Staff

 

Mrs. Amy Siegmann: Asst. Principal / 1st Grade asiegmann@scbparish.org

Now entering her third year as our 1st grade teacher and her 13th overall at SCB, Mrs. Siegmann has added another title to her resume as she begins her first year as our Assistant Principal. Mrs. Siegmann earned her B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University and continued her education at National Louis University. Mrs. Siegmann’s strong Catholic background, as well as her own Catholic education, provide an excellent basis for her faith-filled educational journey with our students.

“I feel that God has truly blessed me in my life, and it is both an honor and privilege to share His glory with the students at SCB as we blend our educational and Catholic values into a rich mix of learning opportunities.”


Mrs. Vicki Gray: Secretary scbschool@scbparish.org

Mrs. Gray joined our SCB family in 1997 when she married an alum of SCB. In 2004, with the enrollment of her oldest child into the Little Saints preschool, she began volunteering in the school whenever possible. She was able to volunteer more as all three of her children began to attend. She became the school secetary in 2015.

She says "I look around am thankful every day for the opportunities that God has given me and my family. I am in awe of the works done here at our school and I am thrilled to be a part of it."

Mrs. Amanda Jones: Preschool ajones@scbparish.org

Mrs. Jones as been apart of the SCB school from a very young age. She herself attended St. Charles Borromeo through 8th grade. Her father is also an alumnus of SCB. This school and parish are a large part of her and her family's lives.

Mrs. Jones graduated from Western Illinois University with an Elementary Education degree in 2010.

Before becoming the preschool teacher Mrs. Jones was the P.E. Teacher and coached both volleyball and basketball. She is still involved in the athletics program, as she is the school's Athletic Director.

"I'm so happy to be giving back to the school and community that has helped form my strong Catholic foundation. It's a privilege to work at St. Charles Borromeo creating the beginning foundations of my preschoolers' relationship with God."


Mrs. Maureen Gannon: Kindergarten mgannon@scbparish.org

Mrs. Gannon completed her bachelor's degree at Illinois College. After several years in the business world, she found her way back into college and obtained her master's degree in education. Mrs. Gannon student taught at SCB and knew it was the place she wanted to be. In the fall of 2011, Mrs. Gannon became the kindergarten teacher here, which she considers a "wonderful privilege". She continues to lead a Daisy Scout troop, coach soccer, and coach tee-ball in her "free" time. Mrs. Gannon also serves as an executive board member for Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization.

"My faith has carried me throughout my life and I feel it is my duty to pass that faith along. Jesus taught us to spread the Good Word and in a Catholic school that happens daily. Living the Faith and teaching it is such a blessing!"


Mrs. Jessica Mina: 2nd Grade jmina@scbparish.org

Mrs. Mina has been associated with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School since 2000. She has been a teacher, a substitute teacher, an instructional aide, a volunteer, and a parent. She holds Bachelors in Education degree from Northern Illinois University with concentration in Language Arts and Social-Studies.

Mrs. Mina states, “Catholic education is important to me because it has become a very vital part of my everyday life. The students at St. Charles Borromeo are so faith-filled and special, they inspire me every day to do my very best.”


Mrs. Amy Zilch: 3rd Grade azilch@scbparish.org

Mrs. Amy Zilch joined our staff as our third grade teacher in 2010. Previously, Mrs. Zilch had been an SCB volunteer in many areas including coaching girl's basketball and volleyball and a frequent substitute for all grades. She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration Degree from St. Norbert College and she earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University in 2009 after deciding that teaching was something she loved to do. Mrs. Zilch and her husband have three daughters who are all graduates of SCB.

"I believe that our school has given my own children a wonderfully strong foundation academically and spiritually. Additionally, SCB helped them to build confidence in themselves by providing a nurturing environment with many opportunities to begin to spreading their wings."

Mrs. Barb Koester: 4th Grade bkoester@scbparish.org

Mrs. Koester returns to teach fourth grade this year, and has a wonderful perspective on the rich heritage and tradition of our school. Bringing other experiences to SCB having taught elsewhere before arriving here in 1995, Mrs. Koester has previously taught middle school Social Studies, as well as Reading and student Resource. Her preparation began at Carthage College, where she earned her degree, with subsequent work and certification at Rockford College.

"Because of my relationship with God, I have been blessed with the ability to teach from the heart. I love and respect all my students, and in return they learn to love and respect themselves and others. My prayer is simple, that through my love for God, each student will turn to God with every step of their lives. No greater gift can I ask of God. Catholic education is a gift from God. Everything that we receive from God comes by faith."

 

Mrs. Tori Ryndak: 5th Grade Homeroom/Middle School Literature and Language Arts tryndak@scbparish.org

Mrs. Ryndak has helped greatly at SCB School even before being hired as a full-time instructor in 2008. She previously has coached both volleyball and basketball, and has served as a substitute teacher before being appointed 5th Grade Homeroom teacher and middle school Literature and Language Arts instructor. She earned her elementary education degree at Western Illinois University, and completed student teaching in neighboring U-46, in addition to serving as a full-time teacher's aide. She and her family are SCB parishioners.
"Catholic education is important to me because it allows the students to learn about their religion daily and apply the Catholic values to the information they are learning about in class. They are able to make those important connections that will help them better understand their own lives. They are also able to understand the importance of having God in their lives through their Catholic education."

 

Miss Sheri Seifert:6th Grade Homeroom/Middle School Social Studies sseifert@scbparish.org

After teaching at her alma mater, Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic School in West Dundee, Miss Seifert joined the SCB staff in 2007. Her student teaching was conducted at Ellis Middle School in Elgin. Previously she had been a substitute teacher at Saint Catherine of Siena while attending graduate school, earning her Master of Teaching degree from National-Louis University, with middle school endorsements in Social Science, General Science, and Art. As an undergraduate, she majored in Anthropology at Northern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She previously attended Elgin Community College for an Associate of Arts Degree, and earlier was graduated from Saint Edward Catholic High School in Elgin.

"As a teacher, my responsibility is to be invested in the lives of my students. I achieve this by creating truly caring relationships. I strive to meet the academic and social needs of all. In order to meet my students' academic needs, "best practices" are implemented, creating a sense of responsibility and personal fulfillment within the students. I share my own love of being a life-long learner with my students, and motivate my students to pursue their own quest for further knowledge. By making connections in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Religion, I prepare my students for the role of being a citizen in our country today."

"Catholic education is important to me because it allows the student to experience religion on a daily basis. Through my religious teaching experiences, I have helped guide the development of young Christians by better preparing them to live as Catholics through our studies. It is very rewarding to see this spiritual growth in the students and within myself as a religious educator."

 

Mrs. Amber Litwiniuk:7th Grade Homeroom/Middle School Mathematics alitwiniuk@scbparish.org

Mrs. Litwiniuk joined our SCB teaching team in 2008 after graduating from DePaul University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, including her middle school endorsement. She now serves as our 7th Grade Homeroom teacher and middle school Mathematics instructor and specialist, teaching Math to grades 5 up through 9th grade Algebra for our most advanced students. During her student teaching experience she was assigned to Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines.

"I feel that Catholic education is important because it brings the whole school together as a family. We all have something very important in common- our faith; this binds us together and fosters an atmosphere where we can learn and grow together spiritually and academically. It shows through in all parts of our lives, in and out of school, and solidifies each of us to be genuine, honest, hardworking, thoughtful, polite, and live by similar morals. The sense of unity we feel here is incomparable to any other school setting."


Mr. Joseph Hahn: 8th Grad Homeroom/Middle School Religion jhahn@scbparish.org

Joining our staff in 2008, Mr. Hahn is an Alum of SCB, born and raised in Hampshire, having attended SCB School in grades 1-8. Our middle school Religion teacher completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, earning a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry. He has previously taught at Newman Catholic Central High School and is also presently our SCB Parish RCIA Director. He and his family are SCB parishioners.
Mr. Hahn feels that "Catholic Education is important because as Christian teachers our main responsibility is to give what we have been given, as Jesus has given what he has been given. Whatever these students go on to do for the rest of their lives they will be called to give what they have received. To give is to imitate Jesus, to imitate Jesus is to fulfill our potential as human beings."

Mrs. Mary Hill: Middle School Science mhill@scbparish.org

Mrs. Hill and her husband are members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish and became a part of our SCB school family in 2007 when they enrolled their daughter, Sarah in 3 year old preschool. After volunteering and filling in as substitute teacher, she became the Physical Education and eighth grade Earth Science teacher in 2013. In the Fall of 2015 she was excited to become the middle school science teacher for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Mrs. Hill received her bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Biology and Environmental Education. Returning to her hometown of Elgin, she worked for 8 years at the Elgin Public Museum of Natural History, planning and leading programs for ages 3 to adults. After designing and teaching environmental and science programs to home-schooled students, she fell in love with the formal side of education and completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University with a certification in elementary education and endorsements in middle school, science and social sciences. She then taught 7th and 8th grade science at Eastview Middle School in Bartlett, IL as well as coached girls volleyball and basketball.

“I was so blessed to stay home when Sarah was little. Now I feel so fortunate to be welcomed into the staff family of SCB where I get to share my enthusiasm for science and help students see the patterns God has revealed to us!”

Mrs. Tina Mielnikowski: Computer Technology tmielnikowski@scbparish.org

Mrs. M has been here at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School since 2004, with previous experience of six years each at both Saint Thomas More in Elgin and Saint Catherine of Siena in Dundee. Having worked with all age levels in K-8 education in areas of computer technology as well as in the library, Mrs. Mielnikowski earned her Bachelors degree from Judson College locally, and fully subscribes to the philosophy that "Learning can be fun!"
"Embracing one's spirituality is fundamental in growing into a healthy adult," states Mrs. M, and she continually demonstrates a caring relationship with our students as she helps facilitate this growth while working in tandem with the classroom teachers.

 

Mrs. Denise Bielejeski: Teaching Asst and After Care Supervisor dbielejeski@scbparish.org

Denise Bielejeski (Mrs. B) joined our staff in October of 2012. She is one of our Instructional Assistants and also an After School Care Supervisor.

She has been part of the SCB school and parish family since 1996 when she moved with her family to Hampshire. Both of her children graduated from SCB and she was an active parent volunteer during their time at the school.

Denise is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and has worked at several elementary schools as well as with special education programs.

"My Catholic faith has always been an important part of my life. I love working at SCB because we get to pray with the children and share our faith. It is a joy to be able to work with the students and the great staff here at SCB. Jesus is truly present here."

Mrs. Suzy Mitchinson: Teaching Asst smitchinson@scbparish.org