Faculty Spotlights

Liz Schuck, Science and STEM teacher

"The Catholic values and Xaverian Brothers philosophy are clearly an integral part of the community at SMR. These provide a positive, inclusive atmosphere that is evident in our hallways, in our classrooms, at our sporting events, and our other extra-curricular events."

 

Gary Wynn, Math Teacher, Football and Track Coach

"I love the mindset of the SMR student community. The students are committed to their futures, and it is refreshing to a part of."

Melanie Maldonado, English teacher and Interact Club moderator

"The faculty and staff at SMR encourage a holistic approach to teenage education. We care deeply about our students, and the faith aspect keeps students grounded and at peace in the midst of rigorous academic standards. We truly strive to form a community formed by what the founding Xaverian Brothers described as the “common, ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday life.” (The waterfront location helps too!) I witness this charism personally on a day-to-day basis, and I have grown not only as a teacher but as a Christian."

 

Tara Everly, Science teacher and field hockey coach

Ms. Tara Everly was honored as the SMECO STEM teacher of the year. This is the second time Ms. Everly has been honored by SMECO, with her previous award being the SMECO Science teacher of the year. SMR is honored to have her leading our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical pathway that is part of the SMR ScholarsProgram.

Tara Everly

"What excites me the most about the biomedical pathway is watching the students interact with real life problems and issues,” said Mrs. Everly. “Students get to measure bones, load DNA samples into a gel, observe muscle contractions, and determine range of motion of their joints. All of these activities are applications and they show science in action. The PLTW program takes learning and shows students what they can do to have an impact on society."

 

Mary Rose Depperschmidt, Theology teacher and XBSS moderator

In 2017-18, Ms. Depperschmidt received the Novice Teacher of the Year award from the Archdiocese of Washington.

"I love interacting with the students in the classroom. I love hearing their questions, seeing their faces when the answer is different from what they thought, and watching them them grapple with big ideas."

Marcos Lindekugel, Computer Science teacher and Robotics club moderator

Mr. Lindenkugel is currently teaching Introduction to Computer Science which is the first course in the Project Lead the Way computer science pathway.

"Before coming to SMR, I worked for 20 years as a software engineer. Now as a computer science teacher, I have the opportunity to help prepare today’s students for the evolving workforce of the future."