Faculty & Staff

Our teachers check their e-mail regularly and will contact you as soon as they are able. Accordingly, please call the office with time-sensitive messages, such as early dismissal and late arrival information. If you need to reach a teacher immediately, please call the Saint Ann Catholic School Office at 703-525-7599.

K-8

Mrs. Amy Martin

2nd Grade Teacher

Hi! I am Amy Martin and I am looking forward to beginning my first year at St. Ann. I hold a BA in Elementary Education and truly enjoy helping each child reach their full potential. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and traveling. I look forward to a great and successful year.

Mrs. Cindy Patton

Mrs. Cindy Patton

First and Second Grades Assistant

Hello, my name is Cindy Patton, I'm excited to be moving up to first grade with our kindergarten students and to assist both first and second grades this year. I've worked in Arlington area preschools for over 20 years and have an Early Childhood Development Associates degree in early childhood education. Before coming to Saint Ann's, I worked at Mount Olivet preschool working with 4 year olds and in their new Pre-K program. I've been a Saint Ann's parishioner since 1985 and I’m originally from Vermont. I love to cook for my family and others in the community. I feel privileged to continue working in such a loving and caring environment.

Mr. Evan Kasakove

Mr. Evan Kasakove

Kindergarten Assistant

I am excited to start my third year at Saint Ann Catholic School, as the Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. I am from New Jersey and graduated in May of 2014 from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a BA in Political Science. I am currently an Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for Bishop O'Connell High School here in Arlington. Coaching and teaching are two of my passions. In my free time I like to watch TV, movies and sports. I am a big sports fan. I also enjoy reading and hanging out with friends and family.

Mrs. Jennifer Bissi

Mrs. Jennifer Bissi

First Grade Teacher

Hi, my name is Jennifer Bissi and this is my second year at Saint Ann. I was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended Saint Mary's Elementary School and Bishop Ireton High School. I stayed local and graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Education. I plan to return to GMU for graduate school. I have a passion for teaching and love seeing a child's "aha" moment. Witnessing a student overcome a challenge is one of the biggest rewards. I've taught Kindergarten, 1st grade and preschool.

Mr. James Kontoes

Mr. James Kontoes

7th Grade Teacher

My family and I are originally from New England. We joined the Saint Ann Catholic School community in 2009. My wife Heather and I have been blessed with six beautiful children, two girls and four boys, the former attending St. Ann's and the rest to follow. We have a deep love for the Catholic Faith and feel very blessed to be able to be part of the New Evangelization at a school as dynamic as St. Ann's. We also have a strong devotion to the Carmelite Order, whose spirituality has been such a rich source of inspiration for us and which provides a firm basis for much of my teaching on prayer and the spiritual life.

Mrs. Katie Shahin

Mrs. Katie Shahin

3rd Grade Teacher

Hi! I am Katie Shahin and I enjoy teaching third grade. I have previously worked in first through third grades at a city school where I tutored the students who needed the most help. I graduated from University of Missouri- Saint Louis, Cum Laude, with a bachelor's in Elementary Education and a minor in Literacy. Third grade has always been my preference because I enjoy the developmental stage at which they start to become young adults. I love to travel throughout the U.S. and this will come in handy as we study the 50 states and create projects. It will be an exciting and growing year!

Ms. Leanne Conques

Ms. Leanne Conques

5th Grade Teacher

Hello, my name is Leanne Conques. I've been at Saint Ann for more than eight years. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood from Christopher Newport University. I truly enjoy being a part of this small, caring and supportive community.

Ms. Lauren Fitzpatrick

Ms. Lauren Fitzpatrick

Band Instructor


Mr. Michael Burkhardt

Middle School Math

I grew up in Florida where I met my wife Ann. We have five children ages 10-22. I taught middle school math in Pensacola, Florida before moving to Virginia. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I have over 25 years of private sector experience, starting my first successful business immediately after graduating from college. I have been a business mentor and advisor for over 10 years. Helping people improve is my lifelong passion. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, coaching or attending family sport events, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, gardening and reading.

Miss Peggy Magruder

Miss Peggy Magruder

4th Grade Teacher

My name is Peggy Magruder. I have a bachelor's degree in Education from George Mason University and a Masters degree from Marymount University. I have more than 25 years of teaching experience, and previously taught at St. Thomas More Cathedral School for 18 years. I have always taught in the Diocese of Arlington. I live in Gainesville, Va. I love to read, swim, and hike in my spare time. I enjoy teaching at St. Ann School and love the students, faculty, staff, and parents.

Ms. Stephanie Passero

Ms. Stephanie Passero

6th Grade Teacher

A Biographic Haikus… With close family, a military background and a Catholic heart started editing, then fell in love with teaching. My true vocation. Reading can be fun (of course I encourage this) but work at it too. We can stay focused, keeping our hope in the Lord and being ourselves!

Mrs. Padilla

Mrs. Padilla

Kindergarten Teacher

I am Vicki Padilla and this is my first year at St. Ann Catholic School. I am in my 13th year of teaching elementary students. This is my second year teaching Kindergarten and have 11 years teaching in first, second and third. I have taught in public schools as well as private, but my faith has kept me connected to Catholic school. I love being in an environment where I can share my faith with my students. My husband and I were born and raised in Chicago an have mainly lived in the Midwest. We moved to Virginia in July and have loved everything so far. We have been married for 19 years but we have been together for 29 years (high school sweethearts)! We have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, ranging in ages 9-17. When I am not teaching I love to read, watch movies and spend time with my family!

PreSchool

Mrs. Amy Dhondt

Mrs. Amy Dhondt

Preschool Teacher (3 Years Old)

My name is Amy Dhondt (Don’t) and I have been teaching preschool at St. Ann since September of 2009. Before teaching at St. Ann I taught at Mt. Olivet Preschool, where I worked with the 4 yr old class. I enjoy working with the children and watching them discover new experiences.

Mrs. Mary Barden

Mrs. Mary Barden

Preschool Teacher (4 Years Old - Full Day)

Hello! My name is Mary Barden, and I am the PK 4 Full Day teacher. I am very excited to be at St. Ann. I began my school career at St. Thomas More Cathedral School then attended Bishop O’Connell High School. I graduated from Longwood University with a degree in Liberal Studies concentrating in Elementary Education. Longwood prepared me tremendously for working in the classroom. I am very much looking forward to working with preschool not only to help lay a solid foundation for my students, but to also learn from them. I am very excited for this coming school year!

Mrs. Toni Marchese

Mrs. Toni Marchese

Preschool Director & Teacher (4 Years Old - Half Day)

My name is Toni Marchese and I've been at Saint Ann for over 25 years. Catholic education has been a part of my life since I attended St. Gabriel "Nursery" School in Philadelphia many years ago. I discovered my passion for teaching during my years at St. Maria Goretti High School as a volunteer tutor for elementary school students. Upon graduation from high school, I was awarded the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Teaching Scholarship and attended Chestnut Hill College. My husband and I live in Springfield and are members of St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church.

Specials

Ms. Cecilia Chapman

Ms. Cecilia Chapman

Art Teacher & Extended Day Director

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci Hello! I am the art teacher. My name is Cecilia Chapman and I am very happy to be part of such an inspiring community and school! I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Industrial Design, majoring in Visual Communications. I have worked as a graphic designer at Carnegie Mellon University Publications/Campus Printing and also as a muralist prior to obtaining my teaching certificate in 2004 from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I recently obtained my VCEA license in July of 2013. We will again be making many connections with all disciplines in art this year. I strive to inspire in my students, a passion for learning to lead them towards a bright future!

Mrs. Colleen Nevius

Mrs. Colleen Nevius

Algebra Teacher

I am Colleen Nevius, and I teach MATH in the Middle School, including Algebra 1. I hold a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University, am a retired Naval Officer, and am the mother of three. My work in the Navy as a helicopter test pilot inspired my move to the classroom. I believe it is critically important that all students, and particularly girls, trust in their ability to master mathematics, and I learned that mathematics are best mastered when they make sense in the context of the learners life. I work hard to make the mathematics relevant to my students, and to have some fun in the process.

Ms. Elizabeth Gillespie

Music

I moved to the Northern Virginia area following the completion of my degree program and began teaching music. Throughout my time teaching in the area I've gotten to work with many different students from pre-K to high school. I especially love my time spent directing choirs and putting on musical productions. I earned by Bachelors of Music in Music Education (voice concentration) from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and obtained my VCEA certification. In my free time I enjoy participating in music myself by performing in local musicals as well as taking dance classes. I also especially love my time spent at my parish, St. Leo the Great in Fairfax where I regularly cantor on weekends. I'm very excited to be a part of the St. Ann's family and am looking forward to a year of growing together.

Mrs. Luisa Bonaguro Acosta

Mrs. Luisa Bonaguro Acosta

Spanish Teacher

My name is Luisa Bonaguro. I was born and raised in Venezuela, so Spanish is my native language. My school years were in a Catholic School. Later, I studied at the Andrés Bello Catholic University and got a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, and did graduate work in Education. I worked for ten years as a teacher and educational coordinator of the Art and Cultural Department at Saint Ignatius School in Caracas. I developed a curriculum and educational materials, and worked directly with students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. I married a U.S. Foreign Service officer and we moved to Asmara, Eritrea. Later we lived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. I worked designing and developing programs designed to create a more positive environment for children and to teach women specific job skills. More recently, I worked in non-profit organizations helping low-income students struggling at school and facing challenges staying in school. At the same time, I updated my skills by obtaining a graduate certificate from George Washington University in technology applied to education.

Mrs. Leslie Healy

Mrs. Leslie Healy

Language Arts Teacher

As the Language Arts Enrichment teacher, I challenge students in grades three through eight with engaging writing projects. My classes are designed to strengthen students’ ability to write while reinforcing grammatical constructs. Past projects include: screen writing, poetry, playwriting, autobiographical pieces, and cross-curricular assignments incorporating religion, science, and social studies.

Mrs. Marcela Inchauspe de Cortes

Mrs. Marcela Inchauspe de Cortes

Computer Teacher

My name is Marcela Inchauspe de Cortes and I teach technology to all students from PreK through 8th Grade. I’ve been teaching at Saint Ann for more than nine years and I truly love it! I have a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Information Systems from Virginia Tech. My experience is in Software Engineering and Education. In all, I have more than 12 years experience teaching children and adults. My three children attended Saint Ann school since kindergarten. My daughter is a Sophomore at UVA , my oldest son is a Senior at Saint Stephen's & St. Agnes, and my youngest is in 7th grade, here at Saint Ann. I love to crochet, read, play tennis with my sons, and take Coursera and EdX classes!

Marie Scheessele

Marie Scheessele

Librarian/Assistant to the Principal

Hello! I am Marie Scheessele, and I am excited to be a part of Saint Ann Catholic School as the librarian and Assistant to the Principal. As an educator in the Diocese of Arlington, I have taught third and fifth grades as well as middle school language arts and social studies. In addition, I served as the Assistant Principal at St. Thomas More School for three years. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Art in Speech Communication from Purdue University and Ball State University respectively. My teaching certification is also from Ball State while my MEd in Catholic School Leadership and Administration is from Marymount University. I grew up in Rockport, Indiana, with four brothers, and we attended St. Bernard School and Parish. When I moved to Northern Virginia, I adopted St. Dominic Church in Washington, DC, as my parish because the community there reminds me of St. Bernard’s. As a member of St. Dominic’s, I participate in S.O.M.E., coordinate the Books for Kids program, and serve as an Extraordinary Minister. In the past, I have also participated in community outreach programs for Del Ray Artisans and the former Springwater Fiber Arts Workshop. My interests include reading, music, weather, and history. I satisfy my history interests by working part-time as a museum aide at Fort Ward Museum. I enjoy running and baseball. Go Pittsburgh Pirates! Go Nationals! Most of all, I value and appreciate the time I get to spend with my family and friends.

Mrs. Shannon Sullivan

Mrs. Shannon Sullivan

Resource Teacher

My name is Shannon Sullivan and I am the resource teacher for St. Ann Catholic School. It is my responsibility to offer assistance to students who learn differently, and to help their parents and teachers use tools and strategies to support them. I have been teaching almost 20 years, and I have also designed educational websites and online learning communities for students. Some clients I’ve worked for include National Geographic, PBS Kids and Tales2Go. I’ve taught in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia, but I grew up in New York. I studied Writing and Art at Loyola College in Maryland, Curriculum and Instruction (vision/special needs) at Boston College, and Education Technology at Harvard University. In my last position I was an advanced academic resource teacher in Fairfax, so I look forward to using some strategies and ideas I learned there to the St. Ann community. In my free time I like to read, play with my new dog Lilly, and go to Walt Disney World with my family.

Mr. Tom Zygmunt

Mr. Tom Zygmunt

Health and PE Teacher

It has been a delight getting to know the faculty, staff, students, and parents at St. Ann this year. This is my second year back teaching since the 1990’s and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Health and Physical Education from Shepherd University. I’m currently working on myMaster’s Degree in Health and Human Performance at Fort Hays State University.It is my intention to design lessons that the students find interesting and fun. I enjoy hunting, fishing and hiking in the outdoors along with playing most any sport. I’m looking forward to a great year at St. Ann.

Staff

Mrs. Christine Casabianca

Mrs. Christine Casabianca

Development Director


Deborah Morone RN MS & Marie Corvo RN BSN

Deborah Morone RN MS & Marie Corvo RN BSN

School Nurses


Mrs. Judy Karinshak

Mrs. Judy Karinshak

School Secretary


Ms. Meghan Shea

Office Assistant