Specials Staff

Music/Technology

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Music/K-2 Technology

Steve Chalupnik

Biography

Steve Chalupnik is a born and raised Chicagoan, growing up on the northwest side and therefore swearing allegiance to the greatest team of all time, the Chicago Cubs!  Always adventurous, time was spent in St. Philomena School, Our Lady of Grace School and finally an 8th grade graduation from St. Wenceslaus School.  After graduating from Lane Technical High School, he attended Western Illinois University with a double major in Music Education and History Education.
Although his very first musical instrument was the accordion, Mr. Chalupnik gravitated to the not so petite Double Bass and has performed with the Monmouth, Galesburg, Quincy, Wheaton, Southwest, and West Suburban Symphony Orchestras including performance tours in the United States and in Europe.
Thirtysomething years in the classroom really is his true calling though.  Straight Outta College found Mr. C. at St. Michael School in Wheaton, before moving to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus School in Joliet for 20 years.  Saints Peter and Paul School has been his home away from home for the last 9 years.

Favorite Bible Quote

Instead of a Bible Quote I am selecting the refrain from one of my favorite hymns.  This refrain draws from multiple verses from the Bible:
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and His grace.
I can hear the brush of angel's wings
I see glory on each face;
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Teaching Philosophy

The world would be a much different place without Music.  It would be a much sadder place indeed.  I want my classroom to be that space where we all learn something new  that we may or may not draw upon later in life.  I want it to be that space where each time we walk out it is with something that we may not have known when we walked in.  Most importantly I want it to be that space that ignites the passion and love for music in anyone that may not know they have that spark within them, and gives them reason to nurture it when they leave Saints Peter and Paul School.

Art

Art

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Spanish

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Spanish

Susana Alonso

Biography

Mrs. Alonso has had  the pleasure to be the Spanish teacher of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School for the past two years.  She comes from the north of Spain; from a small but beautiful city called San Sebastian. When she was 20, she moved to England, where she lived and studied for several years and obtained a bachelor degree in Nutrition and Science. She then moved to the south of Spain where she worked in a private school as a Science teacher. Mrs. Alonso came back to England in 2009, where she dedicating time to her family until they all moved to Naperville in 2017.  She has taught “US Citizenship” at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora. She then joined Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, as teacher assistant in the Dual Program and occasionally substitute taught for District 203.
Mrs. Alonso loves to engage children making Spanish fun, while they also learn how to speak to one another and learn about the country of Spain.  Her students know she finds great joy in teaching as she see confidence grow day by day, in daily work and conversation.  She works to create a warm and comfortable environment and enjoys meeting her students families.  SSPP is such a happy place that I feel overly grateful to call my work family.  Working with preschool students as we open the new preschool program, is something that will bring a smile to my face each day.  Children can learn how to speak Spanish from the youngest of ages. I look forward to this new adventure as I work on the preschool team each afternoon!

Favorite Bible Quote

My favorite bible quote is “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that everybody can learn a second language with the proper combination of appropriate instructions, personal motivation, low stress, and the opportunity to talk in the classroom. My goal is to make Spanish fun and enjoyable, so students can engage and captivate their interests in language, for the beginning of the course.

Physical Education

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Physical Education Teacher

Karen Bunkenburg

Biography

Karen Bunkenburg comes to Saints Peter and Paul most recently from St. Petronille School in Glen Ellyn where she worked with students in Grades K-8 for the last three years.  She holds a B.A. in English with an education minor from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.  She has recently completed additional coursework on instructional methods for reading instruction, teaching English as a Second Language and methods of teaching students with diverse needs as she works toward completing her LBS1 endorsement.  Bunkenburg also worked in higher education for many years as an assistant professor, coach and advisor.
Mrs. Bunkenburg lives in Naperville with her husband, Keith, and two children.  Her son, Brady, will be a sophomore at Benet Academy in the fall and her daughter, Taylor, will be an eighth grader at Washington Junior High School.  Their family is very active in sports; Mr. Bunkenburg is the Men’s Basketball Coach at Benedictine University, Mrs. Bunkenburg is an assistant volleyball coach at BU, Brady plays basketball at Benet and Taylor plays volleyball, basketball, softball and runs track.  Additionally, they love to spend time together playing games, watching movies and traveling.  They are current members of St. Joan of Arc Parish.
Mrs. Bunkenburg is very excited to be part of the junior high team at SSPP.    Her own children went to Catholic schools for all or part of their education and she values the Catholic foundation established for them. My goal will be to challenge my students to reach beyond their limits, to actively engage them in the learning process and to continue to foster a lifelong love of reading, writing, analysis and creativity.  Given the size of the classes, I am very excited to interact one-on-one with the students daily.  This will create such a strong dynamic for instruction and a fun learning environment.”

Favorite Bible Quote

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
She believes we must trust that things will work out, even if we cannot see it at the time.

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching at a Catholic school is important to Mrs. Bunkenburg because she enjoys the combination of academic challenge, emotional growth and faith filled community.  Knowing students are growing intellectually while being encouraged to embrace their faith, walking the way Jesus wants each of us to walk, is especially important to her.  Her own children went to Catholic schools for all or part of their education and she values the Catholic foundation established for them. She can’t wait to get to know the Saints. Peter and Paul community as a whole and looks forward to becoming a member of the Trojan Family.