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Mrs. Christine Anderson

MS Math Teacher

Mrs. Anderson is the 7th grade Pre-Algebra and 8th grade Algebra Honors teacher. She has an undergraduate degree in Math from St. John’s University and a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. She is certified to teach both middle and high school math in New York and Virginia. In addition to teaching she has previously worked for Northrop Grumman. As a perpetual student, she continues to take classes to keep up to date with the latest technologies. For many years she has enjoyed coaching both boys and girls in basketball and soccer. Her 4 children attended and graduated from St. Theresa School.

Mrs. Michelle Barta


Mrs. Monica Benteler

Cafeteria Manager/Extended Day Co-Director

Mrs. Leah Blanford

Fifth Grade Teacher (5A)

Mrs. Blanford has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and a Master's in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Throughout her professional career she has been able to work with children in an array of different settings. Her goal is to make sure that everyone's individual needs and potentials are met within the classroom setting. This will be her third year teaching at St. Theresa School.

Mrs. Michelle Bonillo

Kindergarten Aid (KB)

Mrs. Elena Boshier

Eighth Grade Teacher (8A)

Mrs. Boshier has been teaching Spanish at St. Theresa for nine years. She was born in Spain and grew up in Puerto Rico. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., and her teacher certification from the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Alicia Bradley

Art Teacher

Mrs. Bradley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from The Pennsylvania College of Technology and completed her graduate work at Penn State University in Art Education. She is certified to teach Art and Design to students K-12. She formerly taught at an alternative high school in Baltimore and then took a decade off to raise her four sons. This is Mrs. Bradley's first year at St. Theresa School.

Mrs. Bonnie Bucaro

Third Grade Aide (3A)

Mrs. Deborah Carroll

Fourth Grade Teacher (4B)

Mrs. Carroll has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has 20 years of teaching experience.   She has taught at several Catholic schools in the New England area before coming to St. Theresa. This is her seventh year here teaching grade 4.

Mrs. Lisa Carson


Lisa Carson graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Mankato State University. She received her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Lisa taught children with special needs in Plano, Texas for 10 years before joining the staff at St. Theresa School. For the past thirteen years, she has taught kindergarten, 5th grade, served as the Special Education coordinator, Algebra I, 6th grade religion and is the acting assistant to the principal.

Mr. Danny Costa

Fifth Grade Teacher (5B)

Mr. Costa and his family moved to Virginia in 2013. They are active members of the St. Theresa's Church community. Mr. Costa attended UNLV and received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Fresno State University in 2993. He has taught in both California and Washington State for a combined 18 years. Although Mr. Costa has spent the majority of his career in the Physical Education realm he has also taught subject matter ranging from Special Education to Health and Science. While on the West Coast he secured 3 section championships for Coaching Varsity Baseball and led his team in Washington to the #2 State ranking. This is Mr. Cost's first year teaching at St. Theresa's. "Failing to prepare is preparing to Fail" - John Wooden

Mr. Christopher Davis


Mr. Davis was born and raised in Sacramento, California, where he benefitted from twelve years of Catholic education. After serving four years in the U.S. Army, Mr. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Johns Hopkins University. Recently, he received certification in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Mr. Davis has taught first, fourth, and fifth grades, primarily in Catholic schools where he has also served as an elementary school librarian. He looks forward to collaborating with the talented teachers and staff at St. Theresa Catholic School, in order to benefit student learning.

Mrs. Amy Eiden

First Grade Aide (1B)

Mrs. Karen Fritz

Kindergarten Aide (KA)

Mrs. Therese Green

Computer Teacher

Mrs. Green is a graduate of James Madison University and was born and raised in the DC Area. Before joining St. Theresa she was the technology coordinator and teacher at St. Ann School in Arlington and the technology teacher for grades K-3 at the Potomac School in McLean. In 2006 she completed her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology from George Mason University. She and her husband moved to Ashburn with their four children in 2011. She is really enjoying being back in the classroom and being part of St. Theresa’s community.

Mrs. Eloise Griffin

Director of Math Department

Mrs. Griffin has been teaching math at St. Theresa’s School for 19 years. She was the first 5th grade homeroom teacher, moved up to the 6th grade and finally settled in as the 8th grade homeroom teacher for 12 years. She now teaches 5th, 7th and 8th grade math classes as well as Math Enrichment for grades 1 through 4. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY at New Paltz in Education and a Master of Science degree from CUNY in Education. She has been teaching for 33 years and has taught in Public and Catholic schools, including Holy Spirit School in Annandale, VA. Mrs. Griffin has her Virginia state teaching certificate as well as certificates to teach in New Jersey and New York. She has been married for 40 years with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Mrs. Cathy Griffith

School Nurse

Mrs. Patty Grywatch

School Secretary

Mrs Jean Astrue

Seventh Grade Teacher (7A)

Mrs. Astrue has been teaching for four years, and this is her second year at St. Theresa School. Mrs. Astrue has a bachelor's degree in adolescent education from St. John's University and a Master's in literacy from Canisius College. Mrs. Astrue originally hails from New York, but has adopted Virginia as home. She is in the process of moving to Ashburn, and is looking forward to joining St. Theresa Parish. In her spare time, Mrs. Asture loves to read, go for long runs, and cheer on the Buffalo Bills.

Mrs. Mary Frances Harr

Eighth Grade Teacher (8B)

Mrs. Harr moved to Virginia from Michigan three years ago with her husband, Bob. She has three sons, two who are currently at Virginia Tech, and one who lives in Wisconsin. While in Michigan, she taught Kindergarten and first grade Reading. She has taught fourth grade here at St. Theresa School for two years and moved to fifth grade last year. Mrs. Harr has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Toledo and a Teaching Certificate from Baker College in Language Arts and Elementary Education.

Mrs. Chris Himmel

Fourth Grade Teacher (4A)

Dr. Casey Husband

Seventh Grade Teacher (7B)

Dr. Terence J. “Casey” Husband earned his Doctorate from Georgetown University following completion of his dissertation, “Cicero and the Moral Education of Youth.” Dr. Husband has Master’s Degrees from Georgetown University (focusing on the Florentine Renaissance) and American University (focusing on English Literature). His college degrees were earned at Temple University, Philadelphia, and West Chester University, Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Husband completed studies in Religious Education and in the poetry of Dante Alighieri (both at Georgetown University). He has served as Editorial Director of the Washington Redskins; as Managing Editor of Snyder Communications, Bethesda, Maryland; and as Sports Editor of the Daily Local News, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Joanne Hutton

First Grade Teacher (1A)

Mrs. Hutton has been teaching at St. Theresa School since 2008. Prior to teaching at STS, she taught first grade in Fairfax County Public Schools. Mrs. Hutton has a Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. She also has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. She holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional License in Early/Primary Education. Mrs. Hutton has been a parishioner of St. Theresa Church for 17 years and lives in Ashburn with her husband, daughter, and two sons.

Mrs. Carol Krichbaum


I was born in the Bronx (( but was never a Yankees fan since Dad was born in Brooklyn), raised in New Jersey, college in Connecticut, raised my family in Boston-and I have spent the last twelve years at St. Theresa. I love northern Virginia but my husband and I had no family here until grandson Connor started Washington and Lee last year. Now we drive to Lexington to catch every one of Connor's basketball games and are thrilled that the family has moved Thanksgiving from Boston to our house! God has given me amazing gifts. We learn more from adversity and we are far more empathetic if we have had experiences. I am truly blessed with having had cancer twice, gone through a divorce, raised a child with disabilities, dealt with a family member with addictions, and held a dying father's hand. All of these things made me more human and better able to understand others. I have taught in rural and inner city public schools, in Catholic schools in the Boston area, and was principal of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts before coming here. Until now, I have never had a school with grass to play on and no chain link fence to keep us in! I love seeing our children running on the track and playing soccer and volleyball, as well as climbing to the top of the 'Web of Death' , a huge climbing structure! Our team works hard to provide a rich Catholic educational environment for all of our children. Their success is our success! Nothing could be more rewarding!

Mrs. Helen Kruml

Third Grade Teacher (3A)

Mrs. Kruml has been teaching for 27 years with 24 of those as a fulltime teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Loyola University. She is certified to teach elementary grades K-9. Mrs. Kruml has been at St. Theresa for seven years. Prior to coming to St. Theresa School, she was a 6th Grade Humanities Teacher at Oakcrest School and a 3rd Grade Master Teacher at The Nysmith School. Additionally, she taught 2nd Grade at Yorkshire Academy in Houston, Texas, 3rd Grade at St. John the Baptist School in Winfield, Illinois, and was a Learning Resource Center Teacher at St. Joseph School in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Mrs. Donna McDonald

Kindergarten Teacher (KA)

Mrs. McDonald has been at St. Theresa School since 2003, where she started as a kindergarten aide, and has been a kindergarten teacher since 2006. Her professional experience includes teaching at several levels, including early childhood, middle school, high school, and college. Mrs. McDonald has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston College, a Master of Science in Teaching also from B.C., and a Master of Science in Applied Math from the Johns Hopkins University. She is a St. Theresa Church parishioner and lives in Ashburn Village with her family.

Mrs. Erin Meunier

Sixth Grade Teacher (6B)

Mrs. Erin Meunier has a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics as well as a M.S. in Operations Research from George Mason University. This is her third year teaching at St. Theresa’s and her fifth year teaching math in the Diocese of Arlington. She has a Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) certificate. Mrs. Meunier and her husband, Jeff, grew up only a few miles away from the school and currently live in Fairfax with their two daughters and son.

Mrs. Catherine Mica

First Grade Aide (1B)

Mrs. Caitlin O'Neal

Kindergarten Teacher (KB)

Mrs. O'Neal and her husband recently moved to Ashburn from Arlington, VA. She grew up in Ashburn and is very thankful to live near her family and friends. They are members of St. Theresa Parish and were married at St. Theresa Church. Mrs. O'Neal attended St. Theresa School from first through eighth grade when the school first opened and graduated from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Mrs. O'Neal received a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies from James Madison University. She has taught grades first through fourth for the past seven years, working for both Loudoun County Public Schools and for St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington. She has also worked as teacher and teacher assistant at the Curiosity Zone Science and Tech Center in Ashburn. Mrs. O'Neal and her husband spend much of their free time hosting and visiting family and friends. They also enjoy traveling, as well as taking an annual extended-family trip to Disney World! She enjoys crafting, art, baking, and sewing. She also likes to read and watch movies, as well as go on bike rides!

Ms. Elsa Figueroa

School Counselor

Mrs. Linda Price

Second Grade Teacher (2B)

Hello! My name is Linda Price and I am the new Second Grade teacher. I am honored to be part of St. Theresa 's Faculty. I hail from New York City and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. My teaching career began in the Bronx, not far from Yankee Stadium. I also taught at Saint Alexis in Wexford, Pennsylvania and Pinecrest Elementary in Valencia, California. In 1987 our family moved to the Philippines and lived in Southeast Asia for nearly eight years. Living overseas taught me to appreciate all of God's blessings, extend a helping hand to make a difference, and to think globally. My husband and I are proud parents of five children and grandparents of two awesome grandchildren. I look forward to this school year teaching, coaching, and inspiring my students to be the best Second Graders they can be.

Mrs. Cathy Putnick

Second Grade Teacher (2A)

Mrs. Putnick has been a member of the parish for 19 years.   She has a BA in Journalism/Political Science from St. John Fisher College.  She also has her VCEA certification and advanced Religion certification.  She taught 1st grade at St. Theresa for 7 years and has taught 2nd grade for 4 years. She is married with 2 children. Both of whom graduated from St. Theresa.

Mrs. Catherine Rainville

Second Grade Aide (2B)

Mrs. Robin Scarola

Second Grade Aide (2A)

Mrs. Kate Shanley

Science Lab (K-5)

Mrs. Kate Shanley, Elementary Science Lab Teacher Mrs. Shanley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Master of Instruction and Technology degree from the University of Delaware. She taught fourth grade in Delaware for five years to both special education and regular education students. Mrs. Shanley then moved to Virginia and taught third grade for three years in Fairfax County. After staying home with her children, Mrs. Shanley returned to teaching and taught kindergarten at St. Theresa for two years. Mrs. Shanley has two children who attend St. Theresa, Annie and Michael, twins, who are in seventh grade. She is now teaching in the K-5 Sciecne Lab and is excited to be back at St. Theresa.

Mrs. Fran Shayka

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Shayka received her Bachelor's degree in Recreation from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania and her Master's degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University.  She has been teaching Physical Education in the Arlington Catholic Schools for 30 years beginning with Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna, then moving to St. James in Falls Church and then transferring to Bishop O'Connell where she also coached volleyball for 10 years. She has been teaching at St. Theresa since while also coaching volleyball after school in the fall.

Mrs. Lesley Skorupski

Third Grade Aide (3B)

Mrs. Jodi St. George

First Grade Aide (1A)

Mr. Mike Stockman

Music & Drama Teacher

Mr. Stockman has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts from UMBC. He taught drama in Paris, France and substituted for public schools in Anne Arundel and Loudoun counties between overseas postings. Mr. Stockman has been teaching music and drama at St. Theresa for nine years. In addition, he has directed various church choirs since age 18, and has sung with many, to include a Bach chorale in Frankfurt, Germany, just prior to relocating to the Ashburn area.

Ms. Sarah Vaglia

Middle School Science

Mrs. Laura Vandermeulen

Third Grade Teacher (3B)

Mrs. Laurie Vandermeulen has been teaching at St. Theresa School since August 2015 where she started as a first grade aide and moved to third grade aide in spring 2016. All four of her children have attended STS and her last child will graduate in 2020. Mrs. Vandermeulen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Washington and has optained her Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) Certification. Mrs. Vandermeulen is a St. Theresa Church parishioner and lives in Ashburn Farm with her family.

Mrs. Kerry van Doorn

First Grade Teacher (1B)

Mrs. Kerry van Doorn has been an Instructional Aide for six years to the most wonderful teacher, Mrs. Cathy Putnick. This August 2017 will be her fifth year as a first grade teacher at St. Theresa School. All four of her children have attended and graduated at STS from Kindergarten to 8th grade and has over 19 years of volunteering for the school. Mrs. van Doorn has a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from Marymount University and has the required Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) Certificate. Mrs. van Doorn received her Advanced Religion Certification and continues to take Graduate Education courses over the year. She is looking forward to developing a strong learning foundation for her students.

Mrs. Gabriela Venero

ES Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Venero is the K-5th grade Spanish teacher. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she received Catholic Education through High School. She has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and a VCEA Professional Certification. She has over 20 years of teaching experience. She transferred from Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester where she taught Spanish to Pre-K through 8th grade for eight years. Her two children attend St. Theresa School, too.

Mrs. Tess Venkat


Miss Kristine Vlach

Sixth Grade Teacher (6A)

Ms. Vlach has been teaching for three years, and this is her second year at St. Theresa School. Ms. Vlach has a bachelor's degree in History with a U.S. Concentration from Coppin State university and Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from the University of Maryland. Ms. Vlach is originally from Maryland and just recently moved to Northern Virginia. She coaches Varsity softball at the Maret School in DC and is on her fourth year coaching. She is a die-hard Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan!