Welcome the new GP faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 school year!
New faculty and staff were introduced to the history and mission of the school this week, presentations from leaders among the existing faculty gave the new members an in-depth overview of what it means to be a part of the Prep community. Please join us in welcoming our new staff and faculty and learn a little about each person below.
Wei L. Kelly
Faculty, Modern Language
Ms. Kelly was born and raised in Beijing, China where she earned a B.A. in Sociology from Renmin University. She later studied in Germany at the Technical University of Berlin, where she earned a B.A. in Economics as well as an MBA. She also earned graduate credits in teaching a foreign language at Stanford University's School of Education. Ms. Kelly adapted modern Mandarin teaching pedagogy to establish and lead the Chinese language and culture program at the Woodside Priory School in the San Francisco Bay Area for 12 years. She also led student study trips to China and conducted Mandarin teaching workshops. Prior to teaching, Ms. Kelly worked with German corporations based in Singapore and as a business and management training consultant to German and Chinese businesses and organizations in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany. Although teaching is her second career, she finds it is definitely more creative, more exciting, and more meaningful. She strongly believes that teaching and teachers make a real difference to students' growth, and to a community and society. She is looking forward to building a robust and engaging Chinese program at Georgetown Prep.
Carl Failing '17
Mr. Failing hails from the Mississippi Delta, attended Prep as a resident student from 2015-2017, and completed his undergraduate education at Sewanee. While at Sewanee, he served as a volunteer firefighter, competed as a varsity swimmer, and earned a B.S. in Biochemistry. Carl is currently serving as an active duty Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He is training to be a Uniformed Medical Officer at The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences on the campus of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda. He will reside in Maryland for eighteen months before completing his clinical rotations around the world. His goals for the future are to serve as the Brigade Surgeon for a Special Forces Group and to be the first doctor on Mars. In his personal time, Carl enjoys reading, contesting ideas, and outdoor recreations like hunting, hiking, and camping.
James Lyons '16
Alumni Service Corp, Dorm Parent
Mr. Lyons returns to Prep after a brief time away. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 2016. He went on to attend Villanova University where he graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in History and Economics. Immediately following his graduation, Mr. Lyons worked for a political consulting and data analytics firm, running and managing polls concerning the 2020 elections. He then started back at Prep in February of 2021, happy to be back at a familiar place. He looks forward to helping coach the soccer and rugby teams at Prep, lending a hand in the Campus Ministry office, and experiencing residential life at Prep as a dorm parent. He is currently applying to law schools hoping to start in Fall 2022. Outside of Prep,
Mr. Lyons is a passionate rugby player and an ardent Philadelphia sports fan. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy and watching movies with close friends in his free time. He is elated to be back at a place he considers a second home.
Connie Shaffer Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
Connie Shaffer Mitchell joins Georgetown Prep as the Director of Marketing and Communications after having served in the same role for 11 years at her alma mater, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Prior to that she worked for a legal business-consulting firm in D.C. and then transferred to the nonprofit sector, working in an advisor role at the National Association of Corporate Directors. She then served as the Executive Director of The John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic professional organization serving the Archdiocese of Washington. She attended Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America after earning a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Italian at Fairfield University. Mrs. Mitchell, a third-generation Washingtonian, lives in the city with her husband, Chris (Georgetown Prep Class of 1980), and their two daughters. She enjoys time with her extended family and taking advantage of all the offerings of the DC area.
Assistant to the Director of International Programs, Dorm Parent
Mr. Peppers was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and raised in King George, Virginia. He graduated from King George High School in 2017 and went on to Bucknell University where he earned a full scholarship as a Division 1 Football Player. He graduated in May of 2021 from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Religion. He worked throughout college as an intern at a juvenile detention center where he ultimately obtained a full time position. He enjoys getting to know his colleagues, building relationships, and being a positive light in his peers' lives. Justis is an avid New York Giants, Knicks, and Yankees fan, and he loves to talk about sports. He looks forward to taking these momentous steps in his career path and he hopes to obtain a Master's in International Relations in the near future.
Faculty, Theology Department
Matthew Sudnik grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a M.T.S. in Religion from Harvard Divinity School. He began his teaching career at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, his alma mater, a De La Salle Christian Brothers school for boys. From 2007-2016, Matthew directed the scholars program at Central Catholic and taught World History, Human Geography, and other electives. In 2016, he returned to the Washington area to teach at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. From 2019-21, Matthew chaired the History Department at Madeira. Outside of school, Matthew has passions for politics, travel, and the arts. He is also active in music ministry at his church in D.C.
Mrs. Vaz was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She's a graduate of Georgetown University where she double majored in Business Management and Marketing. When she graduated from Georgetown, she began her career in Corporate Finance at JPMorgan Chase in New York City. After more than 10 years there, she decided to pursue a different career passion: Education. She recently came back to the Washington, D.C. area from the UK where she completed her Master's degree in Education at the University of Oxford. She graduated from the program with merit and her dissertation was awarded with the level of distinction. Most recently, she was serving as a proctor for Georgetown Visitation. She resides in Washington DC with her husband (a fellow Hoya) and her 2-year-old son. Catherine is looking forward to giving back to the Georgetown Prep community through her work as Registrar.
Rashad Williams-Dorsey '12
Assistant to the Dean of Students
Mr. Williams-Dorsey was born, raised and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Prep in 2012, and subsequently attended and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor's degree in Family Science. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Dorsey served as Head Wrestling Coach, Teacher and Athletic Director at Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy, while completing his Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Loyola University of Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting and spending time with his wife and two daughters.