About Us

Mary Ann Vernace

Mary Ann Vernace is currently the Dean of Academics of  St. Scholastica Academy. After receiving her B.S. in Biology and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, N.Y., she taught high school biology and chemistry for six years. Her love of learning and teaching drew her into a classical liberal education, as she pursued this for two decades including the home education of her three children. Working in the recovery of Catholic liberal education is her joyful commitment for at least the next two decades. When Mary Ann is not teaching, reading or traveling with her husband, she enjoys Sunday scholé boating outings on lakes with family and friends.

Marie Drury

Marie Drury is currently the Head of School of St. Scholastica Academy in Orlando, Florida, which opened in the fall of 2015, as a cottage school. She has spent the last 25 years in the learning and practice of Catholic classical education, as well as mentoring many teachers. Currently she is in the process of obtaining her ClassicalU certification. She has spent time training with the Classical Latin School Association, the Circe Institute, as well as the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. Marie has a love for everything that is true, good, and beautiful and wants to share her love of Christ and the Church, through the liberal arts, with all who want to listen.

Faith Statement

We recognize the Roman Catholic Church to be the one true apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ which adheres to the teaching magisterium (the Bishops in union with the Holy Father) of the Church and all its doctrines and traditions. “[The Catholic sc­­hool’s] task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and Catholic faith, and a synthesis of faith and life: the first is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught, in the light of the Gospel; the second is the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian.” – Vatican II, Declaration on Christian Education, 37. We warmly welcome families of others faiths, while we maintain our distinctive Catholic identity.