Veritas In Academia

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VIA Tutors' Biographies

       Mr. Joshua La Fond earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Magdalen College in and has various musical experience leading personal voice training, formal cantor training, children’s and youth choirs, academy choral programs, sacred scholas, chant workshops and scholas, polyphony choirs, full adult choirs including a men’s choir, performance choirs, and drama musicals. Well aware himself of the dry mouth, sticky palms and sheer panic which comes with performing music, Mr. LaFond’s ease with the human voice makes him easily help the inner singer come out!  Spreading the joy of the heart through music is a delight to him, and is evident in the students he teaches. He has yet to meet a truly “tone-deaf” student who cannot learn to sing beautifully.  His six children and wife all love to sing and offer a personal testimony to his love of the human voice lifted in song.  Mr. La Fond often quotes Saint Augustine’s phrase “He who sings, prays twice!” as well the music of King David in Psalm 98:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth: break forth into joyous song and sing praises!”

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

       Jenna grew up in a homeschooling household. She is the middle (and best) child of the Leighton family. In 2010, Jenna earned her B.A. in Theology and Catechists with a minor in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville. During her college years she had the opportunity to study abroad in Austria, to join a women’s faith community called Madonna of the Streets, and to serve as the president of the Students for Life club on campus. She is currently serving at the Church of St. Henry in Monticello as the Director of Youth Formation and Ministry (6th-12th grade). In addition to ministry, Jenna loves adventuring outdoors, sewing and paper-crafting, and most of all being a daughter, sister, and friend. 

       John earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and PhD with Electrical Engineering as a major for all degrees and with Physics as a minor for his graduate degrees. John then practiced engineering as his first career designing semiconductor processes, devices and circuitry for the disk-drive industry as well as designing focal plane arrays and developing image processing algorithms for the infra-red camera industry. John is a named inventor on multiple patents. John graduated from Hamline School of Law in 2010 and shortly thereafter embarked upon his second career practicing patent law. John first began practicing law at Thompson Patent Law and now has joined the team at Kinney & Lange. In his spare time, John loves being husband to his beautiful bride and being father to his adorable children.

        Jacob grew up in St. Paul and spent a lot of time in the western metro for youth group during his teen years. He has done mission work in Ukraine, Latvia, Italy, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Washington D.C. He enjoys working in the garage on pretty much anything that has a motor, doing home projects and woodworking. Jacob loves athletics, bicycling, running and just being active, as well as traveling. He was married in April of 2016. Jacob has a Masters degree in Theology and is working on his Masters degree in Philosophy.

        Ana Grace is a native Spanish speaker, born in San Jose, Costa Rica. She earned a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. She has traveled throughout five continents, visited 26 countries, and enjoys learning about other cultures. She is the mother of six children (one in heaven) and has been homeschooling for 10 years.

       Mrs. Soley earned her BA in marketing and management from the University of St. Catherine.  Wife, and mother of seven, and homeschooling since 2005, she has found her passion in books (Holy Scripture, Catholic books, lives of saints, and the classics in particular).  Resulting from this new-found-love, Mrs Soley created and lead three different book clubs over the course of six years.  Finding God and truth in these works was the primary emphasis, with a Socratic-style discussion for each wonderful piece of literature.  Currently she homeschools six of her seven children.  She served as Youth Minister for three years at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, MN.  Author (one published work), writing since 2000, and blogging since 2011, with her husband’s encouragement, Mrs. Soley has also been leading a mother’s group, and speaking to women on their path to sainthood through the vocation of wife and mother.

       Mrs. Weber earned her BA in education, is certified in all three levels of Montessori Training: Level I (ages 3-6), Level II (ages 6-9), Level III (ages 9-12) and in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Levels i and II. She has many years of experience teaching in public Montessori grade schools and Catholic schools.  Currently she homeschools her sons and is passionate about teaching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

        Mrs. Zeisel grew up in Carver, MN, as the oldest of 5. She credits her background in homeschooling with her love of science, even though her teacher (a.k.a. mother) did not have a science background, and so she mostly taught herself. After being homeschooled through 10th grade, she went to Normandale Community College for PSEO, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from MSU Mankato. She planned to make a career in the medical products industry, but after a few years of work on groundbreaking technology, it turned out that God had other plans for her. Now she is blessed to be able to bring practical experience in the field to her teaching. On weekends she is often playing and singing with her family band, Carver Creek Bluegrass, and her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, spinning, and of course reading and writing. She currently lives with her husband Andrew in Montrose, MN.