BARB CARUSO, DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Caruso joined the staff at St. Joan of Arc School in 2019 as our first official Campus Minister. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor. Mrs. Caruso joined the staff bringing with her twenty years of previous teaching experience including fifteen years of teaching Theology at Montini Catholic High School. Mrs. Caruso is not only our DRE but also teaches our 5th-8th grade students.
LAUREN NELSON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Nelson has been involved in Religious Education for almost twenty years. She spent many years as a catechist and received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Dominican University. She is currently a student at Catholic Theological Union, studying for her Masters in Pastoral Studies. Mrs. Nelson leads our CLOW program on Sundays during the 9:30 Mass.
Mrs. Suwanski joined the staff of SJA in 2018. She is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Mrs. Suwanski came to St. Joan already having a decade of teaching experience. She also holds an ECE Credential Level 5 certificate. Mrs. Suwanski will be teaching our Kindergarten class this year.
Mrs. Persico joined the SJA staff in 2021 with 17 years of prior teaching experience. She has a degree in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University. We are excited to welcome her as our First Grade RE teacher this year.
Colleen Clark has been teaching at SJA since 2003. She attended Elmhurst College for her undergrad and received her Masters Degree in Reading from Concordia University. Mrs. Clark has a daughter who graduated from St. Joan of Arc. Mrs. Clark teaches our 2nd grade RE students.
Mrs. Flynn has been teaching at St. Joan of Arc since 2015 and has had three sons graduate from SJA. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education. She has an ELL Endorsement, a Language Arts Endorsement and a Middle School Endorsement as well. Mrs. Flynn teaches our 3rd grade RE students.
Mrs. Dvorak earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in World Language Education from Illinois State University, during which time she also had the opportunity to study abroad. Mrs. Dvorak has 14 years of experience teaching World Language and Religion within the Diocese of Joliet. Mrs. Dvorak will be teaching 4th grade RE this year.