Alumni Success Stories of College of Education

Kathleen (DeGeus) Barker ‘86

Elementary School Principal
Troy School District 30C (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principals Association (IPA)
Awards: 2011 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)

Andre Bober ‘02

Registered Nurse/Respiratory Therapist Adventist Health Care and Adjunct Professor (RETIRED) at University of St. Francis
(Joliet, IL)
Master of Science, Continuing Education & Training
Professional Affiliations: Medinah Temple Shriner; Grove Lodge Mason
Community Involvement: Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital

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Holly Bontkowski ‘93

Graduate Program Coordinator
University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Master of Education, Elementary EducationAwards: 2008 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Jeffrey Budz ‘15

Principal
Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet, IL)
Master of Education, Elementary Education Licensure

 

Kristina Conrad ’12, ’14      

Special Education Teacher
Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Special Education
Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
Professional Affiliations: National Education Association (NEA), Illinois Education Association (IEA)
Community Involvement: Volleyball coach, STRIVE Coordinator, Tech Team Member, LD Team Leader, Mentor for New Teachers, Cooperating Teacher, Unified Special Olympics Sponsor
Student Involvement at USF: Volleyball Team Member, Duns Scotus, Resident Assistant

Kristina Conrad

Jacob Darley ‘02

President/Principal
Forest Park Individual Education School (Joliet, IL)
Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Rita Guzman ‘02, ‘10, ‘11, ‘15

Assistant Principal, Independence Elementary School
Valley View School Dist. 365U (Romeoville & Bolingbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Master of Science, Education Leadership
Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
Awards: 2013 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)
Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor (USF); Education Alumni Network (EAN) Service Committee Chair; Speaker for Chrysalis and Project LEAD

Daniel Markun ‘13

Health and Medicine and Human Services Academy Coordinator
Joliet Township High School (Joliet, IL)
Master of Science, Educational Leadership
Professional Affiliations: MERIT Executive Board Member, MERIT High School and Junior College Action Team, Advanced Placement Exam Coordinator
Community Involvement: Joliet West Academy Roundtable Facilitator
Awards: 2015 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)

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Meghan Maurer ’16

Principal
Prairie View Middle School (Tinley Park, IL)
Doctor of Educational Leadership

Erika Martinez ’11, ‘15

Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
Valley View School District (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
Professional Affiliations: Bilingual Building Representative; College and Career Ready Committee Chairperson
Awards: Will County Teacher of the Month September 2015; USF Superstar Mentor Award 2016
Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member; Kappa Delta Pi

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Kathryn McVey ’05, ‘16

Assistant Principal/Teacher
Diocese of Joliet – Visitation Catholic School
Elmhurst, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Master of Science Educational Leadership

Eric Patnoudes ‘11

K-12 Education Strategist at CDW-G (Chicago, IL) and
Adjunct Professor at University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Special Education
Professional Affiliations: ISTE and COSN
Community Involvement: Cub Scouts, Junior Achievement Mentor, Volunteer at Misericordia

Sharon Paver-Nepote ’02, ’07, ‘15

Frankfort School District 157C
Principal of Chelsea Intermediate School
Frankfort, IL
Master of Science, Curriculum & Instruction
Master of Science, Educational Leadership
Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principal’s Association, International Literacy Association, Illinois Association for Supervision and Curricululm Development, Reading Recovery Council of North America, National Association of Elementary School Principals
Involvement at USF: Kappa Delta Pi and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies

Jeana Carrico Pekol ’00

Principal
Minooka District 201 (Minooka, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principal Association
Student Involvement at USF: Volleyball Team

Saundra Russell-Smith ‘18

Principal
Sandburg Elementary School
Joliet, IL
Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
Professional Involvement: ASCD, Joliet Principal’s Association, Kappa Delta Pi
Awards: Walmart Community Grant Recipient, 2016; Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence Grant Recipient, 2016; Valley Community Service Award, 2016; Black Police Officer’s Association Grant Recipient, 2016; Joliet Public Schools Star Employee Award, 2011
Involvement at USF: Kappa Delta Pi, MERIT

Saundra Russell-Smith

David Spesia ’05, ‘06

Director, Institute for Lay Formation
Diocese of Joliet (Romeoville, IL)
Master of Science, Education
Master of Science, Education Leadership

Shawn Walsh ’00, ‘15

Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools
State of Illinois (Elwood, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, History, Secondary Certification, Social Studies
Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
Professional Affiliations: Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools; Illinois Association of School Administrators; Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce; Will County Center for Economic Development
Community Involvement: Will County Center for Community Concerns; VISTA Learning, NFP
Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member

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