Faculty and Staff

Pastor

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


Principal

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

My name is Maureen Byrnes and I am continuing my “Hawk Flight” as the Assistant Principal and Learning Support Specialist. I received my M.A. Degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University and my B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Education from St. Xavier University with an LBS1 Endorsement. I truly enjoy working with the St. Linus students and families! Our “Hawks” bring a sense of creativity, joy and excitement in with them each and every day!

“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

 

Mrs. Byrnes  | mbyrnes@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Mrs. Byrnes – Learning Resource Connection


Secretary

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

Fax  | 708-499-4492

 


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

 


Pre-K

Hello! My name is Erin Tierney (aka. Mrs. Erin), and I’m entering my second year as a PreK teacher at St. Linus. I earned my Bachelor’s in Media Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and my Master’s in Early Childhood Education from North Park University in 2022. There is no greater joy than guiding our littlest students to see their potential and grow into lifelong learners. Outside the classroom, I enjoy gaming on my Switch, baking, and crafting with my Cricut.

 

Mrs. Erin- Room TBA | etierney@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Pre-School Connection

 


Kindergarten

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

 


Kindergarten

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 Angelica Benigno and I’m the new 3rd grade teacher at St. Linus school! I went to Illinois State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, and I currently reside in Evergreen Park. I attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through grade 12. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in education. In my spare time I enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time with my dog, Bear. I can’t wait for a wonderful year full of learning and fun!

 

Ms. Benigno- Room TBA abenigno@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Ms. Benigno Connection


Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Hailey Pizur, and I am so excited to begin my teaching career at St. Linus! I am so blessed to be a part of the St. Linus community. I recently graduated from Saint Xavier University where I was also a cheerleader. In addition to my degree, I have a Reading Teacher endorsement. Reading teaches us so many valuable lessons, and I can’t wait to share my love for reading with my 4th and 5th graders this year. While I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with my family, listen to music, and exercise!

 

Hailey Pizur – Room TBA | hpizur@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Coming Soon!


Fourth 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


Fifth Grade

Hi my name is Mrs. Joyce Mendez. This is my first year teaching at St. Linus, but I have been teaching in the Archdioceses of Chicago for many years. I have taught every grade from kindergarten through 5th grade. This year I will be teaching 4th and 5th grade Math and Religion at St. Linus. When I’m not teaching I really enjoy spending time with my husband and two adult children as well as with my brothers, sisters, mother, nieces, nephews, and friends. I really enjoy the outdoors, especially gardening, walking, and traveling. I also like dining out and shopping.

 

Mrs. Mendez – Room TBA | jmendez@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Coming Soon


Junior High Social Studies

Hello! My name is Mr. Holewa. This will be my first year teaching at St. Linus which I am very excited about! I am looking forward to teaching in a catholic school setting as that is what I have grown up in. I attended St. Damian grammar school where I am still a parishioner. I received both my history and teaching degree from Lewis University. After graduation I began to work in High School District 228, where I still coach both Volleyball and Swimming. I am looking forward to a great year and cannot wait to get started.

 

Mr. Holewa – Room TBA | aholewa@stlinusschool.org

Google Site:  Coming Soon!


Junior High Math

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


Junior High ELA

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


Junior High Science

My name is Alexandra Lapsa and I will be teaching 6-8th science at St. Linus. I graduated from Dominican University with a BS in biology and a MA degree in middle school education. I enjoy conducting experiments and facilitating hands-on activities to promote critical thinking skills and a more in depth understanding of NGSS concepts. When I am not teaching I enjoy nature walks, singing in choirs, and spending time with my husband.

 

Mrs. Lapsa – Room TBA alapsa@stlinusschool.org

Google Site: Coming Soon!


Art

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


Library

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


Music

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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