Beginning its 42nd year, Seton School in Manassas welcomes
one new full-time teacher and several new part-time teachers
to the staff.
Joining the Latin department is Elisabeth Willson, a 2016
honors graduate from Christendom College, with a bachelor's
in classical and early Christian studies. Willson will teach
Latin I, II, III and IV. At Christendom she was the head
resident assistant in her senior year, and the president of
the Presidential Advisory Council. At commencement, she
received the student achievement award, given to the
graduating senior who best served the campus community and
set an example of Catholic virtue.
Teresa Kelly will direct the Mass choir and chamber choir. A
2011 honors graduate in liberal arts studies from Ave Maria
University, Kelly brings experience in many facets of music
education and liturgical music. She will guide student
singers to bring beauty and reverence to Seton's twice-weekly
Mother of three Seton alumni and three current students,
Martha Aveni will lead the art appreciation classes. Aveni
has a bachelor's from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the
Virginia Commonwealth University art foundation program. She
will continue coaching the girls cross country team.
Returning to Seton after a 14-year absence, Mary Francis
DiVietri will teach freshman English. DiVietri has a
bachelor's from Dominican College and did graduate work in
English literature at Dominican and the University of San
Francisco. She also did graduate work in French literature in
France. She will be half of Seton's first mother-son team;
her son John-Robert teaches history and government.
Carmen Briceno, experienced in youth ministry in the
Arlington Diocese, will be at Seton one day a week to assist
the religion department by giving talks, teaching lessons and
mentoring young women.
In the curriculum, Seton is expanding its dual enrollment
offerings. Last year, dual enrollment credit in biology and
statistics was added and this year, Spanish and engineering
will be available to students for college credit. Ann
Martella will teach Spanish, and Mark Hoffman will direct the
Another new elective, public speaking, will be taught by