Lower School Faculty
Ms. Lori Camalier was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She received a B.A. from Gettysburg College where she majored in Spanish and minored in French and Education. She then went on to teach Kindergarten and fourth grade at Holy Cross Elementary School for several years.
Ms. Camalier returned to teaching in 2010 after raising her four children. During that time she has enjoyed long-term substitute positions in the private and public school sectors. In the fall of 2015, she taught second grade, as a long-term sub, at The Woods Academy. In 2016, she joined the faculty full time as a second grade teacher.
Ms. Stephanie Clark joined The Woods Academy in 2018 as an Associate Teacher. She is a former Woods Academy student, attending from kindergarten to the eighth grade. After graduating from Georgetown Visitation, she went on to pursue her B.A. in English and French at Georgetown University. Prior to joining The Woods, Ms. Clark taught ESL in South Korea, The Czech Republic, and Spain.
Ms. Debbie Dosh has over 30 years experience teaching and tutoring in the Montgomery County area. She has 40 hours of master’s work in the field of education, has a BS in elementary/special education and is certified in Special Education through the state of Maryland. Ms. Dosh began her career as a learning specialist at Holy Redeemer in Kensington, MD where she taught enrichment as well as remedial education. She then taught at The McLean School of Maryland for twenty-one years where she was trained extensively in various specialized learning techniques including Rich Alan’s brain research. She came to The Woods Academy in 2006 where she has served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and coordinator of Lower School. Her concentrated area of practice and study is with learning differences and differentiation for all levels of learners. Ms. Dosh has tutored children for the length of her career. She bases her philosophy on the works of Howard Gardner and Daniel Goldman; tapping into multiple intelligences and addressing emotional intelligence. She has specialized training in Phono-Graphix, Orton Gillingham, Phono-Visuals, Read Naturally, Kurzweil, Lindamood-Bell phonics, Visualization and Verbalization, Six Plus One Traits of Writing, Write Track, Guided Reading, LETRS, Everyday Math and Touch Math. Ms. Dosh has led workshops for teachers on the Comprehension techniques of Stephen Harvey, Kylene Beers and Valerie Ellery. Her main goal is developing independence in children through metacognition using a repertoire of strategies.
Mrs. Kate Fogarty joined The Woods Academy after moving to the area from New York. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, Mrs. Fogarty earned her M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University. As an Americorp scholar she earned a second Masters in Curriculum Development, Administration, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma and most recently her Post-masters in Literacy from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York.
Mrs. Fogarty has advanced certification in grades Pre-K through sixth, Middle School, and Literacy from the State of Maryland. She also holds professional certification in Literacy, Early Childhood Education, and Childhood Education grades 1-6 in the State of New York.
She enjoys continuing her professional development and teaching reading. In her many years of teaching experience Mrs. Fogarty has taught in a variety of schools to include Catholic, public, and private in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, and overseas.
Mrs. Christina Phelps has been at The Woods Academy since September 2010, first as Director of Extended Care and now as a second grade teacher. Prior to The Woods Academy she taught Kindergarten at Potomac Glen Day School for three years. Mrs. Phelps is a naturalized U.S citizen and immigrated to the United States at the age of one from Iran. In addition to English, she is fluent in Russian, Greek, and Farsi. Mrs. Phelps holds a double Bachelors degree in Special and Elementary Education from Towson University and a Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum Design.
Mrs. Danielle Papazian joined The Woods Academy in 2012 as an Extended Care Teacher. After having worked in the financial services industry for twelve years, Mrs. Papazian came to The Woods to pursue her lifelong passion for helping children develop academically and socially. Mrs. Papzian holds a B.S. in Business and a M.Ed. from Marymount University in Elementary Education and is certified as an elementary school teacher. Mrs. Papazian is also certified in STEM, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and NASA Solar Systems & Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships.
Ms. Nancy Talbot joined The Woods Academy to teach fourth grade in 2006. She worked for one year in a pre-kindergarten classroom at The Capitol Hill Day School just prior to teaching at The Woods. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Talbot worked in several non-profits as an educator and events manager, including The Denver Art Museum, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the American Running Association. Ms. Talbot holds a B.A. in Art History from Drew University in Madison, NJ and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She regularly pursues professional development opportunities to enhance her teaching knowledge and skills.
Ms. Erica Vassos joined The Woods Academy in fall of 2015 as a Third Grade teacher. She graduated from American University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education. Just before coming to The Woods, Ms. Vassos spent nine months working in special education as a para-educator at Holy Redeemer School and at the Diener School as a teacher in their summer program. While in college, Ms. Vassos volunteered at an early headstart program at The Christopher House. In addition, she has spent many hours volunteering at Children's National Medical Center as a Child Life Volunteer. Ms. Vassos is also part of the "Homework Helpers" at the National Center for Children and Families. In the spring, Ms. Vassos coaches the girls lacrosse team at The Woods.
Mrs. Ashley Woods joined The Woods Academy in 2016 as a first grade teacher. Mrs. Woods received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Alabama. After graduating, Mrs. Woods taught third grade and kindergarten at Saint Anthony Catholic School in Madison, Mississippi. While teaching at Saint Anthony, Mrs. Woods brought her passion for the arts to first through sixth grade students by starting an after school dance program.
In 2017, Mrs. Woods graduated with her Masters Degree in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College. Mrs. Woods is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association.