Lower School


GonzalezCarla Gonzalez: Carla Gonzalez has been the kindergarten teacher at Saint Patrick School since 2012. Before becoming a teacher, she received a degree in Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and had her own frame and art shop before becoming a stay at home mom for several years. Her passion for education, youth development, and the Catholic faith inspired her to pursue, and later receive, her dual degree in Elementary and Special Education from Holy Family University. Being a kindergarten teacher at Saint Patrick allows her to share her passions with those around her and to grow in her faith. In her free time, Carla enjoys painting, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two boys.  


Gowarty Mary Jane 9016 256331005Mary Jane Gowarty: Mrs Gowarty joined our teaching team when her children started attending St. Patrick’s. Prior to that she was a school wide volunteer and was named Volunteer of the Year for her extensive contributions of time and energy. As teacher’s aide in Kindergarten she has created many tools for the students and parents to help guide their educational success. She has been a Girl Scout Leader and also co-founded the Charitable Acts Club, where students worked on crafts projects that are blessed upon completion and given to others in need of special prayer.


Cleary Lilliana 9003 256331098Lilly Cleary:  Mrs. Cleary teaches first grade. This is her twenty-seventh year of teaching at Saint Patrick School. Mrs. Cleary has previously taught Preschool; Middle School Language Arts, Math, and Religion; and Spanish K-8. Mrs. Cleary has been married for 32 years and has 3 children, all of whom are St. Pat’s alumni. She is the testing coordinator of the school, co-sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, co-director of the Middle School musicals, and has enjoyed creating the yearbook with Mrs. Eny for the last several years.  


Dort Tisha 9006 256331097Missie Dort:  Mrs. Dort is the first grade aide for Saint Patrick School and this is her 17th year working at our school.  She is co-sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society and an advisor with the Student Government. Prior to joining the First Grade classroom, Mrs. Dort worked in Saint Patrick School’s Preschool.


Klinge Lisa 9013 264791252 Lisa Klinge: This is Mrs. Klinge’s third year teaching second grade at  Saint Patrick School. Mrs. Klinge has previously taught Kindergarten at Saint Patrick School for 5 years and second grade for 4 years in Spotsylvania County. She earned a B.A. in Social Work from Limestone College and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington.  website: http://www.mrsklinge.weebly.com/


Talsma Annette 9025 256331006

Annette Talsma:  Mrs. Talsma has been teaching third grade at Saint Patrick School for 17 years. She is currently the PTO faculty representative for the school.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and a graduate degree in Elementary Education from the Mary Washington College for Graduate Studies.


Eny Megan 9010 256331010Megan Eny:  Megan is proud to be a St. Patrick School Alumnus. She has been teaching at St. Patrick’s for 12 years. This is her 3rd year of teaching 4th grade after 9 years teaching middle school.  Megan graduated from Longwood University with her BA in Education. Mrs. Eny’s website is available here: mrseny.weebly.com   


Fregoso Deborah 9012 256331317

Debbie Fregoso:  Mrs. Fregoso is in her 8th year of teaching at St. Patrick. She taught second grade for five years and this is her third year teaching fifth grade. She and Mrs. Lane run the school’s newspaper club. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University.



Michael Parker:

Mr. Parker is serving as the 4th Grade Science teacher,  leads the 7th & 8th Grade PE classes, and helps with Kindergarten PE.  Covering all grade levels, Mr. Parker has been acting as a substitute teacher for Saint Patrick School for the past 2 years — a position he will continue to hold this year as well.  Mr. Parker holds a B.S. Degree from Virginia Tech, Majoring in Animal Science with a Minor in Biology.  In addition, he has an Applied Science Degree in Medical Technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.