Mrs. Patricia Kiernan is a native of New York City, where she taught Grades 4 & 5 in the Diocese of Brooklyn for 12½ years and earned her Master of Science degree in Education. After moving to Springfield, Virginia, Mrs. Kiernan worked as a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools and overseas at an international school, before becoming the 6th grade homeroom teacher at St. Ambrose Catholic School. She taught Grades 5 & 6 Math, Science and Language Arts before switching over to the middle school grades.
This is Mrs. Kiernan’s 16th year at St. Ambrose Catholic School. She currently teaches Grade 6 & 7 Math, Grade 8 Pre-Algebra and Grade 6 Science. She serves as the middle school chairperson and the acting assistant principal, performing administrative duties as needed.
In her spare time, Mrs. Kiernan enjoys traveling with her husband, as well as movies, reading and solving Sudoku & Numbrix puzzles. She makes frequent trips to South Carolina to visit her daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren.
The kids call me Miss. B., but the truth is that I’ve been happily married for five years now and am really Mrs. Greshock! I am the proud mother of two young sons – James and Ethan.
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I received my Bachelors degree in English and Education at Kutztown University. I moved to Virginia eight years ago and have been employed at Saint Ambrose for just as long. I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher, and teach Literature and Language Arts to all the middle school classes.
Literature is my passion – I love to read and write. I believe words are the most powerful tools we have, and I plan on teaching my students how to use them properly. Anyone who knows me (including my kids) knows that I’m also crazy about grammar. I tell my students all the time that grammar takes guts, and I expect a lot of them when it comes to speaking and writing properly. I encourage creativity through various projects, and my two favorite things about the school year are the 6th grade Greek Festival and the 7th grade trip to Gettysburg.
Lastly, I’m a huge sports fan. I expect all my students to cheer for Penn State, the Steelers, and (of course) the CAPS!!
8th grade Homeroom; 6th-8th grade Social Studies; 6th-8th grade Religion
Mr. Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh is a native of California, born in 1981 in Huntington Beach. Now a longtime resident of Leesburg, Virginia, he graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2009 with a BA in History then matriculated to George Washington University where he earned his Masters of Education in 2013. Among his hobbies are reading, writing, and Civil War reenacting.
6th grade Math 7; 7th grade Pre-Algebra; 8th grade Algebra
Mr. Michael Burkhardt
Michael Burkhardt grew up in Florida, where he met his wife Ann. They have five children, ages 10-22. Michael has taught middle school math in Pensacola, Florida before moving to Virginia. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years in private sector experience, starting his first successful business immediately after graduating from college. He has been a business mentor and advisor for over 10 years. Helping people improve is his lifelong passion. His commitment to people is illustrated by his years of teaching, coaching and mentoring.
When Michael is not teaching, he enjoys time with his family, coaching or attending family sport events, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, gardening and reading.
My name is An Cao (pronounced “Awn” and “Cal” like Cal Ripken). I’m known to students as Mr. An. In Vietnamese, the full name means “highly graced”. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and spent lots of summers in Orville, Ohio where my best memories were playing pickup basketball games, fishing, camping, and building tree houses.
I earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America. My career path has been in Engineering Consulting, Medical Research, and Healthcare Technologies for the past 20 years. I love solving problems with innovation by applying science and technology to better serve and enrich humanity. I am joyfully married and consider being a dad to be my greatest promotion. My passion is teaching, mentoring, and being a life coach to young people. I love to read about strange things, watch super hero movies, and play street basketball.
My mantra over the years has been “Every day is a bonus”. This stems from being grateful to breathe, laughing, eating, smiling, and simply being the better version of yourself each day. At the end of the day, I will have hoped I learned something new and offered my work as a gift to others no matter how little. “Do little things with great love” – St. Mother Teresa