First Day of School

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Classes began on September 3, 2013 with St. Monica’s largest student body to date: 233 students. We extend a warm welcome to all of our new families, as well as to our new teachers:

Mr. Blair Chirdon is teaching Biology and Chemistry. He earned his BS in Biology/Chemistry from Cleveland State University and his MS in Science Education from the same. After teaching for 30 years in Ohio public schools, primarily in Chemistry, Environmental and Nature Studies, Mr. Chirdon has relocated to California to be closer to his grandchildren and to teach upper division sciences for St. Monica Academy. With his particular passion for lab experiments, Mr. Chirdon crowns our expanding science program.

Mr. Nathaniel Currie is teaching Apologetics, Renaissance Literature, and Medieval History. He earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, and his MA in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he passed his comprehensive exams with distinction. Mr. Currie taught middle school literature at St. Joseph Academy in San Marcos for one year, and at Loyola he was one of only three graduate students in the department awarded a fellowship to teach philosophy to undergraduates. His specialties are logic and Socratic-style discussions.

Mr. Michael Bertotti is teaching Algebra I, Science, and P.E. He earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, followed by post-graduate work in History, Latin and Liturgy at Clear Creek Monastery, OK. At Lassen High School, Mr. Bertotti was awarded “Most Distinguished Science Student,” excelling in AP Calculus, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. He was also named captain and All-League in Varsity Basketball. An experienced Science Camp Director, Mr. Bertotti will bring enthusiasm and experience to our middle school math and science program.

Mr. John Goodwin is our new Campus Dean. He earned his BA in History at the University of Dallas, and will lead the implementation of improved security, safety, procedures, and aesthetics on campus.

Mrs. Geier-Cornejo is an Elementary Aide. She joined SMA mid-year last year and returns this year with a new name because she married Daniel Cornejo, son of Vicente and Alma Cornejo, earlier this summer. Mrs. Geier-Cornejo graduated with a degree in Psychology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.