Faculty and Staff


Fr. Mark Walter – Rectory | mwalter@stlinusschool.org


I am upbeat and experienced educator who began as an elementary school teacher with Chicago Public Schools, and 14 years as an administrator at Queen of Peace High School and Maria High School before becoming the principal of St. Cletus Catholic School in La Grange, IL. I’m a St. Linus Alum, from the class of 1976. It’s great to be home, and a GREAT day to be a Hawk!

Ms. Margaret Hayes – Main Office | mhayes@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Ms. Hayes’ Happenings

Assistant Principal/ Learning Resource

This is my third year at St. Linus School and I am excited to begin my “Hawk” flight! I received my Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Education from St. Xavier University with an LBS1 Endorsement. I am still in school at Loyola University working toward a Master of Arts Degree in Administration and Supervision. I am looking forward to my role as the Assistant Principal and Learning Specialist. I am eager to begin working with the students. The students bring a sense of creativity, joy and excitement in with them each day. “Oh the places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

Mrs. Byrnes  | mbyrnes@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. Byrnes – Learning Resource Connection


My name is Linda Delisi and I am the School Secretary at St. Linus since January of 2006. I am also a St. Linus parishioner and also a proud parent of three Linus alums. I love what I do here at St. Linus, and each year is exciting with the new faces of the students.

I like to refer to them as the old soap opera “All My Children.” When I am away from my “2nd home at Linus” I enjoy spending time with my family.


Mrs. Delisi – Main Office | ldelisi@stlinusschool.org

Extended Day Care  – AM & PM

I am an aide during the day in school and I also do the before and after school Extended Day Program. I am a long time parishioner of St. Linus. My three children graduated  from St.Linus. Currently I am lucky to have tree of my nine grandchildren enrolled. (How fortunate am I!) Thirty-one  years ago I started the Extended Day Program here at Linus.  IT IS STILL THE BEST PART OF MY DAY.

Mrs. Gute – Room 17 | mgute@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: The Extended Day Connection

3 Year Old Preschool

I am the 3 year old preschool teacher here at St. Linus. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education, from St. Xavier University. I have been an aide in preschool at St. Linus, for 3 years and this school year I will be the head teacher of the 3 year old preschool. I currently live in St. Linus Parish, with my husband and 5 children. I enjoy spending time with my family/friends and traveling to new places. I look forward to starting a new year filled with new experiences and fun!

Mrs. Kokaska – Room 8  | jkokaska@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Pre-School Connection

4 Year Old Preschool

In 2008 I started my journey here at St. Linus and have been loving every minute of it.  I have spent my time teaching early childhood, specifically preschool the last few years.  My love of reading is what led me to get my Master’s Degree in Reading and Reading Specialist certificate.
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and baking.

Mrs. Dougherty – Room 9 | cdougherty@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Pre-School Connection


I have been a Kindergarten teacher for 22 years, and have been at St. Linus since 2000. Teaching Kindergarten has been very rewarding. When I am not in the classroom, I like to spend time with my husband and 2 daughters. I also love to read and go to the movies. St. Linus has been a great place to teach.

Mrs. Revis – Room 13 | mrevis@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. Revis – Room 13 Connection


I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Reading and am a certified reading specialist. I love to read and hope to spark an early love of reading in the kindergarten students. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, shopping, relaxing, and of course reading!


Mrs. Newman – Room 15 | mknewman@stlinusschool.org
Google Site: Mrs. Newman – Room 16 Connection

First Grade

My name is Arianne Kelly and I am thrilled to be continuing my teaching career at St. Linus! I have 13 years of primary teaching experience in public school, and am looking forward to teaching in my own parish, as I am a life long parishioner of St. Linus. I have a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University. I enjoy traveling with my husband and two sons, shopping and visiting museums, as well as seeing musicals both on Broadway and here in Chicago. I am proud to be teaching First Grade at St. Linus School.”

Mrs. Kelly – Room 14akelly@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. Kelly – Room 14 Connection

First Grade

My name is Mary Reynolds and this is my third year teaching first grade at St.Linus! I graduated from St. Linus in 2007 and I am very excited to be back in the halls where my love for learning began. I went on and graduated from Marist High School, Marquette University and I am currently in grad school at Saint Xavier University for Elementary Education. When I am not in the classroom, I am spending time with my family and friends, traveling to Michigan, coaching high school basketball, and staying active. This school year will be full of learning and new adventures and I cannot wait to begin the year!

Mary Beth Reynolds – Room 16 | mreynolds@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Ms. Reynolds – Room 16 Connection

Second Grade

I have a B.S. degree in Special Education; returned to school to be certified in Elementary Education; and went back again for classes in Early Childhood.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, decorating, gardening, reading and being active. During your child’s 2nd grade year, I hope they grow in faith, kindness and respect for others.  For from acceptance and tolerance grows peace.

Ms. Anderson – Room 6
| randerson@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Ms. Anderson – Room 6 Connection

Second Grade

My early career was in the advertising industry producing television and radio commercials, but as I raised my three children I made a life-changing decision to return to school and earn my Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I completed my student teaching assignment at St. Linus and began teaching 1st grade here full-time in 2007. Since then I have taught both 1st and 3rd grades. Teaching 2nd grade will be a new experience for me, and I look forward to working with our 2nd graders. When I’m not at school, I love traveling with my family and friends to new places, working in my garden, and discovering good books to read. I believe that the best gift we can offer our children is a steady stream of new challenges in a comfortable and accepting environment to help them grow in independence and self-confidence.

Mrs. O’Connell – Room 4 | loconnell@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. O’Connell – Room 4 Connection

Third Grade

My name is Maureen Schifferdecker and I have worked at St. Linus for over 20 years. I feel very blessed to be a part of S. Linus. I have attended Catholic Schools all of my life: St. Agnes for Grade School, Marian Catholic High School, and Marquette University. I want the students to learn from me, as well as me learning from them, and giving them the skills to be successful in their lives. My favorite saying is, “Always do your best.”

Mrs. Schifferdecker – Room 7 | mschifferdecker@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. Schifferdecker – Room 20 Connection

Third Grade

My name is Abbey Linnert and I am the other 3rd grade teacher at St. Linus this year. I just  graduated from Saint Xavier University with my B.S. in Elementary Education and I also have a Reading Teacher endorsement. I love to work with children and inspire them to be the best version of themselves. I am a first year teacher, and I am so excited to be here and get to know the St. Linus community! I thoroughly love to see children grow academically and personally throughout the school year, and I want to always make that a goal of mine for my students. In my free time I love to spend time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I love to keep up with the latest shows on Netflix, go shopping, travel, and always try something new and exciting!

Ms. Linnert – Room 8 alinnert@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Ms. Linnert – Room 8 Connection

Fourth Grade

This is my fourth year teaching at St. Linus School and I am extremely excited! I received both of my bachelor degrees in Elementary Education and Communication, as well as my Master of Arts in Teaching from Lake Forest College. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but I was determined to do so after my experience of helping a classroom each day as a Peer Leader when I attended Marist High School. I recently taught at St. Louis de Montfort, where I taught 4th & 5th Grade Math, Science, and STEM. This year, I will be teaching 4th grade, as well as 5th grade math and religion. When I am not teaching, I like to spend time with my family and friends, traveling, watching sports, and studying art.

Caitlin Hurley – Room 20 | churley@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: https://sites.google.com/stlinusschool.org/hurley/home

Hailey Pizur – Room 18 | hpizur@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: 

Fifth Grade

I am very excited to be at St. Linus! This is my first year here and my 3rd year of teaching. I’ve spent time in classrooms from 2nd grade up to 7th and truly enjoy every minute of it. I graduated from Calumet College of St. Joseph with a B.S. in Elementary Education. While there I was a part of the wrestling, track, and rowing teams where I set a school record in the javelin throw. In my spare time I coach high school football and wrestling and spend time at our cottage in Michigan. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and baby boy.

Mr. Miller – Room 22 | tmiller@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mr. Miller’s Connection

Sixth Grade

Hello! My name is Jordyn Bednar, and I’m so excited to start my journey here with your students as the new 6/7/8 English teacher! I’m extremely optimistic, and I believe that Kindness above all is free and easy to give. I graduated from Northern Illinois University and was confirmed through Newman Catholic on campus. God put us here to share life with one another, and English is one of the most powerful tools we have to accomplish that. By growing stronger in their writing, my hope is that your students will grow stronger in their ability to share experiences themselves. Along with teaching I also coach a high school color guard. When I’m not in class I love camping, hiking, swimming, and going on adventures with my family, friends, and loved ones.

Ms. Bednar – Room 27 |jbednar@stlinusschool.org

Google Site:  https://sites.google.com/stlinusschool.org/msbednarroom27/home

Eighth Grade

Hello! My name is Alisa Trovato and I am the  junior high math teacher. I have been extremely involved in St. Linus for the past 5 years as I have 3 children who attend school here also in 5th grade, 3rd grade and 1st grade. My husband and I have been parishioners of St. Linus for over 15 years and my mom and aunts even went to school here. Professionally, I have taught at Andrew High School and Stagg High School for a combined 10 years prior to stopping when my youngest daughter was born. I am very excited to begin teaching again at St. Linus and am looking forward to a great year!


Mrs. Trovato – Room 25 |atrovato@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Middle School Math Connection

Seventh Grade

I have been teaching since 2000, but this is my first experience in middle school.  Previously, I taught at Maria High School and Queen of Peace High School.  I earned my Master’s in Literacy in 2006 from Dominican University.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my husband and our two children, and walking.


Mrs. Middleton- Room 30 |emiddleton@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Middle School Literature Connection

Eighth Grade

I have been at St. Linus for 15 years and teaching for 41 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Quincy University and my Master’s Degree from Concordia University. I have taught at a high school level for most of my teaching career where I have been a head football coach and a wrestling coach.  I have been part of starting the Middle School curriculum , as well as a big part in St. Linus receiving the Blue Ribbon Award. I am currently teaching Middle School Science classes as well as 6th grade History.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge, not only in science, but also in life lessons.

Mr. Pawelski – Room 24 | lpawelski@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Middle School Science Connection


This year will be my 32nd year in education and my 15th year at St. Linus School. I taught various classroom grades at St. Linus including second, third, fifth, and middle school language arts plus designing and teaching the first art program to seventh and eight grades in 1996. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Education with a second major in Art Education and my Masters of Science in Teaching and Leadership specializing in Differentiation from St. Xavier University. I am married to Ed for 32 years and our son Edward attended St. Linus School, Class of 2006.

Mrs. Tierney – Room 5 | ktierney@stlinusschool.org

Google site: Mrs. Tierney – Room 5 Connection


Hi my name is Patti Goldsmith and I’m excited to be the library aide for 2021-22 school year. I worked for the Chicago police department for 33 Years where I worked at the training academy. I also taught religion at St. Germaine for their religious education program for 17 years. I enjoy reading and hope to share my love of reading to the students. In my spare time I volunteer at the Ronald Mcdonald house and enjoy spending time with my family . “It’s a great year to be a Hawk!”

Ms. Goldsmith – Library |pgoldsmith@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Library Connection


Mrs. Keelan is our new preK-8th grade music teacher. This is her 9th year teaching music. She has her bachelors degree in music education from Illinois State University and masters from VanderCook College of Music. She previously was the band and choir director at Morris District #54. Mrs. Keelan’s main instrument is the saxophone and piano. She resides in Evergreen Park with her husband, Patrick, and 5 month old daughter, Lorelei. She is excited to start the school year and get your children singing, playing, and moving!

Mrs. Keelan – Room 23 | hkeelan@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Music Connection

Physical Education

Hello! My name is Terry Dillon and I am very excited about being a part of the St. Linus family. I have heard many great things about the school and my predecessor, Mr. Kraft, and I hope the 2021-2022 year will be as fun, enjoyable and physically challenging as in years past.
I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University, a Master of Science Degree in International Commerce and Policy from Valparaiso University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. In addition, I am endorsed to teach middle school, physical education, science, and social studies. I am also working on obtaining my health endorsement and should be finished with the courses by January 2019.

Mr. Dillon – Gymnasiumtdillon@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mr. Dillon – P.E. Connection


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