Welcome to the new St. Mary of the Mills website. I would like to thank the Administration Staff and all the volunteers who put in so many hours of work on this tremendous project. I hope you will find it both informational and an opportunity to find how you may assist the school. The heart of St. Mary’s School is to meet the love of God in staff, families and students. All of us strive to share the blessings which education and faith afford us. St. Mary’s has been a beacon in the Laurel community for more than a hundred years. The graduates of our school have gone on to be religious and civic leaders for this community and beyond. As you explore this website may you experience our dedication and love of students, their families and the willingness to share Christ in all we do.
Msgr. Michael J. Mellone
It is with great pleasure that I am welcoming all viewers to our web page for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary of the Mills is dedicated to the belief that all students learn in an environment that is safe and caring. We continue our commitment to prepare students to think big and establish goals on their educational journey. My mission as principal is to always put kids first! My personal belief is that all students can learn in a loving, secure community. I also want all children to love school! My passion for elementary education as well as the enthusiasm of my staff will always be evident. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. At St. Mary of the Mills School, our mission is to provide such an environment for all of our students.
“We inspire lifelong learning in a loving, secure Catholic community.”
Msgr Father Mike Mellone
Monsignor Mellone was ordained in 1976 for the Archdiocese of Washington under William Cardinal Baum – Ordaining Bishop. He has had several assignments within the Archdiocese of Washington and has served in multiple positions. He has been the pastor of St. Mary of the Mills since 2011. He has served on the Priest Personnel Board, Priest Council, Consultors, Diaconate Review Board, Vocation and Formation Boards. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Monsignor Mellone believes firmly in the vision and mission of St. Mary of The Mills Schools.
Mrs. Alisha Jordan - Principal
Mrs. Jordan is a Maryland state certified principal who has a bachelor's degree in sociology and minored in mathematics at Hampton University (VA.). She has a Master's degree in Supervision and Leadership in Education, a second Master's degree in Advanced Studies in Education, and a third in Catholic Educational Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is a doctoral student very near completion at Morgan State University, Baltimore.
Mrs. Tiffany James - Assistant Principal
Tiffani James has over 15 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in instructional leadership and curriculum development. Early in her career in the Howard County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro School systems, Mrs. James was singled out to lead collegial learning groups. Mrs. James was also selected as a parent liaison, noted for her professionalism, honesty, and good-natured aplomb. At the behest of her school leaders, Mrs. James traveled extensively to receive first hand training in effective instructional strategies. As a result of her studies, her leadership qualities, and her noted effectiveness in the classroom, Mrs. James was selected as an exemplary teacher by ASCD and was made the subject of an instructional video on literacy instruction. Her talent for literacy instruction evolved into a passion; and she earned a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Reading in 2008. Her leadership qualities caused her to earn appointments as the director of several summer school programs serving students in grades 3-12. She served as a Curriculum Specialist, leading reform on curriculum, annual planning, assessment, and standards based instruction in grades K-12.
When she joined the St. Mary’s community, she served on several school leadership teams and academic committees. Her talents as an instructional leader were recognized at St. Mary’s and she was encouraged to pursue an administrative position with the Archdiocese of Washington. She accepted a position as an elementary school principal at St. Hugh Catholic School in Greenbelt, Maryland. She was principal for two years and lead St. Hugh through the difficult process of merging with St. Joseph’s Regional School in Beltsville. After the merge, Mrs. James returned to her home at St. Mary’s. She enjoyed three years as a leader on her middle school team and teacher of Religion before leaving to become Assistant Principal for Academics at Don Bosco Christo Rey High School. While she enjoyed her time at DBCR, she felt called to return home. Mrs. James returned to St. Mary's in 2016.
Check out the Faculty & Staff pages for information about the rest of St. Mary's team.