Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Staff

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Teacher

Amy Bartley

Biography

Amy graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA  with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career on the East coast teaching second grade then moving to the Midwest to teach first grade and begin a family - Amy is in her 24th year of teaching and has taught  pre - K through 4th grade.  Amy feels blessed to be in her 10th year of teaching Kindergarten at SSPP - she loves watching her Kindergarten friends grow and bloom as the year progresses!
Amy lives in Naperville with her husband and 3 children - all graduates of Catholic education.  She loves to hatch chicks in her classroom, stay active with her family and spend time in Michigan in the summers!

Favorite Bible Quote

"Faith, it does not make things easy it makes them possible”  Luke 1:37

Teaching Philosophy

“ I want the children in my classroom to have a passion for learning and foster a spirit of curiosity…. I encourage my students to say “ I’ll  try” and not “ I can’t”!
I believe that all students are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.”

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Teacher

Rachel Coppola

Biography

Miss Rachel Coppola graduated from Illinois State University in December of 2020 and has received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is also endorsed in Special Education and English as a Second Language. During her junior year of college, it was by the grace of God that she was led to the Saint John Paul II Catholic Newman Center on campus. At this time, her faith was ignited in a way she had never experienced. As she continued attending and seeking out the Catholic faith,she was confident and so overjoyed that the Lord was asking more of her.This same year, she went through RCIA and received her First Communion at the Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Peoria. This has left Rachel so much more in awe of her faith and love for Jesus as she has experienced the fullness of the faith. Rachel has lived in Naperville for 12 years and is so excited for the opportunity to be back to teach at Saints Peter and Paul. She feels extremely blessed to be able to be used by the Lord in this way as she enters her first year of teaching.

Favorite Bible Quotes

“Out of His fullness we have all received grace upon grace” John 1:16
“The joy of the Lord is my strength” Nehemiah 8:10
“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” Proverbs31:26
“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

Teaching Philosophy

Rachel’s goal is to teach students far further than basic curriculum. She wants every child to be confident in not only who they are, but who they are as a beloved son or daughter of Christ.She wants to instill how deeply they are loved, cherished, and known, sharing her faith with her students. Her confirmation Saint is Saint Therese of Lisieux, who models for Rachel, as St.Therese did all things, both big and small, with extraordinary love. Rachel strives to embody this daily, especially for her students.Rachel could not be more excited for the opportunity to teach at Saints Peter and Paul. She is zealous about helping students grow in their education and love for Jesus.

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Aide/Extended Day Director

Sharon Larson

Biography

Sharon was born and raised in Naperville and has been a lifelong member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish. She was fortunate enough to be brought up with an outstanding Catholic based education. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul School (Go Trojans!), Benet Academy, and earned her college degree in Business/Finance from Benedictine University. Sharon worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for 10 years as a Floor Manager for a commodity firm.
She met her wonderful husband, John whom she has been married to for 34 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Ellen and Colleen, who both are alumni of Ss. Peter and Paul School. John and Sharon feel so blessed that they were able to provide for their daughters a Catholic education at Ss. Peter and Paul. When the girls reached school age, Sharon began her career in education. Her first position was a kindergarten and fifth thru eighth grade aide at St. Petronille school in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After six years she came full circle to return to Ss. Peter and Paul School! This is her 16th year as a kindergarten aide.

Favorite Bible Quote

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13

Teaching Philosophy

Sharon is happy to share her Catholic faith with her students and she believes each child is a special gift from God! All children are unique and should have an educational environment where they can grow socially and academically to their fullest potential.

Kindergarten

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Kindergarten Aide

Mary Jo Burnett

Biography

Wendy Jo is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving for the opportunity to work at Saints Peter and Paul school. Wendy Jo grew up in the small town of Reynolds, IL, just outside of the Quad cities, where she was raised faithfully in the Methodist Church. She attended Western Illinois University where she received her Bachelor's of Science in English. She moved to Aurora where she worked for over 10 years as a Learning and Development Consultant in the Corporate Training Department at MetLife. While at MetLife, Wendy Jo received her Master's Degree in Training and Performance Improvement through Capella University.Wendy Jo has been married to her husband, Paul, for 13 years. They have two faith-filled children, Viviana (10) and Paul Jr (8). Wendy Jo and her family have been parishioners at Our Lady of Mercy in Aurora for over 5 years. Wendy Jo was confirmed in the Catholic Church in 2019 and is involved in the Women in Faith ministry, is the parish coordinator for the Women's Bible Study -Walking With Purpose, is a Faith Mentor for teens preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and is a Religious Education Catechist. Wendy Jo also worked for the Fox Valley Park District as a Pre-School Teacher and has spent the past year at home with Viviana and Paul Jr as they attended school virtually. Wendy Jo is grateful for God's goodness, wisdom and guidance and is excited to embark on this new journey at Saints Peter and Paul school.

Favorite Bible Quotes

2 Thessalonians 3:5 -May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.Philippians 4:19 -My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

Teaching Philosophy

Wendy Jo is thrilled to journey with the students at Saints Peter and Paul. Her personal teaching philosophy begins with the belief that all children are made in God's image and likeness. Quite simply, her top priority is to treat all students with love and respect. Wendy Jo feels called as an educator and as a follower of Christ to consistently offer kindness, gentleness, support and encouragement to help students strengthen their relationship with Jesus and to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally and intellectually.

 

1st Grade

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1st Grade Teacher

Kerry LaScala

Biography

Mrs. LaScala has been serving the primary students at Saints Peter and Paul School since the 2005-2006 school year. Mrs. LaScala has had the opportunity to teach several years in each kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. This experience has provided her a unique perspective on primary education. She uses this perspective to collaborate with other teachers to enhance the primary school experience at Saints Peter and Paul School.

Favorite Bible Quote

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...love your neighbor as yourself”

Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. LaScala works to build a community of learners where each child feels comfortable. She believes this is most often accomplished by building on the strengths of each student. Her teaching philosophy can be explained by sharing the following:
As a young child, Mrs. LaScala remembers helping her mother place groceries into the pantry.  She remembers pointing out to her mother that there was a “t” on the box of tea bags. Her mother explained to her that “t” could be a letter and a word. Her mother took out a piece of paper and wrote “t” and then added “ea.” Mrs. LaScala remembers reading the word tea for her mother. Then her mother added “ch'' and Mrs. LaScala read “teach”, her mother then added “er” and Mrs. LaScala read “teacher.” Mrs. LaScala clearly remembers the excitement she felt as a young child when she made that connection, and she could read those words.
Mrs. LaScala believes when students are comfortable at school, they will point out their discoveries to their teachers. Each discovery can be a teachable moment and learning can be very exciting.

1st Grade

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1st Grade Teacher

Kim Skraboly

Biography

Mrs. Kim Skraboly is very excited to join the SSPP family this school year. This year will be her 10th year teaching in the Joliet Diocese. The past 9 years, she has been at Holy Trinity School in Westmont. At Holy Trinity, she was lead preschool teacher for 3 years, taught 1st grade for 3 years, and then took on the reading resource position for 2 years to spend more time at home with her older daughter, Avery. Last school year, Mrs. Skraboly had the opportunity to teach 2nd grade at Holy Trinity. After high school, she went to Dominican University in River Forest where she received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Elementary Education. After staring her first teaching job, she realized that literacy instruction was her passion, so she began her master’s work at National Louis University in 2015. She completed her Masters of Education in Literacy Education with an LBS1 endorsement in 2018. Mrs. Skraboly grew up in the Naperville area and is very excited to be working at and having her children attend a school closer to home. While she is not at school, Mrs. Skraboly loves to spend time at home with her children (Avery, 4 and Grayson, 2), her husband, and her 2 dogs (Warren and Jax). They enjoy spending time being active outdoors, playing board games, and cooking healthy meals.

Favorite Bible Quote

Isaiah 41:10 - “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, anduphold you with my right hand of justice.”

Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. Skraboly takes a whole child approach in her classroom. This means that it is important to nurture students not only in academics, but to nurture their social and emotional development as well. Building a Christ centered learning environment is essential to this process. Students who know that they are cared for are more motivated and successful in the classroom. By understanding each child, it helps to build positive relationships and sets up academic success for all!

1st Grade

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1st Grade Aide

Grace Potter

Biography

Grace graduated with Honors from Carthage College in 2020. Her degree is in Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree at DePaul University. Grace currently lives in Geneva and joined the SSPP staff in April of 2021. Grace attended St. Peter’s School in Geneva and Aurora Central Catholic High School. Grace feels so blessed to be able to work at such an amazing school! Grace is very passionate about working with children and wants to make a difference in the world!

Favorite Bible Quote

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

2nd Grade

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2nd Grade Teacher

Stephanie Walker

Biography

Naperville native Stephanie (Nocera) Walker is eager to get back into the classroom! Stephanie attended Naperville North High School and received her degree in Elementary Education from North Central College. After graduation, she accepted a job as a second-grade teacher at her alma mater, Saints Peter and Paul School. She taught second grade from 2010 to 2014 before moving to third grade. Upon completing the 2014-15 school year as a third-grade teacher, Stephanie made the decision to leave the classroom to stay at home with her growing family.
For the past five years, Stephanie has enjoyed being a stay at home mom while also tutoring, directing a STEM camp during the summer, being a first-grade religious education catechist, and volunteering at her children’s schools. Stephanie resides in Naperville with her husband, Jack, and three children: Charlie (7), Ben (5), and Molly (3). Her favorite pastimes include reading books to her children, exploring trails at the Morton Arboretum, and watching her children play sports.
Her favorite part of teaching second grade is preparing her students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Stephanie says that through these preparations the students have helped her grow in her own faith. Stephanie’s favorite saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Her favorite quote from Saint Teresa is, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Favorite Bible Quote

O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! -Psalm 34:8

Teaching Philosophy

It is my teaching philosophy that the classroom should be a place for kids to be themselves. Classrooms are full of life. They can be quiet and organized, but they are also loud and messy at times. Sometimes the best learning happens in a loud, messy space! The teacher should facilitate an atmosphere where students feel comfortable asking questions and making mistakes. A growth mindset is the difference between a “smart” kid and a successful, life-long learner.

2nd Grade

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2nd Grade Teacher

Lisa Fitzgerald

Biography

Mrs. Lisa Fitzgerald is excited to join the Saints Peter and Paul staff. She is passionate about teaching in a faith-based setting. She has been teaching for 17 years. She began her teaching career in Naperville at Beebe Elementary. At Beebe, she taught first grade and second grade for a total of 12 years. She then went on to teach second grade at Annunciation BVM. She believes that her strong foundation of teaching was started in District 203. From there she was able to go onto share her religious values in addition to the best practices that she gained over her years of teaching. She loved getting the children ready for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.She attended Michigan State University where she earned her BS in Supply Chain Management.While working in that field she felt that her true calling was working with kids. At that time, she attended DePaul University to earn her MS in Elementary Education. She resides in Batavia with her husband Joel and her two children, Patrick and Callaghan. In her free time, she loves reading, running and spending time with her family.

Favorite Bible Quote

Joshua 1:9Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for theLord your God will be with you wherever you go

Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. Fitzgerald believes in highlighting the gifts of each child. She has a deep passion for allowing each child the chance to succeed by providing many activities that differentiate and enrich and remediate. She knows that this cannot happen unless there is a safe learning environment. She wants each child to know that the classroom is a space where they can take risks, try new things, and failures are expected in order to grow.

2nd Grade

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2nd Grade Aide/Extended Day Director

Susan Ebeling

Biography

Susan was born and raised in St. Louis and moved to Naperville in 1987. She attended Our Lady of Fatima for grade school, Incarnate Word Academy for high school, and Rockhurst University in Kansas City for college. Susan met her husband, Tom, at Rockhurst, and they both felt that the best present from their parents was their Catholic education from grade school through college. Susan majored in Medical Technology, which is now called Clinical Laboratory Science. She worked in Microbiology and Immunology for seven years at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis before moving to Naperville. Susan, Tom, and their three children, David, Caroline, and Katherine are parishioners at Saints Peter and Paul. David, Caroline, and Katherine went to Saints Peter and Paul, Marmion, Rosary, and Benedictine University. She and Tom wanted to give their children that same gift of Catholic education that their parents had given them. Susan started working as a second grade aide in 1999. This is her 23rd year, and she loves it just as much as she did her first year!

Favorite Bible Quote

"Let all that you do be done in love."  1 Corinthians 16:14  It reminds her to love yesterday, today, and forever.

Teaching Philosophy

Susan knows that children are unique and they grow, develop, and bloom at different times. She enjoys taking the time to get to know the children and help them learn in the best way that works for them.

3rd Grade

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3rd Grade Teacher

Becky Ondracek

Biography

Since 2003, Becky Ondracek has been blessed to teach third grade at Saints Peter & Paul School!  In the beginning of her teaching career, she taught all subjects in a self-contained classroom.  In recent years, third grade has become departmentalized, and Miss Ondracek teaches religion, math, science, and social studies to all third graders.  She loves third grade and guiding her students as they grow in independence and navigate the transition from primary to intermediate grades.
While growing up in Chicago, Becky attended St. Symphorosa School and Immaculate Heart of Mary High School.  She graduated summa cum laude from North Central College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Elementary Education and Mathematics.  In 2006, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University.
Miss Ondracek is a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish.  She is passionate about playing tennis, following her years competing on IHM’s and NCC’s tennis teams.  She is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her niece and nephews.

Favorite Bible Quote

 “...whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe that educators have the duty to ensure all students grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  I desire to support my students as they work to develop their God-given talents.  Learners must feel physically, emotionally, and socially secure enough to become academic risk-takers, and I work to create a classroom culture that supports that growth mindset.  Teachers are role models, and I want my students to learn how to act with love, respect, and compassion.  I feel that it is important to create a nurturing, engaging, organized, and positive classroom environment where learning and children are celebrated on a daily basis.”

3rd Grade

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3rd Grade Teacher

Jamie Lenert

Biography

Jamie Lenert is a third grade teacher here and Saints Peter and Paul and currently teaches reading, spelling, and language arts. This is her 3rd year teaching both at this school and in her career. She has been a member of this parish for over 20 years and is a graduate of Saints Peter and Paul. She is so happy to be back with the Saints Peter and Paul community.
Jamie graduated from Saints Peter and Paul in 2009 then attended Naperville North High School where she played on the girls volleyball team for 2 years. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education With an endorsement in reading. She still enjoys playing volleyball and has had the opportunity to coach both jr. high and high school level club volleyball.

Favorite Bible Quote

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that each child brings something unique to the classroom and it is the teacher’s job to make sure all those personalities are shown. This elementary age is a crucial time in a child’s life where they are truly finding themselves and although the content and curriculum are very important, caring for your students is of equal importance. Caring for your students involves not only the academic level but also on a social/ emotional and spiritual  level. There are many diverse learners in our school system and having teachers that are well trained and educated in our general education classrooms can effectively reach all students by bringing in their culture and background into the classroom. Once the teacher can reach their students on that social/emotional and spiritual level, the academic level becomes less of a challenge.

3rd Grade

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3rd Grade Aide

Maggie Balick

Biography

Maggie was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN, where she attended Catholic grade school and high school. Maggie graduated from St. Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in Early Childhood Education with an intent of pursuing a teaching profession.  She married her husband, Les, soon after graduation. Maggie and Les agreed, that when the children would arrive, she would be a stay-at-home Mom, and Les would pursue his career. They were blessed with five children, all college grads, with families of their own and rewarding Maggie and Les with thirteen grandchildren.  Les’ jobs required several moves to various parts of the country and within the State of Illinois: Evergreen Park, IL; Freehold, NJ; Oak Lawn, IL; Lenexa, KS; and finally, to Naperville, IL, where they have lived now for thirty-four years. With each move their primary concern was to provide consistent Catholic education for their children. Giving their children a firm grounding in their faith was of upmost importance to them.  Maggie has been with the SSPP family for 29 years.  She has been the third-grade aide for both classrooms since 1992. Maggie spent 2 years as an aide in the Jr. Hi science lab, she also worked in the office at lunch time for 15 years.  She feels very blessed to be part of the SSPP family and have the privilege of working with the children.

Favorite Bible Quote

 “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”  Matthew 7:12
If only we all could really behave this way, and model it for our children, the world would be a much happier place.

Teaching Philosophy

Maggie feels that our children are one of our greatest gifts from God, and that as teachers, we have a huge responsibility to give them our very best every day. We should try to instill in them a love of learning and a curiosity of the world we live in. After using her educational degree, decades of raising her own children, and providing her love of teaching, she prays that she has been a positive influence on the lives of the children she has touched.