Staff Directory

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Belkis Aponte

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

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Jessica Boritz

Academic Assistant
jboritz@geds.org

At Grace Since 2021

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Father Dennis Buck

Aftercare Staff

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Christine Comas

Director of Innovation; Science & Technology Teacher
ccomas@geds.org
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
ecosby@geds.org
At Grace Since 2020

Jennifer Danish

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

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Priya Ghosh

Prekindergarten Teacher
pghosh@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

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Emily Gould

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

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Jennifer Hamilton

Kindergarten Teacher
jhamilton@geds.org
B.S., Family Studies, University of Maryland
At Grace Since 1999

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Jenny Hoshaw

Second Grade Teacher
jhoshaw@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

Kate Kelleher

Kate Kelliher

Assistant Head of School for Academics
kkelliher@geds.org
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
mlafionatis@geds.org
B.S., Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, University of Kentucky
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University
At Grace Since 2018

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Luigi LaPietra

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

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Kay Madrid

Health and Physical Education Teacher
kmadrid@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

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Marisa Martucci

Spanish Teacher
mmartucci@geds.org
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
mmazza@geds.org
A.A., Teaching (Early Childhood/Special Education), Montgomery College
At Grace Since 2013

Noella McHugh

Noelle McHugh

Executive Assistant
nmchugh@geds.org
B.A., History, Davidson College
At Grace Since 2015

Amanda Mendez (2)

Amanda Mendez

Music and Movement
amendez@geds.org
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
jmurphy@geds.org
B.S., University of Maryland Global College
A.S., Mathematics, Montgomery College
At Grace Since 2020

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Emily Ovalles

Aftercare Coordinator
eovalles@geds.org

Linda Range

Linda Range

Business Manager
lrange@geds.org
B.B.A., The George Washington University
At Grace Since 2013

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Taylor Ray

Director of Learning Support
tray@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

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Chris Saffour

Prekindergarten Assistant
csaffour@geds.org
At Grace Since 2014

Renee Stewart

Renee Stewart

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

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Reeves Sturtevant

Preschool Assistant Teacher
rsturtevant@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

Susan Thon Chaplain

Susan Thon

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

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Karl Vela

Director of Advancement
kvela@geds.org
At Grace Since 2021

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Sue Whitaker

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

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Lacie Wooten-Holway

Aftercare Staff