Staff Directory

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Belkis Aponte

Grade 1 Teacher
B.A., Elementary Education, Interamerican University,
Rio Piedras (Puerto Rico)
At Grace Since 2016


Jessica Boritz

Academic Assistant
M.S., Education, Johns Hopkins University
M.F.A., Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
B.A., Studio Art, Colorado College
At Grace Since 2021


Father Dennis Buck

Aftercare Staff
B.A. in English from Denison University
Div. St. Vladimir’s Seminary
At Grace Since 1999


Christine Comas

Director of Innovation; Science & Technology Teacher
B.A., Environmental Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed., Elementary Education, Arcadia University
At Grace Since 2010

Elizabeth Cosby

Elizabeth Cosby

Grade 3 Teacher
B.A., English and Educational Studies, Dickinson College
M.Ed., Elementary Education, The George Washington University
At Grace Since 2020

Jennifer Danish

Head of School
B.A., Philosophy, Bryn Mawr
M.A., English, Middlebury College
At Grace Since 2016

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Priya Ghosh

Prekindergarten Teacher
S.N.D.T. WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY, Mumbai, India, 
Master of Science, Nutrition and Food Technology
At Grace Since 2021


Emily Gould

Art Teacher
B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
At Grace Since 2017


Jennifer Hamilton

Kindergarten Teacher
B.S., Family Studies, University of Maryland
At Grace Since 1999


Jenny Hoshaw

Second Grade Teacher
B.A., Government, Wesleyan University 
Masters of Science (MS) in Education, Bank Street College of Education
At Grace Since 2021

Kate Kelleher

Kate Kelliher

Assistant Head of School for Academics
B.A., American Culture, University of Michigan
M.P.P., Georgetown University
At Grace Since 2016

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Melissa Lafionatis

Director of Enrollment and Variable Tuition
B.S., Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, University of Kentucky
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University
At Grace Since 2018


Luigi LaPietra

Grade 5 Teacher
B.A., English, Johns Hopkins University
M.A.T., Elementary Education, Johns Hopkins University
At Grace Since 2012


Kay Madrid

Health and Physical Education Teacher
At Grace Since 2021

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Marisa Martucci

Spanish Teacher
B.A., Early Childhood Education, Normal Nro 1 Alicia Moreau de Justo (Argentina)
At Grace Since 2004

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Mariano Mazza

Kindergarten Assistant
A.A., Teaching (Early Childhood/Special Education), Montgomery College
At Grace Since 2013

Noella McHugh

Noelle McHugh

Executive Assistant
B.A., History, Davidson College
At Grace Since 2015

Amanda Mendez (2)

Amanda Mendez

Music and Movement
B.A., Theater Performance, University of Maryland
90 Hour ECE Certification, Montgomery College
At Grace Since 2020

Jason Murphy (1)

Jason Murphy

Grade 4 Teacher
B.S., University of Maryland Global College
A.S., Mathematics, Montgomery College
At Grace Since 2020


Emily Ovalles

Aftercare Coordinator

Linda Range

Linda Range

Business Manager
B.B.A., The George Washington University
At Grace Since 2013


Taylor Ray

Director of Learning Support
B.S., Anthropology & Education, Haverford College
M.S., Childhood Education, Bank Street College of Education
At Grace Since 2021


Chris Saffour

Prekindergarten Assistant
At Grace Since 2014

Renee Stewart

Renee Stewart

School Counselor
B.A., English, Trinity University DC
MSW, Howard University School of Social Work
At Grace Since 2019


Reeves Sturtevant

Preschool Assistant Teacher
B.A., Elementary Education, Elon University
At Grace Since 2021

Susan Thon Chaplain

Susan Thon

School Chaplain
A.B., Cornell University
J.D., Cornell University Law School
M.Div., General Theological Seminary
At Grace Since 2017


Karl Vela

Director of Advancement
B.A., Film, Emerson College
At Grace Since 2021

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Sue Whitaker

Preschool Teacher
A.S., Physical Education, Acadia University (Canada)
At Grace Since 2017


Lacie Wooten-Holway

Aftercare Staff