Science, History, English.
After attending Maggie Walker Governor’s School for his high school education, Greg received his Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary, with a major in biology and a minor in religious studies. He then earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University, completing his thesis on the topic of tropical bird distributions and taxonomy.
Greg has taught multiple courses in biology at the undergraduate and graduate level. Greg also has several years of research experience studying the diversity, natural history, and ecology of Virginia’s flora and fauna. He has done extensive reading and study in several other subjects as well, primarily history and the visual and literary arts. He has lectured and lead discussion on numerous topics in theology for the Catholic campus ministries (CCM) at W&M and ISU.
Greg’s activities in campus ministry at ISU and at W&M, where he received the annual Msgr. Kelly Award for Extraordinary Dedication to CCM, have been particularly instrumental in forming his desire to impart a unified Catholic worldview in all of the subjects he teaches. He considers a Catholic liberal arts education to be the strongest foundation for excellence in all fields and growth in virtue.
Among his other interests are architecture, birdwatching, and ultimate frisbee.
Latin, Theology, Mathematics.
Kate Lagarde joined Cardinal Newman Academy in 2018 to teach Latin and our ninth grade study skills course. Kate graduated summa cum laude as salutatorian from Christendom College with a major in philosophy and a minor in liturgical music. Prior to joining Cardinal Newman Academy, Kate taught courses in Latin, Theology, Choir, and Math. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Miss Lagarde also leads our Service Learning initiatives.
Deacon Christopher Weyer
Guest Lecturer in Moral Theology
Deacon Christopher Weyer has joined Cardinal Newman Academy as an Adjunct Faculty member for the 2023-24 academic year. Rev. Weyer is a Transitional Deacon in the Richmond Diocese, currently stationed at St. Bridget Parish. He grew up in an Air Force family, living in Arkansas, Virginia, and Colorado before heading off to Virginia Tech to study Engineering. It was there that he discerned a Vocation to the Priesthood and left to finish his college studies in Philosophy and begin formation for the Priesthood at St. John Paul II Seminary, completing his studies with a Ph.B. in 2018. He completed his formation for the Priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in the Spring of 2023. At Cardinal Newman, he teaches Moral Theology for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
In addition to the teachers profiled here, our Vice-Principal, Dr. Eileen Lapington, our Head of School, Dr. Martin Ahrens, and Board Member, Mrs. Eryka O’Herron (all profiled on the Leadership page) are active members of the teaching faculty. In 2023-24, we also have additional guest lecturers teaching Senior Mathematics, Senior English, Fine Art and Guitar (profiles coming soon). We are quite confident that Cardinal Newman Academy has the lowest student:teacher ratio of any high school in greater Richmond!