Say Hello to Our New Teachers!

We welcome twelve new teachers and two new teacher aides to our St. Josaphat faculty. Each new teacher has been assigned a mentor teacher and an instructional coach who will work with them on lesson planning and instructional practices.
Georgia Burke, PreK-3 5 Day “I’m looking forward to being a part of the staff that I have held in such high regard. Working with young children has always been a passion of mine, and I am excited to share my days with our youngest learners helping them explore and grow.”
Kaitlyn Andersen, PreK-3 3 and 2 day “I graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I quickly learned that I love teaching the Preschool age, and taught Preschool for 3 years in the Archdiocese! I've lived in Lincoln Park for 3 years, so I am so excited to live and work in this wonderful neighborhood!”
Mary Bush, Kindergarten “I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at St. Josaphat School this year. I am from Midland, Michigan, and recently moved to Chicago. In May 2018, I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) in Elementary Education and Child Development. I can't wait to meet the wonderful families of SJS- it's going to be a great year!"
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Redwine, 1st Grade “I am so excited to be a part of the St. Josaphat School community! I will be teaching first grade this year. I recently moved to Chicago from Greenville, South Carolina, where I taught kindergarten. My fiancé and I are originally from Athens, Georgia (go Dawgs!), and are getting married in April. I graduated from the University of Georgia with both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I can't wait to meet my first-grade students and families!”
Kitty Harrington, 1st Grade “I was raised in River Forest, Illinois as the 4th of 5 kids. I have attended Catholic Schools throughout my entire life, earning my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Marquette University in 2017 and my Master's in education from Notre Dame this summer. After teaching 4th grade on the border of Texas and Mexico for the past two years, I am so excited to return home to Chicago and join the wonderful SJS community!”
Kelly Klein, 2nd Grade “I am so excited to be a part of the Saint Josaphat community! This will be my fourth year teaching and my second year in second grade. Outside of school, I am also a Pure Barre instructor and love being outside and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to a great school year!”
Lisa Bryant, 2nd Grade “I recently moved to the Lincoln Park area. I have spent the last two years teaching kindergarten in Lemont, and I cannot wait to start this new adventure teaching second grade in Chicago. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to become a member of the St. Josaphat community. As a former yoga instructor, I hope to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into the classroom. I am looking forward to a great year of faith, learning, and fun with the St. Josaphat students, families, and staff!
Jen Brinkman, 4th Grade “This will be my fourth year teaching fourth grade. I recently moved to Lakeview from the suburbs and have been loving every minute of my time in the city! I grew up in a military family so I moved around a lot as a kid and even had a chance to live in Italy! I went to school at DePaul and am so excited to be back in my old neighborhood and to have the opportunity to teach at Saint Josaphat. I look forward to getting to know the school community and sharing my love of learning with my students!”
Allison Dudek, Junior High “I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but left Illinois to attend college. After earning my Masters in Education, I taught at a Catholic school in Michigan. However the call to move back to Chicago was too strong! It was that call that lead me to St. Josaphat. I am so incredibly excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA and math!”
Sandra Azubuike, Junior High “I am excited to be teaching 7th and 8th grade this year. This will be my third year teaching 7th graders and my first year teaching 8th graders. I am originally from Nigeria but have lived in Rogers Park (Chicago) for over 20 years. I now live in the south suburbs, so it feels refreshing to be back in the city. I look forward to a fun school year."
Heather Meindl, French “I love all things French language and culture, but Quebec is my most favorite French-speaking place that I've lived! I strive to bring a global perspective into the French classroom and encourage all learners to get out into the city and take advantage of French, and other francophone cultures' food, art, and music, available here in Chicago. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Chicago’s foodie culture and traveling the globe.
Anais Vila-Herrera, Spanish “I'm from Cuba. In 2016, my family decided to move to Chicago, and we fell in love with this city. I have taught Spanish for more than two years to children between 6 months and 13 years of age. I have worked at Montessori Day Care, The Gardner School, Queen of All Saints, and St. Alphonsus Liguori. I like outdoor activities, traveling, singing and dancing. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking, listening to music, attending cultural events, learning new things and working with children! I’m looking forward to a great experience here at St. Josaphat School.”