OUR SPECIALS TEACHERS
MRS. PAM REIS
Art & Library
God provides the talent and inspiration, it is my goal to nurture this talent and ignite the inspiration in every St. Thomas student.
I have been teaching art at St. Thomas School since 2005. (Previously I taught art at a St. John Fisher in Chicago) Our program combines art projects with art history. The students will work with a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums. They will learn about the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as well as various artists and artistic styles. The art curriculum is in alignment with the Illinois state standards and the Diocesan standards. Student artwork is on display throughout the school during the year and at Catholic Schools Week Open House.
This year in addition to teaching Art, I will be the school librarian, the after school Extended Time supervisor and the Student Council teacher liaison.
I live in Woodstock with my husband, Steve and our two new cats, Luna & Lupin. My oldest daughter Stephanie lives in Fort Worth, Texas and is a bilingual 3rd grade teacher. My youngest daughter Samantha works and lives in Chicago. When not creating artwork I’m usually gardening, watching travel shows, reading, or cheering on the Blackhawks.
MR. ALEX RATTANA
I began serving as the music and choir teacher for St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in 2019. I am a professional singer, director, and conductor for multiple organizations. I am also the bass section leader and cantor for the Rockford Diocese Chorale and the secretary for Newman Catholic Student Center at NIU.
I have been teaching voice and music for 5 years in Naperville, Rockford, Elgin, DeKalb, Sycamore, Huntley, and Oswego. In addition, I have directed children's theatre, numerous instrumental ensembles, and multiple choirs. Music education is an essential part of student's growth academically, socially, and spiritually. We will be focusing on basic musical ideas, the voice, and the importance of music in the Catholic Church. Students will have multiple opportunities to explore music in different ways. We will also have 2 concerts and planned music field trips to enhance their musical experience throughout the year.
I currently live in Elgin and have a Jack Russell Terrier and a hedgehog. My dog, Miles, is 16 years old and is still going strong. My hedgehog's name is Spike. I also graduated NIU in 2019 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. I intend on either getting a Master's in Music Education, Sacred Music, or Conducting. I also play trombone in my New Orleans style brass band, Live Wire Brass.
MRS. KATIE WOLF
I am in my eighth year teaching P.E. at St. Thomas. Physical education, health, wellness, and an overall active lifestyle is very important to me. It is important for students to find enjoyment in physical activity and want to participate in various activities, not only in the school setting but in their own community as well. As a physical educator, I am a role model and must be committed to providing knowledge, skill, and an opportunity for student growth. Implementing these three items will help students improve their understanding of health and wellness. I will create a safe environment promoting cooperation, teamwork, and competition among students. These qualities are important as they can be applied over the course of a lifetime. I will also be committed to creating a positive and supportive learning environment allowing students to express who they are and the skills they each have to offer.
My husband Bobby and I currently reside in McHenry with our two kids, Carter and Kendall. I am a 2012 graduate from Loras College with a BA degree in Physical Education and a 2008 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School.
I am looking forward to a great school year!
MRS. CLARE NARUSIS
I graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Marketing. I began teaching technology in 2016 at various Catholic schools in the McHenry County deanery.
We live in a world of computers and it is my goal to have my student proficient in keyboarding skills when they graduate from St. Thomas. I believe that students should be taught both Microsoft and Google software programs. Students are also exposed to computer coding programs starting in second grade.
I love incorporating the Catholic faith into technology class. Using Microsoft Word, junior high students create and design a Family litany. Using Microsoft Publisher, 4th and 5th grade students create Newsletters about St. Joseph, St. Patrick, and St. Valentine. Students in grade Kindergarten through third grade learn how to make heart word clouds, Easter eggs, and Mother's Day spiritual bouquets.
After living in Woodstock for 20 years, my husband and I sold our home and moved to Crystal Lake. We have four children, John, Joseph, Therese and Mary. They are all graduates to St. Mary-Woodstock and Marian Catholic Central High School.
St. Isidore of Seville, Patron Saint of Technology, Pray for Us!