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.

Mrs. Carol Norman, Principal - My name is Mrs. Carol Norman, and I am thrilled to begin my principalship at St. Mary School on July 1, 2022.  My husband, Tom, and I have been married for thirty-four years.  We live in West Dundee and are active members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish.  Our two grown daughters graduated from St. Catherine of Siena School and St. Edward High School.

I have over twenty years of experience in Catholic school education in various administrative and teaching roles, primarily in the Rockford Diocese.  However, from 2017 to 2020 my husband and I lived in San Diego, California due to his job.  During our time in San Diego, I worked as an administrator and junior high teacher at a very large Catholic pre-k through 8th-grade school in the San Diego Diocese.  Although San Diego is a very beautiful city my husband and I missed our family, friends, work ethic, and changing seasons in the Midwest.  We are so happy to be back home in Illinois again, permanently.

Over the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure of meeting the faculty and staff at St. Mary's as well as some parishioners, parents, and students.  I am so impressed with their faith and dedication to academic excellence.  I can't wait to meet more members of the St. Mary community this summer.  Please give me a call at school this summer and stop in to say hello!

Cindy Rash - Administrative Assistant - Hello, I am so excited to be the secretary at St. Mary School! My family and I have been St. Mary Parishioners since 2001. I volunteer with our St. Vincent de Paul conference and am the 8th-grade Catechist aide for Sunday RE.  My husband, Scott, and I have been married since June 1999 and we have three amazing children. Rowan is entering her final year at UW-Whitewater and our two sons, Kyle & Drew, have served as altar servers for quite a few years now. I have been a stay-at-home mom since May 2019 and I am grateful for this new journey. I am looking forward to working with this group of amazing teachers and getting to know our students & their families. I am so blessed to be a part of a wonderful community at St. Mary Church and now with the school too.

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 GradeMy 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 5th year teaching at St. Mary.  Over the years, I have had the pleasure of 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 35 years and we have two amazing sons, 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 Soduko puzzles to help keep my brain active! I am 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.

Colleen Ottens - 4rd Grade

Hello, I am delighted to be teaching fourth grade at Saint Mary!

A little bit about myself.  I went to Northwestern and majored in English and minored in Social Studies.  I worked in the Insurance Industry for many years.  When I had my son, we decided I would be a stay-at-home Mom.  When he started school, I decided to try subbing so that I could work when my son was in school.  I loved it so much that I went to Judson University for Graduate School to obtain my Teaching Certificate.

I worked in U-46 for many years, as a classroom teacher and as a Reading and Math Specialist.  I came to the Catholic School system two years ago and worked at St. Catherine of Siena School as a Classroom Teacher.  I am super excited to be here at St. Mary School teaching Fourth Grade.  I love Fourth Graders - they hold a special place in my heart.

I have been married to my husband, Chris, for 25 years.  He is a Pace Bus driver, so you may see him driving around!  We have one son, Ryan, who is working his way up the culinary ladder.  He is working as a line chef in St. Charles.  He is engaged to a lovely woman, Lauren.

I am so excited to meet my students!

Mrs. Patty Farrell, 5th Grade - Hello! My name is Patty Farrell and this is my second 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 24 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 third year at St. Mary School.  My first 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.  I am now in my second year as the 7th Grade homeroom teacher.

I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1989.  I have taught 13 years in both pubic and Catholic schools in grades, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
I reside in South Elgin  with my husband, Dave, and we have 4 children.  This year we became empty nesters, as all 4 of my children are now in college.  During my free time, I enjoy walking and playing with my lab, Shiloh.  Fun fact:  I am addicted to playing Candy Crush!

Mrs. Sue Turas, 8th Grade -

Hello - My name is Sue Turas and this will be my first year at St. Mary Catholic School. I may be new to St. Mary, but not new to teaching. Prior to coming here, I taught for 40 years at St. Laurence Catholic School. I thoroughly enjoyed my years there due to the close family atmosphere I experienced, and I am very excited to be a part of that same family atmosphere here at St. Mary.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from N.I.U. - including 3 certifications in Special Education and my Elementary Education certification. I also have a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University. Over the years, I have worked with a wide range of academic populations from kindergartners through adults. I enjoy them all, but junior high students have always held a special place with me.
I am looking forward to being a part of this amazing community- from all the wonderful families, students, and staff- who have been so very warm and welcoming. I may not be able to promise another 40 years,  but through God's grace I promise to offer my best to help our children grow spiritually, academically, and emotionally.

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. Vicki Winter, Middle School Religion/Technology Teacher - 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 United States Air Force and have lived in Carpentersville since 1975. When I was 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 being a Middle School Religion Teacher, Technology Teacher, and Tech Coordinator for the entire school. I have been working at St. Mary’s School/Parish in different roles: lunch volunteer, substitute teacher, teacher’s aide, RE catechist aide, 7th-grade catechist, and streaming Mass for the Parish.

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!

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, and I work with students to help improve their reading skills. I have five 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.

Rebecka DavisHello families, my name is Rebecka Davis. I'm excited to welcome everyone into the art room at St Mary's. It is a creative place where students get to express themselves using their God-given gifts and talents. 

 I've been one of St Mary's Art teachers since 2019. I was first introduced to St Mary's through another program. I started teaching preschool to 3rd grade in 2019-2020, then 4th grade through 8th grade in 2020-2021. I'm excited to say that in 2021, I was offered the position as the whole school's Art teacher. 

 I'm looking forward to sharing my artistic knowledge with everyone.