Meet our Primary Teachers
Mrs. Dimple Sharma, Teacher
Mrs. Sharma began teaching at St. Agnes 8 years ago as an assistant in First Grade. She is currently teaching First Grade. Mrs. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s in English, Bachelor’s in Education (English and Social Studies) and Master’s in English. She loves going on walks with her family and likes to watch basketball and tennis.
Mrs. Lori Hall, Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Hall is entering her fifth year as a first grade assistant. Prior to working at St. Agnes, she worked for four years as a Kindergarten Assistant (in the Arlington Public Schools), and has a total of 9 years of experience in education. She earned her BS in Speech Communications with a Minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University. “I believe that academics, while a crucial element, is only one piece of the educational puzzle. An education which combines academics with FAITH, personal responsibility, physical fitness, character building, and fun completes the educational puzzle that is your child!”
Ms. Caroline Criqui, Teacher
Ms. Criqui graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education from The Catholic University of America in 2015. Before coming to St. Agnes, she spent a year teaching English in Madrid, Spain. This will be Caroline’s fifth year teaching first grade at St Agnes. In her free time, Caroline likes to travel.
Mrs. Kathy Jackson, Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Jackson has taught at St. Agnes since 2005. Prior to that, she worked in a parents’-day-out program for 7 years. In addition, she has over 20 years experience in administration. In 2017 Mrs. Jackson returned to college to finish her bachelor’s degree and is still working on it. Mrs. Jackson has 2 grown children. She loves the beach, Snoopy, and all the children she is privileged to meet at St. Agnes.
Ms. Mary Kay Soos, Teacher
Ms. Soos is beginning her 22nd year as a 2nd grade teacher for the Diocese of Arlington and her 13th year at St. Agnes. She is a Hoosier at heart but has resided in Northern Virginia for the past 20 years. Miss Soos earned her B.A. from Christendom College and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education from Marymount University. She holds certification from the Virginia Cathoilc Education Association and an advanced Certificate of Catechesis. She feels blessed to be able to prepare the 2nd graders for the reception of First Communion and First Penance, and she enjoys integrating the faith into other areas of the curriculum.
Ms. Joanna Paniagua, Teacher
This is Ms. Paniagua’s 2nd year of teaching, and she is excited to be a part of the St. Agnes family. She graduated with a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Marymount University in 2020. When she isn’t teaching, she is helping out in the Diocese, playing sports, practicing her photography skills, or being adventurous with her friends. She feels blessed to share her passion for the faith with her students so that they may form deeper relationships with God and with each other.
Ms. Victoria Strange, Teacher
Miss Strange is beginning her 6th year teaching 3rd Grade at Saint Agnes. She graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She is working towards her Masters in Special Education at Marymount University.
Ms. Ashton Mallon, Teacher
This is Ms. Mallon’s third year teaching at Saint Agnes, and she is thrilled to be here! She spent the last 10 years working in higher education and ministry and is excited to be back in the classroom full-time. Ms. Mallon received her Bachelors in Theology and Education at Mount St. Mary’s University and my Masters in Education/Administration and Supervision at Marymount University. When she’s not in the classroom, she loves running, spending time with her Godchildren, and reading! She looks forward to being a part of the St. Agnes family!
Primary Grades At A Glance
The focus in the Primary School is building strong foundations in academics, faith, and community. The Primary School provides a spiritual and educational environment valuing the development and growth of each child. Students explore a curriculum that provides hands-on learning and opportunities to deepen their faith. Small class size (average class size: 24) reinforces the sense of community.
Teaching teams provide continuity of instruction between the two classes in each grade and across grade levels. Each subject carefully builds on the skills mastered in the previous grade and teachers use standardized approaches to ensure a natural and continuous flow of learning. Saint Agnes uses a Balanced Literacy approach to teaching language arts, incorporating a comprehensive program that includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. This approach includes teaching phonics, grammar skills, reading and comprehension strategies, and writing forms and skills. Math and science includes flexible small group study, manipulatives, the scientific method, and hands-on activities.
Highlights of the Primary School:
- Faith formation includes daily prayer, weekly Mass, monthly Virtues Program, quarterly Penance services, and Prayer Partners Program, which matches older and younger students for Mass and other activities.
- Teachers in K-3 received training in Orton-Gillingham, a multi-sensory approach to teach reading, writing and comprehension.
- Teaching teams have weekly meetings to coordinate curriculum, lessons, teaching techniques, and best practices.
- First grade students dress as their Patron Saint on All Saints Day and introduce themselves to the entire student body.
- Second graders lead daily school-wide prayers as they prepare for First Penance and First Holy Communion.
- Third graders choose a state for year-long in-depth study culminating in a State Fair when each child presents projects completed during the year.