Julian Malcolm moved to Fredericksburg, VA to attend college at the University of Mary Washington where he received his BA, History in 1997. Prior to founding the Summit Academy he enjoyed a career managing military and intelligence business for several Silicon Valley technology companies. Mr. Malcolm has also helped start and grow multiple successful private businesses throughout Central Virginia. He currently serves as President, BOD for a local Women’s Shelter. He has taught CCD as well as various theology, literature, and history classes. In 2015 he received a MTS, Biotechnology, and Ethics from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, CUA. He and his wife have been married for nineteen years and have 8 children.
Dean of Academics
Patrick Looby grew up in Northern NY and after high school, he entered Wadhams Hall Seminary where he received his degree in Philosophy and Theology in 1996. After Seminary he worked in youth ministry and curriculum development for the Dioceses of Albany and Ogdensburg, NY. In 2000 he and is wife Shannon moved to Texas where he worked as the Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Dallas, and eventually as the Director of Campus Ministry and Theology teacher for Ursuline Academy of Dallas, a private, all-girls, Catholic high school. A desire to move closer to family led them to Virginia where he taught at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, and for the past 8 years at St. Patrick School in Fredericksburg. In addition to teaching there, Mr. Looby continues to lead retreats and theology talks for several parishes and schools, as well as for diocesan events like Theology on Tap. He and his wife Shannon have been married for 19 years and have 6 children.
Peter Orlowski – Mr. Orlowski received his BA, Liberal Arts majoring in Math and Theology at Thomas Aquinas College. He continued his education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he did his graduate work in philosophy with a concentration in the philosophy of science and mathematics. While writing his dissertation on the 27-century old problem of the self-initiated motion in animals, he took a position at a Catholic high school seminary in New England where he taught logic, math, science, and theology. For twelve years there his passion for high school education grew. He then spent five more rewarding years teaching Euclid’s Geometry and Aristotle’s Logic in North Carolina’s Public Charter program. In joining the community at The Summit Academy Mr. Orlowski eagerly returns to Catholic education. He remarks that what attracted him to The Summit Academy was its mission to integrate all learning under the search for Wisdom through the tried and true methods of classical education. At The Summit Academy, Mr. Orlowski is teaching courses in Algebra, Physics, Geometry and Logic.
Kathryn Piescik – Mrs. Piescik was educated at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where she graduated with a degree in philosophy. While there she was an active retreat and bible study leader. After graduation, Mrs. Piescik was employed at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology where she was involved in writing and editing various materials for their biblical studies programs. She then worked within the Diocese of Arlington Schools for two years where she has taught science at Queen of the Apostles in Alexandria. At The Summit Academy, Ms. Piescik is teaching courses in Greek, Freshman Literature and Composition.
John Piescik – Mr. Piescik graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and then continued on with further graduate work at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. Mr. Piescik is himself a product of classical secondary education having graduated high school from The Trinity School in Falls Church, VA. In addition to his classroom experience, Mr. Piescik is also a talented actor, singer, and public speaker. At The Summit Academy, Mr. Piescik is teaching courses in Latin, Sophomore Literature and Composition.
James Stanley – Mr. Stanley studied English literature at the University of Wisconsin and theology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies at the Catholic University of America, where he earned his master’s degree and completed coursework for his doctorate. While continuing work on his dissertation treating of the thought of the English Catholic historian, Christopher Dawson, he is beginning his teaching career at Summit Academy with a primary focus on history and literature. Mr. Stanley and his wife, Jane, have been married nine years and have four children.
Elizabeth Wise – Elizabeth received her BA in Liberal Arts at Belmont Abbey College, majoring in History with a minor in Medieval Studies. After graduating, she was accepted into the Benedictine Volunteer Corps of Belmont Abbey and served as a volunteer teacher at a secondary school in Mtwara, Tanzania for 9 months. She draws inspiration from her trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a reminder to seek adventure and closeness with Divine Creation whenever possible. As a writer for St. Benedict Press, she is currently working on a book that highlights Catholic miracles and curiosities that have stumped scientists, historians, and even the faithful throughout the ages. In 2017 she joined the Summit Academy staff, working in Office Administration and Communications, and gladly serves as substitute teacher and event chaperone when needed.