Visitation welcomed eight new faculty and staff members this fall, two of whom are graduates returning home to 35th Street.
Also returning is Mickey Kolpak, who previously taught at Georgetown Visitation before traveling to Jakarta with his family, where he has been for the last three years. Dr. Kolpak rejoins the math and science departments; he began teaching at Visitation in 2014. He has a B.S. in Physics from MIT; an M.S. in Astronomy from Boston University; and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Boston University. He discovered a love of teaching as a graduate student; he’s now taught on five continents!
Rory Edwards Calabrese ‘07 joins the English department teaching Literary Genres I and British Literature. Coming to Visitation from Holy Trinity - also her alma mater, Calabrese has taught many past and current Visitation students over her career as an educator. She has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University (between Holy Trinity, Visi, and Georgetown, she knows this neighborhood like the back of her hand!) and received her M.Ed. from Boston College. Her favorite Little Virtue is Gentle Strength, and she’s thrilled to continue cheering on her White Team Bears this year.
Maddy Cuddihy-Haire ‘12 joins the Advancement team as an events coordinator, focused on Esprit de Noel and the Green Gate Gala, two of Visitation’s largest community fundraisers. She earned a B.M. in Musical Theatre from Catholic University. Maddy spent the bulk of her career in television journalism, earning an Emmy nomination for her work to bring positive stories to others. She transitioned in public relations and events more recently, and is excited to be back at Visi.
Emma Unterkoefler also joins the English department, having taught at several area schools in the last few years; most recently, she taught English at Sidwell. She will teach both freshmen and seniors. She holds a B.A. from Fairfield in Philosophy and Accounting and an M.A. in English from Georgetown. Her favorite Little Virtue is patience.
Anasofia Gutierrez is our new Director of Christian Service, just moving here from "the other Washington" where she was located in Seattle. "Ms. G" is excited to be an all-girl school and empower young women to Live Jesus and serve others with thoughtful concern.
Grace Hofmann will join the science department. With a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry, a B.S. in Mathematics, and an M.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University, Ms. Hofmann is excited to teach Honors and AP Biology. She spent her graduate work focused on applied mathematics, solving problems which arise in the physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and beyond.
Hunter Davenport joins Visitation from the Woods Academy, where he provided math support and co-taught fourth grade. He will teach Geometry and Pre-Calculus, and join the coaching staff of Varsity Soccer as the Assistant Coach. He double-majored in math and studio art at Catholic University, where he also played soccer.
Cassandra Berman has joined as the Monastery Archivist, sifting through its more-than 225-year history. An archivist and historian, Dr. Berman holds a B.A. from Macalester College, an M.L.S. and M.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis. Her focus has always been on preserving women’s history - and Georgetown Visitation’s Monastery Archives is a perfect fit.