Administrative Staff

Ms. Karen Booth- Principal


My name is Karen Booth and I am excited and honored to begin my role as principal of St. Emily
I have been extremely fortunate to continue my professional career in the same value based
atmosphere of which I am a product. To me, working in a Catholic school is a wonderful opportunity to
give back to the community that did so much for me. I was raised on the Northwest side of Chicago,
attended St. Stanislaus B & M School and Notre Dame High School for Girls, and then attended DePaul
University and Olivet Nazarene University for my undergraduate and graduate study. I was fortunate to
return to my alma mater, where I spent 23 years as a social studies teacher, volleyball and softball
coach, and Director of Admissions. I joined the staff at Guerin Prep as a teacher and coach, but soon
moved into administration and served as the Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and finally Principal.
I have dedicated my entire professional career in Catholic education to provide students with
opportunities to grow; whether in the classroom as a teacher, on the court as a coach, or as an
administrator pursuing this goal at the school wide level.

Since parents are the primary educators of children, I envision developing a partnership with parents to
ensure that our students experience the best spiritual, academic and social formation that our
community can provide. While I believe that we have the responsibility to ensure that our students are
prepared for the next grade by providing the most rigorous curriculum that addresses their individual
needs, we also have the responsibility to develop caring individuals who believe that each person has a
duty to live a life based on gospel values. The school community plays a significant role in cultivating
responsible young people who are committed to serving others and using acquired skills and knowledge
to improve the world.

I feel very blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to serve the St. Emily community. I look forward
to meeting the families that have made this community, such a special place. I have already met some
of the teachers and have been very impressed with their dedication and devotion to the students of this
school. Today I began my first day at the school and eagerly anticipate welcoming the students on their
first day of the new school year.

Mrs. Diane Mullins- Assistant Principal


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. Lucy Bergstrom


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 teach 5th through 8th grade Math and 7th 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. Megan Bieschke


Hello everyone! I recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  I worked for daycares for 13 years. During those years I went back to school to pursue the degree in Music Education.  I absolutely love music and teaching it. My passion is teaching how to read and write music, talk about composers from past to present and to be able to sing our hearts out. I love to sing; I love to play hand bells, and I love to play the Ukulele.  I am looking forward to working with your students and with you.

Ms. Sandra Brogmus


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 through 8th grade. There isn’t a subject I haven’t taught at one time or another.  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. Annie Buechele


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 4th-6th grade Lit /English/Social Studies/Science and K-8th Art and Music classes. 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 our Drama Club productions since 2005.. 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.  

I am also a parent, and I am extremely happy that my son is getting a fantastic education at this school.  I am proud to call St. Emily my home!

Mrs. Laura Erickson


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


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 1st 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 love being a part of the St. Emily community and witnessing all the wonderful things that are happening at our blue ribbon school!

Ms. Bridget Gawlik


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 teacher.  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


I have been teaching at St. Emily School since 2016.  In the past at St. Emily’s, I taught 4th grade (for multiple subjects) and 5th grade (for Math).  Also, in the past at St. Emily’s, I taught Music and Art for Kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as a Pre-School Music class.  I started teaching the Technology/Computer classes for Pre-School through 8th graders in 2019 and am currently the Technology/Computer teacher, as well as a Resource teacher for all remote students this year. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and then, more recently, I earned a Master’s degree (M.A.T. in Elementary Education) from National Louis University.  I have an active Illinois teaching license.  Personally, 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 School to try to help them grow both academically and spiritually.   

Mrs. Kim Jackson


I am honored to be the newest prekindergarten teacher at St. Emily.  I am a product of Catholic schools having attended Kindergarten through Senior year in Chicago.  In fact, Karen Booth is my former teacher and coach from my years at Notre Dame High School.  After earning my BS in Education degree from NIU, I returned to Catholic schools as a 3rd grade teacher at St. Sylvester near Humboldt Park in Chicago for 5 years.  When I got married, I moved to Riverside, and taught 3rd grade at St. Francis Xavier in LaGrange for 3 years. I then chose to leave teaching to raise my family.  I returned to teaching in 2011.  I spent 5 years teaching 4-year-old preschool in my park district’s preschool program.  I then returned to Catholic schools and taught preschool at Holy Trinity in Westmont for 4 years and then Visitation in Elmhurst last year, both with the Archdiocese of Joliet.  I returned to the Archdiocese of Chicago this year and found St. Emily.  Everyone has been so welcoming here.   I am excited for this opportunity and to help our youngest Eagles prepare for Kindergarten. 

Mrs. Regina Kinasz


I have been a parishioner of St. Emily for almost thirty years and have been teaching Junior High here since 2003. 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. My goal in my religion classes is to help students grow in their faith, embrace it as their own, and understand the need to be people of service to live out the gospel message. I serve as moderator of NJHS, and began our Scholastic Bowl team, which I also coach. 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 only 30 teachers to receive this award, I was the only Catholic school teacher in the nation to be designated as an All-Star teacher. Recently, I received the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Teachers Americanism Certificate of Merit” and was recognized at both the local and district levels. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my family. Our five children are proud St. Emily School graduates. St. Emily is my home, and I enjoy spending my days here hoping to make a difference in the lives of our youth who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Mrs. Mallory Letica


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. Dominique Modory


I teach first grade at St. Emily School. I graduated Summa Cum Laude at Loyola University Chicago ‘22. I majored in Elementary Education and minored in English as a Second Language, Special Education, and Reading. I did my student teaching in a first grade classroom at Disney II Magnet Elementary School. I am an intermediate Spanish speaker and a published writer. I love to dance and create! I want to encourage my students to be the best version of themselves and to live as authentic Christians. Reading is a passion of mine, so I work to help students see themselves as readers as a part of their identities. I care about students flourishing as good citizens to spur positive change in our world!

Ms. Laura Rucinski


I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, but I am a Chicago Cubs fan! I graduated from UIC with a liberal arts degree and certification in Physical Education K-12. I enjoy many sports, including badminton, baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, ice hockey, pickleball, softball, tennis and volleyball. When I am at home, I enjoy gardening and long walks with my dog, Sherlock.

Mrs. Joanne Sanford


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.  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.

I have a nephew who attends school here and I love seeing him everyday working and playing with his classmates.  In my spare time I like to take walks, read, and play games on my phone.

Mrs. Nancy Slivka


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 I am a grandmother.  Our family owns several farms and we love spending time out in the country.

Mrs. Kristine Tagbo


I have been a teacher at St. Emily since 2006. I have taught Kindergarten at SES for 13 years, 3rd grade for one year, and PreK for one year. 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/Marketing Team. SES Facebook Page, and Fundraising committees. 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. Kathleen Willing


I began teaching 1st grade at St. Emily in 2006 and this year I am the 3rd grade teacher. 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


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.

Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Terri Cortese


I have been a part of St. Emily School for over 20 years. I was hired as a Pre-school Assistant in 2016 but before that I had various jobs at the school such as helping out in the office and being a head lunch monitor. All five of my children are graduates of St. Emily and as a parent I was on various committees. I have done everything from being a scout leader, coach of cross country and track to being on various fund raising committees. I love being around the children and seeing them grow both physically and spiritually. I love the family feel of St. Emily! My husband and I have been members of St. Emily Church since 1990.

Mrs. Valerie Shapiro


I am very excited to be the new Instructional Assistant for the PreK3 classroom. I have been helping at St. Emily School for seven years and am excited for my new role. I have three children who also attend school here and we are blessed to be a part of this community.  I attended Loyola University for Biology and Psychology, and received my masters degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year and getting to know each of the students!

Mrs. Kathy Wosz


I have been a member of St. Emily Parish since 1978. 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 Joanne Sanford in the 4 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 and Grandma to 2 teenage boys.