Dr. Edmondson and Sister Mary Berchmans at Installation

Dr. Barbara Edmondson's career has wound through Catholic school leadership at the parish, diocesan and national level, and this July, she became the new Head of School at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.

And for her, assuming the helm at the Visitation – founded in 1799 by the Sisters of the Visitation, the first Catholic girls school in what was then the new United States – involves continuing a very special educational legacy.

“I feel like Visitation is sacred ground… This is sacred ground in so many ways,” Edmondson said in an interview.

Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson Installed as New Head of School

“Will you support each of us so that we may discover the diversity of gifts within and among us, honor our uniqueness and liberty of spirit, and live the fullness of God’s beautiful plan for us to be women of faith, vision, and purpose in the Visitation tradition?” asked Sister Mary Berchmans, VHM, ‘48 & ‘50, Monastery Superior and President Emerita, on behalf of the students of Georgetown Visitation.

“I will,” pledged Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson as she was officially installed as Visitation’s new Head of School. 

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Visitation Kicks Off 220th School Year

Students and faculty headed back to school on Tuesday, September 3. The community welcomed the Class of 2023 on their first day; students explored new spaces up the hill at Berchmans Hall and the Saints Connector as teachers settled into new spaces; the now-senior class of 2020 celebrated their new status with car painting in the parking lot and a class picture around their banner, which reads "Out of Thi2 W0rld."

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Visitation's 220 Years Celebrated at Archdiocese of Washington Opening Mass

Georgetown Visitation was recognized for its 220th anniversary at the Archdiocese of Washington's Opening of Schools Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, on August 26. Head of School Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Principal Mary Kate Blaine, and Dean of Faculty Christine McGovern attended.

Visitation received an acknowledgement of its 220 years from Pope Francis, affirmed by the apostolic nuncio. This included a pledge of prayers for divine favor on all students, teachers, and staff.

Mrs. McGovern received accolades for beginning her thirtieth year in the classroom at Visitation.

Shining Bright: Solar Project by Abby ‘21 Wins Prize at International Science Fair

Abby Greenhalgh ‘21 placed second at the DC STEM Fair this year for her project on solar panels, giving her the opportunity to travel to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ; there, she took home the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation’s third place prize. 

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For the past several years, Muriel Croston’s Honors Modern European History class has taken a deep dive into the refugee crisis occurring across the globe. In an annual project, sophomores develop and complete interviews with policymakers, aid groups, and other sources to better understand the refugee crisis and its complexities. 

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Meet Bernard Griggs

A Maryland native, Bernard Griggs headed to UMBC with the dream of becoming an engineering major. He didn’t know what kind he’d become - electrical, mechanical, computer - but he took the first year to explore. Sitting with a counselor and mentor at the end of his first year, he struggled to choose one type of engineering to study. Bernard liked how in any scenario, he’d have the chance to use math and physics. So then the counselor posed an important question: “If you like math and physics most, why not major in one of those?” 

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Meet Aldo Martinez

A soccer player and former rock band singer, Spanish teacher and Foreign Language Department Chair Aldo Martinez fills his classroom with the things he loves. Everything on his walls tells a story: the posters, the jerseys, the artwork. It’s how Aldo brings what he loves into the classroom. We sat down with him to learn more.

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Students Participate in Day of Learning

Field trip, service, career day, transition programming - the entire student body was engaged in extracurricular activities last Friday, April 26. Seniors concluded their transition programming to prepare for college; our juniors enjoyed engaging with alumnae during Career Day; sophomores gave back to our community on a day of service; and freshmen explored the incredible National Gallery of Art. 

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Meet Eric Chalfin

Eric Chalfin has loved math since childhood. As a teenager, before math tests, he’d gather his friends together for a study session. They always commented on his skill as a tutor. That’s when Eric began thinking about bringing his passion for mathematics to life through teaching.

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Meet Andrea Fleury

Director of Learning Support (and avid Gold Team supporter) Andrea Fleury ‘75 believes students need two things to learn their strengths and how to apply them to “be who you are and be that well”: time and a teacher focused on relationships.

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