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Administrative Staff

Mrs. Mary Hemmelman

I am a graduate of Catholic schools, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University, and a Master of Education from Loyola University. I have been committed to Catholic school students and parents since 1978 as a teacher and assistant principal, and as a principal since coming to St. Emily School in 2004.

I believe Catholic schools complement the role of the family in nurturing a strong sense of self-worth in the child, enabling each child to meet the challenge of today and tomorrow, and demonstrate responsible stewardship in the community and society.

I came to administration after being a classroom teacher for twenty-five years, in grades 3 through 12. As Principal of St. Emily School, the teachers and I have developed a complete Curriculum Guide, raised standardized test scores to National Blue Ribbon (2011) standards, integrated technology into all grade levels and areas of curricula, implemented a Standardized School Crisis Plan, and been a leader to the local and global communities in serving others.

I am fortunate to be part of the excellence that is St. Emily School.

Mrs. Diane Mullins

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

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! Throughout the day, I care for our students, who have become ill, or simply need a Band-Aid or a moment of care. I am also the Health Coordinator, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Jackie Ewig

I began teaching at St. Emily in 2006. I have taught 1st, 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 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. Erin Boyle Folino

I began teaching at St. Emily in 2013. My past experience includes teaching 5th grade religion; junior high religion, language arts, and Spanish; and early childhood classes. I currently teach Spanish for Pre-K through 8th grades and computer classes for Pre-K through 3rd grades. I earned a B.S. in Education degree, magna cum laude, with a concentration in language arts, from Loyola University Chicago, as well as an M. A. with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, from Concordia University Chicago. Throughout the course of my career, I was honored to have been nominated for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Heart of the School (1999) and Leadership in Schools (2001) awards, as well as to be nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Award (2001) and to receive placement in Who’s Who in America’s Teachers (2000, 2005, and 2006 editions). I also recently received a nomination for a 2017 Golden Apple Award. I believe that children learn best when taught through a variety of mediums, and that a truly well-rounded education includes daily religion instruction. I am happy to be a part of the excellence that Catholic schools offer. I am a parent of one St. Emily School alum and two current students -- and I truly enjoy seeing my daughters in the St. Emily hallways!

Mrs. Mary Ann Gatta

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.

Ms. Bridget Gawlik

As a graduate of St. Emily I am excited to be on staff! I have previously worked in the 3 & 4 year-old prekindergarten as the instructional assistant, and taught computer classes for prekindergarten through 2nd grade. In 2015, I developed the prekindergarten music program. I am currently the Physical Education teacher for grades prekindergarten through 8th, and the music teacher for prekindergarten. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in Human & Education Services and have clinical experience writing lesson plans and teaching in special education and early childhood classrooms. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Education. 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. Jane Walsh-Gawlik

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.

Mrs. Regina Kinasz

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

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!

Mrs. Pat Marquardt

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. Kim Marquardt

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.

Ms. Ashley Preston

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mrs. Kathleen Willing

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

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

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!