Ms. Catherine Biel

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Ms. Catherine Biel

Our Junior High Science teacher, Catherine Biel, has been at St. Therese since 2016. While she focuses on Science, Ms. Biel also has endorsements in Math, History, and Biological and General Science. She loves talking about all of her critters and you might catch her wearing a wacky outfit for the holidays. On her days off she enjoys baking, sewing,and walking her dog.

Ms. Elizabeth Blackburn

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Ms. Elizabeth Blackburn

Our PreK teacher, Elizabeth Blackburn, has been with St. Therese since 2015. Prior to St. Therese, she worked at another school in the Archdiocese and at two schools in the LaGrange school district. She received a Masters Degree in Early Childhood education with a Special Ed Endorsement from Governors State University. She created the "Preschool Clubhouse" where students bake, create crafts, and have lots of fun. If she's not in the classroom or working on activities for her class, she loves to hike, watch movies and make pottery!

Ms. Fanny Chan

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Ms. Fanny Chan

Fanny Chan is the school Registrar. She has been with the school for over 25 years - both of her daughters graduated from St. Therese and now her oldest granddaughter is attending the school. Ms. Chan is a native of Hong Kong and came to Chicago with a foreign student program. She loves cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mr. Sun C. Chang

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Mr. Sun C. Chang

Sun C. Chang is the Technology Coordinator at St. Therese, responsible for the school's computer network and technology infrastructure. He has been working with computers for over 40 years and held various technical, engineering and operation management positions. Sun has two U.S. patents, and their associated Canadian and European patents.

He received his BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from University of Chicago.  Sun is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Server Administrator (MCSA), and a Promethean Certified Installer.

Ms. Debra Chen

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Ms. Debra Chen

Debra Chen, our 2nd grade teacher, has been with St. Therese School since the fall of 2009. She is also a Class of 1998 graduate of St. Therese School. She was initially the Resource Teacher and helped start the Center for Inclusion program before becoming the 2nd grade homeroom teacher. Along with her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she has a bilingual/ESL endorsement. Over the years, Ms. Chen has been an active after-school teacher. Some of the many activities she has participated in include sports assistant, ELA Center for Inclusion class teacher, Yearbook Advisor and Student Council Sponsor. Ms. Chen loves to try new recipes and often uses Pinterest to help gather her ideas for her next savory meal or sweet desserts.

Ms. Isabella Chow

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Ms. Isabella Chow

Ms. Chow joined the staff of St. Therese in 2017 and works as our first grade teacher aide. 

Mr. Jeff Chrusciel

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Mr. Jeff Chrusciel

Our Athletic Director, Social Studies Teacher and Physical Education Teacher, Jeff Chrusciel, has been with St. Therese School since the fall of 2007. He has many years of experience teaching and serving as an Athletic Director on the Middle School level. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, holds a Master's Degree in Teaching from National Louis University along with a Master's degree in Sport Management from Indiana University. Mr. Chrusciel coaches numerous sports and also oversees the St. Therese History Team. He also recently received a certificate for completing the Project Zero Classroom Program at Harvard University.

Mr. Chrusciel is a Certified Trainer and Evangelist for the University of Notre Dame Play Like a Champion Coaching Education Program. He is a staunch supporter of positive coaching methodology and his teams are consistently high performing. He believes that a positive playing experience is the most important aspect of athletic participation for his players and that athletic participation holds many moral and spiritual aspects.  In his spare time, Mr. Chrusciel can be found spending time playing and traveling with his adventurous family and coaching his children's various athletic teams!

Ms. Hannah Doty

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Ms. Hannah Doty

Hannah Doty has been teaching 1st grade at St. Therese since 2015. Previously, she taught Kindergarten and 1st grade in Chicago, Japan and Champaign. Ms. Doty has also directed many Theatre and Fine Arts Camps for children, including St. Therese's Junior Drama Club. Originally from Champaign, she graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and Theatre, as well as endorsements in Language Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Speech and Drama. She also is an alum of Harvard University's Project Zero Classroom Program. Outside of school, Ms. Doty can be found watching live music and theatre, and hunting for antiques.

Mr. Jimmy Fabian

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Mr. Jimmy Fabian

Jimmy Fabian has been in charge of Security at St. Therese since 2013. St. Therese is like coming home to Mr. Fabian - he was born about a block away from school and used to live three houses away. He has been in security for a long time. When he is not at the school, you can find him in the neighborhood visiting with friends.

Ms. Liz Fieweger

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Ms. Liz Fieweger

Liz Fieweger is the school's Development Director. Ms. Fieweger has been with St. Therese since 2016, and works closely with the Principal and staff to broaden the depth and breadth of financial support for the school through fundraising programs, alumni outreach, marketing efforts and communication programs. Ms. Fieweger began her career as a business consultant before moving into development first for her children's Catholic elementary school and the Chicago Archdiocese Development Council, and later for other non-profit organizations. She has a degree in English with a concentration in Marketing/Profressional Writing from Miami Univeristy of Ohio. In her free time, Ms. Fieweger enjoys travelling, spending time with her family, gardening and reading.

Mr. Nicholas Filipiak

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Mr. Nicholas Filipiak

Nick Filipiak has been with St. Therese for over a decade, teaching mainly religion and science, both as a certified catechist and a state science fair board member. A Harvard Project Zero alumnus, Mr. Filipiak has also been known to be Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Cooking Class moderator, and Resident Curmudgeon during that same time. In addition to spending time with his three children, Mr. Filipiak also enjoys cooking and Legos.

Dr. Dan Foertsch

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Dr. Dan Foertsch

Dan Foertsch ("Dr. Dan") has been St. Therese School's Curriculum Director since 2015. Dr. Dan previously worked in the Office of Catholic School's for the Archdiocese of Chicago as its Director of Data and Research for 10 years. During that time, Dr. Dan and Principal Cavallone worked on several Archdiocesan committees focused on student assessment. During that time, Dr. Dan offered technical assistance on grants and projects for St. Therese School. Currently, as Director of Curriculum Dr. Dan manages our Aspire testing program, including data analysis of the Aspire summative and interim test results. Dr. Dan is also involved in several other projects ranging from school technology implementation, communications, marketing, fundraising, and special projects. Dr. Dan earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

Mr. Agustin Gonzalez

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Mr. Agustin Gonzalez

¡Hola amigos! Agustin Gonzalez is the spanish and computer science teacher at St. Therese Catholic. He also provides technology support for the school's computers and network infrastructure. Mr. Gonzalez has been a teacher at St. Therese since 2005 and worked before as a regional sales manager for ATS service, a telecommunication company servicing the hispanic market. He is a parent of three former St. Therese students.  He loves teaching and being a part of the formation of a new generation of professionals from the Chinatown community and surrounding areas. He is an autodidact that brings to class his own experiences, with the objective to develop in his students the ability to recognize the potential they have to accomplish anything they want to achieve in life. He has been a pioneer in introducing computer programming coding classes to our students such as Java, Python, and Swift. 

Mrs. Miriam Gonzalez

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Mrs. Miriam Gonzalez

Mrs. Gonzalez joined St. Therese staff in 2013 first as a teacher's aid and in 2018 as our Kindergarten teacher. She has a Bachelor's Degree from St. Xavier University in Spanish Education. Mrs. Gonzalez is also parent of two St. Therese students. She was raised in Honduras and came to the US as a teenager to continue her education. In her free time,  Mrs. Gonzalez loves to read, especially Spanish literature, cook new recipes, listen to music and explore Chicago neighborhoods.

Ms. Wendy Guan

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Ms. Wendy Guan

Ms. Guan is a Teacher's Aide in the Junior Kindergarten classroom and parent of a St. Therese graduate.

Ms. Carol Hang

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Ms. Carol Hang

Our 8th Grade Teacher, Carol Hang, has been with St. Therese School since 1991. Ms. Hang teaches our 5th through 8th grade mathematics program, which features high school level Algebra and Geometry and is recognized as an Intel School of Distinction for Middle School Math. Ms. Hang also leads our competitive math teams to great success, including placing first in the nation in Algebra I among Catholic elementary and high schools in 2017. She leads the program that prepares our 8th grade students and families for high school entrance tests and the entire application process. Ms. Hang received her M.S. Economics from SIU-C and M.A. Education from National Louis University with endorsements in Mathematics, Social Science, Business, Marketing, and Management. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games and watching cooking shows.

Mrs. Lynn Haynes

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Mrs. Lynn Haynes

Ms Haynes has worked as a Resource and Substitute Teacher at St. Therese since 2013. She has a B.S in Nursing and was an RN for many years. In 1998, she received her MSW from Loyola University and worked as a Clinical Social Worker for Catholic Charities in Chicago. She became a full time mom in 2003. She and her husband have two daughters who attended St. Therese. She is an avid reader, loves to bike and spend time with her family. She also teaches Faith Formation for 6th graders at her parish church.

Mr. Matt Henties

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Mr. Matt Henties

Matthew Henties joined St. Therese in 2017 and teaches 3rd, 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts. Mr. Henties has been teaching since 2012. He has coached basketball and flag football, taught guitar, organized a financial literacy club, and is excited to continue to bring new ideas to St. Therese. Mr. Henties rencently graduated from Kansas University with a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction Development. He also has a completion certificate from the Project Zero Classroom Program at Harvard University. Mr. Henties loves to spend his free time with his dog at home, reading, playing guitar, traveling to see his family, and most importantly, learning something new each day. 

Dr. Thomas Howard, D.Min

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Dr. Thomas Howard, D.Min

Our Director of Religious Education has been with St. Therese since the fall of 2012. Before joining our staff, Mr. Howard worked as a not-for-profit leader working with at-risk youth with Life Directions and as a pastoral leader, helping to develop youth ministry and peace and justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Howard recently was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Mr. Chrusciel recently received a certificate for completing the Project Zero Classroom Program at Harvard University.

Mr. Howard oversees the altar server program, CRS Rice Bowl, planning liturgies, and everything parish-related. He also was the editor in chief for the Renew My Church program and conceived and coordinated the 2017 program welcoming back notable alumna Yi Wei. Mr. Howard enjoys riding his bike to work and pretty much everywhere else.

Mrs. Cai Di Jiang

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Mrs. Cai Di Jiang

Mrs. Jiang is a Teacher Aide in PreK.

Mr. Wei Jiang

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Mr. Wei Jiang

Mr. Jiang is our Bus Driver and school Lunch Coordinator.

Ms. Kelli Kielusiak

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Ms. Kelli Kielusiak

Kelli Kielusiak began teaching at St. Therese as the Junior High Reading & English teacher in 2013. Ms. Kielusiak is also the advisor for Student Youth Council as well as the National Junior Honor Society. Prior to working at St. Therese, Ms. Kielusiak served underprivileged schools in high-needs areas as a literacy coach. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois, a certificate in English Language Arts and Endorsements in Language Arts and Social Science. Ms. Kielusiak is a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction. She also participated in Harvard University's Project Zero Classroom program. Ms. Kielusiak is also an avid reader.  

Mrs. Jing Jing Ton Lee

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Mrs. Jing Jing Ton Lee

Upper grade Mandarin Teacher, Jing Jing Ton Lee, has been with St. Therese School since 2005. Her greatest joy is to interact with students and see their accomplishments. Outside of school, she loves to cook and taste great food!

Mrs. Veronica Lee

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Mrs. Veronica Lee

Mrs. Lee is a parent of St. Therese students and Teacher Aide in Kindergarten. 

 Fr. Francis Li

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Fr. Francis Li

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church Pastor

Mrs. Meier Li

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Mrs. Meier Li

Mrs. Li is our 1st grade Teacher's Assistant. She joined the St. Therese staff in 2018 and is a parent to three St. Therese students. 

Ms. Susie Lofton

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Ms. Susie Lofton

Our Music teacher and St. Therese Choir Director, Susie Lofton, has been with St. Therese teaching the after school Choir class since 2012, and was brought on full time in 2014 to round out the Music curriculum.  In Ms. Lofton's career as a teacher, she has taught West African hand percussion, Acoustic guitar, and most notably, Choral and Solo Vocal training & performance in school programs throughout Chicagoland and the surrounding suburbs. Ms. Lofton was educated at the Olde town School of Folk Music, the College of DuPage in the Chorale Music program, and also received an Arts & Languages of Learning in Early Childhood Certification from Columbia College. She loves to spend her time listening to various musical genres, writing and recording original music, as well as performing with her folk band.

Fun Fact Trivia: For those Science Fiction fans, Ms. Lofton's brother Cirroc Lofton was a starring character on "Star Trek Deep Space Nine" as Jake Sisko.

Ms. Gabrielle Marsh

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Ms. Gabrielle Marsh

Our Junior Kindergarten teacher, Gabrielle Marsh, joined the St. Therese staff in the fall of 2017. Ms. Marsh has previously taught Preschool and 3rd Grade and has volunteered in various Chicago classrooms ranging from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. When not at St. Therese, she can be found reading or exploring the city.

Ms. Yan Ling Mei

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Ms. Yan Ling Mei

Ms. Mei is a parent of a St. Therese student and Teacher Aide in PreK.

Mrs. Elisa Moy

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Mrs. Elisa Moy

Elisa is a 1987 St. Therese School graduate and is currently a proud parent of two students at the school.  She attended Whitney Young Magnet High School and completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon graduation, she worked in the financial industry for 15+ years.

She currently works part time while serving as co-President on the St. Therese School School and Family Association Board and our Marketing Team, as well as another Chinatown community organization. In addition, she is an active parishioner at St. Therese Church.  She values community service, has run in several half marathons, loves to read with her children, and is a karate tournament mom. 

Ms. Elizabeth Paparo

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Ms. Elizabeth Paparo

Ms. Paparo is our LBS1 Resource Teacher who has been with St. Therese since 2015.  Ms. Paparo is a retired special education teacher who spent many years working with students in the classrooms for school districts and internationally. She is a Learning Specialist and an ADHD Specialist and Coach hired by the Chicago Archdiocese to work with our students. Ms. Paparo is also fluent in Italian and likes to travel in her free time.

Ms. Emilia Salceda

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Ms. Emilia Salceda

Ms. Salceda is Office Assistant and Jack-Of-All-Trades. She began at St. Therese as a volunteer when her daughter was in 3rd grade and has played many roles since then. You can find her doing anything and everything around school, including baking beautiful cakes!

Mrs. Jessica Stofko

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Mrs. Jessica Stofko

Mrs. Jessica Stofko is the Assistant Principal and 3rd and 4th grade math and science teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School. Mrs. Stofko has been with St. Therese School since 2016. She has a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has a certificate of completion from the Harvard Project Zero Classroom program and attended the University of Notre Dame’s Play like a Champion program. When not in the classroom she enjoys reading, playing tennis, camping and being outdoors.

Ms. Geli Sun

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Ms. Geli Sun

Geli Sun (“Ms. Jelly” or “Ms. Sun” to her students) is a native of Jilin, China and earned her B. A. in Dance Choreography at Northeastern Normal University in nearby Changchun.  Upon graduation, she began her teaching career with a position that took her across the country to southern China, where she taught Dance at Chang’an Middle High School in Guangdong Province. While teaching in Chang’an from 2006 to 2014, Ms. Sun taught Dance and Music Appreciation, organized school talent shows and holiday performance, while also appearing as a performer in many local productions and on television. In 2014, she moved to the US, initially settling in Minnesota, where she worked as a choreographer and performer with the Ming Hua Dance Company, and as a Dance teacher at Ming Hua Chinese Center. In 2016, she moved to Chicago and began teaching Dance at St. Therese, and began teaching Mandarin to the lower grades in 2018.

Ms. Amy Tang

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Ms. Amy Tang

Ms. Amy is Office Assistant and parent of two St. Therese alumni. She joined the St. Therese team to help with school lunch in 2011 and began assisting in the office shortly therafter. 

Mr. Joel Whitehead

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Mr. Joel Whitehead

Joel Whitehead is our School Engineer and all-around go-to guy for all things related to the maintenance of our campus. Mr. Whitehead has been at St. Therese since 2011. Before joining St. Therese, Mr. Whitehead spent years in the maintenance and engineering field, and prior to that was a Combat Medic in the US Army. In his free time, Mr. Whitehead loves doing rehab and replacement projects outside of the school and attending music festivals around the city.

 

Mrs. Elisa Wong

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Mrs. Elisa Wong

Elisa Wong has been an Art teacher at St. Therese School since 1999. She feels that her greatest sense of reward comes from seeing class after class of students having been inspired by various forms of visual art. She also loves traveling to different parts of the world with her family.

Mrs. Pamela Wu

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Mrs. Pamela Wu

Pamela Wu is the St. Therese Office Manager. Mrs. Wu has been with St. Therese since 2010 when she initially was involved with the school as a volunteer and teaching assistant. She was born and raised in Hong Kong until her sophomore year of high school when she moved to Chicago with her family. She has an Associates Degree from UIC. In her free time, Mrs. Wu enjoys reading, taking her daughters to their many swim meets, and serves as an Illinois Swim Official at meets.