2018 Faculty News

2018 Faculty News


SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER ADAM LEWIN spent two weeks in October teaching at an English-language school in the small town of Rayalpadu, in Southern India, and traveled through the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnatanka, and Kerala. He had the opportunity to celebrate the holiday of Diwali, witness village life, and ride an elephant. Mr. Lewin included these experiences (and plenty of pictures) in his two-month unit on India for his World Cultures class.

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MATH TEACHER IDA PABLO proudly became a citizen of the United States and purchased her first home in the U.S. Professionally, she attended the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) in Washington, D.C., and became a member of the MCTM (Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

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MATH TEACHER KAITLYN VALIS experienced the cruise of a lifetime in November when she joined her brother United States Naval Chief Sean Valis on the U.S.S Nimitz. As a member of the Tiger Cruise, Ms. Valis experienced life aboard a U.S. Naval ship while enjoying the beautiful vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Ms. Valis also received a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Loyola University Maryland, in July 2017.


A GROUP OF TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS attended the People of Color Conference in Anaheim, California with a group of six students. The People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S.  It focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.


DEAN OF ACADEMICS ASHLEY LOWRY participated in a panel discussion about strategies and tips for building a successful academic support department. The discussion was part of the Summer Summit, Reboot and Retool: Teaching and Learning for Diverse Minds conference, hosted in June by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

WELCOMING A NEW TIGER! Mrs. Lowry also welcomed a new addition with her husband Jeremy and son Lucas. Gabriel was born on May 2, 2018 with a full head of hair. Gabe weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth and measured 21 inches long.


SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND TEACHER KRISTIN ROBERTS participated in the White House Historical Association Teacher Institute. This five-day workshop included discussions with historians, local site visits within D.C., and executing inquiry based learning activities to learn about the history of the White House and how it impacts our country.


ENGLISH TEACHER MARISSA BULGER has been studying female adolescent stress and anxiety in the Mind, Brain, and Teaching specialization within the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program at Johns Hopkins University for the past three years. Her research explores the benefits of reading relatable fiction and processing stressful situations with the therapeutic distance afforded by the text. Preliminary findings suggest that certain conditions for reading prompt students to disconnect from daily stressors and promote empathy, use of coping strategies, and a deeper understanding of one's self. She is in the revision stages and anticipates defending her research this summer!


DIRECTOR OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS ELSBETH FAGER continues to impress the Holy Child community with her professional career. In addition to inspiring and teaching the arts within the Holy Child community, Ms. Fager also performs with the DC Flutes Ensemble, led by National Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, Aaron Goldman. This summer, she is attending Sir James Galway’s Flute Festival in Switzerland for the third consecutive summer with international artists and is teaching summer music camp and performing concerts in Italy with exchange students who have come to Holy Child.


Special Events Coordinator Claire Drummond, Director of Visual and Performing Arts Elsbeth Fager, and Senior Maria Velasco Basterra had the extraordinary experience of walking the Camino de Santiago this summer with their families. Coincidentally, they all walked the Camino Frances, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.


DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT NICOLE HESS IADAROLA (‘02) completed her Masters in Special Education from Marymount University. She will be certified through Virginia to teach Special Education K-12.