“The whole world is my country; and heaven is my home.” - Cornelia Connelly

The Holy Child community welcomes students and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds. In keeping with the philosophy of our founder Cornelia Connelly, Holy Child values the uniqueness of each individual and fosters a life of service to others. We continually strive to provide the opportunity for a Holy Child education to a diverse group of young women while creating curricula and programs that embrace the multicultural and economic reality of our community, society, and world.


  • To work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life.
  • To create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.

Student Pledge

"A student of Connelly School of the Holy Child, will at all times, act with respect, courtesy and honesty. Prejudice based on race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual, or religious beliefs is intolerable.”

Diversity Leadership

During the 2016-2017 school year, we had an active Diversity Club with more than 40 members. Some important activities organized by the students this year included: conversations during and after elections, cultural celebrations (Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, French Week, Mardi Gras, Día de los Muertos, Our Lady of Guadalupe, International Week), acknowledge and discuss diversity identifiers in Homeroom in the Gym, and the Diversity Walk, among others.

Student's Diversity

All events were attended by students interested in the respective topic. The Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Atlanta was attended by Diversity Club members.

  • Leadership Conference, AIMS: Baltimore: November 12
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference, NAIS, Atlanta: December 8-10
  • Town Hall Sidwell Friends, January 18
  • Diversity on the DMV Conference: February 2017
  • GIN Conference, March 14

Faculty and Staff Diversity

Our Teacher Diversity Committee meets regularly to discuss general school topics and to support our diversity work.

In addition to in-school presentations, members of the Teacher Diversity Committee attend several conferences throughout the year.

Teacher Diversity Committee

  • Elizabeth Billett - School Counselor
  • Madie Bromiley - Associate Director of Communications
  • Marissa Bulger - Upper School English Teacher
  • Karen Craig - Upper School Social Studies Teacher
  • Meghan Cross - Director of Enrollment Management
  • Nora Fitzpatrick - Assistant to the Head of School
  • Ben Hatton - Middle School and Upper School English Teacher
  • Nawil Jama - Upper School Math Teacher
  • Ashley Lowry - Dean of Academics
  • Sonya Payne - Upper School Art Teacher and Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
  • Meg Russell - Upper School Religion Teacher
  • Colleen Wealton-Mailander - Middle School Spanish Teacher

Student Life Staff

Julie Burke
Dean of Students
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Trish Fraser
Assistant Dean of Students
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Elizabeth Billett
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
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Heather Bradley
11th and 12th Grade Counselor
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Lindsay Davis
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Counselor
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Meg Mayo
Director of College Counseling
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Karin Wells
Associate Director of College Counseling and Senior Internship Coordinator
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Katia Vargas
Multicultural Diversity Coordinator
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Catherine Albornoz
Campus Ministry
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