panthers in the wild
By: Matthew Byrdy, Jordan Georges, and Samantha Scango, Saint Peter’s Class of 2024
On September 15, Saint Peter’s middle school students went on three unique field trips which included Chesapeake Bay, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Sandy Spring Adventure Park. Each grade had a distinctive experience, and students wrote about their favorite things from the trips in their literature classes.
The sixth-grade class took a field trip to the Chesapeake Bay. Sofia Schaeffer said, “I totally didn’t expect the adventure I got. We took out nets and picked up fish with our bare hands! It was so exciting, and I would seriously like to go again!”
Seventh-grader Abby Auchmoody said, "Field trips are wonderful experiences for hands-on learning. This year we went to Gettysburg which is full of history, and I was extremely excited to learn more about the biggest battle in the Civil War. My favorite part was the cyclorama. It was a circular painting that helped me envision myself as if I were there. I had a wonderful time and believe others did as well.”
The eighth grade class went to the Sandy Spring Adventure Park, for the yearly “Challenge Trip.” This adventure helped to build a sense of community within the class. The outing challenges not only physical skills, but leadership skills as well. When Matthew Byrdy and Samantha Scango were asked what they thought of this trip they said, “It was a great learning experience and helped me to grow closer with my classmates.”
Get to Know Saint Peter’s New Staff Members
Mrs. Shirley Espin, Spanish Teacher
About me: I have been working in the educational field for over 18 years and I have worked as a Bilingual Coordinator and certified Interpreter. I love interacting with children, families, and other educators.
This year, I’m looking forward to the students enjoying Spanish class and learning about different cultures and traditions.
Ms. Nicol Espinoza, Third Grade Paraeducator
About me: I was born in Lima, Perú. I previously worked at MCPS, but my faith took me on a journey until I found Saint Peter’s. My first few weeks at Saint Peter’s have been an adventure. It has been fun to meet so many people and I have learned a lot in the process.
This year, I’m looking forward to a prosperous year for all at Saint Peter's. I pray to God for guidance to achieve all our goals one day at a time.
Ms. Erin Farrell, School Counselor
About me: I attended Saint Peter’s school before continuing my education at the Academy of the Holy Cross and the University of Dayton. I worked at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and spent the last two years at Saint Patrick’s School in Rockville. I am so grateful to this community for welcoming me back.
This year, I’m looking forward to getting to know the students better and supporting their social-emotional well-being.
Ms. Caitlin McNickle, Fifth Grade Teacher
About me: I have eight years of teaching experience. I earned my bachelor's degree in education with a minor in special education at Loyola University Maryland. My first few weeks at Saint Peter's have been busy, with many new learning opportunities.
This year, I’m looking forward to being a part of the school community and settling into my position. I am also excited to see all of the progress my students will make this year.
Ms. Pat O’Connell, Second Grade Teacher
About me: I have taught in ADW schools for 20+ years. I studied Spanish and Latin American Affairs in college and graduate school, and ave a Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. The Saint Peter’s community has been very welcoming, and I am excited to be here.
This year, I am looking forward to getting to know my students and preparing them to receive First Penance and First Communion.