Faculty and Staff

Andrew M. Lang

Headmaster

Headmaster Andrew M. Lang is originally from Maple Grove, MN. He obtained a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. He obtained a M.A. in Philosophy with Honors from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. He has previously worked as an admissions counselor, a pastoral associate, and a teacher. He considers it providential that he left his Minnesota home to pursue authentic classical Catholic education only to return to lead the Holy Spirit Academy community in the same mission in 2016. He and his wife Alyssa have seven children. They live in Maple Lake and are members of the Church of St. Timothy. He is a secular discalced Carmelite. Mr. Lang fills his free time with his nose in a book (naturally), hunting and fishing, gardening, playing chess, tinkering on vintage cars, and getting up to the family cabin in Crosslake.

Deborah Williams

Office Administrator

Ms. Williams grew up in southern MN and received her B.S. Degree in Education from Winona State University. She has worked for Wells Fargo, Polaris, and Macy's developing software, writing training documents, and training managers and dealers throughout the U.S. She worked for eight years as a business analyst for DRC, a local education testing company. For the last two years she has served as a teacher’s aide at Ave Maria Academy and St. Michael Catholic School. Ms. Williams is very involved as a reader, study group leader, and musician at her home parish in St. Michael. During her free time she enjoys scrapbooking, volleyball, and lake activities.  She has one brother, who serves as a priest in the Diocese of Winona , two grown children, and three grandchildren. Ms. Williams is very excited about working with the students of Holy Spirit Academy and seeing them grow to their potential and in the love of the Lord.

Susan Weineke

Executive Assistant 

Mrs. Wieneke is passionate about building community! She was active in developing a fundraising model that integrated local businesses with the high school that triggered school spirit and community kinship! She’s a member of St. Thomas the Apostle church in Corcoran where she has taught Religious Education for 17 years, and is active in connecting people to events and resources. She holds a B.A. degree in Communications and Business Administration and has worked for many years in sales and marketing. She currently works for a non-profit fraternal benefit society, Catholic Order of Foresters. Susan and her husband, Eric, were blessed with a daughter and two sons who play college football for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. During the boys' high school years, they were legal guardians of another son, Jebah, who inspired them through sharing his African culture. Susan spends her spare time watching Jackrabbit football, golfing, gardening, and meeting God’s people!

Richard Carlson

Bookkeeper - Part Time

Mr. Carlson is a graduate of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration/Accounting. He lives near North Branch, MN on a small hobby farm with his wife, Kathy, daughter Dana, grandson Andre, three chickens and two dogs.  He is father of five (grown) children and grandfather to seven. Mr. Carlson is a convert to the Catholic faith.  He and his family are members of St. Charles Borromeo Church in St. Anthony, MN and he is excited to join the Holy Spirit Academy community. For recreation, he enjoys an occasional round of golf, DIY home or hobby farm projects, classical and country music, and taking walks with the dogs.

Mary Billion

Latin and Humanities

Ms. Mary Billion is originally from Sioux Falls. She joins Holy Spirit Academy for the 2018-2019 academic year as our new full-time Latin and Humanities teacher, as well as the director of our Shakespearean Drama program. She is a University of St. Thomas graduate with majors in Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Latin, and a minor in Greek. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a 3x award winner for the Classical Association of the Middle West and South College Latin Translation Contest. She is an experienced Latin tutor, a classically trained violinist, and a former high school state champion tennis player. In her own words: "I was fortunate enough to have a classically-modeled upbringing of my own, kindling in me a strong passion for language, literature, history, art, music and drama, along with a deeply rooted Catholic Faith. I believe the liberal arts should permeate every aspect of education, integrating all the disciplines under a steadfast pursuit of Truth with Christ at the center."

Eileen Hester

Theology and Humanities 

Mrs. Eileen Hester teaches Humanities and Theology. She previously worked at Providence Academy where she was a full-time TA for two years, after homeschooling for over a decade. She has a masters degree in Theology from Holy Apostles in Connecticut, and an undergraduate degree in Theology from Christendom in Virginia, as well as being a mother of six, and a Third Order Carmelite.

Jake Whalen

Mathematics and Science 

Mr. Whalen completed his B.A. in Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College and received his M.S. in Science Education from the University of Montana.   Since 2011, he has taught high school classes in mathematics, science, and theology at noted Catholic schools, including St. Michael’s Prep in Silverado, CA and St. Monica Academy, in Montrose, CA.  He is grateful to teach at a school that both models itself after the Classical idea of education and instills an authentic Catholic life in its students.  A native of Alexandria, MN, he and his wife, Kateri, now live in Buffalo with their three children.  When he is not teaching, he spends his leisure moments playing with his three kids, waterskiing, writing, strumming on guitar, or reading a good book.

Jonah Lippert

Theology and Humanities 

Mr. Lippert grew up in Easton, MN, with his parents and 11 siblings.  He was happily married to his wife Jenny in the Summer of 2018. Homeschooled into High School, his loves for literature and philosophy, theology, history, and apologetics were put to use, challenged, and deepened during PSEO classes at Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN), from which he transferred after senior year of high school to St. Mary's University (Winona, MN). From St. Mary's he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, completing a thesis dealing with Objective Aesthetics & the Utility of the Liberal Arts. Continuing his studies at the Augustine Institute (Denver, CO) he earned an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Catechetics.  Teaching Latin for 3 years at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School (Denver, CO), he also has experience as a Latin and Logic instructor at several homeschooling co-operatives. He sees the Classical model as a return to the original goals of education—those goals being the maturing and equipping of human character--the pursuit and communication of that which is most helpful, true, good and beautiful, in the most organic and effective ways, whether they be old or new.

Jenny Lippert

Humanities

Mrs. Lippert spearheads our new core grammar, writing, and communications class entitled “Humane Letters.” This new four-year course will constitute an expansion of our Humanities program, providing a formal core of HSA writing and communications standards, which will uniquely collaborate with humanities and theology. Humane Letters will provide students an integrated writing and speaking curriculum with unified standards, introduced in appropriate stages to enhance the offerings of each year of our Humanities Program. Mrs. Lippert is coming from St. Peter’s in North St. Paul where she was a middle school English teacher.  She has an M. A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in English & Theology also from ND.

Robin LaFond

Mathematics

Mrs. LaFond teaches three Mathematics classes: Algebra I & II and Geometry. Many folks in our community know her already as an enthusiastic parent at our school who has been involved in many ways, including co-chairing the Harvest Banquet. She has a B. A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and minors in Secondary Education & Business Management. She has taught math in Catholic schools and in Catholic co-ops.

Jennifer Beaudry

Executive Director

Holy Spirit Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of a new full time Executive Director to further the school’s mission. Mrs. Jennifer Beaudry joins the leadership team with extensive experience and a working knowledge of the surrounding communities. The HSA Board is confident her partnership with Headmaster Lang will only bring further blessing to the community. Mrs. Beaudry is originally from St. Michael, MN. She obtained her B.A. Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from St. Catherine University. She has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing and management in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. She has led the Catholic Services Appeal for the last fifteen years beginning at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and then building the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation along with the founding Board of Directors. Mrs. Beaudry and her husband, Jon, have one daughter. They live in St. Michael and are members of the St. Michael Catholic Church. The need for a Catholic High School in the northwestern suburbs of this Archdiocese is great and Mrs. Beaudry is excited to join Holy Spirit Academy, further the mission and assist in growing the school for generations to come. Join us in welcoming this new member of the HSA leadership as she begins on March 22nd, 2021!