Faculty & Staff

 

Members of our faculty are people of excellence, both personally and professionally; all staff members are screened to assess lifestyle, knowledge, and teaching skills.

Teachers are required to have a college background and experience with children. We employ those who show enthusiasm, creativity, kindness, and professionalism.

 
 
 

Jason Patterson

Head of School

Fr. Patterson (B.A. Trinity College; M. A. R. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) has been the Rector of St. Mark’s Church since 2011. In 2013 he and his wife (Sara) founded St. Mark’s Classical Academy. Prior to coming to St. Mark's Church, Fr. Patterson planted a church in North Carolina, after having served as an Associate Rector in Southampton for 7 years. In the diocese, he is the chairman of the Christian Education Committee, a member of the Standing Committee, Nominations Committee, and the Bishop’s Youth Advisory Council, and also a board member of the Anglican Schools Association. He was a board member of the Anglican Foundation and for 5 years served as the Executive Director of the Prayerbook Society, USA. Hobbies include reading, fly-fishing, iconography, photography, travel, and playing catch with his son. Fr. Patterson and his wife reside in Jenkintown with their son.

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Sara Patterson

School Administrator & Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Patterson’s undergraduate studies were in Psychology (Trinity College). She serves as our Registrar and School Accountant, as well as a teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. She, together with Fr. Patterson, founded St. Mark’s Classical Academy in 2013 and has been an active part of the school each year. A native of Nicaragua, Mrs. Patterson is fluent in Spanish. Her hobbies include reading, travel, and cooking. In addition to her duties in the course of each school day, Mrs. Patterson leads our after-school Cooking Club and plays a very active role in the life of St. Mark’s Church.


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Samantha Ford

Kindergarten

Mrs. Ford has lived in the area all her life and is a graduate of Abington High School. She studied music education and has a bachelor of music from West Chester University, where she met her husband Rob. She taught for several years in public and private schools before deciding to stay home to raise her four children. She is an experienced homeschooler, has served on the Vestry of this parish, is the Chair of our Christian Education Committee and has been a member of St. Mark’s Church since 2011.


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Mary Meyer

1st & 2nd Grade

Mrs. Meyer grew up in Southern California and moved to VA where she earned her B.S. in Health Science and an M.A. in Teaching. Mrs. Meyer came from a family of educators - her mother currently teaches 2nd grade in CA and has taught for over 40 years. Her two sisters are also educators, one is a School Counselor and another is a Vice Principal. Mrs Meyer enjoys spending time with her family (Grace and Gavin, 1st grade and 3 years old, respectively), working on projects around her home, and learning to play the guitar. 


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Brian Davison

3rd Grade

Mr. Davison studied literature at Grove City College where he also minored in Classical Christian Education and History. After his studies he returned to teach at his alma mater, Tall Oaks Classical School (Delaware). After seeing the benefits of his own classical education, he says that his lifelong dream was to teach full time at a Classical Christian school. His hobbies include reading 20th century American literature, drinking Earl Gray tea, talking, and playing basketball. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Wyncote with their children (Homer and Mavis).


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Steven Vanderlip

Latin

Mr Vanderlip is a South Carolinian. He attended the University of South Carolina and the University of St Andrews, and is currently studying in seminary and is a postulant for Holy Orders in the diocese of which St. Mark’s Church is a part. He has taught Latin to all age groups from 12th to 3rd grade.


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Tait Deems

Math

Fr. Deems has an undergraduate degree in Political Theory from Patrick Henry College and a M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary. He was made a Priest in the REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in June of 2019. He and Amy (with children Penny, Titus, and Teresa) have been a part of St. Mark's parish since 2014.


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Matthew Maule

Science & Humanities

Mr. Maule, a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, graduated from Patrick Henry College (B.A. Political Theory '12), the John Jay Institute (Spring '14) and the Reformed Episcopal Seminary (M.Div '18). He has been a part of St. Mark's parish since 2014 and recently joined us as Curate. Mr. Maule teaches science and math at our school and is a frequent teacher and preacher here. Hobbies include reading, cooking, and hunting.


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abigael castor

Choir & Music

Miss Castor grew up in Chalfont, PA, and was home schooled according to the classical model. She attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in French Horn Performance. She also completed a minor in Early Music with a specialization in voice and recorders and a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Among her favorite performances are singing in a staged production of Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, and in a full period-instrument performance of J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion. Miss Castor is an active performer in the Philadelphia area and has taught privately for many years. She lives in Doylestown, PA, where she also enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and discussing philosophy, art, and literature with friends and family.


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Niko Choceli

Art & Art History

Dr. Chocheli is one of the foremost artists to emerge from the Republic of Georgia. He began drawing at the age of 4. His formal art training is based on the classical European teaching traditions and culminated in the granting of a MFA from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. 

Exhibiting his work from an early age, he has conducted more than 32 group exhibitions worldwide including France. Italy, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Greece, Russia, India, and Australia. He has held more than 30 solo exhibitions in the United States. His work is often compared to such Old Masters as Michelangelo and Leonardo daVinci for the refined lines and powerful forms of his drawings. Niko's work is in the renowned collection of Lasalle University s Art Museum, where it is included among the work of such masters as Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Picasso.

Since the late 1990's Niko has illustrated seven published books with a unique style reminiscent of the brilliant colors and imagery of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Besides his interest in history and folk tales from around the world, he is most inspired by the deep spiritual beauty of ancient lconography, which he considers to be "art for eternity.”

Niko is also an impassioned historian that frequently speaks about a variety of subjects including fine art, art history, Iconography, Orthodox Church History, the history of his homeland, and the Georgian Orthodox Church. 


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Jacob Hazle-Cary

Fencing