Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Woo (nee: Benko)

Mrs. Woo is the youngest of five children. She grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and loves it so much she might never leave. A graduate of Our Lady of Mercy, Academy of the Holy Cross, and the University of Dayton, it’s easy to understand why Ms. Benko chose to teach in a Catholic school. It’s in her DNA. We are so very happy that she is here at St. John the Evangelist School. Mrs. Woo is extremely close to her family and has taken on the role of “professional babysitter;” her favorite clients being her niece and nephews.
Mrs. Woo has worn many hats at St. John the Evangelist school over the years and has found her rightful place in the first grade classroom. Her spirit and energy are contagious, and she brings life to the primary wing. She gets so excited when she discovers a good picture book to share with her students.
When the 3:00 bell rings, Mrs. Woo loves to indulge in one of her favorite past times, running. Cranking up the Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and U2 and hitting the pavement have prepared her for three marathons, so far. However, she had to focus mainly on 5ks in the recently because her time was consumed with preparing for her wedding in November 2018.  When not able to run, Mrs. Benko enjoys sitting down to watch The Ellen Show.
In the springtime, Ms. Benko suits up and heads to the ballpark as often as she can to cheer her hometown Nats. She is always looking forward to the fall, not only because she’s back in the classroom teaching but also because the Nats are going to the World Series, and winning! Unfortunately, her new husband loves the Orioles, so there will be  unrest in the marriage when it comes to Battle of the Beltway series.
Mrs. Woo’s favorite time of year is summer, when she can lounge on the beach in the late afternoon, catch up on reading, and spend time with friends. She also started to learn how to cook and is anxious to become proficient in the kitchen.
Mrs. Woo had never traveled outside the United States until her honeymoon and looks forward to many international adventures in her future!

The first grade curriculum is based on the Archdiocese of Washington Academic Standards.  

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