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Mrs. DiCecco


This is my eighth year as a teacher with St. Thomas the Apostle School. My first three years here were teaching our preschoolers and I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten for a fifth year! I have been in Early Childhood Education for 14 years, coming to teaching young children after 20 years in consulting. I hold a Master’s in Teaching in Elementary Education from North Park University. 

I strive to create a welcoming classroom providing hands-on activities to spark creativity and curiosity, centered on our amazing God. I look forward to getting to know each child as the unique gift God has created. 

I live in Crystal Lake with my husband, our children and our family dog. My older daughter is working on her doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill, my son just graduated from the University of Iowa and is working locally (living back at home for the time being) and our younger daughter is a junior at Prairie Ridge High School. I know first-hand how quickly these school years pass and intend to help create an environment for your child to learn and grow.

If you need to reach me for any reason, feel free to email me at


Mrs. Hougas


This is my second year teaching kindergarten at St. Thomas the Apostle School.  I graduated from the University of Illinois (go Illini!) with an elementary education degree and received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University.  My teaching experience includes 9 years at the primary level in Cary District 26 before my children were born.  While staying at home with my girls, I was a substitute teacher, tutor and Religious Education teacher.  Recently, I returned to teaching part time in District 47 and here at St. Thomas.  I love being part of the St. Thomas school family, and I am excited to welcome your child into the family as well!


I live in Crystal Lake with my husband and two daughters, one entering high school and the other, middle school.  Their sports, dance and other activities keep us busy, but we also enjoy spending time outdoors and playing games together.  We have attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish for almost 20 years.


Kindergarten is a big year, filled with new experiences, learning, discovery, growth and excitement.  I am thrilled to accompany your child on this wonderful journey!

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265 King Street - Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815.459.0496  Fax: 815.459.0591


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