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St. Emily Catholic School and Parish is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Amy DuMez as the new Principal. Mrs. DuMez comes to St. Emily from St. John Brebeuf School in Niles, IL where she served as the 3rd grade teacher for the past four years. Mrs. DuMez has a Master of Education in Teaching & Learning and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, both coming from DePaul University in Chicago.

Mrs. DuMez began her teaching career at Queen of All Saints School in Chicago. She has taught in both public and private schools but her passion lies within Catholic education. “Catholic school students learn that excellence is a response to God’s blessings. Academic excellence is not a gospel value in and of itself. The Sermon on the Mount doesn’t say ‘Blessed are you who get all A’s.’ Education must have an altruistic orientation. Students learn so as to help others, and make a difference in the world around them.” -Reverend Ronald J. Nuzzi

Mrs. DuMez and her husband Roger have three children: Kenny, Kyle and Liza. Her children are currently completing their higher education all across the nation. Kenny being in Boston, Kyle in Milwaukee, and Liza in Fort Worth. Besides being passionate about education, Mrs. DuMez is an avid photographer. She has been hired for several weddings, family portraits, and other events. Mrs. DuMez is planning on using this talent in order to capture all of the great things about St. Emily’s parish and school throughout this upcoming year.

Mrs. DuMez could not be more excited about receiving this new position and is excited to welcome the students back to school on August 20th. She is looking forward to meeting the beautiful families of St. Emily and is always available to answer any questions or concerns. The children’s happiness, safety, and education is and always will be her number one priority and she is ready to do everything in her power to make sure their needs are respected, regarded, and fulfilled.

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Amy DuMez

adumez@stemily.org

Dear St. Emily Families:
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As the new principal of St. Emily, let me be the first to
share with you how excited all of us are to begin a new year full of engaged students, rigorous
instruction, and joyful learning. Your children are in excellent hands and we are so fortunate to
have such a strong, dedicated school community here.
I am honored to have been selected to serve as your principal. Over the past month, I have had
the opportunity to learn about the school from Father Presta, staff, parents, and students. I am
humbled by a shared purpose which has guided my leadership: a relentless commitment to
putting children at the center of our work in education.
Having recently received my second Master’s degree from DePaul University, I am eager to
bring my skills as an educational leader to St. Emily. The faith based education your child(ren)
receive at St. Emily will help guide them in their development, both intellectually and
morally/ethically. St. Emily is a strong community of virtue where responsibility, hard work,
honesty and kindness are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated and continually practiced.
The foundation of my vision for St. Emily is simple: ‘the ultimate goal of Catholic education is to
form young people who will develop into global citizens, loving God, their neighbors, enriching
society with the leaven of the Gospel, and continue to be the future of our shared Catholic faith.
In the short time I have been here, I have witnessed a passion for learning (can’t wait to see
those ducklings hatch!), beautiful smiles on children and an excitement for a new year and a
chance to SOAR to be more!
Blessings,
Amy DuMez
#SOARtobemore

Mrs. Diane Mullins

dmullins@stemily.org

For more than 30 years I have had the privilege of being at St. Emily School in a variety of positions: Learning Center Director, Assistant Principal, Special Services Director, and classroom teacher. I was born and raised in Chicago attending Catholic elementary and high schools; then on to Northeastern Illinois University where I received my B.A. and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education. My teaching career has encompassed grade levels from Kindergarten to 10th grade, as well as a range of school settings in Wisconsin and Illinois. St. Emily’s holds a special place in my heart, as my children attended school here and received a very solid spiritual, academic and social foundation. I have always felt that my commitment to Catholic education has been evident within my family as a strong support and guide throughout my life. I currently teach Literature and Vocabulary classes to students in grades five through eight. I thoroughly enjoy the subject matter but, more importantly, the students. I also serve as a liaison with our public school district in coordinating observations and assessments for students that are in need of an educational evaluation or direct or consult services. Children that need accommodations and modifications within the classroom are given that under my supervision. I love the close family feeling and strong academics that St. Emily provides for our students and families, and know our legacy will continue for many years to come.

Mrs. Jeanine Malewig

jmalewig@stemily.org

I originally served as the daily head-lunch monitor, and in 2001 was hired for the receptionist position. I truly love my job, and all the people I work with. First and foremost, I take care of parents’ questions and concerns. One of my favorite things to do is talk to parents about enrolling at our great school! I am responsible for reporting the required attendance, physical, dental and eye exam records to the State of Illinois. Both of my children graduated from St. Emily School, which prepared them for a great experience in high school and college. My husband and I have been parishioners since 1985.

Mrs. Bonnie Eiffes

beiffes@stemily.org

I joined the St. Emily family in August, 2011, as the school’s administrative assistant. I work with registrations, tuition, student records, Wednesday News, Manna program, and an assortment of faculty and student-based tasks that come my way. No two days are alike in the school office! You may find me in a classroom, when a teacher “needs two minutes”, or at the front desk, relieving Mrs. Malewig, or in the halls, taking pictures to promote the great things happening at St. Emily School. I have a B.A in English/Communications from Mundelein College, Chicago, and am a member of the St. Emily School enrollment management team.

Teachers

Mrs. Stacey Ankony

sankony@stemily.org

I have been a second grade teacher at St. Emily School since 2012. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana. Early in my career, I lived in Atlanta, Georgia where I taught Kindergarten through 3rd grade, for six years. After that, I moved to Mount Prospect in 1998. I enjoyed many years at home raising my three children. In 2008, I returned to teach part time for the Archdiocese. My passion is to create a classroom where students feel safe, listened to, and respected. I am happy to be part of the St. Emily family and look forward to another great year.

Mrs. Lucy Bergstrom

lbergstrom@stemily.org

As an alumnus of St. Emily School and St. Emily parishioner, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share my talents with the community and support the mission of Catholic education. I attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a B. A. degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. I began teaching at St. Emily in 2001, and have taught grades 5 through 8. This year, I am a 7th grade homeroom teacher and teach 6th through 8th grade Math and 6th grade Religion. My teaching philosophy is to provide my students with the values and discipline needed to become valuable members of their community. I find the challenge of meeting new students each year and striving to meet their needs to be very rewarding. However, my greatest reward is observing my students as they embrace our Catholic faith and begin to model the Gospel message of loving and serving others.

Ms. Sandra Brogmus

sbrogmus@stemily.org

I attended St. Emily School and was in the first graduating class. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University, and began teaching 5th grade at St. Emily School in 1973. Over the years, I have taught Pre-K and 4th through 8th grade. There isn’t a subject I haven’t taught at one time or another. This year I teach 4th grade reading and 5th grade reading, religion and English. Teaching here is one of the great joys of my life. I also work in the Extended Care program several days after school. I am a “founding family” St. Emily parishioner.

Mrs. Sue Brubaker

sbrubaker@stemily.org

I have been teaching at St. Emily since 1997 and I think our school is a great place to be. I graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I have also taken some graduate classes and attended workshops to keep up with what is happening in education. I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade, and have been teaching 4th grade for the past 11 years. This year I am teaching 4th and 5th grade math and science. I enjoy teaching here at St. Emily. The kids are great and I enjoy working with the parents and staff. I have been a resident of Mount Prospect for over 30 years.

Mrs. Annie Buechele

abuechele@stemily.org

I have been a teacher at St. Emily since 2004. I attended Catholic grammar school and high school and am a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I have taught in both public and Montessori schools. Since joining the St. Emily family, I have taught 6th grade Lit /English and K-8th Art and Music classes. I am currently teaching 4th and 5th grade Lit, 4th grade English, and 4th grade Religion. It is so rewarding to have the opportunity to work with and challenge these students on a daily basis! I have been the director, choreographer, costumer, and prop manager for all 14 (and counting!) of our Drama Club productions. It is so beneficial for students to get involved in the theater. It builds confidence, social skills, and teaches how to work within a team.

Mrs. Laura Erickson

lerickson@stemily.org

I am happy to return to St. Emily this year teaching Art. I began my teaching career here in 2007 after graduating from Augustana College with my Bachelor degree in Education and Spanish. Then we moved to Bloomington, Il. where I taught Spanish at University High School for 7 years. After moving back to Mt. Prospect and staying at home with my children for a few years, I decided to return to the classroom part time. Art is something I am very passionate about, and I am so glad to be sharing it with all the students here!

Mrs. Jackie Ewig

jewig@stemily.org

I began teaching at St. Emily in 2006. I have taught 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th grades during my teaching career here. I currently teach 3rd grade. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I am an alumna of St. Emily School and enjoy teaching in a classroom where I was once a student. I am also a St. Emily parent and it is wonderful to see the continued growth of my daughter as a result of the caring environment that is her teachers create each year. I love being a part of the St. Emily community and witnessing all the wonderful things that are happening at our blue ribbon school!

Mrs. Mary Ann Gatta

mgatta@stemily.org

I grew up on the Northwest side of Chicago, and I am a proud product of Archdiocesan instruction for every year of my education.  Our family settled down in the suburb of Mt. Prospect, which brought me to St. Emily’s Parish in 1987.  I am happy that both of my children have graduated from this fine school where they grew spiritually as well as academically. After years of substitute teaching, I came on board full-time in the fall of 2004.  For years my primary focus in the classroom has been in the field of Language Arts. However, I also have had the opportunity to teach 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Science classes, which allows me the opportunity to help students become curious about the world around them because I believe that one should always be a student and never stop learning! Currently, I am a co-moderator of our school’s chapter of Student Council.

Mrs. Jane Walsh-Gawlik

jgawlik@stemily.org

I began subbing at St. Emily in 2007 and I'm in my first full year here as the Jr. High English and Literature teacher. I have come full circle, as I began my career at St. Genevieve School in Chicago, in the same position. In a span of 23 years, I have taught in two Catholic schools, in two public districts, in all grades from Pre-K through 8, and I've worked evenings teaching adult English language learners. I also served as an assistant principal for three years. I received my BA from Loyola University with a 6th -12th grade certification, my MA from Northeastern with a focus and endorsement in E.S.L., and my K-9 certification from Dominican University. As the parent of two St. Emily graduates, I’ve logged many volunteer hours as a room monitor and lunch supervisor.

Ms. Bridget Gawlik

bgawlik@stemily.org

As a graduate of St. Emily I am excited to be on staff! I have been working at St. Emily since 2014.  I am the 3 year-old Prekindergarten half-day teacher, and I teach Physical Education for grades Prekindergarten-8th grade.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in 2012 and my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018.  I work in the St. Emily extended care program, am a member of the athletic board, and I coach the Jr. High boys and girls volleyball teams.

Mrs. Marianne Grossmayer

mgrossmayer@stemily.org

I have been teaching at St. Emily School since 2016. For two years, I taught Music and Art for Kindergarten through 8th grade, and I taught a Pre-School Music class as well. This year, I’m excited to be teaching 4th grade (Math, English, Religion and Homeroom) and 5th grade (Math). I received my Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree. I have a true commitment to Catholic education, having received 16 years of Catholic education myself. All four of my children are graduates of St. Emily School and have many fond memories and long-term friendships that began at St. Emily’s. I have been a St. Emily parishioner for over twenty years. I believe that children are true gifts from God and I will continue to challenge and enrich the students of St. Emily to try to help them grow intellectually and spiritually.

Mrs. Regina Kinasz

rkinasz@stemily.org

I have been a parishioner of St. Emily for over twenty-five years and have been teaching Junior High here since 2003. Our five children are St. Emily School graduates. I am a product of 16 years of Catholic education. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Loyola University with certifications in both elementary and special education. My teaching is focused on Math and Religion, including Confirmation preparation. I challenge my Math students to reach their highest potential and apply learned skills to real life problem solving. In religion classes I help students grow in their faith, and understand the need to be people of service to live out the gospel message. I serve as moderator of NJHS, and coordinate our Scholastic Bowl team. I have received Mt. Prospect’s Champion of Youth award, and the Archdiocesan Distinguished Service award. I was also selected as an “All Star Teacher,” representing the Chicago Cubs, in a national competition sponsored by People Magazine, Target Corporation, and Major League Baseball. As one of 30 teachers to receive this award, I was the only Catholic school teacher in the nation to be designated as an All-Star teacher.

Mrs. Mallory Letica

mletica@stemily.org

I’ve been teaching Kindergarten at St. Emily School since 2008. I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I spent a year as an aide in the Glenview Public School District before finding my way to St. Emily. I enjoy teaching kindergarten at St. Emily School because the parents are very supportive, the students are eager to learn and the staff is the best!

My favorite part about Kindergarten is teaching each student the basics of reading and writing. It is so rewarding!

Ms. Kim Marquardt

kmarquardt@stemily.org

I began working at St. Emily School in 2015 as a third grade teacher. Previously I taught preschool and kindergarten classes at the Academy of St. Priscilla in Chicago. I also taught first grade, and junior high math and science at Our Lady of Victory in Chicago. I am currently teaching third grade here at St. Emily. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bradley University. I am alum of St. Emily School, and my family and I are parishioners of St. Emily.

Mrs. Pat Marquardt

pmarquardt@stemily.org

I began working at St. Emily School in 1993, as the instructional assistant in the 4-year old Prekindergarten program. Previously I was an instructional assistant for 6 years at St. Mary School. I am currently the instructional assistant for the Prekindergarten 3 & 4 mixed age class. My area of concentration is early childhood. I am the parent of a St. Emily alum, and I have been a parishioner of St. Emily for 25 years.

Ms. Ashley Preston

apreston@stemily.org

My name is Ashley Preston and I am a St. Emily alumni and a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University. I began working at St. Emily School in 2013 as the instructional assistant for Mrs. Stephens in the 3 Year Old Prekindergarten room. As of 2015, I have been the lead teacher for a 4 Year Old Prekindergarten classroom. Teaching is my passion and I am so blessed to work with such amazing children each and every day!

Mrs. Joanne Sanford

josanford@stemily.org

I began teaching at St. Emily School in 2002 as the Prekindergarten Teacher and have stayed here ever since. I have taught the 3 year old and 4 year old half day program, as well as the full day 4 year old program. Currently I am teaching the 3 & 4 Mixed Age group. I also work Extended Daycare for the Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children. I graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology.

Mrs. Nancy Slivka

nslivka@stemily.org

I have been teaching at St. Emily since 1995, but have been teaching since 1990. During my time here at St. Emily, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. I currently teach 2nd grade. I have an M.A. in Reading from Northeastern Illinois University and hold a Reading Specialist Certificate. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from National College of Education (now called National Louis University), and hold an additional Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College.

I have 2 grown children, and our family owns several farms. During the summers, you will find me teaching at Wagner Farm in Glenview.

Mrs. Maureen Stephens

mstephens@stemily.org

I have had the honor of teaching at St. Emily School since 1988. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. It has been my privilege to have been a first grade teacher, second grade teacher and the learning center resource teacher at St. Emily School. Currently, I am thrilled to be the three-year-old prekindergarten teacher. My husband Dennis and I are St. Emily parishioners and proud parents of four St. Emily School graduates. Go Eagles!

Mrs. Kristine Tagbo

ktagbo@stemily.org

I have been a teacher at St. Emily since 2006. I taught 3rd grade for one year, before becoming a Kindergarten teacher. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Teaching at St. Emily is special to me, because I attended St. Emily as a child from 1st through 8th grade. I am involved in many activities/organizations in the school, including the Track-a-Thon Committee, and the Enrollment Team. I enjoy the close family and community feel of St. Emily and am proud to teach at a National Blue Ribbon School. I am also happy to be a St. Emily parishioner.

Mrs. Mary Theodore

mtheodore@stemily.org

I have been teaching at St. Emily since 2000. I teach Reading Resource which gives extra reading support to students in Kindergarten through 4th grade. I also teach an Enrichment Program to grades 1 through 4, for students that need a challenge. This program uses the best in children’s literature, and second graders are reading Shakespeare! Before coming to St. Emily, I taught junior high at a Catholic school in Chicago, for 11 years. As a result, I have been able to teach and experience every grade level from K to 8. Each has its own rewards. I have been a resident of Mt. Prospect for over 30 years.

Meg Thomas-Cary

mthomas@stemily.org

I am happy to for the opportunity to teach music to St. Emily School students this year. I am a musician and music instructor from the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  After completing my bachelor of music as a voice major in contemporary, urban, and popular music, I attended a  small music school in Germany where I received a Masters’ degree.  I have specialized in piano and vocals, and am an occasional violist. I have been instructing music privately since 2012.  I have also worked as a musical theater instructor for summer schools and successfully produced several children’s shows.

Mrs. Kathleen Willing

kwilling@stemily.org

I began teaching 1st grade at St. Emily in 2006. Before coming to St. Emily, I was an instructional assistant in a special education classroom. I have a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. As a former St. Emily School student, it is very fulfilling knowing that I teach in the same community that provided me with a solid moral and academic foundation. Teaching at St. Emily carries special importance to me from my childhood and I am now a proud parent of a St. Emily School student!

Ms. Sue Wittich

swittich@stemily.org

I have been a teacher at Saint Emily School since 2006. I grew up in Mount Prospect and graduated from Saint Raymond Grade School and Sacred Heart of Mary High School. I attended Northern Illinois University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education K-9. During my teaching career, I have taught 5th and 6th grade at Saint Gilbert School, and 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Saint Emily School. I have been fortunate to teach a variety of subjects over the years, including Social Studies, Religion, English, Literature, Vocabulary, Math, and Science. I feel blessed that my parents believed in the importance of a Catholic education and provided that for their seven children. That belief of my parents has been instilled in me as well. I have made it my top priority to give my two sons the same opportunity to experience a Catholic School education.

Mrs. Kathy Wosz

kwosz@stemily.org

I have been a member of St. Emily Parish for 38 years. I have worked at St. Emily School since 1992, starting out in the Extended Care Program and then becoming a part of the prekindergarten program a year later. I am happy to work with Maureen Stephens in the 3 year-old prekindergarten classroom. You will also find me in the daycare room – where I am responsible for scheduling and administration of before and after school extended care. I am a proud Mom of a St. Emily School graduate!