Meet our Faculty and Staff
for the 2016-2017 school year

  Parochial Administrator - Fr. Timothy P. Mulcahey

 
  Principal - Karen Behrns

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Kindergarten - Laura Rogers

My name is Laura Rogers. My husband and I live in St. Charles with our son Avery. I graduated from Judson College in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Math. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the Rockford Diocese for most of my teaching career and became part of Our Lady of Good Council School in 2015.

I have taught many grades but Kindergarten is my favorite! It is such an exciting and busy year, and my goal is to combine learning and fun to help students develop a foundation for success in school and an understanding that God is the center of our lives and all we do.


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First Grade - Kelci Anderson

I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012. I then had the opportunity to work as a reading interventionist with kindergarten through fifth grade students on the West side of Aurora. This is my second year as a first grade teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel. I love brining hands-on activities to the classroom and letting the students direct their own learning.

I married my high school sweetheart in August 2015 and we are expecting a baby boy in September of this year. I am always looking for ways to bring my students' learning to life in fun and creative ways!

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Second Grade - Connie Knowles

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Ambrose University in 2012 with my Elementary Education degree. I have been teaching second grade for three years. Teaching second grade has been an adventure! Each year and every class brings new personalities and talents! My teaching philosophy is simple; every child is unique and learns in a special way. It is my job to diversify my teaching so each child can reach their own goals and potential. I am a supporter of differentiated teaching and collaborative learning. I believe in student-centered and hands on lessons. My goal is to always create a safe and enriched learning environment where the students can prosper in their academics and their faith. I very much enjoy working in a Catholic school where the students feel comfortable and are encouraged to spread the Good News and live out their faith.
 
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Third Grade - Kris Jaynes

I attended Illinois State University and received my bachelor degree in education. I have taught third grade for 21 years and 14 of the years here at Our Lady of Good Counsel. My goal as an educator is to develop a community of learners through self-motivation, prayer, and a positive attitude while maintaining a high level of expectation from all students. I believe by creating a community of leaders, students have the environment in which they can grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. I enjoy teaching at a catholic school. It allows me to include God throughout the day. I feel blessed to be able to teach at a Catholic school.I am married. I have one son and one daughter who are both currently in college. I also have a dog named Domino.

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Fourth Grade - Linda Dokman

This year marks my 29th year teaching at OLGC and I am just as excited about teaching 4th graders as I was so many years ago. I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. My Catholic upbringing has set a strong foundation in my life and led me to where I am today. My husband and I are members of Blessed Sacrament Church, wherein Monsignor Wright referred me for the 4th grade teaching position at OLGC. Catholic faith is central in my family life. I have an adult son who is a graduate of OLGC and Marmion Academyand who is now the Dean of Students and Head of Curriculum at Marmion.My two grandsons attend St. Mary’s School in Sycamore. I feel so very blessed to be part of the OLGC community and sharing my faith background with my students.

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Fifth Grade - Danielle Reder

My name is Danielle Reder and I live in Aurora. I graduated in December of 2015 from Aurora University with a degree in Elementary Education. I was privileged to have been the Interventionist for Our Lady of Good Counsel during spring of 2016. This will be my 1st year teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel and I am excited to make this my best year yet! Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was in high school. My goal is to help each student reach their fullest potential in all areas by creating an open, safe, creative and respectful learning environment. I can’t wait for this educational adventure to begin!
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Sixth Grade - Julie Beirne

I love teaching in a Catholic school not only because of our devotion to faithfulness and excellence in education, but also because of the cooperative communities we foster. I strive to design instruction in religion, science, and writing/reading that builds on students’ prior knowledge, values student choice, is centered on comprehension strategy instruction, and is immersed in the cultures, beliefs, and challenges of the greater community in which the school belongs.

In May 2005, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I began my full-time teaching career at an urban middle school in St. Louis, MO, where I collaborated in a shared mission of grace and accountability for at-risk students in North St. Louis. Following a move to Chicagoland in 2011, I earned my Master’s degree in Education – Reading and Literacy. I am deeply committed to the transformative power of positive educational experiences.

At Our Lady of Good Counsel, my daily focus is on working alongside my students as they broaden and deepen their faith lives, explore the world around them, and immerse themselves in a culture of reading. My goal is to support students who love learning and will be committed instead of bored, thoughtful instead of impulsive, and delighted instead of dissatisfied with life’s opportunities for them.

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  Seventh Grade - Jenna Bergman

I’m Jenna Bergman and have been teaching at OLGC since the 2014-2015 school year. Currently I teach Math, Religion and P.E. along with helping coach and assist with athletics. In 2010, I graduated from Aurora University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and certification in Middle School Mathematics. I have a background in ABA, Lindamood Bell© programs, Handwriting Without Tears© program, as well as multi-sensory teaching strategies and executive functioning techniques. My passion is teaching math with a multi-sensory approach while showing students how math relates in our everyday lives. This allows students to absorb and grasp math concepts through different approaches while realizing they will be needing/using math concepts throughout their life.

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  Seventh Grade - Mary George

This is my fourth year teaching but my second year at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Before working at OLGC, I was a teacher at St. Peter school, which is also the grade school I graduated from. I attended Rosary High School and then received my degree in 2012 from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. My degree is in both Elementary and Special Education. I love teaching science and technology but I also enjoy coaching basketball for the school. Over the summer I work at a camp in upstate New York where I run the canoe program. I'm looking forward to an awesome year at Our Lady of Good Counsel!
Eight Grade - Julie Quinn

I received a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. After I graduated, I moved to CT. I was guided to a small inner city Catholic school in Bridgeport CT. I taught at Holy Rosary School for 5 years in first and fourth grades. When our school closed, I moved to St. Anne’s, teaching fourth. I have also worked with Kindergarten, Jr. High and worked as a Librarian. I believe, in order to facilitate learning, an educator must truly understand what motivates their students. As part of a Catholic Education, we have a greater
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Shelly Sikora -  Pre-Kindergarden

My name is Shelly Sikora and I am the preschool teacher here at Our Lady of Good Counsel. I have been here for 14 years working in various classrooms and I am entering my fourth year as the lead teacher in preschool and enjoying every minute of it.
My philosophy on education is that the children always come first. The learning environment should be a warm and loving one filled with praying, talking, laughter, singing, and cooperating. I feel with today’s technology we can take them so much further on their educational journey. Children should be taught to their ability and not expected to learn exactly like everyone else. God made every child different and I welcome those differences.

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Colleen Caballes - 3yr Old Pre-School

My name is Colleen Caballes and this is my first year teaching 3 year old preschool. I have a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. I attended Holy Angels Catholic Grade School and went to Rosary High School, both in Aurora. I currently am the Secretary for Education Commission and a Member At Large for the Home and School Association at OLGC. I also am the Co-Chair for MercyFest at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Aurora.
We have 5 children currently at OLGC; all have attended preschool at OLGC and I'm very excited to pass along my knowledge, as well as what I have learned from them, into the 3 year old program. I'm a firm believer in a good basic foundation of phonics, numbers, shapes, faith and socialization through play, songs, rhyming and stories to help them build on for the rest of their years at OLGC. My husband and our 5 children live in Aurora and are parishioners at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. I'm very excited to be embarking on this new journey and look forward to this school year!

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Veronica Weir - Music Teacher

I received my Bachelor of Science in Music Education from University of Illinois and have been teaching Music at OLGC since 2007. My love for music is rooted in my own grade school experiences. My philosophy is that music is best learned by experiencing it hands-on. The core curriculum allows for a variety of musical experiences including drumming (African Drums), recorders, bells, and hand instruments plus singing and movement. Through our study of music styles and their history students are exposed to all types of music.
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