The Coakley Center for Innovative Learning is a resource for the Holy Child community providing services and support for teachers, parents, and students. Our learning specialists keep abreast of current research-based strategies and techniques that prepare our students for a rigorous program with confidence and success.

The Coakley Center for Innovative Learning supports key community stakeholders in the following ways:


  • Trains teachers on how to support students in the classroom
  • Educates teachers on new research informing teaching and learning in and outside the classroom
  • Partners with teachers on developing action plans and implementing accommodation plans


  • Educates parents on new education research that could assist their daughters
  • Works with parents in recognizing their daughter’s strengths to help them reach their fullest potential


  • Provides support for all students who need help with their academics when experiencing extraordinary circumstances (absence due to illness, concussion diagnosis, etc.)
  • Offers academic coaching, which is a two day per week course that focuses on executive functioning skills. Students learn to monitor their own progress and make adjustments to strategies and plans when necessary.
  • Provides course offerings for students with a diagnosed disability. These classes meet four days a week. Class descriptions found below.

Academics Staff

Julie Connelly
Head of Upper School
301.365.0955 x 2203

Kim Hogan
Head of Middle School
301.365.0955 x 2129

Nicki Iadarola '02
Head of Academic Support
301.365.0955 x 2230

Kaitlyn Valis
Head of Innovation and Academic Strategy

Dr. Andrea Castelluccio
Dean of Academics
301.365.0955 x 2243