Faculty and Staff
Andrew M. Lang
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.