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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 Harper Homan, Social Worker

UGC and PGC

Email
(847) 582-2555
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Norbert, De Pere, WI
  • Master of Social Work Degree - Jane Addams College of Social Work University of Illinois-Chicago
  • LSW - Licensed Social Worker, NASW Member, type 73
  • School Social worker since 1997. Previously worked as the Social Worker at Viking Middle School in Gurnee
  • Program Assistant/Teacher's Aide at Everett Elementary School
  • Life-long member of the St. Mary's Parish

 

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 the 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 
  • Two 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
  • Ten years of teaching experience

 

 

 

Mrs. Heidi Fornarotto - Prek2/3

(847) 295-4839
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Michigan State University
  • MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business
  • This is her first year as a lead teacher. She has been an assistant or sub for the last four years.
  • Mrs. Fornarotto was married at the Church of St. Mary and her son is an alumnus of SOSM.

 

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
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Stephens College
  • JD Law from Stetson University of Law
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford College
  • 11 years of teaching experience, five in preschool and six in elementary

 

 

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
  • Two children alumni of the School of St. Mary

 

Ms. Kathy Sirois

Email
(847) 295-4841
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University
  • 25 years of teaching experience
 
 
 

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 four 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
  • Previously 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
  • 15 years of teaching experience

 

Ms. Bridget Halloran - Art

Email
(847) 295-4847
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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
  • Ten years of teaching experience

 

Ms. Michelle Adamski - Library

Email
(847) 295-4854
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

PGC Teaching Assistants

Preschool

 

Cathy Geier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Adamski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Hansen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Flament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kym Gebbels

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Battista

Mary Clavey

Amy Giannelli

Craig Lepkowski

Leslie Schreiber

 

Kindergarten

 

Beth Erickson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Chizek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittani Fithian

Ashley Zarinana

 

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
  • Master from Lewis University
  • 41 years of Teaching Experience
 
 
 
 

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
  • 15 years of teaching experience, 9 years at the School of St. Mary
 

 

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
  • 6 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.
  • 30+ 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. Kassandra Zavala - Spanish/ 7th Grade Homeroom

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

 

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