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Mrs. Diane Cavazos

President and headmistress

7A3B0453-3Diane Kelly Cavazos graduated from Niagara University with a B.S. in Nursing and joined the Air Force upon graduation.  During her service in the military, she met and married her husband, Dr. Daniel R. Cavazos.  She served honorably for more than five years and then embarked on a new career as a full-time military wife and mother.

Dr. and Mrs. Cavazos raised six children and have been active in their various parishes and Catholic school communities.  They have taught religious education and served on school boards, parent boards, and parish councils.  Once they transitioned from military to civilian life, Diane felt called to found a classical school steeped in the Catholic tradition.

To this end, Diane earned a Master of Education from William and Mary. After extensive research and planning, she opened Veritas Preparatory School in 2014.


Mr. Aaron Maddeford

Academic Dean, Latin, Philosophy

Veritas -135Aaron Maddeford received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic college dedicated to teaching the great books of Western civilization.  He studied philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he received his M.A. in philosophy with a thesis on ancient philosophy and where he is currently a doctoral candidate.  From 2010 to 2012 he taught introductory philosophy courses at Catholic University.  While studying at Catholic University, he volunteered with A Simple House, a Catholic charitable organization where he now serves on the Board of Directors.  He taught Latin and English at St. Benedict’s Catholic School in Richmond, VA, and as Academic Dean strengthened the classical bent of the school.


Mrs. Colleen Beatovich, Lt Col, USAF (ret)

Chief Administrator

7A3B0178-3 - CopyColleen served our country in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.  She was a pilot and flew a tanker before moving to headquarters at Langley Air Force Base.  While working on the headquarters staff, she earned her MBA from Troy State.  Colleen was then chosen to attend the Marine Command and Staff College. Completing the cross-service school, she returned to flying, qualifying in the T-1 aircraft as an instructor pilot to train the next generation of pilots.

Since her retirement, Colleen has taught her three children and volunteered in various educational programs including the Senior Youth Group at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins Board, and a local Catholic homeschool group. When Veritas Preparatory opened its doors in the fall of 2014, Colleen accepted the position of Office Administrator.  She also teaches eighth grade theology.  Colleen earned her B.S. in Accounting and Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona and her MBA at Troy State University.


Mrs. Nancy Blackford

Grammar, Literature

P1010047Now in her twelfth year of classroom teaching, Mrs. Blackford earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio and did graduate work at Kent State University.  Upon graduating from college, Mrs. Blackford taught high school English for six years in Perry, Ohio.  Then she and her husband accomplished their long-time dream by owning and operating a bed and breakfast in Vermont for almost ten years.  The Blackfords sold their bed and breakfast in 2005 and moved with their two daughters to Williamsburg.  Mrs. Blackford homeschooled her daughters for five years using a classical curriculum.  After teaching at Providence Classical School for four years, she became the founding faculty member of Veritas Preparatory School.  She is a member of St. Bede parish.


Mr. John Dixon


P1020013 (2) - CopyJohn was raised in Newport News, VA and entered Virginia Military Institute after being awarded an Air Force R.O.T.C. scholarship.  He graduated from The Institute in 1981 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force.  He served 21 years in the Air Force as a B-52 Navigator, a Civil Engineering Officer, a Weapons Controller, and in other roles.  Assignments took him to Air Force bases in California, upstate New York, Virginia, Georgia, New Mexico, Panama, England, and The Azores.

He earned his master’s degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986.  After completing his Air Force service as a Major, he began teaching math and science in schools in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  At Carson Long Military Academy, a private all-boys military boarding school, he taught chemistry and physics, and coached varsity football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.

John and his wife, Patricia, have raised five children and are active in The Church of Francis de Sales in Mathews, VA.


Mr. Devin King

History, Latin

Devin King studied at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, a small, Catholic school dedicated to the classical method. There he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts. During his time at Thomas More he studied for a semester in Rome, and received a scholarship for a summer program at Oxford University. From 2013 to 2015 he taught at Tyburn Academy, a Catholic school in central New York.  He taught a variety of subjects, including English literature, grammar, American history, and Ancient history.


Mrs. Rachel Oney


20161012_162135Rachel graduated with a B.A. degree from James Madison University with a concentration in Art and Interior Design.  While in the education field, Rachel specialized in art education and the Talented and Gifted Visual Arts program through courses from Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William and Mary.

Rachel began her art education career teaching grades four to eight in Lancaster County, VA. Afterwards she taught art at Page Middle School in Gloucester, VA. In 2005, she began a career in insurance.  Rachel and her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Lucy, live in Hayes, VA, where she keeps her creative mind active by painting and designing in her free time.