Latin & Humanities
Stephen Cox was raised in Catonsville in an evangelical Anglican family. After receiving his BA from UMBC in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentrating in Music and Religious Studies), he began preparing for the Anglican ministry. His interest in the Early Church led him to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, where he received a Master of Divinity. After being ordained an Anglican priest in 2000, he helped found St. Stephen’s Classical Christian Academy in Eldersburg, where he served as Headmaster for 5 years and taught for 11 years. During that time he attended the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College in Annapolis, where he received the MA in Liberal Arts in 2010.
Mr. Cox’s ongoing studies in Theology and Church History led him to seek full communion with the Catholic Church, and he was received into the Church and confirmed in September 2011. Since that time he has tutored homeschool students at Christiana Homeschool Academy in Westminster and Ave Maria Academy in Catonsville. Mr. Cox has taught broadly in the Humanities, including History, Literature, Theology, Philosophy, Music, and Latin. He lives in Eldersbug with his wife Stephanie and his daughters Audrey and Petra. He also serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore.
Music (Ward Method) & Language Arts
Monica Ruppert holds a BA in Music Education from The University of Notre Dame of Maryland. She is a veteran homeschooler of her 10 children and is distinctly dedicated to family-centered education. She believes Divine Mercy Academy will support families as essential building blocks of an ardent Catholic community on the front lines of The New Evangelization. Monica will implement the Ward Method of music education at Divine Mercy, a classical program rooted in and directed toward Gregorian Chant, in which every child learns the art of singing, sight-reading, composing and conducting. After 25 years of teaching her own children as well as many others in co-ops, tutorials, and various other unique settings, Monica is excited to share her zeal for the catholic liberal arts the full-day setting of Divine Mercy Academy. With her natural talent for teaching children and her joyful confidence in classroom management, Monica is ever grateful each Monday for another week of sharing and discovering the revelations of God with her students.
Mary Etta Jeske
Sacred Art, Art History & Nature Studies
Mary Etta Jeske is a mother of three children and has been married for 31 years. She has home-schooled her children for nine years, and enjoys teaching Art History, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and Classical Fine Art. Mary Etta has been a classical fine artist and an art teacher since 1993. A business major in college, she additionally attended four years at The Mitchell School of Classical Fine Arts and is certified to teach level 1 in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She served for many years as an office manager for the Allview Center for Family Enrichment, where she presently volunteers and teaches an art/home arts girls' club.
Dr. Natasha Wilson
Mathematics & Humanities
Dr. Natasha Wilson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. area and currently resides in Baltimore city. Natasha is a trained Chemical and Biochemical Engineer. She received her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2016 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC).
She spent five years working in the specialty chemicals industry as a process
engineer between undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a child she was a Christian,but as she got older, she spent time away from a life of faith.
During her Ph.D., she was led into full communion with the Catholic Church. Natasha is passionately pro-life and for the past two and half years worked as the Coordinator of Education and Outreach for the Office of Respect Life.
What excites Natasha about teaching is the opportunity to help students to love learning and to become life long learners. She hopes to make mathematics fun and accessible to all levels by building each class around general mathematical principles and guiding tailored group and individual work.
Kindergarten & First Grade
Meagan Robinson was born and raised in Baltimore. She was initially a protestant and did not encounter Catholicism until high school. After falling in love with the Eucharist in 2014, she dedicated her life to the pursuit of all things Good, True, and Beautiful. This brought her to a tiny college in New Hampshire called Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. She graduated with a bachelor's in literature and also received an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma. At Magdalen, she was immersed in a rigorous classical education guided by the Socratic method - giving her a profound love for education and learning. While in college she was president of the writing club, a student tutor, a psalmist, an actress in the Karol Wojtyla Theatrical Society, and served with the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, M.A.
After graduating from college in 2019, she went on to give a year of service as a Seton Teaching Fellow in Bronx, NY. She taught 2nd grade during the day and then kindergarten for the catholic after school program, El Camino. She had the opportunity - and the privlege- to evangelize and catechize in the poorest congressional district in the nation. Seeing the suffering of this community made her realize the necessity for Catholic Classical education.
Ms. Robinson is excited to engage with all families who are also on the pursuit of wisdom and is grateful for the opportunity to teach (and be taught!) by her students. In her spare time, you can find her reading Flannery O'Connor, perusing bookstores, on a boat with her family, hiking, or talking someone's ear off about how wonderful all of her students are.
Spanish, Dance, & Physical Education
Catherina is excited to join the DMA team as a teacher of dance, physical education, and Spanish. A native of Peru with French ancestry, she brings to the position a lot of creativity plus a rich cultural background and a lifelong passion for human expression through movement. As a child and a youth, Catherina studied ballet and performed at the Municipal Ballet of the cosmopolitan city of Lima during the school year while attending a renowned British academy (San Silvestre School). She spent her summers on her family’s remote dairy farm in the Andean highlands where she helped to teach catechism to children. Later she obtained a social anthropology degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2006 and studied dance in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Catherina earned a Master’s degree in Dance Movement Therapy from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2008. Returning to Lima, Catherina started her own independent dance movement therapy practice. She focused both on special needs children and on the elderly and found ways to enrich her work by incorporating her Catholic faith into the methodology. In 2013, she married and moved to the United States. Catherina is the mother of two little girls and simply loves to dance with them! Inspired by their simplicity, flexibility and joy, she is in the process of putting together a new methodology for families to pray, play and dance together.