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Sunday, September 15, 2019

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: Jennifer Baker

Position: Preschool

Years in Education: 13

Years at ASCA: 3

 

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: Technology Integration Specialist

Years in Education: 20

Years at ASCA: 13

 

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: 16

Years at ASCA: 5

 

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: 11

Years at ASCA: 5

 

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

Years in Education: 24

Years at ASCA: 8

 

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:   Heather Birsinger


Position: Kindergarten Teacher


Educational Background:    BS in Human Environmental Studies/Child Development from Southeast Missouri State University, and is certified PK – 9th Grade.  She also has her full catechesis certification.


Heather is a recent transplant from Texas where she was a teacher for 7 years.  She and her husband have two college-aged sons who attended Catholic school through 12th grade.  They enjoy spending time with them, as well as going to the movies, concerts and vacationing at the beach.  She is looking forward to meeting her new students at ASCA, and helping each develop a love of learning in a Christ centered environment.
 

 

Name: Marie Carden

Position: Reading Intervention teacher

Years in Education: 23

Years at ASCA: 13

 

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

Years in Education: 11

Years at ASCA: 10

 

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: 15

Years at ASCA: 5

 

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: 18

Years at ASCA: 6

 

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: Kate Galise

Position: 8th Grade ELA and 7th grade Honors ELA

Years in Education: 17

Years at ASCA: 5

 

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: 7

Years at ASCA: 7

 

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: 23

Years at ASCA: 14

 

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: Juliana Hepburn

Position: PreK-5 Spanish

Years in Education: 17

Years at ASCA: 7

 

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 and Gifted 

Years in Education: 7

Years at ASCA:  3

 

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: Jane Kennedy

Position: 4th Grade

Years in Education: 19

Years at ASCA: 5

 

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: Kathy Moore

Position: 7th & 8th Grade Math & Religion

Years in Education: 19

Years at ASCA: 13

 

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: 25

Years at ASCA: 13

 

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: Susan Resetar

Position: Preschool 3

Years in Education: 30+

Years at ASCA: 14

 

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: 33

Years at ASCA: 14

 

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: Jenna Selvick

Position: 6th Grade ELA

Years in Education: 14

Years at ASCA: 12

 

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

Years in Education: 39

Years at ASCA: 15

 

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: 22

Years at ASCA: 13

 

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:  Blanca Vidal

Position:   7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

Educational Background:    Blanca became a Spanish teacher in 2009.  She worked in Naperville School Dist. 204 as a Special Education Assistant for two years as well as a Bilingual Teacher’s Aid for one year.  She taught Kindergarten Spanish in West Aurora School Dist. 219 for two years and high school Spanish at Plainfield East High School for two years.

Blanca is originally from Colombia, and relocated to the United States due to her husband’s job.  She has two wonderful children who are 17 and 20 years old.  She loves teaching; and her students make her job something that she completely adores and enjoys.  She is very excited to be able to work at ASCA and considers this not only her job, but a gift from God and part of the mission Christ has given her for her life.  She prays for her students, and is looking forward to meeting them all.
 

Name: Julie Westphal

Position: Special Education Coordinator

Years in Education: 8

Years at ASCA: 6

 

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.

 

 

 

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