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Faculty and Staff Biographies


Mary Vitulli – Principal

Mrs. Mary Vitulli was raised in New York, but has made Illinois her home for over 36 years. Mrs. Vitulli is a graduate of Colgate University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. She went on to take graduate courses at SUNY of Cortland as an elementary education major and more recently she received her Masters Degree in Leadership and Administration from the American School of Education. Mrs. Vitulli has had a diverse career in education, coming to St. Patrick School, most recently from St. James School in Highwood, where she was a teacher, assistant principal and principal for over 20 years. This is Mrs. Vitulli’s 8th year at St. Pat’s. Mrs. Vitulli is married with three grown children and the proud grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren. One of her grandchildren attends St. Patrick School’s Kindergarten.


Becki Miekczynski - Assistant Principal and 8th Grade ELA 

Mrs. Miekczynski graduated with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and received her Masters in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her 2nd Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Mrs. Miekczynski has been teaching in Catholic Schools for 15 years, and this will be her 9th year teaching middle school ELA at St. Patrick School. Prior to that, she taught various grade levels from 1st- 8th grade at the School of St. Mary in Lake Forest, St. Michael the Archangel School in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, and Ss. Peter and Paul School in Wilmington, CA. Mrs. Miekczynski is a certified catechist and has also served as SEL Director.  Mrs. Miekczynski is married and has two daughters. Her youngest attends St. Patrick School's preschool program. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Lake County forest preserves, parks, playgrounds, farmers' markets, beaches, and sledding hills with her family and reading young adult novels. 


Molly McGillivray – Learning Resource

Ms. McGillivray attended St. Patrick’s for 7th and 8th grade and is a graduate of Carmel High School. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education from Drake University in Iowa. Ms. McGillivray received further education from Capella University in Minnesota in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She is a licensed foster parent and is currently in the process of adopting her 8 year old foster son and 2 year old foster daughter. Ms. McGillivray enjoys camping, canoeing, and hopes to visit all 50 states one day.


Mary Richter – Reading Specialist

Mrs. Richter has been a staff member at St. Patrick’s for 18 years.  She has an A.S. degree from Harper College, a B.S.Ed. degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.S. degree in Education/Reading from Roosevelt University. Mrs. Richter previously taught at Queen of the Rosary in Elk Grove and Schaumburg IL Community School District 54. She has been a classroom teacher in grades 1-2, as well as an interventionist in grade 4. Most recently, Mrs. Richter is St. Patrick’s reading specialist and part of the resource team. She has three children who all graduated from St. Patrick School. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with my family.


Melissa Ehrsam, MSW, Consulting Social Worker

Mrs. Ehrsam has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Developmental Psychology from Central Michigan University.  She received her Masters of Social Work, Child Welfare and Delinquency from Wayne State University.  Mrs. Ehrsam currently lives in Lake Villa Illinois with her husband and grown daughter. They enjoy outdoor activities including; hiking, skiing, biking, swimming, boarding, and boating.


Linda Schlueter – Preschool Director & Teacher

This is Mrs. Schlueter’s 16th year as a teacher at St. Patrick Preschool.  Prior to teaching at St. Patrick’s and leading our preschool as the director, she worked as a teacher aide at St. Pat's and has also taught with Gurnee Park District Growing Tree Preschool.  Before her teaching career, Mrs. Schlueter worked at Abbott labs for 10 years as a scientist with my Biochemistry degree.  After becoming a mom, Mrs. Schlueter went back to school to earn her ECE degree and found a new career teaching 3 and 4 year olds.  Her goal is to have children leave her classroom each day loving school as they begin their educational journey.  Mrs. Schlueter is married and has one daughter who attended St. Patrick School, preschool-8th grade.


Julie Johnson – Preschool

Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Go Panthers! She has been an Early Childhood teacher for nineteen years.  She began her teaching career at Most Blessed Trinity Academy (formally Immaculate Conception School) in Waukegan, where she taught First Grade and Pre-Kindergarten.  She has been a Preschool teacher at St. Patrick School for eleven years and is a certified Catechist.  She enjoys being creative in the kitchen when cooking and baking.  She also enjoys playing golf with her husband and two sons.


Becky Sponseller – Preschool

Mrs. Sponseller attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where she obtained my B.A. in Elementary Education. This is Mrs. Sponseller’s second year teaching preschool at Saint Patrick School. She previously taught third grade at Holy Family Parish in Inverness.  Mrs. Sponseller lives with her husband and son in Gurnee, IL. Her son, Josh, is in first grade at Saint Patrick School this year. As a family the Sponseller’s enjoy biking, boating, water skiing, and just being outside. Mrs. Sponseller loves to read, bake, cook, and being creative.


 Bridget Swanson – Kindergarten

Ms. Swanson graduated from Carmel Catholic High School in 2013, and attended Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Swanson completed my Student Teaching Internship in a kindergarten classroom, and graduated in 2017. This is Ms. Swanson’s sixth year teaching at St. Pat’s; she previously taught second grade for three years before switching to kindergarten for three years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with my parents, two sisters, and brother-in-law! She also enjoys reading, running, drinking coffee, and shopping at Target!


Linda Esser – Kindergarten

Ms. Esser is a graduate of Carmel Catholic High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and English Literature from Mundelein College. Ms. Esser received her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University. Before coming to St. Patrick School, Ms. Esser was a teacher at St. Peter School in Antioch. This is her 7th year at SPS and her 35th year teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. She is a certified Catechist. Ms. Esser loves teaching and enjoys gourmet cooking, working in her yard and gardening.


Jacqueline Cyphers – 1st Grade

Mrs. Cyphers graduated from Zion-Benton High School. She went on to receive her B. A. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Her focus has been on history, reading, writing and science. This is Mrs. Cyphers 8th year teaching first grade at St. Patrick School.  For the last two years she has been the assistant coach for our boys’ basketball teams.  Mrs. Cyphers is married.  In her spare time, Mrs. Cyphers enjoys watching University of Illinois football baking, and decorating wedding cakes.


Kara Jones – 1st Grade

Ms. Jones graduated from Roosevelt University in 2019 with a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as endorsements in Special Education and ESL Education. Ms. Jones’ first teaching job was in the Gurnee School District at the kindergarten level.  When the pandemic began so she had to transition to virtual teaching. The following year she taught second grade virtually in the Zion School District. She is now currently in her second year teaching first grade at St. Pat’s and absolutely loves it. Ms. Jones is a graduate of St. Patrick School.  She has been an athlete her whole life, playing soccer and volleyball all through high school and college, and is now coaching both our boys and girls volleyball teams at St. Pat’s. She also has a three year old German Shepherd at home, named Brooks, who plays a big role in her life outside of school as well as a fun role in her classroom!


Chris Sulla – 2nd Grade

Mrs. Sulla is a graduate of Elmhurst College and is in her 14th year teaching second grade at St. Patrick School. Prior to staying home with her children, she also taught first grade at St. Gilbert School in Grayslake, St. Martha in Morton Grove, and at Sacred Heart in Melrose Park. “Teaching is what fills my days with joy, however family is what fills my heart with happiness and love. This year marks my 25th wedding anniversary. We have two amazing children, who are a year apart and share the same birthday. One is a junior and one is a senior at Carthage College.” When Mrs. Sulla is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, walking in the woods, doing yoga, gardening, and cooking.


Ms. McCue – 2nd Grade

Ms. McCue is a graduate of St. Gilbert School and Grayslake North High School. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago where she was a student athlete. Ms. McCue studied Early Childhood Education with a minor and endorsement in ESL. Ms. McCue is a boys and girls’ soccer coach at Grayslake North. She enjoys playing games and being with family. Ms. McCue has two brothers (Jake and Ryan) and a sister (Sam). She also has two furry friends (Sawyer and Mack) that she loves. Ms. McCue has been a second-grade teacher at St. Patrick School for three years.


Nora McKinnon – 3rd Grade

Ms. McKinnon recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Early Childhood Education. This is her first year teaching. She is excited to start her career at St. Patrick’s having been a student at St. Pat’s. She graduated in 2014.  She student taught first grade at Incarnation in Centerville, Ohio.  Ms. McKinnon is the youngest of three children and she is happy to be joining her mom and sisters who also work at St. Patrick School! When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, taking photographs, and reading.


Andrea Uko – 3rd Grade

Mrs. Uko has been teaching for 17 years all of them being at St. Patrick School. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Loyola University and her Master's Degree from Dominican University. She is married with three children. Her oldest daughter is 25 years old and she also has 22-year-old boy/girl twins. Mrs. Uko loves traveling with her family and playing with her two Miniature Schnauzers. “My favorite places that I have traveled are some of our beautiful National Parks and of course Walt Disney World. One of the reasons I love teaching so much is learning something new from my students each and every day. I am blessed to work with the best colleagues here at St. Pat's!” 


Brittany Abraham – 4th Grade ELA and Social Studies

This is Ms. Abraham’s third year teaching at St Patrick School. Prior she taught preschool, STEM and tutored all ages. She received her degree from University of Wisconsin Parkside in Elementary Education with a minor in English. Some activities she enjoys are reading, writing, hiking and being outside.


Colleen Stachowiak – 4th / 5th Grade Math and 4th Grade Religion

Mrs. Stachowiak graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in mathematics and education. She also has taken 21 hours of graduate credit in mathematics from Wayne State University and the University of Akron. This is her first year teaching at St. Patrick School.  She previously taught math for six years at the junior high and high school level. She also taught elementary mathematics online and has tutored elementary, high school, and college students. Mrs. Stachowiak is married to her husband Jim and they have four children. All four are enrolled at St. Patrick School! “I have enjoyed being a part of the community from the parent’s perspective and am thrilled to be joining the faculty.”  Mrs. Stachowiak enjoys reading and exercising. She also keeps very busy shuffling kids to and from their sports practices and watching their games!


Mrs. Hart – 5th Grade ELA

 “I am excited to be returning to St. Patrick School for my eighth year! I look forward to working with students and partnering with parents for learning. I like to make learning fun but will have high expectations for my students.”
Prior to teaching at St. Patrick's, Mrs. Hart taught 5th grade at Our Lady of Destiny in Des Plaines. She also was a student teacher in 5th grade at Holy Cross School and 4th grade at Everett Elementary School. For over 10 years, Mrs. Hart was a substitute teacher and worked as an NWEA MAP test proctor for Lake Forest School District 67. Mrs. Hart earned a Post-Graduate Elementary Teaching License with middle school endorsements in language arts and social science at North Park University. Mrs. Hart also studied at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where she received a Master of Business Administration.  She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.   Mrs. Hart lives in Lake Forest with my husband and two grown daughters.


Elyse Levine – 4th / 5th Science and Social Studies

Ms. Levine graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Master of Public Administration and she received a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.  This is Ms. Levine’s first year at St. Patrick.  Over the past 15+ years, Ms. Levine has taught in both the public and private school systems, most recently at Most Blessed Trinity Academy in Waukegan.  “Although I have been fortunate to teach in all core subject areas, the vast majority of my teaching experience has been in the fields of elementary/middle school science and social studies.”  Ms. Levine is the proud mother of two adult children, Samantha and Seth and grandmother to her new granddaughter, Kira.  In her spare time, she is a prototypic nerd, loving all things science fiction and fantasy.  She also enjoys reading or watching the History Channel or reading historical nonfiction. 


Becki Chorazy – 5th Grade Religion and 6th Grade ELA

 Mrs. Chorazy began teaching in 1999 after graduating from Monmouth College with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She returned to school and graduated with my Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University in 2016.  Her career thus far has spanned a wide range of ages and grades and has included several years working as an assistant principal.  Mrs. Chorazy is approaching her 20th year of teaching, many of which have been happily spent right here at St. Patrick School.  Mrs. Chorazy is married and has three children who all attended St. Patrick School.


Patricia Reading – 6th Math and 6th / 8th Social Studies

This is Ms. Reading’s 4th year at St. Patrick’s.  She is a Carmel Catholic Alumni, class of 2010.  She graduated with her B.S. from Western Illinois University in 2014.  She is currently continuing her education with the University of Illinois working toward her Masters Degree in Education.   Before working at St. Patrick’s, Ms. Reading worked at multiple schools as a substitute and held her first permanent position at Navuoo-Colusa Jr. High. She has taught many different grades and classes while at St. Patrick including, Pre-k-1st grade physical education, 4th grade, and 6th grade. Ms. Reading has two wonderful and spunky children. “We enjoy being outside, going to the zoo, camping, and hiking together. Our favorite thing to do is to go find some waterfalls and go rock hunting! We do our best to keep our minds and our bodies active.” 


Jessica Rigwood – 6th / 7th / 8th Grade Science

Ms. Rigwood graduated from Carroll University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Secondary Education for grades 6-12.  She also earned a broad field science license in Earth and Space Science, Biology, and Chemistry.  Ms. Rigwood has been a teacher at St. Patrick School for seven years. She was a 7th grade homeroom teacher, but has recently moved to an 8th grade homeroom teacher. Ms. Rigwood has a younger brother, Kyle (who is also autistic), and a younger sister, Taylor who is engaged to her fiancé, Chris. She lives with her parents, Laura and Mike, along with their four cats.  In her youth, Ms. Rigwood was an avid bowler and took dance classes. Now in her free time, she loves to read, cook and bake, and spend time with my family.


Nick Huffman – 7th Grade ELA and Social Studies

Mr. Huffman grew up on his family farm during his early years of life.  Mr. Huffman graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in History/ Social Sciences Education. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Saint Xavier University. This is Mr. Huffman’s 12th year teaching at St. Patrick’s and his 13th year of teaching. He is married and has two children who are 6 and 4 years old. While at St. Pat’s Mr. Huffman has taught Jr. High ELA, social studies and STEM.  He has also served as the school’s athletic director. Mr. Huffman enjoys going out on his family’s Wakeboard Boat and playing/ watching sports. “I love being a teacher here at St. Pats and I wish you all a Blessed Day!”


Katie Miller – 7th / 8th Math and Algebra I

Mrs. Miller graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a Jr. High Mathematics concentration.  She has taught Jr. High mathematics at St. Patrick School for 8 years.  Before marrying her husband and moving to Illinois, Mrs. Miller taught 5th grade in Marion, Indiana for 3 years.  She and her husband  have two beautiful girls and a high-energy German Shepherd mix.  “While they certainly keep me busy, I love spending my free time with them!  We enjoy exploring new places together, especially parks and hiking trails.”


Lucy McKinnon – 6th / 7th / 8th Religion

Mrs. McKinnon graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is in her 19th year as a member of the St. Patrick School community. Previously, she taught in the Joliet, Peoria and Newark Archdiocese, where she was a 1st - 3rd grade teacher.  Mrs. McKinnon has taught many different subjects and, for the past 8 years, she has taught Religion at St. Pat’s.  “I enjoy preparing the students for their various sacraments and especially watching them, as they become young adults in the church during the Rite of Confirmation.”  Mrs. McKinnon lives in Wadsworth with her husband Eric, three daughters Bridget, Maggie and Nora (who also work at St. Pat’s), and our dog Stella.  She enjoys traveling, knitting, baking and spending time with her family and friends.


Idalia Garza – 6th – 8th Grade Spanish

Ms. Garza graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She started her teaching adventure in 2014. She enjoys sharing the love of her language and culture with her students and family at home. Her family is from Puerto Rico and Mexico. She is a mother of two boys Luke and Xander who are now in First grade and Second grade. She served in the Army Reserves as a correctional officer. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, worship nights, playing board games, hiking, dancing and watching movies.  This is Ms. Graza’s 2nd year at St. Patrick School.


Jenise Floyd – 2nd – 8th Grade Physical Education

Mrs. Floyd attended Truman State University & has a Bachelor of Science in Education in Physical Education. She is also a certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor. Mrs. Floyd has taught in the Chicago Archdiocese for 39 years & this will be her 9th year at St. Patrick School. Not only has she taught Health & Physical Education, but she has also taught Social Studies & Religion. Mrs. Floyd is happily married & resides in Salem, WI. She has two amazing sons, Dusty & TJ, and two grandsons. In her spare time, Mrs. Floyd loves to spend time outdoors fishing, camping, and hiking.  She is an avid angler & started the St. Patrick Fishing Club 6 years ago. After so many years of teaching, she still loves it and strives to instill the values of respect & good sportsmanship in her students.


Karen Rojas – Preschool-1st Grade Physical Education

Mrs. Rojas graduated from Loyola University with a B. S. in biology.  Mrs. Rojas has been substitute teaching all grade levels at St. Patrick since 2017.  She currently teaches physical education to preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students.  Mrs. Rojas loves to spend time outside gardening and playing sports with her husband, three daughters, and her dog.  On the weekend, you will most often find her cheering on her daughters at a soccer game or at a cross country meet.  All three daughters attend St. Patrick School.


Mrs. Jones – K-5th Library and STEM

has been working at St. Patrick School since 2006.  She spent 7 years as a teacher aide in 1st grade, and has since worked in 2nd grade, Preschool, 4th and 5th grades. Over the past several years she has been running our Library.  Mrs. Jones has also launched and teaches STEAM to our Pre-K through 5th graders in our IDEA Lab/Library space.

Her passions outside of St. Patrick School are her family, love of books and being a loyal fan of the Chicago Blackhawks.  She has been married for 32 years and has 3 children who are all graduates of St. Pats and have graduated college as well. In fact, one of them works here in First Grade!


Dora Trygar – K-5th Music

Mrs. Trygar grew up in Libertyville and attended St. Joseph School and Carmel High School in Mundelein.  She received her B. A. in music education, with a major in voice performance and a minor in General Education, from Mundelein College (now Loyola) in Chicago. Her teaching career has included Catholic schools in Lake County, Cook County and the Waukegan Public School District.  She has taught both Spanish and Music.  Mrs. Trygar is married and has three daughters, Jessica, Erin and Megan. They are all married and blessed to each have three children of their own.  In her spare time Mrs. Trygar enjoys bike riding, sewing, reading, spending time with her family and playing my guitar. She also loves to practice her Spanish whenever she has an opportunity.


Barbara Urbanik – K-6th Art

Mrs. Urbanik is a freelance artist.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Northern Illinois University.  Mrs. Urbanik has taught drawing and weaving at a Park District, a craft store and on an individual basis in her home studio. She has experience in drawing with graphite/chalk/pastel, painting with acrylic/watercolor, assembling stain glass/mosaics, using fiber reactive dyes/weaving, and refurbishing antiques. This is Mrs. Urbanik’s first year teaching at St. Pat’s and is excited to share her enthusiasm of the arts with the students of St. Patrick’s.  Mrs. Urbanik is married and has three grown children all of whom are graduates of St. Patrick School.



Andrea Reynolds – Preschool Aide

Mrs. Reynolds graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. This is her second year in pre- school.  Prior to that Mrs. Reynolds was a substitute teacher at St. Pats for 3 years. Her son graduated from St. Pats and is now a sophomore at Carmel and her daughter is in 6th grade. Mrs. Reynolds is also a graduate of St. Pats and her husband is the school board president. She loves spending time with her family and watching her son play soccer and her daughter play hockey. 


Jordan Del Re – Preschool Aide

Mrs. Del Re was born and raised in Winthrop Harbor, IL.  She graduated from Zion Benton Township H. S.  Mrs. Del Re is married and has three teenage children who all attended St. Patrick School. Her children began in preschool and now are currently attending Carmel Catholic H. S.  She has been a parishioner of St. Patrick Church since 2004.  In her spare time, Mrs. Del Re enjoys volunteering in her local community and spending time with her family in the upper peninsula of Michigan.


Gina Krell – Kindergarten Aide

Miss Krell will be starting her 39th year working at St. Patrick School. She started working in Second Grade and moved to Kindergarten where she has been ever since. Miss Krell finds great joy in working with the children and families at St. Patrick School. She and her family are life-long members of St. Patrick Parish. Miss Krell enjoys traveling with friends to northern Wisconsin for vacations.


Carol Germann – Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Germann has been a Kindergarten Aide for 3 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Western Illinois University.  Her family consists of her husband of 35 years and her 3 boys; AJ, Adam, and Stephan, and her dog, Mango and cat, Oreo. When Mrs. Germann is not working she loves to garden, go hiking, take her dog to the dog park, and travel with her family.


Krista Khayat – Primary Aide

Mrs. Khayat is in her 4th year as an aide in the primary wing at St. Patrick School.  Along with the primary aide

position she has also served the last eight years as the Parent Association President, and as a member of the Board of Specified Jurisdiction at St. Patrick School. She will also be starting on the unification committee this year for Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick Parish.  Mrs. Khayat also co-chairs the St. Patrick spring raffle for the fifth year.  She is married to her husband Christian and has two children.  Along with obligations and volunteer service at St. Patrick school and parish she also is in the restaurant business with her husband and his family. 


Laura O’Connor – Primary Aide

Mrs. O’Connor has been working as an aide for St. Patrick School for 12 years.  She started in Kindergarten for four years, then went to PreK/1st grade for one year.  She now is one of the primary aides and has been for the past 7 years.  She is married to my husband Pat for 38 years. They have three adult children, a daughter-in-law and one grandson named Ezra.  Her hobbies include baking and gardening, but most of all she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Aileen Duarte – Intermediate Aide

Mrs. Duarte is in her 6th year as a teacher's aide at St. Patrick School.  She lives in the area with her husband and  two sons (5th and 8th grade that attend St. Pat’s and her 2 dogs. Her family enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping. What she enjoys most is working at St. Patrick School knowing that her assistance with students is helping to shape future generations.


Beth Tobin – Intermediate Aide

Mrs. Tobin has been with St. Patrick School for 13 years.  She began when her son was a student at St. Pat’s. In her spare time, Mrs. Tobin  loves to take nature walks, bird watching, and star gazing!  She also has a passion for art and music, but her biggest joy is the difference she can make in a child’s life.


Maggie McKinnon – Jr. High Aide

Miss McKinnon is one of the Jr. High aides and the Rainbows facilitator for St. Pats.  She graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).  Miss McKinnon is currently working toward her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Dominican University with the hopes of becoming a school social worker. During the summer, she is a director at Banner Day Camp in Lake Forest. She is a graduate of the St. Patrick School class of 2011 and is excited to be back for her third year at the place that taught her so much!


Mary Berrones – Jr. High Aide

Mrs. Berrones has been an aide at St. Patrick's School for 19 years, the last 8 years in the Jr High unit. Mrs. Berrones’ youngest son, Erik graduated from St. Patrick's in 2011.  When she is not working at St. Pat’s Mrs. Berrones enjoys knitting, reading and word games.


Bridget McKinnon – Jr. High & Learning Resource Aide

Miss McKinnon graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology).  She completed her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism in 2020.  In the evenings, Miss McKinnon works a second job with children with autism.  She is currently working towards gaining supervision hours to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. As a graduate of St. Patrick Class of 2009, she is excited to start her 6th year at a school that has always been home!