Teachers

We are so fortunate to have an amazing faculty and staff here at St. Therese. Their dedication and passion show through in everything they do. Our students thrive academically, emotionally and spiritually in large part due to the nurturing environment provided by these individuals.

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Mrs. Heather Baer – 1st and 2nd Grade

My name is Heather Baer and I have been teaching at St. Therese for 5 years. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. I am currently teaching 1st and 2nd grade and am the Assistant Principal. I am married and have two children. We are all big fans of the Chicago Cubs!

Mr. David Brown – Grades 5 – 8 Social Studies & Language Arts

My name is David Brown and I am the 7/8 grade homeroom teacher here at St. Therese School. I also teach grades 5-8 in the content areas of Social Studies and Language Arts along with the Student Council here at the school. Before becoming a teacher, I attended Waubonsee Community College and then Aurora University to achieve my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In the three years that I have been teaching here, I have grown to love the job of teaching and I have also grown more attached to both the school and community that I am now a part of here at St. Therese School.

Fabiola Gandarilla

My name is Fabiola Gandarilla and I am one of the Preschool Aides here at St. Therese. I started working here in 2015. I’m married and my husband and I served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. I have 3 children who all attend St. Therese School. I really enjoy working as a

Mrs. Jennifer Gouger – Preschool

My name is Jenifer Gouger and I am the preschool teacher at St. Therese. I am married and have two children ages 13 and 18. I have taught pre-k for four years. I have taught both 3 and 4- year olds. I also taught kindergarten for nine years. I taught in both public and Catholic schools. I received my Bachelor degree with a double major in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. I received my Masters degree in elementary education with an emphasis in multicultural education from Kansas State. I look forward to a great school year.

Ms. Tess Grimes – 2nd Grade

My name is Tess Grimes and I am St. Therese’s newest teacher.  I went to Aurora University and received a B. S. in Elementary Education. This will be my first year teaching 2nd grade. My grandmother, mother, and older sister, have been or are currently teachers so teaching just runs in my blood! I am

Ms. Kim Kane – Physical Education

My name is Kim Kane and I am the Physical Education teacher here at St. Therese. I am lucky in that I work with students from pre-school through 8th grade. I received my degree from Aurora University. I also coach Gymnastics at Batavia High School and teach Excel. I have two sons who attend Marmion Academy and I am engaged to be married. When I’m not teaching, I enjoys staying active doing yoga, dancing and roller skating.

Mrs. Sonia Lucena – Preschool Aide

My name is Sonia Lucena and I’ve been a Preschool and Kindergarten Aide here at St.Therese School for thirteen years. I’m married and I have 3 children, two that have already graduated from St.Therese and one that is attending 1st grade now. I love and enjoy my job very much, especially working with the little ones.

Mr. Richard Mlot – Grade 5 – 8 Math and Science

My name is Richard Mlot. I have been teaching at St. Therese of Jesus for the past five years. I teach 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Math and Science. Some of the highlights in Science class include mousetrap powered vehicles, pneumatic projectile launchers, botany (potted plants) and homemade slime. The thing that strikes me most about St. Therese is the prevalent sense of community among the students, staff and parents. I hold a BA and an MPA from Northern Illinois University and have been a certified teacher since 2011.

Ms. Kaylee Siuda – Kindergarten

My name is Kaylee Siuda and I teach Kindergarten, also known as the marvelous monsters, here at St. Therese! I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary education as well as a bachelor’s degree in Special education from Aurora University. This is my first year teaching Kindergarten! One of the things that I enjoy about teaching at St. Therese is how everyone works together as a community of learners.

Mrs. Amanda Studer – Grades 3 – 8 Math

My name is Amanda Studer. I graduated in 2009 with a teaching degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana and have been teaching here since 2013. I teach the third and fourth combined grade and I am the faculty sponsor of the children’s choir The best part of my job is the kindness and thoughtfulness that the students display. They care for each other, they look out for each other and they treat one another with respect.

When I am not teaching, thinking about teaching or planning to teach, I can be found reading or dancing.