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.

mrsmmoran@stgol.org

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.

mrsmchesniak@stgol.org

teachers-janice-burkeI attended Rosary College (now called Dominican University) where I received a BA in Fine Arts. I have a secondary teaching license. I received my early childhood certification from St. Xavier University and did graduate work there as well. I’ve taught at St. Germaine since 1992—twenty-three happy years! I am married and have two children. I’ve lived in Oak Lawn for 35 years. One thing I’ve learned after working with young children for so any years is that they keep you “in the moment,” and my days are never dull!

mrsjburke@stgol.org

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.

mrsmdonnelly@stgol.org

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.

Mrsmpluciennik@stgol.org

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.

mrsdcebuhar@stgol.org

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.

mrsmcallan@stgol.org

teachers-erin-melanderI graduated from Governors’ State University with a master’s degree in education. I’ve been at St. Germaine for 10 years and have taught first, second, third and fourth grades. This year I am working with the Third/Fourth Grade multi-age classroom.

mrsmmelander@stgol.org

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.

mrscscannell@stgol.org

teachers-margaret-gordonI hold a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Governor’s State University. I’ve been teaching at St. Germaine for 20 years. During that time I’ve taught in Grades 4, 5 and 6. I wanted to be a teacher since I was a child. Every day when I am teaching I think to myself, “This is where I belong; this is what I enjoy doing.” St. Germaine is a wonderful school and a great place to work.

mrsmgordon@stgol.org

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.

msczofkie@stgol.org

teachers-katie-hinkelmannI’ve been teaching for 13 years, twelve of them at St. Germaine. I received my undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and completed my teaching coursework at Governors’ State University. I recently received my master’s degree from Olivet University with an endorsement in ELL (Englsih Language Learners) and curriculum and instruction. Being a teacher at St. Germaine has been a blessing. The staff and families of St. Germaine have really made me love every minute of being here.

mrskhinkelmann@stgol.org

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.

mrsmkinsella@stgol.org

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.

mrsgjakstavich@stgol.org

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.

mrscpiech@stgol.org

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!

mrsckurey@stgol.org

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

mrsmbyrnes@stgol.org

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.

mrssurbaniak@stgol.org

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.

mrsekabacinski@stgol.org

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.

Mrsamolloy@stgol.org

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.

mrscephraim@stgol.org

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

mrmclarke@stgol.org

I’ve been the principal at St. Germaine School for nineteen 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.

mrkreedy@stgol.org