Faculty and Staff

Addie Mr. Walter Addie
Social Studies Teacher

  • B.S., Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • 9 years teaching at Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA
  • College Board Advanced Placement US and Comparative Government course authorization for AP designation 2007 to present
  • Westfield High School Teacher of the Year 2005-2006

In His Own Words: “I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to continue my lifelong work of teaching and coaching within such a wonderful and faith based community of students and educators. The chance to share and grow under the Lord’s presence and guidance while educating and learning with both students and faculty who share in the same mission and belief in Christ is a truly wonderful opportunity.”
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Mr. Victor Alcantara
2066 Religion and Bioethics Teacher

  • M.Ed., Education Administration, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • M.A., Theology, Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Alexandria, VA
  • B.A., in Theology, Christendom College, Front Royal, VA
  • Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Certificate, Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Alexandria
  • 8 years middle school teaching experience, Religion grades 6-8, 6th grade Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies at St. Louis School in Alexandria, VA.

In His Own Words: “I believe in a Christ-centered education that fosters the formation of the whole person.  I am so grateful for the education and formation that I received in the Catholic school system, and so I am dedicated to helping the youth on their journey to encounter Christ at our school.  John Paul the Great Catholic High School provides this Christo-centric formation for its students on a daily basis. Ultimately, the mission of this school is to help our students to grow in the image of Christ, while addressing their moral, physical, emotional, and academic needs.  I am so thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the mission of our school and the Church.”
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Mr. Gerard-Marie Anthony
Religion and Bioethics TeacherAnthony

  • M.A., Theology, Catholic Distance University
  • B.A., Theology, Christendom College
  • Assistant Director for Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale
  • Youth Director, St. Louis Catholic Church and School, Alexandria
  • Youth Director, St. Timothy Catholic Church and School, Chantilly
  • 5 year volunteer with the Jr. Legion of Mary

In His Own Words: “John Paul the Great is my hero and I am honored to teach at a school under his patronage. I pray with God’s grace to not only spread his message of hope to the world, but help these students to become great just like him.”
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Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.
Chair, Bioethics DepartmentAuer

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX
  • M.A., Thomistic Philosophy, University of St. Thomas
  • 20 years of teaching experience at the high school level and 10 years at the college level

In Her Own Words: “Teenagers are at an age when they are looking for the answers to important questions, like: Who am I? Why am I here? What is life all about? How can I be truly happy? I love helping them find the answers — the Truth! I have found in my teaching experience that Saint John Paul’s understanding of human love has had life-changing effects on my students. His Theology of the Body is the answer to the sexual confusion of our day.”
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Mr. Matthew Barrick
Digital Arts Teacher 2094

  • B.S., Art & Journalism, Radford University
  • 21 years Adjunct Professor, Department of Art, The Catholic University of America
  • 28 years working professional photographer
  • 4 books, 5 national awards, over 160 magazine covers
In His Own Words: Finding one’s way in life is never easy. Fortunately, we are not alone in our quest as we have God’s grace and companionship to guide us. As I started off my quest in life as an education major in college, I found that photography was my true passion and calling. However, as God guides me along, I am presented with gifts of opportunity. Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is one of those rare gifts of grace introduced into my life. First as a parent of children who attend JP and now as a member of a truly wonderful faculty. The ability to combine both my life’s passions, teaching and photography, is a gift that I will work hard to pass forward.

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Dr. Adam Bigbee
Assistant Principal for AcademicsBigbee

  • Ph.D, Education Leadership & Special Education, George Mason University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, George Mason University
  • B. A., Religion, University of Florida
  • 15 years experience working with students and adults with disabilities
  • Began teaching career in the Options program at Pope Paul VI High School

In His Own Words: “I have finally found my home, both professionally and spiritually. I am honored and humbled to work for and with each faculty member and student here. This school truly captures the spirit of our patron, Saint  John Paul the Great. Within these walls, we should never be afraid.”
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Miss Emma Boyle2037
Chair, Social Studies Department

  • B.A., History, Christendom College; 2008 Study Abroad in Rome, Italy
  • College Board certified in AP Human Geography
  • 2013-2014 Fellow, Leonine Forum, Catholic Information Center
  • Teaching since 2009

In Her Own Words: “I am so grateful that Our Lord has called me to serve His Church at Saint John Paul the Great! As Catholic educators and students, we have the awesome responsibility and privilege to witness to the Truth. The Truth we proclaim is this: God acts directly in our world; His Son became Man for our sake; and we have the joy of learning about this through our study of history. In a modern world that is so often in search of meaning, the students of John Paul the Great are taught where that meaning is to be found: in Christ and His Church.”
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Mr. Eustaquio Castro-Mendoza
Science Teacher

  • M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College, Newport, RI
  • M.S., Biology, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
  • B.S., Biology, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
  • Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Navy Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY
  • Recently retired as a Captain in the United States Navy after thirty years of service as a Naval Intelligence Officer
  • Career highlights include various operational staff assignments and deployments to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and ashore in Afghanistan

In His Own Words:  “It is a blessing to return to the roots of my passion: teaching and developing tomorrow’s leaders.  My love of science and teaching has now come full circle, and it is a privilege and an honor to be entrusted with educating the young people at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.  I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity.”

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Mrs. Maria-Elena Chellis Chellis staff photo
Receptionist

  • Executive Secretary and Public Relations, Lima, Peru
  • Paralegal Certificate, Graduate School, USDA
  • Immigration Law for Paralegals, Georgetown University
  • Administrative Assistant and Contract Specialist
  • Fluent in Spanish and English

In Her Own Words: “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said:  ‘Each of us is the result of a thought of God.  Each of us is willed.  Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.’  In concurrence with these thoughts of the Pope, it is a rewarding experience to be a part of the office team and community in assisting the Dominican mission of faith at Saint John Paul the Great High school . Each of us in the JP family works together to help the students and their families in school life and faith.”
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Ms. Jennifer Cole
Director of Enrollment Management and CommunicationsCole

  • B.A., Communications, California State University Northridge
  • Served U.S. Catholic Bishops for 9 years in a national pro-life public policy and communications role.
  • Professional experience includes directorships and public policy roles with the National Council For Adoption and The Pew Charitable Trusts focusing on foster care and adoption reform issues.
  • Religious Education Teacher and Campus Minister, Rome, Italy

In Her Own Words: “I love teens, the Church, and Saint John Paul II, so being part of the team that is building the new school is a natural fit, and a great blessing. Living and teaching in Rome for 5 years allowed my love, respect, and admiration for John Paul II to fully blossom. It was the greatest of privileges to be present with him in life, and in death. Being one among thousands in St. Peter’s Square during his funeral Mass to be chanting “Santo Subito!” (Sainthood Now!) makes being part of the first high school in America named “Saint John Paul the Great” seem nothing less than a generous act of Providence.”
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Mr. Robert Czekaj, CAA2052
Math Teacher, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Baseball Coach

  • M. Ed., Administration and Supervision, Shenandoah University Winchester, Va.
  • B.S., Accounting, minor in Business Administration, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md.
  • 7 years math teaching experience and 5 years as Director of Athletics
  • 26 years Coaching Experience in football, basketball and baseball

In His Own Words: “I am very excited about the opportunity to teach and coach at Saint John Paul the Great. It is a pleasure to work at a high school that is so focused on the students, academically, spiritually and athletically.  I am extremely fortunate to be in a school that fosters an educational environment that allows teenagers to be successful as students and as contributors to the greater good.  Long ago when I first began coaching, I witnessed the joy of young people who began to have success at something they previously could not do.  These moments inspired me to become a teacher and I am thankful that I now witness these events in the classroom as well as during athletic competition.”
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Mrs. Stephanie DeRaymond
Math Teacher

  • B.S., Mathematics/Secondary Education, Bethany College, Bethany, WV
  • Professional teaching experience spans over twenty years of teaching in public and private school covering the levels of kindergarten, middle school, high school and college
  • Named “Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year” by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2014); Super Spartan Teacher of the Year (1990), Saunders Middle School Dale City Outstanding Teacher Nominee Spring (1991); Nominated for Who’s Who Among American Teachers

In Her Own Words: “As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with the unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned.  That is what you call God’s Will.  It was definitely God’s Will to finally make my dream of teaching at Saint John Paul the Great become a reality.  I am honored and blessed to be warmly welcomed into such a dynamic community of individuals.”
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Mr. Mike Dobson2020
Physical Education and Math Teacher, Head Cross Country and Track Coach

  • M.S., Physical Education/Athletic Training, Indiana State University
  • B.A., Physical Education from the College of William and Mary
  • 30 year career in Fairfax County Public Schools as teacher, coach, and athletic director
  • Two time All-Met Coach of the Year
  • Co-Founder of the non-profit organization “Friends of Indoor Track”

In His Own Words: “My experience at John Paul the Great has met all expectations. John Paul is a wonderfully balanced high school, offering first class academics, athletics, and the arts. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students are coming together to build an outstanding and unique Catholic High School environment, of which I am excited to be a small part.”
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Mrs. Nicci Dowd
Options Teacher

  • M. Ed., Special Education, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, in progress
  • B.S., Social Psychology, Park University, Parkville, MO
  • More than seven years as a home school teacher

In Her Own Words: “I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to serve the students and families, and to work with the faculty and staff at Saint John Paul the Great.   I look forward to encouraging students to excel not only in their education but also in their faith.”
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Mrs. Maria O. Duquiatan
Accounts Receivableduquiatan

  • B.A., Accounting. Certificate in Secretarial Science, St. Paul University, Manila, Philippines
  • Certificate in Computer Science from the Institute of Computer Technology and ATENEO Computer Technology Center.
  • 5 years as the secretary of Holy Cross Academy, Fredericksburg
  • 2 years as a Tax Preparer, H & R Block, Dahlgren, VA
  • 7 years experience as an accountant in the Philippines

In Her Own Words: “My theology professor, Sr. Aloysius Paces, once told me: ‘Always keep a smile on your face and a prayer in your heart.’ I was in college then, and it made a big difference in my life. Today, as a happy, hardworking, mother of two it is still true, and still making a difference in my life.”
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Ms. Kelly EverettkellyEv
English Teacher

  • M.A., Teaching, James Madison University, VA
  • B.A., English, James Madison University, VA
  • Professional experience includes 3 years at James Monroe High School as English teacher, and faculty coordinator of their literary magazine

In Her Own Words: “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to become one of a team committed to providing an enriching academic and spiritual education. As each year passes, I find I have a deeper understanding and love of my faith and of learning. I pray I will be fortunate enough to pass along these two loves to the students of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.”
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Mr. Nicholas FonteNicholas
Dean of Instruction & Student Life, Religion Teacher

  • M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Notre Dame
  • M.T.S., Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Great Books, University of Notre Dame
  • Professional experience includes teaching, coaching, and campus ministry, as well as missionary and evangelization work in Honduras, California, Minnesota, and North Dakota

In His Own Words: “My mission in life is the mission of the holy Catholic Church: the salvation of souls. I love my job for I daily live my mission by inviting students into a deeper relationship with Christ. I want them to have the joy that I know; Jesus himself said that he came “that my joy may be in you, that your joy may be full” (Jn 15:11), and as St. Paul says: “How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” (Rom 10:14). What a gift to be called to live the Gospel at John Paul the Great!”
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Miss Anna Foster
English and Speech/Debate Teacher

  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, George Mason University, in progress
  • B.A., Communication Studies with English Literature minor, George Mason University, Virginia
  • Two years experience as a substitute teacher for Prince William County Schools

In Her Own Words: “I am so happy to be part of the faculty at Saint John Paul the Great.   It is a blessing to have the opportunity to teach in a community that fosters the intellectual, spiritual and ethical growth of its students.  One of the most beautiful aspects of literature is its potential to bring empathy and understanding into our lives.  As an English teacher, I value the opportunities to use literature to inspire students to explore how they can use their gifts to lead lives of faith, service and integrity. ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ – William Butler Yeats”
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Mrs. Diana Foster1106
Assistant Athletic Director 

  • M.S.B.A., San Diego State University
  • B.S., Political Science, United States Naval Academy
  • 11 years as a United States Navy Supply Corps Officer
  • 2 years as Assistant Volleyball Coach, United States Naval Academy and as staff member in the NCAA Compliance Office

In her own words: “I feel so fortunate to be part of a school that professes such an important mission and truly carries out the mission every day.  To contribute to the ethical and spiritual development of young people is an important responsibility and a true blessing.  I am overjoyed to be part of Saint John Paul the Great.”
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Ms. Annemarie Francis
Athletic TrainerFrancis

  • M.S., Sports Medicine, Georgia State University, GA
  • B.S., Sports Medicine, All University Honors, High Point University, NC
  • National certification as an athletic trainer, and Virginia Board of Medicine licensure as an athletic trainer, plus a health and physical education teaching license in Virginia
  • More than 15 years professional experience across various levels of sport competition, with just over half being at the high school level
  • Served as a medical volunteer at the 1996 Centennial Olympics, and as a Medical Operations intern with the 1996 Paralympic Games, and other local running/walking events in the D.C. metro area
  • Member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and currently on the governmental affairs committee for the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association

In Her Own Words: “As a product of a Catholic high school education, I live out the values and lessons learned back then, balancing academics and sports within the Catholic faith which supports the development of the whole person. I am excited to be sharing those ideals with our students. It was an honor to attend the Papal Mass at Nationals Stadium in April 2008, witnessing the blessing of our school’s tabernacle. It was one sign on His path for me to follow.”
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Miss Judy Gallagher
Art, Dance, and Spanish Teacher

  • B.A., Art, Spanish language concentration, University of Dallas, Irving, TX
  • Eighteen years of experience in classical ballet, jazz and lyrical dance in addition to four years of experience with swing dance and Texas two-step
  • Founded, captained, and taught various dance groups at the University of Dallas for four years

In Her Own Words: “From the moment a person steps into Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, one becomes immediately aware that he or she has entered a truly remarkable place. The students, faculty and staff, and even the building itself exude a happiness that can only radiate from those who truly understand what it means to be blessed. The love of God appears so plainly manifest that a true sense of community flourishes within the school. The faith, love, and enthusiasm of the faculty inspire me, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to share in its mission.”
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Mrs. Mary Gildersleeve
Director of Library Services

  • M.B.A, Marketing Research concentration, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • B.A., Print Journalism, English and Business minors, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Delta Air Lines Strategic Planning professional
  • Event planner, researcher and speech-writer for high-tech trade group based in Washington, D.C.
  • Teaching experience includes computer instruction for K-8 parochial students

​In Her Own Words:  “The first time I saw this school, I saw open girders and un-carpeted floors.  For the first six years I lived vicariously through my husband’s job (Dr. Gildersleeve teaches Theology and Philosophy) until joining the staff myself.  John Paul has become our extended family, a loving community which I am beyond thrilled to come to every day.  Saint John Paul the Great once said:  “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth —in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”  I am so very excited to play a role in kindling every student’s desire to know the truth, to seek the answers, to find God.”
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Dr. Richard Gildersleeve2008
Bioethics Teacher

  • Ph.D., Animal Science, Louisiana State University
  • M.T.S, International Theological Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family
  • B.S., Zoology, Louisiana State University
  • Researcher for NIH; teacher of graduate and undergraduate courses at LSU and NCSU
  • Vice President of Embrex, Inc., a global agricultural biotechnology company
  • Catholic Teacher since 1996; directly involved in starting or growing several Catholic middle and high schools.

In His Own Words: “It is a joy and a privilege to teach at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School and it is a gift to work closely with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in the formation of our youth. The charism of the Dominican Sisters advances a continuous renewal of Catholic education in Christ. At Saint John Paul the Great we live and work in personal loving communion with Our Lord and with each other. Together in communion with Bishop Loverde and Pope Francis we live veritas – truth in the Gospel of Life and in the New Evangelization envisioned and taught by our great patron Saint John Paul II.”
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Mr. Tom Giska 1103
Director of Guidance & Counseling

  • Post Graduate work at American University and The University of Virginia
  • M.Ed., Guidance & Counseling, George Mason University
  • B.S., Biology, Minor in Chemistry and Education, The University of Rio Grande, Ohio

In His Own Words: “At a time in our world’s history where so many things seem to be in turmoil, it is an honor and privilege to become part of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. To help our younger generation to learn the sense of goodness and service as taught by Jesus and to love God and his word is both gratifying and an awesome responsibility. It is with great excitement that I look forward to carrying on the teachings of Jesus and the word of God through our Catholic tradition within the atmosphere of the entire JP community.”
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Mr. Michael Gotta
Science Teacher

  • B.S., Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Missionary and teaching experience in South Sudan as a Salesian Lay Missioner working in a high school as  teacher and administrator in addition to coordinating community youth events 

In His Own Words: “Trying to figure out how to serve God is always a challenge. For me it came down to how I could witness to my faith to the fullest. Since teachers and coaches were some of the greatest influences on me growing up, it only made sense to be those things for the next generation of young Catholic men and women. Being offered a teaching job at Saint John Paul the Great was a dream come true! I know with the reputation of this school that I will be receiving much more from the community than I can possibly give back, but that is the beauty of Christ’s love – He will always give you more when you give Him your all. I cannot wait to give it my all!”
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Dr. Leanne Hanson2071
Science Teacher

  • Ph.D, Cellular and Microbial Biology, The Catholic University of America
  • BLS, Biochemistry, University of Mary Washington
  • Five years experience teaching at the undergraduate level

In Her Own Words: “In a 1988 letter to the director of the Vatican Observatory, Saint John Paul II stated, ‘Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.  Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.’  The intricacy and beauty of God’s design for nature, and in particular the function of our cells, leaves me awestruck.  I hope to share this excitement for science with my students at JP the Great High School.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in an environment which embraces the study of science within the framework of our faith.”
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Mr. Andrew Hawley1100
Director of Finance

  • M.A., Accounting, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • B.A., Theology, Christendom College
  • 3 Years as Director of Finance at Family Service, Inc., Gastonia, NC.
  • 6 Years experience as a franchise restaurant owner/operator
In His Own Words: “I consider it a great honor and privilege to be a part of the St. John Paul the Great High School community and do my part for an organization that is dedicated to the admirable goal of properly educating and forming the next generation of Catholics.”
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Mr. Joseph Healy
2053 History and Religion Teacher
  • M.A., Theology and Christian Ministry, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • M.S., Education, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • B.A., Humanities and Catholic Culture, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Work experience includes teaching for the federal Upward Bound program, Steubenville High School and adjunct professor for Franciscan University

In His Own Words: “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to work at Saint John Paul the Great. I have been very impressed with both the faculty and students that I have encountered. It is clear that there is a genuine commitment to being Christ-centered in all that they do, which is the foundation for a strong and vibrant Catholic school.”
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Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, O.P.1001
Principal

  • Masters in Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership from Northwestern University of Louisiana
  • B.A., Secondary Education and Social Studies, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • 15 years of administrative experience in Catholic schools

In Her Own Words: “It has been a true joy for me to witness God’s blessings on this school community. What has been accomplished here since our opening in 2008 gives great hope for the future. Desiring to work in a faith-filled environment, teachers and staff members have come to the school to share their gifts with the school and build successful programs. Our students are open to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church. They are happy teenagers who are striving for personal growth and success. I give thanks to God for allowing me to be part of this community.”
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Miss Erin Hurd2069
English and Latin Teacher

  • M.T.S., Theology of Marriage and the Family, Pontifical John Paul II Institute of Studies on Marriage and the Family
  • B.A., English Writing; graduate of Honors Great Books Program, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Professional experience includes English as a Second Language Teacher; student liaison, Language and Catechetical Institute, Gaming, Austria
  • Director of Religious Education, Our Lady of LaSalette Parish in northeast Connecticut

In Her Own Words:  “Teaching is truly a passion of mine, and Saint John Paul the Great has been my inspiration in that profession.  His keen perception of truth and beauty, his confidence in Christ and his Church, and his deep love for the young are the standards that I strive to reach as a teacher.  For these reasons, I am delighted to be a member of the community at John Paul the Great Catholic High School – what a beautiful place to be!”
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Mr. Jay Jesse
Assistant to the Principaljesse

  • B.S., Public Administration, George Mason University
  • Administrative Assistant with Youth Apostles, McLean, VA
  • Directed student service programs at The Center for Service and Leadership, George Mason University, VA
  • Year of volunteer service spent in parish youth ministry, and with at-risk youth programs

In His Own Words: “That they are young is enough for me to love them.’ With that simple statement, St. John Bosco summed up the reason for his entire life’s work serving the disadvantaged youth of Turin, Italy. Inspired by Christ’s love for our young people, I find it to be a privilege and a joy to support and encourage our students on their spiritual and academic journey as well as act as a conduit to their parents during their time at JP. The ‘Young Church’ as our late Holy Father so often referred to it, needs good stewards and I see that in our faculty and staff who are so dedicated to Christ and His mission. I feel blessed to work alongside them.”
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Harrison Juliano1107
Junior IT Specialist                     

  • B.A., History, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Technician
  • 2 years as Student Head of Liturgy for Chapel Ministries, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Experience in faith formation and parish apostolate, Long Island, NY

In His Own Words: “I am truly thankful to be working with such wonder faculty and staff at Saint John Paul the Great. Few places in the world capture the image of a truly Catholic school. Here one can clearly see that Christ is the center of every action. It is my hope that all our work glorifies God and sanctifies all who enter the school.”
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Mr. Stephen Keane2024
Drama Teacher

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration, George Washington University
  • M.A., Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
  • B.A., Media Studies, The Catholic University of America
  • Taught two years with Teach for America at a high school in Texas and two years at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School in Indian Head, Maryland

In His Own Words: “I am so thankful to be a part of the special and unique community that has become Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. I look forward to the experience of growing in my faith as I learn from my students.”
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Mr. Frank Kingett2067
Social Studies Teacher, Head Wrestling Coach

  • M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College
  • B.S., Marine Science, US Coast Guard Academy
  • Two years as an Assistant Professor, US National War College teaching core curriculum for Master of Science degree program in National Strategy and elective program on Homeland Security
  • Retired Captain, US Coast Guard, 28 years of service
  • Career highlights include command of two cutters, two assignments as Executive Officer, as well as senior staff assignments managing the Coast Guard’s budget

In His Own Words: “God has called me to a second vocation as a teacher and coach, and I am blessed to be able to answer that call at John Paul the Great Catholic High School.”
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Mrs. Kelly K. Kingett2056
Band and Choir Director

  • M.A., Theology, Catholic Distance University
  • Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Westminster Choir College
  • Served as the Director of Liturgy and Music, Holy Family Catholic Church
  • More than 30 years experience teaching music in public, private, and parochial schools
  • Named Teacher of the Year in 2003 & 2005 by the Virginia Governor’s School for the Performing Arts

In Her Own Words: “I am both honored and humbled to be able to teach in such a wonderful school, with such a dedicated and highly qualified staff. From the moment that I walked through the doors, I felt like I had come home. I feel very blessed to be here.”
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Miss Madison Kramer
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • B.A., Communications/Journalism, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Experience as an editorial intern and freelance writer at three regional lifestyle magazines and the Diocese of Steubenville’s diocesan newspaper

In Her Own Words: “I am so excited to work at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, a place where everyone is joyfully living the faith and seeking the Truth. With our school’s beautiful mission in mind, I look forward to serving the John Paul students and families on their journeys.”
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Mrs. Laurie Krauss2011
Math Teacher

  • B.A., Mathematics and Elementary Education, cum laude, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
  • Professional experience spanning more than 20 years includes teaching at private college preparatory and Catholic schools in Indiana, Delaware and Virginia. Subjects include pre-algebra, algebra I, pre-calculus, and statistics, as well as tutoring geometry, algebra II, trigonometry and calculus.

In Her Own Words: “I have lived in Prince William County since 1989 and have long awaited the opening of this diocesan Catholic high school. I am excited and honored to have a hand in shaping Saint John Paul the Great’s reputation as a premiere college preparatory Catholic high school. –Life, however, isn’t all about mathematical pursuits! I am a happy, busy mother of five and active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle.”
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Mr. Andrew Kubick
Religion Teacher

  • M.A., Theology (Concentration in Bioethics), Holy Apostles College & Seminary
  • B.S., Education (Concentration in Mathematics), Kutztown University, Kutztown
  • Edmund Burke Fellow, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute
  • Certifications in Catholic Healthcare, Teaching Research and Design, Middle-level Mathematics 7-9, and Elementary Education K-6
  • Seven years of public school teaching experience in Pennsylvania and one year of service as a teaching assistant for graduate level courses on research and design

In His Own Words: “I began my professional career in public education nearly ten years ago. While I greatly enjoyed my time in the classroom, I deeply felt in my heart that something was missing. That something was, in fact, someone- Jesus Christ. I welcome this upcoming school year with anticipation and hope because I can finally offer my students a complete education founded in the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Saint John Paul the Great- Pray for Us!”

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Mrs. Tricia Laguilles1019
School Counselor

  • M.A., Counseling, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • B.A., College of William and Mary
  • Professional experience includes providing substance abuse treatment to adolescents, counseling pregnant and parenting adolescent females, and serving U.S. mission dioceses through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Previous short and long-term mission experiences in Honduras, Florida, and Appalachia

In Her Own Words: “Since I first heard about Saint John Paul the Great High School, I was struck by its unique mission to nurture the dignity, formation and special gifts of each student. I am reminded of a quote by St. Irenaeus: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I believe our mission is just that – to glorify God by helping our students discover and become the best versions of themselves.”
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Fr. Bjorn Lundberg1036
Chaplain

  • Priestly ordination, Diocese of Arlington, 2006
  • Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of St. Thomas More (2006-2009), and St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (2009 – June 2012)
  • Masters of Divinity, and M.A., Moral Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.A., History, Christendom College, Front Royal, VA
  • Prior to entering seminary, interned at Vatican Radio in Rome, was an Associate Television Producer at EWTN for two years, and had been accepted to law school

In His Own Words: “Saint John Paul the Great High School is an amazing place to work. I was very excited when Bishop Loverde named me chaplain. The students, faculty, staff and families form a wonderful community, and it is a privilege to serve here.”
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Dr. Marianne Madiedo 2093
Chemistry Teacher

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Miami Medical School
  • M.D., Tulane Medical School
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Miami
  • Ten years of teaching medical students, residents, fellows and patients in Miami, Florida

In Her Own Words: “I am looking forward to starting a new career in teaching the basic sciences to high school students. My goal is to instill in them a love of science and the unknown, so that no matter what path they take in life they will always be looking ahead to see what new things they can discover. I believe what one hears over and over, that you learn more from your students than what you teach. I welcome the opportunity for a new learning experience in all aspects of my life. The enthusiasm and spirituality at John Paul the Great High School are palpable.”
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Sister Ann Dominic Mahowald, O.P. 
Chair, Religion Department2090

  • B.A., French & Secondary Education, The Catholic University of America
  • Advanced Certification in Catechesis, Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Previous work experience includes Middle School Religion grades 7 and 8 as well as two years experience at John Paul the Great prior to entering the convent.
  • Volunteer Catechist for Sacramental Preparation in the Diocese of Nashville

In Her Own Words: “Wherever there is Christ there is joy.  I was first drawn to this school in because of its joyful Dominican charism and that initial pull prepared me to respond to God’s call to enter religious life.  Now as one consecrated to the Lord it is a true joy to return to this community.  The Lord will not be outdone in generosity.  He gives everything and takes nothing.  Perhaps that is why our patron, Saint John Paul the Great, was so fond of telling the world, ‘Be not afraid.’”
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Mr. Richard Malebranche
School Counselor

  • M.A., Human Services Counseling, Concentration in Christian Ministries, Liberty University
  • B.S., Information Technology, George Mason University
  • Admissions Counselor at George Mason University for four years
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry, St. Philip the Apostle, Falls Church
  • Soccer coach in Centreville

In His Own Words: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus,” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. I try to live life with a genuine smile on my face and gratitude toward God in my heart. In turn I hope to be able to pass His joy and peace to others, especially the young people of the Church.I am a product of the Diocese of Arlington. I have lived in the Woodbridge area my whole life and grew up going to many youth ministry events with Holy Family and Our Lady of Angels. I attribute my strong faith to my wonderful parents and older sister and brother. I love youth ministry and helping young people become the best version of themselves. Outside of that I am a large fan of soccer; but something my resume would not tell you, I love being on stage and entertaining a crowd. In my perfect world I would be a singer, dancer, actor, and comedian, but in God’s perfect world I am a school counselor. Not quite the same money, but I’m sure I’ll have just as many critics.”
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Mr. Paul Marich2064
Social Studies and Religion Teacher

  • M.A., Theology, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies), Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio; minors in History and Theology
  • Professional and ministry experience includes teaching high school in Texas, as well as various parish, educational, and social ministries in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York City, and Ohio.

In His Own Words: “It is a blessing to be a part of the faculty of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.  Catholic education is a wonderful opportunity for ministry, which seeks to form the minds and hearts of young people in their pursuit of the truth. The Dominican charism of this school provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate faith and reason in their studies, which Saint John Paul II described as “two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” (Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio). It is my hope that by teaching at this school, I will not only help students excel in the classroom, but also lead them to a greater love and knowledge of the Truth, who is Jesus Christ.”
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Mr. Mike McGinty
2068Spanish Teacher

  • J.D., Michigan State Law School
  • B.A., John Carroll University
  • 26 years experience as an F.B.I. agent assigned to various field offices,  and to the criminal investigative program in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Assistant Legal Attache (ALAT) at the United States Embassy in Mexico City for 3 years; Assistant Legal Attache (ALAT) at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 2 years.

In His Own Words: “I am very excited to be teaching at John Paul the Great and believe I have been given a great opportunity. Having attended Catholic schools my entire life, I know the value of a faith-based education and hope to continue to develop that appreciation in the students at John Paul the Great. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
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Dr. Janine McIlheran2057
Chair, English Department

  • Ph.D., Urban Education-Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A. English, DePaul University, Chicago
  • B.A., English Education, St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota
  • Ten years Catholic high school teaching experience
  • Five years college experience in teacher education

In Her Own Words: “What a gift it is to teach in a truly authentic, Catholic environment where Faith is the center of our work.  During a time when Catholic religious beliefs are challenged by societal norms, the mission of Saint John Paul the Great High School grows in importance.  I feel blessed that my children and I are part of this excellent, faith-based learning community.”
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Dr. Daniel McInerny
English and Religion Teacher

  • Ph.D. and M.A, Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
  • B.A., English, University of Notre Dame
  • 16-year career in academia at the University of St. Thomas/Center for Thomistic Studies (Houston); the University of Notre Dame; Baylor University
  • Trinity School (Minneapolis) Teacher of the Year 1990-91
  • Author of fiction for both children and adults

In His Own Words: “I am returning this year to the high school classroom after a twenty-three year absence, and what a gift it is to do so at Saint John Paul the Great. This is a community my family has been a part of since my daughters began attending here in the fall of 2011, and we have been impressed from the first by its faithfulness, its passion for the truth, and its infectious joy. It is an honor to join this fantastic faculty and to serve these students, especially under the inspiration of a man who has so deeply inspired me spiritually, intellectually and artistically: Saint John Paul the Great!”
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Mr. Shawn McNulty
Assistant Principal for Student Lifemcnulty

  • M.A., Catholic Leadership, Marymount University
  • 23 years professional experience at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School serving as athletic director, coach, and educator
  • Recently served as Co-Chair for the Design For Excellence self-study team for Aquinas

In His Own Words: “It is an awesome responsibility and privilege to help form our youth. This is why I love Catholic education, because God is not separated from our schools. It is only through His Grace that we can truly succeed at this task.”

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2091Mr. Daniel Mena
History Teacher

  • M.S., Recreation and Sport Sciences: Concentration in Coaching Education, Ohio University, Athens
  • B.A., Secondary Education with Advanced Standing and History, William Paterson University, New Jersey
  • Student-assistant with the football program and mentored by head football coach Jerry Flora, William Paterson University
  • Substitute Teacher, Football, and Track & Field Coach, Blacksburg and Auburn High Schools, Montgomery County, Virginia

In His Own Words: “Academics and athletics provide fundamental opportunities to develop the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Both require much effort from the individual in order to gain success. As a teacher and coach I strive to challenge and develop well-rounded and productive citizens, who are emotionally intelligent and willing to accept the rigours of gaining success. The development of each person to their full potential is an important role that each mentor; whether it is a teacher, coach, or parent is fortunate to be a part of.”
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Mr. David Morales1002
Director of Technology, Yearbook Advisor

  • B.S., Information Systems, New York University
  • 2 years, IT Project Manager,Catholic Diocese of Arlington
  • 6 years, Malcolm Pirnie, IT Department Head and Project Manager

In His Own Words: “It is very exciting to be a part of John Paul the Great and helping to build a culture where our teens can learn Truth. With a family of nine children, two here at John Paul, this is very important to my wife Cheri and I as we raise them in an ever more challenging world.”
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Mr. Mark Moran2058
Chair, Science Department

  • M.S., Educational Administration, Franciscan University
  • B.A., Chemistry and Philosophy, Franciscan University
  • 14 years of experience in Catholic schools in various teaching and administrative positions including seven years teaching science
  • Principal, Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Alexandria, two years

In His Own Words: “I am thrilled to be working at a school dedicated to John Paul II. In a culture that marginalizes the weak, John Paul was a consistent voice of the beauty, dignity, and value of each and every person. Growing up during his pontificate, his life of witness is inspiration to me, and I pray that his teachings may live in my work at John Paul the Great High School.”
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Ms. Jeanette Morin1Q11054
Science Teacher

  • M.A., Physics Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • B.S. in both Chemistry and Health Science, with minors in Math and Honors College, graduated Cumme Laude, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
  • 3 years teaching middle school science and 8 years teaching high school science

In Her Own Words: “It is an honor to teach at a high school whose namesake, Saint John Paul the Great, was not only the holiest and well respected of men, who not only continues to inspire many even after his death, but who, this school year, will also be recognized and canonized a saint. I cannot think of a better way, a better environment, and a better note to begin my new journey at this blessed place as I embrace the mission of mentor and educator.”
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Mr. Stephen Murphy
Religion TeacherMurphy

  • M.A., Theology, concentration in Systematic Theology, Notre Dame Graduate School, Alexandria, VA, honors
  • B.A., History, minor in Theology, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD  3 years formation, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
  • Instituted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Quo Vadis Days Program for high school young men, St. Charles Seminary, PA

In His Own Words: “The charism of John Paul the Great High School is that, in an academic and social setting, students and teachers alike continue to seek the Truth found in all things, from the science classroom to the religion and bioethics classrooms. As diverse as our curriculum is, one must remember that the curriculum is cohesive and collaborative, since in every class the student is focused on the pursuit of Truth (Veritas), which is found on the school’s coat of arms. To pursue Truth and to discover this Truth is the greatest blessing a person can encounter in this life, and this is the mission of the school: that students develop a deep and personal relationship with Christ, who is Truth. It is humbling to be a part of such a great mission.”
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Mrs. Letsea Nollernoller
History and Spanish Teacher

  • M.A., Education from George Mason University
  • B.A., History from Marymount University
  • Fourteen years teaching experience, including levels I through V and Advanced Placement (AP) and Cambridge Programs International (IGCSE)
  • United States Supreme Court – Washington, DC: Internship – Curator’s Office, 2001

In Her Own Words: “I am so happy to be at John Paul the Great, where we are allowed and encouraged to live our Catholic faith more fully. It is very exciting to return to teaching high school, especially in a community with such a fast-growing reputation for academic excellence. I am energized, eager and delighted to be part of a great team. I am looking forward to teaching at John Paul the Great and becoming part of this great community. My prediction is that this is going to be a great school year!”
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Mr. Bill O’Connor2012
Chair, Art Department

  • M.A., Multidisciplinary Studies (Mathematics, Education, English), University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
  • B.B.A., James Madison University
  • Fulbright exchange teacher to Krakow, Poland
  • Nine years teaching math and coaching swimming at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas, followed by six years teaching at Catholic schools in Santiago, Chile

In His Own Words: “A colleague abroad has pointed out that Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is opening its doors at a time when many Catholic schools across the nation are consolidating or closing. Even the school architecture speaks of God, inviting contemplation. What a privilege to be among educators and students whose work will help others encounter Christ, bringing life to the new building and in time, light to the nation.”
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Mrs. Laura O’Neill, RN
School Nurseoneill

  • B.S., Nursing, Villanova University
  • 10 years nursing experience with 4 years as active duty Army Nurse
  • Critical Care Course graduate, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • CCD catechist at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Springfield

In Her Own Words: “I’m blessed to be a part of the mission here at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. The opportunity to practice my faith while caring for these young adults is an honor and privilege. Saint Josemaria Escriva once said: “Without an architect you wouldn’t build a good house for your life on earth. How then, without a director, can you hope to build the palace of your sanctification for your eternity in heaven?” The truth students learn here at John Paul the Great allows them to create a road map for their lives. They will leave with a formed conscience and a clear path to heaven!”
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Miss Carolyn Perez 2089
Spanish and Latin Teacher

  • B.A., American Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • 3 years tutoring, Notre Dame Writing Center and one year as Teaching Assistant for Writing and Rhetoric Program
  • Various experiences teaching and volunteering in Honduras, France, and Mexico
  • Hispanic/Latino Affairs Intern at the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

In Her Own Words: “Jesus tells us that whatever we receive as a gift, we must give as a gift. We learn so that we can teach and we receive so that we can give (Matt 10:8). I’m very excited to join the students and faculty at John Paul the Great in sharing our gifts and talents within the school walls and beyond!”
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Mr. Michael Peters1034
Athletic Director

  • M. Ed., Curriculum & Instruction (Social Studies Education), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • B.A., History, minor in Geography, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 6 years Social Studies teaching experience and 5 years Social Studies Department Chairman – Manassas Park High School (MPHS)
  • 2002 MPHS Educator of the Year Award recipient
  • Coaching Experience in football, track, and wrestling
  • 7 years experience as the Director of Student Activities, Manassas Park High School
  • Held leadership positions with the Newman Community, Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech and served as a Youth Ministry volunteer at Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City

In His Own Words: “I am very excited to be at Saint John Paul the Great for this school year. Being a local resident, I have witnessed the school’s initial growth and progress, which is truly remarkable! What has already come to fruition in such a short period of time is a great credit to the students, staff and parents who have been involved at the school. I feel extremely fortunate to be in a school that fosters the right educational environment that allows teenagers to be successful as students and as contributors in a greater society.”
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Ms. Catherine Prahm
Health and Physical Education Teacher

  • B.S., in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Longwood University
  • Strength and conditioning intern at Longwood University
  • Strength and conditioning intern for Olympic Sports at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • Head swim coach at Woodley Recreational Association in the NVSL.

In Her Own Words: “I’m from Falls Church and attended Catholic school until I graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School. I was a member of the swim team and crew team. I spent summers coaching swimming and found I enjoyed working with kids of all ages and abilities. I loved learning about exercise, health and fitness in college and look forward to sharing my passion with the students at John Paul the Great.”
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Mrs. Lisa Rampino1Q11009
Chair, World Language Department, French Teacher

  • M.S., Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., French, George Mason University
  • B.S., Secondary Education, English/Math, Auburn University at Montgomery

In Her Own Words: “As a child of a career Air Force member, as an Air Force officer myself, and as a wife of a career Air Force officer, I have lived in many places and tried to make them my home. But through the years I have come to realize and to profoundly appreciate that the place where I truly feel at home is in front of the Blessed Sacrament which is always the same no matter what my address is. I have that same sense of home at Saint John Paul the Great, no doubt due to the Presence of our Lord front and center in the school but also present in the community, in my colleagues, and in the students. The Lord has led me down many roads, and I am thankful that this path led me to Saint John Paul the Great High School. It is my singular honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to teach the young men and women of our school.”
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Sister Malia Grace Reed, O.P. 
Bioethics and Biology Teacher2092

  • M.A., Teaching (Secondary Education) from Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee
  • B.S., Biology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • 5 years teaching experience in the area of science in grades 5-11 in Lafayette, Louisiana and Tennessee

In Her Own Words: “In the Encyclical Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul the Great said: ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.’  My privileged place as a Catholic educator is to seek to make present to the students the unity between faith and reason that they may ultimately know Christ more intimately.  I consider it a great gift to participate in that mission here at John Paul the Great.”
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Miss Mae Salitsky
Religion and English Teacher

  • B.A., British & American Literature with Human Life Studies minor, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • 2012 Study Abroad program in Gaming, Austria

In her own words: “Saint John Paul II said, “It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” It is a tremendous gift to teach in a school that not only calls its members on to greatness, but also provides the means to achieve that greatness by proclaiming Jesus Christ.  I am excited to embark on this journey with my students as we follow Christ in the example of St. John Paul the Great!”
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Mr. Jerry Sarchet2047
History Teacher, Head Football Coach

  • M.Ed, Social Studies, Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina
  • B.A., History, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Member Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society)
  • 4 Years military service, United States Army; additional 3 years in the Army Reserves
  • 4 Years public school teaching experience and a teacher in Catholic schools since 2007

In His Own Words: “When the opportunity arose to work at Saint John Paul the Great, I knew I had found a new home. I feel very blessed and honored to be a part of community and school that has drawn me closer to Christ in my life’s journey. It is a school that I want my children to attend.”
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Miss Krystyn Schmerbeck2073
Latin Teacher

  • M.A., Public Policy, George Washington University
  • B.A., Classical Languages and Philosophy, Hamilton College, New York
  • Two years teaching experience at a small Classical Catholic academy

In Her Own Words: “I am truly humbled at the opportunity to teach and share my love for Christ at John Paul the Great High School.  St. Catherine of Siena said, ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’ In my vocation as an educator, I aspire to instill this desire in my students: that they discover and embrace the beauty and talents endowed to them by their Creator and that, by engaging the world with these gifts, they might discover the joy of the Christian life and set the world ablaze with the love of Christ. So let us set out into the deep! Duc in altum!”
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Mr. Adam Stanislawski2075
Health & Physical Education Teacher

  • M.Ed.,  Adapted Physical Education, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Kinesiology, James Madison University
  • Certified Adapted Physical Educator
  • Over 10 years experience working with children and adults with disabilities
  • Virginia State College Knight of the Year, 2005

In His Own Words:  “Saint John Paul the Great is a school of virtue.  With Christ’s presence at the center of our school and His life so beautifully reflected within each member of our community, we are invited daily to be made anew.  I am humbled and grateful to walk with the students on this journey as they discover their gifts and train to use them for the glory of our Lord.”
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Mrs. Donna Stoessel1104
Finance Office and School Store Administrator

  • B. S. Accounting, Roger Williams University
  • Passed Certified Public Accounting Exam
  • Professional work experience in the areas of accounting, leadership development and course facilitation
  • Completed numerous personal development and leadership courses, including Franklin Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Signature Program

In Her Own Words: “I feel extremely blessed that Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is an essential part of my life and the lives of my family. Serving as my foundation, my Catholic faith has instilled in me a true appreciation for the importance of a strong Catholic education. It’s truly wonderful to be a part of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School and witness firsthand the formation of our future generations.”
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Ms. Lori Strickland1016
Registrar

  • B.S., Health Information Management, Bowling Green State University in Ohio
  • Eight years of hospital management experience including Inova Fairfax, Georgetown and University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Substitute teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge, VA

In Her Own Words: “Saint John Paul said ‘do not separate your faith from your daily life and your daily life from your faith.’ It is truly a blessing to work in an environment where I can practice my faith and see young people grow in theirs. It is a privilege to be a part of this newly formed Catholic high school community and to assist the students who will be the future of the Church. My two wonderful children will have been educated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia from kindergarten through high school and that is another blessing to be grateful for.”
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Mrs. Amy Thomason
Director of Advancement

  • M.H.A, Indiana University
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame
  • Prior Director of Development, Saint Jude Catholic Church and School, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Vice President of the National Spina Bifida Association of the National Capital Area responsible for advancement and fundraising activities since 2005
  • Current Religious Education Teacher, Saint Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, VA

In Her Own Words:  “I am blessed to be able to work at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.  I am amazed every day at the caliber of the faculty and staff, the quality of the academics, the excellent students, and the faithfulness of each and every person within this building.  Christ is visibly the center of life at John Paul and the Holy Spirit is felt the moment you enter the building.”
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Ms. Rachel Thompson
English Teacher

  • M.A., in English, Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona)
  • B.A., English, Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • English composition and literature instructor at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University

In Her Own Words: I look forward to joining this community, established in the spirit of St. John Paul the Great, with like-minded individuals as we offer support and guide these precious teenagers through this important time in their lives. Along with emphasizing the importance of ethical and responsible research and reporting, I look forward to assisting the students advance their academics while strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ.”
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Mrs. Cara Thrun2046
Math Teacher

  • B.S., Mathematics and Education with a concentration in Adolescent and Young Adult Education, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Student teacher, Algebra II, Algebra I, PreCalculus at Steubenville High School

In Her Own Words: “I am so thankful to be a part of this community at John Paul the Great. Teaching at this school gives me the unique opportunity to share my passion for math, athletics, and my faith. I believe in leading by example, and I will strive to lead these students by example as John Paul the Great did.
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Mr. Don Turner1012
Director of Facilities

  • 10 years, telecommunication specialist
  • 8 years, IT specialist
  • 8 years, facilities infrastructure management
  • 4 years, building safety & security management

In His Own Words: “People often spend a lifetime searching for community, experiences, and opportunities that makes sense in their life. Accepting the Facilities Director position at Saint John Paul the Great and becoming part of this community made complete sense to me. Every day I am drawn closer to God and my Catholic community.”
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Miss Christina Valentine
Assistant to the Assistant Principal for Student Lifevalentine

  • B.S., Mental Health and Human Services, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; minors in Theology and Human Life Studies
  • Legislative Correspondent for Senator Sam Brownback, Washington, DC
  • Assistant to the Political Director, Brownback for President campaign

In Her Own Words: “I feel very blessed to be able to work at Saint John Paul the Great High School. I strive to serve the student body to the best of my ability and help them to know the dignity and worth that their lives, as well as those around them, have in the eyes of God.”
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Mrs. Renee Vander Woude1105
Assistant to the Director of Enrollment Management and Communications

  • B.S., in Business Management from Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Marketing minor from Franciscan University of Steubenville

In Her Own Words: “I’m so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, faith-filled community. It is easy to become passionate about the success of a school when it is rooted in Catholic tradition.  The faculty, staff, and students are all a joy to work with. It is so clear that Saint John Paul the Great is truly unique!”
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Miss Sharon Vay
Administrative Assistant for AcademicsVay

  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Christendom College
  • Secretary of Our Lady of Angels Respect Life Council

In Her Own Words: “I am truly thrilled to be part of the Saint John Paul the Great family. As a recipient of Catholic education from kindergarten through college, I recognize and appreciate the value of an education which nourishes not only the brain, but the soul as well.”
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Mrs. Kristina Walk 1Q11049
After school supervisor

  • BA, Communications, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania
  • Upon graduation, received Commission in the United States Air Force serving in various positions including Western Space & Missile Center Section Commander & 30th Space Wing Protocol Officer.

In Her Own Words: “I read recently that God’s gift to us is Jesus and our gift to God is the way we live our life here on earth and I have taken that succinct statement to heart.  God has Blessed me with the opportunity to work with this special family of administrators, faculty, staff & wonderful students at Saint John Paul the Great and I pray every day that I may be an example of His love.”
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Mrs. Misty Warren
Chair, Options Department

  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of Phoenix
  • B.Ed. Special Education, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Special Education Teacher for 13 years in Oklahoma, Guam, and Virginia, ranging from preschool to 12th grade students with a variety of special needs.

In Her Own Words: “What a privilege to be working at a school that acknowledges diversities and highlights the talents and abilities of every student, while offering endless opportunities to grow and emerge into young successful adults.  Most importantly this is accomplished in an environment that reflects a Christian lifestyle in a peaceful and positive environment.  I am proud to be a part of the John Paul The Great Catholic High School Family and look forward to an exciting year with many more to come!”
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Mr. Chris Wode2070
Chair, Math Department

  • M.S., Ed, Old Dominion University (in progress)
  • M.B.A, Regis University
  • Naval War College
  • Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Certificate in Financial Planning, Georgetown University
  • B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), U.S. Naval Academy
  • 29 Year Navy Career including two commands at sea and national and international staff assignments.
  • 8 years teaching experience.

In His Own Words: “Saint John Paul II once said that ‘The future starts today, not tomorrow.’  I am humbled to have the opportunity to help forge the future of our next generation.  One of the many attributes of this school is that it seeks to inspire spiritual, moral, and physical growth in addition to preparing students academically for wherever their life’s path leads them.”
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Mrs. Jessica Zoeller2074
Academic Support Teacher

  • B.A., Language Arts, Northern Kentucky University
  • Language arts teacher and drama club assistant director, Newport Central Catholic High School, Newport, KY

In Her Own Words: “It is my honor to be teaching at Saint John Paul the Great, and I feel blessed to be part of this community. I have felt called to be a Catholic educator, and I am overjoyed that I am able to serve at a school that is committed to developing teens in their academic and spiritual lives. ‘Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.’ 1 Timothy 4:12”
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Bios and photos coming soon for the following valued members of our faculty and staff:

  • Mrs. Angela Beacher: Attendance Officer
  • Mrs. Karen Bow: Concessions
  • Mrs. Caroline Brundage: Math
  • Mrs. Terri Garcia: Nurse
  • Mr. Troy Hadsall: Security and Supervision
  • Ms. Teri Hruska: Math and Science
  • Ms. Kathleen MacDonald: Music assistant
  • Mrs. Jean Miller, Advancement Assistant
  • Mr. Ted Smith: Security

Employment at Saint John Paul the Great