Our Goal: To Help Our Students Achieve Their Greatest Potential!
 
Meet The Teachers
We think the world of our teachers!  Take a moment to review our teacher profiles. 

 

Pre School

 
Mrs. Mary Bielecki
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Western Illinois University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and Early Childhood Education- National Louis University
  • Endorsements in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • LBS1 Certification
  • 5 years of teaching experience
 
Ms. Stephanie McShane
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology -The College of Wooster
  • Minor in Education
  • 2 years of teaching experience

 

Kindergarten

 
Mrs. Elizabeth Brueggeman
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Carroll College
  • Minors in Early Childhood Education and Psychology 
  • 11 years of teaching experience
 
Mrs. Anne Casey
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Marquette University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching-National Louis University
  • 15 years of teaching experience
 
Ms. Alyssa Smith
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Health Science-University of Dayton
  • 1 year of teaching experience
 

1st Grade

 
Ms. Kristi Reed
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Human & Organizational Development-
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Concentration in Leadership and Organization Effectiveness
  • Currently pursuing Masters of Education: Reading Specialist-Olivet Nazarene University
  • 6 years of teaching experience
 
Ms. Maggie Twardak
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Psychology-Marquette University
  • 3 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

 

2nd Grade

 
Ms. Tracy Coronia
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Bradley University
  • Master of Arts in Human Development and Counseling-Bradley University
  • Master of Education in Special Education-University of Illinois
  • LBS1 Certification
  • 9 years of teaching experience
 
Ms. Rebecca Lindholm
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Michigan State University
  • Endorsed in Language Arts
  • 2 years of teaching experience
 
Mrs. Mylette Hodges
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Emporia State University
  • Master of Arts in Education-Barat College
  • 11 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. Annie Mosher
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Southern Illinois University
  • 5 years of teaching experience

 

Pre School through Third Grade Learning Resource Teacher

 
Ms. Ashley Rylander
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education-Illinois State University
  • Endorsements in Language Arts and Social Sciences
  • Masters of Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement-DePaul University 
  • Currently pursuing an additional Masters of Education degree with a focus on Special Education
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1 Certification)-National Louis University, Evanston
  • 7 years experience

Pre School through 3rd Grade Special Education Consultant

 
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 through 3rd Grade Art Teacher

 
Mrs. Shari Driscoll
  • Bachelor of Science in Education K-8 and Visual Arts K-12- Northern Michigan University
  • Minor in English
  • Graduate work at The Art Institute of Chicago
  • She has two daughters who are Alums of School of St. Mary
  • 13 years of teaching experience

 

Pre School through 3rd Grade Learning Spanish Teacher

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

 

Pre School through Third Grade Physical Education Teacher

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

 

Pre School through 3rd Grade Music Teacher

 
Ms. Laura Rollick
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Oboe Performance-Northwestern University
  • 2 years of teaching experience
 

4th Grade

 
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
 
Ms. Katie McCraren
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-University of Illinois
  • Mathematics concentration and Middle Grade endorsed in Mathematics, General Science,
  • Language Arts, and Social Science
  • 1 year 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. Kathleen 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
Mrs. Allison Gurza
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Humboldt State University
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Concordia University
  • Gifted Education Teacher Certification-Aurora University
  • Alum of the School of St. Mary
  • 14 years of teaching experience
 
Mrs. Veronica Kretz
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management -New York Institute of Technology
  • Minor in Marketing
  • Master of Education-University of St. Thomas
  • 8 years of teaching experience
 

6th Grade

 

6th Grade Social Studies and English

 
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 Teacher

 
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
  • 24 years of teaching experience

 

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

 
Ms. Kristen Borrasso
  • Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a History concentration-University of Illinois
  • Endorsements in middle school Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts
  • 2 years of teaching experience
 

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

 
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 Teacher/7th Grade Homeroom Teacher 

 
Mrs. Megan Dantzer
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Bethel College
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Completed the ACE Program Training for Foreign Language
  • 4 years of teaching experience

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

 
Ms. Beth Casey
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-University of Illinois
  • Endorsements in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
  • Gifted Education Teacher Certification-Aurora University
  • 7 years of teaching experience

4th through 8th Grade Math Teacher/6th Grade Homeroom Teacher

 
Ms. Tracy Pierret
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education-Saint Mary's College
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • 3 years of teaching experience
  • Alum of the School of St. Mary

 

6th and 8th Grade Religion Teacher

 
Mrs. Jillian D' Angelo
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology-Northwestern University
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education-Loyola University
  • Middle school endorsement in Social Science and Theater
  • 3 years of teaching experience
 

7th Grade Religion Teacher

 
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

 

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

 
Mr. Samuel Kendrick
  • Bachelor degree from University of Illinois
  • 30 hours of applicable science coursework
  • Experience tutoring science to over 60 students at the junior high, high school and college levels
  • Beginning his Masters of Education degree in 2017

 

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

 
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
 

4th through 8th Grade 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
 

4th through 8th Grade 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
 

4th through 8th Grade Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director

 
Mr. Joe Burdi
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an endorsement in Social Science-Illinois State University
  • Certified in Health Education
  • Trained in using Positive Behavior Intervention Strategy
  • 2 years of teaching experience
 

4th through 8th Grade 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

 

4th through 8th Grade 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
 

Library/Media Specialist

 
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

 

School Nurse

 
Mrs. Amy Deitche, RN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • 20 years of experience as Nurse Practitioner
School Social Worker-Mrs. Brianna Eisen
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Barat College
  • Master of Arts in Social Work-Loyola University
  • 12 years of experience as School Social Worker
 

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

 

Director of Student Services

 
Dr. Sally Bintz
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology-Marshall University
  • Master of Arts in Speech Pathology
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate of Education-Illinois State University
  • 30 years of teaching and educational administration experience

 

Principal

 
Dr. Venette Biancalana
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-University of Iowa
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction-National Louis University
  • Master of Arts in Administration-National Louis University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies- Loyola University
  • 25 years of teaching and educational administration experience
 
Athletic Coaches
 
All individuals involved at the school MUST receive appropriate Virtus training as well as State Mandated Reporter Training prior to becoming a School of St. Mary coach.

 

Staff Directory

This is a comprehensive list of all faculty and staff for the Primary and Upper Grade Centers. 

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  Name Title Contact
Amy Baniewicz Baniewicz, Amy Instructor - Math 847-234-0371
Mary Bielecki Bielecki, Mary Instructor - Preschool 847-283-9800x4837
Elizabeth Brueggeman Brueggeman, Elizabeth Instructor - Kindergarten Teacher 847-283-9800x4838
Joseph Burdi Burdi, Joseph Instructor - P.E./Health 847-234-0371x2551
Sarah Campbell Campbell, Sarah
Tracy Caronia Caronia, Tracy Instructor - Second Grade 847-283-9800x4845
Anne Casey Casey, Anne Instructor - Kindergarten 847-283-9800x4843
Tyler Crowley Crowley, Tyler Instructor - Science
Kippie Curcio Curcio, Kippie Instructor - Library 847-234-0371x2549
Jillian D'Angelo D'Angelo, Jillian Instructor - Religion 847-234-0371x2700
Michele Dador Dador, Michele Instructor - Third Grade Teacher 847-283-9800x4848
Shari Driscoll Driscoll, Shari Instructor - PGC Art 847-283-9800x4847
Jane Duffy Duffy, Jane Secretary 847-234-0371x2530
Ann Fitzgerald Fitzgerald, Ann Administrative Assistant 847-234-0371x2528
Mary Pat Fox Fox, Mary Pat Instructor - Eighth Grade 847-234-0371x2545
Diane Gillis Gillis, Diane Instructor - Spanish 847-283-9800x4831
Boleslaw Gorczynski Gorczynski, Boleslaw Director of Maintenance 847-234-0205x2510
Kathleen Hanson Hanson, Kathleen
Marcy Haubner Haubner, Marcy Instructor - Third Grade Teacher 847-283-9800x4850
Thomas Head Head, Thomas Instructor - Latin 847-234-0371x2543
Mylette Hodges Hodges, Mylette Instructor - Second Grade 847-283-9800x4846
Margaret Hogan Hogan, Margaret Instructor - Language Arts 847-234-0371x2537
Michelle Kaefer Kaefer, Michelle Instructor - P.E./Health 847-283-9800x4831
John Kowalski Kowalski, John Custodian PGC 847-283-9800x4853
Rachel Kuhn Kuhn, Rachel Dir. of Development 847-234-0205x2504
Patricia Lenander Lenander, Patricia Teaching Assistant
Rebecca Lindholm Lindholm, Rebecca Instructor - Second Grade 847-283-9800x4844
Patricia Lucas Lucas, Patricia Secretary 847-283-9800x4832
Cindy Luetje Luetje, Cindy Tuition & Fee Coordinator 847-234-0205x2505
Kristina Madsen Madsen, Kristina Instructor - Fourth Grade 847-283-0371x2531
Randall Manges Manges, Randall Instructor - UGC Music 847-234-0371x2550
Lisa Matthies Matthies, Lisa Instructor - Student Services 847-234-0371x2552
Katie McCraren McCraren, Katie Instructor - Fourth Grade 847-234-0371x2533
Stephanie McShane McShane, Stephanie Instructor - Preschool 847-283-9800x4836
Annie Mosher Mosher, Annie Instructor - Third Grade 847-283-9800x4849
Tina Moulton Moulton, Tina Instructor - UGC Art 847-234-0371x2515
Colleen Olson Olson, Colleen Teaching Assistant
Jane Ott Ott, Jane 8 312-445-5401
Lisa Phillips Phillips, Lisa Payables 847-234-0205x2503
Tracy Pierret Pierret, Tracy Instructor - Math 847-234-0371x2538
Rebecca Quackenbush Quackenbush, Rebecca Business Manager 847-234-0205x2502
Kristi Reed Reed, Kristi Instructor - First Grade 847-283-9800x4841
Laura Rollick Rollick, Laura Instructor - Music 847-283-9800x4858
Therese Romano Romano, Therese Instructor - Religion 847-234-0371x2547
Ashley Rylander Rylander, Ashley Instructor - Student Services 847-283-9800x4851
Mary Schoeller Schoeller, Mary Teaching Assistant
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Patricia Schwarz Schwarz, Patricia
Jane Slover Slover, Jane 5 n/a
Alyssa Smith Smith, Alyssa Instructor - Kindergarten 847-283-9800x4839
Jill Spillone Spillone, Jill Instructor - Fourth Grade Teacher 847-234-0371x2532
Margaret Tazioli Tazioli, Margaret Instructor - Sixth Grade 847-234-0371x2539
Kathy Thompson Thompson, Kathy Assistant Principal 847-283-9800x4833
Kathleen Trkla Trkla, Kathleen Admissions 847-295-4830
Maggie Twardak Twardak, Maggie Instructor - First Grade 847-283-9800x4842
Colleen Wanner Wanner, Colleen Instructor - First Grade 847-298-9800x4840