Academics Learning Center teacher helping boy in sensory corridor

It’s important to us to help all students achieve learning success. The Seton-LaCroce Learning Center is an instructional program that provides academic, social and consultative support. The student assistance process centers around a core team of trained educators (teachers, a student support advisor and the resource coordinator). The Learning Center team meets with administration on a regular basis to monitor student progress and address ongoing needs.

This group works together to identify students who require instructional support, assess those students' instructional needs, and then respond in a coordinated effort using academic support strategies and scientifically proven intervention programs.

True to the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's first school in Emmitsburg, Mother Seton School operates and serves students through the Seton-LaCroce Learning Center at no additional cost to families.


Ann Beirne, Director and Reading Specialist

  • B.A. Elementary Education and Social Sciences, University of Rhode Island
  • M.S. Counseling Education, Western Maryland College
  • Additional coursework in Differentiated Education, Reading, Writing Instruction completed at Trinity College and Maryland State Dept. of Education
  • Maryland Certification (Advanced): Grades 1-8, Reading, Guidance Counseling
  • 30 years of teaching experience, including elementary grades 3-5 and Middle School English

Alexis Burns, Elementary and Special Education Teacher

  • B.A. Fine Arts, Mount St. Mary's University
  • M.A.T. Special Education, Mount St. Mary's University
  • 10 years of Special Education experience

Sister Patricia Dunne, D.C., School Support Liaison

  • B.A. Mathematics, Marillac College, St. Louis, MO
  • MSW, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • ACSW Member
  • 10 years of counseling at Catholic Charities, Nashville, TN

Sister Margaret Scally, D.C., School Support Liaison

  • BA   Elementary Education, Catholic University of America 1978

  • MS School Administration, University of Dayton 1988

  • MA School Counseling, Urban Youth Track, Trinity Washington University 2017

  • Additional work in Trauma Informed Education, Differentiated Education, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Teens, Kids training

  • Previously certified to teach and administer schools in five states; spent 14 years in Principal position