Faculty & Staff

 

The teachers and staff at St. Cyprian School strive daily to provide students with a nurturing environment where they can develop to their fullest potential. Our teachers set high academic standards for our students. Thus, the education our students receive prepares them to surpass the current academic norm. To us, our students’ whole development is our first priority. Consequently, as our world continues to change, our children will be able to confront the many challenges they will face.

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Mr. Joe Qunilan, PRINCIPAL

This will be Mr. Quinlan’s first year at St. Cyprian.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts degree in Education from National-Louis University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education, as well as being state certified in General Administration.  Prior to being named as Principal at St. Cyprian, he was Assistant Principal and taught for 11 years at St. John the Evangelist School in Streamwood.

 

Ms. Nancy Garber, TEACHER: Preschool

Ms. Garber has a BFA in Theater from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University.  This is her first year at St. Cyprian.  Ms. Garber has been teaching preschool for the last nine years at St. Matthias School in Chicago.  She is very happy to be apart of St. Cyprian and she is very excited to meet her new students.

Ms. Garber’s Classroom Blog

 

0013Mrs. Laura Mejia, AIDE: Preschool Aide

This is Mrs. Mejia’s second year working at St Cyprian School as a teacher’s aide. She previously worked as a teachers aide for two years at another catholic school and volunteered for over 10 years in different areas of the school and church.  She has been happily married for 21 years and has two wonderful kids;  a son who attends St Patrick H.S. and a daughter who attends St Cyprian School.  She loves to cook, garden, do arts and crafts and spend time with her family. She is thankful for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful nurturing, and loving school. She is looking forward to another great year as the Preschool teacher’s aide and truly enjoys being part of their learning experience.

 

Miss Sharon Albert, TEACHER: Kindergarten

Miss Albert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience and has worked at St. Cyprian School for over 25 years.

Miss Albert’s Classroom Blog

 

 

 

Mrs. Jan Burzynski, AIDE:  Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Burzynski has a diploma in Education from the Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. She has worked at St. Cyprian School for 21 years. She assists in the kindergarten room. Mrs. Burzynski has two children who attended St. Cyprian School.

 

 

 

 

0014Ms. Mickey Nolan, TEACHER: Grade 1

Ms. Nolan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, and a Masters in Education from National Louis University. She also has a Learning Specialist endorsement. This is her second year at St. Cyprian, but Ms. Nolan has over 25 years of experience as a teacher. She is very happy to be at St. Cyprian teaching an amazing group of first grade students.

Ms. Nolan’s Classroom Blog

 

 

Miss Rebecca Rehor, TEACHER: Grade 2

Miss Rehor graduated from Triton College with a Liberal Arts degree. She then attended Loyola University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She has been a teacher at St. Cyprian School for 18 years.

Miss Rehor’s Classroom Blog

 

 

 

Mrs. Sarah Ptacek, TEACHER: Grade 3 & 3rd-5th grade English/Language Arts

Mrs. Ptacek has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Benedictine University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Education with an English Language Learning endorsement from National Louis University. She has been a teacher at St. Cyprian School for 12 years.

Mrs. Ptacek’s Classroom Blog

 

 

Mrs. Cynthia Tartaglia, TEACHER: Grade 4 & 3rd-5th grade Math

Mrs. Tartaglia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Elementary Education and Speech Pathology from the College of St. Francis. She also studied Special Education at Northern Illinois University. She has taught at St. Cyprian School for 19 years and has been a parishioner at St. Cyprian Church for almost 30 years.

Mrs. Tartaglia’s Classroom Blog

 

 

0019Ms. Lisa Zavacki, TEACHER: Grade 5 & 3rd-5th grade Reading

Ms. Zavacki is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is also endorsed to teach social sciences at the middle school level. This is her second year working at St. Cyprian School. She is excited to continue to work with all the students, staff, and families in our community.

Miss Zavacki’s Classroom Blog

 

New Sixth Grade teacher to be announced soon!

 

0007Miss Carmen Grango, TEACHER: Grade 7 and 6th-8th Grade Math

Miss Grango is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a graduate of St. Louis University’s graduate school and has a certificate of Religious Formation. She has worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for over 25 years and has taught at St. Cyprian School for 17 years.

Miss Grango’s Classroom Blog

 

 

 

Ms. Emma Russell, TEACHER: Grade 8 & 6th-8th grade Science

Ms. Russell recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Earth Science. She is also endorsed to teach general science, physical science, language arts, and social studies at the middle school level. This is her second year working at St. Cyprian school and she is very excited to work together with all the students, staff, and families within the St. Cyprian community.

Ms. Russell’s Classroom Blog

 

 

Mrs. Jean McElhattan, LIBRARIAN

Mrs. McElhattan studied Art History at Northern Illinois University. She has a Paraprofessional certificate from the Illinois State Board of Education, and has worked at St. Cyprian School for 19 years. Mrs. McElhattan has three children who attended St. Cyprian School.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Maggie Ewig, Front Office and Marketing Coordinator

Mrs. Ewig graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Minor in Anthropology. This will be her third year working at St. Cyprian. She enjoys working with the incredible staff and students, and also instructs the Dance Club at St. Cyprian School. She loves being a part of the St. Cyprian Family.