Pre-School: Mrs. Kelly Johnson My name isMrs. Kelly Johnson and I have been the preschool teacher at St. Mary School since the 2013 opening of the preschool program. I am responsible for developing and implementing the preschool curriculum for Math, Phonics, Reading, Religion, Science and Social Studies. I also serves as our Athletic's Concession Coordinator. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Sociology and hold a type 03 Teaching certificate. My family has called St. Mary parish home since 2005 and my children have been students of St. Mary School since 2008. I believe that children learn in a variety of ways and it is my duty to instill a love of learning for future success. I know the value of receiving a Catholic education and want to provide that same experience and value to my students. As a parent of St. Mary students I know how fantastic this Catholic school community is, along with the incredible dedication of its teachers, it is an honor to work beside all these teachers who depict the Catholic community.
Kindergarten: Mrs. Jennifer MacRitchie
First Grade: Mrs. Christie Pfotenhauer
Second Grade: Mrs. Kathleen SchaeferI have been teaching second grade at St. Mary’s since the 2005. Teaching is a second career for me. After working as a volunteer tutor with several ESL programs I decided to return to school to earn graduate degrees in elementary education and reading. I chose to teach in a Catholic school because it gives me an opportunity to not only share my love of learning, but also my Catholic faith. Catholic education provides an extra context to learning, and allows children to make a more significant connection to the world through the process of sharing prayer and their faith. It is a privilege for me to help prepare second graders for their sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion and watch them grow in faith. I particularly enjoy teaching at St. Mary’s because of the wonderful support of the school and parish community. Third Grade: Mr. Joe PaladeMy name is Mr. Palade, and I am blessed to be the third grade teacher at St. Mary School. This is my fifth year teaching here at St. Mary. I started in 2012 teaching middle school math. Prior to teaching at St. Mary I served as Character Education teacher in Rockford. I have taught middle school in Ingleside, and taught third grade for several years in both Oak Lawn and Bloomingdale. I have also had experiences in teaching art, music, and fourth grade while working with students in Bloomingdale.
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Amanda Balson I have been a part of the St. Mary family for six years. A product of the Rockford Diocese school system I hail from Streamwood, IL. I graduated from Aurora University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. My favorite thing about teaching 4th grade is the "Blame It on the Wolf" play the kids put on at the end of each school year. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking small road trips, and being a true Disney fanatic.
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Molly Lund Hello! My name is Molly Lund and this is my first year teaching fifth grade at St. Mary School. I have eleven years of teaching experience K-5 and I am a National Board Certified Teacher. I am a St. Edward High School graduate and a parishioner of St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. In my free time I like to spend time with my husband and two children. I am excited to be here, and can't wait for what this year is going to bring.
Sixth Grade (Math and Science):
Seventh Grade (Math and Social Studies): Mr. Jason Hunt My name is Jason Hunt and I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher. I am currently in my fourth year of teaching, but I have been a art of the St. Mary community for nine years now as a parent of three St. Mary students. I teach Math and Social Studies for the middle school students. Additionally, as the 7th grade homeroom teacher, I teach 7th grade Religion.
Eighth Grade (English): Mrs. Sarah Wagner
Art Teacher: Mrs. Elda Sirridge PE/Tech Teacher: Mr. Marc Felix Salutations; my name is Mr. Marc Felix. I graduated from Northern Illinois University and have been teaching at St. Mary School for four years. I live in Rockford with my wife, our 2 year old twins and our 2 pleasantly plump pugs. I feel very blessed, and coming to work never feels like work.
Music Teacher: Mrs. Vilma Dydas Hi there, my name is Mrs. Vilma Dydas, although students and colleagues call me Ms. Vilma, and I love that, makes me feel forever young:) I have been at St. Mary Catholic Church since 01/01/2002, and School since 2003 when my twin girls started in the newly added Kindergarten class. I love teaching music and everything that comes with music. PK through 6 grade music is general, and in 7 - 8 grade I teach Music Appreciation, which is mostly famous composers biographies and their music. You can see us performing most weeks after the School Mass, Veteran's Day show, Christmas show, Catholic Schools Week, Book Fair, First Communion, Mother's Day (with children's choir), May Crowning ceremony in May, and many more times. After receiving Master degree in 1996, I worked at St. Clotilde Catholic Church and School in south side of Chicago until 12/31/2001. Please come, see and enjoy your children and our students performing and loving music!
School Secretary: Mrs. Melissa LockMy name is Mrs. Melissa Lock. I have been the St. Mary school secretary since April of 2013 after coming from a nonprofit office setting. I've worked with children and families for all of my adult career and could not be happier in the position I'm in. I love being part of such a close knit community where everyone is made to feel like family! I am currently enrolled in classes focusing on child development and education. Outside of school I love to scrapbook and am an avid reader!
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