Meet our Intermediate Teachers
Mrs. Grainne Humphries
Mrs. Humphries has been teaching at St. Agnes since 2009, the same year she earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. She also has degrees in English Literature and French as well as an M.B.A. Her previous experience includes a brief period as an editor. She is especially interested in helping students develop their skills in reading and writing.
Mrs. Cathlene Shearon
Mrs. Shearon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Secondary Education Math; physics and art. She received her Master’s in Middle School Education in Science at The University of Georgia. Mrs Shearon taught middle school math and science in Atlanta GA where she was one of the teacher of the year nominees and team teacher of the year nominees for the state of GA. In Jacksonville FL she taught math, physics and honor physics at Bishop Kenny High School where she won the most influential science teacher in the Northern Florida Region. This will be Mrs. Shearon’s fourth year teaching 5th grade math, science and world geography at St. Agnes. Both of her daughters attend St. Agnes. “Being a military family, the St. Agnes community has welcomed us with open arms and it has become our second home. “
Mrs. Meg Lutovsky
This is Meg Lutovsky’s third year teaching fourth grade at Saint Agnes. Mrs. Lutovsky taught fifth grade for nine years in the Arlington Diocese before coming to St. Agnes. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Mrs. Lutovsky cantors regularly at St. Agnes on the weekends and is expecting her first baby in September! She loves music, football, and reading.
Ms. Kate Siemon
Ms. Siemon graduated Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America in 2015 with a Bachelors in Education. She joined the St. Agnes family in 2015 as a fourth-grade teacher. Her favorite part of the school week is working with her colleagues to create lesson plans that engage and challenge students. Her goal is to help instill her students with the skills and passion for lifelong learning. In her spare time Kate likes to spend time with her friends and family, travel, and is an avid Capitals hockey fan.
Mrs. Allie Ratliff
Mrs. Ratliff has taught 3rd grade at St. Agnes for the past 10 years. She also taught 6th grade math for two years. She has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Ratliff will coordinate the Math curriculum and teach advanced math classes this year.
Intermediate School At A Glance
In 4th and 5th grade, students take the step towards more independent learning by changing classes and teachers for some academic subjects. Teachers work with students to develop their organizational skills, their work and study habits, as well as the students’ love of learning. Teachers collaborate to create continuity and build on those skills taught across all subject areas.
Highlights of the Intermediate School:
- Growing in one’s faith and service to others are the cornerstone of daily Religion classes. Topics include the Beatitudes, components of the Mass, the Ten Commandments and the lives of the saints.
- Students work on developing strong writing skills by participating in the Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop with a continued emphasis on grammar
- Students work on reading comprehension skills by reading and analyzing various literary genres
- 4th grade students focus on Virginia history, Colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg, and present the famous Virginians’ Wax Museum
- 5th grade students focus on World Geography studying the seven continents. Students also undertake a cross-curricular project about a world- famous landmark. Students demonstrate what they have learned by writing a research paper, creating a display board and building a model about their chosen monument, all on exhibit at the History Fair.
- Students work on science and the scientific method by participating in hands-on labs in the classroom that includes earth science and physical science. Students also study life science.