Conner McCormick B.S.

Sep 29

Conner McCormick B.S.

Science 6, 7, & 8

Mr. McCormick graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.S. in Forensic Science in December 2016. Before this he was a senior in UCF’s Civil Engineering program when he decided to change his focus. While attending college, he also served as a Lifeteen Missionary, where he ministered to middle school aged youth in the United States. Teaching at Donahue is an excellent opportunity to follow God’s obvious call to serve middle school youth and to show them how science and faith complement one another. He married his wife, Jasmine, in July 2015 and they have two daughters: Lily and Violet.

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Sep 28

Virginia Patterson

Choir

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Sep 28

Diana O’Hara Romero M.A.

Spanish 10, 11, 12

Mrs. Romero lived many years in Latin American countries and has a passion for languages and teaching. She graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelors degree and went on to receive a Masters degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She specialized in varying exceptionalities and has worked in private schools in Chile, as well as in the United States. She enjoys participating in a challenging tennis and chess game. Most importantly, Mrs. Romero’s main goal is to reach heaven and bring as many people as possible.

Mathew 7:7. “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

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Sep 28

Lacey Fairchild B.S.

Receptionist

Mrs. Fairchild graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from the Florida State University College of Business.  After college, she worked in the sales industry as a pharmaceutical sales representative.  A native Floridian, she grew up in Fort Myers and has lived in Florida her entire life.  She moved to Ave Maria in 2016 with her husband, Quentin, and their 4 children so that her children could attend Donahue. She is so excited to be a part of Donahue Academy!

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Sep 28

Dene’ Rosser B.A.

First Grade

Dene’ Rosser graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. She most recently served as the Director of Religious Education for Holy Spirit Parish in Montgomery, Alabama. Prior to that role, she and her husband, Tyler, served four years as missionaries with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, helping college students grow in their Catholic faith and evangelize their peers. Dene’s passion is working with children and she is excited to be a part of the Donahue Academy. Dene’ and Tyler reside in Ave Maria with their two sons, James (3) and John (1).

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Sep 28

Mary-Ruth Traver B.A.

Fifth Grade

Mary-Ruth Traver is a 2011 graduate of Donahue Academy. Before attending college, she did a year of mission work with N.E.T. Ministries. Then she attended Benedictine College where she received her B.A. in Secondary Education and Social Sciences. After teaching for a year in Kansas, she has returned to Ave Maria where she is excited to explore with her students all that is true, beautiful, and good.

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Aug 1

Rev. Cory A. Mayer, Ph.B, S.T.L, S.T.Dc

Pastor of Ave Maria

Fr. Cory A. Mayer began his philosophy studies in Rome, Italy in 2001. After his philosophical formation, he went on to complete his Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology and is currently completing a doctorate at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. After serving at the cathedral of the Diocese of Venice, he was appointed administrator then pastor of Ave Maria Parish by Bishop Frank Dewane. Since 2013, Fr. Mayer has enjoyed watching the children here at Donahue Academy grow in their academic and spiritual life.

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Jun 5

Dr. Dan Guernsey, Ed. D.

Principal

Dr. Guernsey holds a B.A. in English  from University of San Francisco; a M.A. in English from University of California Berkeley; a M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from California State University, and an Ed.D. in Education from Eastern Michigan University.  He has worked with various entities associated with Tom Monaghan’s Ave Maria projects for more than 17 years as a consultant, and college level associate professor, department chair, dean, and President. He is the founding principal of the Donahue Academy, and an experienced principal and high school teacher. He also serves as Director of the Cardinal Newman Society’s K-12 Programs and is a Board Member of the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools.

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Feb 25

Mr. Mark Jahnke, M.A.

Vice Principal

Mr. Jahnke graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Philosophy and in Catholic Studies as well as an M.A. in Catholic Studies.  He has taught humanities, Latin, algebra and held various administrative positions over the past several years both in Minneapolis and here at Donahue Catholic. He is grateful for the blessing of leading such an excellent school where students joyfully pursue Truth, Beauty and Goodness through Catholic classical education.  Mr. Jahnke, his wife and five children reside in Ave Maria and are blessed to send the eldest three to Donahue Catholic.

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Aug 1

Mrs. Madeline Rappley, B.A.

Art 3-10

Miss Adams was born in South Bend, Indiana. Born and raised a Hoosier, she loves the Cubs and Notre Dame Football. Miss Adams was homeschooled until 6th grade, attended Trinity School at Greenlawn until senior year, and finished her education at Ave Maria University with a B.A. in Voice and graduating in May, 2016. Her whole life, Miss Adams has been active in the arts and currently works illustrating children’s books, private commissions, and adding to her ever expanding personal collection. Moving to Florida permanently, Miss Adams is excited to be a part of the Ave Maria community and to play her part at Donahue Academy as an art teacher.

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