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. The Niemanns are parishioners at All Saints Catholic Church in Northeast Minneapolis.

Dr. Austen Rockcastle | Mathematics and science

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Dr. Rockcastle has taught a wide variety of subjects in mathematics and the humanities at both the high school and university level for 30 years. He has taught at Trinity School, Eagle Ridge Academy and Chesterton Academy. He served on the Eagle Ridge Board of Directors for several years. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy all from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He has been a longtime parishioner and choir member at Nativity of Our Lord in Saint Paul, Minnesota.