Fr. Andrew Fisher is a native of northern Virginia. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998. He has served as parochial vicar in St. William of York parish (Stafford), Queen of Apostles parish (Alexandria) and the Cathedral of St. Thomas More (Arlington). Fr. Fisher also served for six years as the Director of Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. He was named Pastor of St. Ambrose Church in July 2011 by Bishop Paul Loverde.
Mrs. Maria Teresa Tejada is the Principal of St. Ambrose Catholic School. Prior to her tenure at St. Ambrose, she served as Assistant Principal at St. Leo the Great School in Fairfax, VA.
Mrs. Tejada spent eight years in the classroom as a foreign language teacher, teaching kindergarten to fourth grade. She graduated from Marymount University with a degree in business administration with a concentration in International Finance. She completed her master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. At the end of her master’s degree program, Mrs. Tejada was presented by Marymount University with the Catholic School Leadership Intern of the Year Award as a result of her high academic achievements.
Early in her professional career Mrs. Tejada worked in the Finance Industry for about ten years. Mrs. Tejada has been married to Ricardo Tejada since 2001. Mr. and Mrs. Tejada are the proud parents of two girls, Sofia and Gabriela. Sofia attends high school at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and Gabriela is an eight-grader at St. Leo the Great School.
My husband and I have lived in Fairfax since 1998 and I have been a part of St. Ambrose school since first enrolling our son and daughter in Kindergarten in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Both children attended Kindergarten through 8th grade and are now in high school.
After being a stay at home mother for their first 10 years, I went back to work in the St. Ambrose Parish Office. That was a wonderful experience that allowed me to still participate in school activities and be a parent volunteer while working on campus.
After a temporary move to Rochester, NY in 2013, I returned to St. Ambrose in 2015 to work at the school. As Director of Admissions, I have the opportunity to introduce our loving, nurturing, and academically strong school to prospective parents. My favorite part of the job is when a parent makes the decision to enroll their child after realizing that our school will give their child the superior education they desire while offering them an environment to learn and grow in their Catholic faith.
My name is Shawn Camargo and I am the school nurse here at St. Ambrose. I have been married to my husband for 14 years and we have four children. Our three youngest attend St. Ambrose. We have lived all over the country due to my husband’s job in the military.
I have a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from Purdue University and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have been a nurse since 2013, and have experience in both hospitals and schools. Most recently I worked at Inova Fair Oaks on the Covid unit. I have extensive work with Covid, and I am here to help guide St. Ambrose during these uncertain times. I will be here to help answer any questions you may have.
Mr. Cotton, conductor of the Treble Chorus and the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Children’s Chorus of Washington, recently taught music at Queen of Apostles Catholic School for twenty-two years, where he had established an exemplary music education program. His tradition of excellence has continued for the past two years at St. Andrew the Apostle School in Clifton, VA. The school choirs under Mr. Cotton’s direction have become known throughout the Arlington Diocese for their extraordinary performances.
At the invitation of the Archdiocese of Washington, Mr. Cotton has prepared children’s choirs for tapings of the televised Christmas Day Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His choirs have performed at the White House and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In the year 2000, his choir was invited to participate in An American Cantata: 2000 Voices with the National Symphony Orchestra. Repeatedly, the choirs have performed on live television for the annual Worldwide School Children’s Holy Hour at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Mr. Cotton has also performed as a vocal soloist in Prague and has served as accompanist for children’s choral festivals throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. Recently he served as judge and clinician for a district choral assessment in Virginia. Mr. Cotton received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Accompanying from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia.
Mrs. Lindsey Whetzel has been working at St. Ambrose for the past four years. She joined the St. Ambrose community after teaching in Catholic high schools across the country for the past ten years. She grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan and earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Georgetown University.
After graduating, Lindsey joined a volunteer program called the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) through the University of Notre Dame where she earned her Masters in Education while teaching in an East Los Angeles high school. The two years spent in ACE solidified Lindsey’s love of teaching, especially teaching science! She has since taught a variety of math and science classes in high schools in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
Lindsey loves to play volleyball, read, and hike, especially with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.