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Staff Bios

  • Resource & Technology, Assistant Principal – Julie Kelly

    Mrs. Kelly is entering her 18th year teaching at the Academy of St. Matthias. She is the Resource and Technology Teacher and the Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science from McDaniel College. Mrs. Kelly is also a Consulting Teacher for the Center for Responsive Schools. When she is not teaching, she can be found walking her dog Smalls or practicing yoga.

  • Resource – Michelle Dunn
    Michelle Dunn is currently the resource teacher and has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She has a varied background which led her to support virtual education for nearly two decades. Since 2017, she has worked in three ADW schools as their resource teacher.  Her teaching approach is a collaborative model that includes pushing into the classroom as much as possible to provide intervention and assistance. She is passionate about teaching students who struggle with reading how to break the reading code and is a certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist. In the afternoons and evenings, she virtually tutors students using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. When not teaching, she loves to bird and is an active citizen scientist for Patuxent River Park, The Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas -3, NestWatch, and FeederWatch. She also keeps active by biking, dancing, hiking, and kayaking.
  • 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.

  • Library & Admissions – 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.

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Courtney Smith

    Courtney Smith is currently the Pre-Kindergarten teacher and has worked in the field of education since 2003. She is pursuing her master’s degree in education at Norte Dame of Maryland. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten for 15 years. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, garden, visit cultural and historical monuments, visit national parks and spend time with family and friends. Her goal is to partner with parents and guardian to help each of her students reach their full potential.

  • 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 – Kim Bay

    Ms. Bay is an Education graduate who majored in preschool education. She hails from the Philippines and was raised by a family of educators from her grandmother, her mom, and her aunts. She taught in Prince George’s County School System as a kindergarten teacher for two years. Her experience working in a public school has made her progress and grow more as a person, which led her to have a more meaningful and deeper appreciation in teaching the younger kids. She is excited to be at St. Matthias this year and incorporate the values of the Catholic church in her teaching to impact the lives of her students. During her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries, reading and spending time with family and friends. As an educator, she holds to the principle that “To learn something is the only thing that never fails.”

  • 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.

  • 1st Grade – Wendy Blanco

    Wendy Blanco is currently the first-grade teacher. This is her second-year teaching first grade. She majored in Early Childhood Interdisciplinary studies at Liberty University. She is pursuing her master’s degree in education at University of Notre Dame. She has been in the education field for 10 years. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

  • 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.

  • 5th Grade – Mary Gillis

    Mrs. Mary Gillis is in her 8th year of teaching at the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle School and her 27th year of teaching. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Education. She taught at High Point High School in her first 4 years of teaching, She stopped teaching to raise a family, worked in the business world for many years, and returned to teaching at Concordia Lutheran School in Hyattsville in 1997 (her Alma Mater). When that school closed, she was happy to be hired by St. Matthias where she has found a new “home.” .She has taught all levels of high school, Grade 6 homeroom, 7th and 8th grade literature and grammar, 5-8 math, and is currently 5th grade homeroom teacher and 6th math. She sponsors the Drama Club and Gods Rods, loves to read when she has time, enjoys vacations at the beach with extended family, loves to share her faith with the students, and claims that being around the students at St.Matthias is the best antidote to old age.

  • 8th Grade – 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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