Mrs. Katie Thompson
Assistant Principal

Biographical Info


For 20 years, Mrs. Thompson has worked in 40+ Chicago schools in the capacity of classroom teacher, Instructional 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 and is the proud mother of 3 BCA graduates!

Mrs. Amanda Canino
Office ManagerAdministration

Biographical Info

Mrs. Canino serves as the Office Manager for BCA. She handles all registration and tuition matters and is a great resource for BCA parents, students, and staff. Mrs. Canino has a strong history with BCA as she is a proud alumna and her her two children currently attend the school.

Mrs. Lillian Buckley
Development Director
Ms. Mary Catherine LiFonti
Pre-K 3 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 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).
Mrs. Carol Grek
Kdg 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. Samantha Tracy
1st Grade Teacher

Biographical Info

Ms. Samatha Tracy

1st Grade Teacher

Graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2019 with a B.A in Early Child Education.

Student taught and a substitute teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

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
PreK3 Aide
Ms. Sierra Kelly
6th Grade (MS History)

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. Patti Murphy
3rd floor aide
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. Francine Rizzo Thelen
Title 1

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 State Certification in Elementary Education. Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (Kindergarten through Age 21) from Saint Xavier University – 2021.


Third Grade teacher at BCA from 2015-2021. 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.
Mrs. Mary Bell
Music Teacher
Mr. Kal Moy
Physical Education Teacher

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