Mrs. Carol Lemkau, Preschool 3
Mrs. Lemkau has been teaching at St. Louise for 32 years. Currently, she's in our Preschool class and loves it! Over the years she has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade. During her time at St. Louise, Mrs. Lemkau has prepared many students for their First Holy Communion.
She and her husband, Larry, have been St. Louise parishioners for 41 years. They have 4 grown sons who have all graduated from St. Louise School
Mr.s Lemkau earned her Education Degree from Loyola University. Carol is a member of the Catholic Women's Club, Choir, is a Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. She loves spending time with family and friends including her 2 granddaughters; they are so much fun!
Mrs. Lemkau enjoys her weekly exercise class and reading books. In the summer she and her husband are docents for a lighthouse in Door County - they spend a week living in the lighthouse giving museum tours.
She feels so blessed to be here at St. Louise...and loves having a few of her former students' children in her class!
Mrs. Bethany Race, Preschool 4
Mrs. Linda Kasanders, Kindergarten
Mrs. Alexandra Timmins, Superkids
Mrs. Zayna M. Abdelhadi (Mrs. A) is the new Challengers teacher beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Mrs. Abdelhadi was born and raised in Orland Park and is a 2018 graduate of St. Xavier University. She comes to St. Louise from Fairmont School in Lockport where she was the 3rd grade teacher. Mrs. Abdelhadi is married and traveled for her honeymoon earlier this summer! She enjoys scrapbooking, drawing, spending time with her large family, and traveling.
Mrs. A would love to have a large family of her own one day with 6 children or more! Until then, please welcome her to our family at St. Louise School!
Mrs. Race is in her 12th year of teaching; 2019-20 is her third year at St. Louise. She has taught preschool and kindergarten for nine years at various public and private schools in the Chicago land area. She is a graduate of Concordia University with a BA In Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in School Counseling.
Her family (husband, children, Cat Quinnie. Bearded Dragon Mac) live in La Grange Park so you may run into her at the grocery store or even the Village Field Club. During her free time, her family keeps her busy with Scouts, jui Jitsu, guitar lessons, theater performances and speech meets. Mrs. Race volunteers at her church by singing in the choir and teaching in the children’s ministry.
Mrs. Kasanders is thrilled to be part of the St. Louise de Marillac school family beginning in the 2019-20 school year. She has been in the field of education for over twenty years and is passionate about teaching children at their developmental levels. She especially enjoys helping students build strong foundations of learning and a love of books and school.
The Kasanders family has been with St. Louise church and school since its beginning. She and her husband have four wonderful children: Erin, Christopher, Meghan, and Steven along with an obnoxious dog named Penny!
St. Louise de Marillac School alumnus, Alexandra (Czerwien) Timmins has been at St. Louise for 9 years; she taught Preschool for 5 years and Kindergarten for the last 4. She is a proud graduate of Nazareth Academy (2005) and Western Illinois University (2009) where she majored in Elementary Education. Becoming a teacher was her childhood dream.
She was a substitute teacher in surrounding school districts in various grade levels and gathered valuable experience when she covered an extended leave at the Oak Brook Terrace Park District Preschool and co-taught in the 2-3 year old classroom at the Westchester Park District. During her time at St. Louise, she created and implemented the successful St. Louise School Summer Camp program.
Mrs. Timmins received her Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University in 2015, further expanding her knowledge and experience in the field. She is heavily involved in our church having taught Faith Formation at St. Louise, serving on the Parish Council, volunteering with the BEDS Program and is a Eucharistic Minister.
Mrs. Timmins was baptized, made her First Communion, First Reconciliation, was confirmed and married all at St. Louise. She lives in Brookfield with her husband and their dog, Clark.
Mrs. Zayna Abdelhadi, Challengers
Mrs. Janice Walsen, Assistant Principal
5th & 6th Grade Homeroom
Mrs. Walsen grew up in Brookfield, and she and her four brothers graduated from St. Barbara School. Although her family belonged to St. Barbara Parish, they also attended Mass at St. Louise de Marillac. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She and her siblings and cousins often played “school” together, and Mrs. Walsen was the designated tutor when one of her younger brothers needed homework help.
Jan attended Rosary College (aka Dominican University) and received licenses in both regular education and special education. After graduation she was thrilled to accept a fifth grade teaching position at St. Louise School. As the needs of our school changed, so too did her responsibilities. Though never leaving fifth grade for the last forty-two years, she has also taught fourth grade groups and most recently sixth through eighth graders. In addition to her classroom duties, she serves as assistant principal, Student Council facilitator, Reading Coordinator, and in Homework Club.
Mrs. Walsen believes it's wonderful to have the opportunity to teach the children of some of her former fifth graders. She loves the students, parents, and staff at St. Louise School. We are truly a family.
She and her husband, Michael, have three adult children who are all graduates of St. Louise. Their oldest, Patrick, is a Social Studies teacher, second oldest, Daniel, is a school counselor, and their youngest, Megan, is an English/Language Arts teacher. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Mrs. Walsen loves to read; having a mystery book to read and a cup of coffee to sip is a special treat!
Miss Marianne Voss, 7th & 8th Grade Homeroom
Miss Voss is the 7th and 8th grade homeroom teacher. She teaches Literature and English for the 5th-8th graders. Over the past 18 years she has taught fourth grade and the seventh and eighth grade homerooms at St. Louise. Miss Voss is a graduate of St. Louise and Nazareth Academy. She earned her bachelors degree at Knox College in elementary education and history, and she holds a middle school endorsement. Miss Voss earned her masters degree in reading from Concordia University and is a Reading Specialist. She is an active member of the parish serving as an Eucharistic Minister and coordinator as well as sharing sacristan responsibilities. In her free time she enjoys reading, sewing, and quilting. She also stays busy with her new puppy, Holly!
Ms. AnnMarie Mahay, Principal
7th & 8th Grade Science & Social Studies
Mrs. Sundy Urban, Music
Mrs. Pam Vlcek, Spanish & Art
Mr. Sean Radak, Physical Education
Mr. Radak attended Lyons Township High school where he played basketball and baseball and ran on the cross country team. He is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a degree in Kinesiology and earned his teaching degree from Trinity Christian College. Mrs. Radak is also a certified personal trainer.
Mr. Radak lives in Oakbrook Terrace with his wife Kristy and 2 kids Megan(11) and Matthew(7). His wife is also a teacher and teaches 8th grade English/Language Arts. Mr. Radak is involved in all sorts of sports, coaching both of his child's basketball teams, his son's baseball team and daughter's softball team. He spends a lot of his free time playing basketball at his local gym.
Mr. Radak has taught at both public and private schools spending the last 7 years teaching in Catholic schools. He loves teaching PE and health to help kids develop life-long healthy habits!