Andrew J. Zwerneman serves as Cana Academy’s President and as one of our Master Teachers. For 35 years, he has taught and consulted in secondary schools that emphasize classic humanities. For 19 years he headed schools--2 for the public charter school, Tempe Preparatory Academy in Tempe, Arizona, 17 for Trinity School at Meadow View in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the founder and owner of The Academy Project, LLC, which wrote the curricula and trained faculties for Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Trinity Academy in Portland, Oregon. Education: B.A., A.B.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A., St. John’s University.
Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman is Director of Instruction and one of our Master Teachers, specializing in teaching writing and leading seminars on imaginative literature and philosophy. For 37 years she has taught and consulted in schools with an emphasis on classic humanities. In 1981 she co-founded Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend, Indiana, where she taught until 1997. From 1999 to 2016 she taught at Trinity School's campus in Virginia. She served as Dean of Humanities for the national group of Trinity Schools and as a master teacher for all three campuses of the organization. As part of The Academy Project LLC, she co-authored the curricula and helped train faculties for Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Trinity Academy in Portland, Oregon. Twice she received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, one for the study of Plato, Kant, and Hegel, another for the study of Dante's Divina Commedia. Education: B.A., M.A., University of Notre Dame.
Mary Frances Loughran serves as Cana Academy’s Director of Writing and one of our Master Teachers, specializing in teaching writing and leading seminars on imaginative literature, philosophy, and history. Additionally, she specializes in education for disadvantaged students. For 33 years Mary Frances has taught and consulted in schools with an emphasis on classic humanities. She co-founded Trinity School at River Ridge in Minnesota and served as a master teacher for all three of the Trinity Schools. As part of The Academy Project LLC, she co-authored curricula and helped train faculties for Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Trinity Academy in Portland, Oregon. Education: B.A., St. Mary’s College; certification in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management, William Glasser International.
Helen DeCelles-Zwerneman serves as Operations Manager, Web Master, and Artistic Director for Cana Academy. She also develops mathematics and science curricula. Before joining Cana Academy, Helen spent two years teaching physics, calculus, pre-calculus, geometry, Latin, and scripture at Trinity School at Meadow View in Falls Church, Virginia. Education: B.S. in physics, minor in Italian, Georgetown University. At Georgetown, she conducted research in biophysics and was the recipient of the prestigious Claire Boothe Luce Award for women in the study of mathematics and science.
Andrew J. Ellison is a Senior Writer with Cana Academy. From 1997 to 2003, he taught literature, history, philosophy, theatre, Latin, and German at Tempe Preparatory Academy, in Tempe, Arizona. In 2003 he became the founding headmaster of Veritas Prep in Phoenix, the first of the Great Hearts schools. In 2013, he became Great Hearts’ vice president and assistant superintendent for upper schools in Arizona before relocating to Texas in 2018 as executive director for all Great Hearts schools in San Antonio. Education: B.A., Valparaiso University.
Joseph R. Wood serves as a research and seminar Fellow for Cana Academy. His work focuses on developing seminars for adult education. He currently teaches at the Institute of World Politics. Joe has taught at the Air Force Academy and in a variety of graduate seminars in Europe. Education: B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy; M.A., Ph.D. candidate, School of Philosophy, Catholic University of America; M.P.A. (Two-Year), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; diploma, French Joint Defense College, Paris.
Michael C. Gaskins is a research and seminar Fellow with Cana Academy, focusing on education among the incarcerated and returning citizens. Since the early part of the century, Michael has worked in ministry and outreach to prisoners and returning citizens through Prison Fellowship and Philadelphia Alive Center for Transformation. Education: B.A., Temple University.
Michaela A. Loughran, B.A. in History and Economics, George Mason University, 2018
Julia DeCelles-Zwerneman, B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Music, University of Virginia, 2016
Eleanor Wood, Sophomore, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
Benjamin Mysliwiec, Senior, University of Notre Dame, Theology major
Santiago Ruiz, Senior, University of Chicago
Kyler Schubkegel, Senior, William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University, English and Philosophy double major
Board of Advisors
Joseph Clair, PhD, is Dean of the College of Christian Studies, Liberal Arts, and Honors at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
Mary Faith Hall, MA, is Head of School at Thomas MacLaren School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
V. Bradley Lewis, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Sanford, PhD, is the Provost of University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
George Sanker, MA, is the Headmaster of Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Daniel Scoggins, PhD, is a Co-founder of Great Hearts Academies and President of Great Hearts Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona.
Thomas Werge, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of English at University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.