Diversity

In keeping with our Mission Statement, Connelly School of the Holy Child strives as a Catholic community to welcome students, staff, and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to including and respecting all. The school embraces the uniqueness of students, families, and staff who both enrich and promote diversity.

The school values all individuals at Holy Child through teamwork and Christian values. For the good of the community, we believe in the dignity and uniqueness of everyone. Holy Child promotes personal growth and development for all who participate in the life of the school. Our community practices peace and compassion through everyday life by creating a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Holy Child, our students and families represent a wide spectrum of cultures, identities, and backgrounds, all of which make our community stronger and richer. Our community believes that diversity makes our students, faculty, and community members smarter, wiser, and better able to fulfill our vision of graduating students who go forth to shape a better world.

As we seek to provide the opportunity for a Holy Child education to a diverse group of young women, we are also aware that this purpose can only be accomplished by deep commitment to increasing inclusivity, equity, and diversity on our campus. We acknowledge that learning occurs best in a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

Student Diversity

Student´s Diversity Advisor: Karen Craig

  • Leadership camp, AIMS, August 16, 2018.
  • Middle School Diversity Leadership Conference at Sandy Spring Friends School on November 5, 2018, East Ed. Administrators of Color.
  • Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference, AIMS: November 10, 2018.
  • NAIS People of Color Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, December 2018.
  • Middle School Diversity Conference at Saint Andrews Episcopal School on January, 2019.
  • AIMS Career Fair: February 2019.
  • Annual Diversity on D.C., Maryland and Virginia Area Conference, Saint Andrews Episcopal – Administrators of Color, February 2019.
  • National Diversity Practitioners Institute: June 2019.

Faculty and Staff Diversity

Faculty and staff seek opportunities and channels to increase an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops love for learning and academic excellence, and that supports diversity and respect among all people. The Holy Child mission is furthered when each teacher educates every student as an individual, recognizing and developing her unique talents, skills, personality and learning strengths.

2018-2019 Faculty and Staff Professional Development Opportunities

  • Leadership camp, AIMS, August 16, 2018.
  • Diversity Leadership Conference at Sandy Spring Friends School on November 5, 2018, East Ed.
  • National Diversity Practitioners Institute: June 2017.
  • Administrators of Color.
  • Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference, AIMS: November 10, 2018.
  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, December 2018.
  • Model of Organization of American States, Washington DC, December 2018.
  • Middle School Diversity Conference at Saint Andrews Episcopal School on January, 2019.
  • AIMS Career Fair: February 2019.
  • Annual Diversity on D.C., Maryland and Virginia Area Conference, Saint Andrews Episcopal – Administrators of Color, February 2019.

Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee

  • Elizabeth Billett – Upper School Counselor
  • Odis Braxton – Board of Trustees
  • James Carpenter – Upper School Theater
  • Sue Anna Clark – AP Psychology
  • Chip Comstock – Upper School Math
  • Karen Craig – Upper School History
  • Linday Davis – Middle School Counselor
  • Nora Fitzpatrick – Assistant to the Head of School
  • Ben Hatton – Upper School English
  • Prachin Krents – Upper School and Middle School Assistant Teacher
  • Adam Lewin – Upper School Social Studies
  • Grace McNicolas – Middle School Art
  • Mark O’Dea – Middle School Religion
  • Ida Pablo – Middle School Math
  • Colleen Wealton-Mailander – Middle School Spanish
  • Leslie Whitaker – Upper and Middle School PE

Student Life Staff

Julie Burke
Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2239

Jackie McCarthy

Associate Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2114

Elizabeth Billett
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
301.365.0955 x2116

Alice Mercer

11th and 12th Grade Counselor
301.265.0955 x2228

Lindsay Davis
Director of Counseling and Middle School Counselor

301.365.0955 x2198

Meg Mayo
Director of College Counseling
301.365.0955 x2115

Karin Wells
Associate Director of College Counseling and Senior Internship Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2240

Katia Vargas
Multicultural Diversity Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2195

Catherine Albornoz
Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2223