About Us

Our Mission

The Camino Schools is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural renewal of California through the founding of great schools. The mission of these schools is to collaborate with parents in the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of their children.

Through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and personal character formation, these schools seek to renew culture by developing children into mature, confident leaders who engage the world with a spirit of freedom, adventure, and service.

Our Story

The Camino Schools are being founded by families, for families.

In 2021, three families with young children of their own came together with a common vision of establishing a classical liberal arts school intensely focused on forming the whole person. Having grown up in similar schools outside of Orange County, the founders know first-hand the immense riches of a classical liberal arts education and the transformative power of bringing together a community of families with shared vision and values.

 

“The school is the children and the teachers and the families of the children, in a unity of intentions, effort, and sacrifice.”

Our Model

Much of the founders’ inspiration has come from similar schools around the country and the world. While no two of the schools listed below are exactly alike, they each share key characteristics that will be foundational elements of the Camino Schools, in particular: 

  • A curricular and pedagogical approach that is rooted in the classical liberal arts
  • A commitment to character formation that is strengthened by a single-sex format in the upper grades, with boys being taught by an all-male faculty and girls being taught by an all-female faculty
  • A commitment to the spirit of Opus Dei and the magisterium of the Catholic Church 
  • Robust communities of parents dedicated to the formation of not only their children, but themselves and their entire families

Click on the links below to explore our model schools. 

Western
Academy

Houston, TX

Magnolia
School

Houston, TX

Montrose
School

Medfield, MA

Oakcrest
School

Vienna, VA

Willows
Academy

Des Plaines, IL

Leadership

MARTIN BOLES, HEADMASTER

In 2001, Martin and his wife, Julia, helped to found St. Monica Academy, an independent Catholic classical school for grades 1-12 in Montrose, California. He was on the school’s Board of Directors for 15 years, including serving as its president. Now he teaches American History to high school seniors. Additionally, Martin  serves on the board of directors for Christendom College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal, Virginia.   

Professionally, Martin has spent 34 years in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, 24 of those as partner. Among other cases, he successfully defended BP against the United States Department of Justice in the trial to quantify the oil spilled after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Martin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1980 with a degree in geology and did mineral exploration for Kennecott Corporation from 1979 to 1982. He received his JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University in 1986. Martin and Julia have nine children, one of whom, Molly, is one of the founding members of the Camino Schools.  

 

Chris Weir, Executive Director

Chris holds a B.A. and M.A. in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also worked as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Director of First Year Programs from 2001-2005.

From 2005-2017, Chris served as the Director of Admissions, Director of Leadership Development, and Associate Director of Formation at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic high school in Anaheim, CA. While doing research for the founding of the Formation Program at Servite, Chris discovered the nationwide renewal taking place within Catholic education rooted in a rediscovery of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Prior to joining the Camino Schools, Chris served as the Vice President for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, Assistant Principal and Director of Advancement at Holy Innocents School in Long Beach, and President of Servite High School. He and his wife, Annie, live in Long Beach and have three children, Lizzie, Maggie, and Liam.

Faculty

Miss Jessica De GRee

Miss De Gree is a diligent and experienced educator and coach with expertise in curriculum development, classical education, and team building. Upon graduating from Hillsdale College in 2018, Miss De Gree played basketball professionally in Spain where she also started her teaching career as an ESL teacher. Over the past five years, Miss De Gree has taught and coached at various classical schools. Her teaching assignments have spanned across grade levels, from teaching fourth and fifth grade, to teaching high school Literature and Spanish. Additionally, Miss De Gree is a contributor to her family’s history publishing company, The Classical Historian, where she hosts the podcast “My Life under Communism” and represents the company at various homeschool conventions across the nation. While Miss De Gree enjoys the company of children as she is the second oldest of seven in her own family, her passion in teaching is derived from encouraging students to be the best versions of themselves by understanding the world around them and their purpose and vocation in it. An active member of the Catholic community in Orange County, Miss De Gree is excited to unite her passion for classical education with her devotion to the Faith. 

Mr. Adam Dudash

Mr. Dudash is a native of Orange County and a veteran of law enforcement and teaching. He served a variety of positions in law enforcement including Patrol Sergeant, School Resource Officer, Detective, and Training Officer.  Much of his work in law enforcement was centered on training, and he is experienced in teaching in a variety of settings, including several years as a part time instructor of defensive tactics at the police academy. He also is an expert instructor in Krav Maga, a martial art, which he taught at a local training center. Mr. Dudash recently began his second career as a full time teacher of fifth and sixth grade students at a Catholic school in Webster, Minnesota. He is enrolled in the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s Catholic Educator Formation and Credential Program, and he is working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Theology through the Augustine Institute. In addition to his teaching duties at Camino Schools, Mr. Dudash will also serve as head of security. Mr. Dudash and his wife have six children.  

Miss Elizabeth Nealey

After a few years in Texas, Miss Nealey is returning to her native state of California to continue the art and craft of teaching. She began her teaching career in 2011 after graduating from St. Mary’s College Kalmanovitz School of Education with a Multisubject Teaching Credential. Throughout the last 13 years she has discerned Religious Life, been introduced to and formed in Catholic classical education through the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, and taught a myriad of grades from 2nd through 10th. She spent the last year delving into middle school history and literature and recently graduated her first 8th grade class. She enjoys leading students in Nature Studies, planning Socratic seminars springing from class novels, and most of all teaching the Faith both with her life and in words. Outside of the classroom, you can find her reading, running a 5K, or ocean swimming. She is looking forward to and thrilled to work with the parents in helping to form, nurture, and mentor the students at Camino Schools!

Miss courtney roddy

Miss Roddy is a native of Orange County and a parishioner at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church. After graduating from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, she went on to study and research in the field of Economics at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Miss Roddy discovered her love for teaching during summers spent working as a horse-riding instructor. Seeking to serve in an area of need, she joined Teach for America as a corps member, and began a career in education as a high school math teacher in Downtown Los Angeles. There, she realized the importance of a more holistic approach to education–one that cultivates in students a robust capacity for rational thought and forms them in virtue. Joining the Camino Schools faculty, Miss Roddy is very excited to work within a community that is united in the pursuit of truth and goodness!

Miss Lia Rosenberger

Miss Rosenberger has just graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in English Literature. During her years in San Diego, she volunteered at Strive Leadership Program, a program that aims to mentor high school girls through hands-on activities and equip them with tools to approach challenges at school, at home, and with friends. An alumna of St. Monica Academy, a Catholic classical school in Montrose, CA, Miss Rosenberger knows the importance of a classical education, and one that is aimed at forming students not only intellectually but also in virtue. She studied abroad in London and there she lived in a student residence of Opus Dei, where she came to know and love the spirit of Opus Dei. She is excited to work in a community that combines these two values that she loves: classical education and the spirit of Opus Dei.

Ms. briana santana

Ms. Santana is a dedicated educator with a passion for classical education and the Catholic faith. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, she holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Humanities and Catholic Culture, as well as Political Science. With over five years of teaching experience at Holy Innocents Catholic Classical School in Long Beach, Ms. Santana honed her skills as a teacher, specializing in grades TK-5th. She played a pivotal role in transitioning the school to a classical curriculum, conducting exhaustive research to implement rigorous phonetic and mathematical programs. Additionally, she has taken on administrative responsibilities, serving as the faculty lead for the Parent-Teacher Organization and contributing to the WASC accreditation committee. Ms. Santana is eager to bring her expertise to the Camino Schools and is excited about the opportunity to share her love for classical education and the Catholic faith with the community.

Board of Directors

Martin Boles

Official Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis
Co-Founder of St. Monica Academy
Board Member of Christendom College

Val Creus

Partner at TWHC

Rich Meyer

President of JSerra Catholic High School

Matt Schoenecker

PhD, Director of Tilden Study Center

Bob Rose

Senior Vice President at PIMCO

Molly Rose

Former Teacher at JSerra Catholic High School

Joel Ojeda

Senior Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy at Trilon Group

Cathleen Ojeda

Advancement Operations Consultant at the Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Wurth

Regional Vice President at Succession Capital Alliance

Maria Fabrega

Founder of Cashfana

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