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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. 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.
I am Vicki Padilla and this is my second year at St. Ann Catholic School. I am in my 14th year of teaching elementary students. This is my third year teaching Kindergarten and have 14 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 2016 and have loved everything so far. We have been married for 20 years but we have been together for 30 years (high school sweethearts)! We have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, ranging in ages 10-18. When I am not teaching I love to read, watch movies and spend time with my family!
Mrs. Joanne Pedone
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. Cathryn Dutton
1st Grade Teacher
I am Cathryn Dutton and am excited to be teaching first grade at Saint Ann! I grew up in Alexandria and still live there now. I have previously taught Head Start in Fairfax County and pre-K at St. Charles School. I received a B.A. in Writing from Loyola University in Maryland and my M.Ed in Early Childhood Education (PK-3rd) from George Mason University. I love reading, cooking, swimming, playing with my dog, spending quality time with my friends and family, and most of all--teaching and getting to know the students I work with.
Ms. Emily O'Keefe
2nd 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 but second grade has always held a special place in my heart. 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!
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. Katie Wyatt
4th Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Katie Wyatt and I am very excited to be joining the staff at Saint Ann as the fourth 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 fourth grade students at Saint Ann.
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.
Mrs. Lauren Chaney
6th Grade and MS (6th-7th) 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 I look forward to making Virginia 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 the year ahead and hope that all my students learn to enjoy math as much as I do!
Mr. James Kontoes
7th Grade and MS History/Religion 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.
Mr. Luke Hollomon
MS Science and 8th Grade Math Teacher
Hi there, I'm Luke Hollomon, the new middle school science and pre-algebra teacher. I just graduated from Georgetown University with a master's degree in physiology. Prior to that, I attended the University of Dallas where I majored in Political Philosophy. Outside of the classroom, I'm an avid cyclist, runner, and fisherman. My favorite application of science is in the kitchen, where I use many scientific techniques and apparatus to prep food each week. My wife, puppy, and I are really excited to settle in Arlington and be a part of the St. Ann's community.
Ms. Stephanie Passero
8th Grade and MS English Teacher
A Biographic Haikus…
With close family,
a military background
and a Catholic heart
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!
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!
Ms. Elizabeth Gillespie
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.
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 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 Junior at UVA , my oldest son is a Freshman at San Diego State University, and my youngest is in 8th grade, here at Saint Ann.
I love to crochet, read, play tennis with my sons, and take Coursera and EdX classes!
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
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
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.
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.