Faculty

Ms. Imelda Salazar

Pre-K3 Teacher

Pre-K3 Para-Professional

Mrs. Nettie King

Pre-K4 Teacher

Mrs. King came to Saint Johns in 2018 as the pre k para with Early Childhood being her specialty. She comes from a daycare and daycare management background of over twenty years.

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Mrs. King went to St Mary of the Assumption school in Upper Marlboro where some of her family still attends as students as well as teachers. She is currently working on completing her degree. She has been married for thirteen years and has a twelve year old daughter and 10 year old son. Mrs King loves the beach, camping with her family, gardening, tacos and of course the New York Giants!

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Ms. Sandy Turcios-Canales

Pre-K4 Teacher

Ms. Ana Leon-Giron

Pre-K4 Para-Professional

Mrs. Sonja LoVecchio

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. LoVecchio has been at St. John’s School since 2018.  She has been teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten for over 10 years.

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She absolutely loves working with Kindergarten students and sharing in their wonder and awe as they learn about God’s creation.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University.  She has also completed her certification for Level I Catechesis of the Good Shepherd instruction.  Mrs. LoVecchio has 6 children.  In her free time she enjoys reading and kayaking.

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Ms. Amanda Panciera

Kindergarten Para-Professional

Mrs. Amanda Lewis

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Amanda is the 1st Grade teacher here at St. John’s. St John’s is a family school for Mrs. Amanda, as she’s a graduate of St. John’s, where she attended Kindergarten through Eight Grade.

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Mrs. Amanda and her family are also parishioners at St. John’s Church, where she has been involved in the Church and the school all her life.

She is a graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. This is her first year teaching, and she has fallen in love with teaching and the children. She is currently attending school working on her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. After completing her Bachelors, she will begin to work towards her Masters in Special Education.

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Mrs. Victoria Hibbard

Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Sheila D. Savoy

Third Grade Teacher

Sheila D. Milam-Savoy is the always excited and proud 3rd Grade teacher here at St. John’s School! She is even prouder to say that she has been at St. John’s School since the initiation of the Pre-K program.

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She is a graduate of Bowie State University where she earned a dual degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. She is currently working towards obtaining her Masters of Education in Early Childhood through Trinity University.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 19 years (together for 26) and we have 2 very handsome boys. She is a RAY-vens fanatic. She loves Ray Lewis, which has led to her love of the Baltimore Ravens.

In her spare time when she is not doing lesson plans and creating anchor charts, she loves to spend time with her family, get mani’s and pedi’s and eat crabs. Her philosophy in teaching is, “to teach them, you must reach them”.

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Mrs. Faith Lopez

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Marissa Butler

Fifth Grade Teacher

A graduate of Long Island University, Mrs. Butler started her teaching career 16 years ago on the Pacific island of Saipan. She then spent several years at St. Bernard’s School in Riverdale.

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After the closing of St. Bernard’s, Mrs. Butler found a new home at St. John’s, where she has spent the last 9 years as the 5th grade teacher. She has been the recipient of both the St. John’s Teacher of the Year award and the Archdiocesan Golden Apple Award. In her free time, Mrs. Butler enjoys spending time with her family and spends every summer desperately trying to improve her gardening skills. She has her advanced SCUBA certification and loves to travel as long as the destination is warm and sunny!

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Mr. David Brozena

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Brozena graduated from Penn State University with a degree in History, he then attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he received his teaching certification.

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Over the past 5 years he has been in the classroom and on the baseball and softball field where he coached both sports. When he isn’t in school he enjoys taking his dog Molly for walks and spending time with his wife.

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Mr. William Wright

Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Dematha Catholic High School–Class of 2011–and a graduate of Morehouse College–Class of 2015–with a Bachelors in English.

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He has spent time tutoring young minds in Georgia, D.C, and Maryland with ages ranging from four to sixteen. He enjoys reading in his free time and watching superhero & science fiction movies. This is his third year of teaching and second year with the St. John’s community. 

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Mrs. Melissa Frys

Middle School Science Teacher

Ms. Simone Hughes

Middle School Math Teacher

Ms. Hughes is the current middle school math teacher. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, with a B.S in Middle School mathematics and science.

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Through her time working with local public schools, teaching and tutoring, she found her fit with middle school students. She plans on continuing her education by pursuing a masters degree in Counseling. Ms. Hughes holds St. Johns, very near and dear to her heart because both her and her sister attended from K-8th grade, and would both later on continue to learn in faith at Bishop McNamara High School. Ms. Hughes is so excited to be back in the classroom where her love of mathematics started.

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Mrs. Sharon Wilson

Art Teacher

Mrs. Wilson is a St. John’s alumni and a graduate of La Reine High School. She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelors Degree.

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She was an assistant teacher for PreK, 3, and 4 for two years and has been at St. Johns for ten years. She is an active member of St. John’s Parish and both of her daughters graduated from St. Johns. Mrs. Wilson loves art history and tries to share that love with her students whenever possible.

Mrs. Wilson is also the coordinator for our Community Service Club for our Middle School students. This group coordinates the Community Outreach activities for our school and has collected and sent items to various organizations around the world. This after school activity is a wonderful opportunity for our students to reach out and make a difference in the lives of people in our community, both locally and globally.

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Para Professional Grades 6-8

Ms. Jessica Canales

Elementary Para Professional

Ms. Emily Wilson

PE Teacher

Ms. Emily Wilson is an alumni of St. John’s School. She graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 2016. She is currently working on her degree at the University of Maryland.

Mrs. Lorelie Martin

Library Specialist

Sr. Leilani Dumaliang

Music Teacher

Ms. Kate Suuberg

Band Teacher

Mr. Loy Espinosa

Director of IT

Mr. Espinosa graduated from a Jesuit university in the Philippines with a degree in Computer Science.  Since then, he has worked both in the educational sector as a technology teacher and network administrator and in the corporate world as a software developer and technology manager for nearly 20 years.

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His enthusiasm for computing and technology started when he made his first computer program at the age of 10, and it has not waned since then.   He hopes to encourage his students to actively use technology as a tool to make life better and more enriching.

When not immersed in all things technology, Mr. Espinosa spends most of his time with his wife and two beautiful children.

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Mrs. Ady Hoffens

Family Liaison & Before and Aftercare Director

Mrs. Hoffens was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States in 1992. She attended Willian Cullem Bryant High School where she graduated with honors. She then moved back to Guatemala to attend college.

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She attended the Universidad Rafael Landivar, Quetzaltenango.  After graduating she taught English PK-12th at the IEA School.  Teaching is her passion.

In 2013 she moved with her family to Maryland.  Her oldest daughter is a graduate from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. She also has 2 boys that currently attend St. John’s.  The Catholic faith is very important in her family.
Mrs. Hoffens is the Spanish teacher and Before and After Care Director.  She enjoys teaching children and watch their knowledge grow. It makes her very proud to share her Spanish heritage with our students and our Spanish community.

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Ms. Karen Panciera

Assistant Principal/Religion Teacher Grades 1st - 8th Student Support Team Core Member

Ms. Panciera has been a part of the St. John’s Family for over 23 years. She has had many roles throughout her tenure at St. John’s but being the religion teacher has been the most rewarding. In 2020, she became the religion teacher for grades 1 – 8.   She received her Catechist Certification with the Archdiocese of Washington in 2022. Ms. Panciera  is passionate about her faith and is committed to creating a positive school environment where students can deepen their relationship with God.

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Ms. Panciera has also been the Assistant Principal since 2022. She is devoted to upholding the mission of St. John’s School as well as supporting the principal in day to day operations of the school. In addition, she supports our teachers and staff and promotes a safe and effective learning environment for all students.

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Mrs. Nicole Stoneburg

School Nurse

Mrs. Magaly Morales

CMT (Certified Med Tech)

Mrs. Rose-Marie Parker

Director of Student Services & Inclusion

Rose-Marie is the current Director of Student Services & Inclusion at Saint John’s. She is a native of Long Island, New York which she attended Catholic School from K-12 grade.

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She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations and Childhood/Special Education. She worked in a private special education school in Alexandria for the last 8 years. During that time, Rose-Marie completed her Master’s Degree from George Mason University in Educational Leadership. She is currently a doctoral student at Capella University with a specialization in Special Education Leadership. She is certified in Early Childhood and Childhood Education, as well as, Special Education Birth-21 and Wilson Reading Level 1 Certification.

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Mrs. Kendra Neal

Resource Teacher

Mrs. MaryJane Fratantuono-Harris

Development Director/Admissions Officer

MaryJane Fratantuono-Harris has been Development Director at St. John’s since 1997. Development comprises of budget, accounts payable, collections, admissions, grants and security. Working for a Catholic School requires dedication, patience and grace.

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MaryJane is married with two children who are both alumni of St. John’s. Her daughter, Carlie, is a 2nd Grade Teacher for Frederick County Public Schools. Her son, Dean, is an Attorney and lives in PA. MaryJane is also a proud grandparent of 5 amazing grandchildren. An awesome dog Maxwell also is a part of her household. 

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Mrs. Sarah Bento

Principal

Mrs. Bento graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Mathematics and began teaching in DC Public Schools. She has an M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics from American University and a certificate in Administration from McDaniel College. Mrs. Bento is licensed as an Administrator I/II in the state of Maryland and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education.

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A lifelong Catholic, Mrs. Bento is pleased to use her instructional leadership capacity to serve the St. John the Evangelist community. She resides in southern Maryland with her husband, Jeremy, and three children.

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