Caitlin Keeton - Principal

Ms. Keeton received her BS in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. She earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as an MEd in Education Administration and Catholic School Leadership from Boston College. Ms. Keeton has been a Catholic school principal since 2010.

Joined SJE in 2021

Fr. Joseph Calis - Pastor

Joined SJE in 2014


Sr Roberta Harding, IHM - Pastoral Associate, DRE

Sister Roberta earned her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education and her M.S. in Reading Education from Marywood University. She also holds a certificate in Peer Guidance and Spiritual Direction. For two decades, Sister Roberta has guided sacramental preparation for the youth in our school and parish. She prepares new parents for baptism and coordinates programs for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. 

Joined SJE in 1994

Rev. Ben Garcia - Parochial Vicar

Originally from Chile, Father Ben joined the SJE family this summer, most recently serving at Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Waldorf.  Welcome, Father Ben!

Joined SJE in 2021

Angela Colburn - Administrative Assistant/Medication Technician

Mrs. Colburn is a life member of St. John the Evangelist Parish. She is a graduate of St. John’s School, as are her three daughters.  She attended Montgomery College and majored in Business Administration.  She has held various positions at the school since 2006.  Mrs. Colburn is also one of the school’s medication technicians. 

Joined SJE in 2006

Marci McNickle - Bookkeeper/Receptionist/Medication Technician

Mrs. McNickle has worked with the Archdiocese of Washington since 2003 in various positions. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.  She is also a Medication Technician and an Extended School Program aide.

Joined SJE in 2013

Francesca Russo - PreK-3

Mrs. Russo graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University with a degree in Sociology and Marymount University with a Master's in Education, Professional Studies.  She has over 10 years of experience teaching Kindergarten within the Archdiocese of Washington.  She was most recently a Preschool Director for 6 years.  Mrs. Russo lives in Rockville with her husband and three children. 

Joined SJE 2021

JoEllen LaMonica-Hayes - PreK-4

Ms. LaMonica-Hayes received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland with a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University and worked as a Special Education teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools for 37 years. She retired and joined the Archdiocese of Washington, both as a substitute and part time preschool and music teacher.  She started off at SJE as a long-term substitute in our preschool program and continues to enjoy spending her days with our four-year-old students.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is proud of her twin sons who are attending college at this time. 

Joined SJE 2020

Sister Doreen Willis, IHM - Kindergarten

Sister Doreen has been teaching in the primary grades for 47 years and taught first grade for 27 years and kindergarten for 20 years. She has a B.A. in Education with a minor in Special Education from Marywood University and an M.S. in Reading Education from Marywood University. Sister Doreen is also a certified reading specialist.

Joined SJE in 1998

JoAnn Tschiffely - 1st Grade

Ms. Tschiffely graduated from Villanova University in 1989 with a B.S. in Economics. She moved to the DC area shortly thereafter and worked as an economist for 6 years with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She left the Bureau to become a full time stay at home mom and raised 3 children while also receiving an MBA from the University of Maryland. She started her teaching career as a 1st grade teaching assistant in 2004, worked to become certified in teaching elementary grades K-5, and became the second grade teacher at St. Ann's academy in 2007. Since her teaching career began, Ms. Tschiffely has moderated both after school book clubs and after school lego clubs.

Joined SJE in 2019

Jean Engler - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Engler attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S. in Special Education. She began teaching first grade here in the early 1980s and later became the primary grades reading and math teacher. In the mid 1990s, she returned as a full-time second grade teacher, where she remains today. Mrs. Engler was St. John’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. 

Joined SJE 1981

Zach Tschiffely - 3rd Grade

Mr. Tschiffely received his BA at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He recently graduated and has moved back to College Park, where he grew up. He is a product of Catholic schools, having attended  Holy Redeemer College Park and DeMatha Catholic High School. He has a great deal of experience working with children and is pursuing his elementary teaching certification.

Joined SJE in 2021

Caitlin McNickle - 4th Grade

Ms. McNickle attended Loyola University Maryland where she received her Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She has student teaching experiences from first grade to fifth grade in schools throughout Baltimore. 

Joined SJE in 2015

Cathy Tramontana - 5th and 6th Grade Language Arts; 5th Grade Homeroom

Dr. Tramontana graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Honors, and a minor in Women’s Studies. She then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University, where she taught expository writing and literature. Dr. Tramontana worked for a decade as a writer and editor for AAAS Project 2061, a K-12 science and mathematics education initiative. As a long-time SJE parent, she has worn many hats, including substitute teacher, HSA president, recess/lunch monitor, Girl Scout leader, Vacation Bible School teacher, and, her favorite, organizer of Poetry Night.

Joined SJE 2020

John Barnes - Social Studies 5th-8th Grade; 6th Grade Homeroom

Mr. Barnes graduated from Butler University with a BA in History. He went on to earn an MA in Education from Butler and an MS in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University. Mr. Barnes taught in public schools in the Indianapolis area for more than 30 years, coaching debate, quiz team and cross country. He served as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly and was Legislative Director for the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Growing up in the Episcopal Church, he sang in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He converted to Catholicism when his oldest brother died in a house fire. Mr. Barnes continues to enjoy singing and serving as a church lector. He is excited to purse his passion for Civil War history in his new home in Maryland.

 Joined SJE in 2021

Steven Albertini - 6th-8th Grade Math; 7th Grade Homeroom

Mr. Albertini earned his BA from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1985.  He taught high school math in Montgomery County Public Schools for seven years and has taught middle school math in the Archdiocese of Washington since 2009.  Mr. Albertini believes math is the universal language and is a part of everything we do!  He loves playing tennis and the accordian outside of school, and is quick to explain that sports and music also involve math!

Joined SJE in 2018

Emily Pacconi - Language Arts 7th & 8th Grades; Religion 8th Grade; 8th Grade Homeroom

Ms. Pacconi graduated from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Education with a minor Social Studies and Language Arts. She is currently working toward her Masters. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the area to work at St. John the Evangelist.

Joined SJE in 2014

Connie Sanneman - 5th Grade Math; Geometry

Mrs. Sanneman graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a B.S in Civil Engineering.  She then earned her M.A. in Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mrs. Sanneman holds Maryland Education Certification in Elementary Education grades 1-6 and Mathematics grades 7-12. She has also been a certified catechist for the Archdiocese of Washington since 1995 and taught 4th grade religion in her home parishes.  Her early career as a professional engineer includes working at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut and at NASA and California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.   Mrs. Sanneman has been working in ADW schools since 2005.

Joined SJE in 2019

Sean Skahen - 5th-8th Grade Science; 4th-6th Grade Computers

Mr. Skahen is excited to be the new Science teacher at SJE. He is the oldest of two, originally from the Boston area.  He enjoys hiking, skiing, and running. He has spent time at the University of Maryland, the seminary at Catholic University, and Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD. He is looking forward to being a part of the staff here at SJE! 

Joined SJE 2021

Jessica Rivera-Zelaya - PreK-8th Grade Spanish; 1st-3rd Grade Computers

Born in El Salvador, Sra. Rivera-Zelaya has lived in the United States since she was four years old. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program for Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University, which plans to complete in December 2021.

She is a long-time parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, along with her husband and daughter.

Joined SJE in 2021

Kevin McTighe - PreK-8th Grade Physical Education

An avid sportsman, Mr. McTighe attended Rockville High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. His love of sports continued at Montgomery College, and while there he played centerfield and pitcher for the school’s baseball team. After two years, he transferred to the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. 

Joined SJE in 2012

Colleen Zarzecki - Librarian; 5th-7th Grade Religion

Mrs. Zarzecki graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in English Literature.  She received an M.Phil. degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin in Ireland and completed coursework and qualifying examinations for the Ph.D. in English Literature from the George Washington University.  Mrs. Zarzecki worked for four years in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services library and for more than a decade in the Office of Information Systems of the Administration for Children and Families.  She has worked as a writer and grant researcher for Lumen Catechetical Consultants and has taught in a variety of settings in St. John the Evangelist parish, including the Children's Liturgy of the Word, Vacation Bible School, and Religious Education.  Both of Mrs. Zarzecki's daughters have attended SJE since preschool; one graduated from SJE in 2018 and the other will graduate in 2021.  

Joined SJE in 2019

John Higgins - 7th and 8th Grade Public Speaking


Mr. Higgins began teaching speech at St. John’s in 2012.  He is the grandfather of seven current students and graduates of the school.  Mr. Higgins is an attorney, retired from the National Labor Relations Board.  He currently teaches at Catholic University Law School and has taught there since 1982.

Joined SJE 2012

Margaret Ruppert - PreK-8th Grade Music

Mrs. Ruppert graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Music. She studied in Madrid for a year and was a volunteer music teacher at the American School of Madrid. Mrs. Ruppert has been a music teacher, parishioner, and cantor at St. John the Evangelist for over 25 years.

Joined SJE in 1987

Stephanie Rico - K-8th Grade Art

Mrs. Rico initiated the school’s formal art program. She graduated from the University of Maryland with B.A. degrees in Studio Art and Art History. She also pursued graduate studies while at the University of Maryland. In 1993, she founded Art Horizons. This program is currently offered as an after-school enrichment program at St. John the Evangelist.

Joined SJE in 1995

Ross Tschiffely - Para-educator

Mr. Tschiffely graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in 2014. He studied at Salisbury University and Montgomery College. During his time at SJE, he has been both a para-educator and a substitute teacher.

Joined SJE in 2019

Amy Maddox - Para-educator

Mrs. Maddox graduated from Montgomery College with an A.A. in Marketing.  She started at SJE as a parent volunteer and then became a para-educator, where she has supported students with special needs ever since.                                                       

Joined SJE in 2008

Tina Niglio - PreK-3 Aide/After Care Teacher

Mrs. Niglio is returning to SJE after a year at home with her grandkids.  She previously worked here for many years, and we are glad she was able to return this year! Originally from Philadelphia, she has been in Silver Spring and a parishioner at St. John's since 1977.  Her children all attended SJE.  Welcome back, Mrs. Niglio!

Re-joined SJE in 2021

Dondra Coniglio - PreK-4 Aide/Before & After Care

Mrs. Coniglio was born in Silver Spring. She grew up in this area (and also attended Catholic Schools nearby). Mrs. Coniglio has enjoyed working with various Catholic Schools over the years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and also volunteers with animal rescue projects. One of her very favorite places to visit is the Shrine of Saint  Anthony in Ellicott City (she calls it a slice of spiritual Italy in Maryland).  Mrs. Coniglio will be helping in PreK-4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Welcome, Mrs. Coniglio!

Joined SJE in 2021

Teresa Mossi - PreK-4 Aide/Before & After Care

Ms. Mossi was our art teacher last year while Ms. Rico was away, and we are happy to have her back part time helping in our PreK-4 classroom.  She will also assist in After Care on the days she is at SJE.  Welcome back, Ms. Mossi!

Joined SJE in 2020

Nila Diraimo - After Care Teacher

Mrs. Diraimo currently teaches in our After Care program.  Previously she taught Spanish to our primary grades.  Prior to that, she taught at St. Catherine Laboure as well as at a Catholic school in NJ.  Mrs. Diraimo received the 45 Years of Service Award for Catholic Education from the Archdiocese of Washington.

Joined SJE in 2013

Linda Maurano, RN, BSN, MSN – School Delegating Nurse

Mrs. Maurano has worked for the Children’s Home Health Care Agency, the Children’s National Medical Center Child Ventures, Inc., Medstar Home Health, Capital Hospice, and Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice. She is certified as a delegating nurse which means she can train our medication technicians here at school.  In additional to making sure SJE meets all State and county requirements, Mrs. Maurano oversees our clinic and its procedures.

Joined SJE in 2017

Jacklyn Price - Counselor

Mrs. Price graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, with a degree in special education and elementary education. While at Canisius, she volunteered at the Big Brother/Big Sister program for the city of Buffalo. She earned a Master of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Mrs. Price taught in the Howard County Public School System as a Special Educator for 8 ½ years and 1 year as a School Counselor before joining the Archdiocese of Washington. She holds an Advanced Professional II certificate in Elementary Education 1-6, Generic Special Education 1-8, and School Counseling. She also is a National Board Certified Counselor and is a member of the Maryland School Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association. 

Joined SJE in 2019

Kristin Maloney - Band Director

Ms. Maloney is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History.  She began teaching band in the Archdiocese of Washington in 2002.  Ms. Maloney has been selected twice to conduct the Archdiocesan Honors Band. 

Joined SJE in 2015

Wendy Hassler - Resource Teacher

Ms. Hassler received her BS from York College in Therapeutic Recreation.  She received her teacher certification from Millersville University.  She has many years of experience working with students with special needs.  Ms. Hassler recently moved to the area from Pittsburgh, PA and is looking forward to sharing her gifts at SJE.

Joined SJE in 2021

Pedro Chicas - Facilities Manager

Mr. Chicas, lovingly called "Mr. Pedro", worked as a painter and handyman prior to joining the staff at St. John's.  He has managed the school and parish facilities since 2010.

Joined SJE in 2000