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 very excited to join the administrative team of St. Thomas 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 Little Saints and 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.
I am truly honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as Preschool Director for the 2016-2017 school year at St. Thomas Little Saints Preschool. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University and Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Prior to teaching preschool at St. Thomas the Apostle School, I have experience teaching in Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, Reading Readiness, Bilingual Education and Title 1 Reading/Math Kindergarten-5th Grade. Having 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 Gove 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 children Benjamin (6th grade) and Sophie (4th grade). 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 coaching poms and dance for Cary Trojans. I am both privileged and honored to serve as the Director for St. Thomas Little Saints Preschool.
This is my ninth year as a teacher with St. Thomas Catholic School and Little Saints Preschool. I have been in Early Childhood Education for 24 years, including being a director and owner of my own preschool. I am a firm believer of continuing education and have received my Illinois Director Credential. I hope to facilitate a classroom environment that encourages creativity, hands on experiences and self confidence, with God as the center of all that we do. It is my goal to maintain open communication with all of our parents and families. I reside in Crystal Lake with my husband, and I am the proud mother of three grown children, a daughter in-law, a son-in -law and three, soon to be four beautiful grandchildren. One of my favorite hobbies is Quilting!
I am very excited to be teaching here at St. Thomas! I have 20 years of Early Childhood Education experience. I hold a BA in Social Science with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Physical Education. I am also certified by the State of Illinois to teach grades K-9. I have previously held various Early Childhood teaching positions and have been the director of a preschool program as well as a summer camp. I taught 4th grade Religious Education for 10 years and had served as a small group leader for the Confirmation program at St. Mary’s in Huntley IL. I have always been passionate about my faith and am very happy to be working with so many wonderful people who share my values. I treasure the opportunity to teach children about Jesus during my work day. I have lived in Crystal Lake for two years with my husband and love it here!
I am very blessed to be part of the St. Thomas Catholic School. I have been employed at St. Thomas for twelve happy years. I have been in the preschool department since we opened nine years ago. I have 20 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education. I taught preschool at the United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake prior to working at St. Thomas. I have lived in Crystal Lake since 1975. My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have three wonderful boys. They are Kyle 25, Bradley 22, and Jacob 12. I am also blessed with a beautiful granddaughter Addyln who is 3. My son Jacob is in 7th grade here at St. Thomas School. We also attend St. Thomas church, which I am very proud to be a part of. We have the most amazing Priests. I am really excited for another wonderful year at St. Thomas School. God Bless!!!!