Meet Our Staff
Meet Some of Our Staff…
All Seton counselors are able to answer general questions about courses, methodology and materials. In addition, counselors have specific areas of academic expertise. If your question is of a technical nature (e.g., “I don’t understand how to solve problem 3 on page 56 in Algebra I.”), you should ask to be referred to the counselor who has responsibility for that area.
Dr. Mary Kay Clark has taken an active role in educational and political issues for over 40 years.
Dissatisfied with the schools available when she resided in Columbus, Ohio, she and other parents established a private Catholic elementary school, Mater Dei Academy, in 1971, where she served as principal for nine years.
Seeing firsthand the opportunities and the pitfalls of private schooling, Dr. Clark left Mater Dei Academy and began teaching her children at home. While in Ohio, she helped establish the state’s home schooling association. Upon moving to Virginia in 1982, she became director of the recently established Seton Home Study School. In 1983, she helped found the Home Educator’s Association of Virginia, for which she served as Executive Secretary for several years.
Under her direction, Seton Home Study School has grown from 340 students in 1985, to more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in the United States and internationally.
Dr. Clark received a B.A. from Ursuline College, a Masters in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University, a Ph.D. in Education from Assumption University, and an M.A. in School Administration from Grace College.
Besides being a frequent speaker at home education and family conferences, Dr. Clark is also a frequent guest on radio and television programs. She has written many articles on home schooling, and has authored the best-selling book, Catholic Home Schooling: A Handbook for Parents.
Dr. Clark is the mother of seven children, all of whom she has educated at home, and who are teaching their own children at home.
Latin, French, Religion
Father Constantine, a counselor for Seton since 1995, obtained his B.A. in philosophy, history, and literature from St. Mary’s College in St. Mary, KY. His degree in theology is from St. Regis College, University of Toronto, and his Master’s in Divinity is from St. Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia. Father Constantine taught at Regis High School in New York City, the most prestigious Jesuit school in the United States for scholarship. Father was ordained as a Melkite (Byzantine Catholic) priest in Cairo, Egypt, and taught English for 13 years at the Patriarchial College in Heliopolis, Egypt.
High School course approvals
Father Deacon Eugene McGuirk has been married for over 30 years and is the father of 4 children who have been home schooled through Seton, starting in 1995. His two oldest children have now graduated from college, one from Christendom College, the next from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Deacon McGuirk was ordained in 1988. Deacon Gene earned his BA from Queens College, NY, an MA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA from Adelphi University of NY. He is currently working towards an MA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before coming to Seton he worked in medical research, business and taught at the middle school and college levels. Mr. McGuirk takes academic counseling questions by phoneand e-mail for Accounting, Chemistry, Economics, and Logic.
High School History, Government, current politics, Home Schooling in general
Mr. Clark, a Who’s Who historian, majored in history at John Carroll University and the University of Alaska before serving two tours of duty as a Green Beret Captain in U.S. Special Forces. Since his return from military service, he has taught or supervised almost every level of academic and vocational education. He has also been a radio talk show host, as well as a consultant and speaker for a variety of historical and political organizations. A home schooling father of seven, Mr. Clark has been the Seton Historian since 1989. The author of four historical novels: The Custer Legacy, The Castro Conspiracy, The Blood-Red Flag, and Redcoats and Rebels.
High School Math, Home schooling encouragement
Mr. Valaike, who has been with Seton since 1996, graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, with twenty-five years of experience in engineering projects. He is the grandfather of two homeschooling grandchildren.
Pat Walker has been with Seton Home Study School since 1993. Pat graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in French, having attended a semester of classes at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. Pat had several jobs as a French instructor, but in 1990, started learning about children with learning disabilities. She has attended more than a dozen conferences on helping children with special learning needs, and has been a member of various organizations to help parents to teach special needs children. Pat was head of the Seton Home Study School Special Services department, then left to work on curriculum development, to adapt the regular Seton curriculum to accommodate children enrolled in our Special Services Department. In addition to her work in curriculum development, Pat is now working one day a week in the regular Elementary Counseling department.
Sharon Hassett started working for Seton Home Study School as an Elementary Counselor in mid 2007. Sharon graduated from the University of Maryland with her B.S. in Special Education. Sharon worked as a teacher for several years in Special Education classrooms, and home schooled her two sons with the Seton Home Study School curriculum. Sharon currently works Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Mrs. Carin Delancey started working for Seton Home Study School as an academic elementary counselor in the summer of 2012. Carin was a home schooling mother for 17 years, and has been a classroom teacher and a CCD teacher. She attended St. Francis College, and later earned her BS Degree in English Education from the Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Middle School and High School. She earned her Virginia Teaching Certificate, as well as certificates in nursing. Carin has been active in a variety of ways in her parish. Carin likes to answer grammar and composition questions.
Walker Solis joined Seton as an English grader in March of 2007 and now works as a High School English and Literature counselor. He was home schooled with Seton from 4th grade to his graduation in 2001. He was on the Dean’s List and graduated with a B.A. in English Writing from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. While there, he was the editor of two campus journals.
Christine graduated from Christendom College with a degree in English Literature. Her favorite classes were Literary Criticism, Catholic Literary Revival, and The Inklings. She was homeschooled from fifth through twelfth grades. She enjoys helping students to understand and better appreciate literature, and she hopes that her love of literature will help to instill a lifelong desire to enjoy literature in her students. A classically trained soprano, Christine has collaborated with other Christendom artists on the production of a number of CD’s.
General Counseling, Elementary Math help, Home Schooling encouragement
Cecilia has been with Seton since 1998. She home schooled her daughter from 7th grade through 12th grade with Seton. Her past work experience includes working with industrial engineers and as a technician in a quality control laboratory. She is available for general curriculum questions, elementary math help, assistance with how to home school, and encouragement for moms.
Manuel Vicente joined Seton as an Admissions Counselor. He also assists with Spanish and Math counseling. He is the father of four children, three of which are homeschooling with Seton. He graduated with a B.S. in meteorology from Florida State University and has worked as a forecaster with the U.S Air Force and as a Spanish-language forecaster on radio and T.V. in Miami. He has coordinated education programs in Florida’s prison system for several years, is familiar with GED testing, and is a certified math teacher. Manuel and his family recently spent several months as missionaries in the highlands of Peru.
College Entrance, Graduation requirements, Independent Study
Mr. Smith has been with Seton since 2008. He graduated from Christendom College in 2007 and obtained his M.A. in International Relations from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. Chris is married with two children, and they live right outside of Front Royal. He can help you with any questions regarding course selection for your senior year, college entrance, high school transcripts, and independent study.
Rhonda Way graduated from Boston University with a degree in Political Science. Rhonda had experience in administration before she came with Seton Home Study School in 2000 as a grader. Very quickly, Rhonda took over as the Administrator and Evaluator of all the Elementary Graders, and after a few years, became Head of the whole Grading Department. She answers questions dealing with grades and grading for the High School students, while her assistant, Bruce Hacker, answers questions regarding grades and grading for the Elementary level students.
Head of Special Services
Stephen received his Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in Psychology and Religion from the University of Mary Washington in 2000, and his Master of Teaching in Special Education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities from the University of Virginia in 2002. He spent two years teaching children with learning difficulties in the public school system and has experience administering and interpreting the Woodcock Johnson III Achievement Test and designing and implementing IEPs and Behavior Modification Plans. Stephen taught a First Communion Catechism class at St. Joseph’s in Richmond. He is married with seven young children.
Tom Herlihy, one of Seton’s high school math counselors, answers your questions regarding high school math. He is currently homeschooling his four children. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.