St. Barbara Elementary School is comprised of a dedicated faculty and staff. All of our faculty have college degrees and are certified by the State of Illinois. Many faculty have advanced degrees.
Our faculty is committed to Catholic education and the mission of St. Barbara School. Teaching the Catholic faith and values are important to who we are as a school family.
The following teacher pages allow you to have a peek into your child's classroom each month. Through the individual pages, teachers keep you informed of the curriculum and any projects that the children are involved in that month.
Upper grade parents: Do not forget to check the pages of each of the content area teachers for more information about your child's curriculum.
Visitors to our web site: Teacher pages give you wonderful insight as to what wonderful things are happening in our classrooms.
Teacher pages are updated each month. Enjoy your visit!
*(click on teacher photo to enter their classroom page)*
Ms. Short received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Early Childhood and Special Education at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She also holds a Type 03 Certification. Ms. Short is looking forward to being your child’s preschool teacher.
Ms. Wargo attended the University of Michigan - School of Education and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Her certifications include: ELS (PEDU) Elementary Education (Self Contained General Education) - Kindergarten through Grade 9. She coordinates the afterschool activity, Healthy Kids Club. Ms. Wargo looks forward to this school year as your child’s Kindergarten teacher.
Mrs. Mison attended DePaul University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Type 03 Certification with an endorsement in Language Arts. In addition to her teaching credentials, she has been the AdvancED Accreditation Chair person for three years and has trained as an Everyday Math Teacher Leader and Power User.
Mrs. Jurisic attended DePaul University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She is also a Type 03 Certified Educator, with an endorsement in Language Arts. Throughout her years at St. Barbara, Mrs. Jurisic has been an Assistant Principal, trained as an Everyday Math Teacher Leader and Power User, was certified as a Catechist to prepare students for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and co-planned school operas. She has also participated in professional development in the areas of Math, Literacy, Science Inquiry, and Writing. She was previously nominated for the Golden Apple and Heart of the School Awards.
Mrs. Rudnicki has been an educator for over 24 years as a teacher in the Chicago Public School system, having taught Kdg-8th grades. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University, reading specialist coursework from Loyola University, and an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Governors State. Her most recent assignment was at Kanoon Magnet School in Little Village where she taught intermediate grades for the last 14 years. Before that, she taught at Cooper Elementary in Pilsen, Healy Elementary in Bridgeport, and Henry Elementary in Albany Park.
Fifth Grade Homeroom
Mrs. LoPiccolo attended the University of Illinois (Chicago), Loyola University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in Science. Her Master's work was in Spanish literature. She holds two teaching certifications, which enables her to teach from K through 12. Mrs. LoPiccolo has been with St. Barbara for nearly 30 years; some of those years as a part-time Art and Spanish teacher. In 2014, Mrs. LoPiccolo received a Distinguished Service Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is the publisher of the Student Newspaper Club.
Sixth Grade Homeroom
Eighth Grade Homeroom
Ms. Mohr graduated from Moraine Valley Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She then attended Northern Illinois University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. Most recently, Ms. Mohr attended Saint Xavier University where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration. She holds a Type 03 Certification and has also trained as an Everyday Math Teacher Leader and Power User.
Ms. Hudren attended De Paul University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Graduate work was in Religious Studies at Fordham University in New York. Her teaching experiences include Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and Schaumburg District #54 Public Schools. She was Dean of Students for fifteen years at two Catholic girls’ high schools and a CCD high school coordinator for a parish in Bartlett, IL. St. Barbara School knows her as teacher, tutor and member of its Board of Specified Jurisdiction.
Ms. Mezinskas is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute, having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in studio art and art history. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she has taught at Art Resources in Teaching, Art Excel, St. Paul Elementary School, and has been teaching at St. Barbara since 2011. She is also a practicing artist in enamels on glass and has regular art showings. Ms. “M” coordinates the annual Art Fair at St. Barbara which highlights artwork created by students throughout the year.
Mr. Ochoa is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, majoring in History, with minors in Philosophy and Theology. He holds a Type 29 Bilingual Educator Certification with an endorsement in Spanish, and is a Certified Duolingo Educator. He has received his Catechetical Certification from the diocesan Office of Lifelong Formation and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Mr. Ochoa is the Marketing Director and provides technology support for the school.