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“One day at a time, one student at a time.” This is the philosophy of 35 year teaching veteran, Ms. Clare Treichel, and her approach to her working and teaching here at Bishop McNamara.
“I enjoy every aspect of my job, my incredible colleagues and my students. Every day is a filled with new adventures,” she adds.
Ms. Treichel is Bishop McNamara High School’s Director of Counseling, Director of College Counseling, the Counselor for the Senior Class, Social Studies Teacher, as well as the FACE (Filipino American Cultural Enlightenment) club moderator. After graduating in 1972 from LaReine High School, she went on to St. Bonaventure University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University. She is currently a PhD Candidate at The Catholic University of America in Educational Administration.
With six siblings (and her sister's husband) who graduated from LRHS or BMHS from 1964 to 1984, as well as six nieces and nephews who either attended or are attending BMHS, she brings a new meaning to word “Family” so much a part of the history of both school communities.
Mrs. Jennifer Auchmoody joined the McNamara family in 2011. She is the Junior Class Counselor, Assistant Director of College Counseling and periodic AP Psychology teacher. Mrs. Auchmoody holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from James Madison University. She received her Master's Degree in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study from Harvard University, where she earned her School Adjustment Counselor license.
Before coming to McNamara, Mrs. Auchmoody worked for Prince George's County Schools as a Pupil Personnel Worker and taught Psychology 101 at Howard Community College. She has done extensive preventative and crisis counseling work in the field of sexual violence prevention. She is a trained trainer of the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program. Mrs. Auchmoody has been married to her husband, Ryan, since 2009 and together they have two daughters, Abby (3 years) and Molly (4 months).
Ms. Vanessa Mackall works as the Assistant Learning Specialist in the St. Joseph Program here at Bishop McNamara. She developed an interest in the biological and environmental factors that contribute to the development of learning differences in children as an undergraduate Psychology student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. To enhance her understanding of learning differences outside of her text books, she began tutoring small groups of underprivileged middle school and high school students at the non-profit organization For Kids, Inc. in Norfolk, Virginia. She has completed graduate level professional development courses in School Psychology and Special Education through Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and will be pursuing a double Master’s Degree in School Psychology and Instructional Design and Technology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in the spring 2015 semester. Outside of working in the St. Joseph Program, she enjoys singing in her church choir, shopping, and creative writing.
Susanne Mendiola, Administrative Assistant in the Counseling Center, has spent the past 15 years in Catholic Education and the last 4 working at Bishop McNamara. In addition to her work in the counseling center, she is the Yoga Club Moderator.
Mrs. Mediola attended Shippensburg University where she earned a degree in Journalism.
She enjoys working at Bishop McNamara because of the family atmosphere. She says "It's a privilege to watch our students arrive as shy and timid freshmen and depart as confident graduates ready to take on the world."
Ms. Owens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland College Park. She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Mental Health and Interpersonal Practice from University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is certified in the state of Maryland as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Prior to joining Bishop McNamara as faculty member, Ms. Owens worked as a mental health clinician/consultant in a variety of diverse settings, including alternative and public school communities, inpatient psychiatric care, and community mental health. Her philosophy in working with students and families is “meeting people where they are at” and building on their strengths through a holistic/strength-based approach.
As a graduate of Bishop McNamara, Ms. Owens is excited to return as faculty member and hopes to use her experience as a former student and professional to help her students reach their full potential.
Karen Vinci started as the Registrar for Bishop McNamara in 2007. Earlier work experience includes corporate sales for both Verizon and Roadway Express, and Private School Development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College located in Williamsport, PA.
Mrs. Vinci has been married to her husband David for over 26 years. Together they have raised two daughters, both of whom are BMHS graduates. “We feel that McNamara has well prepared our daughters to be contributing members of a global society.”
Mrs. Vinci loves being part of the larger BMHS family but most especially the Counseling Center. “I get to see our marvelous staff put both their heart and mind into serving our students. It is truly a gift that I get to experience every day.”
Ms. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College in Psychology as well as a master's in Advanced Generalist Social Work from Springfield College, Springfield MA. She is a certified trainer of trainers in Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and a certified trainer in Darkness to Light a child sexual abuse prevention program. Before coming to BMHS, she worked for two years in London as a district wide, school social worker.
When asked about her philosophy of teaching, this sophomore counselor says, "I believe and practice listening to students and empowering them. I will do my best and if that falls short, I will find a way to do better so that all students can do their best."
With six years of experience in schools, Ms. Wilson says she enjoys working here at BMHS because the schools has a positive sense of community/family. "I have found that this quality is one of the most powerful tools in assisting young people to become good men and women," she added.