Our Teachers

teachers-melissa-moranI am a mother, wife and teacher (not always in that order!) My family belongs to St. Germaine Parish and my three children, Jake, Jack and Laney have all been blessed with a St. Germaine education. I’m a two-time graduate of St. Xavier University; once for my bachelor’s degree and then for my master’s degree. I’ve taught many different grade levels: high school, seventh and eighth grade, first grade, kindergarten, and pre-school. I’m looking forward to this year’s opportunity to once again teach pre-school children.


teachers-michelle-chesniakMy family has belonged to St. Germaine Parish since 1999. We have three children: two currently at St. Germaine and our oldest at Marist High School. I hold two bachelor degrees from Governors’ State University. I have professional experience as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant and have taught first and third grade in the past. I began at St. Germaine as a pre-school aide in 2012. This my third year teaching pre-school at St. Germaine.


teachers-margaret-donnellyI graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Education. I received a master’s degree in Reading from St. Xavier University. Three of my children graduated from St. Germaine, and my youngest is in fourth grade here this year. I began at St. Germaine as the Librarian and Art teacher. In the past four years I taught second grade, fifth and sixth social studies, and fourth grade science. This year I will be working with the first graders and I’m sure the year will be quite rewarding.


teachers-mary-pluciennikI graduated from St. Xavier University as an education major with a focus on early childhood students. I’ve been teaching at St. Germaine for 16 years. In all, I’ve spent twenty-five years working with young children. I have two sons and enjoy gardening, walking and reading. We are a community of learners who start each day with prayer, asking God to help us do our best and support and care for one another.


teachers-darlene-cebuharI received a bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University. I’ve completed graduate classes in Couseling and Psychology. I began teaching at St. Germaine in 1995. I love working with second graders as they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


teachers-mary-callanI graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in education. I am married with four children who graduated from St. Germaine. I speak fluent Polish and am proud of my heritage. I have been teaching at St. Germaine for 19 years. This year I am working with the third grade class.


teachers-carole-scannellI graduated from St. Mary’s College with a bachelor’s degree in education. I’ve been at St. Germaine for 12 years. During that time I’ve taught in a number of grades. Our class builds a real interest in farming and visits our farm friends in Fulton County each year. I was named the state of Illinois “Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year” in 2016.


teachers-carol-zofkieI am a graduate of Illinois State University and hold a bachelor’s degree. Over the past 27 years, I have taught first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. The “Family of St. Germaine” is truly what I like best, we are one big extended family.


I believe every child grows in learning at their own unique style and pace while feeling confident along their journey and beyond.  I am excited to be a part of the St. Germaine family, who are all an inspiration and example of faith and wisdom, teaching 6th grade reading and social studies, and 7th grade reading.  I have resided in Orland Park for 12 years with my husband and two daughters.  In 2016, I earned my teaching certificate with endorsements in Language arts and social science, and my Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Xavier University.  Also, I recently became an Apple Teacher and Google Educator (level 1), so I look forward to integrating technology into your children’s education and aspire to make their junior high experience memorable and successful.

teachers-genevie-jackstavichI have been the seventh and eighth grade science teacher at St. Germaine for the past twelve years. I earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in biology from Trinity Christian College. I also have endorsements in general science, language arts, and social studies. I am very happy to be at St. Germaine School with such a great staff and students.


teachers-margaret-kinsellaI have been a teacher at St. Germaine for 30 years. I have a master’s degree in math from Governors’ State University, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose College. St. Germaine is like a family to me and I can’t think of a better place to be.


teachers-chrissy-piechOne of my favorite things about teaching is getting to learn about your children. I moved to St. Germaine when I was twelve years old. Although I did not attend school here, my mother taught kindergarten at St. Germaine for 20 years and I have always felt a strong connection to the school and to the parish. I earned a master’s degree in education from St. Xavier University and became the seventh and eighth grade language arts teacher.


teachers-cathy-kureyI attended DePaul and Northern Illinois University where I received degrees in elementary education and special education. I have been teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 34 years! I have taught in grades 4 to 8, but have been a junior high teacher for over 25 years. I love spending my time with seventh and eighth graders. Their energy and humor makes my job so fun and interesting! I have been bless to have been teaching at St. Germaine School for the past eleven years. The staff, faculty and students are the BEST!


teachers-maureen-byrnesI earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree as a Learning Behavioral Specialist from St. Xavier University. This is my seventeenth year at St. Germaine School. In addition to my role as assistant principal , I currently work with students in the SkyRoom, providing support services as well as enrichment opportunities. I’d like to think that the SkyRoom challenges students to question, problem solve, and explore new places in their learning quest. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss


teachers-sandy-urbaniakI have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Xavier University. I am the school librarian and also teach art to the fifth to eighth graders. My family has belonged to St. Germaine Parish for five years. Two of my children attend St. Germaine and one has already graduated.


I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French. I am currently working in the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies. When I complete the program, I will have a M.Div degree. I’ve taught second grade and high school. I’m excited to be spending my first year at St. Germaine.


I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and social work. I have an extensive background in education, teaching elementary and high school Spanish and English as a Second Language to adults. I was able to stay home and raise my four children and happily returned to teaching last year. It has been my pleasure to teach your children another language and watch them learn so much in a little amount of time.


teachers-claudia-ephraimI have a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. I’ve taught Physical Education at St. Germaine for 16 years. St. Germaine has wonderful facilities for physical education. The gym and outdoor areas provide an excellent environment fpr students to experience a variety of activities.


I have taught music at St. Germaine for fifteen years. I enjoy helping students to learn about music and to appreciate its many forms.


I’ve been the principal at St. Germaine School for Twenty years! During that time our school community has grown and discovered new and interesting ways to learn. I’m very proud of our students and how hard they work. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois (Chicago), and my master’s degree in administration and curriculum from St. Xavier University. I taught junior high math for 15 years and worked as a director of religious education for twelve years.


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