Meet our Specials Teachers
Mrs. Alissa Gorissen, Art
Alissa Gorissen is new to the St. Agnes teaching staff this year. She attended Dickinson College and earned a BA in Art History/Fine Arts. Prior to having two children she worked at a commercial interior design and architecture firm for 6 years. Mrs. Gorissen loves sharing art with her own children and is now excited to pass along her passion for art to the students of St. Agnes.
Mr. Paul Guevara, P.E.
Mr. Guevara has worked as a substitute teacher at St. Agnes but this will be his first year teaching at St. Agnes full time. He earned his B.A, in History, Political Science and Spanish. Mr. Guevara has worked in Arlington Public Schools for more than 7 years as a School Resource Officer. Mr. Guevara is a retired Arlington County Police Officer. He worked as a police detective/officer for 22 years. He is an enthusiastic lacrosse coach (high school varsity and JV both boys and girls) at St. John’s College High School, W&L High School and Sacred Heart Academy in New York. He has also coached boys and girls youth soccer, softball, and lacrosse. After being a St. Agnes parent (of two high school aged kids) and retiring from the police department, he is excited to be able to return to the St. Agnes community as a teacher and combine his experience in working with kids and his love of sports.
Mrs. Kristen Filpi, Technology
Mrs. Kristen Filpi is beginning her seventh year teaching at St. Agnes. She earned her B.B.A. in Information Systems from Radford University, and a Master of Science in Information Management from Marymount University. Prior to her career in education, Mrs. Filpi worked at Student Loan Marketing Association as a Systems Support Analyst and Programmer/Analyst and stayed home for ten years to raise her four children, two have graduated from St. Agnes and two are currently students at St. Agnes. Mrs. Filpi likes to travel with her family and take her dog, Roxie, for walks.
Mrs. Kara LaGrassa, Library
Mrs. LaGrassa has worked in the school library for 10 years. She received her BA in English with a journalism concentration from Mary Washington College (now Univ. of Mary Washington) in 1991. Before coming to Catholic education, she worked in media relations for the federal government and private industry. “There’s no joy like a child rushing up to you to share something they just read! Where else but a library can you get lost in fiction and grounded in research?”
Mrs. Judy Smith, Music
This will be Mrs. Smith’s 9th year teaching music at Saint Agnes. She began her career in education at Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Washington DC, where she taught for 3 ½ years, before taking a hiatus to be a stay at home mom to her two children, Ben and Sara. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City and her Masters is from Catholic University in DC. Music has been her lifelong passion, having sung in choirs and on stage for as long as she could remember. Her mother used to joke that she sang before she could talk! Mrs. Smith considers herself very blessed to be to working with your children in a field that she loves.