Our Teachers

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 family has belonged to St. Germaine Parish since 1999. We have three children: one currently at St. Germaine and two attending Marist High School.  I hold two bachelor degrees from Governors State University.  I have professional experience as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant and have taught first and third grade in the past.  I began as a pre-school aide and have been teaching pre-school at St. Germaine.



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!


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 20 years. This year I am working with the third grade class.


teachers-carol-zofkieI am a graduate of Illinois State University and hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. I love to read and travel to new places! Over the past 29 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!


Ms. skupien

I am a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago and I currently hold a BA in Teaching of English for secondary education. I have previously taught at a high school level, but am extremely excited to be working with grades 5-8 at St. Germaine. 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.


teachers-margaret-kinsellaI have been a teacher at St. Germaine for 32 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-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 35 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 twelve years. The staff, faculty and students are the BEST!


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.




teachers-claudia-ephraimI have a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. I’ve taught Physical Education at St. Germaine for 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.


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’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.


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.