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Staff Bios

  • Spanish – Paloma Leon

    Spanish teacherPaloma Leon is our Spanish instructor here at St. Matthias Academy. She hails from Santiago Chile and is thrilled to be teaching here with us. As well as being an accomplished journalist and market trends researcher, Paloma has taught on a college level (Brothers Advertising School in Chile) as well as homeschooling children. She’s excited to be a part of the staff here and immerse the students in a Spanish learning environment. Paloma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Comm from Arcis University (Santiago Chile). In her spare time, Paloma writes children’s stories and loves spend time with her family.

  • Music – Deborah Hess

    Deborah Hess is currently the music teacher at the Academy of Saint Matthias and Director of Music for the parish.  She holds a BS  in Elementary Education with minors in music and religion and a Master of Arts in Teaching.  She has taught grades PreK-8 during her career that spans more than 30 years.

    In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and  spending time with her grandchildren.  She was her granddaughter’s teacher before she was her grandma.

  • Mrs. Ann O’hare

    Mrs. Ann O’Hare is beginning her 25th year at the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle School. She is our Director of Admissions and Librarian. Ann is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland where she majored in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish. In 2015, Mrs. O’Hare received the Betty Roemmelmeyer Children’s Literature Advocate Award from Frostburg State University. Mrs. O’Hare enjoys time with her family, reading, the beach, gardening, and riding her bike.

  • PK Aide – Silvia Vazquez

    Silvia Vazquez is a graduate teacher of BINE College in Mexico, and has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, she studied English as a second language at Prince George Community College and has worked with kids of different ages. She is so exited to work as a PK Aide at The Academic of Saint Mathias Apostle, her goal is to grow as a professional, collaborating in the best way with the teacher in charge, and providing the children the best possible learning experiences, that will help them develop and get ready for their following scholar years. She has an enthusiastic personality, takes dance class in a Folkloric Mexican Dance, enjoys spending time with her family and she likes to read in her free time. Some books that she loves to read in the classroom are, “Chicka Chika Boomboom”, “Good Night Moon” and “The Mitten”, because the kids delight with the simple but wonderful literarure and learn at the same time with these great books!

  • Kindergarten – Christina Beal

    Mrs.Beal is currently the Kindergarten Teacher at The Academy of Saint Matthias. She holds a degree in Elementary Education/ Special Education. She has taught at the school for 5 years and worked in the after school program for 10 years. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her kids and family. An interesting fact about Mrs.Beal is she is in her high school Hall of Fame for softball.

  • 2nd Grade Kariann Campbell

    Kariann Campbell is currently the second grade teacher and has worked in the field of education since 2013. She has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University. She is thrilled to be looping with her students this coming school year. Her favorite book to use in the classroom is Ish by Peter H. Reynolds because the main character Ramon learns that everything does not always have to be perfect to be celebrated. In her spare time, Kariann enjoys spending time with family and being outside.

    An interesting fact about Kariann is that she has completed the Marine Corps Marathon.

  • Kindergarten Aid – Mary Kellermann

    Mary Kellermann is currently an instructional assistant for Kindergarten-Second grade and has worked in the field of education since 2005.  She grew up in Lanham and attended Catholic Schools from 1st-12th grade.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, is a certified Med-tech, and has been trained in Responsive Classroom.  Her love for St. Matthias School started several years ago when her daughters attended school here.  Her favorite book to read to the class is “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.  She loves the playful words and rhymes that remind us that you won’t know if you like something or if you can do something unless you try it.

  • 4th Grade – Meghan Furth
    Meghan Furth is a first year teacher coming to St. Matthias after graduating from Towson University in December. She was a substitute for Frederick County as well as a long term substitute at St. Joseph School in Cockeysville, MD. Ms. Furth holds an Associates Degree in Music and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. While this is her first year as a teacher, she has worked extensively with school-aged children in a day care setting as well as in her local parish. Ms. Furth has said that being the 4th grade teacher is a dream come true.
    She is a life-long Marylander, having grown up in Anne Arundel County. In her spare time, Ms. Furth enjoys reading, playing video games, playing the saxophone, and learning to play guitar. An interesting fact about Ms. Furth is that she is a retired professional  musician with the Baltimore Ravens Organization. She is a proud former member of the saxophone section of the Baltimore’s Marching Ravens! Her favorite book to use in the classroom is Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. She is thrilled and excited to be here at St. Matthias and is looking forward to a great year of teaching!
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Aurore Anastassiadis

    Ms. Aurore Anastassiadis is the middle school Science teacher as well as the 8th grade Language Arts, Math, and Homeroom teacher. Originally from France and Greece, Ms. Anastassiadis is passionate about sharing her knowledge of foreign cultures with students and encourages them to discover the world. She has been working in the field of education since her move to Japan in 2015. Ms. Anastassiadis was a marine biologist for four years, received her degree in the field from Colby College in 2011, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. In her spare time, Ms. Anastassiadis loves to read, knit, and volunteer with animals. To Kill A Mockingbird is a favorite in her classroom as it teaches students about compassion and the Golden Rule.

  • Physical Education – Nicole Wright

    Mrs. Wright is currently the Physical Education and has worked in the field of education on and off since 2006. She has received an Associates of Arts in Dance from Anne Arundel Community College, Associates of Science in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force, Bachelors of Arts in Art History from Towson University and is pursuing a Masters of Art in Interdisciplinary Art Infusion from Towson University. In her spare time, Mrs. Wright enjoys catching up on the latest sports news especially for her favorite football team, the Washington Redskins. An interesting fact about Mrs. Wright is that she has served 17 years in the United States Air Force Reserves and is 3rd generation military following in the footsteps of her grandfather Retired Navy, father Marines and brother Retired Air Force.  She believes in the Air Force motto Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All We Do.

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