Brian Vrtis - Novice Teacher
As he begins his fourth school year with our community, Mr. Brian Vrtis serves as our English Department Chair and Senior English teacher. In a very short period of time, Mr. Vrtis has made a lasting impression on the students and staff of Archbishop Carroll. He constantly challenges and inspires students to not only find joy in reading but to share that joy with others. Under his guidance, students have learned how to see themselves in their work and to share their voices through their writing. His love for his students is evident through his actions, words, and deeds. Mr. Vrtis is always positive and joyful, a constant reminder to his students to be their best selves academically and spiritually. He is identified by colleagues as a quiet, effective, and stable presence in our community who is always willing and eager to support anyone in need.
We are honored to recognize him as our 2022-2023 Novice Teacher of the Year.
Rev. Rafiu Bakare - Veteran Teacher
Rev. Rafiu Bakare serves as a multi-disciplinary teacher and as the Head Coach of our nationally recognized track team. In his 6 years, Rev. Bakare has contributed enormously to Carroll through his teaching, leadership, and athletic accomplishments. Rev. Bakare has been recognized previously as our HSPA Novice Teacher of the Year, as well as the Washington Metropolitan Indoor Coach of the Year (21-22), and WCAC Outdoor Coach of the Year (21-22). He is respected for his no-nonsense attitude and tough love in support of his student's academic and spiritual growth. Despite the many hats he wears, Rev. Bakare always sets the bar high and consistently helps to shepherd our entire community towards excellence.
We are honored to recognize, Rev. Rafiu Bakare as our 2022-2023 Veteran Teacher of the Year.