Faculty & Staff
Rev. Christopher Christensen
Rev. Christopher Christensen was born in Oak Harbor, WA and grew up in a Navy family. After spending time with his family in Washington, Florida, California, and Japan, he finally moved to Northern Virginia, where his family still resides. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge for middle school and went on to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria (2002). He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 with majors in Philosophy and Japanese language, and was commissioned as a Naval Officer through the NROTC Program. From 2006 to 2008, he served on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan as a Surface Warfare Officer. In 2008, he entered seminary for the Diocese of Arlington and spent 6 years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Since his priestly ordination in June 2014, he has served at 3 parishes as Parochial Vicar – John the Apostle, Leesburg (June 2014 – Nov 2015), the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington (Nov 2015 – June 2020), and St. Leo the Great, Fairfax (June 2020 – June 2021). He arrived at St. Rita in June 2021. It is his first assignment as Pastor, and he is loving every minute of it!
Rev. Nicholas Schierer
Parochial Vicar & 8th Grade Religion Teacher
Rev. Schierer was born in Fairfax, VA, the third of 4 boys of Ann Schierer and the late Daniel Schierer. Raised in Herndon, VA, he went to St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Paul VI Catholic High School (2005). He studied at the University of Mary Washington (2009) where he double majored in History and Religion. After graduation, Fr. Schierer worked for three years in the special events industry, as well as a long term substitute teacher and home care giver to his great Aunt. He entered seminary in 2012. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA for Pre-Theology and attended the North American College for Theology. Fr. Schierer was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on June 9, 2018. He served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Hope from 2018-2020. He has been the parochial vicar at St. Rita’s since October 2020.
Mr. Max Bindernagel
Mr. Bindernagel hails from Cleveland, Ohio. In his hometown, he played baseball, rowed on the crew team, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He studied at Boston College, where he earned his BA in Philosophy & German Studies and MA in Philosophy before returning to the midwest for two years as a Jesuit novice in the Twin Cities. Upon discerning that God had other plans for him, he moved to our nation’s capital where he taught Theology and English at the high school level for nearly a decade. While teaching, he also earned an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis and has taken several graduate level theology classes through the Augustine Institute. Mr. Bindernagel met his wife Caitlin in nearby Arlington, and they were married in 2022 at the Basilica in Old Town Alexandria. In 2023, he accepted the job as Principal of St. Rita’s School, and he couldn’t be happier to be a part of this community grounded in faith in Jesus Christ. In his free time, he enjoys reading more books than he can finish, occasionally freelancing as a writer, and spending time with his dog Thorin. He looks forward to guiding our students towards all that is good, true, and beautiful during their formative years at Saint Rita.
Mrs. Malia Busekrus
Mrs. Busekrus was born and raised in Hawaii. She grew up always wanting to be an educator. After graduating with her BS in Elementary Education, she taught in both the public and Catholic schools in Hawaii for ten years. In addition, she homeschooled her children for several years. Mrs. Busekrus and her husband (now married 31 years!), moved with their six children to Northern Virginia in 2013. After teaching for ten years at St. Thomas More Cathedral School, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Saint Rita team. She will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She looks forward to helping students grow closer to the Lord and to each other in a joyful, spiritually rich environment. She is thrilled to be at Saint Rita and can’t wait to get to know you and your children!
Mrs. Caitlin Rockwell
Mrs. Rockwell has taught preschool for over seventeen years in Alexandria, and has been part of Saint Rita Catholic Preschool for over a decade. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and worked as a news producer for both PBS and NBC before starting a family and switching gears to focus on early childhood development.
While at Saint Rita, she has helped to develop the program’s curriculum and offerings, including the preschool’s Angels classrooms and the program’s after-preschool Lunch Bunch extension. She loves the excitement that comes with being the Director of the Saint Rita Catholic Preschool community — shepherding these little souls as they blossom into little saints!
When not on campus, she enjoys visiting Upstate NY to see her parents in Ithaca and her two college-aged children at Colgate and RIT. When home, she enjoys tennis, reading and volunteering. She lives in Rosemont with her husband and two rambunctious Goldendoodles.
Mrs. Luisana Bethencourt
Mrs. Bethencourt is the School Secretary and grandmother of several St. Rita students. Helping young people and their families achieve academic, personal and Catholic faith development has been the focus of her passion and career for the past 30 years, starting with her own family of 9 children and soon to be 11 grandchildren. She worked as a parent liaison between students and faculty at a private school in Caracas, Venezuela for many years. After immigrating to the United States in 2008, she began her own mediation-coaching business for families. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is so excited to be the face and voice of the school, supporting and interacting with our staff, students, and families.
Miss Heidy Catalan
Heidy Catalan is thrilled about becoming a part of the St. Rita community where she aspires to advocate for the well-being of our students. Hailing from Washington D.C., she holds a B.S. in Nursing from George Mason University. With nearly 10 years of experience, her nursing background includes orthopedic and endoscopic surgery, as well as case management.
Outside of her professional pursuits, she finds joy spending time with her husband and two daughters especially enjoying camping trips and outdoor adventures.
Mrs. Bethany Hamm
Mrs. Hamm is excited to step back, after three years as Saint Rita’s Principal, to a part-time role directly supporting Mr. Bindernagel as he settles into the Saint Rita community. Mrs. Hamm holds a B.A. in History from The College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Security Studies from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She completed her Administration & Supervision coursework at Marymount University. She and her husband Paul have been parishioners at Saint Rita for nine years, and three of their four children attend Saint Rita School. She looks forward to seeing everyone at carline!
Miss Haley Lange
Miss Lange teaches kindergarten at St. Rita School and absolutely loves introducing the students to the big school and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Miss Lange is a graduate from George Mason University earning her M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education. Miss Lange is a local, having attended Catholic elementary and high school here in the Diocese of Arlington. Before coming to St. Rita’s, Miss Lange previously worked for 10 years as a teacher’s aide and extended day director at St. John Academy. Some things Miss Lange enjoys in her free time are going on hikes, crafting, and spending time with her nine beautiful nieces and nephews. The thing Miss Lange loves most about teaching in a classical Catholic school is that she can integrate Jesus’ life, the lives of saints, and scripture in all academic subject areas she teaches.
Mrs. Dana Smullen
Kindergarten Instructional Aide
Mrs. Smullen, Saint Rita mom and former School Secretary, loves working in the Kindergarten at Saint Rita. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she is a graduate of Miami University and spent more than ten years on Capitol Hill working on health care and education policy for Members of Congress in the Ohio Congressional delegation and on several political campaigns. She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two children.
Miss Margaret McLaughlin
1st Grade Teacher
Miss McLaughlin is excited to begin another year teaching first grade at St. Rita School. She studied Elementary Education and student taught in first grade at The College of William and Mary. Having grown up in Falls Church, she has been a lifelong parishioner at St. John the Beloved and attended diocesan schools at St. Catherine of Siena, St. James, and St. John parishes before moving to highschool at Oakcrest School in Vienna. Miss McLaughlin enjoys reading good books, singing, and learning more facts about ancient civilizations to share with her students.
Mrs. Kate Ford
1st Grade Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Ford is a long-time parishioner at Saint Rita, a proud Coast Guard wife, and mother of two boys who formerly attended Saint Rita School. Mrs. Ford joined us at Saint Rita School after working as an award-winning producer. She has supported our Kindergarten classroom in prior years and this year is excited to be spending her days in first grade!
Miss Megan Rolla
2nd Grade Teacher
Miss. Rolla grew up in Scranton, PA and graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in Philosophy. She trained to become a Catechist of the Good Shepherd for Level I and II Atriums, where she worked at Saint Rita for many years before transitioning to the Second Grade classroom. She loves literature, history, science, music, art and loves the outdoors.
Mrs. Noemi Neville
2nd Grade Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Neville has been a member of Saint Rita Parish for 13 years, and all three of her children attended Saint Rita School, K-8th grade. She loves the commitment every family brings to the school, and the joy with which everyone serves. The Neville family truly enjoys the outdoors in their rustic cabin in West Virginia, especially around the holidays.
Mr. Thomas McMullin
3rd Grade Teacher
Mr. McMullin is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Having taught in a number of other classroom settings previously, Mr. McMullin moved to Virginia and began teaching third grade at Saint Rita in 2020.
What most excites him about teaching at St. Rita is the focus on teaching the whole person. Modern education often focuses too narrowly on the acquisition of knowledge and/or churning out industrious members of society. At Saint Rita, children are encouraged to acquire knowledge and skill, but they are also inspired to pursue virtuous lives. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Nothing is more important for the public wealth than to form and train youth in wisdom and virtue. Only virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
Miss Becky Walker
4th Grade Teacher
Miss Walker is excited to be continuing at Saint Rita School. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Indiana, with a BA in Economics and English Writing, and with a minor in Film Studies. Before coming to Saint Rita, Miss Walker worked at Saint William of York, the same school she attended from fourth through eighth grade and where her own mother teaches math. Miss Walker loves the science fiction and fantasy genres, including books, movies, and television programs. She enjoys creative projects, including crochet, sewing, and writing. She aspires to dress as delightfully as Ms. Frizzle of Magic School Bus fame. Her favorite part of teaching classically is getting to explore early technologies, such as radio, film, and the airplane, and their impact on the global community.
Miss Kristin Malcolm
5th Grade Teacher & Dean of Faculty
Miss Malcolm is eager to apply her faith in Christ, her love for classical education and pedagogy, and her care for students in her new role at St. Rita Catholic School.
Miss Malcolm graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics. While attending Hillsdale she was a recipient of the George Washington Fellowship Scholarship, the leader of Hillsdale’s Young Life program, a member of Phi Sigma Tau Honorary, and an active volunteer with middle school students and the elderly. Since graduation, Miss Malcolm taught for several years at Immanuel Lutheran Classical School before joining Saint Rita’s faculty in 2022. Her post-graduate classes at the Dominican House of Studies have taught her the joy and challenge that is Ecclesial Latin. Her time teaching has taught her faith, hope, and love—and the invaluable place of prayer in the life of a teacher and the life of the school.
Miss Malcolm is passionate about teaching children to know God and His world so that they can love God and his world. She cherishes simple joys and peaceful times with family and friends. Two of her favorite things are a good book and a good conversation. She also loves playing volleyball, the piano, and European board games.
Miss Laura Tillotson
Latin & Religion Teacher
Miss Tillotson is very excited to begin a new school year at St. Rita’s. Having been classically educated herself, Miss Tillotson thrives on inspiring her students to seek what is true, good, and beautiful, and most importantly, to seek the source of truth, goodness, and beauty, which is God. Miss Tillotson majored in theology at Christendom College and double minored in philosophy and in Classical and Early Christian Studies (Latin and Greek). She has a special interest in medieval philosophy and history. Always eager to learn more, Miss Tillotson audits theology and philosophy graduate classes at the Dominican House of Studies in her free time. Miss Tillotson has been a volunteer youth minister, taught high school CCD, and also worked for Mother of Divine Grace School, tutoring high school students in religion, history, literature, paper writing, and Latin. Miss Tillotson holds her Advanced Catechist Certification from the Arlington Diocese and her teaching certification through the Virginia Catholic Education Association. She loves teaching at St. Rita’s because of the faith-filled community, traditional Catholic culture, and Christocentric philosophy of education she finds here!
Miss Christine Hanley
7th Grade Teacher
Miss Hanley holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. The oldest of six children, she grew up as an unofficial life-long teacher, which ultimately inspired her to pursue education as a career; she has been teaching in various official capacities since 2016. Miss Hanley is lucky enough to speak German fluently (thanks, Mom!), and greatly enjoys reading, creative writing, singing, painting, and indulging in foods that are less than healthy for her. Most of all, though, she finds happiness in fostering joy for learning in her students, and in being able to do so through the most-important lens of her Catholic Faith. Miss Hanley loves teaching at St. Rita, where the classical tradition orients instruction towards Christ and nurtures in students a desire to seek the good, the true, and the beautiful.
Miss Rachel Cochrane
Middle School Humanities & Latin Teacher
Miss Cochrane received a Classical education in both high school and college. She is really excited to be able to share her passion for literature, history, and ancient languages with her students. She has a background in Journalism and has years of experience working with kids in elementary, middle, and high school. She has previously taught 7th grade English Language Arts, and she is thrilled to find herself teaching 8th Grade Humanities, 7th Grade Latin, and 6th Grade Grammar at Saint Rita School. She hopes her students find her classes both challenging and enriching.
Mrs. Renuka Carlitti
Pre-Algebra & Algebra Teacher
Mrs. Renuka Carlitti believes St. Rita School is a unique place where we do God’s work with enthusiasm and gratitude and put God first in everything we do. She has a genuine passion for education and is excited to help middle schoolers discover the elegance of math; it is the language of our digital world and possesses a unique beauty that affirms God’s handiwork. Mrs. Carlitti enjoys solving problems, working challenging puzzles, and applying meticulous, logical thinking to everyday life situations. She has a B.A. from the University of Rochester, a teaching license from the Virginia Catholic Education Association, and a catechist certificate from the Diocese of Arlington. She was recognized for her significant efforts to promote Catholic education, previously named the Diocese of Arlington’s Volunteer of the Year by the Bishop. Mrs. Carlitti and her husband, Rocco, have been Saint Rita parishioners for over 20 years and have 2 adult children who attended Catholic schools throughout their successful academic careers.
Mrs. Aileen Warren
Middle School Math & Literature Teacher
Mrs. Warren is a Florida native. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She worked in several legal roles in the U.S. and abroad before settling down in Alexandria and becoming a stay at home mom. Mrs. Warren speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys traveling, cooking, and gardening in her free time. She has loved this transition into education at Saint Rita and hopes to instill a love of learning in her students. She has loved the classical approach to teaching that Saint Rita offers, allowing students to derive rules in math class, and looks forward to applying it in a literature setting as well.
Mrs. Holly Carroll
Science Teacher & Extended Day Director
Mrs. Carroll is excited to begin another year at Saint Rita. She holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University and a B.A. in Geography from Arizona State University. As one of our longest-serving faculty members at Saint Rita, Mrs. Carroll spends much of her time at school but in her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting and reading historical fiction.
Mrs. Kaitlin Coleman
Art Teacher (K-8)
Mrs. Coleman was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area and was educated in the Arlington Diocese. She attended St. Bernadette’s in Springfield and Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington. She earned her BA in Art Education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. The following year she did graduate work in special education while teaching at an arts based school in suburban Philadelphia. She later moved back home, and has taught Art at all levels at Saint Rita for the last number of years. Her two young daughters keep her busy at home but when she can, she enjoys working on her own art (her favorites are painting and charcoal), as well as reading and going to trivia with her friends.
Mrs. Carolyn Lundberg
Mrs. Lundberg has been delighted to jump into the St. Rita community – a parish and school she has admired and had connections to for many years. After practicing law for 18 years, she began a new (and better!) career in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Arlington. She has loved serving as a Librarian, teaching the Great Books program, helping direct musicals, and volunteering as a CCD catechist. She has found that Saint Rita’s particular academic focus and religious formation puts it in the forefront of important educational trends within the diocese, and she has enjoyed getting to know the school community and especially all of her students!
Mr. Michael Taylor
Music Teacher (K-8)
Mr. Taylor was born in London and has lived in the USA since he was twelve. During his high school years in North Texas, he won national MTNA awards as a pianist and composer, appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English, where he also pursued music studies and instruction in composition at New England Conservatory. He is organist for St Luke’s/St Ignatius in Oxon Hill, MD, violinist for American roots band Kentucky Avenue, and freelances as a private teacher, pianist, composer, singer, and choral conductor. He enjoys sharing his great love of music and beauty with the students at Saint Rita and appreciates the opportunity to communicate the great adventure of the Catholic faith through music in the devout and faithful environment of this school.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hexter
Mrs. Hexter has worked at Saint Rita School for several years in various capacities. Mrs. Hexter earned her B.A. in Government and her Master’s in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary in 2014. She has taught reading through the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, and worked as a reading interventionist at a school for children with dyslexia. Her favorite part of teaching is helping each child to see the strengths that God has given them. Mrs. Hexter’s hobbies include reading, singing, and traveling. She feels blessed to be continuing at Saint Rita School this year and see all the familiar smiles each morning as the kids walk in the door.
Miss Monica Kolf
Dean of Students & Student Support, 6th Grade Math Teacher
Miss Kolf grew up in Rockville, Maryland, and is a proud alumna of Oakcrest School. She holds an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where she focused her studies on the works of Aristotle and Aquinas. She brings with her nine years’ experience teaching middle school math and mentoring middle school and high school students. She has been both the Assistant Academic Director and the Assistant Character Director for the PALS Summer Program, which fosters academic and leadership skills for girls in Washington, D.C. She has also been the Executive Director of Shades Media Literacy Project, giving workshops to teens and parents regarding the influence of media on human identity and relationships. Miss Kolf is thrilled to be part of the Saint Rita community! She is passionate about helping each student become happy, healthy, and holy, and she believes the classical and faith-filled education at Saint Rita’s cultivates these characteristics beautifully. Miss Kolf is currently working toward certification as a Youth, Parent, and Family Coach. Here follows one of her favorite quotes: “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.” –George MacDonald.
Mrs. Molly Metzgar
Resource Director & Instructional Coach
Mrs. Metzgar has taught exclusively in Catholic schools and is thrilled to be part of the team at St. Rita Catholic School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She especially enjoys sharing her Catholic faith in the classroom and helping students appreciate the joys of reading.
Miss Elizabeth Vail
Good Shepherd Catechist Level 2
Miss Vail graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. Miss Vail has worked in a variety of different positions in several different industries before settling here at Saint Rita more than 10 years ago. She helped build Saint Rita’s Level I and Level II Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and loves sharing the Faith with children in the Atrium.
Mrs. Lisa McNichols
PE Teacher (K-8)
Mrs. McNichols has been part of the St. Rita community since 2005, when she and her husband John moved here right before their twins were born. She is the mother of four girls who currently attend or have graduated from Saint Rita. She loves the parish and school and has coached the St. Rita Track and Field and Cross Country Teams for twelve years. A graduate of Manhattan College, Mrs. McNichols ran track and cross country in Division 1 and continues to run today. A former child abuse prosecutor and graduate of Wake Forest University Law School, Mrs. McNichols uses her PE position to surreptitiously recruit students to the track and field and cross country teams!
Miss Ailsa Skuodas
Good Shepherd Catechist Level I
Miss Skuodas is from Scotland and is grateful to be joining the Saint Rita community. She holds a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Edinburgh (2014) and recently graduated with a M.T.S (Master of Theological Studies) with a Concentration in Marriage and Family from The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America (2023). While at the JPII Institute, she completed the training to be a Level I Catechist in the Atrium. After being formed in the Catholic intellectual tradition with the vision of the human person and of reality as a gift, she is excited to pass on the truths of the faith in an environment that is hands-on and inspires in each child a sense of wonder. She has taught sailing, worked as an engineer for four years, and cared for adults with learning disabilities at L’Arche. She enjoys being active outdoors, going on hikes, biking, sailing, gardening, going on pilgrimages, and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Alexsandra Oakes
Good Shepherd Catechist Level 1
Mrs. Oakes has worked at St. Rita School for over a dozen years in many different roles from instructional aide to lead teacher to student support. She is very excited to step into a new role this year as a Level One Catechist in the Atrium after just completing her training. She looks forward to collaborating and sharing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with students. Mrs. Oakes lives in Arlington with her husband and two year old daughter. They are awaiting the birth of their second child in the summer of 2023.
Miss Carlie Franzman
Angels Lead Teacher
Miss Franzman grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2022 with a B.A. in Political Science. She moved to Northern Virginia to pursue her Master’s in International Security at George Mason University. Before coming to Saint Rita, Miss Franzman worked as a graduate research assistant at the National War College in Washington, D.C., where she helped professors develop course syllabi, assisted in war gaming simulations, and conducted open-source research for various topics in national security. Before moving to NOVA, Miss Franzman spent most of her summers and evenings after school babysitting for her neighbors. She is excited to put her passion for education and love for children to work at Saint Rita! In her free time, Miss Franzman enjoys cooking, reading, and watching old movies.
Mrs. Noely Estrada
Preschool: Angels Aide and Lunch Bunch Coordinator
Mrs. Estrada has been with Saint Rita Catholic School for years, working with both the K-8 Extended Day and PreK Lunch Bunch programs. She has also served as a substitute teacher for all of the preschool’s age groups.
Mrs. Estrada came to the United States at the age of 16 from El Salvador, and has been in Northern Virginia for 27 years. She has been an active member of Saint Rita Catholic Church for over 25 years, and continues to live in the area alongside her husband, two daughters, grandson, and her pets. When not on campus, Mrs. Estrada enjoys puzzles, long walks, baseball games, making earrings and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Melanie Worth
Preschool: Lambs Lead Teacher
Mrs. Worth is a committed Saint Rita mom who has spent years working with the littlest souls down in the Preschool! She brings many talents to the classroom including her love of music. Mrs. Worth hails from Athens, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Political Communications. She worked on Capitol Hill for seven years, as a scheduler and office manager for U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich. Currently, Mrs. Worth resides in Arlington with her husband, Brian, and two boys, Thad and Matthew, who have both graduated from St. Rita School. Her past-times include cooking, live music, cheering on her kids’ sports teams and loving her Labradoodle, Mr. Rodney Tumnus.
Mrs. Monica Ciatti
Lambs Instructional Aide and Alumni Relations Coordinator
Mrs. Ciatti received a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Post degrees, she enjoyed career coaching and alumni relations roles at Loyola College in Maryland, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. She especially appreciates the simple pleasures of baking, being outdoors biking and walking, and laughter at the family dinner table. She and her husband and their three children, who are students at St. Rita’s School, live in Alexandria. Continuous growth in the Catholic faith is an integral part of her life that she looks forward to bringing to the classroom daily.
Mrs. Kristin Lowe
Preschool: Wednesday Lambs Aide
Mrs. Lowe has been assisting in the St. Rita Preschool program for several years in different classrooms. Mrs. Lowe received her BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the College of Charleston. She taught first grade in Fairfax, VA. During this time, she met her husband Christopher, a US Army Officer. It has been a whirlwind ever since! Mrs. Lowe has been married for seventeen years and has lived in five different states and nine different houses. She has two children attending Saint Rita and two have gone on to high school at Bishop Ireton. She has been a substitute teacher or volunteer in every school that her children have attended. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, college sports, spending time with family and friends, and walking her dog.
Miss Taylor DeRosa
Preschool: Shepherds Lead Teacher & PM Kindergarten Aide
Miss DeRosa is thrilled to watch her students learn and grow everyday! Miss DeRosa is originally from upstate New York and now resides in Northern Virginia. After graduating with her B.S. in Human Services Management from Alfred State College, Miss DeRosa began teaching at the Alfred Montessori School where she spent 2 years. She also taught at Anchor Academy Preschool in Florida. In her free time, Miss DeRosa loves to spend time outdoors hiking and running. She also cherishes the time she can spend with her family and friends.
Mrs. Allison Tracey
Preschool: Shepherds Aide
Mrs. Tracey is a longtime St Rita’s Parish member, a native Washingtonian, and a mother of three boys. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from Marymount University, where she focused her studies on Learning Disabilities, and has a BA from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is thrilled to accept the aide position in the Sheperds.
Mrs. Tracey has extensive experience in the classroom. Before starting at Saint Rita, she was an assistant teacher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal School for ten years before leaving the classroom to raise her sons, who all attended St. Thomas More and Bishop Ireton. She returned to teaching and worked at St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool for nine years.
Teaching reading and handwriting is her passion. She believes in early intervention and is trained in Orton Gillingham and Handwriting Without Tears, and she loves teaching foundational skills for all children and finding each child’s gift in the classroom. She is excited to be in a Catholic school setting and looks forward to working with like-minded co-workers who teach and live the Faith.
In her free time, Mrs. Tracey enjoys spending time with her family on the golf course, running, and cross-training.
Mrs. Becca Lynch
Mrs. Lynch was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. She attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Bishop O’Connell High School before heading to College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she received a BA in Economics. She also participated in the Navy ROTC program at Holy Cross and was commissioned into the Navy upon graduation. She resettled back in Alexandria with her husband over 10 years ago where she has raised her three boys, who now all attend Saint Rita. She always wanted to be a teacher and is excited to step into the roll of teaching PE to all the preschoolers. In her spare time she loves going on runs, doing puzzles of any kind, watching baseball, and spending time with her large extended family.