Our team of teachers & volunteers offer a variety of experience and educational backgrounds to benefit our students, and all are committed to the formation of students in the Orthodox faith and to the cultivation of their love of learning.
Our volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for prayerfully ensuring the success of the organization, and obtaining the resources and support necessary to support our mission.
Kh. Elizabeth Bushelli
Language Arts & Math
Khouria Elizabeth has a BA in English and over 20 years of teaching experience. From public schools to co-ops and homeschooling her own children (3 in college!), she brings a wealth of experience in Classical and Charlotte Mason methods.
Fr. Tristan Gall, M.Ed.
History (Grades 3-12)
Father Tristan is the parish priest of St. Gregory Palamas Orthodox Church in NJ. In addition to his Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir Seminary, Fr. Tristan has a Master of Education degree and experience teaching in both public and private schools.
History (Grades K-2)
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, teaching experience, and love for mentoring children, Sarah's patient disposition and creative approach make her an excellent teacher for our youngest and most impressionable students.
Science (Grades K-8)
Lily's education from Trinity Western University and lifelong experience with homeschool co-ops (both as a student and an instructor) have shaped her into a cheerful and bright educator of young minds. Students at SJA love her engaging lessons!
Helen Rice, CRNP
High School Science
Helen is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. With over 12 years of patient care and coaching experience, she brings a practical & encouraging approach to science at SJA.
Dr. Joe Kyriakos, MD
Science & Math Tutor
Joe is a diagnostic radiology specialist with over 30 years of professional experience. He's also a dedicated supporter of Orthodox Christian education and takes advantage of any opportunity to support SJA students in their studies.
Sdn. Justin Gohl, PhD
Greek & Latin
Subdeacon Justin has a PhD in Theology and over 20 years of education experience in seminaries and other higher education settings. His wealth of knowledge and facility with ancient languages enriches SJA's Classical foundation.
Tim Ricci, M.Div.
Logic (6-8 & High School)
Tim has earned a BA in Philosophy & History and a Master of Divinity, and has over 10 years of pastoral experience in youth and adult ministries. He brings a love of learning and an insightful, positive teaching style to our SJA culture & classrooms.
Fr. Noah Bushelli
Theology & Bible
Father Noah has worked tirelessly to establish and grow the SJA ministry in the parish at St. Philip. In addition to an M.Div., Fr. Noah also has a B.Ed. and decades of teaching experience, from public school classrooms to camps ... and even cyberspace!
Sean is the father of four young children and has been teaching private music lessons for over 10 years. Our SJA students have loved learning instruments and playing their guitars and recorders for family and friends, under Sean's patient tutelage.
Marcy is a gifted fine arts teacher who has brought an array of artistic mediums into our classrooms with her enjoyable and creative lessons. Her peaceful demeanor and encouraging style make art a favorite subject at SJA!
Denise has a BA in English & Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Counseling degree. She has over 30 years of experience in adult education, and loves the opportunities she gets to encourage and support the students at SJA.
Staff & Volunteers
Greek Language Tutor & Recess Monitor
Teacher Nursery Attendant
Friday Activity Assistant & Substitute
Teacher Nursery Aide
Marital Arts Instructor
Teacher Nursery Aide
Board of Directors
Denise Yurchak, SPHR, CIHC | President
Frank Chilbert, MAT | VP & Classical Education
Jonathan Atkinson, Esq. | Secretary
Victoria Kaminsky, MBA | Treasurer
Khouria Elizabeth Bushelli | Homeschooling
Deacon Luke Carpenter, MD | Spiritual Formation
Subdeacon Justin Gohl, Ph.D. | Communications
Kate Gohl, M.Ed. | Facilities
R. Joseph Kyriakos, MD | At Large
(VACANT) | Fundraising & Events