Stephen M. Fitzpatrick, Head of School

Geometry, Theology, English.

Stephen Fitzpatrick graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and from the University of Scranton in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Theology. Stephen has taught for fifteen years at middle and high schools in Colorado, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. His teaching has covered a wide range of disciplines including Latin, Algebra, Physics, Geometry, English, Religion, Science and Folk Music. He also has experience serving as Dean of Students, designing and developing curricula, and leading teacher training and development. Stephen joined the staff at Cardinal Newman Academy as Head of School in the summer of 2019 and now lives in North Chesterfield with his wife and family.

Greg Tito

Science, History, English.

Greg is proud to be a lifelong Richmonder. 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.

Mary Ann Peppiatt

Mathematics, History

Mrs. Peppiatt graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History, and from the University of Chicago with an MBA specializing in Finance and Accounting. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Richmond Teacher Licensure Program where she received a teaching license with an endorsement in Social Studies.

Mary Ann worked as a systems designer and manager at AT&T, assisted in teaching a technology class at DePaul University, taught Math, Accounting, and Databases at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College, and most recently worked at the New Community School. Mary Ann has also been a docent at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2000.

Susana Cortes

French, Cooking.

Susana Mulcahey graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and a minor in Portuguese. Susana has also studied Italian, Spanish, and Arabic, undertaking studies at the University of Lisbon and the University of Haute Normandie, Mont St. Aignan, France. In 2001, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Special Education from North Carolina Central University.

Susana has worked in a variety of settings, including French Language immersion, special needs education, Reggio Amelia, Montessori, and English Second Language (ESL). She has also worked as a therapeutic mental health counselor and is a professional chef. 

Kate Lagarde

Latin, Mathematics, Study Skills.

Kate Lagarde joined Cardinal Newman Academy in 2018 to teach Latin and our ninth grade study skills course, Invitation to the Pain of Learning. 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.

Mr. David  Cortes

Classical Rhetoric

Mr. Cortes is a semi-retired lawyer, and a fully retired career federal prosecutor who practiced mainly in the field of financial crimes. Shortly after 9/11, he was appointed to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for the Eastern District of North Carolina. From the mid-80s to the early 90s, Mr. Cortes was a senior trial attorney for the Office of Special Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he handled all major litigation east of the Mississippi in cases involving whistleblower reprisal and political corruption prosecutable under the Hatch Act. Before that, David was a state prosecutor in New Orleans and also clerked at the appellate level. A few years ago, David wrote the winning brief in a case at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also won a case representing a pro-life abortion clinic protester down in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Cortes teaches Classical Rhetoric at Cardinal Newman Academy and says that it is the most rewarding job he has had in his life.

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