Bishop O'Connell in Arlington welcomes a number of new staff
members to kick off the 2016-17 year, as well as the
construction of a new concession stand near the athletic
Margaret Carroll (religion) comes to O'Connell with a degree
from Mount St. Mary's University in Theology, with an
emphasis on youth ministry. She is a graduate of Paul VI
Catholic High School in Fairfax, and has missionary, camp
counseling and youth ministry experience.
Allison Espisito (expanded services) is a former peer mentor
in the Options Program at Paul VI. She earned a master's
degree in special education from George Mason University and
has taught in Fairfax County public schools.
John Gennaro (math) brings his background as a medical
research scientist and technical manager to the math
classroom. He earned a master's in medical biophysics and
computing from the University of Utah College of Medicine.
Laura Juarez (Spanish) has a degree in industrial engineering
from Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a
foreign language teaching certificate from the University of
Virginia. She has taught Spanish at St. Joseph School in
Herndon for more than 10 years, and is active in local and
international service programs.
Jennifer Kirschbaum (French) studied French and English at
the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and earned a
master's at Indiana University. Previously working in
international technical writing and communications, she
recently completed a career switching program and has been a
French classroom substitute in Arlington County public
Kathleen McDermott (English) recently graduated from the
University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg with a degree
in English and a minor in German. She taught in Stafford
County and Loudoun County public schools. She also served as
a public speaking coach and music choreographer at Potomac
Falls High School and a youth group volunteer at Our Lady of
Hope in Potomac Falls.
Christine McGowan (science) has a bachelor's in biology with
a minor in chemistry from Thomas Edison State College in
Trenton, N.J. She previously served as the science department
head for a new prep school in North Carolina, where she
taught biology, astronomy and physical science, and
facilitated the credit recovery program for at-risk students.
McGowan is also the head coach for the Knights rowing team.
James Shirey (social studies) returns to his alma mater with
a bachelor's in government from Harvard University and
experience as a classroom teacher in social studies and
music. He is also a talented musician.
Greg Silm (math) has been teaching high school math in Ohio
and Arizona. A graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, he
has a degree in mathematics with a minor in physical
education. Silm also will serve as an assistant coach for the
Knights football program.
Colleen Swaim (English) has taught English, theology and
speech in Catholic high schools in Kentucky. She also served
as a member of the Covington Diocesan Youth Commission,
planning and implementing youth ministry events and
education. Swaim holds a bachelor's in English from Catholic
University and a master's in education from Xavier
Kenneth Tuite (Latin/social studies) is a former adjunct
faculty member in the classics department at the University
of Maryland, College Park. He has a bachelor's in history
from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's in
ancient history from the University of California at Santa
Barbara, and a doctorate in classics from the University of
Texas at Austin.
John Whittaker (social studies) has a bachelor's in political
science and a master's in theology from the University of
Notre Dame. For the past two years, he has taught at a
Catholic high school and an alternative high school for
at-risk students in South Bend, Ind.