Father Peter

- Headmaster -

Father Peter Heers is the Headmaster of Three Hierarchs Academy in Florence, Arizona.

From January of 2017 until May of 2018, Fr. Peter was the instructor of Old and New Testament at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and continues now as the Lecturer of Dogmatic Theology in the Certificate of Theological Studies Program.

Fr. Peter is the author of The Missionary Origins of Modern Ecumenism: Milestones Leading up to 1920, as well as The Ecclesiological Renovation of the Second Vatican Council: An Orthodox Examination of Rome’s Ecumenical Theology Regarding Baptism and the Church, which was released in November of 2015 by Uncut Mountain Press and is also available in Greek.

Fr. Peter is also the translator of several books, including The Life of Elder Paisios (co-translator) and The Epistles of Elder Paisios, The Truth of our Faith (vols 1-2) by Elder Cleopa and Apostle to Zaire: The Life of Fr. Cosmas of Grigoriou, as well as the best-selling children’s book From I-ville to You-ville.

Fr. Peter has bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in Dogmatic Theology from the Theological School of the University of Thessalonica, all completed under the tutelage of Professor Demetrios Tselingides. He was the rector and spiritual father of the parish of the Holy Prophet Elias in Petrokerasa, a small village in the mountains outside of Thessalonica, Greece, from 2006 until 2017. In 2014 he was made Protopresbyteros and Spiritual Father of the Diocese of Ierissou and Agion Oros.

Fr. Peter Heers was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up near San Francisco. His father was an Anglican priest who, along with the rest of his family and much of his parish, converted to the Orthodox Church in 1992. In 1996 Fr. Peter went to Greece to visit Mt. Athos, and returned in 1998 to attend the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki. Fr. Peter lived there for 18 years, and married a Thessaloniki native, Presbytera Kyriaki. They have been blessed with 5 children.

Pres. Kyriaki

- Director, the Greek Language -

Presbytera Kyriaki is a native of Greece, born and raised in Thessaloniki, the city of Ss. Paul, Demetrios and Gregory Palamas. Presbytera has a bachelors degree and masters in International Law from the Law School of the University of Thessaloniki, serving for a time as trial lawyer. In addition to home teaching her five children, Pres. Kyriaki has worked closely with Fr. Peter, her husband, in all aspects of the Orthodox English-language publishing house, Uncut Mountain Press, including translation and editing. Presbytera assisted Fr. Peter in the parish of the Holy Prophet Elias in Petrokerasa, Greece, for 10 years.

Mrs. Helen

- Teacher, Grade K -

Mrs. Helen grew up in Europe, where she obtained a BS in medical science and worked for many years as a lab scientist.

Mrs. Helen believes that children's future will only be blessed when God is the foundation. As a kindergarten teacher, she is honored to be a part of laying that foundation, instilling the love for God and neighbor in the children’s hearts, while teaching them essential life skills and the basics of learning. "For without Me you can do nothing." - (John 15:5)

Mrs. Irene

- Teacher, Grade 1 -

Mrs. Irene was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Sociology. She received a Lower Elementary Certification in Montessori and taught Pre-K for 5 years in Toronto. She moved to Arizona in 2005, where she received her Upper Elementary Certification in Montessori and taught grades 4-6 for 2 years in Mesa. Mrs. Irene received her Elementary Education Certification with Endorsement in Early Childhood Education and taught Kindergarten, both in Coolidge and Florence, for 8 years. Mrs. Irene encouraged her students to try their best regardless of how challenging something might be. She incorporated many individual activities as well as group/center activities to assist students’ learning. Although she loved teaching, she took some time off to be with her children.

After sending her children to a number of different schools (charter schools and even a private school), she realized that something was missing from these schools, Greek and religion. Three Hierarchs Academy not only offers Greek and religion, but strives for academic excellence. Mrs. Irene looks forward to being a part of the Academy, while her children have the opportunity of growing not only academically but spiritually as well.

Mrs. Anna

- Teacher, Grade 2 -

Mrs. Anna graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Upon successful examination, she earned credentials as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). She has ten years managerial work experience at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she participated in a large-scale organizational start-up with the opening of their independent facility in Phoenix, ranging from IT testing and implementation, facility-wide workflow projections, development of departmental policies and procedures, and staffing, just to name a few. Mrs. Anna has experienced the growing pains of a new organization and is excited about the challenge here at the Three Hierarchs Academy.

With today’s anti-Christian climate present in our secular school system in America, Mrs. Anna and her family made the difficult decision to homeschool their children. Over the past seven years, Mrs. Anna has poured her heart into the education of her children.

Mrs. Anna has experience in teaching children with learning disabilities, with the completion of professional training sessions in Barton Reading and Spelling and Spell to Write and Read, an Orton-Gillingham based program, as well as an educator training course taught by a developmental learning specialist, earning a total of 20 training-hours in the areas of how children learn and the ability to identify potential learning problems. She has collaborated with special education teachers and developmental learning specialists to coordinate differentiated instruction to foster success and appropriately challenge students. She has taught phonics and writing, nature journaling, art history and technique and early childhood classes in a cooperative setting, classes ranging from 4 – 20 students. She has also completed seminar training in classroom management and curriculum development and design as well as online training courses in Teaching the Classics through the Center for Lit and Teaching Writing: Structure and Style through The Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Mrs. Anna believes a great honor and responsibility has been entrusted to the teachers at the Three Hierarch’s Academy; instilling a love of God in our children while striving for academic excellence. She strives to utilize creative and hands-on activities to engage children in the learning process. Mrs. Anna is looking forward to the challenges and rewards of teaching at the Three Hierarchs Academy.

Mrs. Rebecca

- Teacher, Grades 3-4 -

Mrs. Rebecca's main goal for the students of the Three Hierarchs Academy is to teach them about God’s love and mercy. She wants to implement a level of faith in each lesson with a prayer and teaching, always bringing the focus back to God. With Rebecca’s father and father-in-law both being Orthodox priests, the importance of instilling the Faith in the hearts of our children has been impressed upon her. In her twelve years of homeschooling, Mrs. Rebecca begins each school day with a lesson in faith, prayer and Holy Scripture and the lives of saints’ readings.

Rebecca has been blessed with the opportunity to explore her love for music. She has been a member of the church choir for twenty-three years, attending multiple training workshops, and developing a working knowledge of Byzantine and Kievan chant. She has also worked in parish treasury, managed parish bookstores and has been involved with catechesis.

Mrs. Rebecca has been studying the Greek language for five years. She has taught introductory Greek and Church history class in a cooperative setting, class size averaging twelve students. She also has volunteer experience in an early elementary classroom as a teacher’s aide in a charter school setting. Mrs. Rebecca has professional training in classroom management and curriculum development and design. With her oldest child off to college, Rebecca is aware of the advantages gained in the pursuit for academic excellence. She feels an organized and well-structured environment lays a foundation for success in education and looks forward to her future at the Three Hierarchs Academy.

"I feel so blessed and honored (and excited!) to be the teacher for the 3rd and 4th graders of Three Hierarchs Academy. By the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the prayers and intercessions of His Most Holy Mother, and all the Saints may our children grow and learn to love Him above all." - Mrs. Rebecca

Mrs. Monica

- Teacher, Grades 5-6 -

Mrs. Monica grew up in the town of Yreka, California, a town of less ten thousand; a town where the deer have names and the seasons revolve around camping, fishing, and the annual extremely, competitive, church slow-pitch softball tournament. She gained a love of learning amongst the pine trees, rivers, and majestic Mount Shasta; actually, at the foot of the mountain in a town called Weed, California. This is where she gained her independence and had the opportunity to explore. It’s a logging town, at least it was, littered with blue collars, and the occasional white. A town people don’t find, it finds them. It was here in college where Mrs. Monica found teachers who challenged, inspired, and pushed her. They knew she was capable of more; even though she didn’t, yet. This is what Mrs. Monica aspires to become for her students; one that inspires to a life of learning, of challenging themselves, and to embrace the fullness of life Who is the Life, and Light of the World.

Mr. Michael

- Mathematics and Science, Grades 7-12 -

Mr. Michael holds an M.D. from Kishinev University, Moldova. After finishing his residency there, he worked as a primary care physician. Upon moving to US, he worked for many years in the field of medical technology. Subsequently, he embarked on the path of education, beginning with home educating his own children. His student-focused teaching approach is built around personalized learning with the aim of how to effectively apply critical thinking skills to the student’s academic studies.

Mr. Petros

- English, History, and Music, Grades 7-12 -

Mr. Petros completed his Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Christianity and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. At the same institution he completed his teacher training in 2013. For the past 5 years he has worked as a public school teacher outside of Vancouver, BC. In his spare time he enjoys studying Byzantine chant and Greek. He feels very privileged to be able to work in an Orthodox Christian school, and is excited to see the academy’s development.

Mrs. Jackie

- Professional Development -

Mrs. Jackie is honored and humbled to be the Professional Development trainer at Three Hierarchs Academy and a member of the Academic Curriculum Committee. She is currently a middle school English teacher, a collaborative trainer at her school, and has taught for over 25 years. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and was deeply involved at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Middle School education and was the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Retreat Camp Center in Wyoming for 2 summers. It was here where she deepened her faith, connected with nature, and truly knew that working with children was her calling.

After getting married, she moved to Louisiana and earned a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. While in Louisiana, she continued teaching English and Social Studies. She was invited to attend the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and presented district-wide workshops on using Literature Circles to engage students. Her strong leadership skills were noticed by the Superintendent of St. Tammany School District and she was offered a district position as a Resource Helping teacher and was asked to create and pilot the Literacy Coach program for the district. It was in Louisiana where she refined her teaching repertoire by attending workshops on CHAMPS discipline models, Understanding by Design Curriculum implementation, and Thinking Maps where she later became a trainer.

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, God guided her family to move to Arizona where she worked as a Professional Development trainer for new teachers in her new school district. She trained new teachers, observed their teaching, and coached teachers in the classroom on best teaching practices. She furthered her teaching expertise by attending workshops such as: Skillful Teaching, Fred Jones Tools for Teaching, Fluency Solutions, and Systems Thinking. She will earn her Masters degree in Educational Leadership In December 2018 from Northern Arizona University.

Her relationships with students have always been a top priority for her and have earned her nominations for Teacher of the Year for 2 years in the Catalina Foothills School District from parents and students. She was named Distinguished Educator of the year for the same school district in Tucson. Mrs. Jackie enjoys collaborating with teachers and working together to create innovative lessons to enhance learning. When not spending time with her 2 boys and husband, she enjoys reading and creating jewelry with found items.

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