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The Junior Kindergarten team is made up of three incredible teachers, Mrs. Marilyn Whitney (left), Mrs. Debra Zajac (right), and Mrs. Peggy Bilodeau (middle).
Mrs. Marilyn Whitney
Mrs. Whitney is a native Washingtonian and the youngest child of a large family. She credits her parents and her chaotic childhood for her decision to be a teacher--she thrives on the liveliness of the classroom! A graduate of 12 years of Catholic School, she believes in the importance of Catholic Education. Mrs. Whitney’s daughter graduated from SJE and the Academy of the Holy Cross and her son graduated from SJE and Gonzaga.
Mrs. Whitney and her husband, Jon, are avid fans of the Washington Nationals and have it on good authority that they will win the World Series in 2018. Her love of sports includes the Washington Redskins of old, but she has recently shifted to the Vols of Tennessee. She loves college football and is glued to the TV most Saturdays in the fall.
Having met her husband while traveling in Austria, Mrs. Whitney continues to get stamps in her passport during school vacations, as much as possible; a passion which her children also share. Her door is always open, with cheese doodles, peanut m&ms, and a friendly smile. She loves to spend time with family and friends and considers herself blessed to be a part of the St. John’s community for over 26 years.
Mrs. Debra Zajac
Mrs. Zajac is a local gal, born and reared in Kensington, Maryland. A consummate friend, Mrs. Zajac is a virtual White Pages, referred to by others as the proverbial “Godmother of Montgomery County Mafia.” If you ever need anything, Mrs. Zajac is your go-to person. If she can’t help you, she’ll find someone who can!
A sports enthusiast and photographer, Mrs. Zajac can often be found on the sidelines of one of her son’s lacrosse games snapping photos and capturing moments for the team. Mrs. Zajac is a Terp fan, especially lacrosse, and truly believes that we should all “Fear the Turtle”!
Having attended Catholic School in her youth, Mrs. Zajac and her husband , Mike, chose Catholic Education for their three children; all three attended SJE School, her daughter graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross, her eldest son graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel where her youngest son is currently a student.
Growing up, she spent her summer days down by the Severn River, sitting by the shore, picking crabs, and spending time with family. Books, music, and giving tremendous bear hugs are her passions. Babies beware, because Mrs. Zajac will snuggle the stuffing out of you! Her dream for the future is to be surrounded by family and friends while enjoying conversation on her screened-in porch.
Mrs. Zajac is banned from many kitchens due to her mad-culinary skills, especially the SJE kitchen! Popcorn and chocolate chip cookies, aka, “black brittle,” are some of her specialties.
Of all of the things in her life, Mrs. Zajac cherishes her role as a mother. She considers her children her greatest gifts from God.
Mrs. Peggy Bilodeau
Mrs. Bilodeau comes from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and feels the pull of her roots every day. No matter how far away she lives, she travels back home several times a year for legitimate soft pretzels, hoagies, and tomato pie. In 1984, she moved to the Washington area and now calls Rockville, Maryland her home. She has had many careers over the years, from restaurant management, to technical editing for a Defense Contractor, to owner of a stationary company, to preschool teacher, all the while raising four amazing children and running a household.
Growing up going to Villanova basketball games with her father, Mrs. Bilodeau never misses a tip-off for her Wildcats. Her passions include reading, relaxing by the pool or beach, listening to country music, creating masterpieces in the kitchen, laughing with co-workers, and offering love and friendship to everyone she meets. Anything British is “gold” to Mrs. Bilodeau. She is knitting a special tea cozy for her viewing party for the Royal Wedding in May!
When not at SJE, Mrs. Bilodeau can be found on the fields of Rockville High School cheering for her Rams or running the Booster Club. She is considered to be a professional tailgater and will always have salmon on the grill and Swedish fish in a bowl for every sporting event she attends.