Oh, the places Saints go...

Want to know where you can go with a St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School education? Meet a few of our alumni. Our graduates have pursued an impressive array of careers, from visual and performing arts to medicine and law. They are leaders and innovators in their communities, nationally and globally. Here, we highlight just a few of these remarkable people. Prepare to be inspired!

Joanna Ahdoot Andreae '05

Joanna Ahdoot Andreae '05

Several years ago Joanna Ahdoot Andreae emotionally and physically hit a breaking point. Traveling four times a week for her high-pressure corporate job and in the middle of planning her wedding, she found herself barely sleeping, getting sick often, and in an overall unhealthy state. “I wasn’t taking care of myself, and I felt totally maxed out,” Joanna says. “My stress was through the roof, and I just felt like there was no way to balance it all. That’s when I knew I had to make a big change.” 
Continue reading about Joanna.

Kamran Cheema '06 & Salman Cheema '01

Cheema brothers

Brothers Kamran and Salman Cheema always envisioned owning and operating a restaurant, and 2015 was their year. They opened the South Asian eatery Grand Trunk in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (641 Indiana Avenue NW) in January 2015. With its eccentric décor and menu—televisions on floors and ceilings, and a menu that serves everything from Indian food to bagels, cupcakes, and burritos—the restaurant reflects the wide range of flavors from South Asia, the region of their ancestors. Continue reading about Kamran and Salman.

Rhiannon Walker ’11


As an associate editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, Rhiannon focuses on the intersections of race, sports, and culture by using traditional and new media—video, aggregation, original reporting, social media, and other storytelling methods. She is a sports fanatic (she’s been an athlete since age four), and is “extremely passionate about humanizing athletes and giving them more than one dimension.” Continue reading about Rhiannon.

John Harrington ’89


As a documentary filmmaker, St. Stephen’s alumnus John Harrington ’89 has spent most of his life telling stories. His interest in filmmaking began in grade school, while his love of writing developed during his years as a St. Stephen’s Upper School student. He is a self-proclaimed history buff, so he is naturally drawn to producing documentaries that uncover “little-known” stories about significant people or events in history. Continue reading about John.

Eleanor Jones Harvey '78


Art and science have always come together for Eleanor Jones Harvey. Her mother used to take her sister, Margaret Jones Helber ’80, and her through the Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art when they were kids. At Guilford College, Eleanor initially majored in geology, but it was her experience as an intern at the National Museum of Natural History that shifted her career path toward art. Continue reading about Eleanor.

Dr. Gautam Gulati ’93


"Storytelling moves people to take action,” says Gautam Gulati ’93, a motivational keynote speaker who knows something about the power of words. He loves listening to and telling stories, having shared more than 200 of them in his career. His tailored speeches aim to help people, companies, and brands stand out and innovate. He is also the founder of Unusual, Inc., where he spends much of his time speaking, writing, and advising companies on how to create breakthrough strategies. Continue reading about Guatam.

Janet Yieh '11


Moments before Janet Yieh began her post-Evensong solo organ recital at the National Cathedral in January 2015, she took an anxious breath, and took it all in. It was a dream to be invited to perform, as she remembered attending such events since she was 7 years old. But once she started to play, the music was all that mattered. “I definitely get nervous before I perform,” she said. Continue reading about Janet.

Cam Burley '04


Cam's love of web engineering and pixel perfect design is a driving force behind the products produced by his technology company, Primo. Primo is a real-time, trending article ad platform that enables advertisers and publishers to buy and sell ads on most socially trending articles and content on the web. A graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Cam previously worked at AppNexus, where he was part of the team that built the first real-time exchange for Facebook. Continue reading about Cam.

Steven Pruitt '02


Hobbies. We all have them. For some it’s reading, for others it’s fishing, playing golf, or gardening. For alumnus Steven Pruitt ’02, it’s editing. As the reigning champ on Wikipedia—with the user name Ser Amantio di Nicolao—he has made roughly 1,742,045 edits (and counting!) to Wikipedia pages—more than any other editor in the site’s 15-year history. It’s a hobby he never saw coming. Continue reading about Steven.

Amy Argetsinger '86


Social media has changed the game for news reporting. There is an expectation for news to be reported instantaneously and for media to provide constant updates on a story. It’s changed the way journalists gather information, how they engage with their audiences, and it has created a brave new world for content. It’s a world where words can carry a lot of weight and live on indefinitely. Saints alumna Amy Argetsinger '86 gives us the good, the bad, and the in-between of this medium from her personal experience and reflection. Continue reading about Amy.

Eddie Chu '93


By the time Eddie Chu joined St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in seventh grade, he already knew he wanted to be an artist. His talents led him to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and a master’s degree in art from Hunter College in New York. His work has exhibited widely in locations such as New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Germany, Austria, and Los Angeles. Continue reading about Eddie.

Caroline Edsall Littleton'02


"I think it is so important to speak multiple languages,” reflects attorney Caroline Edsall ’02, who earned her master’s degree in French and European law (LL.M) from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. “Something that has fascinated me is how one word in one language can be so loaded with meaning, but in another language, there can be no single word encompassing the same ideas. Only by knowing both languages can you fully express yourself and fully understand the cultures behind the languages.” Continue reading about Caroline.

Elliott Garber '99

Elliott Garber

To say that Elliott Garber was made to do his job is an understatement. He describes himself as the kid who was always checking out the animal books from the library, begging his parents to let him have every imaginable exotic pet, and who even started his own backyard egg business during middle school. So it’s no surprise that today, Elliott is the Force Veterinarian at the Naval Special Warfare Command—a highly trained vet who provides medical care to animals across all branches of the military. Continue reading about Elliott.

Eileen Sullivan ’95


"Clearly, the emphasis on writing at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School played a huge role in my life. It gave me a great advantage in both college and after, and I’ve been working on it ever since,” said Eileen Sullivan ’95 about her alma mater’s influence on her life and career. Ms. Sullivan is currently a counterterrorism reporter for the Associated Press, covering everything from terror plots in the United States to airport security measures designed to prevent terrorism in the commercial aviation sector. Continue reading about Eileen.

Bim Wheeler '58


To say Bim Wheeler ’58 enjoys collecting war memorabilia is an understatement. He began collecting items at 8 years old when he came across a civil war carbine in his grandparent’s attic. Today, he has several thousand pieces, which is enough to house a museum—literally. That’s right! Bim, with the help of his sons, has turned his extensive, personal collection into a public museum. Continue reading about Bim.

Amanda C. Edwards '89


Amanda Edwards has made a career of photographing high-profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, famous musicians like Bono of U2, and political leaders like former Vice President Al Gore. She is even pals with Betty White, her favorite celebrity muse, who has helped her overcome a fear of snakes! However, it is the lesser-known subjects who appeal the most to Amanda. “I’ve always had a weakness for the underdog, so I’m especially drawn to anyone who has overcome any kind of adversity,” Amanda says. Continue reading about Amanda.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths. We offer challenging academics, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and championship athletics. SSSAS is regarded as one of the top private schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

Lower School

Grades: JK-5
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Middle School

Grades: 6-8
4401 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Upper School

Grades: 9-12
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304