I began in the St. Thomas library in 1994 and moved into the lab back in 2000. I completed my Bachelors Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Ball State University, a Masters in Education from Boise State in Educational Technology and a second Masters in School Administration from St. Xaviers. I am looking forward to seeing the students excel in their faith and academics this year.
My son and daughter are both graduates of St. Thomas, Prairie Ridge and University of Dayton and St. Norbert's University respectively. They are both Music Educators in the area. My husband and I reside in Crystal Lake and enjoy time with our two grandchildren who also attend St. Thomas.
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School is a great choice for education as it provides Gospel values and academic excellence. I look forward to yet another year of challenging young minds with ideas for the future.
MRS. GINA RUFFOLO
I attended National Louis University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I currently possess a State of Illinois certification in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Mathematics and Social Science.
I worked at St. Thomas School from 1995-1997. I left to spend several years at home and raise my two boys, Joey and Anthony. I came back to St. Thomas in 2003 teaching 7th and 8th grade.
In addition to my assistant principal duties I also teach junior high grade math.
Please feel free to contact me either by telephone or email. I check my voice and email messages after school. I will respond to your message as soon as possible.
MRS. JENNIFER GALLIEN
I am blessed beyond measure to have been given the opportunity to serve as Preschool Director for St. Thomas the Apostle Little Saints Preschool. The 2020-2021 school year will begin my fIfth year serving as Little Saints Preschool Director. I am truly honored to be part of the education team here at St. Thomas the Apostle School.
I hold Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education from Eastern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University. I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.
Prior to serving as Preschool Director for Little Saints Preschool, I have experience as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, Reading Readiness, Bilingual Education and Title 1 Reading/Math Kindergarten-5th Grade.
I have a strong passion for children and educational issues. I have spent much time working within the classroom, as well as with outside organizations to benefit the well-being of children. As an avid public speaker, I have done motivational speaking for Rainbows for All Children: Grief Support for Children, Kids HOPE, International and Generosity: Cary Grove Neighborhood Life.
In addition to educational causes, I have a true love for my Faith and Family. One of my greatest joys is spending time with my husband Ryan and our children Benjamin (2019 graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School and Sophie (2020 graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School).
I love God's beautiful creatures and happily share our home with two magnificent dogs, Sarah and Sally. Along with spending time with my family, I enjoy cooking, baking, scrapbooking, coaching competitive poms and cheering my children on in dance, Boy Scouts, basketball, golf and lacrosse. I am both privileged and honored to serve as the Director for St. Thomas the Apostle Little Saints Preschool.