4th and 5th Grade Staff

4th Grade

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4th Grade Teacher

Penny Schur

Biography

Penny Schur grew up in Merrillville, Indiana and practically lived in the library across the street from her house.  This is where she developed her passionate love of reading.  She started working in the library at age 14 shelving books, continued at the library through high school and college. After graduating from college, Mrs. Schur became the childrens’ librarian at a local branch.
Mrs. Schur graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.  That is where she met her husband, Dave.  They live in Naperville and have two adult daughters, who both graduated from Saints Peter and Paul School.  Mrs. Schur went on to earn a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Media from Nova Southeastern University.
Mrs. Schur has 30 years of teaching experience. Twenty-five of those years she has spent serving Saints Peter and Paul School. For the first 16 years, Mrs. Schur was the librarian, for several years overseeing libraries in both the elementary and junior high buildings.  When budget cuts were made and the library staff reduced, Mrs. Schur was asked to teach fourth grade. Over the past 11 years she has taught Reading, Language Arts, Religion, and Social Studies.  Mrs. Schur and her family have been parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Parish for 19 years.

Favorite Bible Quote

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Teaching Philosophy

All children are  unique in their interests, abilities, and backgrounds.  As a teacher, you must  treat them as the individuals that they are, accepting and encouraging their differing levels of success. One of the wonderful aspects of teaching is seeing the expression on a child’s face when the lightbulb goes on, and he or she suddenly understands.

4th Grade

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4th Grade Teacher

Suzanne Neumann

Biography

Mrs. Neumann grew up in Calumet City as the daughter of a deacon.  She was active in her parish of St. Victor's and was a leader in their youth group.  She attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School and after graduating began her pursuit of an education degree.  Along the way she met her husband of 38 years, began a family and stopped short of receiving her degree.  Finally, in 1997  Mrs. Neumann graduated from Northern Illinois University realizing her lifelong dream to become a teacher.   She has been a teacher in the Diocese of Joliet for 23 years.   She has had the privilege of teaching grades 1-4 at various Diocesan schools as well as being the Technology Coordinator/Librarian.  Mrs. Neumann is a proud grandmother of 6!
Mrs. Neumann came to Saints Peter and Paul six years ago as a 2nd grade teacher.  She feels honored to have had the opportunity to prepare 4 classes for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.   Currently she is very excited to be spending time with her former second graders as she moved up to fourth grade.  Five years ago Fr. Milota invited her to attend the St. John Bosco Conference in Steubenville, Ohio.  Since attending that first year, Mrs. Neumann decided to pursue a certification as a catechist through Franciscan University.  She hopes to be finished in the Summer of 2021.
Mrs. Neumann feels so blessed to be a part of the Saints Peter and Paul family.  Everyone is so generous, welcoming and supportive.  It truly feels like being a part of a family.

Favorite Bible Quote

Mrs. Neumann's favorite saint is Saint Paul. One of her favorite passages; "There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit, there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit." A little further on Saint Paul goes on to say; "As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also is Christ....we were all given to drink of one Spirit...Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts." 1Corinthians 12:4-7; 12-13 & 31.

Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. Neumann believes just as Saint Paul does, that we all have different gifts and we all have something to contribute. Therefore, she strives to help each student discover what they are good at and gives them the space to make a difference in her classroom. Mrs. Neumann believes that each student is a gift from God to be cared for, respected and nurtured to their full potential.

5th Grade

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5th Grade Teacher

Kathy Lincoln

Biography

Ms. Lincoln is a veteran teacher. She taught in the public-school system in Woodridge and decided to leave when Merry Christmas was replaced with Happy Holidays.
Besides having fun with children, her second priority was senior citizens. She managed a housing project and lived on-site with 170 senior citizens. He daughter, Stacey, loved it and became an LCSW with compassion for seniors too.
Ms. Lincoln moved to Naperville and decided to earn her Master’s Degree in Education when Mr. Glowaty called her for the position of Project Discover and 5th grade.
As part-time jobs,  Ms. Lincoln has worked at the White Sox, Chicago Bears, White Eagle Golf Club, and Cantigny. She also is a member of the Serra Club and would volunteer to teach a Bible Study for the women inmates at DuPage County Jail.
The Serra Club fosters and promotes vocations to the ministerial priesthood in our Catholic Church, as a particular vocation to service and to support priests in the sacred ministry. It also encourages and affirms vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church. Finally, it assists member to recognize and respond in their own lives, to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Favorite Bible Quotes

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Romans 8:31 
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
1 John 3:18
Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deeds and truth.

Teaching Philosophy

Ms. Lincoln's teaching philosophy is inspired by the following:
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is older, he will not depart from it.
Teachers help students grow, to maximizes the realistic positive benefits that move each child forward. It takes dedication, perseverance, and simply hard work, as students will rise to the occasion. The learning comes in doing the work each day as we are present in the moment of life. Today is a true gift from God, that is why we call it the “present.”
My blessing from our Lord is sent is being able to teach Religion and attend Mass with our students live or streaming.
Mark 1-:12-14
And they were bringing children to Him so that He would touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Allow the children to come to Me; do not [b]forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

5th Grade

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5th Grade Teacher

Barbara Kosowski

Biography

Barbara Kosowski has lived in the Naperville/Downers Grove area for the past 40 years. She attended Benet Academy and received her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University with a Business Marketing major. Always having a desire to teach, Barbara received a Master of Arts in teaching degree from National-Louis University. She has been teaching for the past 15 years. This is Barbara's 4th year at Saints Peter and Paul School. She feels blessed to be in a Catholic school community. She is currently teaching 5th grade math, reading and language arts.
Barbara resides in Downers Grove with her husband of over 30 years and her two daughters. Barbara's family are active members of St. Joseph Parish in Downers Grove. Barbara taught religious education for over 10 years, sang in the choir and also liked to cantor. Her favorite pasttimes are reading, traveling and family gatherings.

Favorite Bible Quote

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His loving kindness is everlasting." Psalm 136: 1-26

Teaching Philosophy

Teachers have the responsibility to guide each student to academic growth. We must be aware of each student's strengths and weaknesses. Our job is to give students the tools to be successful learners. More importantly, we should be modeling and teaching how to be disciples of Christ.

4th/5th Grade

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4th/5th Grade Aide

Kathy McHugh

Biography

Kathy McHugh is a lifelong resident of Naperville, and parishioner of Saints Peter & Paul Church.  Although she did not attend Saints Peter & Paul School, she did attend Religious Education classes with SSPP. (Never taking anything out of the desks!)  You may remember Mrs. McHugh in her past years of being a teacher’s aide and her work on the Virtue’s Program. She is excited to be back in the classroom as an instructional aide in 4th and 5th grades!
Mrs. McHugh is a born teacher and has taught 3rd, 5th and 6th grade religious education, teaches cooking to 3rd - 6th grade girls with the Seasoned Smiles Cooking Club, and leads 8th grade girls in Confirmation study discussions.  Her commitment to spreading the message of God’s love and mercy shows in all she does.

Favorite Bible Quote

For nothing is impossible with God.  Luke 1:37

Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. McHugh wants everyone to know the meaning of life; why are we here?  To know God, to love God and to serve God in this life, so we can be happy with Him forever in Heaven.  God made each of us for a special purpose.  Living the virtues will help us grow closer to God and discover what His will is for our life and ultimately help get us to Heaven. She hopes to achieve this through the Virtue’s Program that she helped begin at SSPP.