Congressional School’s remarkable faculty demonstrate Characteristics of Professional Excellence that reflect our mission, uphold our core values, guide our work, and ensure that we hold ourselves to the highest of standards in service of our students.


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  • maintain high expectations and challenge students
  • exhibit knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the concepts they are teaching
  • clearly establish and communicate expectations for student academic performance
  • create flexible and versatile learning environments that meet students’ needs
  • foster a learning environment in which students feel safe, happy, and supported
  • employ dynamic and engaging teaching techniques
  • are knowledgeable and up-to-date on new teaching methodologies and best practices
  • are dedicated to each student’s intellectual and personal growth
  • encourage and inspire students to be confident risk takers
  • employ student-centered, child-empowering methodology
  • make teaching relevant by seeking connections to student experiences
  • respect and value the open exchange of ideas
  • are creative problem solvers who demonstrate resilience in the face of challenge
  • are open and effective communicators
  • pursue professional growth and a passion for lifelong learning
  • encourage student integrity and self-advocacy
  • cultivate community and world-engagement in a way that inspires students to make a difference
  • are positive role models who lead by example
  • foster a culture of teamwork and collaboration
Exploring our 40-acre campus


Advanced Degrees Among Our Preschool - Grade 8 Faculty


Preschool - Grade 8 Teachers with Tenure of 5 or More Years


Preschool - Grade 8 Teachers with Tenure of 10 or More Years


Preschool - Grade 8 Teachers with Tenure of 15 or More Years


of preschool - 8th grade faculty participate in professional development and engage with higher learning institutions including:

Harvard University
Columbia University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
University of Virginia

Susie Welty

Preschool Teacher

"I love being there when my students first comprehend an idea or
concept that we are exploring. They get so excited-it’s just adorable.
The best part is when they take that concept and start applying it
independently! Their faces light up with pride. It really is the best
part of my job."

Stephanie Phillips '04

Kindergarten Teacher

"While I was a student at Congressional School, I remember being drawn
to learning because of the enthusiasm demonstrated by my teachers.
I try to model the same excitement in my classroom in hopes that my
students will be eager to explore new things, take risks, and push
themselves to always try their best."

Tim Smith

Learning Specialist

"I enjoy teaching science every year, but this year, some changes have
made it even more rewarding. The science curriculum this year is
structured so that class is three out of every six days. On two of those
days, we focus on the traditional curriculum (units on geology, chemistry,
and physics). On the third day, we have design class, during which
students are engaged in various hands-on engineering challenges."