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Marie A. Arter
Principal
Queen of All Saints School
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Marie A. ArterI'm honored to serve as the principal of Queen of All Saints School. I grew up in Chesterton, Indiana and earned a BS and MAE from Ball State University. I have served as a teacher of grades 5 - 8 and a principal of two other Catholic schools in Indiana and Ohio.  Additionally, I have served as the Director of Curriculum and Technology for a large Catholic high school in Toledo and have been an adjunct instructor at Lourdes University in Ohio.

My last assignment was principal of an American City in Kuwait. I had always wanted to serve internationally, and the two years I spent there opened my eyes to the global society in which we live. I'm committed to creative and innovative education, holding our students at the center of every decision we make, and "Building the Kingdom of God" in everything we do.

I like to travel in my free time and have visited five continents and 40 countries. Also, I love to spend time with my family, read, and learn about new technologies that are impacting our lives and instruction.

Signature Theme Strengths: Connectedness, Strategic, Positivity, Belief and Woo

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Kim Gondeck
Vice Principal
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Kim GondeckI am Kim Gondeck, the Vice Principal here at Queen of All Saints. My husband Paul and I have been active members of the parish for 22 years. We have four children that have attended Queen of All Saints School.

I received my BA in Education from Ball State University; my first job was teaching middle school at St. Paul Catholic School in Valparaiso. I then took several years off to raise our children. I taught Religious Education for 20 years here at Queen of all Saints, and have been teaching religion for seven years, with a hiatus in-between to teach English at Michigan City High School for two years. Outside of school, I enjoy gardening and traveling to new and obscure landmarks. My other passions include the parish festival, and the growth of stewardship in our parish.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Developer, Individualization, Arranger, Adaptability, Responsibility


Stacey Gushrowski
School Secretary / Parish Development Secretary
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Stacey GushrowskiMy name is Stacey Gushrowski. I have been one of the school secretaries since 2004, and recently began working as development secretary for the Parish. I have worked at Queen of All Saints School since August of 1996, when I began working in the cafeteria during lunch periods. My husband and I are members of the Parish and were married at Queen of All Saints. I have three adult children who attended Queen of All Saints School Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th grade.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Harmony, Belief, Responsibility, Developer, Consistency

 

 


Lynn Scott
School Secretary
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Lynn ScottMy name is Lynn Scott.  I am one of the secretaries at Queen of All Saints School.  My husband’s name is Richard and we reside in Michigan City.  We have been parishioners of Queen of All Saints Parish for 30+ years.  We have two grown children who are alumni.I have had the honor of serving our school/parish families for the past 28 years.  Sharing in the lives of each student and watching them grow in their faith and education is such a rewarding experience.  The best gift of all is when they return for a visit!

 

 

 


Emily Pakuszewski
Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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Emily PakuszewskiMy name is Emily Pakuszewski. This is my first year teaching at Queen of All Saints. I am excited to be the Preschool Teacher at the grade school I attended for Preschool thru 8th grade. This will be my second year of teaching Preschool. Last year I was the lead Preschool teacher for the LaPorte YMCA Educare Program. I graduated from Ball State in December of 2013 with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. In my free time I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also love to read and do all types of crafts. Currently all my free time is spent planning my wedding for April of next year. I am extremely blessed to be able to work with some of my former teachers, as well as the rest of the Queen of All Saints faculty. I am also grateful to be a part of the QAS family. 

“It means so much to me to see a child’s face light up when they learn something for the first time and they understand the concept. It is very important to me that I help the children reach that stage.”


Andrea Haas
Kindergarten Teacher 
Room 5
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Andi Haas My name is Andi Haas and I teach Kindergarten at Queen of All Saints School. I have been teaching here for the past thirteen years and have been a member of our parish for over 20 years. I am happily married to my husband, Tim, and we have a 21 year old daughter, Olivia, who attends Indiana University and a 19 year old son, Ambrose, who attends Purdue University.  I am a Purdue graduate and have a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in reading and Kindergarten.  In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, and travel. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Queen of All Saints community.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Connectedness, Empathy, Adaptability, Belief, Positivity

 


Caryn Bednarek
1st Grade
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My name is Caryn Lee Bednarek and I am currently teaching first grade at Queen of All Saints.  I moved to this area a year ago after living in Illinois my entire life.  I am honored to be at Queen of All Saints. Before coming here, I was teaching kindergarten for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  I have also been the Director of Children's Ministry at my church, Director of Preschool at a Lutheran Church, and spent several years teaching in public schools.  I have earned a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree from St. Xavier University in educational leadership, and a Graduate certificate in Early Childhood.  I now live in Westville with my husband, Bob, and my two children, Matthew(15), and Meagan (13).


Stephanie Kush
2nd Grade Teacher
Room 202
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Stephanie KushMy name is Stephanie Kush. I am currently the 2nd grade teache. Last year I taught Computer Class to all of the students at Queen of All Saints School. This is my third year teaching here. I taught first grade my first year at QAS but this year I am ready for a new journey. I graduated from Ball State in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in technology. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family, watch movies, and make crafts.  Although I have only been here for two years, I am not a stranger to Queen of All Saints School. I attended grade school here and I am now working with some of my former teachers. It has been a great experience and I look forward to a great future at Queen of All Saints School. I feel very blessed to be part of the Queen of All Saints family.

Signature Theme Strengths – Developer, Responsibility, Learner, Relator, and Positivity


Tina Olson
3rd Grade Teacher
Room 201
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Tina OlsonI attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and earned a B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies.  While in college, I interned as a Child Life Specialist at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and Bellevue Hospital in New York City.  After college, I began substituting and fell in love with teaching.  I then attended Purdue North Central to complete my Elementary Education certification.  After teaching in the Lafayette School Corporation for two years, I came to Queen of All Saints where I have been for the last 14 years.  I have taught 5th grade, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science, and currently teach 3rd grade.

 Signature Theme Strengths: Communication, Belief, Positivity, Relator, Learner

 


Laura Bennett
4th Grade Teacher
Room 203
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Getting a great education at Queen of All Saints made me want to become a teacher. I attended QAS from preschool to eighth grade. My teachers served as mentors and role models for me. It is my goal to do the same for my students. 
I graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught fifth grade and fourth grade science and social studies at Saint Stanislaus Kostka School. I am now teaching fourth grade at QAS and it is my second year of teaching. It is great to be back with my school family!

Signature Theme Strengths: Harmony, Discipline, Consistency, Developer, Responsibility

 


Carla Neary
5th Grade Teacher
Room 204
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Carla NearyMy name is Mrs. Carla Neary and I am so blessed to have been called to be a teacher.  I teach 5th grade at Queen of All Saints Catholic School.  My classroom creates a community of learners, using multiple intelligences and collaborative learning groups.  It is founded in our Catholic faith. I have been a member of the Queen of All Saints Parish for ten years.  In the past, I have taught religious education here and directed the Noah’s Ark after-school educational program.  I am married and have four children, all of whom also attend Queen of All Saints Catholic School.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Achiever, Significance, Belief, Activator, Positivity

 


Diane Gasaway
6th Grade Teacher
Room 206
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Diane GasawayI have been teaching for 25 years, with the last 10 years at Queen of All Saints. I started my teaching career at St. Mary’s in Michigan City and came to Queen of All Saints when St. Mary’s closed its doors. Starting at Queen of All Saints was like a homecoming of sorts. I had attended grade school here and now work with some of my former teachers.I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Purdue.I am married with two children. My son is serving in the Navy; he is stationed in Virginia, where he lives with his wife and my granddaughter, Audri, who was born in 2011. My daughter is a student at IU School of Dentistry and will graduate in 2016.I love spending time with my family and friends. One of my biggest accomplishments was the completion of the RAIN (Ride Across Indiana) ride in 2009. My husband and I rode our tandem on this 160 mile one-day bike ride across Indiana in just over 13 hours!

Signature Theme Strengths:  Empathy, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, Belief


Betty Catterlin
Middle School Science & Math
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My name is Betty Catterlin.  I am the 7th and 8th grade science teacher.  I received my undergraduate teaching degree in secondary science from Indiana University.  I have an endorsement in middle school and have done graduate work at IU, IUSB, Valparaiso, and Learners Edge.  I have been teaching for 36 years, most of it at the middle school level. I have taught in Indianapolis, in Elkhart, at the Westville Correctional Center, at Queens (from 1984-1995), and for the Michigan City Area Schools (from 1995-2015).  I retired from the public schools in 2015. I am married to Kurt Catterlin.  We have three sons, a daughter, and one grandson. 

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Diana Kopczyk
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Room 207
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Diana KopczykI received my undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  I have completed graduate classes at Purdue North Central, Indiana University South Bend, and Indiana University Northwest.I have taught at Queen of All Saints School since 1976, teaching grades 4-8.  I am presently teaching Junior High Language Arts and Social Studies.I have been married to Michael for 33 years.  We have a son, Caleb, who lives in Wisconsin with his wife Dana.  We have a pampered cat named Muffin.

I am proud to have taught at Queen of All Saints School for 38 years.  It is a joy to work with former students and to be able to teach the sons and daughters of former students.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Harmony, Deliberative, Intellection, Input, Restorative


Rona Ortega
Teacher’s Aide/Cafeteria Aide
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Rona (Sanchez) OrtegaMy name is Rona (Sanchez) Ortega.  I’ve been involved with Queen of All Saints School/Church since 1960.  I’ve been married for 24 years to my wonderful husband Paul, and have 3 girls Jamie, Carly and Mikki.

Baptized at Q.A.S., I received all of my sacraments here.  I’m a 1974 alumni of Q.A.S.  I have a step brother and sister and remember my father working 3 jobs to send us all to Queens.

When Paul and I married and had our girls, we did whatever it took to send them through Queen’s.  Our youngest is deaf and it took everything we had to get her caught up and ahead so that she could also attend Queen’s.  Queen’s welcomed her with open arms and helped us help her be successful.

Through the years I have been involved in many activities.  Coached sports, girl scout leader,  member of home and school, room mother for over 12 years, working parish festival, fish fry’s, fun fairs, ice cream socials...

I currently work in the Pre-K classroom at Queen’s.  I absolutely love my job and fellow faculty/staff members, as well as the children I’m involved with on a daily basis.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Harmony Consistency Individualization Empathy Arranger


Jennifer Zerbes
Art Teacher/Teacher Aide
Room 104
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Jennifer ZerbesMy name is Jennifer Zerbes. I have been a member of Queen of All Saints Parish my entire life and take great pride in saying that I am an alumni of QAS school! Working in the same school that I grew up in is a wonderful experience for me because I feel like I am giving back to my Parish in a very unique and important way. I began volunteering with the QAS Children’s Choir 13 years ago and began working at Queen of All Saints School 10 years ago. The first 2 years I worked here as an assistant in the pre-school room and for 7 years I was the Art teacher. This year I am the Art teacher for students in pre-school thru fourth grade and I also assist in the third and fourth grade classrooms. I find great joy in working with our school’s children on a daily basis. My husband Joe and I have been married for 17 years and have 2 children; Jonathan is 14 and is in the ninth grade and Julia is 7 and in the second grade. Family activities keep me very busy but when I do have spare time I love to read James Patterson novels, go to the awesome museums in Chicago as well as visit some of the amazing historical churches there. I also enjoy listening to music, especially Kenny Chesney and I love all things Disney!

Signature Theme Strengths:  Responsibility, Empathy, Consistency, Developer, Communications


Maggie Gondeck
Religion and Youth Ministry Teacher

Maggie GondeckI recently graduated from Holy Cross College with a major in theology and a minor in education. I was on the university’s varsity women’s basketball team four years. I was female Athlete of the Year my senior year and a member of the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Academic Team. “I now return to my grade school alma mater where I will be sharing my passion for my Catholic faith and my love of education.”

 

 

 


Evonne Jankowski
Teacher’s Aide
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Evonne JankowskiHi, I am Evonne Jankowski. I grew up in a small town in Virginia. My parents taught us the importance of loving God, our family and ourselves. They placed a high value on learning, and I know how proud I made them when I received my High School Diploma. A college education was a luxury we could not afford at the time, so I chose an alternate path.

I met and married my wonderful husband of 12 years, Donald Jankowski. Our family was complete with the arrivals of our daughter, Alexia, and our son, Donald. I began working at a Christian day-care center, and stayed there for eight years until they closed their doors in 2011. Then I joined the Queens staff as an aide, which allowed me to continue my work assisting teachers in educating children in a Christian setting. I plan on continuing my education for my own satisfaction, as well as showing my children that anything is possible as long as you put your heart and soul in it.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Adaptability, Empathy, Achiever, Belief, Includer


Amy Johnston
Resource Teacher
Room  2
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Amy JohnstonMy name is Amy Johnston and I am currently the Resource Teacher at Queen of All Saints School.  I was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana.  I graduated from Queen of All Saints grade school and earned my bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.  I have two children, Emily and Tyler. I have been teaching in the Diocese of Gary for twenty-six years, twenty of which have been here at Queen of All Saints School.  I enjoy working with the children, parents, and staff here at Queen of All Saints and feel blessed every day.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Developer, Positivity, Adaptability, Empathy, Relator

 


Kathy Moskovich
Music Teacher/DRE
Room 106
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Kathy MoskovichMy name is Kathy Moskovich, I am a Michigan City native, who graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School, Marquette High School, Purdue University (with a Master’s Degree in Education), and the Gary Diocese Ecclesial Lay Ministry Formation Program. I have taught in the Diocese of Gary Schools for 34 years. This is my 15th year at Queen of All Saints, where I am the music teacher and the Director of Religious Education. I am involved in the music ministry at Queen of All Saints. I accompany the adult and student choirs that sing at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, as well as the funeral choir. I also play for the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. In addition, I chair the Education and Faith Formation Commission. My husband, Dave, and I are the parents of five children, and the very proud grandparents of five grandchildren. Spending time with our family is the most important part of our lives. During the summer I enjoy caring for my flower garden and taking long walks.

Signature Theme Strengths:  Empathy, Developer, Belief, Connectedness, Input