Faculty & Staff Directory

PE (Lower School), PE Department Chair
703-837-1305
pbaroody@acdsnet.org
B.A., James Madison University

Teaching Since: 2000

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2007

“Being a PE teacher has allowed me to help kids find confidence and take risks in a fun atmosphere.  I love helping to build a sense of team in each class and showing students how much we can accomplish if we all try our hardest.”

Something you might not know about Pete: “I have five siblings.”

Spanish (6-8), MS Advisor (7), Student Council Advisor
703-548-4804 x227
jbasta@acdsnet.org
B.A., Gettysburg College
M.Ed., George Mason University

Teaching Since: 2007

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2010

Something you might not know about Jessica: “I have spent time living in 5 countries, including the US!”

Head of School
703-548-4804
sbaytosh@acdsnet.org
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A.M., Carnegie Mellon University
M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University

First Grade
703-548-4804 x210
lcarew@acdsnet.org
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Teaching Since: 1991

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2010

“I am enjoying incorporating more hands-on science, especially STEM activities, into the first grade.  I believe that hands-on activities give our first graders the opportunity to make genuine discoveries, problem-solve, and figure out the world around them.”

Something you might not know about Laura: “I love trying new-to-me food, either out or at home in my kitchen.”

LS Technology Integration & Support
703-548-4804 x202
echaleki@acdsnet.org
B.S. Columbia University

Working in Schools Since: 2010

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I want to open up the world to the students to foster their curiosity, enable them to follow their passions, and have them become lifelong learners. I want to exposed them to a wide variety of applications and platforms so they are empowered by the knowledge, experience and skills to independently use the appropriate tools to become effective communicators.”

Something you might not know about Evelyn: “I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 20 years and was lucky enough to be at the ground floor of a company that was eventually purchased by Cisco Systems.”

Front Office Administrative Assistant
703-548-4804
schhipa@acdsnet.org
B.A. American Intercontinental University

Working in School Since: 2016

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2016

“I am passionate about having the ability to help students of every grade level understand and appreciate what they have in means of education.  I want them to appreciate the littlest and simplest things in life around them, whether if it may be through interaction with others, or by learning through books, and education, and for them to be able to understand and address not only others voices, but also their own, without any insecurities.”

Something you might not know about Shahenaz: “I love cooking anything and everything, and am an avid reader!”

Custodian
703-837-1312
acontreras@acdsnet.org

Third Grade
703-548-4804 x215
sculberson@acdsnet.org
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.Ed., Marymount University

Teaching Since: 2011

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2014

“I have currently been focusing on how I can more fully integrate social emotional learning and growth mindset into the third grade curriculum. Third graders are in a huge transition year, both academically and socially.  By teaching students strategies and the language to use in the classroom, they will benefit in the real world.”

Something you might not know about Sarah: “I love hockey! I grew up at the ice rink…not playing ice hockey but on the bench and in the stands watching my brother. I played field hockey for much of my young adult life and still enjoy coaching and playing the sport. My passion for hockey has lead me to be a huge Washington Capitals fan!”

AM/PM Care Director
703-403-4930
ampmcare@acdsnet.org
B.S., George Mason University

Art, MS Advisor (6)
703-548-4804 x206
mdarling@acdsnet.org
B.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Purchasing Agent & Event Coordinator
703-548-4804 x205
purchasing@acdsnet.org
B.A., Texas State University

Working in Schools Since: 2015

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

Something you might not know about Sharla: “I lived in Naples, Italy for two years as a child, and I love to eat/cook Korean cuisine.”

Food Service, P.M. Care

Fifth Grade, MS Advisor (5)
703-548-4804 x216
mescobar@acdsnet.org
B.A., Georgetown University
M.A.T., American University

Teaching Since: 2007

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I love Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop! I get to meet every student on his or her level and make sure they grow through targeted mini-lessons and one-on-one conferences. I am currently exploring how to incorporate some of these workshop structures into ancient history. The content is already so engaging that students won’t even realize they are reading and writing about non-fiction in ways that are just as rigorous as the fiction work they do in Language Arts!”

Something you might not know about Monica: “I learned to cook just 5 years ago, but I instantly fell in love! I have taken several cooking classes and can make some tasty international dishes. Some of my favorite cuisines? Vietnamese, Thai, and Mexican.”

Director of High School Placement, Director of Alumni Relations, History (7 & 8), MS Advisor (8), History Department Chair
703-837-1316
jgirard@acdsnet.org
B.A., Dickinson College
M.A., George Mason University

Teaching Since: 1989

ACDS Bobcat Since: 1989

“I am intrigued by the implications of standards based grading and assessment on student motivation and achievement.”

Something you might not know about Jim: “I lived in Spain for a year.”

Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
703-548-4804 x212
lgodek@acdsnet.org
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Chicago

Teaching Since: 2010

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2017

“I am looking forward to bringing the natural world into the classroom through lots of outdoor activities that incorporate our curriculum. Kindergartners are expert explorers and always see the world in new ways.”

Something you might not know about Lynne: “I have traveled in all of the lower 48 states!”

Spanish (K-5)
703-548-4804 x217
vgutierrez@acdsnet.org
M.A., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Teaching & Learning Center Specialist
703-548-4804 x. 204
khaig@acdsnet.org
B.S., James Madison University
M.S.Ed., Brooklyn College


Teaching Since:
2008

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2016

“I love seeing the spark of understanding in children’s eyes. For me, teaching is about developing a love of learning and a curious spirit. I have a passion for teaching the whole child and making sure they feel comfortable learning new or difficult things. I believe that teaching using reading and writing workshop really opens a new world for children, full of discovery and growth.”

Something you might not know about Katie: “I grew up the daughter of a U.S. Marine and moved nine times before finally setting in Virginia in 8th grade.”

Kindergarten
703-548-4804 x211
ehall@acdsnet.org
B.A., The College of William & Mary

Teaching Since: 2010

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I am passionate about writer’s workshop! I think writing is an amazing outlet for young minds to tell amazing stories and teach others!”

Something you might not know about Ellie: “I lived in India for six months.”

Fourth Grade
703-548-4804
kharter@acdsnet.org
B.A., Scripps College
M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Since: 2014

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2017

“I love getting my students excited about math! It’s wonderful to see the light bulb go off above a student’s head when he/she finally grasps a tough math concept, and I want all my students to feel confident in exploring mathematical concepts and problems. In my class, every student is a mathematician!”

Something you might not know about Kate: “I am a very superstitious sports fan– I have specific colors and outfits that I wear on my teams’ game days for good luck!”

Athletic Director
PE (Middle School)
703-548-4804 x225
thart@acdsnet.org
B.A., Shepherd College

Teaching Since: 2001

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I am very passionate about teaching the students proper movement form to prevent muscle imbalances and poor posture.  I look around and see older people in constant pain due to their lack of knowledge of the body and I don’t want my students to have to deal with that later in life.”

Something you might not know about Ty: “During summer break in years past, I lived in Santa Monica California and spent my days coaching beach volleyball.”

Admission Associate, Testing Coordinator
703-548-4804 x245
lhendrickson@acdsnet.org
B.F.A., Ohio Wesleyan University

Working in Schools Since: 1997

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2000

Something you might not know about Liz: “I am a proud cat owner, love the banjo and taught windsurfing in Greece in an earlier life.”

Third Grade
703-548-4804 x219
lholland@acdsnet.org
B.A., Gettysburg College
M.A., Manhattanville College

Teaching Since: 2003

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2007

“I am passionate about Reading and Writing Workshop because using this approach allows me to differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of all of my students, while at the same time creating life-long readers and writers.”

Something you might not know about Liz: “I love listening to live music and going to concerts at local venues.”

Drama, MS Advisor (6)
703-548-4804 x286
vissembert@acdsnet.org
B.S., Skidmore College
M.A., New York University

Director of Advancement
703-837-1308
mkirchner@acdsnet.org
B.A., Colgate University

Working in Schools Since: 2004

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2012

Something you might not know about Meredith: “I love live theater and attend as many plays and musicals as I can, both here and in New York City.”

English (6&7), MS Advisor (7)
703-548-4804 x221
bkohlhagen@acdsnet.org
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
M.Ed., University of Colorado at Boulder

Teaching Since: 2004

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2012

“I am currently focused on utilizing formative and summative assessments in my teaching as this type of assessment lets every student know that I won’t let them fail.”

Something you might not know about Becca: “I lived in Turkey for three years before moving to DC and teaching at ACDS.”

Fourth Grade
703-548-4804 x220
gkomnik@acdsnet.org
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Teaching Since: 1996

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2012

“Getting students excited about reading has always been a passion of mine. Finding the right books to get students engaged in reading is half the battle!”

Something you might not know about Gretchen: “Water polo is my favorite sport and I long to play it again!”

Counselor
703-548-4804 x. 285
alehman@acdsnet.org
B.A., Eastern Mennonite University
M.A., George Washington University

Director of Admission and Financial Aid
703-837-1303
jlewis@acdsnet.org
B.A., Spelman College
M.Ed., Georgia State University

Working in Schools Since: 1983

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2012

“I began working in independent schools because I am passionate about helping families find the school environment that will be the “right fit” for their child and family.”

Something you might not know about Julie: “I completed the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon.”

Director of Technology
703-837-1317
slieberman@acdsnet.org
B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Since: 1997

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2014

“I am passionate about helping students learn how to be a creative thinker, collaborative problem solver, and a deep thinker. I am currently developing my knowledge around building a powerful STEM program that engages students and builds lasting memories beyond just content knowledge.”

Something you might not know about Scott: “I was in the Penn State Drumline.”

Library Media Specialist, Service Learning Coordinator, Festival of Learning Coordinator
703-548-4804 x306
elockwood@acdsnet.org
B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Wisconsin

Teaching Since: 2002

ACDS Bobcat Since: 1997 as a parent and 2002 as member of the faculty

“I am passionate about thinking critically about things– from evaluating the best websites for research to considering the point of view of media messages and looking at my own privileges and biases in the community. I like to take a second look and try to see different points of view.”

Something you might not know about Elizabeth: “I have run a marathon and hope to do another one some day.”

Teaching & Learning Center Specialist, Language Arts Department Chair
703-548-4804 x222
kmartin@acdsnet.org
B.A., Middlebury College
M.Ed., Marymount University

MS Math (7 & 8), MS Advisor (8)
703-548-4804 x228
cmazur@acdsnet.org
B.A., University of Virginia

Teaching Since: 2001

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I am excited about the Math In Focus program that I am using with the 7th graders, and I am also excited about the Circle of Power and Respect program that we are using in our advisory groups.  I am hoping to start a mathletes program here at ACDS, which is something that I have enjoyed doing for many years at some of my previous schools.”

Something you might not know about Cahlan: “I love marine biology and am a certified divemaster who has worked at dive shops in the Caribbean leading dives.”

MS Math (6 & 7), MS Advisor (6)
703-548-4804 x230
emccopp@acdsnet.org
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A.T., American University

Teaching Since: 2008

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

“I am passionate about incorporating student discussion and work sharing in the math classroom.  Seeing the different ways that students solve problems is so interesting! ”

Something you might not know about Erin: “I love traveling and have been to 20 countries and 5 continents!”

English (7&8), MS Advisor (8)
703-548-4804 x232
mmosier@acdsnet.org
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
M.A., American University

Teaching Since: 2008

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2013

“I am passionate about helping middle schoolers find their voices and develop the skills to communicate powerfully both in writing and through public speaking.”

Something you might not know about Meg: “I lived abroad for six years prior to joining ACDS. My first two years overseas were spent in T’bilisi, Georgia followed by four years in Cairo, Egypt.”

Social Studies (6), MS Advisor (6)
703-548-4804 x229
anewhouse@acdsnet.org
B.A., Miami University (OH)
M.A., George Mason University

Teaching Since: 2007

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2013

“I am currently focused on developing study skills/executive functioning skills at the middle school level. Also, I have been working with the team to transition the middle school to a more standards-based assessment environment.  A standards-based grading system will have a great impact on my assessment and teaching methods, and I am looking forward to the challenges.”

Something you might not know about Amy: “I am an unabashed Cleveland Browns fan.”

Second Grade Instructional Assistant
703-548-4804 x. 207
lnowakowski@acdsnet.org
B.S., Marquette University
M.S., Marquette University

Music, MS Advisor (7)
703-548-4804 x203
apfeiffer@acdsnet.org
B.A., Wesleyan University

Business Manager
703-837-1315
rpowers@acdsnet.org
B.A., University of Mississippi

Working in Schools Since: 2004

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2009

“It is a pleasure being part of the ACDS team. I am continually rewarded by the joy and pleasure exhibited by our students as they learn and grow here at ACDS.”

Something you might not know about Robert: “I am a New York Giants fan.”

Plant Manager
703-837-1312
vrodriguez@acdsnet.org
Business Administration & Accounting, San Carlos University
Air Conditioning & Electrical Systems, Northern Virginia Community College

Working in Schools Since: 1990

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2008

Something you might not know about Victor: “I was once a member of the Junior National Soccer Team in Guatemala City.”

Science (7 & 8), MS Advisor (7), Science Department Chair
703-548-4804 x233
cros@acdsnet.org
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Columbia University

Teaching Since: 2001

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2005

“International experiences have always been important and wonderful for me and I am working on trying to have these same types of experiences for our students. In addition, the outdoor experience (or really an out of school experience) can be so rewarding, and really tap into the interests and excitement of students in such a different way than work in the classroom does. Because of this, I am also looking at new opportunities for our younger students to experience an “outdoor educational” opportunity.”

Something you might not know about Chris: “In my senior year of high school, I was a soloist in a youth orchestra playing the piano and performing Beethoven’s Concerto #1 in C-Major.”

Advancement Associate
703-837-1307
jryder@acdsnet.org
B.A., Mary Washington University

Working in Schools Since: 2011

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2008 as a parent and 2011 as a member of the staff

Something you might not know about Johanna: “Due to family moves, I attended five different schools within four years.”

Director of Development
703-837-1313
msahlin@acdsnet.org
B.A., Trinity College

Working in Schools Since: 2008

ACDS Bobcat Since: From 2008-2010 and then since 2012

Something you might not know about Matt: “I was instrumental in the design of our school mascot, Russell.  He’s my best friend!”

Second Grade
703-548-4804
sshannon@acdsnet.org
B.A., Lynchburg College

Teaching Since: 2013

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2017

“While there are many aspects of teaching I am passionate about what keeps me dedicated, excited, and enamored with teaching is the pure look of “investment”. If you’ve experienced it you know what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like. When you captivate and ignite the excitement of learning in a child you will forever strive to keep it alive. To do this I believe it is vital to create a classroom that fosters a balanced approach to both social emotional and academic learning”

Something you might not know about Sarah: “I love trying new activities, especially those that take place outside or challenge me to step outside my comfort zone.”

Executive Assistant to the Head of School, Registrar
703-837-1309
ssonner@acdsnet.org

Working in Schools Since: 2009

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2009

Something you might not know about Summer: “I’m a frequent visitor in kindergarten art class and have several pieces of my artwork at home. My favorite are the ghosts we’ve made for Halloween.”

Fifth Grade, MS Advisor (5)
703-548-4804 x216
cstratigos@acdsnet.org
B.S., State University of New York at Oneonta
M.Ed., Marymount University

Teaching Since: 2011

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2014

“I am very passionate about teaching math.  Growing up it was always my favorite subject.  I hope to make math fun and exciting to learn so my students will enjoy it as well!”

Something you might not know about Colleen: “I love to swim, ski, and play guitar.”

Head of Lower School
703-837-1319
jstreet@acdsnet.org
B.S., James Madison University
M.Ed., University of Virginia

Working in Schools Since: 2005

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2017

“I am passionate about increasing the level of rigor through classroom discourse. When students are engaged in thoughtful discourse, it highlights the importance of collaboration and validates the process of developing an idea.”

Something you might not know about Jenn: “I love to bake sweets and, for a couple of years, ran a small baking business in my spare time.”

Food Service, P.M. Care

First Grade Instructional Assistant
703-548-4804 x209
jvoight@acdsnet.org
B.A., University of Virginia

Teaching Since: 2017

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2017

“I am passionate about finding new ways for first graders to get hands-on experience in math and science. I believe that giving students opportunities to explore and figure out how things work through hands-on experience helps them grow and understand things on a deeper level.”

Something you might not know about Julia: “I love to travel. My favorite place I’ve been is the Cinque Terre villages in Italy.”

Accounting Manager
703-837-1301
jward@acdsnet.org
B.A., Christendom College

Working in Schools Since: 2007

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2015

Something you might not know about James: “I am an avid sports fan and like to play golf and Scrabble in my free time.  I also enjoy spending time with my niece and nephews.”

Head of Middle School, MS Advisor (6)
703-837-1314
rwoods@acdsnet.org
B.S., Eastern University
M.A., Queens University of Charlotte

Working in Schools Since: 1998

ACDS Bobcat Since: 2013

“I am always excited to learn more about instructional methods and grading practices that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of young adolescents.”

Something you might not know about Ryan: “Don’t ask me to perform, but I enjoy playing the guitar and singing”