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Friday, September 22, 2017

Our Teachers

Name: Jennifer Baker

Position: Preschool

Years in Education: 10

Years at ASCA: My first year!

 

Educational Background:   

Indiana University-BS

DePaul University - MA

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I enjoy working in a Christian environment where my faith can be present.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Meeting all the new teachers, students and families. I also love the beautiful mural painted outside my room!

 

Name: Megan Barnhart

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Honors ELA

Years in Education: 17

Years at ASCA: 10

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Iowa State University

MA-National Louis University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

To teach and show my faith everyday to my students.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My students!

 

Name: Theresa Bartlett

Position: 5th Grade

Years in Education: 13

Years at ASCA: 2

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Benedictine University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love the ability to talk about God with my students. We can see the ways that He is in every subject that we learn about. I received a Catholic education and I am proud to be a part of that great tradition.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The people. Since I came to ASCA last year, I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received. Teachers, faculty and the families have shown me nothing but kindness.

 

Name: Gina Baumann

Position: 4th Grade

Years in Education: 8

Years at ASCA: 2

 

Educational Background:   

BS, Marketing-Northern Illinois Univ.

Certification - National Louis Univ.

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I work in a Catholic School because I am surrounded by other people who share my faith, who help me to grow in my commitment to God.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is the sense of community among our students, parents, teachers, and staff.  Everyone is so welcoming and willing to help to make our school the best that it can be.

 

Name: Laurie Becker (Founding Staff Member)

Position: 3rd Grade

Years in Education: 25

Years at ASCA: 11

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Southern Illinois University

MA-St. Francis University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

As an alumnus of Catholic schools and as a practicing Catholic, I agree with and see the importance of the commitment to help students in their faith formation. I love that our faith is woven into our day!

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The sense of community.

 

Name: Margaret Bergquist

Position: 2nd Grade

Years in Education: 21

Years at ASCA: 5

 

Educational Background:   

BS-University of Illinois

MS-University of Southern California

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

To grow in my faith and help my students do the same

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

School Masses

 

Name: Justin Busche

Position: Physical Education, Assistant Principal

Years in Education: 8

Years at ASCA: 4

 

Educational Background:   

BS-University of Illinois

MS - University of Illinois

MA-University of Phoenix

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love to teach through my faith.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The staff and students

 

Name: Marie Carden

Position: Reading Intervention teacher

Years in Education: 20

Years at ASCA: 10

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Loras College

M.A.T.-National College of Education

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I teach in a Catholic school because I love our Catholic faith, and I am happy in a Catholic environment.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The friendly people and the sense of community.


Name: Colleen Catalano

Position: 2nd Grade

Years in Education: 8

Years at ASCA: 7

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Western Illinois University

MA in  Reading and Literacy - Concordia University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Catholic school and enjoy helping my students grow in their faith.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is the collaborative teachers, students, and parents that I get to work with!

 

Name: Allison Davis

Position: Librarian

Years in Education: 12

Years at ASCA: 2

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Marquette University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I enjoy working in a Catholic school because of my faith.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is the community.  From the students and families, to the faculty and staff, we are all connected.

 

Name: Mary Fodor

Position: 7 Grade ELA Teacher

Years in Education: 15

Years at ASCA: 3

 

Educational Background:   

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.  Illinois Professional Educator License in Elementary Education with Middle School endorsements in Language Arts and Social Sciences.  

Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) Problem Based Learning Design Institute.

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I choose to work in a Catholic School because it allows me to grow in my faith, as well as to share that faith every day with students who are becoming young adults in our ever changing world.  With the beginning of my 4th year at ASCA, I hope to be a positive influence, as students are making choices daily which are developing their growing character.  

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is the time I spend with the students on a daily basis!  They bring such joy to the classroom, and to their teacher!  At ASCA we are a community of faith-students, teachers and parents!  Welcome to a new year!

 

Name: Marianne Foege

Position: 5th Grade

Years in Education: 15 years

Years at ASCA: 9 years

 

Educational Background:

Marianne received her BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a teaching certificate from Benedictine University. Her Illinois Professional Educator license is for Elementary Education with endorsements in Science, Social Science and Family Consumer Science.       

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I choose to work in a Catholic School because it allows me to teach, incorporate and model the tenets of the Catholic faith to students wherever possible in any of the subjects. Working in a school where kindness is an applied principle allows me to help parents and others to form our next generation of Catholics who will carry their Faith with them. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The students! As well as the opportunity to work with a building full of qualified staff and caring parents fully invested in carrying out our school’s mission to provide the best education possible for each of our students.

 

Name: Kate Galise

Position: 8 th Grade ELA

Years in Education: 14

Years at ASCA: 2

 

Educational Background: 
BA-John Carroll University
MA-North Central College

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Catholic schools from the time I was in Kindergarten
through college. I have taught in Catholic schools since 2003. It
is a huge part of my life. I love that we are able to come together
as a school to pray and worship.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Since it is my first year at ASCA, I have been overwhelmed (in a
good way!) at how welcoming the staff, students, and families
have been.

 

Name: Tony Gonzalez

Position: 6th Grade History & Spanish

Years in Education: 4

Years at ASCA: 4

 

Educational Background:           

BA-Benedictine University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

Incorporating faith and our belief system drives instruction.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The people in the community.

 

Name: Debbie A. Harrison

Position: Junior High Mathematics

Years in Education: 20

Years at ASCA: 12

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Mundelein College

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

My faith and belief in the teachings and mission of the Catholic Church define who I am.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

What I find most enjoyable about teaching at ASCA is the students, faculty, and staff who give witness each day to our call to serve one another in the spirit of Christ and his teachings.  I am also humbled by our beautiful campus! I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to serve the students and their families in a facility that gives witness to our Catholic identity.

 

Name: Lori Hauser (Founding Staff Member)

Position: Kindergarten

Years in Education: 18

Years at ASCA: 13

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Marquette University

MA-University of St. Francis

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

A Catholic school provides the opportunity to teach as Christ did, and allows me to help my students grow spiritually, morally, academically, and emotionally.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The investment of the parents in their child’s education and their willingness to work as a team when matters involving their student need to be addressed.

 

Name: Juliana Hepburn

Position: PreK-5 Spanish

Years in Education: 15

Years at ASCA: 6

 

Educational Background:   

BA - Universidad del Valle (Colombia)  

MS - Universidad Del Valle (Colombia)

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love working in a Catholic school because I’m inspired to see how students can grow both spiritually and academically, and how they can be guided by the truths of the Catholic faith.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is to see how parents and teachers come together to work for the formation and education of each child.  I like to see how Jesus is at the center of our environment.

 

Name: Jessica Jamrosz

Position: Preschool

Years in Education: 5

Years at ASCA: Brand new!

 

Educational Background:   

University of Illinois: Elementary Education,

Northern Illinois University: Curriculum & Instruction,

IAGC:Gifted Endorsement,

Olivet Nazarene University: Middle School Endorsement

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love that I get to pray and share the love of Jesus with my students!

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The students! But the staff I have worked with so far are incredibly kind and good. I am so thankful to be here!

 

Name: Maria Kazlauskas

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Spanish

Years in Education: 15

Years at ASCA: 12

 

Educational Background:  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in French from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  I obtained my Masters in School Social Work from Aurora University.  I am the ASCA Spanish Department Chair.  I am co-advisor to Student Voices and I love to help coach the junior high basketball teams.

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love my job because I get to talk about and live out my faith on a daily basis.  I can impart my love for the Spanish language, customs and traditions.  The junior high students have a curiosity, joy and enthusiasm for learning about academics and are not afraid to live out their faith.  I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing community.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

I love the students and the families.  Students spend more time at school than they do at home and ASCA is like a second home for the students, staff and the many volunteers.  Our school is one of the only schools in the Diocese of Joliet that places such a high value on learning a second language and that is one of the main reasons why I chose to teach at ASCA.

 

Name: Jane Kennedy

Position: 4th Grade

Years in Education: 16

Years at ASCA: 2

 

Educational Background:    M.Ed.-Dominican University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

Teaching in a Catholic school allows me to embrace and deepen my own faith, as well as enrich my students’ lives through teaching Catholic values and scriptures.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Being part of the amazing community that has been formed at ASCA through the students, staff, and families.

 

Name: Rebecca Kissel

Position: 6th Grade Science, Special Education

Years in Education: 6

Years at ASCA: 5

 

Educational Background:

BA-University of Illinois

MA-University of St. Francis

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I went to a Catholic grade school and knew, even when I was young, that I would one day be a teacher in a Catholic school.  I wanted to grow up and inspire students, like my teachers did for me.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The staff and students!


Name: Kristin Lewis

Position: 3rd Grade

Years in Education: 8

Years at ASCA: 6

 

Educational Background:   

BA-University of Iowa

MA-Benedictine University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Catholic schools as I grew up and enjoyed my Catholic school experiences. Also, my students help me to grow in my faith and to learn new things about Catholicism.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The people-the staff, students, and parents are wonderful!

 

Name: Kathy Moore

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Math & Religion

Years in Education: 16

Years at ASCA: 10

 

Educational Background:   

BA-University of Illinois

MA-University of Michigan

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I like to be able to share my faith with my students.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My coworkers!

 

Name: Joe Moore

Position: 6th and 8th grade Religion

Years in Education: 22

Years at ASCA: 10

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Benedictine University

MA-Aurora University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

My faith is a way of life for me.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The wonderful people I work with and for.


Name: Emily Morris

Position: 5th Grade

Years in Education: 7

Years at ASCA: 5

 

Educational Background:    Illinois State University-Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with focus on Middle Level Education with endorsements in Math, Science, and Language Arts.  I am starting my 6th year at ASCA.

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Catholic schools from the time I was in Kindergarten through High School (Cathedral of St. Raymond’s and Joliet Catholic Academy).  My faith has always been a huge part of my life.  I love that I am able to share my faith with others and grow more in my own faith.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

ASCA has wonderful teachers, staff, parents, and students!  Everyone at ASCA is always willing to help with anything that is needed.

 

Name: MaryAnn Porlier

Position: 1st Grade

Years in Education: 13

Years at ASCA: 6

 

Educational Background:   

B.Ed.-North Central College

M.A.Ed.-Concordia University, Curriculum & Instruction

M.A.Ed.-Benedictine University, Reading & Literacy

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I am the very proud product of Catholic education! I consider myself very blessed to be able to share my love of God and learning with my students.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

ASCA holds a sincere connection to its students.  The home-school bond is strong, especially at the primary level.

 

Name: Susan Resetar

Position: Preschool 3

Years in Education: 30+

Years at ASCA: 13

 

Educational Background:   

BA- Fairmont State University                   

MA-West Virginia University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

Catholic values

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Community of faith and strong Christian values.

 

Name: Susan Samonds

Position: 6th, 7th, & 8th Honors Math

Years in Education: 30

Years at ASCA: 13

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Northern Illinois University

MBA-Benedictine University

CPA

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I teach because of my strong belief in Catholic education.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The creative challenges it presents me with.

 

Name: Tom Sedlacek

Position: Music

Years in Education: 6

Years at ASCA: 5

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Benedictine University

Certification-North Central College

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I went to Catholic schools from second grade through college.  I believe it when we say “We Teach More.”  I was taught more, and I want our students to learn more.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The sense of community that we have developed.

 

Name: Jenna Selvick

Position: 6th Grade ELA

Years in Education: 11

Years at ASCA: 10

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Elmhurst College

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love getting to know the students better and being able to talk about our faith each day.  I get to practice my faith with my students.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

My favorite thing about ASCA is the sense of family.  I get to go to work everyday with teachers who are my friends and students whom I love.  The families at ASCA are devoted to their students’ education.  Everyone at ASCA will do whatever they can to help others.

 

Name: Deborah Thomson (Founding Staff Member)

Position: IT Director

Years in Education: 36

Years at ASCA: 13

 

Educational Background:   

BS-Northern Illinois University

MS-University of St. Francis

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I choose to work in a Catholic school so that my faith can be an ever present component of my life and so that I can experience it with my students.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Staff and students truly care about each other.

 

Name: Rick Tuttle

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies

Years in Education: 19

Years at ASCA: 11

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Ohio University

MAT-Aurora University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

Strong sense of community with staff and students; freedom to express beliefs, faith; strong community of support from parents; dedicated staff

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

The students.  I am energized by their enthusiasm every day.

 

Name: Julie Westphal

Position: Special Education Coordinator

Years in Education: 7

Years at ASCA: 5

 

Educational Background:

BA-University of Illinois at Chicago

MA-Northeastern Illinois University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I love that I have the ability to talk about  God with the students.  Working in a Catholic School gives me the sense of closeness to God.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Working with the great staff and students.  ASCA delivers a sense of community and welcoming as soon as you walk through the doors.

 

Name: Kevin Wilson

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Science

Years in Education: 11

Years at ASCA:  1

 

Educational Background:   

BA-Northeastern Illinois University

MA-Lindenwood University

 

Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Lutheran schools from the time I was in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  I am currently enrolled as a catechumen in RCIA classes at my home parish.  It is a huge part of my life.  I love that we are able to come together as a school to pray and worship.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

Since it is my first year at ASCA, I have been overwhelmed (in a good way!) at how welcoming the staff, students, and families have been. This place is AWESOMESAUCE!

 

Name: Jane Wojcik

Position: Art

Years in Education: 20 years Full and Part-Time

Years at ASCA: 6

 

Educational Background:

St. Francis Academy (Now Joliet Catholic Academy) HS

College of St. Francis (Now University of St. Francis) BA

National Louis-University MA


Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?

I attended Catholic schools from First Grade through college in Joliet.  Many of the friends I have today are people from growing up in the Catholic school system in Joliet.

 

What is your favorite thing about ASCA?

I love the tight knit community here at ASCA.  My guess is that you will have friends from here forever! 

 

 

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