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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076

Faculty and Staff

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Georgine Baugher
Administrative Assistant
Brian Blomquist
Principal
Bio
Brian Blomquist became principal of St. John the Baptist School in July of 2014, succeeding Marianne Moore after 22 years as SJB’s principal. He and his wife Trish, an art teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic school on Capitol Hill, have lived in Washington, DC, for 25 years. They have four children (ages 16 to 22) and have sent them all to Catholic schools. Mr. Blomquist taught language arts (grades 6-8) and served as vice principal at St. Ann’s Academy in DC. He taught in DC public schools (grades 3 and 5) for three years after working for 17 years as a reporter for newspapers in southern Maryland, on the Maryland Eastern Shore, in eastern North Carolina, as well as for the Washington Times, New York Post and Washington Post.
Shannon Calabrese
4th Grade Teacher
Bio
Ms. Calabrese was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She attended St. Jude’s Catholic Elementary School and St. John’s College High School. Ms. Calabrese went to Coastal Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduating Ms. Calabrese taught for two years at St. Joseph’s in Beltsville, and then moved back to Myrtle Beach. While in Myrtle Beach she taught grades 1, 2, and 5 for a total of six years. Ms. Calabrese has been a part of SJB for the past four years teaching the wonderful 4th grade. Ms. Calabrese is currently working on her Master’s degree in Mathematical Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Therese Capo
First Grade Teacher
Bio
Mrs. Capo was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an Area Study in English from Rosary Hill College in Buffalo. Mrs. Capo received a Masters of Science degree in Elementary Education with an Area Study in Reading and Language Arts from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is certified to teach in New York State in Grades N – 6 and taught in Grades 2, 3, and 4 for twenty years in the Diocese of Buffalo. Fifteen years ago Mrs. Capo and her husband moved to Maryland after living in Auburn, Alabama for a few years. She has her Maryland certification in Grades K – 6 and has taught at St. John the Baptist School for the past seventeen years.
Lisa Case
Resource 4 - 8; SSkills 8
Bio
Dr. Case began as the resource teacher at SJB in August 2012 but has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years. Her teaching roles have ranged from a vocational instruction for adults with intellectual disabilities, to public school teacher, to a college research associate in the field of learning disabilities at the University of Maryland. She also received her doctorate in learning disabilities from the University of Maryland but is a die-hard Cavalier fan, as she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. Case is blessed to have a family of three children, a special dog, and a husband who understands her quirks. Outside of school she loves to exercise, travel to the beach, visit family, go to concerts, and watch the Capitals!
Liz Castillo
Homeroom 5; LA 5; Library
Bio
Mrs. Castillo is originally from Iowa, and she started her teaching career 17 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs. Castillo graduated from Briar Cliff University in Iowa and holds a Maryland State Teaching License, certified to teach multi-grades with a specialty in Reading. She taught 3rd grade for four years and currently teaches 5th grade Language Arts. She is also the SJB Librarian, so she teaches Library classes and maintains the library while helping place amazing books into children's hands. She lives in Lanham with her husband and three children.
Patti Crowley
Teacher Aide 1 - 4
Bio
Mrs. Crowley has been involved with St. John the Baptist for over 20 years. She began as a volunteer when her oldest son started school there in 1995; all four of her children have since graduated from SJB. Over the course of the past 16 years, she has been employed in various positions within the school, including first grade aide, playground supervisor, and aftercare supervisor. Prior to SJB, Mrs. Crowley stayed at home to raise her children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach and with her two grandchildren.
Nancy Dalton
Third Grade Teacher; SS 5; Math 5, 6
Bio
Nancy is originally from Ithaca, New York. Mrs. Dalton received a Bachelor of Arts from Potsdam University In Elementary Education and Psychology. Her Masters in Guidance Counseling was awarded to her from Bowie State University in 1993.She is certified to teach Elementary Education in Maryland and New York. Prince Georges County hired her to teach Kindergarten in Suitland, Maryland. There she also taught first and second grade. After her children were born, she stayed home until her youngest went to Kindergarten. then she started substituting at St John the Baptist. She is currently the 3rd grade teacher of Math, Science and Social Studies. She also teaches 5th grade Math, 6th grade Math and 5th grade Social Studies.
Astrid Diaz
Resource Aide
Bio
Originally from Munich, Germany, Mrs. Diaz graduated in Hospitality Management before she continued and developed her Management career at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in South Florida. She and her husband moved to Silver Spring in 2000. After staying at home with her two young children, she was recruited to teach at her children’s preschool. Discovering her love for teaching, brought her to SJB where she serves in her 4th year as a Teacher Aide in Resource. Both of her children attend SJB.
Eileen Flynn
Spanish 5 - 8
Bio
Mrs. Flynn is in her ninth year teaching Spanish in Grades 5-8. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mrs. Flynn received both her certification in Spanish, grades K-12, and a Master’s in Leadership in Teaching in Spanish, from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to teaching Spanish, Mrs. Flynn was a writer and assistant editor on legislative issues for a business association.
Patty Galan
Spanish K - 4; After Care Director
Bio
Sra. Galan was born in Guatemala. She has been living in Maryland for 5 years, ever since she came to the United States. She has been a teacher of English/Spanish for more than 15 years. She loves to try different approaches to teaching a second language, including both technology and TPR, (Total Physical Response.) She teaches Spanish K-4 at SJB.
Jennifer Griffith
Second Grade Teacher
Bio
Mrs. Griffith attended St. John the Baptist as a child, graduated from Academy of the Holy Cross high school, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University where she majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Business Administration. She returned to SJB right after college and has been there for 7 years.
Nicole Hennig
Before Care Director
Bio
Miss Nicole Hennig was born in Silver Spring, MD and has never left! Graduating from the College of Education at the University of Maryland - College Park in 2005, she has taught children in various daycare & school settings focusing on her passion for reading and children's literature. Miss Hennig has been a member of the SJB Catholic Community all of her life & is happy and very excited to begin her first year as part of the SJB Catholic School staff!
Anne Irwin
Technology Director; SS 8
Bio
Mrs. Irwin has been teaching at SJB since 2003 beginning with 5th grade homeroom and religion and 5-8 Social Studies. In 2013, she began working as the Technology Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Media from Wilkes University. She lives in Laurel with her husband and four children.
Judy Jenkins
Homeroom 8; LA 7; Writing 5 - 8; SSkills 7
Bio
Mrs. Jenkins has been teaching at St. John the Baptist for 15 years. She attended the University of Maryland where she received a BS degree in Journalism and then earned her Masters of Education degree at Johns Hopkins University. Certified in Secondary English in the state of Maryland, she has been instrumental in developing and building the Writing Program at SJB. Helping each child develop the necessary skills and confidence in the writing process that leads to success is one of her goals along with having some fun with words. In addition to teaching language arts, Mrs. Jenkins teaches writing to 3rd and 4th grade as well as the upper school and assists with study skills classes. She feels blessed to be part of the SJB faculty.
Tom Klotz
Maintenance Supervisor
Amy Krupka
Homeroom 7; PE; Science 5; SSkills 5 - 6
Bio
Ms. K is a Maryland native who graduated from Academy of the Holy Cross and University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Elementary Education. She received certifications in Elementary Education, Middle School Science, and Middle School Social Studies. Then, she graduated with her Masters Degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science from McDaniel College. Ms. K has taught kindergarten and 4th grade before coming to SJB. She loves to ride horses, all Pittsburgh sports, and competing in triathlons.
Chrissy Leishear
Art
Bio
Mrs. Leishear has been a Catholic school educator since 2008 and is in her ninth year at SJB as the K-8 Art teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stevenson University in Art, a Master’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Leadership in Education, and holds a Maryland State Teaching license in PK-12 Art.
Tina Levin
Kindergarten Aide
Bio
Tina Levin is starting her 11th year at SJB as a teacher’s aide in Kindergarten. Before coming to St. John’s, she taught preschool for 17 years at Colesville Presbyterian Nursery School. She was born in London, England and attended high school in Switzerland and the Canary Islands, while her family was stationed in West Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., she studied Personnel and Labor Relations at the University of Maryland as well as getting certified as a dental assistant at the Georgetown Dental School. She also became a certified preschool teacher. She now resides in Silver Spring with her husband, Steve and enjoys spending time with her two grown children and grandchildren.
Veronica Lippert
Homeroom 5; Religion 5; SS 6, 7; LA 6
Concetta Lucey
Kindergarten
Bio
Mrs. Lucey is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Psychology. She taught fourth and first grade in Prince George’s County before becoming a “stay at home” mom raising a family. During that time she earned a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Early Childhood Education. During the summer of 1993 she established a kindergarten program at SJB where she is currently teaching her 23rd year. She and her husband Richard live in Silver Spring. Their four grown children and three grandchildren all reside locally.
Martin Lucey
Homeroom 6; Math 5 - 8
Bio
Mr. Lucey is a 1992 graduate of St. John the Baptist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and a Masters of Education from Marymount University. Mr. Lucey has been teaching Math at St. John’s since 2003. He and his wife reside in Laurel.
Doreen May
Third Grade Teacher; Guidance Counselor
Bio
Mrs. Doreen May is originally from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, but has lived in the Rockville/Silver Spring area for thirty-eight years. She attended Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, where she received a BA degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. Currently, Mrs. May is pursuing the completion of a Masters Degree in School Counseling. She is certified in Elementary Education in the states of Maryland and Massachusetts, and has been a teacher in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for twenty-five years. In addition, she has served on the ADW School Board and various other leadership committees within this Archdiocese. Mrs. May resides in Rockville with her husband. She has three children and two grandchildren.
Diana McPherson
Pre-Kindergarten
Bio
Diana McPherson, our preschool teacher, taught preschool students in Prince George's County Public Schools for two years. She has state certification and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She has a master's degree in early childhood special education. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park, and from St. John's College High School, as well as from St. John the Baptist (when she was Diana Liddi). She is fluent in Spanish. Mrs. McPherson lives with her husband in Silver Spring.
Kathleen Morris
Homeroom 8; LA 8; Religion 6, 8; Vice Principal
Bio
Mrs Morris has been at St John the Baptist for 14 years. She is married to a great guy and has four children, three of whom are also teachers. Mrs Morris is SJB’s Vice Principal, middle school LA and Relgion teacher. Reading is Mrs Morris’ passion and she loves teaching language arts in the middle school. Her hope is that all kids will love to read in some capacity—whether novels, plays, short stories, poems, graphic novels or drama. She tries to choose books for classroom use that are both high interest for students and have a lot to offer for discussion. Her classroom library is extensive and she believes that books “make a person rich.” In addition to teaching language arts, Mrs Morris teaches Religion in Grade 8 and Grade 6. Having the opportunity to teach any subject with a faith centered foundation is one of her most treasured blessings.
Laura Pifer
ELL; Language Enrichment
Bio
Mrs. Pifer earned her Bachelor Degrees in Urban Planning and Elementary Education from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. She moved to Maryland in 1987 and taught with Montgomery County Public Schools for nine years. During that time she earned a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Maryland. After that, she “switched gears” and became a stay at home mom for seventeen years. She began substituting at SJB while her three daughters attended the school. Mrs. Pifer fully joined the staff in 2010 and is currently teaching ELL and Reading Enrichment in grades K-2. In her free time, Mrs. Pifer performs with the Rockville Concert Band and The Maryland Band Directors Band. Mrs.Pifer is married and resides in Silver Spring.
Jeanine Regan
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Aide
Bio
Jeanine Regan taught 3rd grade and 5th grade for ten years in Montgomery County Public Schools before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Two years ago, Mrs. Regan started teaching in the preschool program at Resurrection in Burtonsville. Mrs. Regan is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and the University of Maryland College Park, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Regan is a Maryland-certified teacher and holds a Master's degree in Middle School Mathematics. She and her husband, Chris, live in Silver Spring with their daughter Madelyn, who is in First Grade. They are active SJB parishioners and school parents.
Carol Schwab
Assistant to the Principal
Camilla Seckers
Homeroom 7; Science 6 - 8; Math 7 - 8
Bio
Camilla was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Seckers earned her degree in Elementary Education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She taught 3rd and 4th grade Math and Science in Texas for two years before moving to Maryland. Currently, she teaches Middle School Math and Science here at SJB. In her free time, Camilla loves to cook, loom knit, and dream about her next adventure to Disney World with her husband.
Eileen Smith
Homeroom 6; Religion 7; Resource Teacher 5 - 8; Liturgy Coordinator
Bio
Mrs. Eileen Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Biology from the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut. She received her Masters in Educational Administration from McDaniel College. She really had no choice about her career since her great-grandmother, her grandmother and her aunt were all teachers, so she was (almost) genetically predisposed to be in the classroom. Mrs. Smith taught science at the middle school level for about 4 decades. Although her duties have changed, she still loves working with students in grades 5-8. She joined the staff at SJB in 2009.
Jennifer Tifford
Band
Bio
Mrs. Jennifer Tifford has been the Band Director at SJB since 1993. She graduated summa cum laude from Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education.
Esco Williams
Music
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