Mrs. Caroline Koster

Biographical Info

Mrs. Caroline Koster has a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Secondary Education, with a minor in history and an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, all from the Loyola University Chicago. Mrs. Koster has her Type 75 certification in Administration & Supervision and Type 09 certification in Secondary Education with Social Sciences Endorsement. She is a member of National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Illinois Principal’s Association. She serves on the Archdiocese of Chicago Curriculum Advisory Council and Archdiocesan Principal’s Association.


Mrs. Koster taught at Saint Ailbe Catholic School for 5 years (grades 6-8) and has been the Principal of Bridgeport Catholic Academy since 2012. As the instructional leader of Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Mrs. Koster makes administrative, curricular & budgeting decisions.

Mrs. Katie Thompson
Assistant Principal

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For 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.


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.

Mrs. Maryann Farnan
Art / Pre-K 3 Aide
Ms. Mary Catherine LiFonti
Pre-K 4 Teacher

Biographical Info

B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Infants and Toddlers from Kendall College.

Teaching since 2018. Currently running aftercare program with Mrs. LiFonti for around 15 years. Substitute teacher in grades Pre-K through 4th Grade, 2014-2018. Teacher’s aide in grades Pre-K through 2nd Grade, 2004-2006, 2013-2018. Student taught Pre-K 3 and 2nd Grade at BCA.

Experience loving my Nieces and Nephews, 1999-Forever.

Children: Doc and Marty (Yellow Labs).

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Mrs. Carol Grek
Pre-K 4 Aide
Ms. Sue Sheppard
Pre-K 4 Aide
Mrs. Jackie Lagoni

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.


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. Brianne Van Acker
1st Grade Teacher

Biographical Info

Graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, WI in 2015. B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. Illinois State Certification in Elementary Education. Married and proud cat mom to Oliver.

Taught third grade at St. Sabina Academy from 2016-2019.  Student taught 3rd grade at Shorewood Elementry School in Madison, WI. Has experience as a 1:1 Bevahvoral Aid at Integrated Developmental Services in Madison, WI.

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.


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).

Mrs. Patty Zeimys
2nd Grade Aide
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.


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.

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.


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. Victoria Czerpaniak
6th GradeMath

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Ms. Victoria Czerpaniak

B.S. in Elementary Education with middle school endorsements in Mathematics, English, and Social Science. Illinois Type 09 certified from Saint Xavier University; graduated in 2016. 

Experiences and Responsibilities: Taught two years at Saint Michael the Archangel School. First year taught a combined 4th and 5th grade classroom, and last year taught middle school Math. Also spent the past two summers working as a teaching assistant for Center for Talent Development, an enrichment program run through Northwestern University.

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Mrs. Gina Geisert
8th GradeHomeroom, Religion and Middle School Literature

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.


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.

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Mrs. Debbie Glowacki
Middle SchoolMiddle School Science

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Mrs. Glowacki is a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Teacher since 2008. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Xavier University; a BA in SPeech Pathology and ELementary Education from the University of St. Francis, in Joliet; Gifted teacher endorsement; Married and proud mom of three adult sons.

Experience and Responsibilities: Worked in the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years, 5 of those years managing the district program for over 200 teachers each year seeking National Board Certification; Presented at several conferences on topics such as classroom management, mentoring teachers and adult education; Trained in Cognitive Coaching;

Her most recent experience involves teaching 4th grade, both regular education and gifted students.  She has served as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and the School Improvement Planning team.  Prior to working in the public schools, she worked for 11 years in the Catholic schools, teaching in Elementary and Middle School environments.

Ms. Ann Bulanda
Computers & Religious Education Coordinator

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.


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.

Mrs. Sharon Zapata
5th – 8th Grade Aide
Mrs. Mary Bell
Music Teacher
Mr. Kal Moy
Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Jessica Schambach
Title I Teacher

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