Faculty Spotlights

Tara Everly


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 Scholars Program.

"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


Ms. Depperschmidt recently 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

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."