FACULTY and STAFF PROFILES
The entire faculty at
Elliott: Mr. Elliott is in his fifteenth year as Principal
Maureen Goonan: This is Mrs. Goonan's twelfth year as the Preschool Program Director and Teacher at Saint Patrick School. She says she has the best job in the world!
Carla Gonzalez: Carla Gonzalez is a recent graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. She taught Religious instruction at her parish in Philadelphia since 2007 and now at Saint Patrick’s CCD program. Her first degree was from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She worked as an Interior Designer and then owned a Custom Frame and Art Gallery. Carla, her husband, Juan, and their two boys are enjoying the Spotsylvania countryside and exploring the abundant history the region has to offer.
Jestine Dooney: This is Ms. Dooney's fifth year teaching at St. Patrick School. Ms. Dooney taught in the first grade classroom for two years and this is her third year teaching fourth grade. Prior to working at St. Patrick's, Ms. Dooney completed her student teaching and taught Second Grade for three months at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. She graduated from Fayetteville State University and with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics.
Megan Eny: This is Mrs. Eny's seventh year teaching at Saint Patrick School. She is the seventh grade homeroom teacher and is responsible for teaching middle school history, literature, and math. She also serves as the Student Government advisor and is on the yearbook committee. Having graduated with her B.A. in Education from Longwood University, Mrs. Eny is proud to be the first Saint Patrick School alumnus to teach at our school.
Diane Knerr: Mrs. "K" has been teaching at Saint Patrick School for 16 years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2006. She teaches Eighth Grade homeroom and Middle School Math, Science, and English. Mrs. K has also been the Science Fair coordinator for many years. She earned a B.S. from Radford University.
Justine Lane: Mrs. Lane begins her first year as the Technology Teacher after 14 years of her children attending St. Patrick School. Mrs. Lane is currently the editor of the school's weekly newsletter- The Knightly News, and has also been the webmaster, yearbook co-editor, and a substitute teacher. She has held various other volunteer positions including three years on the PTO Board. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Virginia University. Technology Class Website
Deanna Dvorak: Mrs. Dvorak has directed the Saint Patrick School Library for the past eleven years. She coordinates library classes, volunteers, and maintains/updates the library book and media inventory. Mrs. Dvorak has an M.S. in Education and came to us after retiring from the Fairfax County Public Schools with twenty years of experience.
James Duffy: For many years Mr. Duffy has been the maintenance man, morning greeter, and Guardian Angel program coordinator for Saint Patrick School. He has quietly and respectfully provided food baskets, household supplies, and emergency funds for many families in need. Mr. Duffy assists St. Patrick School with just about anything we might need.
Aaron Caine: Facility Maintenance: Mr. Caine is in his fourth year with facilities maintenance at St. Patrick Catholic Church and School. Mr. Caine served four years in the United States Marine Corps and is now a senior at the University of Mary Washington majoring in historic preservation.
Martha Massad: Mrs. Massad is the Saint Patrick School Administrative Assistant. She manages the school office, provides first aid to many of our students, and is an expert at multi-tasking. For the past twelve years, Mrs. Massad has held various full-time positions within the school. Mrs. Massad is a Fredericksburg native and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Economics.
Anne Dihlmann: This is Mrs. Dihlmann's fifth year as the Preschool Aide for Saint Patrick School. She is currently working on her Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Germanna Community College. Over the past fourteen years she has held many volunteer positions at the school to include room mother, weekly folders, yearbook, Santa's workshop, library helper, newspaper and craft electives. She also served as a Girl Scout leader for seven years. Mrs. Dihlmann has two high school age children who are both alumni of St. Patrick School.
Virginia Storm: Ms. Storm is a Preschool Aide. Ms. Storm truly enjoys helping the preschoolers to learn. Her prior experience includes being the Secretarial Assistant at the office of Matthew T. Storm, D.D.S., and working at Hazelwild Farm as a Summer Camp Riding Assistant/Counselor.
Debbie Fregoso: Mrs. Fregoso teaches Second Grade. Prior to teaching full time she was a substitute teacher for two years. She also prepares the students for their First Penance and First Holy Communion. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University. Additionally, she coordinates the Witness to the Word program.
Mary Jane Gowarty: This is Mrs. Gowarty's tenth year as the Kindergarten Aide. Prior to joining our staff, Mrs. Gowarty was named Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her extensive volunteer work at our school. She has been a Girl Scout Leader and also co-founded the Charitable Acts Club, where students worked on crafts projects that are blessed upon completion and given to others in need of special prayer.
Missie Dort: Mrs. Dort is the First Grade Aide for Saint Patrick School and this is her thirteenth year working at our school. She is co-sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society and an advisor with the Student Government. Prior to joining the First Grade classroom, Mrs. Dort worked in Saint Patrick School's Preschool.
Talsma: Mrs. Talsma has been teaching Third Grade at Saint
Patrick School for ten years. She is currently serving on the
curriculum mapping team for the diocese and is also the PTO faculty
representative for the school.
Molly Mittura: This is Ms. Mittura's first year teaching fifth grade. She taught physical education at Saint Patrick's last year and enjoyed every minute of it. Ms. Mittura attended Catholic University and graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2009. Before coming to Saint Patrick School she taught with AmeriCorps in Washington state. Ms. Mittura is a Spotsylvania native and teaches faith formation at St. Jude's Catholic Church. She is currently pursuing a M. Ed. through Penn State University.
Cleary: Mrs. Cleary teaches First Grade. This is her
twentieth year of teaching at Saint
Patrick School. Mrs. Cleary has previously taught Preschool; Middle
School Language Arts, Math & Religion; and Spanish K-8. Mrs.
Cleary has been married for 26 years and has three children, all of whom
are St. Pat's alumni. Mrs. Cleary is super excited about having recently
finished her Masters in Education.
Chanell Rodriguez: Ms. Rodriguez is the homeroom teacher for sixth grade and teaches Spanish to grades 2-8. She received her Bachelors in Arts with a minor in ESL from CAU in Miami and is currently pursuing her Masters in Administration through University of Phoenix. She has taught in both Stafford and Spotsylvania County schools. She has begun writing children's books, as well.
Betsy Bankey: This is Mrs. Bankey’s 6th year as the Art teacher for Saint Patrick School and she taught Fourth Grade here in 2005-06. Mrs. Bankey has more than eleven years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and her B.S. in Elementary Education from Cameron University in Lawton, OK .
Peg McClay: Mrs. McClay is a member of our Extended Day Staff and works in the office in the afternoon. "Miss Peg" was born in Alexandria, but has lived in the Fredericksburg area for the past twenty years. She has volunteered and/or worked for Saint Patrick School since its opening.