Mrs. Howen


I am thrilled to be your child’s fourth grade teacher! This will be my fourth year here at St. Thomas the Apostle and my eleventh year in fourth grade. Prior to coming to St. Thomas, I was the fourth grade home room/intermediate language arts teacher at St. Peter School in Antioch, IL. I also taught in the public school system for several years.


I have a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Illinois State University with endorsements in language arts and social science. This past year, I completed over twenty continuing education hours in the areas of literacy and differentiated education.


My husband, Todd, and I have been married for just over twenty years. We are members of The Church of Holy Apostles in Mchenry, IL. We have  two daughters. Lauren is sixteen and Elizabeth is fourteen. They both attended St. Peter School with me and are now students at Woodstock North.


I’m looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and fun with your student. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions. For classroom volunteers, I will be looking for two room parents to run our holiday parties, one or two to stuff our Friday folders, and possibly someone to help out with reading groups. As I am interested in incorporating as many STEM activities into the classroom as possible, I’m always on the lookout for donations of legos and other small blocks or building materials.


Thank you and God bless!       

Mrs. Rhodes


I am excited to be back teaching 4th grade at St. Thomas School!


I graduated from NIU with a B.S. in elementary education. I have a minor in psychology and Jr. High endorsements in Language Arts and Social Science. I taught 4th and 5th grade at St. Margaret Mary School in Algonquin for 6 years. I then stayed home to raise my beautiful children. I came back to teaching 4th grade at St Thomas in 2013 and was the 5th grade homeroom teacher last year. St. Thomas is also the home parish that myself, my husband, and our children attend. I look forward to a wonderful year of working together to help your child have a successful and rewarding school


Mrs. Schnell


After 10 years, it is so good to be back at St. Thomas the Apostle School.  I am looking forward to teaching English to the fifth and sixth grade classes. 

I graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin in 1986 with a degree in Elementary Education. Later, I pursued my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and continue to enjoy seminars on Best Practice in the classroom.


My family is very important to me.  I met my husband while we both attended St. Norbert.  We have been married for 32 years and live in Lake in the Hills.  Our children all attended and graduated from St. Thomas, Marian Central, and St. Norbert College.  James, our eldest, and his wife live in Volo. They are expecting their first baby (and our first grandchild) in October.   James works in our family’s business and Carrie, his wife, is a teacher, but will be staying home to raise their family.  Emily, our daughter, is a Social Worker.  She is the program director for Warming House Youth Center, in Wilmette.  Peter, our youngest son, is a teacher as well.  He teaches science to Junior High Students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Madison. 

In my spare time I enjoy several hobbies.  First and most importantly, I will be spending lots of time with my new granddaughter.  I also love to read, cook, travel, and spend time with

our family and friends. 

I am looking forward to a new year filled with excitement and learning. 

Mrs. Carpenter


I attended Northern Illinois University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with certifications in Elementary and Special Education. I have successfully completed several graduate courses and have received a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. I currently possess State of Illinois certifications in Elementary, Secondary, and four areas of Special Education.


I began working at St. Thomas School in 1993. I spent several years teaching fourth grade, moving to the junior high level in 2003. I currently have a 6th grade homeroom and teach 6th and 7th grade religion, 6th grade literature and 7th grade English.


My husband Neal and I have been married for 39 years and have lived in the Crystal Lake area for 31 years.

We have three children—Anne, Elizabeth, and Patrick—all attended St. Thomas School.


Homework will be posted on the SchoolSpeak website. 


Mrs. Bingham


This is my fourteenth year teaching at St. Thomas the Apostle School. I teach 6th grade math and social studies, 7th grade math, and 8th grade religion. I am very excited to be the eighth grade homeroom teacher again!


Before pursuing a teaching degree, I worked in the financial department of several large corporations. After volunteering in my son’s first grade classroom, I thought that a career in education was the perfect fit for me. I have always loved school and am dedicated to lifelong learning. I have a BBA from the University of Notre Dame in Accounting and French. I also have an MBA from DePaul University in Marketing and International Business. I received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University in 2006. I have a Middle School Endorsement in Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Business.


I live in Lake in the Hills with my husband of 33 years. My daughter graduated from The University of Chicago and is starting a high school teaching career in Chicago Public Schools. My son is an Admissions Coordinator for Loras College in Dubuque. Both of our children attended St. Thomas the Apostle School and Marian Central Catholic High School. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, music, Notre Dame Football, theater, and Chicago Blackhawks Hockey. I look forward to working with your son or daughter this year. 

Mr. Reiva


Over the past 25 years I have been a father, husband, educator and scholar.  My wife Heather and our son, Benjamin, have been the most important people in my life during the past quarter century. My son is a recent graduate of Illinois State University and my wife is an official court reporter with federal judges for the Western Federal Court District of Illinois in Rockford.  We have lived in the Algonquin area for over 20 years and have been members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley for this time period. Over these years, I have pursued my academic studies, in Education, to the highest level at Roosevelt University completing a doctoral program in Educational Leadership in 2007.   


I have over 24 years of experience in the classroom teaching physics, chemistry, physical science and algebra. My goal is to continue to pursue my vocation as a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School.  My wealth of experience and ability to create unique learning environments for students in the science classroom will be put to the test this year at St. Thomas the Apostle School.  I welcome this new challenge and I am looking forward to an exciting, prosperous and spiritually fulfilling academic year! 

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