Rev. Jaroslaw Gamrot, Administrator
Father Jerry is the pastor at Holy Face Parish as well as the Administrator of Little Flower School.
Father Jerry was born in Poland and studied fine arts, philosophy and theology. He graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin with a Master’s of Divinity and received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, becoming a presbyter of the Roman Catholic Church in 1991. Since then, he has served as a priest in churches in Poland, Italy and the United Kingdom before coming to the Archdiocese of Washington. Father Jerry likes art, music and animals. But most of all, he likes to work with people and children. In Father Jerry’s own words, “God created all things big and tall, great and giant. But I believe that God also created all small and tiny critters. They are often pushed aside, ignored, overlooked or unnoticed. Like children, the small creatures may seem sometimes unimportant in the world. This is so unfair. That’s why Jesus teaches us that tiny things are important to God. God dresses up the flowers with their beauty and trails sparrows in their flight. Above all, God cares for small people and children whom he loves. This is good news. We call it Gospel and we make sure to remember it and follow it at Little Flower School. A little is beautiful!”
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
Mrs. Stirling has just completed 20 years of teaching at Little Flower School! Over the years, she has taught a variety of subjects including math, language arts, music and computers. Most recently she was a member of the middle school team, where she taught language arts to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Stirling provides music for the School Masses, serves on the auction committee, and takes an active role in the special events at the school, such as Veterans Day, All Saints Day Mass, May Procession and the annual Christmas Show.
Mrs. Stirling is originally from Oil City, Pennsylvania, where she attended both Catholic grade school and high school. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where she met her husband of 35 years. After traveling with the Navy, they decided to make St. Mary’s County their home. They have two children, Mark and Laura.
Barbara Graeser, Administrative Assistant, LFSoffice@littleflowercatholic.org
Patti Johnson, Receptionist
Alyssa Holiday, Finance Secretary
B.S., University of Maryland at College Park
Mrs. Holiday has an Accounting degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and her CPA certification in MD and OH. She grew up in Prince George’s County. After college she moved to Northeastern Ohio and spent 15 years living there before moving back to MD and settling in Drum Point with her husband, son and daughter. After spending 4 1/2 years staying home with her children, she is very excited to have joined the staff at Little Flower in 2016 and is proud to be working for a Catholic organization.
Amy Fornier, Pre-Kindergarten 3 Teacher
Ann Shotwell, Pre-Kindergarten 3 Paraprofessional
B.A., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
M.Ed., Towson University
Ms. K’s philosophy on teaching is rooted in the concept of the teacher being a facilitator of knowledge in a child-centered, hands-on learning environment. Learning through play, within a safe and developmentally appropriate structured setting, allows students to acquire new understandings and build new concepts at their own pace. Ms. K holds the importance of the family and uniqueness of each child as important pieces to the teaching of the whole child. She has been the PreK teacher at Little Flower School since 2006. She lives with her husband and son in Lexington Park.
Holly DeStefano, Kindergarten Pre-Kindergarten Paraprofessional
Ms. DeStefano got her degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland in 2015. She first started working with school children during an internship at the childcare center on her college campus. After working and living in Vermont for a year as a Catholic missionary she is happy to be back to working with children.
Kathleen Lewis, Kindergarten Teacher
B.A., University of Maryland College Park
Having attended Father Andrew White School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Mrs. Lewis is a product of Catholic schools and eager to now be teaching in that same environment! She started working at LFS in 2013 and became a teacher in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Jennifer Snyder, First Grade Teacher, LFS1@littleflowercatholic.org
B.A., Salisbury State University
Ms. J graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown. She has always enjoyed working with children and has worked as a camp counselor, fifth grade teacher, and preschool teacher. She is currently pursuing her teacher certification through Notre Dame of Maryland University.
B.A. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
March 2017 Archdiocese of Washington Teacher of the Week
Mrs. Hancock was born and raised in St. Mary’s County. She attended both St. John School and St. Mary’s Ryken, where teachers would always say she was born to become a teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her teaching certificate from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is currently seeking her Master’s in Education from Notre Dame. She has been a teacher since 2012 and enjoys being able to embrace her faith and share it with others in a Catholic school. Mrs. Hancock has always loved working with children, whether it was inside a classroom or on a sports field. Playing basketball, volleyball, and softball are her passions outside of the classroom. She is currently the JV girls basketball coach here at LFS.
Ashlee Forehand, Fourth Grade Teacher
Sandy Massiglia, Fifth Grade Teacher
Megan Soly, Middle School Math and Science Teacher
B.A., West Liberty University
Mrs. Soly received her degree in biology. The day before graduation, her advisor suggested she consider becoming a teacher. She received her teaching certification through Notre Dame of Maryland University and couldn’t be happier about her decision to become an educator. She began teaching at Little Flower in 2010. Her favorite parts of teaching are seeing the “light bulb” go off when students understand something for the first time and hearing about students who have willingly gone home to do more research on what was discussed in class.
B.A., Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Pacifico is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Social Studies is her passion, but she has also taught middle school math and loves music! She was in her University Choir in college and enjoys integrating music in her classroom. She also loves to read, and is always happy to offer a book recommendation to any student who asks!
Megan Bibeau, Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Lilia Tatiana Patel, Spanish Teacher
B.B.A, James Madison University
Mrs. Peters has lived in various places since her husband is in the U.S. Navy, including multiple tours here in St. Mary’s County. All three of her children attended Little Flower School, and she has held various positions here since 2005. She greatly enjoys teaching all grades and the immense variety that each day holds. The projects in progress are always different and the personalities and interests of all the different age groups make every day a new adventure!
Mr. Shotwell is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in both elementary and special education through Grand Canyon University. He has his associates’ degree in elementary education through the College of Southern Maryland. He graduated high school from the Kings Christian Academy where he has been coaching both middle school boys’ soccer and basketball for the last four years now. He is a proud graduate of Little Flower School, where he attended grades kindergarten through eighth. He has always enjoyed working with children and it shows through the way he teaches and coaches!
B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ms. Gately came to LFS in 2015. She has always loved teaching music and sharing and spreading excitement for music to others! Ms. Gately wants to help her students grow and mature into loving and caring adults. She believes that music engages the entire brain and participating in music helps children to improve their studies in other subjects, too!