Theology

Mrs. Chrissy Almanzar

Theology Department Chair

Courses:

Religion 6Theology 9, Honors Theology 9

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

Chrissy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations with a minor in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Her focus was the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israelite religion and culture. She spent her senior year abroad at Goerg-August-Universität Göttingen where she studied her major with German language instruction. She returned to Göttingen in 2011 to complete a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Theology and finished with a final master thesis entitled "Mary's Motherhood as an Intercultural Bridge: A Case Study of Schönstatt's Marian Devotion". She presented the findings of the case study, in part, at the 2013 Mariological Society of America's annual meeting, which had as its theme "Mary and the New Evangelization". Chrissy has been married for ten years to her favorite person, Jordan, with whom she has three daughters and one son.

Mr. Dwight Brown

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Courses:

Theology 12

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2013-14 School Year

Dwight Brown likes to say he spent his youth looking for the meaning of life. He fell in love with Jesus in 1970, while working on a master’s degree in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (1972). He was a priest in the Episcopal Church for fourteen years. He and his family entered the Catholic Church in 1989. One son is a Catholic priest, and the other two married women they met at Steubenville, and have given him and his wife twelve grandchildren so far. Dwight also has an MS from California State University, Chico, in computer science which he taught for 22 years at the college level. His three sons were all home-schooled, and he is delighted to be able to teach a Kolbe Academy course from the comfort of his home. He and his wife live within walking distance of the Trappist Abbey of New Clairvaux in the Sacramento Valley.

Mrs. Elizabeth Buergler

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Courses:

Religion 7, Religion 8, Homeroom 8

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

Elizabeth Buergler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Her focus was on faith formation in schools and parishes. After graduation, Elizabeth moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked at a large parish doing middle school and high school youth ministry, as well as 10th grade Confirmation preparation.  Elizabeth "retired" from youth ministry to stay home with her children and to start a photography business where she focuses on capturing Sacraments and Liturgies. Elizabeth is excited to be part of the Kolbe Academy family sharing her love for the Catholic faith and Sacraments for another fabulous year!

Mr. Steve Schultz

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Courses:

Theology 10Theology 11Theology 12History 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2013-14 School Year

Steve Schultz is a former active duty Air Force officer and pilot. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Portland, a master's degree in military history from the American Military University, a master's degree in theology with a concentration in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is currently writing his thesis for a master's degree in philosophy also from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and is pursuing a PhD in education with a concentration in distance learning. Additionally, Mr. Schultz is a freelance author writing on a variety of topics with an emphasis on theology, history, and current events. His work on theology has been published in various academic and popular venues including Homiletic and Pastoral ReviewLay WitnessLatin MassNew Oxford Review, and Social Justice Review; and his work on history has been published in Armchair General online and Patriots of the American Revolution. In addition to teaching at Kolbe, he is also an Adjunct Professor of History, Philosophy, and Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Mr. Schultz also enjoys opportunities volunteering in the community, including service as a volunteer firefighter, adult leader with the Boy Scouts, and currently an adult leader in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program where he holds the grade of Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of service. He lives in central Florida with his wife, two children, and three dogs.

Mr. Nicholas Senz

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Courses:

Theology 10, Honors Theology 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

Nicholas Senz is a husband and father, and the Director of Faith Formation at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Arlington, TX. He received a B.A. in Communication Studies (Journalism track) from the University of Portland, and an M.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. Nicholas has served as a Master Catechist in California, and taught faith formation and catechist training courses in parishes across the country. He has also been published in several Catholic websites and periodicals, including Catholic Digest, Catholic Herald (UK), Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Nicholas lives in Texas with his wife and three children.