Meet Our Summer Programs Directors

Alix Baldwin

Harp for Beginners
Beginner/Intermediate Flute Camp


Mrs. Baldwin is an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger, as well as an experienced instructor. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Composition from George Mason University and was named GMU’s Most Outstanding Musician of 1997. While studying at GMU, she sat as Principal Chair flute and Principal Chair harp in both Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. She was awarded the Brannen-Cooper Commission in 1999, the National Flute Association Commission of 2009, and the Blessing Foundation Commission for the NFA in 2012. Alix has been a harpist, flutist, composer and arranger for the First Light Ensemble since 2009 and for the Columbia Flute Choir since 1995. She was named the 2019 Scottish Harp Society of America's US National Champion. Before joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2014, Mrs. Baldwin worked as both a private lesson instructor and a sectional coach in the Fairfax County Public Schools for over 20 years. When asked what she enjoys about teaching at Oakcrest, she responded, “I love the ability to teach not just the notes, but the history and meaning behind the music; and I love the atmosphere of joy and kindness that prevails at Oakcrest!”

Susan Drummond

Classical Arts & Culture I & II

Miss Drummond earned her M.A. in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Classics from the University of Mary Washington. She has been teaching Latin for eleven years and has taught the full range of Latin curriculum, from beginner to college Latin. In addition, at her previous school Miss Drummond helped develop an Integrated Humanities Program. She is excited to join Oakcrest because our “strong liberal arts focus creates an ideal environment for students to grow intellectually through the study of Latin literature and Roman culture.” A lover of Cicero, Virgil, and the stoic tradition, Miss Drummond also enjoys coaching lacrosse.

Laurie Duncan

Classical Arts & Culture I & II

Ms. Duncan holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Classics from the University of Virginia. Ms. Duncan has fourteen years of teaching experience in the context of private all-girls education. She has taught Latin at the Virginia Governor’s School, has participated extensively in various spoken Latin programs, and has even hosted summer Greek camps for middle schoolers. Ms. Duncan teaches both Middle School and Upper School Latin.

Christina Friddle

STEM Camp

Mrs. Friddle has over fifteen years of teaching experience in the classroom. She earned a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics, and a Professional Teaching Certificate in Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She holds a National Certificate for STEM Teaching from the National Institute for STEM Education. She has completed an intensive course in "Science Inquiry in the Classroom," from the Maryland State Department of Education. Mrs. Friddle is very active in professional development related to teaching strategies that enable teachers to have a much larger impact on student learning with more meaningful results and setting up students for success as lifelong learners. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association.

Kat Hussmann, Ph.D.

STEM Camp

Dr. Hussmann holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has done postdoctoral research and has had a number of experiences teaching both college and younger students. She has completed an NIH intensive course called “Scientists Teaching Science,” and has coauthored many peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hussmann is dedicated to helping high school students understand and analyze scientific literature. She joined Oakcrest as a full-time faculty member in 2015. Dr. Hussmann received the Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) Committee's 2019 Coach of the Year Award.

Miranda Johnson

College Essays Workshop
SAT Prep


Mrs. Johnson earned a B.A. in History from Clemson University and an M.A. in Workforce Development and Education from The Ohio State University. She has eight years of experience working in higher education, including three years of experience in medical school admissions. She is motivated and passionate about working with students and helping them succeed in their academic and career endeavors. In her spare time, Miranda enjoys quilting, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and watching Clemson Football.

Jennifer Kilmer

Soccer Camp
The Best of Summer Day Camp


Mrs. Kilmer earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University, and taught at Oakcrest from 1993 to 1997. She has also taught at The Willows Academy in Chicago, Montrose School in Boston, and Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island. After raising her 11 children, Mrs. Kilmer returned to teach at Oakcrest in 2014.

Mary Ann Messenger

Soccer Camp
The Best of Summer Day Camp


Mrs. Messenger will be teaching Middle School theology this year. Mrs. Messenger has a deep understanding of the mission of Oakcrest, having worked closely with our teachers as a substitute teacher and being herself an experienced home-educator for twenty years. She brings with her years of wisdom in working with children and young people, as well as a passion for the mission of our school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s, and a Master of Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Sanaz Noorbakhsh

Branding & Graphic Design

An Oakcrest alumna, Ms. Noorbakhsh ('01) received her B.S. in Marketing from George Mason University and M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. A management expert with over 14 years of experience, Ms. Noorbakhsh worked on high visibility projects which led to transformative operations at Capital One, Booz Allen Hamilton, and KPMG. In addition to her accomplishments in the corporate arena, Ms. Noorbakhsh started her own business in 2017. Black Hat Management creates exceptional experiences around music, management, and events. Ms. Noorbakhsh is happy to be a part of the Oakcrest faculty since 2017.

Kristin O'Malley, Ph.D.

Musical Theatre Camp I & II

Dr. O'Malley earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. In addition, she has a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University and Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. O’Malley has directed over twenty shows, acted in many others, has taught middle school in Virginia and Maryland. She sees the role of theatre as a participation in the beauty of God’s own creative act.

Sarah Robertson

Softball Clinic

Sarah Robertson joins Oakcrest's growing athletic program as Assistant Athletic Director. Ms. Robertson earned both a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Liberty University.  She was a decorated player on Liberty's Division I Softball team, earning All-Region, All-State, and All-Conference awards as well as being Top 10 in 11 different Program Records. Ms. Robertson is the only player in program history to have 40+ doubles and stolen bases, and she helped build Liberty's teams' RPI from 260th to 25th in the country. She was named Player of the Year in Volleyball and Softball multiple years in the State of Florida for FACA. Ms Robertson is the head coach of the varsity softball team. She also shares her experience in other sports as a member of the basketball and volleyball coaching staffs.

Holly Salls

Becoming a Loving Defender of the Faith
The Basics of the Catholic Faith: How Much Do You Know? 

Ms. Salls earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a M.A. in Philosophy of Education, concentration in Character Education from the University of Navarra, Spain. She has authored a book entitled Character Education: Transforming Values into Virtue. Prior to joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2007, Ms. Salls taught at The Willows Academy for 10 years and served as their Assistant Head of School for 10 years. During her years in Chicago Ms. Salls edited a character education newsletter, Tidbits for Parents, in which she encouraged parents to be aware of the opportunities for growth in virtue family life provides. She also developed an after school program for refugee children, Southeast Asian Children’s Association, and supervised tutors from The Willows Academy. Since coming to Oakcrest Ms. Salls has nurtured the Student Government, helped to create the character development program, instituted the Service Initiatives Program and coordinated club offerings.

Annie Smith

Algebra I Review
Team Sports Camp I & II
Volleyball Camp

Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Central Michigan University and a Master of Education degree with a specialization in math and science from Southern Methodist University. She has extensive experience teaching Mathematics at Ursuline Academy in Dallas, TX. She has also structured and overseen community service projects and chaperoned extra-curricular trips around the world.

Caroline vanKampen

Study Skills I & II

Caroline vanKampen is Oakcrest's Learning Specialist and sixth grade study skills teacher. She holds a Master of Psychological Science from the Catholic University of America and has worked with teens as an Applied Behavioral Therapist, most recently in the Disability Support Services Office at Catholic University. Ms. vanKampen supports students in their learning, working with them on a variety of skills including time management, organization, test-taking, note-taking, and stress management. Ms. vanKampen has worked with a diverse caseload of students, and has enjoyed helping them succeed in their classes.