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School Administration

 

Fr. Mike Nacius, Pastor
Mr. David Wieters, Principal
Mrs. Kathy Thompson, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Anne Bulfin, Dean of Students
Ms. Sue Barkhausen, Special Services
Ms. Kelsey Egan, Social Worker
Ms. Kerry Wanner, School Nurse
Mrs. Patricia Lucas, PGC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Ashley Avila, UGC Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Rachel Kuhn, Director of Development
Mrs. Kathleen Trkla, Admissions Coordinator
Mrs. Rebecca Quackenbush, Business Manager
Mrs. Cindy Luetje, Tuition and Fees Coordinator
 

Primary Grade Center Faculty

 

Principal

 
Mr. David Wieters
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/Secondary Education and a minor in Physical Education from Loras College
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University
  • Principal at St. Peter Elementary School in Kenosha, WI; St. Francis de Sales Parish School in Lake Geneva, WI; and Catholic Central High School in Burlington, WI prior to SOSM
  • Over 30 years of teaching and educational administration experience

PGC Assistant Principal

 

Mrs. Kathy Thompson
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-University of Michigan
  • Master of Arts in Education-Barat College
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration-National Louis University
  • 24 years of teaching and educational administration experience

UGC and PGC Director of Special Services

 
Mrs. Sue Barkhausen
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-DePauw University
  • Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders -National Louis University
  • Endorsements in Elementary/Secondary Education
  • LBS1 Certification
  • Over 30 years of teaching experience

Pre School

 
Ms. Hannah Lockridge
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University
  • Previously taught at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka
Ms. Therese Lupton
  • Taught Preschool and 1st Grade at Lake Forest Country Day School for over 22 years
  • Worked at School of St. Mary for two years as a Preschool Assistant
Mrs. Shelley Cummings
  • Master of Education Degree from Loyola University and The Erikson Institute
  • Bachelor of  Arts in Early Childhood Education and Human Services from Kendall College 
  • 2 children alumni of the School of St. Mary
  • 20+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education

Kindergarten

 
Mrs. Elizabeth Brueggeman
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Carroll College
  • Minors in Early Childhood Education and Psychology 
  • 12 years of teaching experience
Mrs. Anne Casey
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Marquette University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching-National Louis University
  • 21 years of teaching experience
  • 2 children alumni of the School of St. Mary

1st Grade

 
Ms. Kristi Bernardi
 
Ms. Maggie Twardak
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Psychology-Marquette University
  • 5 years of teaching experience

2nd Grade

 

Mrs. Mylette Hodges
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Emporia State University
  • Master of Arts in Education-Barat College
  • 11 years of teaching experience
  • Son graduated from School of St. Mary
Ms. Francesca Sullivan
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education-Chatham University
  • 7 years of teaching experience
Ms. Colleen Wanner
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education-Auburn University
  • Alum of the School of St. Mary
  • 2 years of teaching experience

3rd Grade

 
Mrs. Michele Dador
  • Associate of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Criminology- Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching-Dominican University
  • Middle school endorsements in Language Arts and Social Science
  • 13 years of teaching experience
Mrs. Marcy Haubner
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-National Louis University
  • 3 years of teaching experience
Ms. Ashley Rylander
  • Resource Teacher for the past four years at the School of St. Mary
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University
  • Masters of Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement from DePaul University
  • Previously taught at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn
  • Worked as an Academic Support Specialist in Hometown Elementary School

PGC Art Teacher

 
Ms. Shannon Fu
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PGC Library Teacher

 
Mrs. Kippie Curcio
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Library Science and School Library Media Specialist Certification-University of Houston
  • 22 years of teaching experience

PGC Spanish Teacher

 
Mrs. Diane Gillis
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education-Eastern Illinois University
  • Minor in Spanish
  • 4 years of teaching experience

PGC Physical Education Teacher

 
Mrs. Michelle Criswell
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion-University of Kentucky
  • 6 years of teaching experience

PGC Music Teacher

 
Ms. Lydia Jeon
  • Bachelors of Music Degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University
  • Masters of Music Degree from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Previously taught music at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, the New Music School, the Montessori Academy of Chicago and the Northbrook Park District

Upper Grade Center Faculty

 

Principal

 
Mr. David Wieters
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/Secondary Education and a minor in Physical Education from Loras College
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University
  • Principal at St. Peter Elementary School in Kenosha, WI; St. Francis de Sales Parish School in Lake Geneva, WI; and Catholic Central High School in Burlington, WI prior to SOSM
  • Over 30 years of teaching and educational administration experience

UGC Dean of Students

 

Mrs. Anne Bulfin
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Loras College
  • Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Marquette University
  • Previously worked as a School Counselor and Director of Student Services for All-Saints Catholic East Elementary in Milwaukee and the FranCenter Inc. as an Academic Counselor

UGC and PGC Director of Special Services

 
Mrs. Sue Barkhausen
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-DePauw University
  • Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders -National Louis University
  • Endorsements in Elementary/Secondary Education
  • LBS1 Certification
  • Over 30 years of teaching experience

4th Grade

 
Ms. Allison Gattone
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, where she was recognized as a Big 10 Distinguished Scholar
  • Student taught at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville and at Vallone Elementary School in Pavia, Italy
  • Taught at Adler Park Elementary School as a long-term substitute
Ms. Kristina Madsen
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Purdue University
  • Endorsement in Reading
  • Master of Science degree in Literacy Studies-University of Wisconsin
  • 6 years of teaching experience
Mrs. Jill Spillone
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics-University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Southern Illinois University
  • 11 years of teaching experience

5th Grade

 
Ms. Katie Darraugh
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-University of Virginia
  • Master of Teaching in Elementary Education-University of Virginia
  • Certification in ESL/Bilingual Education-National Louis University
  • Middle School Endorsement
  • 5 years of teaching experience
Ms. Nicole Graham
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Communications from DePauw University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University
  • Reading Specialist Certificate, also from National Louis University
  • Previously taught at Providence Christian School in Kalamazoo, MI, MacArthur Middle School and as a tutor at North Chicago Reading Power
Ms. Gianna Marshall
  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University
  • Previously taught at St. Benedict Prep Elementary School

6th Grade Social Studies and English/Homeroom

 

Mrs. Margaret Hogan
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Saint Mary’s College
  • She has three children who are Alums of School of St. Mary
  • 9 years of teaching experience

6th Grade Science and Reading/Homeroom

 

Mrs. Margaret Tazioli
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology-Barat College
  • Endorsements in General Science, Social Science, and Middle School
  • Master of Arts in Reading, -Northeastern Illinois University
  • Certified Reading Specialist
  • Graduate work in Gifted Education
  • Certified Catechist
  • She has two children who are Alums of School of St. Mary
  • 28 years of teaching experience at School of St. Mary

5th , 6th and 7th Grade Math/6th Grade Homeroom

 

Ms. Beverly Snell

 

4th through 8th Grade Latin/7th Grade Homeroom

 

Mr. Thomas Head
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Studies- Marquette University
  • Master's in Secondary Education- Loyola University
  • 7 years of teaching experience

4th through 8th Grade Spanish/7th Grade Homeroom

 
Ms. Jenna Organ
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago
  • Masters of Education from University of Illinois Chicago
  • 10 years teaching experience
 

7th and 8th Grade English and Reading/7th Grade Homeroom

 
Ms. Lauren Fairchild
 

7th and 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Religion/7th Grade Homeroom

 

Ms. Amy Baniewicz
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Math Education
  • Two years teaching experience at School of St. Mary's

7th and 8th Grade Social Studies/8th Grade Homeroom

 

Mr. Robert Zeinz
 

7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher/8th Grade Homeroom

 

Mrs. Paulette Page
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from London University in England
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University
  • 10 years of teaching experience in high school and middle school
 

7th and 8th Grade English and Reading Teacher, 8th Grade Religion/8th Grade Homeroom

 

Mrs. Mary Pat Fox
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education-University of Illinois
  • Minor in Speech Communication
  • Certified Catechist
  • 31 years of teaching experience

6th and 8th Grade Religion

 

Ms. Mary Catherine Nelson
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Studies from Cal State Hayward
  • Three Master’s Degrees: Genetics from Iowa State University; Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Religious Education from Loyola University

7th Grade Religion

 

Mrs. Therese Romano
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and specialized in Bilingual and Bicultural
  • Education-University of Iowa
  • Master of Education-National Louis University
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • 7 years of teaching experience

 

UGC Learning Resource Specialist

 

Mrs. Lisa Matthies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Elmhurst College
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education-University of Phoenix
  • LBS1 endorsement-National Louis University
  • 3 years of teaching experience
 

UGC S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

Instructor

 
Mr. Tyler Crowley
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Indiana University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education Biology-National Louis University
  • 3 years of teaching experience
 

UGC Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director

 

Mr. Jimmy Knotek
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Carthage College, where he majored in Exercise and Sports Management
  • Teaching certification and degree in Physical Education from North Park University
  • Previously worked at Elm Park Middle School
  • Football and Baseball Coach at Highland Park High School

UGC Music Teacher

 

Mr. Randy Manges
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Organ- Westminster Choir College
  • Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts course work-University of Oklahoma
  • Kodaly Music Education certificate-Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI.
  • 17 years of teaching experience

 

UGC Art Teacher

 

Mrs. Tina Moulton
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art and Education-Dominican University
  • She has one daughter who is an Alumna of the School of St. Mary
  • 32 years of teaching experience
 

PGC and UGC School Nurse

 

Ms. Karry Wanner
 

PGC and UGC School Social Worker

 

Ms. Kelsey Egan
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Indiana University
  • Master of Social Work Degree with School Specialization emphasis from Loyola University
  • Interned at Haven Youth and Family Services in Wilmette and also at Glenbrook North High School
  • Spent the last year in Greece on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship