Denise Hirl | Mathematics and Science

Mrs. Hirl has served as the Department Head for Math and Science at Chesterton Academy for 2 years, as well as a full-time high school math and science instructor for 6 years. Prior to teaching at Chesterton, she spent five years designing curriculum and teaching multilevel classrooms in mathematics and science at St. John’s Catholic School in Hopkins, MN. She has a broad range of professional experience as a data technician and actuarial assistant, instructor of math at several large public schools and private tutor. Mrs. Hirl holds a master’s degree in teaching from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul as well as a bachelor of science magna cum laude in honors mathematics and secondary education from the University of Notre Dame. Mrs. Hirl is a graduate of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and has completed the University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life Science and Religion Seminar. She has taught high school Catholic theology, and is currently in the wives formation program for her husband’s permanent deaconate studies at the St. Paul Seminary.

John Niemann | Humanities

Mr. Niemann has been an educator for over 20 years, home educating his six children with his wife Sibyl and working as a teacher and administrator at some of the best traditional schools in the area, including Chesterton Academy, Eagle Ridge Academy and Trinity School. He has a law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law, a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Saint John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative History from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

sibyl Niemann | Humanities


Mrs. Niemann is the newest member of the Saint John Paul II Education Guild. Before having children, she taught for four years at Trinity School at River Ridge, where she led Socratic seminars, as well as teaching medieval history, literature, pre-algebra, and Old Testament studies. After leaving teaching to raise and educate her own six children, she has done a variety of freelance work, including fiction writing, magazine copy editing, literary fiction editing, and proofreading. Currently, she is proofreader for Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, which is published out St. Thomas’s Catholic Studies Program. Mrs. Niemann holds a BA in English (Creative Writing) summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and pursued graduate studies in the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, where she met her husband, John Niemann, cofounder of the Guild.