Principal Casey Buckstaff
I love Saint John the Evangelist School. It is a vibrant school community for all those who are part of our SJE family and extends far into the local community. Together as educators, parents, and students, we are a school where the value of educating children in the tradition of academic excellence supported by social and spiritual growth is evident in every classroom; and evident in the spirit we feel when our children succeed in many ways. I started my own Catholic education in Mount Prospect, Illinois, at Saint Raymond Catholic School. I am a life-long learner and have continued my education at the University of Notre Dame (BA), Notre Dame of Maryland University (MAT), and then back to the University of Notre Dame (candidate MNA).
I was a Division I athlete at Notre Dame, and those rowing team lessons of leadership, hard work, and collaboration find their way into every day as a principal. I taught 2nd grade in Baltimore with OperationTEACH and continued my ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. I taught many grades and subject areas, coached basketball and softball teams, and directed a children’s choir.
I worked for Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines, writing educational programming on the subject of peace-building and mediation for middle and high school students. I have been an educational leader as an assistant principal at Mt. Carmel and here at St. John for a total of 9 years, and was the principal at Monsignor Slade for 2 years. The children, parents, and teachers who are part of Catholic schools are among the most engaged, motivated, and joyful people I have encountered in my work. I think the value of a Catholic education is both vividly seen and intimately known as children grow into young people and then adults who engage with our fast-paced world in a very intentional way.
Assistant Principal Dianne Kestler
As a teacher and a leader I feel it is important for our students to embrace their faith, grow academically, morally and socially. I believe it is through these means that every student recognizes their uniqueness and develops to their full potential.
I, too, grew through my own Catholic Education. I attended St. Alphonsus Elementary School and The Catholic High School of Baltimore. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University, and my Master’s Degree in Leadership and Teaching at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Before coming to St. John, I served as Assistant Principal of Academics at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School for Grades 6-12. While there, I coached basketball and softball.
School Board Officers
Mary Jo Bieberich, Chairperson
David Niccolini, Vice Chairperson
John Singleton, Secretary
Joseph Bonner, Finance Committee Chairperson