Lots of new faces on Cambridge Road

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For the first time this fall, Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria will offer courses in Mandarin Chinese, African-American Studies and Humanities in the Catholic Tradition. STEM offerings continue to grow with Honors Principles of Engineering, Environmental Science, Advanced Science Research Seminar and Advanced Computer Research Project.

Additionally, an interdisciplinary course entitled Media and Arts for Peace will focus on how these can be leveraged to build peaceful resolutions to conflicts in our world today.

In addition, the school welcomes many new faces to Cambridge Road, including new directors in athletics (Bryce Bevill), admissions (Nicole Mahon), advancement (Chris Gilliland), finance (Lisa Ring) and communications (John Lilly).

New teachers include Mary Briody (computer science), Chunrong Linda Cai (chemistry and Mandarin Chinese), Angeline Cancio-Bello (Spanish), Jackelyn Gitlin (history), Alexander Griffiths (English), Timothy Guy (math), Albert Hall (physical education), Amanda Hinton (physical education), Christopher Marulli (physical education), Lauren McCarthy (physical education and health), Kaitlyn McNutt (English and assistant student activities coordinator), Daniel Murphy (English), Michelle Reed (algebra 1 and geometry) and Tania Slaton (physics and engineering). The school also has hired its first school safety officer (Detrick Ingram).

This past summer, five rising seniors attended the Salesian Leadership Camp in Brooklyn, Mich.: Kayla Cheney, Olivia Hays, Elijah Hensley, Sam Markle, Riley Smith and Lily Winstanley. Senior Salesian leader Patrick Riley was unable to attend the camp.

They joined students from Salesian schools across the country to build leadership skills, participate in prayer and liturgy, and discover ways of integrating the teachings and spirituality of St. Francis de Sales into the daily life of Ireton.

These student leaders, who play a pivotal role in guiding the student body, chose as the theme for the coming year a quote from St. Jane de Chantal: “Live joyously and courageously, never doubting that Jesus Christ is entirely yours.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018