Lisa Lorenz, Principal
Lisa Lorenz , has a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, 1994, a MA in Moral Theology from St. Charles Borromeo, 1997, and a MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, 2008. She is a licensed counselor in both Maryland, and Vermont. She started her love of education as a Middle School teacher in Catholic Schools and continued for 15 years, and then moved into administration for Elementary Schools and later in Higher Education for Graduate School. In addition to her love of education, is her passion for mental health and wellness as a licensed counselor. Her work has spanned from both private and public schools working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families in urban school settings; private practice providing counseling for children, adolescents, and adults/couples. Her special areas of interest: depression and anxiety disorders, bereavement, anxiety, pastoral and spiritual concerns, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior interventions for children/adolescents in home and school settings, and animal assisted therapy, mindfulness.
Her work and passion to be a lifelong learner in both education and counseling has afforded her many enriching experiences to include: Coordinator for Graduate School in School Counseling and Mental Health, programmatic assessments, curriculum development, writing and leading committees for accrediting bodies, online teaching and course evaluation, and teaching graduate students (Counseling Theories and Techniques; Practicum in Advanced Theories; Mental Health Counseling Internship)
Her present position as Principal of St. Therese Digital Academy is the latest and most exciting endeavor. This online Catholic High School opened its virtual doors this past June 2016 to take new students for this coming Fall.
When she is not working or studying, Lisa loves to spend time with her family and friends. She runs, hikes, kayaks, trains her dogs (in hopes they will eventually become therapy dogs) cooks, plays piano and oil paints, She greatly enjoys long walks on dirt roads or finding that quaint spot with awesome food, gorgeous views, and good company.
Ann Gonyaw, Hub Day Teacher
Ann Gonyaw is a licensed Vermont educator born and raised in Newport, Vermont who was the Salutatorian of her high school class. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, graduating in 2001 Suma Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and eventually went on to add a special education K-12 certification through Lyndon State College in 2009. Ann has spent her career working in Catholic Education, beginning by teaching 5th grade at Bishop Marshall School in Morrisville, Sacred Heart School until it closed in 2005, United Christian Academy, and St. Paul’s School in Barton. Since 2013, Ann has taken the Church’s call to be the primary educator of her children to heart and has homeschooled her two children using a variety of Catholic curricula including Seton Home Study program. Currently, Ann is the Director of Religious Education for Mater Dei Parish and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Online Education through Franciscan University of Steubenville. She and her husband, who are celebrating fifteen years of marriage, live with their two children in Derby Line and are delighted to welcome their third child in October. Ann’s philosophy of education is that each student is an individual child of God who has been given a wealth of gifts and talents to be nurtured and shared with the world. She is honored to be a part of the St. Therese Digital Academy’s mission to help form disciples for Christ in the 21st century.