Jenni received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (SCSU) with a minor in Mathematics. During and after college, she traveled to 10 different countries, including working for nine months in Australia. Converting to the faith as a young adult made her passionate about sharing and defending the Catholic faith. She has spent many years doing that in various ways, such as in the church choir, as a lector, catechist, small group leader, and apologist – doing sought-after talks and classes for both youth and adults. For nine years, she worked in the computer software field, rising from Programmer to Designer, to Customer Liaison, to Quality Assurance Manager. When her son was born, she felt called to pursue homeschooling full-time and join her husband, Jeff, in their video and photography business, where she not only does photo and video but also handles the accounting, taxes, and contracts. Having a penchant for leadership, she has helped lead the JP2 Homeschool Group, and coached an FLL robotics team for seven years. Her FLL robotics team consistently performed well, advancing to the State level every year but their first and advancing to the World tournament in both 2017 and 2019. As with all things she is passionate about, she loves sharing and mentoring. She has helped start a new FLL team almost every year she coached, helped run the 4H STEM Club, tutors, and leads faith-sharing small groups. In her little free time, she enjoys nature, arts and crafts, and spending time with her husband and two children
First and foremost, Robin is a Catholic daughter of God, wife, and mother of 6 here on earth and 3 little ones in Heaven. Not very long ago when she was young, she was inspired to teach Math after having had excellent examples of teachers in both high school and college. Math could actually be fun! She also liked that it was objective--no opinions about 2+2=4. Truth is truth when one is seeking the true, the good, and the beautiful! She earned a B.A. in Mathematics with minors in Secondary Education and Business Management from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and held a Secondary Math Education teaching certificate. She currently teaches part-time at Holy Spirit Academy, a Catholic high school in Monticello. She has previously taught at VIA and also taught a year of fifth grade at a parochial school in Virginia and privately tutored several students in various Math subjects over the years. When God called her to the vocation of marriage and motherhood, she stayed home to raise her kids. When she is not teaching Math or homeschooling her younger kids or taking care of the rest of the family and home, she assists in bookkeeping for the family business, because she can't get enough of numbers. To balance the right and left brain, she enjoys reading and discussing books with her Well Read Mom friends and, well, just socializing in general!
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
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. She is passionate about being a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium and a directress in the Montessori Children's House.
Shelly Westrich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Math with a minor in Quantitative Methods and Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas. She has been homeschooling her kids for over 20 years and coaching FLL robotics for 7. She, along with older VIA students from both First Lego League Challenge and First Tech Challenge robotics teams will be working together to share their passion for robotics with the next generation.
Sherry Zeisel used to teach math and science at Holy Spirit Academy, but traded that in for being a full-time mom a couple of years ago. While her children are still too young for school, she is still passionate about all things science, and is working on bringing Catholicism and science together for homeschoolers in a brand-new set of high-school courses, starting with biology. In private life, she is an incorrigible collector of skills, from music, to spinning and weaving, to gluten-free baking...because one can never
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!