Grades 1-2

First Grade

Mrs. Aleman

University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S. in Education

"As a primary grade teacher, I strive to educate each child individually. My goal is to focus on the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each student. Providing students with hands-on activities helps me to achieve this goal. I believe parents and teachers should work together to instill Christian values. It is then that students can become self-confident and be successful."

Mrs. Clough

Creighton University, B.S. in Elementary Education
St. Xavier University, M.A. in Teaching and Leadership
Certified Catechist

Larry Stilgebauer Award of Excellence for Innovative Use of Technology
Twice nominated for Archdiocese of Chicago Heart of the School Award
Twice Nominated for Disney's Teacher Hand Award
Finalist Archdiocese of Chicago Distinguished Service Award 2010

"As a strong advocate of Catholic Schools, I believe children are God's greatest gift to us.  We need to guide children to build their relationship with God, so they are able to find their gifts and talents.  As a Catholic School Teacher, I believe I need to teach individual students in a way they can achieve.  Therefore, I need to teach in a variety of styles, offer exciting, challenging lessons so each child can soar.  I strive to build a classroom with respect, a positive atmosphere and a place where all can be accepted for who they are."

Mrs. Cleveland

Western Oregon University, B.A. in Elementary Education
Gallaudet University, M.A. in Deaf Education

Nominated for 2012-2013 Heart of the School Award
"I believe that the purest learning happens in the youngest of children.  Their processing of new information is not compartmentalized; therefore I believe it is my job to nurture the education of a whole child.  My approach to sharing new information with children addresses their emotional, social, physical, academic and spiritual needs through a variety of age-appropriate approaches that recognizes that each child is individual and unique."

Second Grade

Ms. Brett

Purdue University, B.A. in Elementary Education
St. Xavier University, M.A. in Education: Reading Specialist

Certified Catechist

"I believe it is essential to provide learning activities that support children's individual needs so that each student can be successful.  As a result, I get to know my students academically and personally in order to address their needs and make learning meaningful to them.  I also aim to create a safe and loving environment where each student feels accepted and comfortable within my classroom."

Ms. Sadowski

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, B.A. in Elementary Education with minor in Early Childhood Development
Certified Catechist

"I believe that the primary grades are the foundation of a child’s education.  It is important to lay this foundation to be a positive, exciting, and fun learning experience.  We are to inspire young children to constantly grow and mature in all areas of their lives, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially."

Saint Barnabas Parish


Saint Barnabas School

10134 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
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10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
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