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.
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. Cindy Patton
Preschool Teacher (4 Years Old - Full Day)
Hello, my name is Cindy Patton and I’ve worked at Saint Ann School since 2014. I started in their Extended Day program, assisted in Kindergarten, First and Second grades and I’m now excited to be teaching in the PK4 program. Before coming to Saint Ann’s, I worked in the Arlington area preschools for over 20 years in their 4-year-old and Pre-K programs. My education is in Early Childhood Development. My husband and I live in Arlington and have been parishioners of Saint Ann’s parish since 1985. I love to cook for my family and others in the community. I feel privileged to work in such a loving and caring environment and look forward to an amazing year with your children.
Mrs. Joanne Pedone
Preschool Teacher (4 Years Old - Half Day)
My name is JoAnne Pedone. I have a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from West Chester University in West Chester PA, and my teaching certificate is from Alvernia University in Reading, PA. I taught elementary school for 8 years in Fairfax County Public Schools until I had children and stayed home with them. I have 3 children, all at Saint Ann School. I love reading, the beach, and Broadway musicals. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school!
Ms. Marie Scheessele
Preschool Program Director/Extended Day Director/Assistant to the Principal
Hello! I am Marie Scheessele, and I am excited to be a part of Saint Ann Catholic School as the Assistant Principal and Preschool Director. 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. 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. Stephanie Hessler
Hi my name is Stephanie Hessler. This is my 7th year teaching kindergarten. I really love my little ones! I am excited to start my second year teaching in the Diocese of Arlington. I have previously taught in the Archdiocese of Miami. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. I am also ESOL endorsed. Aside from teaching I enjoy exercising and spending time with my family. I am glad to have an opportunity to work at a school where my faith is incorporated in my instruction!
Ms. Cathryn Dutton
1st Grade Teacher
My name is Cathryn Dutton, first grade teacher at Saint Ann School. I graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in Writing in 2011 and received my M,.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University in 2016. This will be my sixth year in the classroom. My teaching journey began when I volunteer taught for a year in Denver, Colorado with a volunteer program called the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. When I came home, I taught preschool at Saint Charles School for two years and also worked in Fairfax County teaching HeadStart. Now, I am here and absolutely love it! In addition to teaching first grade I also run the Saint Ann Caritas Club--a middle school club focused on service and social justice. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, read, write, snuggle with my cat Benny, do yoga, go to concerts, and go swimming.
Ms. Katie Wyatt
2nd Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Katie Wyatt and I am very excited to be at Saint Ann as the second grade teacher. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University and my Master's degree in Elementary Education from Marymount University. As someone whose life has been shaped by Catholic education, I am looking forward to sharing my love for teaching with the second grade students at Saint Ann.
Ms. Emily O'Keefe
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Emily O'Keefe. I am thrilled to be teaching at Saint Ann. I graduated from James Madison University with my MAT in 2011 and then moved to Texas to start my teaching career. I have taught first through third grade. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my dog, watching TV and movies, and best of all...taking naps! This will be a busy year but we will have so much fun along the way. It is going to be a great year!
Mr. Tom Selishev
4th Grade Teacher
Hello, welcome to 4th grade! My name is Thomas Selishev and I can't wait to LEARN WITH YOU! I earned my Bachelors of Special and Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary's University, and also was a Division I cross-country/track athlete. I love to read, bike, run, cook, and travel. This year, together, we will explore the history of Virginia, make explosions in the lab, learn to cook, and become strong thinkers! See you soon!
Mrs. Madeline Brooks-Kenney
My name is Madeleine Brooks-Kenney and I appreciate the warm welcome to the St. Ann community which I have received. I have been teaching 5th grade in the diocese since 2001 after careers in retail management and in international travel. Northern Virginia has been my home since high school and I went to Catholic University with a double major in Anthropology and Drama. A few years ago, I earned a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with arts integration. I love art and other creative activities. I am an avid reader (my children say I have way too many books) and hope to see all my students enjoying diving into books.
Mrs. Lauren Chaney
6th Grade and Middle School Math /Algebra Teacher
Hello! My name is Lauren Chaney, and I am excited to be teaching Middle School Math and Algebra! I am originally from Mississippi, but Virginia has become my new home. I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, concentrating in Math and English. I love working with middle school students, and I am humbled to work with them at such a critical age in their lives. I look forward to beginning my 2nd year at Saint Ann, and I hope that all my students learn to enjoy math as much as I do!
Ms. Verónica Lippert
7th Grade Homeroom
Hi my name is Veronica Lippert and I am so excited to be starting at St. Ann's. This will be my third year teaching. I have previously taught Middle School in both the Diocese of Scranton and the Archdiocese of Washington. I attended Providence College receiving my BA in History and Secondary Education and a Master's Degree in American History. I'm looking forward to this year and to getting to know this community.
Miss Julia Paegle
8th Grade Homeroom
Hello, my name is Julia Paegle and I'm so happy to be teaching at St. Ann this school year! I graduated from St. Ann in 2007 and I feel so appreciative and blessed to be back at the place that shaped me to be the person I am today. After St. Ann, I studied at Bishop O'Connell and then Georgetown University where I double majored in linguistics and psychology. From 2015 to 2017 I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda where I taught English literature and communication skills for 7th through 10th grades. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in elementary education at Marymount University. I know this year will be amazing and I can't wait for what's to come!
Ms. Morgan Pergolini
Middle School Science Teacher
Ms. Cecilia Chapman
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Hello! My name is Cecilia Chapman and I am very excited to continue my work here as the Art teacher. I obtained my professional certificate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2004. Prior to that, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B. S. in Industrial Design. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family, visiting art museums and painting. I am looking forward to a wonderful, creative and collaborative year!
Ms. Mary Crum
Hello, My name is Mary Crum and I am excited for my first year here at Saint Ann. I graduated with my bachelors degree from Winona State Minnesota in 2006 and taught private lessons for 7 years and classroom for 1 year before moving to Frederick Maryland. I taught classroom music to elementary students for two years in Frederick and then too time off to be with my daughter who is a wonderful person and I am glad I had the opportunity to mold that young personality. Now I am ready to help your students be the best they can be in music and in character. Feel free to e-mail me at any time if you want to share the love of music with me or students or if you have any questions.
Mr. Zach Granger
Mrs. Luisa Bonaguro Acosta
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
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
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 school since 2006, 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 13 years of experience teaching children and adults. My three children attended Saint Ann school since kindergarten. I love to crochet, read, and learn the piano and guitar on my own.
Mrs. Shannon Sullivan
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. Spencer Norcross
Health and PE Teacher 5th-8th Grade
My name is Spencer Norcross. I will be teaching Health and PE to the 5-8th grade students this year. I have been substitute teaching and working in extended day for the last few years. Before Saint Ann, I worked for many years as a graphic designer for several different magazines, journals and even a newspaper in the DC area. I have three children, two at O'Connell, both Saint Ann graduates, and one still here at school. I am active in both the Saint Ann Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and coach Lacrosse in the spring.
If I have any free time I'm either fly fishing or wishing I was fly fishing.
I'm looking forward to having a lot of fun in PE this year.
Mrs. Lindsey Berke
Hi! My name is Lindsey Berke and I am excited to be joining the staff at Saint Ann school as the Reading Resource Teacher. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Maine. I've completed the training as a Literacy Teacher by the National Center for Effective Reading Instruction. I taught for over 10 years in the Arlington Public schools and local private schools. Most recently, I worked for The Reading Connection, a local nonprofit who develops literacy programming for at-risk youth in the DC metro area. I also published a book entitled "Am I Pretty?" and enjoy speaking to groups of students about the publishing process and the excitement of reading.