Meet St. Mary's Faculty & Staff

Kindergarten through Second grade


Kindergarten

St. Mary's has two full-time kindergarten teachers, plus two full-time dedicated paraprofessionals.

 

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Mrs. Arlene Cronin - Kindergarten


  • Education - University of Delaware
  • 23 years teaching
  • With St. Mary's since 1996
  • Golden Apple Award - 2010

I love my students, the families and my fantastic coworkers at St. Mary’s! I love helping my students discover and learn new things. It is a blessing to be to be a part of their early faith formation and academic growth. 

On the Golden Apple Award:

It was an honor and very humbling to be a recipient of the Golden Apple award. It was inspiring to be able to spend an evening listening to and celebrating the accomplishments of the other teachers awarded that year. I am blessed to be teaching in an environment that allows me to share my Catholic faith while helping my students grow academically, socially and emotionally. 

Background/significance - The Golden Apple is given to 10 teachers in the Archdiocese of Washington each year that display excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to Catholic education.  More info can be found on the adw website about qualifications and nominations if that is what you are looking for.


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Mrs. Chris Brant - Kindergarten


  • Education: Seton Hill University
  • 32 years teaching
  • With St. Mary's since 1985

I love St. Mary's for many reasons, but number one is our awesome community.  I have had an opportunity to build a relationship with so many wonderful families. My heart overflows with the love that I have for them.


First Grade

St. Mary's has two full-time first-grade teachers, with support from our dedicated staff of highly-trained paraprofessionals.


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Miss Alexis Prada - First Grade


  • Education - Campbell University
  • 4 years teaching
  • With St. Mary's since 2014

I love St. Mary’s because of the community and the close relationships I am able to make.


Mrs. Lori Carter - First Grade


  • Education - B.A. Marywood College, M.A. Trinity College
  • 23rd year of teaching with ADW
  • With St. Mary's since 2004
  • Golden Apple Award - 2011

The number one reason why I love Saint Mary's School is because our community is a family of faith where students grow academically and spiritually while learning to joyfully live out the gospel message.

On the Golden Apple Award:

Being recognized and included among some of the finest educators in the Archdiocese of Washington is such a tremendous honor. The ADW as well as our Saint Mary's family is filled with so many wonderful teachers deserving of this recognition. I feel so blessed to have been chosen for this award.


Second Grade

St. Mary's has two full-time second-grade teachers, with support from our dedicated staff of highly-trained paraprofessionals.


Mrs. Joanna Chiarella - Second Grade


  • Education - Mount St Mary's University
  • 16 years teaching
  • With St. Mary's since 2001

I love being in a place where we can live and express faith everyday; teaching and helping students grow faithfully as well as academically and socially.


Mrs. Kasey Vazquez - Second Grade


  • Education - B.A. Elementary Education, Stevenson University, Masters in Instructional Technology, UMUC
  • 6 years teaching
  • With St. Mary's since 2011

I love St. Mary's because the atmosphere is so kind and loving, it makes you always feel welcome.