A team of dedicated faculty and staff teaches and mentors the Scholars of Loyola Academy, offering them the cura personalis, or care of the whole person, that is a central element of Jesuit education.
Director of Loyola Academy
Ms. Krause has served as director since Loyola Academy opened in 2011. She is also Brophy's Assistant Principal for Faculty Development. She and Brophy Principal Bob Ryan team teach a sixth-grade Language Skills class.
Mr. Ashby earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri before earning a Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. He taught English Composition and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona before moving to Phoenix where he worked as a school social worker and counselor in the Laveen School District. He returned to the classroom in 2001, teaching seventh and eighth grade Language Arts in both the Laveen and Isaac school districts and creative writing courses at Phoenix College. He became the Loyola Academy Humanities teacher in 2011 and feels blessed every day for the opportunity. He writes when he can, has published several short stories, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Short Fiction. When his knees cooperate, he loves to hike and toss the Frisbee. He especially enjoys overseeing the annual Loyola Academy drama production.
Latin Ms. Balcom has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin and English Literature, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee. As part of her M.S., she interned for a year, teaching sixth grade Latin to Latin III full time. She moved from Tennessee to Phoenix to teach Latin at Gilbert Classical Academy before joining the staff of Brophy and Loyola Academy. Ms. Balcom is also involved with Loyola Academy cross country. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, diverse cuisine, and new experiences.
Fine Arts Mr. Davis received his Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University where he studied history and graphic design. During his year as a member of the Alumni Service Corps, Mr. Davis developed a passion for arts education at the middle school and high school levels. Working at both Brophy and Loyola Academy, he has helped expand the curriculum for the humanities and graphic design courses at the high school and worked to create the Loyola Academy fine arts program from the ground up. Combing a passion for both digital and traditional art mediums, Mr. Davis seeks to create a dynamic and challenging classroom experience that redefines for his students what it means to be creative. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Davis coaches the mountain bike and quidditch teams and leads a variety of outdoor-centric immersion trips around the world.
Ms. Keough earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Iowa State University. After graduating, she spent six years teaching in the Laveen Elementary School District. She joined the Loyola Academy faculty as its first math and science teacher in 2011. Since then she has created Loyola’s mathematics curriculum and enjoys her ability to support the scholars for their three years at Loyola and beyond.
Science and Technology Ms. Pierre earned a Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University where she studied biology and sociology, and she received her Master's degree in education through ASU's iTeach program. Ms. Pierre developed a passion for technology education while teaching at a Title I school in Phoenix. At Loyola Academy, she has helped to expand the science and technology curriculum to include inquiry-based learning, and computer vision. She seeks to create an innovative classroom where students solve real-world problems using 21st century tools. She is most proud of her students' global collaboration with other students around the world. Outside of the classroom, you can find Ms. Pierre coaching Loyola Robotics or working on the next big app.
Language Arts Mr. Ryan is the principal of Brophy College Preparatory. He also team teaches a sixth-grade Language Skills class with Loyola Academy Director Kendra Krause. He has been at Brophy since 2000, and was named principal in 2006. Mr. Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Education from Arizona State University, and a Master's in Catholic School Leadership from the University of San Francisco. He serves on the board of the Jesuit Schools Network.
Loyola Academy Dean of Students Mr. Shear earned a Bachelor's degree from Olivet University, where he studied social science education, and a Master of Education in Education Counseling from Northern Arizona University. He has taught history at Brophy, and also served in the Counseling Department for 13 years. In addition to his current role as Dean of Students, he coaches the Loyola Academy football and basketball teams.