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.
I am delighted to be serving my fourth year as principal of St. Ambrose School. I am originally from Northern Ireland and came to the USA to study for my Masters in Library Science at Catholic University. During my time there I met my husband – and thirty two years later I am still here! We have three beautiful daughters who benefitted from a Catholic education in elementary, middle and high school.
I began my career in education at St. Charles School as the librarian. I then moved to Kindergarten for eight years, and took over as principal in 2013. (I now have a daughter who is a librarian, one who is a kindergarten teacher, and the third is a photographer!) In 2015 I earned my M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision. Then came the opportunity to join the St. Ambrose family and I am so happy to be here. I love this beautiful community!
Following 20 years at home with her three children, who graduated from St. Ambrose School, Mrs. Smith joined the school staff in 2008. She feels truly blessed to remain in the school community by transitioning from school parent to school employee. “I just love it here!”
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.
Extended Day Director; Physician Assistant - Health Clinic
Mrs. Maureen Earner, PA
I live with my husband, 4 young adult children and Chihuahua, Maybellene. We live in Mclean in Saint John the Beloved Parish, where we have been active parishioners since relocating to Virginia in 1989. In 1979 I received a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and in 1981 completed the Physician Assistant program at Hahnemann Medical School’s College of Allied Health Professions (currently part of Drexel University) in Philadelphia and became certified.
I am delighted to be part of the fantastic team of faculty and staff at Saint Ambrose School. This is my second year supervising the Health Clinic. This year I will be working additional hours at the school – teaching Health to grades K – 5 and as Director of Saint Ambrose Extended Day Program. I am blessed to be given these additional responsibilities and I look forward to serving this wonderful school community’s students and their families this year.
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.