Visitation Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Last week, Visitation welcomed a number of new faculty and staff as the school prepares for the new academic year. You'll find these new faces all across campus - in Founders, Gallerie, St. Joe's, Berchmans Hall, Fennessey, and Fisher Center. Get to know some of our newest teachers and staff:

Elizabeth McCarthy, Religion Department

B.A., University of Notre Dame

Last year I assisted the Visitation religion department as a proctor and substitute teacher during hybrid learning. I fell in love with the students, the curriculum, and the Salesian Spirituality that emanates from the campus modeled by the gifted faculty and staff. This year, as I teach a section of freshman religion, I am simultaneously working on a Certificate in Theology and Ministry through Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. 

I initially became part of the Visitation community through my role as a parent, as we have three daughters who are members of the classes of 2015, 2019, and 2022. GO GOLD TEAM! I am truly honored to now step into this formal role nurturing the academic and spiritual growth of our young women as they mature into who God is creating them to be. 

Casey de Franceaux ‘12, Religion Department

B.A., The Catholic University of America
M.A., University of Notre Dame

I grew up just outside of DC in Kensington, MD. I attended Visitation and graduated in 2012 - go White Team! I studied theology and philosophy at The Catholic University of America. While there, I worked in the Campus Ministry office, where I helped run retreats, and worked as a student minister and an office assistant. I also completed the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program where I studied the Church’s teachings on education and catechesis and worked as a student teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. After Catholic University, I went onto study theology at the University of Notre Dame. Specifically, I was in a graduate program called Echo, which is within the McGrath Institute for Church Life. During this program, I was sent to teach religion to 6th and 8th graders at an elementary school in Knoxville, Tennessee called Sacred Heart Cathedral School. I lived in Knoxville during the school year, and I studied at Notre Dame during the summers. 

Once I finished my graduate program, I wanted to return to the DC area. I began working at the Basilica School of Saint Mary in Alexandria, VA. I taught 7th and 8th grade religion there for two years. While I loved my time there, I was eager to return to Visitation to teach religion, as that had been my dream since I graduated. I am excited for the school year to begin so I can meet our students and help them grow in their relationship with Christ both inside and outside the classroom. 

Tony McCormack, History Department

B.A., University College Dublin, Ireland
M.A, University College Dublin, Ireland
Ph.D., Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

I am delighted to teach history and politics here at Georgetown Visitation. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I was brought up in a Catholic family, and my faith has remained an integral part of my life, my family and I being active members of our local parish here in the Washington archdiocese. The example of three of my aunts who became nuns, two Sisters of Mercy and one Franciscan, together with my own personal faith, has had a deep influence on my life, and I have always tried to bring compassion and dedication to my work.

I have been teaching history for the last 20 years, both in Ireland and the Washington, DC area, mostly at the university level, and more recently in high school. As well as world and US history, I have taught courses covering Irish, British, European, and Renaissance history, in addition to a variety of humanities subjects, including Comparative Religion, World Cultures, Logic, Philosophy, and Critical Thinking.

Will Redmond, History Department

B.A., Georgetown University
M.Ed., University of Notre Dame 

This is my first year teaching at Georgetown Visitation in the history department; this year my courses include Global Patterns and Honors Modern World History. I previously taught social studies for four years at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland, and for two years at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in Florida. I love working with students to dig into history because of the shared opportunity to develop and engage in arguments about how our world came to be the way that it is today. 

Heather Van Workum, History Department

B.A., Secondary Education & History 
M.A., European History 

I am thrilled to be joining the Visitation community as a freshman and sophomore history teacher for the upcoming academic school year. Although I was born and raised in New York, I have spent the last decade living and teaching across the country. Prior to relocating to DC, I had the privilege to teach world history at Kent Place School, an all girls college preparatory school in Summit, NJ. I am extremely passionate about history and guiding students to make historical connections over time.

Elisabeth Enzler, Math Department

B.A., The Catholic University of America

As a new teacher, I am very excited to begin my career in education as a member of the Visi Math Department! I came to Washington, DC five years ago to study at the Catholic University of America. I graduated with a B.A. in mathematics and a double minor in psychology and Italian studies. Before coming to Visi, I worked as a private mathematics tutor for middle and high school students. I also worked for the GIVEN Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young women for the Church and the world. 

Graham Goulding, Math and Science Departments

B.A., Bloomsburg University 
M.A., Bloomsburg University 

I am a math and science teacher here at Visitation. I have been teaching math and science for a number of years in the greater Philadelphia area. I studied physics and chemistry in college and I have experience learning and teaching a wide array of subjects. I believe math, science, and the problem solving they entail are a central part of students' education. I am passionate about STEM education and the opportunities that it can offer students, not only from the standpoint of future careers but as a lifetime source of fascination. 

Genevieve Kocienda, School Archivist

B.A., English, Colgate University
M.A., Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo
M.A., Library and Information Science, University of Maryland

I grew up on Long Island and was lucky to have all the advantages of a quick train ride to the cultural institutions of New York City and a 15-minute car ride to the beach. I just started as school archivist here at Visitation in May of 2021 and am looking forward to getting know the students, staff, and faculty, and I feel very privileged to be a steward of the school’s long history.

I taught English in junior high in Japan for two years, and then English as a Second Language (ESL) at Adelphi University. I was also the director of administration of an ESL program located on several college campuses throughout the US. I transitioned into educational publishing and wrote and edited ESL textbooks and assessment materials, as well as developed curricula for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and National Geographic. And somewhere in between all that I went to cooking school, became a pastry chef, and worked at Chanterelle in New York City. Most recently, I have interned at the Library of Congress, and did my archives field study at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. I have also participated in archives outreach projects using National Archives vital records of WWII Japanese incarceration camps and the David C. Driskell Collection at UMD.

Desiree Bayonet, Director of Educational Technology

B.A., George Washington University
M.A., New York University

I have been working in formal and informal learning environments for more than 17 years. I have served as content creator, digital platform designer, curriculum developer, coordinator, coach, and classroom teacher all in the realm of educational technology. I am passionate about how technology can engage, inspire, and ultimately transform students in our classrooms in positive ways. I am especially interested in supporting young women, people of color, and other underrepresented in entering STEM-related fields. 

I previously served as the Director of Educational Technology at the Academy of the Holy Cross where I supported teachers and students in the implementation of the 1-to-1 iPad program. Additionally, I was an educator at KID Museum, a DC-area makerspace intended exclusively for young people. I hope to use these experiences in supporting students and teachers and using innovative technology like 3D printers, laser cutters, and iPad devices to showcase their learning during my tenure here at Visitation. 

Kerry Kaminski, Director of Learning Support

M.Ed, University of Virginia
M.A. George Mason University
B.S. Georgetown University

I have been in education for 18 years, most recently in Fairfax County Public Schools. I have previously served as Director of Learning Support at Saint John Paul the Great, and began my teaching career at The Brearley School in Manhattan. Having attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, I am thrilled to join the faculty of Visitation just down the street from my alma mater.

I have a masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and this spring I will complete my graduate degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.  

Nina Kuziel, Personal Counselor

B.A., Marymount University
M.A,. George Washington University

This is my first year at Visitation and I’m thrilled to be a part of this joyful and loving community. I have been working in both public and private high schools for the past 12 years mostly as a school counselor, but also as a teacher and swim coach. Most recently, I was a school counselor at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. I’m passionate about eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Currently, I’m finishing up postgraduate work at George Washington University in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

Bridget Cornett, Assistant Athletic Trainer

B.A., Frostburg State University

I love to see people succeed. As an athletic trainer, I have the incredible opportunity to help athletes succeed and keep performing at their highest level by providing training, recovery, and therapy support to a wide variety of teams. Since graduating from Frostburg State University in 2018 and earning my Athletic Training Certification I have had the privilege of working with athletes at the prestigious Camp Woodward, Fort Hill High School, and Fork Union Military Academy. Whether it is working with soccer players, cross-country runners, basketball players, swimmers, lacrosse players, gymnasts, BMX bikers, cheerleaders, or theatrical stunt performers, I take pride in making sure all my athletes get the best care, training, and recovery possible. 

Laura Kelly ‘08, Video Production & Photography Coordinator

B.A., Georgetown University

I have been working as a freelance video producer in Washington, DC for the past nine years. Since graduating from Visitation in 2008, I have worked on video projects for many different schools, companies and non-profit organizations, including The Washington Post Company, Georgetown University, The Food Network, and WPP. My work experience spans from TV production to live theater, marketing campaigns, and documentaries. I attribute my early love of production to having the opportunity to run Marshmallow Roast for my class’ junior and senior skits, as well as my college thesis documentary, which I created about the Visitation Sisters’ historical influence on education. I have been lucky enough to also coach at Visitation for the past five years including softball, volleyball and now JV basketball. I love the time I get to spend with the students in practice and games, helping them to develop into the amazing athletes and girls they are. 

Kathleen Humen ‘05, College Counseling Coordinator

A Visi alumna (go Gold Team!), I am most looking forward to seeing the girls’ smiles everyday and being back at Visi in a role where I can share my own experiences and guidance with them! Prior to my return here, I worked in administration for a local company  that sells HVAC equipment and taught at a Montessori school.

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