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School Administration

Fr. Mike Nacius, Pastor

Email
(847)234-0205
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Julie Brua - Principal

Email
(847) 582-2526
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Type 75 Administrative Endorsement - DePaul University
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration and Leadership - Northern Illinois University
  • Elementary Education Certificate
  • Administration/Superindent Certification
  • ESL Endorsement - Benedictine/University of St. Francis
  • CSBO Endorsement from Northern Illinois University
  • 13 years of teaching experience, 21 years in administration- assistant principal, principal, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Multilingual Education, Superintendent

Mrs. Kathy Thompson, Assistant Principal

Email
(847) 295-4833
Office located at the PGC
 
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - University of Michigan
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education - Barat College
  • Master of Arts in School Administration - National Louis University
  • 25+ years of teaching and educational administration experience
  • Three of her grandchildren are proud SOSM Crusaders! 
 

Mrs. Sue Barkhausen, Director of Special Services

UGC and PGC

Email
(847) 295-4835
  • 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

 

Mrs. Catherine Homan, Social Worker

UGC and PGC

Email
(847) 582-2555
  • Bachelor’s Degree - St. Norbert
  • Master of Social Work Degree - University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Previously worked as the Social Worker at Viking Middle School in Gurnee
  • Program Assistant/Teacher's Aide at Everett Elementary School

 

Mrs. Cindy Pacewicz, School Nurse

UGC and PGC
Email

(847) 295-4856
 

 

Ms. Mary Kane, PGC Administrative Assistant

Email
(847) 295-4832
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ms. Jasmine Sosa, UGC Administrative Assistant

Email
(847) 582-2528
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Mandy Castle,  Admissions Director

PGC and UGC

Email
(847) 295-4830
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mrs. Melissa Haak, Director of Development and Marketing

Email
(847)582-2554
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Ms. Jane Duffy, UGC Receptionist

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Rebecca Quackenbush, Operations Director

Email
(847) 582-2502
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Cindy Luetje, Tuition and Fees Coordinator
Email
(847) 582-2505
 

Primary Grade Center Faculty & Staff

PGC Assistant Principal

 

Mrs. Kathy Thompson

See the Administration section for contact information. 

PGC Special Services

Mrs. Sue Barkhausen

See Administration section for contact information

Mrs. Christine Zitko - PGC Reading Specialist

Email
(847) 295-4835
  • Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Masters Degree in Education from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Advanced Certificate in Reading from the University of Ilinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Previously taught at Urbana Middle School. The Upward Bound program through the University of Illinois and at Churchill School in Homewood, IL as the reading specialist. 
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Preschool 

Mrs. Shelley Cummings - PreK-3

Email
(847) 295-4837
  • Master of Education Degree - Loyola University and The Erikson Institute
  • Bachelor of  Arts in Early Childhood Education and Human Services - Kendall College 
  • 2 children alumni of the School of St. Mary
  • 20+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education

 

 

Ms. Molly Jones - Little Angels

(847) 295-4848
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Saint Michael's College
  • 10 years teaching experience

 

 

 

Mrs. Andrea Ruiz - Prek2/3

(847) 295-4839
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business/Marketing/Spanish - Marquette University/Universidad Veracruzana
  • 27 years of teaching experience

 

 

 

Jr. Kindergarten

Mrs. Gosia Kalinowski

(847) 295-4836
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Dominican University
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Dominican University
  • 12 years of teaching experience

 

 

Ms. Andrea Ubl

(847) 295-4846

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten

Mrs. Anne Casey

Email
(847) 295-4843
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - Marquette University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - National Louis University
  • 22 years of teaching experience
  • 2 children alumni of the School of St. Mary

 

Ms. Kathy Sirois

Email
(847) 295-4841
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Laura Swartzle

(847) 295-4842
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education- DePaul University
  • Working on Master's Degree through Carthage College
  • Empower Illinois Endorsement
  • Taught at St. Peter in Skokie, Washington School in Mundelein, and Our Lady of Humility in Beach Park
  • 29 years of teaching experience

 

 

Elementary

Ms. Natalie Agostinelli - 1st Grade

Email
(847) 295-4849
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education- Butler University
  • Student taught in 2nd grade in Washington Township, Indianapolis, and 4th grade at Union Elementary, in Zionsville, IN
  • This is her third year teaching first grade at the School of St. Mary

 

 

Miss Taylor Mitchell - 1st Grade

Email
(847) 295-4838
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Indiana University
  • This is her first year teaching! 
  • Alumna of SOSM

 

 

Ms. Julia Recker - 3rd Grade

(847) 295-4840
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Second-year teaching 3rd grade at the School of St. Mary

 

 

 

Ms. Ashley Rylander - 2nd Grade

(847) 295-4851
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education - Illinois State University
  • Masters of Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement - DePaul University
  • Previously taught at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn
  • Worked as an Academic Support Specialist at Hometown Elementary School
  • Resource Teacher at the School of St. Mary for 4 years

 

Mrs. Carol Teitz - 2nd Grade

(847) 295-4858
  • Bachelor of Science - Southern Illinois University
  • Teaching certificate from Trinity International University
  • Teacher and teachers' aide at Oak Grove School District in Green Oaks, Illinois
  • Both a teacher and Title I instructor at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake
  • Taught 2nd grade at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Waukegan for three years.

 

Mrs. Angela Thomas - 3rd Grade

Email
(847) 295-4850
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - University of Kansas
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education - National Louis University
  • 11 years of teaching experience

 

 

PGC Specials

Ms. Maria Gonzalez - Spanish

Email
(847) 295-4839
  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Planning and Management
  • Masters degree in Early Childhood Education

 

Ms. Bridget Halloran - Art

Email
(847) 295-4847
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Lydia Jeon - Music

(847) 295-4848
  • Bachelors of Music Degree - Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University
  • Masters of Music Education/Piano Pedagogy - Northeastern Illinois University
  • Type 10 (k-12) Certificate
  • Previously taught music at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, the New Music School, the Montessori Academy of Chicago, and the Northbrook Park District
  • 7 years teaching experience

 

Mr. Jimmy Knotek - Physical Education

Email
(847) 295-2551
  • Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science - Carthage College
  • Teaching Certification in Physical Education - North Park University
  • Previously worked at Elm Park Middle School
  • Football and Baseball Coach at Highland Park High School
  • 10 years teaching experience

 

Ms. Michelle Adamski - Library

Email
(847) 295-4854
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

PGC Teaching Assistants

Preschool

 

Cathy Geier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Adamski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Fornarotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Hansen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Flament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kym Gebbels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten

 

Beth Erickson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Chizek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Grade

 

 

Colleen Olson

Upper Grade Center Faculty & Staff

Principal

Dr. Julie Brua

Please see the administration section for contact information.
 

UGC Special Services

Mrs. Sue Barkhausen

Please see the administration section for contact information.

Ms. Brittany Taggart - Learning Resource Specialist

Email
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education & Reading Endorsement- Loras College
  •  Licensed Elementary Teacher
  •  Licensed Reading Teacher
  •  Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Licensed
  •  Masters of Arts in Literacy Education - West Virginia University
  •  Reading Specialist Licensed
  •  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Certified
  •  Practicing professional educator for ten years in private and public schools for students PreK- 8th grade.

 

Ms. Amy Baniewicz - 8th Grade Homeroom

8th Grade Math Honors - 6th/7th/8th Grade Math - 8th Grade Religion - 7th/8th Grade Social Studies

Email
(847) 582-2548
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Math Education
  • Three years of teaching experience at the School of St. Mary's

 

Dr. Maribeth Carlini - Athletic Director

6th Grade Reading - 6th/7th Grade Math Honors - 6th/8th Grade Math

Email
(847) 582-2438
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Barat College
  • Master’s Degree in Education in Math and Science from the American College of Education
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Doctorate in Educational Policy from Illinois State University
  • Taught Middle School Math and Science at St. Francis Xavier School in Wilmette, Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park
  • Served as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Des Plaines School District #62.
  • Worked for the Illinois State Board of Education and taught at the university level at Dominican University and Northeastern Illinois University
  • Taught "Teaching Elementary and Middle School Math Methods" while at Dominican University

Mr. Paul Dyer

6th/7th Grade Religion

Email
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Mary Pat Fox - 8th Grade Homeroom

7th Grade Reading - 6th/7th/8th Grade English - 8th Grade Religion

Email
(847) 582-2545
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education - University of Illinois
  • Minor in Speech Communication
  • Certified Catechist
  • 31 years of teaching experience

 

Ms. Julie Harding - 5th Grade 

(847) 582-2536
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Masters in Education - Harvard University
  • 10 years of teaching experience in 4th and 5th grades in Wisconsin and Illinois
 
 
 

Mrs. Margaret Hogan - 6th Grade Homeroom

6th/7th Grade English - 6th/8th Grade Social Studies

(847) 582-2537
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Saint Mary’s College
  • She has three children who are Alums of the School of St. Mary
  • 9 years of teaching experience
 

 

Mrs. Kristina Lowery - 4th Grade

Email
(847) 582-2531
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education-Purdue University
  • Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction -University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Elementary Education Reading Endorsement
  • 15 years of teaching experience and 13 of which at the School of St. Mary

 

Ms. Maureen Martin - 6th Grade Homeroom

6th/7th Grade Science - 7th Grade STEAM

Email
(847) 582-2543
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Sarah Rouse - 4th Grade

Email
(847) 582-2533
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Studio Art - College of Charleston, SC
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction- Fontbonne University, MO
  • Student taught at Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary in St. Joseph, MI
  • 5 years of teaching experience
 

Ms. Martha Stride - 5th Grade

Email
(847) 582-2535
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - High Point University, NC
  • Previously taught at Embers Academy in Niles
  • 4 years of teaching experience, 3 years at S)SM
  • Alumna of SOSM

 

Mrs. Margaret Tazioli - 6th Grade Homeroom

6th/7th/8th Grade Reading - 6th Grade Honors Reading - 6th/7th Grade Social Studies

Email
(847) 582-2539
  • 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 the School of St. Mary
  • 28 years of teaching experience at the School of St. Mary

Ms. Megan Wittekind - 7th Grade Homeroom

8th Grade Science - STEAM - 8th Grade Honors Reading

Email
(847) 582-2514
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Middle School Endorsements in Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Studies
  • Working towards ISTE Certification in Technology Education
  • 6 years of teaching experience and 7 years as a special education aide

 

 

UGC Specials

Mr. Jimmy Knotek - Physical Education

Email
(847) 295-2551
  • Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science - Carthage College
  • Teaching Certification in Physical Education - North Park University
  • Previously worked at Elm Park Middle School
  • Football and Baseball Coach at Highland Park High School
  • 10 years teaching experience
 
 

Mr. Randy Manges - Music/Choir

Email
(847) 582-2550
  • 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

 

Mrs. Tina Moulton - Art

(847) 582-2515
  • 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

 

Mrs. Andrea Ruiz - Religion

(847) 582-2544
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business/Marketing/Spanish - Marquette University/Universidad Veracruzana
  • 27 years of teaching experience
 
 
 

Mrs. Kassandra Zavala - Spanish

Email
(847) 582-2561
  • Attended College of Lake County
  • Has been teaching Spanish for 4 years from Pre-K through middle school
  • Has taught High School Level Homeschool classes in Gurnee and Crystal Lake
  • Before coming to School of St Mary's, she taught pre-k through 8th grade at St. Norbert in Northbrook

 

Instructional Aides

 

Jack Pohn