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Father Paul Dupuis


Father Paul Dupuis, of Holy Presence Monastery, was born in Massachusetts in 1942, a month and a half after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After eight years of elementary school with excellent teaching from nuns, for which he was very grateful, he went on to preparatory school with priests who also provided him a high-level education. He completed his Masters degree at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at Assumption College in Massachusetts. After entering religious life in 1970, he spent many years doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the French West Indies. Later he founded monasteries both in Italy and in the Dominican Republic. He went on to teach Theological French at Harvard University’s Divinity School and is presently involved with organizing a monastery in Toms Brook, Virginia, as well as composing a little poetry in his rare moments of leisure.

Tom Heaston

Lead Teacher

Tom Heaston, a native of Omaha, Nebraska received his B.A. in History from Creighton University and his M.A. in Systematic Theology from Christendom College. Currently, he is studying to complete his M.S. in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Tom taught four years at Mount Michael and one year at Roncalli Catholic high schools in Nebraska. In between those two positions, he spent one year as a seminarian with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Prior to joining St. Joseph the Just, he worked for six years in sales support at Elemental Scientific, Inc., a worldwide company specializing in lab automation products.

In his free time, Tom enjoys hiking, reading, exploring historical sites, and making pilgrimages to churches and shrines. He is also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Creighton Bluejays basketball team, and world champion boxer Terence Crawford who is from his hometown.

Tom seeks to foster in his students the pursuit of wisdom and a life of virtue by lifting their minds to that which is true, good, and beautiful so that, having their faculties rightly ordered, they may be truly free young men living in the service of God’s holy will.

James Rice

Algebra 1 & Calculus teacher; Cross Country Coach

James grew up in Front Royal and graduated from Christendom College in 2000.  Following college, he spent six months following white paint blazes for over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.  Afterwards, he worked in land surveying and was certified as a Land Surveyor in Training by the State of Virginia.  He has assisted and taught math in Montessori and more traditional classrooms since 2011. 

In 2017, James graduated from George Mason University with a master’s degree in mathematics.  He enjoys hiking, biking, XC skiing, building and maintaining trails, and other outdoor activities.

Michael Cena

Middle School Humanities Teacher


Michael Cena, a native Virginian, attended Northern Virginia Community College, Christendom College, and Franciscan University over the course of roughly seven years. He studied in various fields, namely Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology, before leaving the academic world to pursue a career in woodworking. With a particular devotion to Theology and a keen insight of the
interconnectivity of all things in God, he hopes to enliven the education of our future generations.
Jose Gbaba

Jose Gbaba


Jose originally hails from Liberia, West Africa and grew up in Pennsylvania. He spent several years discerning a priestly and religious vocation as a Franciscan Friar. During this time, he was immersed in studying the liberal arts, serving the poor, and working with youth and young adults. He is very passionate about educating the whole person from a worldview immersed in the Catholic intellectual, moral, human, and spiritual life. Jose has a profound love for theology, history, literature, and philosophy. He believes that these subjects assist one in growing in human virtue and can be a stimulus to advance in supernatural virtue. He looks forward to instilling in his pupils the love of Holy Wisdom which will keep their eyes always fixed on God, The Beautiful One. 

Jose is a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which he hopes to use to serve young people and their families. He credits this in part to his devotion to the Holy Family and wanting to see the Domestic Church come to full statue in the Son of God who died so that we might have life more abundantly. Jose believes that God has made us for greatness and that true human flourishing results in living a fully integrated life.

For fun, Jose enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and soccer, hiking, and having game nights with family and friends. Jose also enjoys listening to music, seeing beautiful artwork, and exploring nature. He looks forward to living in Front Royal with all its scenic beauty.

Angela Dugas

Art Instructor

Holding an art history degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, Miss Dugas worked as the young adult campus minister at her alma mater before giving two years at the Institute of Catholic Culture, wearing many hats at the far-reaching, educational resource.

Throughout her high school and college years, Miss Dugas had the honor of studying under Mr. Henry Wingate as his first student, learning traditional representational drawing and painting in the style of the Boston and Florence ateliers. Their friendship and collaboration has continued on many projects since. In addition to teaching at St. Joseph the Just and Chelsea Academy, she busies herself with painting commissions. She has taught art at Divinum Auxilium Academy.

Fr. Daniel Gee

Fr. Daniel Gee

Spiritual Director / Head Boxing Coach

Father Daniel N. Gee, newly appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Front Royal, VA was born Dec. 19, 1967, in Portsmouth, Va., one of four children of Rear Adm. and Mrs. George Nicholas Gee of Key West, Florida.

Raised in a military family, Father Gee attended W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax before graduating from Coronado High School in Coronado, Calif., in 1986.

Father Gee studied at the University of Oregon, where he majored in Spanish, then entered the collegiate level of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1989. He was ordained in 1995 after spending his diaconate year at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington.

Father Gee served as parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Manassas, 1995-99, and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, 1999-2003.

In 2003, Father Gee was assigned to serve at the diocesan mission in Bánica, Dominican Republic. After five years as a missionary, he returned to Virginia in 2008 to serve as chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal until 2010 and his last posting before returning to Front Royal was at St. Rita’s parish in Arlington.

Dian Schmiedicke

Dian Schmiedicke


Dian Schmiedicke grew up in the coastal community of Santa Cruz, California, the eldest daughter of Bohemian and German immigrant parents. Raised as an evangelical Christian, she discovered and entered the Catholic Church while attending college in Asheville, North Carolina in 1995.

Dian discovered Montessori and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as a new mother searching for truth and beauty in parenting and began to study. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Warren Wilson College, an Association Montessori Internationale Primary Diploma from The Washington Montessori Institute, and a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola University. Dian also holds Levels I, II and III Certifications from The Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

In 2012, Dian founded Divinum Auxilium Academy, a flourishing Montessori to Classical elementary farm school in Front Royal. In 2018, she established an all girls junior high and high school, St. Edith Stein School for Girls, of which she is Headmistress, and in 2022, co-founded along with Joel Trumbo, its brother school, St. Joseph the Just School for Boys.

Dian lives with her husband and their four children in Linden, VA with their horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, and bees. She enjoys raising and growing food and tinkering in her laboratory kitchen. Dian is passionate about pairing her love of nature with athletics. She has competed in a variety of equestrian sports as well as swimming, mountain biking, triathlon, CrossFit and adventure racing. For fun she enjoys reading, hiking, fox hunting, running, scuba diving, skiing, rock climbing and backpacking with her family.


Head Rugby Coach


Leading young men in a life of beauty, adventure and excellence.