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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
Brian Blomquist been principal of St. John the Baptist since 2014, coming from St. Ann's in Washington, DC., where he was the vice principal and middle-school language arts teacher. He previously taught 3rd grade and 5th grade in DC public schools. Mr. Blomquist was a reporter for 17 years for newspapers in North Carolina, on the Maryland Eastern Shore, and for the Washington Times, New York Post, and Washington Post. He and his wife Trish, an art teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic school on Capitol Hill, live in Washington, DC, where they raised four children who are now grown. They are Blessed Sacrament parishioners. Mr. Blomquist has masters degrees in journalism and education and state certifications in teaching and school administration.
Shannon Calabrese
Homeroom 5, Math 5; LA 5; Rel 5, SS 5
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.
Lisa P Case
Resource 4 - 8; SSkills 8
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
LA 6; Library
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.
Ashley Chapa
Spanish 5 - 8
Mrs. Chapa previously taught Spanish for twelve years in public schools on different grade levels, and she taught preschool for three years. Her two sons, Rico and Luca, are students at SJB.
Kobe Chaney
Third Grade Teacher
Kobe Chaney graduated from St. Mary’s College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies. Ms. Chaney played on her college basketball team for four years while studying to become a teacher. Ms. Chaney likes to play basketball, take road trips to different parks, and swim at a variety of pools and beaches.
Patti Crowley
Teacher Aide 1 - 4
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 6; Math 5, 6
Mrs. Dalton 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
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.
Jessica Dodson
Second Grade Teacher
Missy Eaton
Pre-Kindergarten Aide
Mrs. Eaton is a longtime SJB volunteer and parent. She previously worked in the Resurrection Preschool Program.
Patty Galan
Spanish K - 4; After Care Director
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.
Elizabeth Garbee
Homeroom 7; Math 4 - 8
For Dr. Garbee, teaching in an elementary and middle school will be a career change. Math will be nothing new. For the past two years, Dr. Garbee has been a program associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Mirzayan Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, where she co-authored a book on the integration of arts in STEM. Previously, she was a research assistant at the Risk Innovation Lab of the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes and an associate at the Science and Technology Policy Institute. Dr. Garbee taught nanoscience and science communication to graduate-level students as an instructor at Arizona State University. In 2018, she received her PhD from Arizona State University in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Dr. Garbee’s research focused on the value of a STEM PhD from student and non-academic employer perspectives. She wanted to better understand how to broaden the career possibilities for individuals earning STEM degrees. In 2014, she received her bachelor's from Oberlin College, where she majored in astrophysics and minored in Classical Greek Literature. She's a certified Suzuki violin teacher, an avid hiker, and a frequenter of used book stores. Dr. Garbee was a math tutor at Pine Creek High School in Arizona.
Juliena Herritz
Fourth Grade Teacher
Ms. Herritz was born and raised in Wisconsin, attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, and graduated with a double major in elementary education and political science. She spent a semester teaching reading in South Africa. She taught for one year in Milwaukee. In her free time, takes her rescue puppy for walks, cheers for the Green Bay Packers, and finds new places to explore in the DC area.
Nicole Hennig
Before Care Director
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 7, 8
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 3 - 8; SSkills 7
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 6; PE; Science 5; SSkills 5 - 6
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
Mrs. Leishear has been a Catholic school educator since 2008 and at SJB since 2009. She teaches PK-8 Art and enjoys challenging her students to find their inner artist. 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. She resides in Derwood with her husband and daughter.
Concetta Lucey
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.
Comfort Mingot
After Care Director
Comfort Davis Mingot joined the SJB family in 2018, working as an After Care worker and rising to become director of the program. She holds a masters in education with expertise in religious and early child education, education policy, curriculum development, family involvement, multicultural education, language acquisition strategies, and learning styles. She believes that each child has a voice and an opinion that deserves to be heard.
Christine Morin
First Grade Teacher
Ms. Morin received her Master’s in Arts in elementary education and early-childhood education from St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, Maryland, in 2019. Ms. Morin graduated from St. Mary's as an undergraduate in 2018. She was a student teacher in Kindergarten at White Marsh Elementary in Southern Maryland, and she is a parishioner at Holy Redeemer in Kensington and a graduate of St. John's College High School. At St. Mary’s, Ms. Morin was on the All-Academic Team and played basketball. Her passion for teaching started at a young age learning from her mom, who was a para-educator in Montgomery County.
Kathleen Morris
Homeroom 8; LA 8; Religion 6, 8; Vice Principal
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 Religion 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
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
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 6; Science 6 - 8; Math 7 - 8
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.
Erin Sample
Homeroom 7, Religion 3 & 6-8, Liturgy Coordinator
Erin Sample was a missionary in Georgia with a Catholic organization called Life Teen. Ms. Sample is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University. She loves "track and field, Dunkin Donuts, iced coffee, and Acts of the Apostles."
Darren Shillingford
Music Teacher
Mr. Shillingford is a passionate educator and pianist. Originally from The Commonwealth of Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Shillingford earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida International University and a Master of Arts in Music Education from University of Maryland, College Park. He also works with the Children’s Chorus of Washington performing regularly throughout the DMV area. In his spare time, he is an avid foodie who loves exploring food from many cultures around the world.
Jennifer Tifford
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.
Sarah Wendell
Kindergarten Aide
Sarah Wendell graduated from the University of Rhode Island, class of 2016, with a B.S. degree in conservation and wildlife biology. She has held several previous teaching roles, including kindergarten to second grades at the Audubon Society in Chevy Chase MD and at the small mammal and bird house of the Smithsonian National Zoo. In addition, she has had direct experience with exotic, domestic, and wild animals in training and rehabilitation positions. Sarah is an alumna of SJB (Class of 2008), and is excited to return and join the teaching staff of SJB and work with the students. In her spare time she enjoys solving puzzles, reading, and training for half marathons.
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