Meet our Headmaster!

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The Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of our new headmaster. We are so grateful for Mr. Peter P. Ohotnicky and his family. Mr. Ohotnicky understands the urgency of a Classical education. He is an outstanding leader and a faithful and joyful Catholic. We are confident that Mr. Ohotnicky, along with his family, will be the leaders that will make Chesterton Academy of Detroit a beacon of light. Won’t you join us in praying for the Ohotnicky family and their transition from Tennessee to their future home here in Detroit. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

About Peter P. Ohotnicky:

Peter was born in Kentucky and raised in southeastern Michigan.  He and his wife Sherry recently moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were active members of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. They have seven children: Sister Mary Imelda, O.P., is with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia (the Nashville Dominicans) and is studying to be an elementary school teacher; her twin sister Colette is a graduate of the University of Dallas and is currently in graduate school at Oregon State University; Charles Ohotnicky, FSSP, is a third year seminarian at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska; Therese is a freshman at Christendom College studying music and classical languages; and Patrick, Thomas, and Andrew moved to Michigan with the family. Peter is a graduate of Milan High School, and has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics and Applied Mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy, a Masters Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Peter served a 25-year career in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He spent the first half of his career as a pilot, flying cargo and training aircraft and deploying four times; he has more than 3,700 flying hours, over half of which is as a flight instructor. The second half of his career has been largely in training and education: he served as Director of Communications for the Dean of Faculty and twice as Assistant Professor of Physics at the Air Force Academy, a squadron commander at Air Force Basic Military Training, and the Deputy Chief of Staff at Alaskan Command. Since retiring from the Air Force, he has taught AP Statistics and AP Calculus at an all-boys Christian school in Chattanooga, and has also been Director of Analysis and Research at the National Center for the Development of Boys.

Peter and Sherry have home-schooled their children all the way through high school, using a classical, Catholic curriculum very similar to that of Chesterton Academy. They have taught Natural Family Planning through the Couple to Couple League for over two decades. They have found the intellectual, character, and spiritual formation of a classical curriculum has enabled their children to discern their vocations, develop their gifts, and foster a love for truth, goodness, and beauty.

Peter is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, rafting, canoeing, and mountain climbing. He has been a certified rafting guide and has backpacked the entire 500-mile Colorado Trail.