Our Faculty & Staff

dr richard brake

Dr. Richard Brake


Dr. Brake took the helm at SMA in August 2018. Besides overseeing the entire mission of the school, he teaches History, Philosophy, Literature, Political Science, and Economics. He is also Head Coach of the Girls Basketball team.

Martin Beers

Mr. Martin Beers

Science, Mathematics

Mr. Beers joined the SMA faculty in the summer of 2020.  He recently discerned a vocation at the Saint Benedict Monastery in Norcia, Italy and previously helped develop the curriculum for the Mother of Divine Grace home school program.


Mrs. Sara Keefe


Mrs. Keefe has taught Literature at SMA since 2015.  Her two oldest sons, Ben and Charlie, graduated from SMA in 2018 and 2020, respectively.  Her third son, Daniel, is a freshman at SMA.

Elizabeth Kovacs

Ms. Elizabeth Kovacs

Theology, Philosophy, Art

Ms. Kovacs joined the SMA faculty in the summer of 2020.  She is is a recent graduate of the Dominican School of Theology and Philosophy where she worked as an Academic Librarian and Art Archivist, and also taught Art History to local home school students.

Ms. Angele Larson


Ms. Larson joined the SMA faculty in the summer of 2020.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Spanish, Arabic, and Communications at NCMC in Petoskey.  Prior to her teaching career, she held diplomatic posts for the Danish Embassy in the Palestinian Authority.


Mr. Andrew Moe

Literature, Theology

Mr. Moe began teaching theology at SMA in 2014, and is now the department chair.  He also serves as the school’s director of vocations and catechesis.

David Peck

Mr. David Peck

History, Civics, Literature

Mr. Peck joined the SMA faculty in the summer of 2020, following a 20-year career at Traverse City St. Francis, where he was Chair of its Social Sciences department, directed its Mission / Study Abroad program, and coached Volleyball.


Mr. Paul Radatovich

History, Theology, Geography

Mr. Radatovich began his career at SMA in the fall of 2019. He teaches a variety of humanities classes and is also a key contributing member to the school’s marketing team.


Mr. Shea Whitmore

Literature, Theology, Latin

Mr. Whitmore joined the SMA Faculty in 2018, teaching courses in literature and theology while also serving as the school’s Latin Master. He is also Head Coach of the Boys Basketball team.

Mr. Augustin Zehnder

Music, Science

Mr. Zehnder joined the SMA Faculty in January 2020, teaching choral and instrumental music, as well as science classes. He is an accomplished violin player and an authority on Classical Catholic education.


Mrs. Heidi Kendziorski

Business Manager


Mrs. Mary De Agostino

Executive Assistant


Mr. Larry Rudnicki

Athletics, Communications

Mr. Rudnicki joined the SMA Staff in 2018.  He has 20 years of coaching experience, most recently in Colorado, where he helped build a national-caliber distance running program.