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Maternity B.V.M. School creates an atmosphere in which students can develop their potential, growth, independence and knowledge. We also promote the responsibility to be critical thinkers, agents of change, and active conscientious members of our multi-cultural society.

Meet Our

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Masters of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago

"Maternity BVM is an incredible community that is supportive and welcoming to all. The families are partners in our mission and continue to be our best cheerleaders. The students continue to amaze us with their thirst for knowledge and kindness. I enjoy working with a strong staff that is constantly learning and growing to become the best version of themselves for their students. BVM is a wonderful place to work and a second family to me!”

Christine Molina, Principal
Madeline Lewis, Assistant Principal

Bachelors in Secondary Education from UIC 

Masters in Educational Leadership from Depaul with Honors 

“My favorite aspect of teaching is being able to continuously learn alongside students and other teachers. Being a lifelong learner is very important to me! I love working at Maternity BVM because the community fosters such a family-like atmosphere that is unique to any other school I have been in. At BVM you are never alone!”

Elizabeth Kainer, Director of Inclusion

Bachelors of Education from Northeastern Illinois University

Masters in English as a second language and another in Special Ed from American CoE

“I have always wanted to be an educator since I myself attended catholic schools growing up. I love that BVM really tried to bring everyone together as a family and that I have the opportunity to not only educate students in core subjects like math and reading but the catholic faith and bring that into the classroom."

Liliana Guzman, PK Teacher

BA from Northeastern University

“I love working at BVM because this doesn’t feel like a job, but rather a second home. You create amazing relationships with other staff and you know you can always count on them. The school give a feeling of unity and trust and those are very important things to me personally.”

Yiemy Cabrera, PK Aide

Associates from Wilbur Wright College 

“I love working at BVM because this doesn’t feel like a job, but rather a second home. You create amazing relationships with other staff and you know you can always count on them. The school give a feeling of unity and trust and those are very important things to me personally.”

Maya Lannen, Kindergarten

Bachelors from Northeastern Illinois University 

“One of the things that I love about teaching at Maternity B.V.M. School is the continuous effort to build and strengthen  communication and relationships among teachers/staff, students, and families”

Mary Egan, K Aide

Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College

Masters in Administration from Dominican University

“I love helping students learn and seeing the light bulb go off. I also like seeing just how far each child can go differentiating to each level. Bvm is like a family to me.   Everyone cares about each other. We laugh, get upset, and yet we are right there if someone needs something. Bvm is made up of people who care and want to do their best and who truly want the students to excel. I am proud to be a member of the bvm community”

Melissa Guzman, 1st Grade

Bachelors from Johnson & Wales University

Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University

“Here at BVM we are dedicated not only to traditional education, but also social emotional connections.  This is why I love being “apart of BVM because we are not just a school we are a family.”

Stacey Kuhn, 2nd Grade

Bachelors in Elementary Education from SLU

ESL Endorsement from Aurora University

“I love teaching at BVM because I love the family atmosphere and I love seeing how the children grow throughout the year as well as from year to year.”

Denisse Mora, 3rd Grade

BA in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

I became a teacher because it brings me great joy to help others reach their full potential."

Naydiew Ernst, 4th Grade

BA from Western Governor University


"I love being at BVM, it feels like home and the students are amazing." 

Megan Salata, 5th Grade

Bachelors of Science in Education - Elementary and Middle Education - UW-Whitewater

“My favorite aspect of teaching is when I have a student get that "lightbulb moment" where everything just clicks for them. To see that moment is priceless to me!”

“I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to be a life long learner. Being in this setting, I can easily keep learning and growing in knowledge! “

Kim Chambers, Math 6th-8th 

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Masters in Education in Middle School Math

“I teach at BVM because I like the family feel of a small school”

Montgomeree Porter, Science 6th-8th

BA in Education from St. Mary of the Woods Indiana

"I became a teacher because I want to help students become life time learners with curious minds."

Bobbetta Saintage, ELA 6th-8th

BA in English from DePaul University 

"I love to read and help students become the best version of themselves."

Sister Alicia Torres, Religion K-4th

Bachelors in Theology from Loyola University Chicago

Masters in Divinity from University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary

Masters of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University 

“I love teaching at Maternity BVM because it is incredible to discover how open the hearts of our students are to a deep, personal friendship with Jesus.”

Sister Jess Lambert, Religion 5th-8th

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I love helping people discover who they are - beloved sons and daughters of God”

Jennifer Respeto, P.E

Currently attends Northeastern University

“Working at BVM has been a blessing. I enjoy being able to work with students while having fun. Sometimes I forget I'm working because my students make it easy. I always wanted to be a teacher and was was inspired by my mother. Coming to BVM brought back the motivation to continue my studies and achieve my goals. The students and staff at BVM became family”

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