About

Sophia Institute for Teachers

Sophia Institute for Teachers was founded in 2013 to renew and rebuild Catholic culture through service to Catholic education. We were founded by Catholic teachers who wanted something different — engaging professional development and more effective materials that require less prep time. With the goal of nurturing the spiritual, moral, and cultural life of souls, and an abiding respect for the role and work of teachers, Sophia Institute for Teachers provides materials and programs that are at once enlightening to the mind and ennobling to the heart; faithful and complete, as well as useful and practical.

We Offer

Professional Development Programs

Since our first programs in 2014, we have conducted over 350 faith formation workshops for teachers and catechists in more than 60 dioceses and launched over 20 pre-recorded virtual workshops. At each program, teachers explore the Catholic Faith with an engaging catechetical scholar, and our master teachers will offer strategies for applying this new knowledge in the classroom. Plus they receive continuing education credits and a complimentary copy of one of our classroom-ready teacher’s guides. 

Professional Development Programs

Since our first programs in 2014, we have conducted over 350 faith formation workshops for teachers and catechists in more than 60 dioceses and launched over 20 pre-recorded virtual workshops. At each program, teachers explore the Catholic Faith with an engaging catechetical scholar, and our master teachers will offer strategies for applying this new knowledge in the classroom. Plus they receive continuing education credits and a complimentary copy of one of our classroom-ready teacher’s guides.

Professional Development Programs

Since our first programs in 2014, we have conducted over 350 faith formation workshops for teachers and catechists in more than 60 dioceses and launched over 20 pre-recorded virtual workshops. At each program, teachers explore the Catholic Faith with an engaging catechetical scholar, and our master teachers will offer strategies for applying this new knowledge in the classroom. Plus they receive continuing education credits and a complimentary copy of one of our classroom-ready teacher’s guides. 

Professional Development Programs

Since our first programs in 2014, we have conducted over 350 faith formation workshops for teachers and catechists in more than 60 dioceses and launched over 20 pre-recorded virtual workshops. At each program, teachers explore the Catholic Faith with an engaging catechetical scholar, and our master teachers will offer strategies for applying this new knowledge in the classroom. Plus they receive continuing education credits and a complimentary copy of one of our classroom-ready teacher’s guides. 

Our Staff

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Charlie McKinney

President, Sophia Institute

As President, Charlie defines, communicates, and implements the vision of Sophia Institute for Teachers.

Veronica Cruz Burchard

Chief Operating Officer

Veronica leads Sophia’s efforts to carry out its mission through the development, execution, and marketing of print and digital classroom materials and the highest quality professional development programs. 

Dave Burglund

Senior Director of Operations

Dave ensures the smooth operation of all Sophia’s business processes. 

Alysha Daley

Manager of Marketing & Sales

Alysha serves schools interested in implenting Spirit of Truth religious education curriculum.

Jose Gonzalez

President, Sophia Institute 

As President, Charlie defines, communicates, and implements the vision of Sophia Institute for Teachers.

Mike Gutzwiller

Director of Curriculum Development

Mike leads teams of teacher authors, spiritual advisors, and scholars to envision, write, edit, and produce our printed teacher’s guides.

Meghan Hynes

Education Programs Coordinator

Meghan coordinates the planning and delivery of day-long and multi-day professional development programs for Catholic educators across the U.S.

Mark Kaschak

Manager of Marketing and Sales

Mark serves parishes interested in implenting Spirit of Truth religious education curriculum.

Stephen Lajoie

Educator Support Specialist

Stephen provides personalized support for Catholic educators using Sophia classroom materials across the U.S.

Dave Michaud

Senior Inventory Control Specialist

Dave works with the warehouse team to ensure the secure and timely shipment of Sophia’s classroom materials and other products.

Norma Molina

Educator Support Specialist

Norma provides personalized support for Catholic educators using Sophia classroom materials across the U.S.

Ethan O’Connor

Managing Editor

Ethan works with the curriculum development team to help ensure the production of high-quality print and digital classroom materials. 

Heidi Peters

Education Programs Manager

Heidi oversees the planning and delivery of day-long and multi-day professional development programs for Catholic educators across the U.S.

Ingrid Waldstein

Vice President of Education Programs

Ingrid supports teachers and catechists to more effectively lead their students to Christ using Spirit of Truth.

Academic Partners

Our Academic Partners contribute to teaching and program materials and co-present at programs.

Monsignor John R. Cihak, S.T.D.

Christ the King Catholic School
Milwaukie, OR

Dr. Richard Dougherty

University of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Jason King

St. Vincent College
Latrobe, PA

Dr. Stuart Leibiger

LaSalle University
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Matthew Ramage

Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

Dr. Scott Sollom

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Michel Therrien, S.T.L, S.T.D 

Perambula Group
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Amy Roberts

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Prof. Todd Zywicki

George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, VA

Dr. Jeremy Sienkiewicz

Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

Dr. James Pauley

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Dr.  John-Mark Miravalle 

Mount St. Mary Seminary
Emmitsburg, MD

Fr. Thomas Dailey

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Philadelphia, PA

Teacher Advisory Council

Our teacher advisors write original lesson plans as well as pilot-test draft resources before publication.

Sr. Amelia, O.P.

Mount de Sales Academy
Baltimore, MD

Sarah Brenner

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
Wichita, KS

Jackie Diebold

Mount Royal Academy
Sunapee, NH

Raphael Domingo

St. Andrew School
Los Angeles California

Trisha Duman

St. Joseph’s School
Salem, OR

Sean Fitzpatrick

Headmaster, St. Gregory the Great Academy
Scranton, PA

Don Forster

St. Patrick’s School
Wichita, KS

Susan Freethy

St. Benedict’s Academy
Manchester, NH

Cindy McDonald Kelly

Homeschooling Parent
Melbourne, FL

Mark Lajoie

Bishop Guertin High School
Nashua, NH

Kristen Law

Homeschooling Parent
Colorado Springs, CO

Michael McLaughlin

Austin Preparatory School
Reading, MA

Deacon Chris Paul

Bishop Brady High School
Concord, NH

Beth Raymond

Bishop Guertin High School
Nashua, NH

Cecelia Reynolds

St. Ambrose School
Boulder, CO

Steve Rummelsburg

Holy Spirit Prep
Atlanta, Georgia

Derek Tremblay

Mount Royal Academy
Sunapee, NH

Danielle Urban

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
Wichita, KS

Michael Verlander

St. George Academy
Atlanta, GA

Janet Wigoff

Blessed Pope John Paul II High School
Philadelphia, PA

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