Margaret Durney - Principal

Mrs. Durney received her BS from Washington Adventist University and her Masters from University of Maryland University College. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education (CASE) in Instructional Leadership, a program for experienced educators that integrates theory and practice; where educators enhance skills in leadership, curriculum, and pedagogy to meet the needs of future educational leadership.  In addition to her formal course work, Mrs. Durney has attended seminars and learning workshops in effective teaching, technology, administration, and safety and security.  She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Joined SJE in 2015.

Melissa Sloan - Assistant Principal

Melissa Sloan graduated from The University of Scranton with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Theology.  She has been with the Archdiocese of Washington for 12 years as a classroom teacher and most recently as the Director of Resource.  She has experience in special education, professional development, Responsive Classroom, differentiation, coaching teachers, and strategic planning.  She will be completing her Dual Masters in School Administration and Special Education Administration in the Spring of 2018.

Joined SJE in 2017

Fr. Joseph Calis - Pastor

Joined SJE in 2014

Fr. Shawn Foggo - Parochial Vicar

Joined SJE in 2018


Pam Adams - Social Worker

Mrs. Adams graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in Sociology and received her Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University.  She is responsible for the annual talks in each grade in compliance with  the Archdiocese of Washington's Child Protection Policy for Students. She conducts age-appropriate programs for individual classes as necessary.

Joined SJE in 2010

Steven Albertini - Math 6th-8th grades;  Religion 7th Grade


Joined SJE in 2018

Mary Elizabeth Benko - 1st Grade

Ms. Benko earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dayton.  She has worked as a JrK aide, as a small group reading and math teacher for 1st and 2nd grade, and as a 4th grade teacher.

Joined SJE in 2010

Peggy Bilodeau - JrK Para-Educator

Mrs. Bilodeau is the part-time Preschool Para-educator for the Jr. Kindergarten Program.  She rejoined the staff in September 2017 and is very excited to once again be part of the Jr. Kindergarten Program at St. John the Evangelist. She maintains friendships within our community from her years as a St. John’s parishioner.  She and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of four children and are active volunteers in their community, parish, and children’s schools.

Rejoined SJE in 2017

Kelly Burgess - Resource Teacher, 4th-8th Grade

Mrs. Burgess graduated from the University of Dayton in 1990 with a degree in Elementary Education. After 14 years of classroom teaching, she earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Joined SJE in 1994

Pedro Chicas - Facilities Manager


Joined SJE in 2000


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

Joanne Cooke - Language Arts, Religion, Social Studies 5th Grade, Language Arts 6th Grade

In addition to her teaching credentials. Mrs. Cooke has her Master's degree and certification in Guidance and Counseling Education. She has taught 5th and 6th grade in Montgomery County and at St. Peter School in Olney, MD. She has piloted and implemented a grade-school enrichment program. Mrs. Cooke was  the Director of the Christian Service Commitment program at an area high school. 

Joined SJE 2016

Marissa Debrot - 3rd Grade

Ms. Debrot graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.  She completed student teaching experiences in first through fourth grade classrooms throughout the Washington, D.C. area.  She also tutored first through fourth grade students through the DC Reads program during her time at CUA.  This is her first year at St. John the Evangelist School.

Joined SJE 2017

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

Milenka Gutierrez - Science 5th-8th Grade; Computers 5th & 6th Grade

Mrs. Gutierrez graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology. She has worked as a Sunday School teacher and as a Science and Math tutor, in grades ranging from middle school to college level. 

Joined SJE 2015

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

Carmita Jaramillo-Medina -Spanish, JrK- 8th Grade


Joined SJE in 2018

Amy Maddox - Para-educator

Mrs. Maddox graduated from Montgomery College with an A.A. in Marketing.                                                       

Joined SJE in 2008

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

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

Marian McClellan - Librarian; Computers 1st - 4th Grade; Library Skills 3rd & 4th Grade; Social Studies 7th & 8th Grade

Mrs. McClellan graduated from Purdue University with a degree in American History and began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, teaching English as a foreign language. She earned a Master’s in Teaching degree from the University of Maryland University College in 2007. Mrs. McClellen was elected Teacher of the Year in 2008. 

Joined SJE in 1993

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

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

Kevin McTighe - Physical Education, JrK - 8th Grade

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

Tina Niglio - Director of Extended School Program; Primary Para-educator; Medication Technician

Mrs. Niglio is a familiar face to our St. John the Evangelist community as a long-term parishioner, former school parent, and employee of the Rectory.  She is the Director of the school's after care program.

Joined SJE in 2015

Claire North - Resource Teacher, JrK - 3rd Grade

Mrs. North graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a B.A. in History and certification in Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Curriculum from Loyola College, Baltimore, and has completed many programs for a variety of learning disabilities. She was a classroom teacher for 13 years before joining our staff as a part-time resource teacher.  Currently, Mrs. North serves pre-K through third grade students, identifying and supporting students with special learning needs.

Joined SJE in 2003

Emily Pacconi - Language Arts 7th & 8th grades; Religion 8th grade

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

Stephanie Rico - Art, K-8th grades

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

Maureen Rossi - Math 4th-7th grades;  Religion and Social Studies 6th grade

Mrs. Rossi attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with minors in both Political Science and Latin. She has taken classes towards her Master of Arts in Teaching from Notre Dame University of Maryland. Mrs. Rossi taught at another Archdiocesan school for six years. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Rossi is the coordinator of the safety patrols

Joined SJE in 2015

Margaret Ruppert - Music, JrK-8th grades

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

Marilyn Whitney - Director, Junior Kindergarten

Mrs. Whitney graduated from Frostburg State University with a major in Political Science. She became our part-time primary reading and math teacher in 2008 and is currently the director of our junior kindergarten program. Mrs. Whitney has also taught kindergarten and grade 1 library, kindergarten art, and coordinated the school’s marketing efforts. 

Joined SJE in 2008

Debra Zajac - Co-Teacher and Para-Educator, Junior Kindergarten

Mrs. Zajac has been involved in school activities since her oldest child began attending in 1996. She is a co-teacher in our Junior Kindergarten program.

Joined SJE in 2008

IHM Sisters

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

Sr Daniel Mary Heisey, IHM - Endowment Fund and Alumni Relations

Sister Daniel Mary has a B.S. in English with a minor in Music from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She also earned her Master’s degree in Education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. 

Joined SJE in 1997

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