Pastor's message

Welcome to St. Mary’s School! For 125 years, generations of parents have entrusted their children to our school for the formation and education of their children under the timeless values of our faith. St. John Paul II once said “Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.” St. Mary’s School is a place where academic excellence is instilled and where each child is guided to become the person God created them to be. We pray that this year will again be a fruitful one as our entire School community - parents, students, teachers, and administrators – grows in wisdom and grace together.

May God bless you,

Fr. Anthony Lickteig



Principal's Message

It is with great pleasure that I am welcoming all viewers to our web page for the 2019-20 school year. This past year we celebrated over 125 years of providing educational services to our St. Mary's community.  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.”

God Bless,

 Mrs. Jordan


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 Father Anthony Lickteig

Father Lickteig’s family is from eastern Kansas, but he grew up in a small town in northern New Mexico, then later Boston, Massachusetts, and from seventh grade through college, in Corpus Christi, Texas, earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2000, where he lived in northern Virginia and then Capitol Hill. He studied for the priesthood first at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Seton Hall, New Jersey, then at the North American College in Rome, earning a Licenciate at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. 

Following his ordination in 2010, Fr. Lickteig served the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians in Waldorf, Maryland as a parochial vicar and then the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland also as a parochial vicar. He later served as the Secretary to Cardinal Wuerl and most recently was the pastor of both Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood, Maryland and Holy Angels Church in Avenue, Maryland. 

He is thankful every day that God called him to be a priest, and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, prays he can minister with the heart of Christ to those placed in his care.




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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. Tiffani James - Assistant Principal

Tiffani James has over 16 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.