Meet our Upper School Teachers
Mrs. Lee Morris
Mrs. Morris teaches sixth grade Literature and seventh grade Literature and Language Arts. This is her eighth year as a teacher at St. Agnes. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with special honors in International Relations and English. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Notes Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. After law school Lee clerked for the Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then went into private practice, where she ultimately became a litigation partner in a large law firm. Mrs. Morris eventually transitioned to being a full time stay at home mom. She and her husband Andy have three sons, all of whom attended St. Agnes from pre-k through eighth grade.
Miss Mary Ostrowski
Miss Ostrowski is excited to be starting her first year at St. Agnes, teaching 6th grade Religion and 8th grade Literature and Language Arts. She has her Master’s in Education from Notre Dame and has taught in Catholic schools in both Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA. In her free time, Miss Ostrowski loves cheering on the Fighting Irish, reading, and playing fetch with her dog. She is also thrilled to be back in a city that has snowy winters!
Miss Maggie Borden
Miss Borden has eleven years of teaching experience. While this is her first year returning to St. Agnes, she previously spent eight years teaching third grade and six years teaching seventh grade Math at St. Agnes. She then moved to San Diego, California and taught fourth grade for two years at All Hallows Academy in La Jolla. After moving back to Virginia, she taught third grade at Nativity Catholic School in Burke. Miss Borden earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. After graduation, she received her VCEA Certification and Basic Catechist Religion Certification. In addition, she is certified to teach Middle School Mathematics. She has enjoyed the amazing experiences and memories teaching elementary has brought her these past eleven years. She is looking forward to teaching middle school and creating what she knows will be so many blessed and fabulous new memories.
Mr. Timothy O’Leary
Mr. O’Leary grew up in Queens, New York and attended Archbishop Molloy High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Cortland, a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Bridgeport, and Master’s in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. O’Leary is entering my his seventh year teaching middle school science. He played college baseball and then professionally in the Frontier League with the Evansville Otters and internationally with Ireland’s National team. Mr. O’Leary resides in Arlington, Virginia with his daughters Paige and Teagan.
Mrs. Monica Balroop
Mrs. Balroop is a certified teacher and has been teaching for the past 26 plus years. She is about to begin her eleventh year of teaching 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades at St. Agnes. Her main focus is Mathematics but has also taught L. Arts, Social Studies and Science. Her field of experience comes from Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and United States in both Public and Private Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Canada, BA; Walden University, Minnesota, USA , MSc.; and The Catholic Womens’ Teachers College in Trinidad, WI.
Mrs. Cathleen Ueland
Mrs. Cathleen Ueland is beginning her sixth year teaching at St. Agnes. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of San Francisco, and also earned a Certificate of Liberal Arts from the University’s St. Ignatius Institute. The George Washington University granted her a Master of Science degree in International Affairs, with an emphasis on International Law. She also holds certification from the Virginia Catholic Education Association and a Certificate of Catechesis. Prior to her career in education, Mrs. Ueland worked at a think tank in Washington, DC, edited publications, served on the Board of SBA and reaised three graduates of St. Agnes.
Upper School At A Glance
The Upper School (often referred to as Middle School in other academic settings) imbues students with self-advocacy in a Christ-centered learning environment. The cornerstones of the Upper School are leadership, respect, community, and service. The faculty is constantly evolving to meet the needs of adolescent students, develop a sense of self in each student, and provide academic guidance. Students switch class, gain additional independence and leadership each year, join clubs, and prepare for high school.
The Upper School employs a cross-curricular approach (social studies, literature, art) by teaching a specific topic from complementary perspectives. For example, students study ancient Greece by learning about customs and traditions in social studies, reading The Iliad in literature, and creating a Greek artifact in art. Students in the Upper School are also offered differentiated math beginning in 6th grade, with many 8th grade students taking high school algebra.
Successful Upper School students are academically and socially competent; able to work collaboratively with adults and peers; comfortable in their own ideas and opinions; and possess strong character and work ethic. Saint Agnes graduates attend the area’s outstanding Catholic, private, and public high schools. In 2011, ten percent of the class were accepted at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, widely acclaimed as the #1 high school in the country.
Highlights of the Upper School include:
- Focus on personal growth, leadership, time-management, self-discipline, and incorporating faith into daily life.
- Students gain responsibility as members of Student Council, Prayer Partners to younger students, and peer mediators.
- Eighth graders lead school-wide celebrations such as the Christmas Prayer Service and Living Stations of the Cross.
- History comes alive as students dress as Roman plebeians, create Civil War memory boxes, and host a Roaring 20’s party.
- Many eighth grade students study Algebra 1 and test into accelerated high school math.
- Students participate in Science and History Fairs; Spelling and Geography Bees; and the Diocesan Shakespeare Festival.
- All Upper School students participate weekly in clubs, including yearbook, peer mediation, chorus, greenhouse, and knitting.
- Outstanding faculty includes three male and several bi-lingual teachers.
- Seventh and eight grade students participate in InnerQuest, a day-long team-building program