OUR SPECIALS TEACHERS
Mrs. Cleary-- School Counselor
I am so excited to be a part of the St. Thomas community! I have been missing the school aspect of my life since staying home with my own children for the last 11 years. I love being part of a school community and believe that my role as a school counselor is to support students, teachers and parents.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me further about your child or specific situations, please feel free to call me at (815) 459-0496 ext 204 or email me. I would be happy to talk with you.
Mrs. Gvozdjak-- Learning Resource Coordinator
This is my sixth year teaching at St. Thomas. I have taught kindergarten and first grade while at St. Thomas, this is my second year as a resource teacher at the school. I enjoy and have a passion for working with our students and staff to help each child reach their full potential. I have previously worked in special education, K-5, as well as preschool. I enjoy teaching at St. Thomas because we have a phenomenal faculty and a great school family!
Our resource team is dedicated to helping our students. We complete benchmarks for each student three times a year to monitor growth. In addition, we progress monitor students regularly to help target areas we can help them grow. We work closely with classroom teachers to plan instruction for small groups and individual students. We regularly push into classrooms in order to assist all students in the classroom setting. Our team looks for ways we can support students who are struggling as well as students who have mastered what is being taught and are eager for a challenge.
I have a degree in education from NIU. My husband and I have been married for ten years. We have two children who are in preschool and first grade. My family calls Resurrection parish in Woodstock, home. My husband and I are very close to both sides of our family and enjoy spending time with them. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading with my girls, and camping.
I am looking forward to an exciting school year!
Mrs. Guzzetta- Learning Resource
I am so happy to be a part of the St. Thomas Family!
This is my seventh year working at St. Thomas School. I’ve taught Preschool, 3rd and 5th
grades. This year I am a Resource teacher. I have lived in Crystal Lake with my husband Steve
and my dog Chewy for eight years. We absolutely love the area and all that it has to offer
families! I especially enjoy seeing the kids around town and at community events.
Besides providing a challenging curriculum, I love that our school staff is very committed to
helping the children to develop a deeper love of God and a desire to serve Him. We instill
Christian values in all aspects of their education. In the world we are living in today, their faith
can keep them grounded and help them to remember what is important in life.
Mrs. Reis-- Art & Library
I have had the joy of teaching art at St. Thomas School since 2005 and library since 2016. Our school Art program incorporates Art History and technology into our hands on projects. The students work with a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums as well as learn the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and Color Wheel theory.
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 1st grade teacher. My youngest daughter Samantha works and lives in Chicago. When not at school I keep busy with gardening, weaving, creating box assemblages, reading, and cheering on the Blackhawks.