It takes a host of people to make a school like St. Mary's run smoothly and efficiently, let alone provide the fine education that your children are receiving. We are blessed to have many dedicated faculty and staff working with our children.
Mr. Jason Hunt, Principal - My name is Jason Hunt and I am the Principal at St. Mary. This is my first year as the principal, and sixth year as a part of the St. Mary family. Prior to becoming the principal, I taught Middle School Math and Social studies at St. Mary. I am a convert to the field of education having been a commodity trader for twenty years prior to obtaining my Master of Arts in Teaching. I also hold a B.A. in Finance, an MBA in Financial Analysis, and a M.S. in Computational Finance. I live in Bartlett with my wife of 20 years and our three wonderful daughters. Two of my daughters have graduated from St. Mary and the youngest is a current student here.
I consider it a privilege to have the responsibility of leading a wonderful, dedicated staff in working to help every student of St. Mary reach their potential. Our goal is to help every child grow in their Catholic faith and grow as students. We strive to create an environment where every student can experience the kind of success that drives them to want to learn even more. At St. Mary, we are working to create lifelong learners and followers of Christ.
Mr. Michael Neis, Co-Principal - This is my forty-fifth year in the field of education. I have taught all grade levels from Pre –Kindergarten/Kindergarten(Music) through college (Composition and Literature). I hold a BA from Benedictine University, an MA from the University of Illinois (English – concentration in Romantic Literature and Native American Studies) and an MA from Lewis University in Education. I have been a principal for twelve years and an assistant principal for twenty. I live in Warrenville where my wife and I raised our daughters. We have 13 grandchildren. Most recently I served as the Principal at Saint Therese of Jesus School in Aurora. As part of the administrative team, my responsibilities will include preparation for the State of Illinois evaluation, teacher supervision and marketing. We have a tremendous spirit amongst our faculty, staff, parents and students. At this important time in the history of Saint Mary School, I am looking forward to working with all our stakeholders in creating and facilitating a vision for our future as we provide a faith-based Catholic education to the children we serve.
Mrs. Melissa Lock, Administrative Assistant - My name is Mrs. Melissa Lock. I have been the St. Mary school secretary since April of 2013 after coming from a nonprofit office setting. I've worked with children and families for all of my adult career and could not be happier in the position I'm in. I love being part of such a close knit community where everyone is made to feel like family! I am currently enrolled in classes focusing on child development and education. Outside of school I love to scrapbook and am an avid reader!
Mrs. Kelly Johnson, Preschool - My name is Mrs. Kelly Johnson and I have been the preschool teacher at St. Mary School since the 2013 opening of the preschool program. I am responsible for developing and implementing the preschool curriculum for Math, Phonics, Reading, Religion, Science and Social Studies. I also served as our Athletic's Concession Coordinator. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Sociology and hold a type 03 Teaching certificate. My family has called St. Mary parish home since 2005 and my children have been students of St. Mary School since 2008. I believe that children learn in a variety of ways and it is my duty to instill a love of learning for future success. I know the value of receiving a Catholic education and want to provide that same experience and value to my students. As a parent of St. Mary students I know how fantastic this Catholic school community is, along with the incredible dedication of its teachers, it is an honor to work beside all these teachers who depict the Catholic community.
Mrs. Jennifer MacRitchie, Kindergarten - My name is Jennifer MacRitchie, I have been teaching kindergarten at St. Mary School since 2017. I grew up in Southern California and in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. I graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Psychology. I then continued on at St. Mary’s University in the Master of Art in Teaching program. Upon completion of that program I started teaching full day kindergarten for St. Joseph Catholic School in Libertyville. I taught kindergarten at St. Joseph’s for 9 years and was nominated for the Golden Apple Award in 1999, the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award in 2000 and the Disney’s American Teacher Award in 2001. In 2002 my husband and I started our family and I stepped away from teaching for 7 years to raise our family. In 2009 I returned to the education field as an instructional aide in the Geneva public schools. I was an aide for 5 years before I started teaching at St. Mary School. I live in Geneva with my husband and our two wonderful children. In addition to being a teacher, I enjoy running, swimming and kayaking. I am very excited to be apart of the St. Mary community
Mrs. Diane Oosthuizen, 1st Grade - My name is Diane Oosthuizen and I am the first grade teacher at St. Mary Catholic School. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and I am a licensed teacher in the state of Illinois. I continue my education by completing professional growth courses in order to implement best practice teaching methods in my classroom. I have over ten years’ experience in the teaching profession. My greatest strengths include inspiring and motivating students. I actively engage their highly inquisitive minds by incorporating a variety of manipulative, creative activities, and cooperative learning projects. My classroom is a positive fun environment, which I believe is essential to develop an ongoing passion for lifelong learning. Most importantly, the first grade classroom is a “Catholic Community Growing in Christ”. Geneva is my home, and on any given day you just might see me on a walk, or out on my bike enjoying the beautiful outdoors. During the summer I volunteer my time with The Equine TherapyProgram at Rich Harvest Farms. I am the proud mother of two beautiful young adult children, Cole and Gabrielle.
Mrs. Pam Azzolin, 2nd Grade - Hello! My name is Pam Azzolin. This is my 1st year teaching at St. Mary and my 18th year teaching and working with students. Over the years, I have had the pleasure teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and special education students. I received my undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Geography with a minor in Art. I have my Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. I live in Roselle, with my husband Mike of 31 years and we have two amazing son’s, Ray and Dom. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, at our lake house, and time on the beach. Some of my favorite activities are walking, water and snow skiing. When I am not at school, I am busy socializing with my family and friends. I like reading a good book and working on a Soduko puzzle to help keep my brain active! I am excited about this new teaching opportunity at St. Mary and looking forward to a FANTASTIC year in 2nd grade!
Mrs. Kathy Wizieck, 3rd Grade - My name is Kathy Wizieck. I have been happily married for thirty years. I have a 20 year old son. I previously taught second grade in U-46 where I was also a substitute teacher for many years. I earned my BA in Social Science with education concentration from Ashford University. Then I earned my MA in elementary education from Roosevelt University. Coming to St. Mary’s has been better than I could have imagined. Not only are the kids and families in the community welcoming; but the staff has been supportive and kind. I am blessed to be a part of the St. Mary’s family.
Mrs. Amanda Balson, 4th Grade - I have been a part of the St. Mary family for six years. A product of the Rockford Diocese school system I hail from Streamwood, IL. I graduated from Aurora University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. My favorite thing about teaching 4th grade is the "Blame It on the Wolf" play the kids put on at the end of each school year. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking small road trips, and being a true Disney fanatic.
Mrs. Patty Farrell, 5th Grade - Hello! My name is Patty Farrell and this is my first year teaching at St. Mary School. I previously taught sixth grade for eight years and have worked with every level over the years as a tutor, para educator, and substitute teacher. I received my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Elementary Education. My husband and I have been married for 23 years and have three sons. My husband and I love to watch our boys run cross country at the high school and college level. We also enjoy hiking and watching movies together. I am very excited to be teaching at St. Mary School and getting to know all of the St. Mary School community.
Mrs. Danelle Stoner, 6th grade - I am a graduate from Aurora University with a bachelor's of science in Elementary Education. I worked in another private school in Aurora for 17 years. Seeking a career change, lead me to the doorsteps of St. Mary's. I am blessed with a loving husband and 2 wonderful sons (one is a sophomore in high school and the other is an 8th grader). We are an active boy scout family that truly enjoys hanging out together in the great outdoors.
Mrs. Donna Parmer, 7th Grade - Hello! My name is Mrs. Donna Parmer. This is my second year at St. Mary School. Last year, I was a long term substitute teacher for 4th grade, 8th grade and then taught the second semester as the 6th grade homeroom teacher and the middle school social studies and advanced math teacher.
Mrs. Stephanie Petrich, 8th Grade - I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie Petrich and I have the privilege of teaching your children Literature and Language Arts. My goal is to instill in each child a love for learning.
I began my teaching career in 1985 after graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. My degree has a strong emphasis on Reading and English. My professors nominated me for a Graduate Fellowship and I received my Master’s degree in 1987. I taught Middle School in Naperville for six years until we decided to start a family. God blessed me with two adopted children from Paraguay, Luis and Dominique. Nine years later, we were once again blessed with Olivia and our family was complete. Fast forward 18 years and I find myself at St. Mary elated to share with your children the wonderful world of Literature, the beauty of the English Language, and the love and friendship found in walking with God.
My teaching philosophy is to develop not only academic development, but also social, emotional, and spiritual development. With that being said, God will be the center of my classes with scripture memorization an integral part of the curriculum. My students will begin and end their day knowing and believing that they are precious and valued.
Thank you for entrusting your children into my care. “With God, All Things are Possible!”
Mrs. Vilma Dydas, Music - Hi there, my name is Mrs. Vilma Dydas, although students and colleagues call me Ms. Vilma, and I love that, makes me feel forever young:) I have been at St. Mary Catholic Church since 01/01/2002, and School since 2003 when my twin girls started in the newly added Kindergarten class. I love teaching music and everything that comes with music. PK through 6 grade music is general, and in 7 - 8 grade I teach Music Appreciation, which is mostly famous composers biographies and their music. You can see us performing most weeks after the School Mass, Veteran's Day show, Christmas show, Catholic Schools Week, Book Fair, First Communion, Mother's Day (with children's choir), May Crowning ceremony in May, and many more times. After receiving Master degree in 1996, I worked at St. Clotilde Catholic Church and School in south side of Chicago until 12/31/2001. Please come, see and enjoy your children and our students performing and loving music!
Mrs. Cynthia Costa, Reading Resource Teacher - I am a retired teacher from district U46 where I taught 5th grade for 19 years. I earned a Bachelor's Degree from National Louis University in elementary education and a Master's Degree from Northern Illinois as a Reading Specialist. I am the reading resource teacher, where I work with students to help improve their reading skills. I have 5 grandchildren, 3 of which attend St. Mary School. I am very happy to be part of the St. Mary School family.
Mrs. Darla Byrnes, Paraeducator - I feel extremely blessed to be a part of St. Mary School as a paraeducator. My role at the school is to assist the teachers by helping students fully comprehend the lessons being taught. Previously I was a paraeducator at U-46 for 12 years. St. Mary is my home parish where I have enjoyed volunteering as a sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and most currently as a second grade Religious Education teacher. My husband Jim and I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I enjoy quilting, reading and family time.
Mrs. Vicki Winter, Aide - Hello and welcome to my bio – My name is Vicki Winter. I have been a member of the St. Mary’s Parish since September 2014. I am a veteran of the Air Force and have lived in Carpentersville since 1975. When I was a younger I wanted to be a teacher but joining the Air Force changed my path. The Lord works in mysterious ways because he has brought me full circle to be able to fulfill my childhood dream.
My main responsibilities at St. Mary are teacher’s aide in 6th grade teaching religion and Tech Coordinator. I have been working at St. Mary’s School/Parish in different roles: lunch volunteer, substitute teacher, teacher’s aide, RE catechist aide, and 7th grade catechist.
They say that when you find a job that you love; you never work a day in your life. I believe that I have found my job as I love being around the children every day. They challenge me just as much as I challenge them. I look forward to working at St. Mary’s every day so I can try to put a smile on everyone’s face that I meet! Have a Blessed Day!