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Administration

Mr. Scott M.Farren

Mr. Scott M. Farren
Principal
sfarren@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. BunnyGwiazda

Mrs. Bunny Gwiazda
Assistant to the Principal
bgwiazda@stmaryspiscataway.org
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LoriPavkov

Lori Pavkov
Administrative Assistant
school@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Miss LynsieReavis

Miss Lynsie Reavis
Assistant Principal
lreavis@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Teachers

Mrs. LeslieTrue

Mrs. Leslie True
Pre-K
true@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. MadeleineHawkins

Ms. Madeleine Hawkins
Kindergarten
mhawkins@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. MariaMercer

Ms. Maria Mercer
1st Grade
mmercer@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. KathleenWeslowski

Mrs. Kathleen Weslowski
2nd Grade
weslowski@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. KeemaJohnson

Mrs. Keema Johnson
3rd Grade
kJohnson@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. NatalieAlonso

Mrs. Natalie Alonso
4th Grade
nalonso@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. SamanthaBurek

Mrs. Samantha Burek
5th Grade
sburek@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mr. JoelSweda

Mr. Joel Sweda
6th Grade
jsweda@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. TomukeEbuwei

Ms. Tomuke Ebuwei
7th Grade
tebuwei@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. WandaLovette

Ms. Wanda Lovette
8th Grade
wlovette@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Miss GeriannaMassimini

Miss Gerianna Massimini
Band
massimini.gerianna@gmail.com
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Ms. KathrynAndrews

Ms. Kathryn Andrews
Music
kandrews@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. TinaGormley

Mrs. Tina Gormley
Resource Teacher
tgormley@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. VanessaConine

Mrs. Vanessa Conine
Spanish
vconine@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Miss AnnelleHolk

Miss Annelle Holk
Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation
aholk@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Support

Mrs. DebbieTaylor

Mrs. Debbie Taylor
Before After Care Director
school@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. TheresaGwiazda

Mrs. Theresa Gwiazda
Resource Aide/Lunch Coordinator
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Ms. PatriceBlackman

Ms. Patrice Blackman
Pre-K Teaching Assistant
pblackman@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mrs. MariaBirmingham

Mrs. Maria Birmingham
Pre-K Teaching Assistant/After Care Aide
mbirmingham@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. AdriaHarris

Ms. Adria Harris
After Care Aide
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Mrs. LauraKallas

Mrs. Laura Kallas
K-3 Teaching Assistant
lkallas@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Ms. ShakiaSprull

Ms. Shakia Sprull
Pre-Kindergarten Aide
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Parish

Rev. Timothy K.Baer

Rev. Timothy K. Baer
Pastor
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Deacon GeorgeAmes

Deacon George Ames
Permanent Deacon
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Deacon StephenMcKimmie

Deacon Stephen McKimmie
Permanent Deacon
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Miss AnnelleHolk

Miss Annelle Holk
Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation
aholk@stmaryspiscataway.org
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MicheleFulk

Michele Fulk
Parish Secretary
mfulk@stmaryspiscataway.org
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Mr. Farren grew up in North Huntington, PA where he attended St. Agnes Catholic School. He moved to Maryland in 1998 and began his teaching career at Westlake High School in Waldorf. Mr. Farren has a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Penn State University, an advanced professional certificate in physical education (k-12) and a master's degree in administration and supervision: Catholic Schools Leadership Program, from Marymount University. Mr. Farren enjoys coaching, working on the farm, and spending time with his wife, Mandie, and children, Emmie, Casey, and Jay.

 Mrs. Bunny Gwiazda

Mrs. Bunny Gwiazda

Assistant to the Principal

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 Lori Pavkov

Lori Pavkov

Administrative Assistant

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 Miss Lynsie Reavis

Miss Lynsie Reavis

Assistant Principal

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Miss Reavis is a product of the Catholic system in the Maryland/DC area. She has a B.S. in elementary education (with a concentration in math) from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master of science in administration from Trinity DC University. This is her ninth year teaching at St. Mary's and her second year as assistant principal. In her free time Miss Reavis enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and knitting.

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Mrs. True attended St. Mary's School of Piscataway. She received her bachelor's degree from Towson University and continued her education at the University of Maryland, Catholic University of America and Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She holds an advanced professional certificate in the state of Maryland and is certified in early childhood education and elementary education. This is her 20th year with St. Mary's. Mrs. True and her husband, Joe, were married in Our Lady's Chapel and are active parishioners of St. Mary’s Church. They have three children (also graduates of St. Mary's) and one granddaughter. 

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Ms. Hawkins has her bachelor’s of science in early childhood education from Kaplan University. She has been teaching in the Archdiocese of Washington since 2001 with a focus in kindergarten and pre-k. In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, and read the latest James Patterson novels. 

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Ms. Maria Mercer graduated from Trinity Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration. She has three grandchildren: Gabrielle, Charles Jr., and Nichelle. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, sewing, crocheting, decorating, painting, reading, and coloring.

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Mrs. Weslowski attended St. Mary’s as a student and has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in elementary education from Trinity College in Washington DC. She also serves as the second grade teacher, director of admissions, and department head for the primary grades. This is her 18th year at St. Mary’s. She and her husband Brian are parishioners of St. Mary’s Church and were married in Our Lady’s Chapel 17 years ago. They have a 16 year old son who attends Bishop McNamara and a 13 year old daughter who is in 8th grade at St. Mary’s.  

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Mrs. Johnson graduated from Bowie State University with a BA in art education and computer graphics and from East Carolina University with a MaED in education. Mrs. Johnson holds dual certifications to teach pre-k-12 visual art and early childhood pre-k through 3rd grades. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Thomas Jr., and has five precious children that all attend St. Mary’s. Mrs. Johnson loves children, art, anything messy, traveling, and writing.

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Mrs. Alonso earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education (with concentrations in math and reading) from Central Michigan University. She completed her master's degree (in reading education) through the University of Virginia this summer. Mrs. Alonso and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia and enjoy traveling, being outdoors, reading, and cooking.

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Mrs. Burek studied elementary education at the University of Maryland where she obtained her bachelor of science degree. This is her 6th year at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Burek and her husband live in Calvert County, Maryland. In her free time she enjoys baking treats, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family and friends.

 Mr. Joel Sweda

Mr. Joel Sweda

6th Grade

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An educator for over 20 years, Mr. Sweda holds a bachelor of arts degree from Denison University with a background in history. He also earned a master of arts in elementary education from Kent State University. Mr. Sweda also teaches grades 2 and 4-8 social studies. He enjoys sports, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Amanda, and two children in 3rd grade and 1st grade.

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Ms. Ebuwei earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State where she also played varsity volleyball. She got her master’s degree s at Penn State and Catholic University. Currently, she attends Hofstra University when she's not at St. Mary’s to finish her PhD. She also teaches science to 6th-8th graders and oversees the discipline side of the administration. She has a daughter in the 8th grade and two furry friends at home, Kori and BW. She enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and listening to music.

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Ms. Lovette is a native New Yorker. She is an alumna of St. John’s University. Maryland has been her home for several years now. She likes living in this area because it offers many social and cultural events. Two of her favorite things to do are traveling and listening to music.

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Mrs. Andrews teaches elementary music education at St. Mary’s Piscataway and St. Mary’s Landover Hills, in addition to being the musical director and vocal instructor for the Junior Academy of Performing Arts through Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation. A veteran of the operatic stage and the recital hall, Mrs. Andrews earned her bachelor’s degree of music in vocal performance and her master of music in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Andrews is a frequent cantor at several churches in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and enjoys knitting, cooking, and spending time with her family.

 Mrs. Tina Gormley

Mrs. Tina Gormley

Resource Teacher

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Mrs. Tina Gormley is an honors graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in special education. Her love of Catholic education prompted her to pursue employment within the Archdiocese of Washington schools. She is happy and proud to be teaching at St. Mary’s as a resource teacher for nine years. Besides spending time with her husband and three children, her favorite pastimes are horseback riding, reading, and enjoying her dogs and horses.

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 Miss Annelle Holk

Miss Annelle Holk

Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation

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Miss Holk grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BS in early childhood education and a k-12 reading endorsement. She is a certified educator in the state of Maryland and a certified catechist through the Archdiocese of Washington. Miss Holk is the coordinator of children's faith formation for St. Mary's School and Church.

Miss Holk is starting her 13th year teaching at St. Mary's and is a registered parishioner here, too. She recently became a first-time home owner in Franconia. In her free time she enjoys reading and cuddling with her cats, Calvin and Hobbs.

 Mrs. Debbie Taylor

Mrs. Debbie Taylor

Before After Care Director

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 Mrs. Theresa Gwiazda

Mrs. Theresa Gwiazda

Resource Aide/Lunch Coordinator

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 Ms. Patrice Blackman

Ms. Patrice Blackman

Pre-K Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Blackman is a native Washingtonian. She earned an associate of arts degree in English from Prince George’s Community College, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, and a master of science degree in management/development of human resources from National-Louis University. She retired from the federal government several years ago. For the past three years she has worked at St. Mary's Piscataway as a substitute teacher and pre-k aide. Her hobbies include music, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.   

 Mrs. Maria Birmingham

Mrs. Maria Birmingham

Pre-K Teaching Assistant/After Care Aide

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 Ms. Adria Harris

Ms. Adria Harris

After Care Aide

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 Mrs. Laura Kallas

Mrs. Laura Kallas

K-3 Teaching Assistant

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Mrs. Kallas is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County and has worked 12 years at St. Mary’s. She currently teaches art to grades pre-k to 3 and is an teacher’s aide in grades k-2. Her daughter is a graduate of St. Mary’s and is currently a college freshman. She loves reading and enjoys sharing books with students. One of her favorite things is craft time with the pre-k class.

 Ms. Shakia Sprull

Ms. Shakia Sprull

Pre-Kindergarten Aide

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 Rev. Timothy K. Baer

Rev. Timothy K. Baer

Pastor

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As a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Washington, Father Baer entered Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in 1991. He was ordained a deacon at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC, in 1995, and a priest to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on June 15, 1996. James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, conferred these ordinations. Father Baer has been St. Mary’s Pastor for six years. He is an avid history buff, a runner, and an authentic Washington Redskins fan.

 Deacon George Ames

Deacon George Ames

Permanent Deacon

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 Deacon Stephen McKimmie

Deacon Stephen McKimmie

Permanent Deacon

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 Miss Annelle Holk

Miss Annelle Holk

Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation

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Miss Holk grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BS in early childhood education and a k-12 reading endorsement. She is a certified educator in the state of Maryland and a certified catechist through the Archdiocese of Washington. Miss Holk is the coordinator of children's faith formation for St. Mary's School and Church. 

Miss Holk is starting her 13th year teaching at St. Mary's and is a registered parishioner here, too. She recently became a first-time home owner in Franconia. In her free time she enjoys reading and cuddling with her cats, Calvin and Hobbs.

 Michele Fulk

Michele Fulk

Parish Secretary

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