Eileen M Lapington, PhD
Dr. Lapington has a BA from the University of Richmond, an MA in Medieval and Byzantine Studies from Catholic University of America, and an AM and PhD in history from Brown University. She wrote her doctoral thesis on monastic poetry in the Carolingian period. In addition, she studied Latin Paleography at the American Academy in Rome.
Greg is a parishioner at St. Bridget Catholic Church and 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
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.
Jessica Pederson is an active member of Richmond’s vibrant choral music scene, singing with both the James River Singers and the Richmond Choral society. She has also sung for the choirs at St. Benedict Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Women’s Chorale at the University of Richmond.
Jessica attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, where she met her husband, David. She and David have three young boys and are parishioners at St, Joseph Catholic Church.
French, Visual Arts
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. Susana is a parishioner at St. Benedict Catholic Church.
Kate Lagarde joined Cardinal Newman Academy in 2018 to teach Latin and our ninth grade Invitation to the Pain of Learning course. Kate graduated summa cum laude as salutatorian from Christendom College with a major in philosophy and a minor in liturgical music. She has taught at several other independent schools, including Veritas Preparatory School in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia. At Veritas, Kate taught courses in Latin, Theology, choir, and math, and led an extra-curricular Irish Dance club.
At Chelsea Academy, Kate was a substitute choir teacher. Kate is a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Maya Walters is a Virginia native, attending Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Peninsula Catholic High School. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in History with a focus on religion. While at VCU, Maya served as a celebration leader for the Vacation Bible School and a religious education teacher at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Following graduation Maya worked as a classroom assistant at Central Montessori School.
She has also spent time volunteering for Sportsbackers Stadium and Hands On Greater Richmond. Alongside her work at Cardinal Newman Academy, Maya is also an arboreal climbing assistant at Riverside Outfitters. In addition to her work, Maya volunteers as a DJ on WRIR and as the community liaison at Gallery5.