September 1, 2020

Soon our classrooms will once again be filled with the joyous faces and sounds of laughter that we all have so greatly missed.  While the anticipation and excitement for our first day of school grows,  we'd like to introduce you to our new teachers.


Leading our Little Bobcats in Pre-K 3 is Michelle Chin. Originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica, Mrs. Chin brings passion for teaching and plenty of patience.  She is a veteran teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Elementary Education. Michelle has been a Pre-K lead teacher for the last 8 years in Bethesda and is excited to develop our newest program.

Brianna Moore, a former Bobcat herself, is our new second grade teacher. Brianna has been a teacher for 12 years and has experience teaching 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades throughout the DC metro area.  Her favorite memories from St. Bart's include the Christmas pageant and the relays at Field Day, which inspired her to go for the gold as a competitive swimmer through college where she earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Loyola. 


Christina Preston is our new 6th grade homeroom, middle school social studies, and sixth grade reading teacher.  Christina holds a Bachelor's degree in education, specializing in English and math instruction, plus a Master's degree in Elementary and Special Education. For the last ten years she has seen students grow in confidence and creativity and has worked with students across grade levels (she has taught grades 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 in her home state of New York and here in Maryland).  Reading and writing were always her favorite subjects in school and she hopes to encourage excitement and curiosity here at St. Bart's as a teacher and our Student Government moderator.

Staffing updates:  Earlier this summer our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Anne-Marie Coakley experienced some health issues (not COVID) which will keep her out of classroom for the beginning of the year. Katherine Plunket, our Pre-K 4 teacher last year will move up to teach Kindergarten until Mrs. Coakley returns.   Neda Ghassabeh, our Admissions Director, will return to the classroom and lead the Pre K 4's. Ms. Ghassabeh holds a Master's in Elementary Education and has taught preschool, first, and fourth grades.

We thank each and every one of our teachers for their continued perseverance and dedication to their students and the St. Bartholomew community as they have worked tirelessly over the summer to prepare and plan for the new school year.

Going Beyond Top Test Scores & High School Placement

Written by Frank English, Principal and published February 4, 2020

Fifty seven years ago the parishioners of our newly established parish recognized a need to provide a Catholic education for their children and those in the surrounding neighborhood.


Catholic schools in America began because parents and Church leaders wanted to ensure that children receive the best in human and religious formation. Since then, Catholic schools have educated millions of children and inspired what is best in our society. As we reflect on society today, one can readily see the need and relevance of Catholic education more than ever. It is a gift and an opportunity you have here and now.


Over the course of my 30 years as a Catholic school educator and more recently 3 years as principal of St. Bartholomew School, I have witnessed the impact Catholic education has on every child and family that attends our school. Catholic Education is more than religious formation with academics on the side. It is a unique way to teach children to be curious about the world around them, challenge them to grow and discover their gifts, and nurture their faith. At the most fundamental level, this is the idea of taking care of the whole child.


Here at St. Bartholomew School our teachers are true partners in education, and parents know that when they drop off their child in the morning, their child’s mind will be challenged, their spirit will be nourished, and that child will be loved as a child of God regardless of race, creed, color, or faith.


One day these children will grow up to be authors, bankers, doctors, police officers, lawyers, lobbyists, presidents, priests, mothers and fathers-- decision makers for the next generation. Let us help you build the foundation they need.


While the "look" of Catholic education has changed over time, with teachers holding masters degrees and doctorates replacing nuns, collaborative working environments with Smartboards replacing rows of desks and rote worksheets, and more program offerings such as STEM and Minecraft, instrumental music, and social-emotional learning, the mission remains the same. We encourage children to strive for their maximum academic potential and spiritual growth. That mission is alive and well at St. Bartholomew School and we are looking forward to serving this community for another 57 years. 

Trailblazers in Education: CCSE Recognizes St. Bart's

Posted October 14, 2018;  updated August 19, 2019


This fall of 2017, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education (CCSE) awarded St. Bart's with a generous grant to support our efforts to offer an inclusive education to all children.  Our mission is to provide a top-notch Catholic education to any child who seeks it, and this grant has made it possible to add additional resource staff to support all of our learners, including those with Down Syndrome, ADHD, and dyscalcula among others.


Our Resource Team consists of department chair, Mrs. Barbara Brown (Zoey '20), Reading Specialist Laura Digges, Certified Special Educator Amanda McMurtrie Herndon, and assistant Jennifer Slater.  ​

On March 16, 2019 St. Bartholomew School was recognized as a Trailblazer in Education at the  CCSE Believe in Me! Spring Benefit and in August 2019 CCSE has committed to awarding St. Bart's a second grant award.

We are also fortunate to have been awarded support by Tribute 21, another wonderful organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support those with Down Syndrome.

Learn more about CCSE and their incredible work in the community. 



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