Father Tony Marques was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 2006. He has been the pastor of Saint Benedict parish since 2014. He grew up overseas and enjoys outdoor activities.
Sean Cruess has been principal at St. Benedict since 2007. He has guided SBCS in making the transition to classical education. When he can find the time, Mr. Cruess still enjoys being in the classroom, especially when he’s able to teach eighth grade seminar…
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Elementary School Teachers
Growing up on the Northern Neck of Virginia, Mrs. Brunner was surrounded by God’s natural beauty. Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, climbing trees, and riding her bike until the fireflies began to glow was how she came to understand the connection between…
Monica Menzies is originally from Rockville, MD. She has taught kindergarten for fifteen years, fourteen of which have been at Saint Benedict Catholic School. Mrs. Menzies strives to provide a nurturing and happy environment where students grow academically, socially and spiritually, be challenged…
Mary Lou Carter teaches First Grade at Saint Benedict Catholic School. She has taught at St. Benedict for sixteen years. Her interests, outside of teaching, include watching the VCU Rams play basketball, dining out, exercising, and spending time with…
Barbara Young has taught the Second Grade at Saint Benedict for over ten years. After nearly 20 years of teaching in Ohio, Barbara returned to her home state of Virginia and joined the Saint Benedict family in 2004.…
Dini Howell was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and is a life-long parishioner of St. Benedict Catholic Church. She is a Kindergarten through Eighth grade alumna of St. Benedict Catholic School and is currently in her nineteenth year of teaching. She has taught both 3rd and 4th grades in all academic subject areas…
Growing up in a family of educators, scientists, musicians, artists, engineers, mathematicians, farmers, entrepreneurs, business and religious leaders, and having gained some experience and knowledge in all of these areas in his journey to Saint Benedict Catholic School…
Mrs. Erin Herrity was born and raised in Richmond. She and her husband, Tim (also
a teacher) have six children and live in Hanover County. Mrs. Herrity has been an
educator for over 23 years. She recently retired from public school to fulfill a life-
long desire to teach in a Catholic school setting. She feels blessed to be the 5th grade
teacher at Saint Benedict, which allows her to use her God-given gifts to share her
Catholic faith, her teaching expertise, and love of children.
Middle School Teachers
Mrs. Dreyfuss is a native Virginian, growing up in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. She lived in Fredericksburg after college, where she married and started her family before moving to the Richmond area.
Mrs. Dreyfuss was fortunate to grow up with animals in her life. Working with dogs and horses, caring for them and training them taught her many valuable skills- observation, patience, consistency, persistence, flexibility and problem solving. Her joy in working with animals sparked her love of science and teaching.
Science is all about discovering- how things work and why they work that way. The skills of a scientist- observation, patience, hypothesizing, testing, evaluating, collaborating, and coming to conclusions- help prepare students for success in the 21st century. In Mrs. Dreyfuss science classes, students learn a disciplined way of approaching a problem and working towards an ethical, reason-based solution. Students become scientists in discovering first hand how our world works.
Mrs. Dreyfuss has earned her AA&S in Science from Germanna Community College, a B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College, and her Masters in Education from The University of Mary Washington.
Ms. Amanda Scheiber was born and raised in Michigan. Growing up she always had a passion for mathematics. She studied mathematics and education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this time she had the opportunity to assist students learn geometry, algebra, and trigonometry at an accelerated rate. Following this, she had the chance to work as an assistant to a professor. She graduated summa cum lade and was awarded the Grand Valley State University Mathematics Department Award. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon. She also participated in research on ring theory and cichlid fish during her time at Grand Valley. She then chose to move to Virginia for a greater job prospect and an adventure. This is her third year teaching at Saint Benedict Catholic School.
Ms. Scheiber would like for her students to gain a strong foundation of mathematics so that they are prepared to successfully continue their studies throughout high school and college. She integrates route memorization, procedural instruction, and inquiry based activities. Ms. Scheiber feels that students should know more than how to perform mathematical procedures, to help students learn beyond the textbook To fit our classical curriculum, Mrs. Scheiber has the students complete a “History of a Mathematician” project yearly.
After a short career as a banker and several years as a stay at home mom, Michelle Cisik followed God’s call to serve our Church and our children as a Catholic school teacher. Inspired by her love of literature, she earned a graduate degree in English Literature and completed her certification…
Mrs. McCauley has taught middle school religion since 2011 and also serves as Dean of Discipline. She has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Ave Maria University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College. She is originally from California and has lived in Richmond with her husband and daughter for five years.
John Cichocki is in his first year at St. Benedict and is very excited to be a part of this dynamic school. John was born in Buffalo, New York and traveled throughout the United States during his childhood. He attended Medaille College in Buffalo and began his teaching career in 1975 at St. Bartholomew School in Buffalo. After two years there, he went to Germany and taught for the Department of Defense for two years. He came back home and taught for 2 years at St. Gregory the Great School in Buffalo. He then accepted a job teaching history at Providence Middle School in Chesterfield County. His last two years at Providence he ran a programs for eighth grade students in danger of dropping out. He moved on to teach at Curtis and Gates Elementary School in Chesterfield. In June of 2015 John retired from Chesterfield County, but he wasn’t tired of working with students, so in July he accepted the history position at St. Benedict. He enjoys reading and the theatre in his spare time and is looking forward to working with the students at St. Benedict for many years to come.
Jeffrey Cronheim joined St. Benedict’s in 2015 after working at independent schools in the Midwest and South. He has taught Latin, Greek, History, and Philosophy and has coached football and wrestling. Mr. Cronheim is originally from New Jersey where he acquired a love of reading from his mother and a fascination with classical civilization from an early introduction to mythology and etymology. His enthusiasm for Catholic education was inspired by Sr. Francis and Fr. Mike at Immaculate Conception High School, and he credits Pope Benedict XVI with deepening his love for the Mass. Mr. Cronheim has a special devotion to Our Lady and to John the Baptist.
Mr. Cronheim earned a BA in Classics from Rutgers University and an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford. Herodotus, Horace, and Seneca the Younger are his favorite authors, and he has recently developed an interest in New Testament Greek, Mediaeval Latin, and fly-fishing.
Mrs. Pyle worked twenty-three years in commercial and public radio. In 1997 she left NPR’s WCVE-FM as host of the daily” MId-Day” classical music/interview program, host and producer of the Sunday evening children’s program “Rocket Radio” and spin off live story concert series “Kickshaws” to teach 5th grade at St. Andrew’s School on Oregon Hill. She has also taught at St. Benedict and Luther Memorial School before returning to SBCS to begin the after-school drama program Salt and Light Theatre Company which is in it’s sixth season.
Carol Cashman has been the Title I teacher at St. Benedict since 1995. Prior to teaching Title I she taught at Louisa Middle School. She grew up in the Richmond and graduated from Longwood University. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoying her time off at Lake Anna and Rodanthe, NC. She has 2 sons and she and her husband welcomed a grandson in May!
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Elizabeth Hanson is a native of Richmond. She obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, taught on the faculty at Virginia Military Institute and the United States Naval Academy, and also served eleven years as a Naval Officer.
Claudia Havekost is a native of New Jersey and has traveled the world as a military spouse. She is happy to make Richmond her home and be near her children and granddaughter.
Rita Donohoe has been employed at Saint Benedict School for 11 years . She is the instructional aid for kindergarten . Rita finds inspiration from Mother Theresa and also from her mother and father. Both her parents have always been selfless and devoted to helping those less fortunate. They taught Rita that God, family and friends were the ultimate importance in life. Rita was born and Havana , Cuba . In her spare time , Rita loves to cook, garden, listen to music and to make mosaic mixed media art.
She is an alumni of Saint Benedict School and very proud to have been one of 5 Cuban students to begin third grade at Saint Benedict School in 1971. Kindergarten is her home away from home.