Canada and was a competitive Irish dancer until she graduated from high school at the age of 16. She graduated from Christendom College in 2004 with a degree in History while tutoring Latin on the side. Alex’s love for both Irish dance and teaching led her to instruct recreational Irish dance from 2002 until 2015. Alex then branched out to social functions after ‘retiring’ from dance and now plays a lead role in multiple events and fundraisers, including the annual Chelsea Gala. She and her husband, Ron, have six children.

Samantha Libasci

Instructional Assistant, Student Life Adjunct

Ms. Libasci is in her final semester of undergraduate studies of Psychology and Public Health at Shenandoah University. Samantha has been involved in campus ministry, outdoor leadership, and graphic design throughout college. Her study of psychology and love for ministry has driven her to pursue counseling-based work integrated with the Catholic faith. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys painting, hiking, and running.

Monika Martin

Mathematics Teacher

Holly McShurley

4th Grade Teacher

A Christendom College graduate with a degree in Philosophy, Mrs. McShurley is a mother of ten children, all of whom were homeschooled until 2013, when she began forging the newly instituted 4th and 5th grade classes, bringing several of her children with her to the halls of Chelsea.  Holly brought with her a love of math, Latin, and science, which she had tutored for several years locally, and religion, having taught CCD for some years. She also brought a passion for Shakespeare, having directed youth Shakespeare plays for over a decade. At Chelsea, she directs the Spring Lower/Middle school plays. Mrs. McShurley resides with her family in Linden.

Joan Philbin

French Teacher

Mrs. Philbin graduated from Christendom College with a major in French, and has completed graduate work in linguistics at George Mason University. She served as a Marine Corps intelligence officer for twenty years, including four years as a defense attache for arms control in Russia. She and her husband have one son who graduated in the class of 2021 and one son studying at Chelsea this year. 

Alfred Regnery

Government Teacher

Mr. Regnery served as the publisher of The American Spectator and the President of Regnery Publishing, a distinguished press founded by his father in 1947.  He also worked in the Reagan administration and served as legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He and his wife reside in Rappahannock County.

James Rice

Mathematics Teacher

Heather Schueckler

French Teacher

Mrs. Schueckler graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with double bachelor’s degrees in French and Biology. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied the mammalian cortex in a neuroscience research laboratory. During her college years as a French major, she studied abroad at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, which she considers to be one of the most formative experiences of her life.  Mrs. Schueckler taught biology and chemistry at the secondary level before deciding to stay home to raise her children, and now looks forward to returning to the classroom to share her love of French with the wonderful students at Chelsea Academy.

Joseph Selner

History and Science Teacher, College Counselor

Holding 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 homeschooled his son and daughter (Chelsea Class of 2017 and Class of 2021, respectively). Mr. Selner also taught religion to seventh and eighth graders at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodstock, VA. Since joining Chelsea Academy in 2013, Mr. Selner has taught American History, U.S. Government and Politics, Modern European History, Earth Science, physics, and pre-algebra. Mr. Selner has served as Chelsea Academy’s college counselor since 2016. Outside the classroom his interests include hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter camping. Mr. Selner and his family live in Strasburg.

Dr. Alka Shanahan

Science Teacher

Dr. Shanahan earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Garhwal University, India, doing her Organic Chemistry Ph.D. work at the Indian Institute of Petroleum. Afterwards, she did two years postdoctoral  work at the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, IL, during which time she met her husband.  Upon her return to India, she served as a Pool Officer at the National Institute of Nutrition, and then at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.  After moving to the U.S., she worked as Director of Research at International Lubricants in Seattle, WA, and then took a break for some years to raise and homeschool her five children. Starting in the 2015 Fall semester, Dr. Shanahan taught at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, and online for Mother of Divine Grace School. She is currently an Advanced Placement Chemistry Reader for Educational Testing Services. She joined Chelsea in Fall 2019.

Shelly Stockton

Music Teacher

With a B.M.E from Emporia State University, Mrs. Stockton has worked as a composer, worship leader, choir director, and classical educator in a variety of settings for the past two decades. While in college, she was awarded the Walter Mays Resident Composer commission where she wrote numerous works for university events and student recitals. Mrs. Stockton has taught in the classical education arena for the past fifteen years and currently serves as International Academic Director for Classical Conversations. She and her husband have five daughters.

Kevin Thomas

English & Religion Teacher

Mr. Thomas holds a degree in Philosophy from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Florida. While much of his career has been spent as a journalist, Mr. Thomas simultaneously worked various roles as youth minister, catechist, and classroom teacher. He spent the previous three years teaching high school Theology and English in Maine. Mr. Thomas and his wife have nine children, the youngest two enrolled at Chelsea for 2021-22.

Nancy Thomas

Mathematics Teacher

Nancy is new to Virginia and to Chelsea Academy. After homeschooling her nine children she realized the importance of providing a solid foundation in mathematics to K-8 students, in preparation for successful learning in high school and beyond. After sending seven kids off to college, she began the search for how to continue to help younger students reach their potential in math.To that end, Nancy bought a tutoring center in Portland, Maine in 2020.  As her children became adults and began settling in the Mid-Atlantic region, it became apparent that Virginia and Chelsea Academy were calling her family to Front Royal. She moved to the area in the summer of ‘21 with her husband and two youngest children who now attend Chelsea Academy.

Dr. Diarmuid T. Wheeler

History & Physical Education Teacher

Originally from County Laois, Ireland, Dr. Wheeler graduated from Maynooth University, a Catholic institution, in 2007with a double honors bachelor’s degree in History and English and a minor in Greek and Roman studies. He subsequently completed an Honors Master’s program in Military History and Strategic Studies from the same university in 2012. His research then took him westward to the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he obtained his doctorate in Medieval and Early Modern World History.  Dr. Wheeler has a diverse background working as a lead historical consultant for several research projects as well as contributing to numerous journals and talks throughout Ireland.  He is a rugby, hurling, and Gaelic football enthusiast.  He and his wife relocated to her native Virgina where they recently welcomed a baby daughter.

Henry Wingate

Art Teacher

After graduating from the Naval Academy and serving as a pilot for six years in the Navy, 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 commissions, and his work has been featured in Portrait Highlights and American Artist. In addition, Mr. Wingate’s portrait of St. Edmund Campion is hung in the Chapel at Marquette University Law School. He and his wife have seven children.

Therese Zepeda

5th Grade & English Teacher

Mrs. Zepeda graduated from Christendom College as valedictorian with a degree in Political Science. During her nearly ten-year career in education, she has served as an academic counselor for Seton Home Study, creating curricula, tests, and course manuals in addition to mentoring students and grading assignments. She has also served as an English counselor and taught ESL classes at VIA for the past two years. She and her husband, Tom, have five children, three of whom attend Chelsea.