6735 Fayette St. Haymarket, VA 20169

6317 Vint Hill Rd. Warrenton, VA 20187

St. Michael's Academy

St. Michael's Academy



Vint Hill:




6735 Fayette St. Haymarket, VA 20169

Vint Hill

6317 Vint Hill Rd. Warrenton, VA 20187

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday to Friday

St. Michael's Academy

123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Our Staff


Lorrie Crockett : Principal

Lorrie Crockett


The Lord is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.  - Deuteronomy 31:8

Mrs. Crockett is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve St. Michael’s as principal. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Concord University in Athens, WV. She has experience teaching in the public and private school settings at both the elementary and preschool levels.

Prior to teaching Mrs. Crockett was a preschool director. She took a short break from working to raise her children, and found her home amongst the dedicated and passionate staff at St. Michael’s Academy. Ms. Crockett resides in Warrenton with her husband, two sons, their dogs, Birdie and Mac, and cat Sweetie Pie. Mrs. Crockett is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.


Elementary Teachers

Catherine Emery : Kindergarten Teacher

Catherine Emery

Kindergarten Teacher

Dear children, let us not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. - 1 John 3:11

Ms. Emery is pleased to join St. Michael’s staff for the third year. As a Colorado native, she earned her English Education degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2009, she worked as the Reading Intervention Teacher K-6 in a small rural community where she also owned and worked on a cattle ranch. She worked as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Schools before moving to Haymarket five years ago. Working in a Christian school is dear to her heart, so she is delighted to have the opportunity to be back in this nurturing environment. She attended Catholic schools, as did her son, and looks forward to becoming part of the St. Michael’s community. Along with her dear husband, she attends Truro Anglican Church.

Although she enjoys daily scripture devotional time, two favorite scripture verses guide Ms. Catherine’s day-to-day life. This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. - 1 John 3:18 and Dear children, let us not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. - 1 John 3:11 Ms. Emery thinks this is the greatest challenge of teachers - to minister and to show students how to act with love.

Susan Widlake : Kindergarten Teacher

Susan Widlake

Kindergarten Teacher

God is Love. - 1 John 4:8

Susan Widlake first came to be a part of the St. Michael’s Academy family when her son was a preschooler here. She initially began working at SMA as a substitute teacher while her son attended classes. For the past four school years she has been a SMA Pre-K4 Lead Teacher. Now beginning in our 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Widlake will be a Kindergarten Teacher and her son will be a St. Michael’s fifth grader.

Mrs. Widlake has over a decade and a half of varied experience in the field of Education. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a focus in English from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has teaching experience at the secondary level in public schools, served as classroom assistant for a “Life Skills” Special Education Program, and has previously taught Pre-K 4 as a lead teacher in a DoD school. In addition to teaching, she has extensive experience as an Admissions Manager for both Troy State University—European Division and Strayer University—Manassas Campus.

Mrs. Widlake lives in Bristow with her husband, Patrick, their ten-year old son, and their tuxedo cat. She enjoys reading, painting, shopping, and simply spending time with her family.

Michelle Spezzano : First Grade Teacher

Michelle Spezzano

First Grade Teacher

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

Michelle Spezzano is the mother of nine children and is a native of Northern VA. She has worked in the Department of Defense schools, when her husband was an active duty Marine, and has experience in therapeutic recreation with special needs adults and children. She obtained her degree in psychology from George Mason University and is getting her Masters of Education at Liberty University. As a military wife, she completed her elementary education coursework and student teaching at UNCW.

Ms. Michelle will celebrate 20 years of marriage this June and is thankful for all the blessings in her life. She strives to work for Christ in all she does and trusts God’s providence in her life, knowing that despite any difficulties that may arise, God is in control, and any circumstance can be used to glorify Him. With a God-given love for children, she looks forward to teaching the students at St. Michael’s Academy. She wants to foster a love for learning at an early age and for her students to be excited to come to school each day. Michelle considers her job at St. Michael’s a blessing and is grateful for this opportunity.

Michele Yancy : Second Grade Teacher

Michele Yancy

Second Grade Teacher

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5

Ms. Yancy is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a degree in Elementary Education. Her experience in the classroom includes preschool thru elementary levels in both private and public school systems. After serving as a regular substitute in Prince William County for the last 5 years, Ms. Yancy is eager and excited to be a part of the family at St. Michael’s Academy as a Second grade teacher. She feels very strongly that God has called her to this position and feels honored to serve in this ministry.

Ms. Yancy is happily married to John Yancy, the head Golf Professional at Heritage Hunt, and together, they have two beautiful daughters, Meghan and Molly, and two adorable puppies, Brutus and Bella. They moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Gainesville six years ago, quickly found a church home at Park Valley Church, and can oftentimes be seen serving as greeters or as Park Valley Roadies. In her free time, Michele loves singing to worship music, photography, reading, going to the movies, and watching her girls dance competitively at Gainesville Dance Center.

Christen Sanderson : Third Grade Teacher/Elementry Lead

Christen Sanderson

Third Grade Teacher/Elementry Lead

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good, not evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11

Ms. Sanderson is thrilled to be working at St. Michael’s. From the first moment she heard about this school, she knew it was the place God wanted her to be.

This is Ms. Sanderson’s fourth year teaching at St. Michael’s. She earned her bachelor’s degree at George Mason University. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading, cooking, baking, photography, crocheting, and being with her husband and two children. She and her family attend New Life Church in Haymarket.

Heidi Munson : Fourth Grade

Heidi Munson

Fourth Grade

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10

Mrs. Munson returns to St. Michael's with an excited and humbled heart! She comes to teaching after being home with her children, helping to plant a church, building and leading a student/children's ministry, and substituting in Prince William Public Schools … all of which have prepared her for this year! Ms. Munson is a California native, earning her Bachelor's Degree at California State University, Sacramento, and her and Teaching Credential from Chapman University. She has taught Kindergarten through 8th grade in the public school system but treasures her experiences of serving Lord through ministry. As these two paths come together, Ms. Munson gets to share her love for the Lord by serving His children at St. Michael's.

Mrs. Munson and her husband recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and are so thankful that God has given them these years together. They have two teens, each a blessing in their own special ways. As a family, they love exploring God's gifts in nature. They enjoy time outside on their bikes or just walking along trails. The Munsons attend and serve at The Life Church in Manassas by leading a small group and facilitating a marriage ministry for engaged and struggling couples.

She loves to watch how this truth has brought her to many places in her life, including St. Michael's!

Amy Bell : Fifth Grade

Amy Bell

Fifth Grade

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Amy Bell earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Northwest Missouri State University. Two years later she became certified in special education and behavior disorder. Mrs. Bell has more than ten years of teaching experience, most recently teaching fifth grade in PWCS. Mrs. Bell comes from a large, military family. She and her husband have raised five children, seeing their boys and girls from elementary school through college. Mrs. Bell is excited to serve as St. Michael’s first-ever fifth grade teacher!

Jamie Weaver-Denning : Kindergarten Assistant

Jamie Weaver-Denning

Kindergarten Assistant

Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

Jamie was born and raised in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. She was married in 2009 and has lived in San Antonio, TX and Colorado Springs, CO before moving to Northern Virginia in 2015. In February, her husband retired from the Air Force and now works in the DC area. They have three children: Dylan, Eliana, and Kergan and a cat named Onyx.

She graduated from Messiah College in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Family Studies. For 8 years she worked as a social worker for a private foster care agency and Children and Youth Services. Most recently, she has spent the last 8 years as a military spouse and a stay at home mom. She is currently working on getting my masters in Education at Regent University and looks forward to a great year of teaching the brilliant students at St. Michael’s Academy.

Cathy Molestina : First and Second Grade Assistant

Cathy Molestina

First and Second Grade Assistant

Crystal Farhat : Resource Teacher

Crystal Farhat

Resource Teacher


Preschool Teachers

Anita Stevens : PreK-4 Teacher/Preschool Administrator

Anita Stevens

PreK-4 Teacher/Preschool Administrator

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. - Luke 12:34

Ms. Anita brings eight years of experience teaching Pre-K4, most recently at Midland Christian Academy, to her work at St. Michael’s. She studied Early Childhood Education at Ashford University and has completed ACSI Coursework in Principles and Practices of Christian Early Education. She has been an active member of Midland Church of the Brethren for over 30 years, having served on the Church Board, as a Sunday School teacher, as a Youth/Children’s Ministry Advisor, and as Treasurer on the Education Board.

Ms. Anita is a single mom to two boys, and they live in Sumerduck. Luke 12:22-34 has had significant meaning in her life over the past few years, reminding her of God’s love and omnipotence. Verse 34 states, Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Ms. Anita’s sons and students have been the treasures in her life and have assured her that God is in control. She knows that He has put her here for a reason, and for that she is truly grateful.

Christina Long : Pre-K2 Lead Teacher

Christina Long

Pre-K2 Lead Teacher

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and shall be the peace of your children. – Isaiah 54:13

Ms. Christina is excited to join the St. Michael’s faculty after assisting as a room mother, volunteer and substitute teacher. Prior to joining the St. Michael’s staff, she worked with Marriott International in various roles including Sales and Events, Operations and Customer Relations. Upon leaving Marriott, she was blessed with the best job ever, the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. Ms. Christina lives in Gainesville with her husband, two children and two dogs, and she attends Gainesville United Methodist Church.

Mary Ramirez : Pre-K2 Assistant Teacher

Mary Ramirez

Pre-K2 Assistant Teacher

Ms. Mary is excited to be the new Assistant Teacher in the two’s room. She is new to the St. Michael’s family but has spent many years working with children since her time in college. She loves working with children and watching them explore the great world with which we are blessed.

Ms. Mary grew up in Centreville, VA, and she has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University. Her husband and she were married in May of 2013, and were blessed with their daughter in July of 2014. They have two dogs: a Boston terrier named Charlie and a pug named Lola.

Ms. Mary is honored by this opportunity and really looks forward to getting to know your children!

Gina Baggs : Pre-K3 Teacher

Gina Baggs

Pre-K3 Teacher

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13

Gina Baggs is excited to join St. Michael’s Academy as a PK3 lead teacher. She received her Exercise Science degree from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. After graduating, she pursued her passion for travel and became a flight attendant. Although traveling took her all over the world, being home with her family has been a blessing. Ms. Gina is a proud military spouse. She and her husband have 3 children. She enjoys crafting, photography, and fitness.

Alison Jordan : Pre-K3 Teacher

Alison Jordan

Pre-K3 Teacher

And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

Ms. Alison comes to St. Michael's with 10 years’ experience working in a Montessori setting as an Assistant Teacher and Aftercare Lead Teacher for 3- and 4-year-old students. She also worked with children in the healthcare field for 6 years. Ms. Alison has always felt that teaching young children was God's calling for her and feels extremely blessed to be living out that calling at St, Michael's!

Ms. Alison is excited a Lead Teacher in Pre-K 3. Ms. Alison moved to Virginia from Aurora, Illinois with her two sons. Ms. Alison’s oldest son lives in Nebraska. Her youngest son is a junior in high school.

Ms. Alison is a member of Fairfax Community Church where she participates in a small group and a Local Engagement group. In her free time, Ms. Alison enjoys personal fitness, cooking, singing, and serves as a certified fitness instructor.

Esteffanny Lambert : PreK-3 Teacher

Esteffanny Lambert

PreK-3 Teacher

Esteffanny Lambert brings a rich variety of preschool experiences to St. Michael's Academy for the 2017-2018 school year.

A native of Quito, Ecuador, Esteffanny and her family moved to New York City in 2001, where she began her professional career as the assistant to the Ambassador of Ecuador. Following her marriage and the birth of their oldest two children, Esteffanny began working for Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Cranford, NJ during the 2007-2008 school year. When her husband's job transferred them to Washington, DC, Esteffanny joined St. Paul's (predecessor school to St. Michael's) and was the inaugural teacher for the Mother's Day Out program during the 2008-2009 school year, and then moved to be the Pre-K 3 teacher for the 2009-2010 year. During the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, Esteffanny ran Loving Learning Preschool for 4 year olds out of her home in Haymarket while she welcomed her third and fourth children into the world. Esteffanny's husband was relocated to Michigan for 2 1/2 years, where they welcomed their fifth child.

Esteffanny has consistently used the A Beka curriculum and Handwriting without Tears, and is certified in CPR and Medication Administration Training.

Esteffanny and her family are members of Park Valley Church in Haymarket, and on the weekends spend their time watching their four girls and one son at soccer games, track and swim meets. Their 4 girls are ages 13, 12, 6 and 2 and their son is 4.

TJ Williams : PreK3 Teacher

TJ Williams

PreK3 Teacher

Monique Boggs : Pre-K3 Assistant

Monique Boggs

Pre-K3 Assistant

Ande Carr : Pre-K3 Assistant

Ande Carr

Pre-K3 Assistant

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. - Ephesians 3:20

Ms. Ande has enjoyed working with children for many years. She has worked in childcare centers, parks and recreation programs, and the children's ministry at her church.

Ms. Ande joined the St. Michael's family 4 years ago when her oldest daughter started attending the preschool program. She now has 2 of her children at the school and had the opportunity to join the staff at St. Michael’s in 2016, working in the aftercare and extended care program. She is excited to start the new year as an Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K3 program.

Ms. Ande believes that school is a place where every child should feel valued and loved. She loves helping children to reach their full potential.

Amy Snyder : Pre-K3 Assistant/Fayette-BC Supervisor

Amy Snyder

Pre-K3 Assistant/Fayette-BC Supervisor

But God commandeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

Amy Snyder joined the St. Michael’s family last year as an aftercare assistant, and this year she will also be serving as a Pre-K3 Assistant Teacher. Ms. Amy is a mother of three children (two girls and one boy), and she has two sisters, a brother and one nephew. Amy has worked with children since she was 15 years old, whether it was babysitting for family and friends, working in a childcare setting, or helping out in the children's programs at church. Ms. Amy is delighted to bring her passion for working with young children to St. Michael’s Academy!

Sarah Buffington : PreK-4 Teacher

Sarah Buffington

PreK-4 Teacher

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39

Sarah Buffington was born and raised in California and followed her husband out here to Virginia in 2008. Being an outdoor person, and never experiencing the seasons, she absolutely loves it here. She has two wonderful, active boys, who keep her on my toes and knees. Some things Sarah enjoys are gardening, baking, riding dirt bikes, hiking, and she loves people. She also loves Jesus with her whole heart and being. He is her passion, her life, and her everything.

Nataly Cuny : PreK-4 Teacher

Nataly Cuny

PreK-4 Teacher

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, does not boats, it's not proud. It does not dishonor others, it's not self-seeking, it's not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ms. Nataly and her husband began their journey in Rome, Italy, 15 years ago and got married in the most beautiful church on top of the Spanish Steps, Trinita Dei Monti. Coming back to the United States, they have lived in Haymarket for the past 10 years. They are blessed with two beautiful kids ages 10 and 6. Ms. Nataly holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics following by her Master's Degree.

When her youngest son began attending St. Michael’s Academy, Ms. Nataly began to offer her time and services as a volunteer and as a substitute in a different classrooms. After spending time with kids at school and with the amazing staff at St. Michael’s Academy, Ms. Nataly is thrilled to join our faculty as a lead teacher in PreK-4.

Ms. Cuny love spending time with her family, taking long walks with their Labrador named Sharky, traveling, reading and interior decorating.

Crystal Garvey : PreK-4 Teacher

Crystal Garvey

PreK-4 Teacher

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5, 6

Ms. Crystal joined St. Michael's staff in September, 2015, as an aftercare assistant/substitute teacher and is excited to begin this school year as a lead teacher in a PreK-3 classroom.

Ms. Crystal lives in Gainesville with her husband, Jonathan, and their two daughters. Before moving here, she lived in North Carolina, Virginia Beach, and Maryland. Jonathan and Crystal both served in the United States Navy. After they decided together to leave military life, Ms. Crystal was accepted into George Mason University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She plans to further her education with a Master's in School Counseling.

Ms. Crystal has used her work experience, education, and insight as a mother to nurture the students at St. Michael's Academy. Ms. Crystal enjoys reading books, playing outside as much as possible with her girls, going fishing with her dad, hiking, and going to the beach as much as possible.

Judi McCauley : PreK-4 Teacher

Judi McCauley

PreK-4 Teacher

There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. - I Corinthians 12:4

Ms. Judi has been part of our school’s staff for eight years. Previously she served as a classroom assistant, an assistant teacher, and a Pre-K3 Lead. Ms. Judi is delighted to return this year to lead our Pre-K4 students.

Ms. Judi has an accumulative experience of eleven years working with preschool or elementary age children in preschools, teaching music, and Sunday school or catechism. She held the position of Director of Children's Ministry at St. Paul's (now St. Michael’s) Church in 2006-2007. Ms. Judi has also taught religious education at her local parish, St. Katherine Drexel Mission, for four years. She has over a decade of private piano training and enjoys bringing music and art into the classroom experience.

In addition to working with children, Ms. Judi enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and gardening. She and her family have lived in Virginia for twenty years, fifteen of which have been in Haymarket. Ms. McCauley and her husband have two wonderful children. Her son is entering Police Cadet school this fall, and her daughter is looking forward to serving in the nursing profession.

Chris Powers : PreK-4 Teacher

Chris Powers

PreK-4 Teacher

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Ms. Chris is an experienced preschool teacher and has been teaching Pre-K4 at St. Michael’s for 9 years. She holds ACSI Certification as an Early Educator. She double-majored in International Studies and German at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and is St. Michael’s German teacher as well as a Pre-K4 Lead. Prior to her teaching career, Ms. Chris spent years doing international marketing and sales in the corporate world.

Ms. Chris has a true passion for teaching that has strengthened while being a teacher at St. Michael’s School. She continues to enjoy traveling and experiencing new wonders of the world but embraces the fact that God has chosen her path as a teacher. She fully enjoys being in the classroom and watching the joy on the faces of her students as they learn the word of God and grow in their faith.

Ms. Chris and her husband Jeff have a daughter, age 14 and a son, age ``. They attend Park Valley Church in Haymarket.

Heather West : PreK-4 Teacher

Heather West

PreK-4 Teacher

This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24

Ms. Heather holds a college degree and a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. She taught 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old PreK students for three years prior to joining the faculty of St. Michael’s. Before embarking on her educational career, Ms. Heather worked in several large corporations as a customer service representative and in sales. She began working at SMA a year ago and lives with her husband and three children in Haymarket. She enjoys jogging, computers, reading, and shopping for shoes.

Kristina Baggetta : Pre-K4 Assistant

Kristina Baggetta

Pre-K4 Assistant

Cathy Hewitt : Pre-K4 Assistant

Cathy Hewitt

Pre-K4 Assistant

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

Ms. Cathy joined St. Michael's staff in November, 2015, as an After Care Assistant/substitute teacher and is excited to begin this school year as an Assistant Teacher. Ms. Cathy has lived in Virginia since January, 2014. Before moving here she lived in Pennsylvania for 14 years. There, she worked as a Title 1 Assistant for 13 years in one of the elementary schools in her town.

Ms. Cathy lives in Warrenton with her husband, Jim, their daughter, Suzanne, a student at George Mason University, and their dachshund named Heidi. Her son, Ryan, lives in Illinois with his wife, Jessica, and new baby, her first grandchild, Charli, born this May. Ms. Cathy enjoys reading, watching old movies and going into D.C. as often as she can.

Lora Loconti : PreK-4 Assistant

Lora Loconti

PreK-4 Assistant

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:2-4

Mrs. Loconti lives in the town of Haymarket with her husband and two children. She was raised in Woodbridge, VA and has attended GMU and Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, CA. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom she worked for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office as a police dispatcher and warrants clerk. During her time as a stay-at-home mom, she provided in-home daycare for several families. Mrs. Loconti attends Park Valley Church. Lora enjoys CrossFit, reading, boating with her family.



Nate Bearfield : Executive Director/Campus Pastor

Nate Bearfield

Executive Director/Campus Pastor

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6

Nathan Bearfield is now serving as the Executive Director and Campus Pastor for St. Michael’s Academy (SMA). Mr. Bearfield is currently enrolled in the Th.M program (Masters in Theology) at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and is pursuing a focus in Christian Education. He has a strong passion around education and sharing the gospel with our youth. His interest with St. Michael’s Academy is born out of Psalm 78:1-8 which states we are to instruct our future generation of children to follow the ways of the Lord. This is not only our responsibility as parents, but it is also a privilege he embraces to share what the Lord has done to transform his life.

Nathan is also actively involved in leading ministry programs both at McLean Bible Church, Prince William Campus (MBC-PWC) and DTS. His ministries include: The Open Door Ministry; Marriage Mentoring; Spiritual Formation (Sanctification); and Newcomer Ministry.

Mr. Bearfield is married to his best friend, Alisa, and together they are raising three children ages 17, 7, and 3. Mr. Bearfield feels the Lord has placed him at SMA to make an impact and he is excited to support the school in its growth in the coming years.

Tammy Rowland : Registrar

Tammy Rowland


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  - Matthew 6:34 

Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Ms. Tammy and her husband have lived in Gainesville for the past 21 years. By the grace of God, they were blessed with a wonderful daughter 11 years ago. When her daughter began attending St. Michael’s Academy, she offered her services as a substitute in various classrooms. Ms. Tammy came on board as a regular faculty member six years ago and is greatly enjoying her time here at SMA.

Candee Roth : Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Candee Roth

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

I have strength for everything and anything through him who empowers me.  – Philippians 4:13

Mrs. Roth is our full time Office Manager at St. Michael’s Academy. She began her tenure at St. Michael’s several years ago in the teaching capacity. She incorporates her previous experience in the engineering and accounting world to help keep our school organized. She has a great love for all our students and we are so glad to have her!

Mrs. Roth is married and has four wonderful children ranging in ages from 8 to twenty-one. Mrs. Roth is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She and her family attend St. Katherine Drexel Mission, where she teaches religious education. Mrs. Roth enjoys spending her free time reading, going to the movies, and shopping with friends.

Amanda Curtze : Elementry Adminstrative Assistant

Amanda Curtze

Elementry Adminstrative Assistant

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth. - 3 John 1:4

Ms. Curtze joined St. Michaels as a substitute teacher for the preschool and a lunch supervisor for the Sparks campus. Previously, she has volunteered and substitute taught at HBCPK for 6 years while also enjoying being a stay at home mom. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ms. Curtze graduated with a degree in Finance at Penn State and worked in the financial planning industry.

She is married to Andrew Curtze who works for the Fairfax Country Police Department. Ms. Curtze's two children are attending St. Michael's Academy and are also so happy to join such an outstanding, Christ centered school.



Nadia Driscoll : Spanish Teacher

Nadia Driscoll

Spanish Teacher

Linda Sakevich : Physical Education Instructor

Linda Sakevich

Physical Education Instructor

And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

Ms. Linda has a passion for healthy living through exercise and nutrition, and she has been an active member at Lifetime Fitness in Centreville for over a decade. As St. Michael’s Physical Education teacher, she strives to make fitness fun and exciting for the children through exercise and games. Ms. Linda graduated from Somerset County College and continued her studies at Taylor Business Institute. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Bike riding and swimming with her family and friends in her backyard pool are among her favorite relaxing activities.

Chris Ritter : Computer Programming

Chris Ritter

Computer Programming

I have strength for everything and anything through him who empowers me. – Philippians 4:13

Mr. Ritter is looking forward to his third year teaching software and systems engineering to St. Michael’s elementary school students. Mr. Ritter also serves as the Director of Software Development for SPEC Innovations and project manager for the popular cloud systems engineering tool, Innoslate. He has led the software development of numerous government and commercial projects including the ProvIDES International Disaster Relief software stack and Protection Innovations. Mr. Ritter was the co-chair of the Systems Engineering Washington, DC, Conference in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Mr. Ritter graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.


Support Staff

Nora Coca-Escalera : Bus Driver/Custodian

Nora Coca-Escalera

Bus Driver/Custodian

Cierra Berry : Aftercare Assistant

Cierra Berry

Aftercare Assistant

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

Cierra Berry is a college student at Northern Virginia Community College. Her favorite pastime activities are reading, spending time with her family, and working out. Ms. Cierra would like to study sonography in college to become an ultrasound technician. She loves doing any work involving children because she loves watching them develop at such a young age.

Alena Rice : Lunchroom Supervisor

Alena Rice

Lunchroom Supervisor

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ​Romans 12:10​

Alena is happy to join St. Michael's Academy this year as the lunchroom supervisor. She and her husband Brett have two sons and live in Gainesville with their two dogs and cat. Alena holds a degree from Christopher Newport University and has lived in Northern Virginia most of her life. When she isn't carting her boys to activities, she enjoys staying fit and being outdoors; her favorite place to be is Northern Michigan. Alena and her family worship at Mclean Bible Church.

Patty Galarza : Before Care Supervisor

Patty Galarza

Before Care Supervisor

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. –Jeremiah 29:11

Ms. Patty is thrilled to be joining the St. Michael’s family! She loves children, and she will strive to instill a love of learning in the heart of each child she teaches. Ms. Patty believes that learning should fun and exciting, and she will do her utmost to ensure that each day will be! Ms. Patty has worked with preschool and elementary children since the young age of 14. Some of her most favorite days were spent during the summer months when she was a camp counselor.

Ms. Patty was a K3 assistant, and a lead aftercare counselor at Christian Center School in Alexandria. More recently, she was the K4 assistant and the science teacher at Silo Center Preschool in Lorton. Ms. Patty and her husband have been married for 8 years, and they have two beautiful children, Casey and Sophia, both of whom attend St. Michael’s Academy. They attend Gateway Bible Church in Gainesville.



Rebecca Ritter : PTO Parent Chair

Rebecca Ritter

PTO Parent Chair

Christen Sanderson : PTO Teacher Chair

Christen Sanderson

PTO Teacher Chair