Mrs. Reis, Art
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.
Mrs. Wolf, Physical Education
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. Narusis, Technology
Mr. Rattana, Music
This is my first year serving as the music and choir teacher for St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School. 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 and I've had him for 3 months. 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 after the 2019-2020 school year. I also play trombone in my New Orleans style brass band, Live Wire Brass.
Mrs. Wittenberg, Learning Resources
This is my fifth year serving as a resource teacher at St. Thomas, but my seventh year employed at St. Thomas. Prior to being hired as a resource teacher, I served as a resource/classroom aide.
I attended University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I also attended Northern Illinois University and have completed several graduate classes in reading instruction and intervention. Prior to having my children, I taught in a resource classroom in Sussex, Wisconsin and Woodstock, Illinois.
I have lived in the Crystal Lake area with my husband, Brad for 23 years. We have two children, Hannah and Adam. Hannah will be a senior at Marquette University majoring in nursing, and Adam will be a junior at Indiana University majoring in computer science.
I love being a part of the St. Thomas community and look forward to another fabulous school year.