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Early Childhood (PS-Kindergarten)


Mrs. Urchell
Northern Illinois University, Early Childhood Certificate
Governors State University, Masters Degree in Education
Certified Catechist

Nominated for Golden Apple
Nominated for Disney Hands Reward

"As an early childhood teacher, I believe it is important to focus mainly on the social and emotional development of a child. I think it is essential to address each child’s individual needs. I believe in an active and hands-on curriculum."

Mrs. O’Hara
Illinois State University
St. Xavier University
Chicago State University
Early Childhood Certificate and Master Degree in Early Childhood Education

"I believe in addressing the physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs of the young child. We aim to nurture and teach the whole child by incorporating a developmentally appropriate curriculum and treating each child as a unique individual."
Mrs. O'Keefe
Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science
St. Xavier University, Master of Arts in Education
Type 03 Certification with a Middle School Endorsement in Language Arts

"I believe my role as a preschool teacher is to provide a passion for learning through song, dance, and exploration.  I can not wait to help students develop a love and respect for themselves and each other, as we grow together throughout the year."
Mrs. Martin
Teacher Aide

I joined the St. Barnabas faculty in 2006 after working as a teacher's aide at Our Lady of Loretto for 12 years.  I have worked with both Mrs. O'Hara and Mrs. Urchell as an aide in preschool and I teach various after school enrichment classes throughout the school year.

Mrs. Roberts

Teacher Aide

University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts in Food Science and Human Nutrition

Lauren is excited to start another year at St. Barnabas School. She enjoys being around fun, creative and enthusiastic children in an environment that helps foster earning and independence.  Lauren is married with 4 children.  In her free time she loves spending time with her family, coaching (and playing) basketball, and is an avid runner.
  Mrs. Jendra
Teacher Aide
  Mrs. Gorman
Teacher Aide


Mrs. Foley
Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science
St. Xavier University, Masters in Elementary Education

Nominated for Golden Apple

"As a primary teacher, I strive to create a safe, positive and fun atmosphere in which to learn and practice age appropriate social and educational skills.  I emphasize a love of discovery, self, and each other while nuturing each child's uniqueness.  I believe that the most important life lessons are learned in kindergarten.  Together, we will help the future leaders develop into thoughtful, compassionate and empowered global citizens."
Mrs. Reynders
St. Xavier University
Early Childhood Certificate and Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education

Honor Society for Educators
"As an early childhood educator, I believe in teaching the whole child. Each child is an individual with a different history, so it is important to get to know each child, so his/her individual needs can be met, and learning styles implemented. It is essential to provide a learner-centered environment with developmentally appropriate lessons across the curriculum."
Mrs. Butcher
Teacher Aide

University of St. Francis, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

I have spent many years teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago as both a Kindergarten teacher and Preschool teacher.  This is my 8th year at St. Barnabas School.

Mrs. Holland

Teacher Aide

I am a graduate of Queen of Peace High School and Southwest School of Business.  I worked at two different law firms for a total of 10 years downtown.  I have been married to my husband Bill for 39 years and have 3 wonderful daughters, all of whom attended and graduated from St. Barnabas School.  We have lived in the parish for 33 years and I have been a part of the St. Barnabas faculty for the past 22 years.
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