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  • Joana Allen

    “We really care for the students personally, and that’s very unique,” Mrs. Allen said. “We’re here because we believe in the students. There is an atmosphere of caring for each other, for the students, and for their families.” This is what she said keeps her coming back year after year, how the faculty and staff are not perfect, but they’re truly attempting to live out Christian charity in a profound way.
  • Mary Ann Messenger

    “The mentoring program is an essential part of the mission, and it is the fundamental aspect of the school that makes us so unique,” Mary Ann Messenger, Upper School Director of Mentoring and theology teacher, says. “It is dedicated to helping the girl grow and develop as a whole person. While other schools have advisory programs, it’s very different from what we have – one-on-one mentoring where the mentor puts forth a tremendous amount of effort to get to know her mentee on all levels: to help her grow in virtue as a person, as a friend, as a student, as a daughter, as a sister. The results of mentoring here are so tangible, and you see that in the girls.”
  • Ana Rose Soley

    For Science Teacher Ana Rose Soley, something she noticed about Oakcrest upon visiting was the joy. Not just the joy among the students, but among the faculty and staff as well. “I love the joy,” she said. “The engagement in learning is evident for both the teachers and the students.”
  • Terri Collins

    Throughout her time at Oakcrest, Terri Collins estimates that she has commuted from her home in Silver Spring, Maryland the equivalent mileage of a cross-country drive not just once, but 19 times. Associate Head of School and Director of Parent Support are just two of the positions she has held over the past two decades at Oakcrest, including teacher, Director of Admissions, front office, development, alumnae relations, member of the Board of Directors, and mother of four Oakcrest graduates: Lucy ‘11, Helen ‘14, Audrey ‘16 Goodwin, and Jill ‘17 Burtis.
  • Alessandra Christiani '11

    When asked how Oakcrest formed her, Alessandra Christiani ‘11 says that above all else, Oakcrest taught her how to think critically and deeply. She calls this “the most useful skill in my life, both in work and in my personal life.”
  • Lily James '19

    Lily James’s journey to becoming a Division I track athlete started during her days as an Oakcrest Charger. “Running has always been a huge part of my life since I started on the Oakcrest track team in sixth grade,” Lily  ‘19, who runs for the University of Virginia, explains. “It's been a blessing to continue to grow as an athlete in college.”
  • Keira '25

    Keira ‘25 became an Oakie in seventh grade. “I chose Oakcrest, because I wanted an education that both promoted and increased confidence in myself and focused on the educational aspect of school,” she says. 
  • Giorgina Agostini '15

    Since graduating from Oakcrest in 2015, Giorgina Agostini has embarked on an exciting journey to pursue her passion for public policy and advocacy. It’s a journey that has taken her everywhere from The College of William and Mary to Spain, and now to the halls of our nation’s Capitol, where she will be working on the Republican staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission,  a bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives that is in charge of "promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments."

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