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Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Homeroom and Core Subject Teachers

Kindergarten

Mrs. Hoffman, Kindergarten Teacher

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Education: Mount St. Mary's University - K-8 Elementary Education Degree, K-12 Special Education Degree

What makes you passionate about teaching?

I love to shape the minds of future leaders.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? I approach each child individually to make sure that all of their needs are met.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? You can always walk into the kindergarten classroom and find us busy in a hands-on lesson that is sure to engage every type of learner.

Fun Facts: In my free time, I love to take my dog, Wilson, on walks. I also love to bake, gluten free of course!

Mrs. Giblin, Kindergarten Aide

Hometown: Vestal, NY

Education: SUNY, Binghamton - BS

What makes you passionate about teaching? I love when I see children having success with something they might be struggling with and how happy it makes them.

 

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? 

stay calm and have an understanding of the children’s needs and wants.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? They would find a positive environment with children engaged in the activity we are working on, but of course a little bit of chaos also.

Fun Facts: I enjoy exercising and reading.

First Grade

Mrs. Kashatus, 1st Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Bautista, CMT & L/S Aide

Hometown:  Valhalla, New York

Education: The Catholic University - BS, Nursing, Johns Hopkins University - Masters in Teaching

What makes you passionate about teaching? I experience great joy watching little people learn! I feel incredibly fortunate in this job. My first career was in critical care nursing, taking care of patients and families during the most difficult experiences in their lives. Working with first graders is completely opposite. I get to take part in their sense of wonder as they learn about their world. They provide the greatest hope - and I get to laugh every day!

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? Every child is a gift from God and it is my job to see the light in each of them. I want them to know they are loved and that I believe they are capable of great things. I believe a structured routine and clear expectations ensure success, and I work to find effective strategies to meet the needs of every learner.  We build a classroom community that promotes respect and celebrates successes. We begin the year by writing a class promise and we repeat it daily.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? Busy, productive learning. I hope a visitor would notice that our students are happy, enthusiastic learners and caring people.

Fun Facts: I began to paint with watercolors during the pandemic. I love to be out in the natural world- and I love to share this passion with children. I enjoy traveling, and especially love to visit museums and the homes of some of my favorite artists. 

Hometown: Calgary, Canada

Education: University of Maryland University College - Child Development Associate Degree and Legal studies (ABA certified Paralegal); State Certified Med Tech (Diabetic & epileptic management, Concussion NFHS, CPR), National Child Passenger Safety certified “CPS”;  National Association for Education of Young Children.

What makes you passionate about teaching?

Quite simply, the children!  

What is your approach to ensuring success in the classroom?

We are having fun and staying healthy!

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?

They would see learning, and learning through play and teamwork.

Fun Facts:

I have four wonderful children, and I am bilingual in English and Spanish.  I love traveling, coach some of our school’s teams, and I love to exercise myself.

Second Grade

Third Grade

Ms. Moore, 2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Ligon, 3rd Grade Teacher

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Education: Loyola University - BA

What makes you passionate about teaching? 

The students - they inspire me every day!

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom?  

It is important to build a relationship with each student.  I focus on building a well-rounded person, not just an academic achiever.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? 

They would see that we have a lot of fun in second grade!

Fun Facts: 

I was a collegiate swimmer.

Fourth Grade

Ms. Constable, 4th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Education: University of Iowa - BS Elementary Education, Lesley University - M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction 

What makes you passionate about teaching? 

I love the "light bulb" a.k.a. "aha" moment... seeing the students' faces when they suddenly realize or gain full understanding of a concept.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom?  I believe in active listening and open communication.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? They would see active learning and engaged students.

Fun Facts: I am an avid organizer.

Fifth Grade

Ms. Parker, 5th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Education: Brown University - BA Psychology,  Catholic University - Master's in Social Work (MSW),   Notre Dame of Maryland University -Teaching Certification in Elementary Education

What makes you passionate about teaching? 

The idea that I could help a child discover their strengths as a learner and person, and potentially make a real difference in at least one child's life, is incredibly motivating, and such a privilege.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom?

I believe that connecting with each student is essential to helping them feel safe enough to take the risks required for growth. When students feel seen, and know they are valued and cared for, they are much more highly motivated to succeed. I foster a positive, laughter filled room, where we focus on each other's strengths. 

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? 

Hopefully, they would see a community of engaged learners, working hard together. Also a lot of laughter!

Fun Facts:

 I was trained as an opera singer and am a cantor at Mass. I love to travel everywhere, and I lived in Africa, Asia and Europe growing up. I love to hike and ride horseback.

Sixth Grade

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Mrs. Katie Danver, 6th Grade Homeroom, Middle School English

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Education: B.A. in English from Washington College; Masters of Humanities from Hood College; Masters of Science in Education: Teaching and Curriculum from University of Kansas

What makes you passionate about teaching?  I love helping students discover strengths and skills they never realized they had. It is such a privilege to watch young people learn and grow.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? I recognize that every student is unique and what works for one, may not work for another. I try to put myself in their shoes and find different strategies that will help students grasp new concepts.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?  Students would be comfortable in their environment, communicating, listening, and actively learning. Students would be making connections with the material and learning how it applies to their everyday lives.

Fun Facts: I played collegiate soccer. I enjoy running and being outside. I also love to bake.

Hometown:  Olney, MD

Education: Fordham University - B.A. in English and History, 

Notre Dame University of Maryland - Maryland Certification 

What makes you passionate about teaching?  I love getting the students excited about anything that is being taught. I try to find creative ways/units to reach every student. Coming up with new approaches or ideas to excite them is my favorite.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? Number one is that I ensure that all of my students feel safe and loved. After that, I help them establish class rules and expectations so that their environment has equity for every student. Every student needs to feel safe and appreciated so that big learning can happen. Management, love, and cultivating student buy-in, independence, and feeling their own intrinsic success is what I strive for every day. Once you have that, the sky is the limit.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?  They would see the students actively learning. The teacher could be directly modeling, or the teacher could be conferencing or facilitating. But the students would be engaged in the process. If someone came by today, they would witness playing a vocabulary game in pairs, determining different uses of nouns, adding and subtracting decimals in teams, discussing characters in Harry Potter, and tracking the phases in the moon in science.

Fun Facts: I am a gardener and walker and love going to the beach with my daughters. I go on an annual trip with my roommates from college, and we always try to choose a new place. My family has a cat named "Angel" and we hope to rescue a new dog this year.

Seventh Grade

Ms. Stone, 7th Grade Homeroom,

Middle School Science Teacher

Hometown: New York

Education: University of Maryland - B.A., Trinity University - M.A.T 

What makes you passionate about teaching? 

I love to share my love of learning with my students.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? 

To ensure success in the classroom, I build relationships with my students. I make sure the students have a say in how we learn. I make sure they know we are a team.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?  

If someone walked into my classroom, they would see the students having fun while learning. I try to make sure my classroom is student-centered and not teacher-directed.

Fun Facts:

I love nature, golf, crossword puzzles, and listening to audiobooks.

Eighth Grade

Middle School Math

Mrs. Rebaudengo, 8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Religion,

Specialized Math Instruction

Hometown: For the last 30 years our family has resided in Germantown, MD. Our home parish is Mother Seton Parish.

Education: American University - BSBA in Business Administration, Notre Dame of Maryland University - Leadership in Education; Hearts Aflame Certification from ADW.

What makes you passionate about teaching? I want to make present our Lord to all my students — to teach and learn about math, science, social studies, etc. knowing and understanding that God is involved in everything.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? I believe in love, care, positivity, encouragement, and respect for one another. My students know I expect a lot from them, and that I  challenge them to become the best version of themselves. At the same time, they know I give my all, that I care for them and will do everything that I can to help them.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening? They would see an engaging environment with different ways to for students to learn. For example, in Religion, at the beginning of class a visitor will see us reading the day's Gospel, reflecting on it, and writing in our Lectio Divina journals. At other moments, a visitor may witness a game, group work, class discussion, or a creative project such as "taping interviews" with biblical characters such as Abraham, Mary, or Joseph.

Fun Facts: My husband of more than 30-years and I volunteer in support of the Catholic Church. My son is a bilingual school teacher in New York City. My daughter is a sister of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (a.k.a. Servidoras). Some of my hobbies are Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, and logic puzzles.

Mrs. Millar,

Upper School Math Teacher

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Education: University of Virginia - B.A., Marymount University - M.Ed., (PK - 8th grade); MSDE Middle School Math Designation (6th - 9th grades)

What makes you passionate about teaching? I love to learn! I know the importance of learning and I am committed to provide that opportunity to students of all ages. I truly enjoy working with middle school students because they are so capable (and funny!) and when engaged can grow in leaps and bounds. 

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? I  provide a low-risk learning environment to help my students understand that they are capable, they are not alone in their learning, and they are loved. I believe each of my students can succeed! My overarching goal is to foster a love of learning that continues throughout the years.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?  I involve my students in their learning.  On a typical day there is active problem solving, and there will be a lot of idea generation/discussions  amongst students, establishing what they already know and what they need to know. There will be collaborative activities in both large and small-group formats, and  there are practice activities to help my students make critical connections and learn as deeply as possible.

Fun Facts: My husband and I have our 30th wedding anniversary on the horizon and we are the proud parents of a daughter, son, and two tabby cats.  We are avid birders and will go extra miles just to find and see a rare visitor to our region.  I love to create (draw, paint, illustrate, design, photography), and I love to be outside hiking, walking, swimming, and playing tennis. 

Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Roach, Middle School Social Studies

Hometown:  Germantown, MD

Education: University of Maryland, College Park - English Major with a concentration in Media Studies and a Minor in Korean Studies 

What makes you passionate about teaching?  I believe that teachers open doors to new worlds and point out new horizons in which pioneering learners can discover.

What is your approach to ensure success in the classroom? I believe success in the English classroom hinges upon demystifying English language conventions that litter text and speech. By empowering students to take up a pen and paper or to walk up to the mic, I believe students will grow their Language Arts skills.

If somebody walked into your classroom, what would they see happening?  You will notice students are engaged in cooperative bouts of expression, dialogue, and analysis. I mentor students in writing, speaking, and reading, while stressing the importance of listening to one another and to a larger audience.

Fun Facts:  I have lived in Seoul, South Korea, and have traveled to Qatar, Singapore, Canada, and the Cayman Islands. I read a book a night, love watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, and bake frequently. I play tennis, volleyball, and basketball.  I also love to swim and hike.

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