Sean Elgut serves as the Headmaster of Veritas. Mr. Elgut, along with his wife, Maria, founded Veritas Collegiate Academy, formerly Veritas Christian Academy, as a Classical school with a vision to graduate young men and women leaders, who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. Mr. Elgut holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as a Master in Education degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach. He has been teaching, facilitating, and administering within the realm of Christian education since 1994. When not at Veritas, Mr. Elgut spends most of his time with his wife, Maria, and 5 children, Caleb, Anna, David, Abigail and Rebekah, all of which have attended, or continue to attend Veritas.
Maria Elgut co-founded Veritas, and serves as our Director of Grammar School (Lower School), as well as School Nurse. Mrs. Elgut holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She served as a Registered Charge Nurse before she began homeschooling her five children in 1996 up until her oldest son, Caleb, entered the seventh grade here at Veritas. Mrs. Elgut’s vision for Veritas, combined with her zeal for praying for families and students, has forwarded the vision of the school, to encourage all students (and parents) to evaluate their entire range of experience in light of the Scriptures…with an eagerness in joyful submission to God.
Mark Keating serves as our Director of the Dialectic and Rhetoric School (Upper School), Athletics Director and teaches Senior Thesis . Upon graduating from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1980, Mr. Keating went to a Bible school in Oklahoma (1981-83) and two years later began to follow the call to Christian education. He began as a principal of a small K-12 Christian school in Arizona. After five successful years with that school, he left to pursue his Master’s Degree at Regent University here in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Upon receiving his degree, he became a founding principal of a Christian high school here in Chesapeak, VA. As principal of this new high school,he laid the foundation for the vision of the school, he taught from full-time to part-time, built the infrastructure of the school with its many departments: admissions, guidance, athletic, student government, student affairs and traditions, alumni, etc. In his 19 years with there, Mark witnessed the student body of 11 students grow to over 140 students, representing the Tidewater area, six different nations, and an alumni base of 350, many of them going to the finest colleges in the country. His atheltic background includes coaching and teaching for the past 30 plus years where he has coached numerous athletes from beginner level to national caliber athletes.
Tera Hodges serves as our Director of Admissions and Front Office Manager. Mrs. Hodges graduated Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration/Information Systems. She was a software developer for several years before starting her family. She and her family have had the experience of traveling across the United States and back in thier travel trailer as well as spending a year in Australia. She and her husband Brian have two wonderful children who attend Veritas. Mrs. Hodges enjoys antique shopping, upcycling projects, spending time with her family and crafting. Her heart is to be a woman of Gods own heart and to be a light in the world each and every day.
Merle Johnson serves as our School Secretary. Ms. Johnson attended Bakersfield College of California. She was a Budget Analyst for the Department of Defense 20 years before retiring in 2009. She worked at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) before coming here. She has 3 children 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Her grandson Victor attends Veritas. She attends Christian Embassy International Church where she teaches Spiritual Foundations. She loves travel, theatre, cooking. She loves to study Hebrew and Jewish culture.
Pam DiShiavi serves as our Lunch Coordinator.