Student Services Staff

Student Services Coordinator

Biography

Pat Guess is in her thirty-ninth year of teaching and her twenty-fourth at Saints Peter and Paul. Pat became interested in teaching when she began volunteering at Krejci Academy, a private therapeutic day school that is part of Little Friends, Inc., when she was in eighth grade. Mrs. Guess continued volunteering and working as an aide at Krejci during the summers throughout high school and college. Pat attended Valparaiso University and graduated with a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in special education. Mrs. Guess attended Olivet Nazarene University for graduate school and is a certified reading specialist and learning behavior specialist. After completing her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Guess returned to Krejci Academy, where she worked with students with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Mrs. Guess remained at Krejci for fifteen years, but always had a dream of teaching in a Catholic school. In 1997, her dream was realized when Saints Peter and Paul had an opening in the Project Discover program. Pat joined the staff at Saints Peter and Paul School, where as a child she had attended religious education classes and had received the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. She still remembers helping her mother, who was a religious education instructor, make rosaries with her class in Room 12. Mrs. Guess feels blessed to once again be a part of the Saints Peter and Paul family.

Favorite Bible Quote

“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe in the importance of teamwork between home and school. It is by this collaboration that students have their greatest opportunity to develop to their full potential. My goal is to have a nurturing and positive classroom that supports a growth mindset and encourages students to develop the skills and strategies they need to become more self-confident and love learning.”

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Karen Domagola

Biography

Mrs. Domagola is a graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul School and Benet Academy. She and her husband Mike, are long time Sts. Peter and Paul parishioners. Mike and Karen are staunch believers in Catholic Education, their three children attended Sts. Peter and Paul, Benet Academy and all went on to Catholic Colleges. She holds a BS in Marketing awarded from Eastern Illinois University. Mrs. Domagola’s first career was in technology, she was a Project Manager and Marketing Communications Professional at Lucent Technologies. She had a mid- career shift and holds a MA in Special Education from Lewis University.
Currently in her 15th year of teaching, Mrs. Domagola has found her home at Sts. Peter and Paul school. Working as a Resource Teacher, she is able to share her love of learning and her strong faith with students from Kindergarten to 8th grade.

Favorite Bible Quote

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me” is her favorite bible verse. Mrs. Domagola believes that all life is precious and each day a gift from God.

Teaching Philosophy

“It’s amazing to watch these little ones grow into strong, independent, faith-filled young men and women,” said Mrs. Domagola. “I believe each child is a gift from God, and precious. I pledge each day to do what is best for the child entrusted to my classroom.”

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Sr. Susan Wade

Biography

Sr. Susan Catherine Wade knows that successful students become successful adults. Sister Susan attended Illinois State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education with a Professional Educator License to teach elementary education as well as students who are blind or partially sighted.   Sister later completed graduate coursework in reading education.  This is her first year at Saints Peter and Paul School and her forty-third year teaching. She has previously taught in the Illinois Dioceses of Belleville and Joliet as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago.   Sister Susan has experience teaching second and third grades.  For the last ten years, Sister served as the Title l reading/math instructor for kindergarten through eighth graders at Saint Walter School in Chicago.    She received the To Teach as Jesus Award for the 2014/15 school year.  The award is given to “those who live their life like Christ – are good role models practicing their faith and living a faith filled life.” In addition, Sister Susan was highlighted on the Catapult Learning website in April 2017. Here teachers are listed in recognition of their positive impact on children and schools throughout the country. Sister loves teaching and views it not as a job but as a ministry.
Sister Susan began the formation process with the School Sisters of Saint Francis of Christ the King in 2005.  During formation, Sister Susan learned more about living religious life including the rich history of the Sisters, Franciscan spirituality, the Bible, the Liturgy of the Hours, and community life.  Sister was received into the Novitiate in 2007.  During novitiate, Sister Susan volunteered at Mount Assisi Academy in the Margaretan Program assisting individual freshman level high school students with learning differences. Sister professed first vows in 2008 and final vows in 2012.  During this time, Sister completed a four course online certificate program in Franciscan Studies through the University of Saint Francis.  The course in the Franciscan Tradition in Art and Literature was particularly interesting to her.
Included in the course was a section relative to the literature of Francis through a pictorial presentation of the Canticle of the Creatures and how Francis is represented in poetry and literature.  Sister Susan enjoys traveling and exploring nature.  She had the opportunity to visit Maribor, Slovenia on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the founding of her religious congregation. Sr. Susan likes to draw and paint especially when she is on her annual retreat.  She likes to write poems and uses writing as a form of prayer.  Sister Susan is looking forward to her future at Saints Peter and Paul School and Parish.

Favorite Bible Quote

Sister Susan has always enjoyed the story Jesus blessing the little children found in Mark 10: 13-16.  The story tells about the people who were bringing little children to Jesus for him to bless them, but the disciples admonished them. When Jesus saw this, he was upset. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”  She understands from this story that great accomplishments are not needed to enter Heaven and that everyone matters. What is required is wonder and deep faith in God.

Teaching Philosophy

Sister Susan believes that in order to be an outstanding teacher, it is necessary to view teaching as a vocation and not just a job.  Teaching is a profession that requires a special commitment and dedication.  A great teacher comes to school each day with fresh and innovative lessons that facilitate learning.  She cares about all the students in her classroom and strives to help each reach his/her full potential.  Her Catholic faith is not just something she reads about in books.  It is part of her life inside and outside of the classroom.  A great teacher motivates students and gives them a sense of accomplishment.  She sets high standards and provides a positive learning environment.  For teaching is a vocation, a gift from God to be used for the benefit of others.

School Counselor

Biography

Dawn Hanzie has been teaching for ten years in various grade levels ranging from Kindergarten to High School as a Special Education teacher. She is excited to get started as a counselor here at Saint Peter and Paul School. She graduated in 2012 with a dual major in Elementary Education and Special Education. She then decided to keep going and pursue a Masters in School Counseling at Lewis University in 2015. Mrs. Hanzie is thankful for all her experiences because it brought her to where she is today! When she is not reading she is enjoying time with her beautiful daughter, husband and fluffy dog Patrick.

Favorite Bible Quotes

"Do everything in love"- 1 Corinthians 16:14
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7

Teaching Philosophy

I believe every child can learn and succeed. Everything we need to be successful is already within us. We just need to find the tools to show what we know. Our brains are such powerful muscles and when we believe in ourselves and accept that hard work is never easy, but always worth it then we begin to see a positive change. Mistakes are inevitable and wonderful because that is how we learn and grow. My hope is to spread kindness, positivity and help promote a growth mindset each and every day.