Staff/Faculty


Fr. Joseph Altman
PastorNativity of Our Lord
Fr. Peter McQuinn
PastorAll Saints/St. Anthony Parish
Mrs. Caroline Koster
Principal

Biographical Info

B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Secondary Education with a minor in history from Loyola University Chicago. M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from the Loyola University Chicago. Type 75 certification in Administration & Supervision and Type 09 certification in Secondary Education with Social Sciences Endorsement. Member of National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Illinois Principals Association. Continued participation in classes/workshops focusing on curriculum and development.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Taught at Saint Ailbe Catholic School for 5 years (grades 6-8). Principal of Bridgeport Catholic Academy since 2012. Instructional leader and makes administrative, curricular & budgeting decisions.

Mrs. Katie Thompson
Assistant Principal

Biographical Info

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Thompson has worked in 40+ Chicago schools in the capacity of classroom teacher, Information Technology Director, Educational Consultant, Mentor Development Coach, and Instructional Coach. Mrs. Thompson holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has experience working with Kindergarten through 12th grade students and teachers. She has served on BCA’s School Board and Home and School Association.

Mrs. Joyce LiFonti
School SecretaryAdministration

Biographical Info

Mrs. LiFonti serves as the Administrative Assistant for BCA. She handles all registration and tuition matters and is a great resource for BCA parents, students, and staff. Mrs. LiFonti has a strong history with BCA: three of her five children are BCA graduates, and the oldest of her four grandchildren, Danny, graduated in 2013.

Mrs. Lillian Buckley
Development Director
Mrs. Mary Ellen Karpinski
Pre-K 3 Lead Teacher

Biographical Info

B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University. Dual Illinois certification in Elementary education and Special Education. Additional classes towards a Master’s Degree in Reading have also been taken.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Taught 1st grade at the former St. Peter & Paul School for 6 years. Substituted and tutored at BCA prior to returning in 1999 to teach Kindergarten. Student Council & fundability Coordinators.

Ms. Natalie Wagner
Pre-K 4 Lead Teacher

Biographical Info

I am the Pre K 4 teacher. This is my first year working at BCA and I am having the time of my life. I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Education degrees at Southern Illinois University. I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Saint Xavier.

Mrs. Jackie Lagoni
Kindergarten

Biographical Info

B.A. in Unified Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Loras College. Illinois certification in Early Childhood Teaching and certified by Archdiocese of Chicago as a Teacher Catechist. Member of the International Reading Association.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Taught Kindergarten and worked as Director of Children’s Campus, Inc. Child Care Center from 2004 through 2007. Instituted the first Father/Daughter and Mother/Son nights, Book Fair. In a statewide preschool of the year competition received a second place award. Yearbook co-coordinator at Bridgeport Catholic Academy. Tutors reading for second grade at Bridgeport Catholic Academy.

Ms. Frances Halisz
1st Grade

Biographical Info

Graduated with honors from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Dual Illinois certification in Elementary Education(K-9) and EMH (K-12). Past nominee for the Heart of the School award. Volunteered at CCIL in their residential program. Member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Taught at St. Mary of Perpetual Help (grades 1, 4, 5). Grade One teacher at Bridgeport Catholic Academy since its inception in 1985. Previously worked as a day camp counselor and a private tutor. Taught summer school at BCA, Our Lady of Pompeii & Children of Peace. Served on Mission teams, Yearbook committee, Primary Unit and Television Coordinators and has been involved with curriculum planning. Currently involved with liturgy planning, social committee and is a former representative for Home & School. Past coordinator for “Rainbow for all God’s Children” which helps children deal with divorce, death and other losses.

Mrs. Lisa Grabowski
2nd Grade

Biographical Info

B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from St. Xavier University. Illinois State Certification in Elementary Education.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Taught 2nd grade at St. Ethelreda (1 year), began teaching at BCA in 1985 presently teaching 2nd grade (grades 4-8 previously). Served as Assistant Principal and on Social Committee. Past nominee for the Heart of the School award and belonged to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

Ms. Francine Rizzo
3rd Grade

Biographical Info

Graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN in 2015. B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Mild Intervention. Illinois Sate Certification in Elementary Education.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES

Third Grade teacher at BCA since 2015. Student taught 4th grade at a Catholic elementary school in Granger, IN and K-2nd Special Education in an urban elementary school in South Bend, IN. YMCA Day Camp Coordinator Summer 2011-2016; One-on-one Integration Counselor supporting students with special needs, Summer 2017.
Ms. Sierra Kelly
4th Grade

Biographical Info

Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Urban Elementary Education and a concentration middle school social sciences. Student taught at McClellan Elementary and worked for two years as a teacher’s assistant.

Mrs. Debra McNulty
5th GradeHomeroom, Religion and Middle School Science

Biographical Info

B.A. in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. M. A. in Reading Education from Concordia University. Dual Illinois certification in Elementary Education with endorsements in science, social science, art, and middle school; and Special Teaching with a Reading Specialist endorsement.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Taught fifth through eighth grade at St. Priscilla School for 6 year and at St. Edmund Parish School in Oak Park for four years, and sixth grade at Hauser Middle School in Riverside with a concentration in science at each school. Sponsored science fairs at St. Priscilla and St. Edmund, and served as Science Curriculum coordinator at St. Priscilla. Member of International Reading Association and National Science Teachers Association.

Mr. Ryuta Doi
6th GradeHomeroom, Religion and Middle School Math

Biographical Info

B.A. in Teaching of Mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago. Illinois Certification in Secondary Education with Middle School Endorsement.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Student taught 9th and 11th grade at Whitney M. Young High School in 2016.

Mrs. Gina Geisert
7th GradeHomeroom, Religion and Middle School Literature/Vocabulary

Biographical Info

B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in History and a M.A. in Language & Literacy from Roosevelt University. Dual Illinois certification, Type 10 and Type 3 with a Middle School Endorsement.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Began teaching at BCA in 1998 (grades 4-8). Coordinated Student Council activities and Environmental Club projects. Member of the School Intervention Team (ICEP) Member of International Reading Association and Illinois Reading Council.

Mr. Chris Wilhelmi
8th GradeHomeroom, Religion and Middle School History

Biographical Info

B.S. in Communications with a minor in Journalism from Western Michigan University. M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in History from DePaul University. M.Ed. Leadership (Type 75 certification). National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in History. Endorsements include History, Theater/ Drama, and Speech.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Taught high school US/ World History, Drama/ Improvisational (Improv) Comedy, and Speech in Chicago Public Schools for 12 years. As Dean of Students at Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville designed and implemented a Social Emotional Learning course and an in-class referral system. Coached Lacrosse at Fenwick, Collins/Manley (CPS), and Mount Carmel (Swimming at MC). Currently coach Improv Comedy at St. Ignatius. In addition to my duties at Bridgeport Catholic Academy, I teach after-school sessions in Speech and Stand-Up Comedy. I can lift 100 lbs. over my head.

Ms. May Quidang
Middle School English/Language Arts

Biographical Info

B.A in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Middle School, Language Arts, and Social Science. Illinois Type 09 certified from Northeastern Illinois University, graduated in the Spring of 2015.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Student Services teaching assistant in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, working with 7th and 8th grade Special Education students in English/Language Arts. Began teaching at BCA in the Fall of 2017. Coordinates English/Math Enrichment after school programming and participates in professional development projects.

Ms. Ann Bulanda
Computers

Biographical Info

B.A. in Mathematics from the University of St. Francis. Masters in Arts of Teaching with a Middle School Endorsement from National-Louis University.

EXPERIENCE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Began teaching at Bridgeport Catholic Academy in 2006 (grades 5-8). Taught Math (grades 5-8), Religion (grades 5, 6, and 8), Science (grades 5 & 8), and English (grade 8). Currently teaches Computers and Technology (grades K-8). Member and Math Teacher Leader of the BSF-UIC Mathematics Initiative. Nativity of Our Lord Church Religious Education Coordinator. Member of the Bridgeport Catholic Academy School Board.

Mr. Kal Moy
Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Mary Bell
Music Teacher
Ms. Jessica Schambach
Title I Teacher
Mrs. Maryann Farnan
Art / Pre-K 3 Aide
Mrs. Conchita Ramirez-Sullivan
Spanish, Pre-K 4 Aide, 5th -8th Grade Aide
Ms. Mary Catherine LiFonti
Pre-K 4 Aide
Mrs. Carol Grek
Pre-K 4 Aide
Mrs. Donna Codina
Kindergarten Aide
Ms. Mary Trentz
Kindergarten Aide
Mrs. Patty Zeimys
1st Grade Aide
Mrs. Carola Gaggiano
1st Grade Aide
Mrs. Sharon Zapata
5th -8th Grade Aide
Mr. Arturo Garcia
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