Instructional Team & Staff
St. Bart's diverse faculty and staff have earned multiple advanced degrees and numerous awards. They regularly pursue professional development opportunities which bring fresh perspectives and new information to their classrooms. Our educators see their work as a vocation, not a job.
Steve Bartl has taught at St. Bartholomew School for thirty-five years. Before his arrival at St. Bart’s, he taught Instrumental Music at various schools in the Archdiocese of Washington for four years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and is a certified teacher in Maryland. He teaches Math for Grades 5-8. He received the Golden Apple Award from the Archdiocese of Washington in 2010 and he was named teacher of the year for Montgomery County in 2009. E-mail Mr. Bartl
Barbara Dineen Brown started with St. Bartholomew School in 2006. She graduated with a Master’s in Special Education from The George Washington University 2002 and holds her teacher certification in Maryland. Working in the Resource Center, Mrs. Brown supports students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. E-mail Ms. Brown
Anne-Marie Coakley has been teaching in the Archdiocese of Washington for eight years, where she opened, directed, and taught two Pre-K programs. She holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and her Masters in Teaching, with a special focus on Reading. After welcoming her son into the world and taking time for maternity leave, she is so excited to be teaching Kindergarten and to be a part of the St. Bart’s community. E-mail Mrs. Coakley
Julia Constable-Allen has taught at St. Bart's since 2002. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brown University and her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University. She has recently completed the teaching certification program at Notre Dame of Maryland University and is the fourth grade homeroom teacher. E-mail Ms. Constable-Allen
Christine Davison has been teaching at St. Bartholomew School for 17 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Marymount University. She is the St. Bartholomew School librarian, the Assistant Principal, and a former St. Bart's parent. E-mail Mrs. Davison
Laura Digges has been teaching and volunteering in Washington Metropolitan area Catholic Schools for 23 years and has served as a lower school substitute teacher at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart before joining St. Bart's in 2015. She has taught middle school English and writing, and has most recently been appointed as our Reading Specialist serving children in all grades. Ms. Digges holds a BA in Philosophy and English Literatureand has completed her graduate studies in education. She is a VCEA certified elementary teacher with an emphasis on reading curriculum development. She also serves as moderator for The Bobcat Times, our student produced newspaper. E-mail Ms. Digges
Bridget Donofrio joins St. Bartholomew for her 10th year in Catholic education. She previously worked in a private Catholic preparatory school in Pasadena, California, where she worked extensively in primary curriculum development and implementation. During that time, she also volunteered as a high school Confirmation teacher at a local parish. Ms. Donofrio subsequently worked as a university English instructor in Ukraine. She is delighted to join the St. Bart's community, and to guide second grade through the holy Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. E-mail Ms. Donofrio
Jacqueline Edmunds has tirelessly served as the school office manager and nurse tech for 17 years. She holds a variety of skills and certifications including medical technician, CPR, and AED. She is a former University of Maryland graduate and parent of three successful St. Bart's graduates. E-mail Mrs. Edmunds.
Neda Ghassabeh is the Director of Admissions and Development. As a St. Bart's graduate, she is grateful for the opportunity to blend her love for business and education on our campus. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Villanova University with her Masters degree in Teaching Elementary Education from American University. She holds teaching certifications in both Maryland and Washington DC. E-mail Mrs. G.
Megan Graves teaches English to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Ms. Graves comes to us from Saint Michael Catholic High School in Vermont where she taught grammar, composition, language arts, and Medieval Literature among other subject areas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing, as well as a degree in Language Arts. E-mail Ms. Graves.
JoAnne Hall has been teaching in the Archdiocese for 27 years, 18 of those here at St. Bart's. She has her bachelor’s degree in Informational Technology from the University of Phoenix and an associate degree in Child Development from Brigham Young University of Idaho. She has a teaching certificate from the District of Columbia. Mrs. Hall is our computer teacher and after care coordinator. E-mail Mrs. Hall
Patricia Hellmuth is currently in her eighth year as a Pre-K teacher at St. Bartholomew School. Before her arrival at St. Bart’s she taught at Patricia Gavin Middle School in Boston, MA, St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring, MD, and was a Tutor and Director at Sylvan Learning Center in Bethesda, MD. In previous years, she combined her love of teaching with her experience in television to develop educational videos for Discovery Channel. She received her Masters of Education in Early Childhood in 2010 which certifies her to teach Pre-K through third grade. She is certified in Maryland as a highly qualified teacher and received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2015. E-mail Mrs. Hellmuth
Christopher Hughes is in his seventh year of teaching at Saint Bartholomew School. He has taught elementary school overseas and in the Capital Area for five years. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Colorado and his Master’s in Teaching from the University of Virginia. He is the 6th grade homeroom teacher and also teaches social studies and reading to students in 6th-8th grades. He is a certified teacher. E-mail Mr. Hughes
Susan Kirkbride has taught at St. Bartholomew for 24 years. Before coming to St. Bart’s, she taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Orleans, LA for three years and at Conchita Espinosa Academy in Miami, FL for four years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and is a certified teacher in Maryland. She teaches science to 5th-8th graders and math to fifth graders. She is the 7th grade homeroom teacher and received the Golden Apple Award from the Archdiocese of Washington in 2011. E-mail Mrs. Kirkbride
Alisa Mays is in her eighth year as the Kindergarten assistant. She received her Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and attended Montgomery College successfully completing non-credit continuing education courses in Early Childhood Education. Prior to St. Bartholomew, Mrs. Mays worked at Potomac Nursery School as a Teacher Assistant and Senior Day Care staff for 9 years. E-mail Mrs. Mays
Kerry Parker has taught at St. Bart’s for seven years and at other Christian Schools in Maryland since 2001. She received her Bachelor’s in English and History from Fordham University. She is Hearts Aflame Certified and is Maryland certified. She is our third grade homeroom teacher. E-mail Mrs Parker
Rachelle Phalen graduated from the University of South Florida with Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She began her career teaching grades 2-5 in Florida, where she also received her teaching certification. Mrs. Phalen then took some time off to be present at home with her two young boys. She is now in her second year teaching first grade at St. Bart's and is working towards the completion of her teaching certification in the state of Maryland. E-mail Mrs. Phalen
Ana Polglase comes from Brazil and followed a pre-nursing curriculum as a student. After graduation she moved to the D.C. area in 1992 and has served as our Pre-Kindergarten assistant teacher since 2008. She provides invaluable support to Mrs. Hellmuth and the children in our Pre-K instructional program. Mrs. Polglase has attended Montgomery College and successfully completed a non-credit continuing ed course in Early Childhood Education II. Mrs. Polglase speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Germania Rebaudengo is currently in her eleventh year as a full time teacher at St. Bartholomew School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the Heart’s Aflame Certification for Religious Education. She is also a certified teacher in the State of Maryland. Mrs. Rebaudengo teaches 2nd through 4th grade math and 6th through 8th grade Religion. Additionally, she is the 8th grade homeroom teacher. E-mail Mrs. Rebaudengo
Ellie Tehan is beginning her fifth year of teaching in Catholic schools. She has taught middle school and third grade and is so excited to join St. Bart's as the fifth grade homeroom teacher! She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree is Elementary Education with a concentration in STEM from High Point University in North Carolina. E-mail Ms. Tehan