Faculty and Staff

Each faculty and staff member at Chesterton Academy is a faithful Catholic who has taken an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Each has also undergone our safe environment requirements, including fingerprinting, Level 2 background check (state and federal), and VIRTUS safe environment training.


Jim Hickel

Headmaster

Mr. Hickel is the founding Headmaster of Chesterton Academy of Orlando. He was born and raised in Alaska along with his sixteen siblings.

He attended the College of Saint Mary Magdalen and received his B.A. in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Theology and Philosophy. He then received a Masters in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University.

He began teaching in 1980 to “help students learn how to learn, and to share the excitement and beauty of learning.” He has been involved in Catholic education and administration for over 35 years and has served as Headmaster/Principal in four previous schools, including most recently St. John Bosco Academy in Cottonwood, Idaho.

Teachers


Michael De Salvo

Theology and Philosophy

Mr. De Salvo received his B.A. in Liberal Arts (summa cum laude) from Wyoming Catholic College and his M.A. in Theology (summa cum laude) from Ave Maria University. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Theology at Ave Maria, which he anticipates finishing in 2022.

He has taught undergraduate Theology courses at Ave Maria, and from 2014-2015, he served as an inaugural faculty member at the Chesterton Academy of Chicago, teaching Old and New Testament, Ancient Literature, Latin, Science, and PE classes.

Michael is married with two children and is new to the Orlando area.

Caitlin Markle

Literature and History

Mrs. Markle received her B.A. in English (magna cum laude) from Franciscan University in Steubenville, with a minor in Philosophy, and her M.A. in Education from the University of Notre Dame.

She graduated through Notre Dame's ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) program, which offered a two-year fellowship that combined teaching in an under-resourced Catholic high school with a Master of Education degree.

She loves going to Eucharistic adoration and especially enjoys praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Brian Herr

Math and Science

Mr. Herr will be graduating from the University of Central Florida in Summer 2022 with a degree in Integrative General Studies. 

Although he chose to devote most of his studies towards Math and Economics, he has a great love and admiration for music.

He is an active member at St. John Fisher Catholic Church and sings in the choir for Sunday masses.

 He also loves playing his guitar, going on long walks, and spending time with his wife Sarah, who teaches at a nearby classical Christian school.

Anna Campbell

Drama, Latin, Art History

Ms. Campbell graduated from Ave Maria University, where she majored in Humanities and Liberal Studies, and minored in Shakespearean Performance. 

During her time at Ave Maria, she served as an actress, dramaturge, and Assistant Stage Manager for the university's Shakespeare in Performance troupe.

Her goal at Chesterton Academy is to instill in her students the knowledge and habits that will prepare them for lives of spiritual and intellectual virtue.

Cristian Caiola

Music/Choir

Mr. Caiola has spent much of his life steeped deeply in music and culture. He is currently a Music Education student at the University of Central Florida, as a member of the French Horn studio.

He also serves as the Music Director at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, a parish of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

He has performed with world class ensembles including the Rollins Wind Symphony, the UCF Symphonic Band, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. In addition to his studies, he has been teaching local musicians of all ages since 2017. 

Aileen Peguero

Studio Art

Ms. Peguero graduated from the University of Central Florida, where she received her B.F.A. in Emerging Media via Experimental Animation, with a minor in Creative Writing.

As a child, she developed a passion for drawing and visual storytelling. Despite having a background in animation, she values all types of traditional art techniques and mediums.

She is an active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church and attends the young adult ministry there. She also likes to travel and occasionally visits her hometown in South Florida to catch up with family and friends.

Staff


Alexis Currier

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Alexis (Lexi) Currier recently moved to the Orlando area to be close to family and to engulf herself into a vibrant Catholic culture. She received a classical Catholic education growing up and is excited to promote that same gift at Chesterton Academy. She is also working her way towards a Business Administrative degree. A fun fact is that she was the first baby to be baptized at St. Helena's of the True Cross Parish in Corpus Christi, TX.

We are looking to add more staff members to help with administration. See our Careers page for open positions!

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