I am a mother, wife and teacher (not always in that order!) My family belongs to St. Germaine Parish and our three children, Jake, Jack and Laney have all been blessed with a St. Germaine education. The twins graduated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their high school class and are currently sophomores at Illinois Wesleyan University. Laney is in her sophomore year of high school and is doing great. My husband, Marty, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.
I am a two time graduate of St. Xavier University; once for my bachelor’s degree and again for my master’s degree. I have taught many different grade levels: high school, junior high, first, kindergarten and preschool. I look forward to this year’s opportunity to begin my 12th year at St. Germaine and my 8th year in preschool. I can’t wait to watch my preschool students explore, learn, and grow this year!
My name is Luz Castillo. I earned my Master’s degree MAT in teaching from National Louis University in 2021. I also received a Bachelor’s degree in early education. After spending eleven years teaching in a head start program, I have had the privilege of becoming a part of the St. Germaine team in 2021. I believe in enriching young minds through a conscious learning experience. I love seeing smiles on the children’s faces when they learn something new. When I’m not teaching, I like to do unique things like listening to music, walking through the woods, or just having a movie night with my daughter and husband.
I 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 sixth grade here this year. I began at St. Germaine as the Librarian and Art teacher. In the past five years I taught first, second, fifth and sixth social studies and fourth grade science. This year will be my 2nd year teaching kindergarten.
I am extremely excited to be back at St. Germaine. Being a teacher has been a rewarding adventure. I graduated from Western Illinois with a major in elementary education with a concentration in reading and language arts. My main goal is to instill a love of learning in my students.
Hello to the St. Germaine community! My name is Martina Lee and I so excited to share that I am the new 2nd grade teacher here. I recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Early Childhood education. I loved meeting my spectacular 2nd Grade Students!
I 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 20 years. This year I am working with the third grade class.
I am a graduate of Illinois State University and hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. I love to read, garden, and travel to new places! Over the past 32 years I have taught first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. I am currently teaching fourth grade. The parish motto, “Family of St. Germaine” is truly an accurate description. I love that we are one big extended family here!
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Teaching of English for secondary education. I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Education with Integrated Instruction at Dominican University. This is my third year teaching English Language Arts at St. Germaine, as well as 5th grade reading and religion. I enjoy reading and writing, as well as photography. St. Germaine is an excellent place for teachers and students to come together to not only learn, but to unite everyone into one giant family.
Hello! My name is Donna Smith. I am thrilled to join the family of St. Germaine School! I will have a 6th Grade homeroom, 6th Grade Religion and Reading, and 5th thru 8th grade Science. This will be my 25th year teaching in a Catholic school so I bring many years of experience. I live in Oak Lawn with my husband, Kevin, and my 17 year old son, Jimmy, and my dogs, Zuzu and Rocket. I also have two stepsons, Ryan and Jacob.
I 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 over 35 years! I have taught in grades 5 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 twelve years. The staff, faculty and students are the BEST!
Hello! I am excited to join the St. Germaine community as the art teacher and librarian. I have a master’s degree from DePaul University in education and a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Columbia College in Chicago. I have an extensive art background, working with artists and in art galleries. I live in a neighboring suburb with my husband and two daughters. I look forward to all the upcoming art adventures with the students and budding artists at St. Germaine!
I’m Marianne Powers and am happy to be part of the community at St. Germaine School. My work in the Archdiocese in both Cook and Lake Counties, has been in educational ministries in the schools as well as in religious education. I have a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in geosciences from the University Notre Dame, and a certificate of Catechetical leadership from the University of St Mary of the Lake. I have two adult children, four grandchildren, and a dog named Rosie. I’m happily working in the Sky Room and look forward to helping our students be successful.
Hello! My name is Erica Mikuta, and I am so excited to be working in the Sky Room this year. I am a Saint Germaine alumnus, and it feels so good to be back. My husband and I live in Oak Lawn with our three children. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Xavier University in Elementary Education and have taught 1st and 3rd grade. I look forward to helping students have an excellent Saint Germaine experience just as I had!
Claudia Ephraim – I have a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. I’ve taught Physical Education at St. Germaine for over 20 years. St. Germaine has wonderful facilities for physical education. The gym and outdoor areas provide an excellent environment for students to experience a variety of activities.
Marueen Perazzolo – My name is Ms. Perazzolo this year I will be working with Mrs. Ephraim in teaching Physical Education. I am excited to be here to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I am a graduate from Northern Illinois University, where I majored in Physical Education and minored in Outdoor Education and Recreation. I have been teaching PE for many years mostly working for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I did spend some time as an assistant camp director developing summer camp programs, weekend programs and school outdoor education programs. I live in Chicago sharing a house with my brother, our dog Trip and a new kitten called Arrietty. In my free time I like to garden, read books, build puzzles, go hiking and ice skating.
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.
I am thrilled to be joining the St. Germaine community as Assistant Principal and working alongside the dedicated faculty and staff! I was born in New Orleans, LA, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. In Lexington, I attended a private school, Sayre, from pre-k through 12th grade. While in school my mom was my fourth-grade teacher, and my dad was the high school principal! They just retired this year after 38+ years in education. I have a twin sister, Sophie, who lives in NYC, and my older brother and sister are also twins! After high school, my sister and I both returned to Louisiana and attended Loyola University New Orleans where I earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing. While in college I traveled to Belize, twice, to help facilitate a summer sports and education camp. I was also a coach’s assistant for the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to earn a Master’s in Education at Loyola through the LU CHOICE program. I have been at St. Nicholas of Tolentine for the past five years teaching fifth, seventh, and eighth grade, coaching basketball, and serving on the leadership team. I am currently enrolled in a second Master’s program for Administration and Leadership, which will conclude in the summer of ‘22. I am excited to become a Germainiac and look forward to meeting everyone in the school community.
Philip O’Rourke, M.Ed.
I’ve been the principal at St. Germaine School for over 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.