Saint Rita Catholic School

In the Classical Tradition
Preschool - Grade 8
"The soul of education is the education of the soul"

Faculty & Staff


Rev. Christopher Christensen

Pastor

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!

frcc41@gmail.com

703-836-1640 ext 17

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.

fatherschierer@gmail.com

703-836-1640 ext 30

Mrs. Malia Busekrus

Principal

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!

mbusekrus@saintrita-school.org

(703) 548-1888 ext 32

Mrs. Monica Ciatti

Admissions Director and 5th-8th PE Teacher

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.

mciatti@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Caitlin Rockwell

Preschool Director

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.

preschooldirector@saintrita-school.org

703-548-1888 ext 16

Mrs. Luisana Bethencourt

School Secretary

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.

office@saintrita-school.org

Miss Haley Lange

Kindergarten Teacher

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.

hlange@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Debra Coleman

Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Coleman is delighted to serve as an aide in our Kindergarten classroom. Mrs. Coleman grew up in Pleasantville, NY in Westchester County and attended Pace University. She previously worked in the Admissions Office at George Mason University and Skidmore College. Mrs. Coleman and her family were blessed to have had the opportunity to live abroad for eight years in Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. She currently resides in Alexandria with her husband and three children. She has twins (son and daughter) who attend Catholic universities and a younger daughter attending a Catholic high school in the area. She enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time at her children’s many sport events. She feels blessed to be part of Saint Rita!

Miss Margaret McLaughlin

1st Grade Teacher

Miss McLaughlin is excited to begin her third 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. A local of the area, Miss McLaughlin attended diocesan elementary schools before attending and graduating from Oakcrest School.  She enjoys reading good books, singing, and learning more facts about ancient civilizations to share with her students.

mmclaughlin@saintrita-school.org

Miss Lizano

1st Grade Aide and Extended Day Director

Miss Lizano was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. She is currently working towards her BA in Elementary Education with Special Education. She is very excited to share her love and passion for education with St. Rita. Miss Lizano has been a part of the St. Rita Hispanic community for over 18 years now. During her free time, she loves to read, go on walks, and spend time with her son who is currently a student at St. Rita!

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 spending time outdoors.

mrolla@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Noemi Neville

2nd Grade Aide

Mrs. Neville has been a member of Saint Rita Parish for more than a decade, 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.

nneville@saintrita-school.org

Mr. Teo Antonio

3rd Grade Teacher

Mr. Antonio is looking forward to being a part of the faculty at St. Rita. Mr. Antonio has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. While he was at Berkeley, he was the event planner for Berkeley Students for Life, which was the campus’s only pro-life student club. In the summers, he worked at the Midtown-Metro Achievement Center in Chicago, where he taught and mentored inner city middle school boys. Prior to arriving at St. Rita, Mr. Antonio taught a class of adventurous 2nd grade boys at Northridge School in Mexico City. Mr. Antonio enjoys helping students grow in virtue and experience the excitement of learning. In his free time, Mr. Antonio likes to explore urban drainage systems, skateboard, make electronic music, and play guitar (samba and bossa nova especially!).

Miss Becky Walker

4th Grade Teacher

Miss Walker

is thrilled to continue her journey here at Saint Rita School. She holds a BA in Economics and English Writing from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Indiana, with a minor in Film Studies. Before joining Saint Rita, she gained valuable experience at Saint William of York, the very same school she attended from fourth through eighth grade, and where her mother currently teaches math.

Miss Walker has a deep passion for science fiction and fantasy across books, movies, and television. She is an avid creator, indulging in crochet, sewing, and writing projects. Her fashion inspiration stems from the iconic Ms. Frizzle of Magic School Bus fame.

In her teaching, Miss Walker particularly enjoys exploring early development of technologies like radio, film, and the airplane, and their profound impacts on global society.

rwalker@saintrita-school.org

Mr. Sam Fortune

Fifth Grade Teacher

Mr. Fortune is a lifelong Virginian. He was born and raised in Richmond and earned a degree in Government from the College of William & Mary. He earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame. During the 2023-2024 school year, he served as Director of Saint Rita’s Religious Education program. Mr. Fortune is excited to transition into the classroom and begin his teaching career with the 5th grade class. Following the teaching of St. John Paul II, he believes that “the ultimate goal of Catholic education is salvation in Jesus Christ,” and is eager to pursue that end by promoting every facet of his students’ intellectual and moral development.

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!

ltillotson@saintrita-school.org

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.

chanley@saintrita-school.org

Miss Rachel Cochrane

Middle School Humanities & Latin Teacher

Miss Cochrane received a Classical education in both high school and college. She is very excited to be able to share her passion for literature, history, and ancient languages with her students. She is thrilled to be entering her second year as Saint Rita’s 8th Grade Humanities teacher, and is delighted to continue teaching various other Middle School classes. She loves that Saint Rita’s is authentically Catholic in its approach to education; specifically in allowing her to both practice the faith and nurture young minds in the good, true, and beautiful.

rcochrane@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Renuka Carlitti

Algebra Teacher

Mrs. 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 their two sons grew up in Catholic schools.  

rcarlitti@saintrita-school.org

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.

awarren@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Holly Carroll

Science Teacher

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.

hcarroll@saintrita-school.org

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 young children 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.

kcoleman@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Carolyn Lundberg

Librarian

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!

clundberg@saintrita-school.org

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.

mtaylor@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Elizabeth Hexter

Resource

Mrs. Hexter feels she has found a home at St. Rita where she can live out her faith in Christ, her love for classical education and pedagogy, and her desire to mentor young people. She is inspired daily by the school’s mission to help everyone in the school community get to heaven. Mrs. Hexter has worked at Saint Rita School for 6 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.

ehexter@saintrita-school.org

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 has eleven 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 beyond thrilled that God brought her to the Saint Rita’s 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

mkolf@saintrita-school.org

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.

mmetzgar@saintrita-school.org

Dr. Joy Hickey

Resource

Dr. Hickey is thrilled to be supporting Saint Rita students and teachers as a Resource teacher.  She is a graduate of Colby College (B.A. in French), Lesley University (M.Ed. in Elementary Education), and Columbia University (M.A. in International Educational Development; Ed.D. in Education Leadership). Dr. Hickey has worked in independent and international schools in several states and abroad. She first learned about classical education in 1992, when she was a teaching assistant at the St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium in post-Soviet Russia. She is grateful to draw upon these experiences to help students at St. Rita and feels blessed to be part of a school community where one can grow in knowledge and virtue. Dr. Hickey, her husband, and their daughter enjoy playing games, exploring new places, and visiting family in Upstate New York and Connecticut.

Miss Elizabeth Vail

Good Shepherd Catechist Level 2

Miss Vail is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and has worked in a variety of different positions in several different industries.  Since 2012, she has been working as the sacristan at St. Rita parish, as well as helping to build St. Rita’s Level I and Level II Catechesis of the Shepherd program. She enjoys listening to God together with the children in the Atrium.

evail@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Lisa McNichols

PE Teacher (K-4)

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!

lmcnichols@saintrita-school.org

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.

askuodas@saintrita-school.org

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 young children.

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.

cfranzman@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Adriana Vizuete

Angels Aide

Mrs. Vizuete has worked in the ACPS school district for several years and is very excited to start her first year at Saint Rita Catholic School. A native Alexandrian, she was raised in Annandale, and moved back to the area several years ago. She is a wife and mother of two older children. Her home parish is the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, where she is part of the homeless ministry. She loves to spend time in nature with her family, visit the Basilica of the National Shrine bookstore and read about Saints, and walk around the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery. She is looking forward to meeting the St. Rita families and getting to know her little Angels!

Mrs. Melanie Worth

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.

mworth@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Cecilia Castillo

Lambs Aide

Mrs. Castillo graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art from the University of Dallas. After obtaining her teacher’s certification, she taught Kindergarten and First Grade Dual Language in Texas Public Schools. Once she returned to her native state of California, she went on to teach First Grade in a parochial school in her hometown. Mrs. Castillo loves the Tridentine Mass and values quality time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling, baking, and trying new delicacies from different countries. Before relocating to Virginia, Mrs. Castillo homeschooled her two boys who now attend St. Rita School. She looks forward to being more involved and contributing her experience to the St. Rita community.

Mrs. Kristin Lowe

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.

klowe@saintrita-school.org

Miss Taylor DeRosa

Shepherds Lead Teacher & Afternoon Resource Teacher

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.

tderosa@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Allison Tracey

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 support the Sheperds class. 

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 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.

atracey@saintrita-school.org

Mrs. Becca Lynch

Shepherds Aide

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 be working at Saint Rita! In her spare time she loves going on runs, doing puzzles of any kind, watching baseball, and spending time with her large extended family.

blynch@saintrita-school.org