6th grade home room , 6th and 7th grade Religion, Middle School Social Studies
Ms. Bridget McGinley
I am a Northern Virginia native and a graduate of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Government and Philosophy from Sweet Briar College and am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Marymount University.
As a Social Studies teacher, I enjoy challenging my students to consider multiple perspectives. I appreciate how the subject provides ample writing opportunities and I work to facilitate students’ construction of succinct theses that are supported by clear and organized evidence. As a Religion teacher, I strive to ready students to take on a more mature role in the Catholic Church as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. In both subjects, I seek to uphold a positive learning environment that fosters communication, teamwork, and grit.
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 home room, 8th grade Religion and Middle School Math
Mrs. Kate Knox
My name is Kate Knox and I am a veteran Catholic Middle and High School teacher. I have my Bachelors Degree from the University of Hawaii, an Accounting Major from UT Dallas, and a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins.
As you can see, I’ve moved around a lot thanks to my marriage to a Career Naval Officer. My husband Jim and I have two grown sons, Matthew and Christopher.
I love teaching! Math and history are my two favorite subjects.
I am a firm believer in life-long learning and enjoy finding new subjects to explore. I am an avid reader and a baseball fanatic – go Yankees, Go Nationals!
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