Faculty & Staff
Dr. Janine Bertolotti, Principal
Dr. Janine Bertolotti holds a Doctor of Education degree and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from The University of Florida. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Central Florida after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and double minors in Biology and Neuroscience from Wesleyan College, summa cum laude. She is a certified principal in 4 states- Maryland, Virginia, Texas, and Florida. In June 2018, she was awarded The Archdiocese of Washington's Rookie Principal of the Year. Dr. Bertolotti began her career in education as a science teacher before being promoted as one of Northeast Independent School District’s Instructional Dean of Science in San Antonio, Texas. She is happily married for over 9 years and her daughter is currently enrolled at St. Joseph's. Her passion is to ensure that students are spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially prepared for future endeavors so that each child becomes the best version of themselves to live a life that God has ordained for them.
Mrs. Anne-Marie Miller OFS, Assistant Principal and Resource Teacher
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Mrs. Anne-Marie Miller OFS graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Miller directed five Head Start centers in Ohio from 1993-1995. She taught in a multi-language preschool in Jerusalem, Israel in 1997, and for ten years she cared for children from 2 months to 3rd grade in her in-home childcare in Emmitsburg, MD. Mrs. Miller taught Kindergarten here at St. Joseph’s for four years before taking on the position as Interim Principal from 2013-2015. In 2015 Mrs. Miller became Asst. Principal and Resource Teacher, she loves being back in the classroom. Mrs. Miller was the Teacher of the year in 2013. Mrs. Miller has four wonderful sons in Catholic schools, is a Secular Franciscan and loves Catholic Education.
Mrs. Joelle Taylor, Director of Extended Care
I am very blessed to serve the St. Joseph's community as the Director of the Extended Care Program! I graduated with high honors from DePaul University in Chicago, IL with a BA in Sociology. After working in the nonprofit sector, I went on to earn a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. After graduating from MIT, I worked several years in corporate philanthropy, before taking on the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life as a work-at-home mom. More recently, I worked as an adjunct instructor at Montgomery College before serving as a substitute teacher and administrative aide at St. Joseph's. My husband and I have been married 18 years and three of our four daughters are students at St. Joseph's.
Mr. Ben Flores, Maintenance Engineer
Ms. Caitlin Stiffler, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Caitlin Stiffler received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Westminster College in Pennsylvania. She joins us this year as the Administrative Assistant and is very excited to be joining the Saint Joseph's family. She is eager to return to a Catholic school, as she went to a similar school in her hometown.
Mrs. Ellie Stock, Secretary
Ms. Stock has been an integral part of our St. Joseph's community for 11 years.
Mrs. Wilma Bandong, Music
Born and raised in the Philippines, Wilma Evangeline A. Bandong holds a Bachelor degree of Music in Education, a Masters in Special Education and Development Communication and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Communication. She has over 15 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, choir director, performer, author, and arranger. In 2009, she went on to serve as a part time musician and music teacher in the Archdiocese of Washington and has served as a Special Ed catechist for several years.
Mr. John DiGiovanni, Algebra
I have always been fascinated with the process of how we come to believe in ourselves (self-efficacy), and how that process helps us to establish an identity and become capable adults. During the adolescent years, the psychosocial issue that becomes most pressing is that of identity versus identity diffusion. God has blessed me with many platforms to learn and grow from including graduating from ADW schools (St. Francis Xavier Elementary and St. Johns College High School); earning a Civil Engineering Degree from the Virginia Military Institute; being married for over 45 years and the father of three sons; coaching youth sports, leading scout packs and troops, teaching religious education, and leading youth ministry; and succeeding in careers as Civil Engineer/Senior manager with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation; Associate Director of the ADW Office of Youth Ministry CYO Athletic Program; Math Teacher at St. Vincent Pallotti High School; Math Teacher and Vice principal at St. Mary’s School Rockville; advanced math teacher at St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School; certified leadership trainer/speaker with the John Maxwell Team; and private tutor with the WyzAnt.com. My passion is to help adolescents grow and add value to their lives.
Ms. Rachel Brown, Spanish
Ms. Rachel Brown is from Damascus, Maryland and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University, where she studied Spanish and education. During her time at the Mount, she was able to travel to Costa Rica, Panamá, and Perú. She is excited to be beginning her teaching career at St. Joseph’s.
Mrs. Ellen Lafferty, Art
Ms. Ellen Lafferty has lived in the Washington DC area all of her life. She has a BA in Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and also studied at Temple University Abroad in Rome, Italy. She formally taught at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD. Presently she also teaches both adults and children at VisArts at Rockville and Create Arts Center in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Lea Macatangay- Madarang, Technology
Mrs. Lea Madarang holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. She had more than ten years of experience in the IT field before she became a teacher. She taught Graphic Arts and Computer Applications to Middle School and High School students in New Mexico for two years. St Joseph has been her parish since she moved here in Maryland, in fact, her daughter is an alumna of the school. She is excited to explore the world of Computer Science with the students this school year.
Mr. Paul Martens, Band
Mr. Martens received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education K-12 from Messiah College, Grantham PA, in 1977. He began teaching at St. Joseph’s School in September 1981. Since then he has led the band to consistent “Superior” ratings at the Archdiocesan Band Festival, and in 1997 the band was named “The Outstanding Catholic Elementary School Band in the United States” in a tape festival sponsored by the National Catholic Bandmasters Association. He has over 30 years of teaching at St. Joseph’s.
Mrs. Laurel Montoya, Religion
Laurel Montoya is currently the middle school religion teacher at St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School. In the fall of 2015, she began her position as the Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph’s parish and oversees the preparation of her students to receive the Catholic Sacraments. Mrs. Montoya received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury State University in 1998. Her teaching experience began at Queen of Heaven Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the 1995-1996 school year. She expanded her experience by working with the Human Ecology Department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore while teaching early childhood education from 1996-1999. She has been with St. Joseph’s School since August 2000.
Mr. Anthony Murray, Physical Education
Mr. Murray received his B.S. degree from East Carolina University. He worked for 2 years for Prince Georges County Public Schools. Since August 2004, he has been teaching at St. Joseph’s School. He also teaches at St. Mary’s in Rockville. Mr. Murray also coaches swimming at St. John’s College High School and in the local community.
GRADE LEVEL FACULTY
Ms. Alyssa Gomes, Pre-Kindergarten
Ms. Alyssa Gomes received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University, and her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Howard Community College. She has experience of working with children in Early Childhood Centers as an assistant and lead teacher. In addition to early childhood education, Ms. Gomes also has experience in teaching Bollywood dance classes to children and adults, and is currently teaching for two dance schools on the weekends. She recently got engaged, and is so happy that her fiancé became Catholic this year so that she can share the same faith with her husband. Ms. Gomes is ready to begin her journey as a dedicated preschool teacher at St. Joseph’s, and to create a classroom environment that is educational, fun, safe, and Christ-centered.
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Dinora Billingslea
Ms. Kelly Konar, Kindergarten
Ms. Konar graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf studies with a human services track and is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). St. Joseph’s holds a special place in her heart because not only is this her home parish, but she is an alum of the school. Ms. Konar is ecstatic to be back at the school where she began and ready to have a fantastic school year!
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Lipika Gomes
Ms. Colleen Danielson, 1st Grade
This is Ms. Danielson’s second year at St. Joseph’s. She graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. St. Joseph's holds a special place in her heart because this is the parish where she grew up. She currently resides in Beltsville, MD and has lived here all of her life. Ms. Danielson is super excited to start a new school year!
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Runea Laqui
Mrs. Marie Altemus, 2nd Grade
Mrs. Altemus received her BA degree from the Catholic University of America and earned her teaching certificate in 2012. She served as Title I Teacher at Adelphi Elementary School from 1995 to 1997 and from there went on as an Inclusion Teacher for the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute at St. Camillus School from 1997 to 2001 where she received the “Essence” Award. She then taught 3rd grade at St. Camillus from 2001 to 2003. Since September 2003, she has taught 2nd grade here at St. Joseph’s and was recognized in the 9th and 10th Editions of “Who’s Who Among America’s Most Respected Teachers.” She was also “Teacher of the Year” for 2012 and in April 2018, she was awarded the "Golden Diamond" award. Her passion is filling young minds with the love of Christ and learning, and she is also a catechist at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, Maryland. Mrs. Altemus is married with two grown children and and she and her husband love spending time with their 2 grandchildren; Mia & Hudson!
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Amy Sarkar
Mrs. Marie Russo, 3rd Grade
Mrs. Marie Russo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, and has her Maryland state teaching certification. A former graduate of St. Josephs, she began her career in 1994 here as the second-grade teacher. Later, she was the 4th-grade instructor at St. Mary’s of the Assumption School in Largo and received “Teacher of the Year” for 2006. In August 2006 she returned “home” as our 3rd-grade teacher. Mrs. Russo was the teacher of the year in 2011. She was also chosen as the Archdiocese's teacher of the week in 2015. Mrs. Russo thoroughly enjoys the time spent with her students. She feels blessed that she has the opportunity to help them develop a better understanding of their faith, and reach their potential as active learners and critical thinkers.
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Amy Sarkar
Ms. Meg O’Brien, 4th Grade
Ms. O’Brien received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maryland. She worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 13 years. She also worked at St. Joseph’s Extended Care Program. She has been teaching fourth grade at St. Joseph’s School since August 2006. She was Teacher of the Year for June 2010. In May of 2013, she received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Archdiocese of Washington.
Teacher’s Aide: Mrs. Amy Sarkar
Ms. Sherry Baade, 5th Grade
Miss Baade has been the 5th grade teacher at Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School since the 2015-2016 school year. Ms. Baade heads up our First Lego League Clubs and yearbook. With a BS in Criminal Science from York College, Miss Baade spent many years in private industry. However, the call to teaching was very strong. In 2008, she ventured on a change of vocation and graduated from Wilson College with an Education Certification. She is licensed in both MD and PA. She began her teaching career as a long-term substitute for 3 years in the public school system. In 2011, her next teaching journey took her to the Middle East for four years, in the Abu Dhabi emirate in the UAE. Ms. Baade feels blessed and privileged to be part of the Saint Joseph’s team.
Mr. Jacob Greene, 6th Grade
The study of words is immensely valuable in the pursuit of understanding ourselves and the world around us. Through LA we learn to better our communication skills (things like word choice, literary cadence, and punctuation), improve our ability to effectively formulate ideas and concepts, and expand our realm of perception through critical thinking. Having graduated from Washington College with a BA in English Literature, I’ve realized that we should never stop working to refine these skills; we should always strive for self improvement. It is my goal to instill this desire in my students and help them to meet their full potential.
Mr. Andy House, 7th Grade
Mr. House has been teaching in parochial schools since 1990 having taught in both the Lutheran and Catholic school systems in Texas and Maryland. Mr. House received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University and has completed 36 hours of graduate work from Texas Tech, and Trinity University in Washington, DC. Before coming St. Joseph’s, Mr. House spent one year as the Social Studies Teacher at Holy Family in Hillcrest Heights, and fifteen years as the Social Studies and Religion Teacher at Ascension Lutheran School in Landover Hills. Mr. House is passionate about history, and when not teaching it, lives it as a miller at the Old Wye Mill on the Eastern Shore, or reenacting the Revolutionary War.
Mrs. Runea Laqui, 8th Grade Science and 1st Grade Aide
Mrs. Runea Laqui initially joined SJRCS as a substitute teacher before stepping in as an assistant Kindergarten teacher last school year. This year, she will be serving as the assistant grade 1 teacher and also the 8th Grade Life Science teacher. Not a lot of people know that she majored in Biology and has 7 solid teaching years tucked under her belt. Inspired by her La Sallian education, her goal is to “teach minds, touch hearts and transform lives”.
Mrs. Kathy Pappas, 8th Grade
Mrs. Pappas received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary & middle school curriculum from Frostburg State University. She has held the post of 7th-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School since January 2004. Before that, she held several positions in the Childtime Learning Centers including director of the Childtime Learning Center in Columbia, the East region training manager for the Childtime Learning Center, and the director of Childtime Learning Center in Baltimore and Washington. In the school year 2007-2008, she started teaching 8th grade. She was Teacher of the Year in June 2008. In May of 2010, she received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Archdiocese of Washington.