The Faculty

 

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Magister Waltz graduated in 2012 from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Liberal Arts. There he studied the Western Classics in Philosophy, Theology, History, and Literature; Ancient Greek and French; Mathematics including Geometry, Astronomy, Algebra, Calculus, Einstein’s theory of Relativity, and non-Euclidean Geometry; Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Atomic Theory; as well as Music Theory. While at St. John’s he became interested in the Orthodox faith and, after he graduated and returned to Indianapolis, he was baptized at Ss. Constantine and Elena. This is his fifth year teaching at Hagia Sophia Classical Academy. Click here for a video statement from Magister Waltz.

hsca3Allison Beecham
Magistra Beecham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from IUPUI in 2005. When her daughter was born shortly before graduation, she became a full-time mother and homemaker. She is married to Jon Beecham and they are blessed with three children and three infants in Heaven. They attend Saints Constantine & Elena Orthodox Church. She has been involved with Hagia Sophia since its beginning and her children are students of the school. This year she is teaching the second/third grade class. Magistra Beecham loves being outside, flower gardening, playing tennis, and bike riding with the family. She enjoys knitting and reading and is especially fond of children’s literature. Click here for a video statement from Magistra Beecham.

Theodore Nottingham
Magister Nottingham is Hagia Sophia’ current dean.  He holds a Masters of Divinity degree which he received magna cum laudae from the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University. He is the author and translator of seventeen books, ranging from children’s books to spiritual masterworks translated from the original French. He is an active parishioner at Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Indianapolis and is a media producer and communications consultant. Click here for a video statement from Magister Nottingham.

elena (1)Elena Catherine Parmar

Magistra Parmar graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Evansville in May 2014. In addition to Art History, she studied Archaeology, Anthropology, Ancient Christianity, Ancient Greek and Latin languages as well as Art and Music. She has been a counselor at many church camps, including Camp Vatra, St. Andrews Church Camp, and St. John’s Camp. Miss McDonald has attended Sts. Constantine and Elena Church all her life, she is a regular parishioner at the church along with her whole family. In her spare time, Magistra McDonald enjoys walking, reading novels by authors like Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

father davidFr. David Wey

Fr. David Wey was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in 2005 and has served as the full-time parish priest to Ss. Constantine and Elena Orthodox Church since September 2006. After studying at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Fr. David had a long career in the recording industry, where he was a writer, arranger and producer, and a briefer stint in the IT world while serving as a deacon. Married for 35 years, he and his lovely wife, Janene, have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of Gideon and Ephrem. A lifelong learner with a particular affinity for all things Tolkien, Lewis, MacDonald and Rowling, Fr. David serves as the Spiritual Director of Hagia Sophia Classical Academy (Rector.)

Photini Luchie James

Magistra James graduated from Philippine Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked and studied at Indiana Wesleyan University since 2003.  This year, she is teaching the kindergarten class.  She is a proud grandmother of four-year old twins and loves teaching Sunday School for children and has done this for many years since she came to live in the United States back in 2001.  She is an active member of Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church, teaching the parish children on Sundays and singing in the kliros. She is also an active Pro-Life advocate and is a founding member of the Orthodox Christians for Life Indianapolis chapter.  Her biggest passion is helping the little children know and love God and the Church. Click here for a video statement from Magistra James.

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Magister Staley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Education from Earlham College. After departing a successful marketing/editing career, he began teaching at an Indianapolis-based classical school in 2000 and was subsequently promoted in 2002, where he then successfully served as both headmaster and teacher until 2007. As a parishioner of Ss. Constantine & Elena Orthodox Church, Mr. Staley was the founding headmaster of HSCA, and now serves as the fourth grade teacher. A life-long learner with particular teaching strengths in humane letters, literature, philosophy and music, Magister Staley is an accomplished choir director and student of the classical works of literature.

File Aug 06, 5 06 23 PMKathy Rockey

Magistra Rockey has been involved with nurturing and educating children since becoming a mother 19 years ago. She studied Psychology and English at Milligan College in East Tennessee where she met a long-haired guitar player who she followed back home to Indiana and married the following year. She and her husband, Jason, are joyfully raising four teenagers and are actively involved in the parish life at Ss. Constantine & Elena Orthodox Church. Magistra Rockey joined the Hagia Sophia faculty in its inaugural year when her four children attended as full-time students from 2011-2013. After returning to Homeschooling her children in 2013, she is pleased to be able to stay connected to the community of HSCA by teaching Choir and attending Tae Kwon Do class with her children. Magistra Rockey enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, knitting, and singing in her Church Choir.

IMG_1116Quentin Ellett

Magister Ellett is completing his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. During the summer and at breaks in the academic year he is a school-age teacher at a local KinderCare Learning Center. He wore many hats in 4-H leadership in his high school years, directing camps for children of all ages as President of Wayne Township Junior Leaders. Magister Ellett is a lifelong student of religious philosophy and history, interests which have taken him to the Eastern Orthodox Church as an active member of Sts. Constantine and Elena Romanian Orthodox Church. It is there he discovered Hagia Sophia Classical Academy and contributes to teaching for the fourth grade class.