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. 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 3rd year teaching at St. Mary and my 20th 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 33 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 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.
Mrs. Vicki Winter, Middle School Religion - 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 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 Middle School Religion 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. 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.