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Monday, November 30, 2020

Our Teachers

Name:  Bernadette Augustyn

Position:  5th Grade Teacher

Educational Background:    Majored in Elementary Education at St. Ambrose University with an endorsement in math.  She completed her student teaching in a 1st grade class at All Saints Catholic School in Davenport, Iowa.  She has taught numerous subjects and grades while at St. Ambrose, including special education and Junior Achievement.

 

Bernadette was raised in a family of nine, and has attended Catholic schools for 18 years.  She finds the ability to speak about God in every subject to be so valuable and important.  Being able to teach about Jesus and act as a role model for the students is something she cherishes.  She is looking forward to meeting her students and their families!
 

Name: Theresa Bartlett

Position: JH Math

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

 

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: Margaret Bergquist

Position: 2nd Grade

 

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: Marie Carden

Position: Reading Math Resource

 

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:                Amanda Cash

Position:            3rd Grade Teacher

Educational Background:    Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Augustana College.  While at Augustana, Amanda student taught a 3rd grade class in Iowa. For the past 5 years, she has been teaching a 2nd grade class at a Catholic school in Rock Island, Illinois.

Amanda’s faith is a big part of who she is and she is very excited to share that with her students.  She is looking forward to meeting them all.  
 


Name: Colleen Catalano

Position: 2nd Grade

 

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

 

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: Kate Galise

Position: JH ELA

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: Juliana Hepburn

Position: PreK-5 Spanish Enrichment

 

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: Jane Kennedy

Position: 4th Grade

 

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:    Christina Magana

Position:    Social Worker

Educational Background:    Undergraduate studies at Maryville University in St. Louis, graduating with a double major in Psychology/Sociology.  She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Louis University, and also has a Type 73 endorsement in School Social work.  Christina has worked in a hospital inpatient psychiatric unit with adolescents, and as a therapist for Catholic Charities where she created the School Social Work program.  In 2017, Christina passed the exam to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and in 2018 became certified as a Divorce Mediator in Illinois and Missouri.  

Christina and her husband Steve have been married for 8 years, and have two sons – Roman (5) and Antonio (3).  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling (especially to the beach), and anything outdoors (sports, camping, floating).  She is a diehard baseball fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.    Christina looks forward to meeting our All Saints students and families.  
 

Name: Joe Moore

Position: JH Religion

 

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: MaryAnn Porlier

Position: 1st Grade

Years in Education: 16

Years at ASCA: 9

 

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: Jenna Selvick

Position: JH ELA

 

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 

Position: IT Director

 

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: JH History

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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