Staff Directory

Meet Our Staff and Teachers


Mrs. Ann Stich

703-573-4570 ext 3

Mrs. Ann Stich is director of St. Philip Early Childhood Center. After eight years as director and assistant principal at Corpus Christi School’s Early Education Center, she helped lead the School’s transition from a two-campus, inter-parish school, to two separate schools – St. Anthony’s School for K-8, and St. Philip Early Childhood Center for Pre-K. 

Mrs. Stich is devoted to her students and knows each by name. She has a warm relationship with school parents, who appreciate her openness, honesty and the love she has for the children. Mrs. Stich is likewise dedicated to her teachers and staff. A champion of Catholic education and her Catholic faith, she loves being part of the school and the parish community, working closely with the pastor and church staff.

Not only is Mrs. Stich a product of Catholic education, she is a second-generation Catholic school teacher, having followed in her mother’s footsteps. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Master’s in Elementary Education and a certificate in school administration. She holds teaching licenses in New York and Virginia, and has completed an internship in school administration. She hails from Yonkers, N.Y.

Mrs. Stich loves to read and spend time with her nieces and nephews. She and her husband Ed live in Manassas with their adorable sleepy bulldog, Mia.

Office Manager

Mrs. Shari Jeshow

703-573-4570 extension 0

Mrs. Jeshow has brought her smile and warmth to Corpus Christi School since 2012. During her career, Mrs. Jeshow has worn many hats. She has worked in the fields of business management, human resources, training management, finance, and education, including the gifted and talented or Advanced Academic Program and special education for Fairfax County Schools.

Mrs. Jeshow attended St. Mary’s Academy and Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. She is continuing her education at Maryount University, where she is studying School Administration.

Mrs. Jeshow and her husband have two children at home. The youngest attended St. Philip Early Childhood Center and now attends St. Anthony Elementary School; the next oldest will be graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School in 2019.

Teacher: PK4 Full-Day Program 

Mrs. Debbie Bean 


Mrs. Bean was born in Arlington and married her high school sweetheart. They have three children. She is also an active member of the Church of Nativity in Burke, where she serves as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. She joinedSt. Philip Early Childhood Center in 2001 as a preschool teacher. 

Before joining Corpus Christi, she taught kindergarten and ran her own daycare out of her home.

In her free time, she enjoys baking, walking, traveling and doing volunteer work. She truly loves teaching and feels very blessed that God has given her this special gift to share.

Teacher: PK3 5-Day Morning Program

Mrs. Marianne Bowes


Mrs. Bowes grew up in the Chicago suburbs and has lived in this area since 1977. Her first career was as an economist doing analysis for the Navy and Marine Corps. Looking for a way to help people more directly, she went back to school and earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University in 1994.

She has been at the Early Childhood Center since 1996, and has taught both 3- and 4-year-olds.

Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and swimming.

Teacher: PK4 Full-Day Program/Extended Day Director

Mrs. Shagufta Nande


Mrs. Nande went to Catholic school and Catholic college. She has a degree in Economics (Honors) from Mumbai University, India. She obtained her CDA from NAEYC in 2006.

Before coming to the United States, Mrs. Nande worked at Kangaroo Kids in Mumbai for two years.

She has been at Corpus Christ since 2003 and has taught morning and full-day preschool to both 3- and 4-year-olds.

She loves working with children.

Assistant Teacher: PK3 5-Day Morning Program

Mrs. Jennifer Speerstra


Mrs. Speerstra is very excited to start her second year at St Philip Early Childhood Center as the Assistant Teacher for Mrs Bowes in the half day 3's class!

Before coming to St. Phillip ECC, Mrs. Speerstra was a Nanny, a Play and Learn Teacher at Gymboree, a Gym Manager, and has been performing on professional theatrical stages in the DC Metro Area since 2002. These experiences are what lead her to seek a teaching position, and she is so happy that it has! Mrs. Speerstra feels that this past year at St Phillip's was the most fun and fulfilling year she has ever had professionally, and can't wait to do it all again this year!

Mrs. Speerstra has 2 children of her own. She loves having slumber parties with her 7 year old daughter, playing board games with her 4 year old son, and going to the movies with her dashing husband. Other than acting on stage, Jen loves reading, playing video games and planning family outings. Being an eternal child at heart, Mrs. Speerstra's favorite things to do with the 3 year olds in Mrs. Bowes class, is drawing with them during playtime and playing Duck Duck Goose and Hide and Seek on the playground. She is the undefeated champion in both, and will gladly defend her titles again this year and wishes the best of luck to your children.

Teacher PK2

Johanna Gaviria


Johanna Gaviria began teaching at St. Philip in August 2016. She was born in Colombia, South America. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work in a Catholic school, introducing the love of the Lord to her students at such a young age.

She earned her degree at the University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia.  She relocated to Virginia, where she worked for Fairfax County Schools for eight years, and has been takings classes through NOVA to obtain her Early Childhood certification.

Her goal as a teacher here is to create a long-lasting impact on each student by creating a safe and fun environment for them in the classroom.  She is the mother of two beautiful children.  In her free time, she loves to be with her family, and to travel, dance and exercise.

Teacher: PK4 Full-Day Program

Maricar Hornilla


Maricar Hornilla joined St. Philip in August 2017. Born and raised in the Bay Area (San Francisco), she lived in San Diego for 11 years and moved to the East Coast in 2014. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Family Studies/Nutrition major.

She never saw herself as being a teacher until she was introduced to the Early Childhood profession in 2002 while working part-time in a child development center in the Bay Area. She enjoyed it so much that she switched gears, got her certification in Early Childhood Education, and has been in this field ever since. She has worked with all age groups from infants up to Pre-K.

She enjoys watching children use their imaginations while they learn, grow and explore the world around them. She finds working with young children very rewarding. She is passionate about bringing out the best of each child she teaches, as well as building positive and sincere relationships with the children and their families.

The bonds that she makes with them are priceless and makes work not feel like work.

Teacher: PK3 Full-Day Program

Ms. Courtney Williams


Ms. Williams has been teaching at St. Philip since August 2016 has enjoyed every moment of it. Ms. Williams currently lives in Maryland and travels here every day just to see the smile on every child’s face and to make memorable moments. Ms. Williams is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Development in Science. Ms. Williams obtained her CDA from NAEYC in 2015 and continues to keep up on current trends in early childhood. Ms. Williams currently teaches thePK 3 Full Day class. Teaching is her passion and looks forward to working with the children and their families.

Teacher: PK3-3 day & 2-2 day Program

Mrs. Lane Talla


Mrs. Talla is starting her second year at St Philip Early Childhood Center as an assistant teacher for Ms Rejas’ 3 Day 3s / 2 Day 2s classes.

While Mrs. Talla is originally from Belgium, she moved to Falls Church at the age of five.

At a very young age, Mrs. Talla knew that her passion would be teaching. She grew up loving school and “teaching” her stuffed animals. She never even thought about doing anything else!

Mrs. Talla’s passion for languages and teaching pushed her to study French Language Learning at the University of Toronto, Canada. She spent a year abroad in France. After obtaining her BA, Mrs. Talla moved back to France where she taught English for eight years before moving back to Falls Church.

Mrs. Talla has four children, three of whom have graduated from St Philip and one who is currently in the Pre-K 3 class.

Mrs. Talla loves to read and spent time with her family and friends. She is a multi-linguist and speaks English, French and Dutch. Mrs. Talla’s husband is from Cameroon and they speak both French and English at home.

Teacher: PK2 Full-Day Program

Mrs. Karina Torrico


Mrs. Torrico has been part of the St. Phillip Early Childhood Center since 2017. She joined the team as an Assistant Teacher to Mrs. Gaviria's PK 2 class.

Mrs. Torrico brings her commitment and attitude towards developing an environment that is supportive of faith, language, motor, social and emotional skills which are necessary to have a solid foundation for school success. She believes that providing a high-quality early childhood education will help children succeed later in life. 

Mrs. Torrico moved from Bolivia, South America 20 years ago. She speaks Spanish and English. She lives with her husband and two children in Falls Church, VA one of which graduated from St. Phillip ECC, and now both are attending St. Anthony Catholic School. 

Mrs. Torrico likes to spend her free time with her family and enjoys reading, crafts and traveling.







The main phone number is 703-573-4570. Below are the offices with voice mail extensions:

  • Main Office, x0
  • Attendance, x1
  • ECC Extended Day, x2
  • Preschool Director, x3


Parent Testimonial:


The staff/teachers at St. Philip ECC have such an impressive tenure with many teachers working together and shaping young minds at St. Philip for over 20 years. Additionally, the different options for each preschool age level and the many extracurricular activities have provided our children with individualized experiences. I am looking forward to having my younger children attend St. Philip over the next 5 years!

Stephanie R.