Doreen Engel, Principal
Mrs. Engel has worked in Catholic schools for more than 30 years. During that time, she has held several positions, including that of Assistant Superintendent in the Diocese of Arlington, and Director of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Washington. She’s taught students in every grade from Pre-K to graduate school, as well as diverse courses ranging from AP Psychology to elementary school music. She has also served as principal for three different Catholic schools, most recently at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy in Rhode Island. There she and her team were awarded a grant from the Raskob foundation to implement distance learning for highly gifted students via the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented and Gifted Students. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at The Andrew M. Greeley Center at Loyola University Chicago, and has recently worked with The Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, The PACT Program at Providence College, and the Education Department at the University of Notre Dame.
Mrs. Engel has experience speaking on a national level, having most recently offered a live webinar during the pandemic for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) that had 3,000 enrolled participants. Mrs. Engel holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Anna Maria College and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Special Education from The Catholic University of America. Her book, Be Open! was published in spring 2019. Mrs. Engel was awarded the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ by NCEA in April of 2020. In her precious spare time, she is a serious student of Spanish and enjoys playing the violin.
Christine Green, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Christine Green is beginning her 37th year as a parochial school teacher and administrator; 33 of which have been spent at Our Lady of Mercy. In addition to her role as Assistant Princiapl and 5th grade homeroom teacher, she also teaaches language arts, math, and Leadership Seminar for 7th and 8th graders. Mrs. Green is the Educational Extension (GT) Program Director and Director of Mercy Summer Spectrum of Education. Notable accolades: recipient of the 2020 Golden Apple Award for dedication and commitment to excellence in education; two-time recipient of the Msgr. William O'Donnell Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year (1992, 2000); 2016 MEGGY Award recipient from Maryland Educators for the Gifted; recipient of the 2020-21 Catholic Coalition for Special Education Making IT (Inclusive Teaching) Happen Award.
Mrs. Green was instrumental to Mercy being named a National Blue Ribbon School three times (1999, 2009, 2020). Of the almost 9,000 schools in the United States, Mercy is one of only 107 to be awarded the Blue Ribbon three times.