Principal – Julia Heinz
Mrs. Julia Heinz joined Saint Paul beginning in the 2019-2020 school year to serve as principal. She earned a BA from Valparaiso University and began her teaching career in special education before serving at Immanuel Dundee for 15 years. Her various roles in education have spanned preschool through university level as teacher, administrator, fundraiser and admissions director. She earned her MA in school leadership from Concordia University Chicago with additional graduate studies at North Central College and Northern Illinois University. In recent years she has served on the LEA Leadership Committee and has presented locally and nationally for Lutheran educators and administrators. Mrs. Heinz and her husband, Joe, have three children. She is thrilled to be serving at Saint Paul.
5th Grade/Assistant Principal/Athletic Director – Eric Young
Mr. Young began teaching at Saint Paul in the fall of 1997. Originally from Bay City, Michigan, Mr. Young attended Concordia University, Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with an Elementary Teaching Certificate. In 2003, he was awarded the Northern Illinois District Timothy Award – Outstanding Educator with less than Ten Years Experience. In addition to teaching, he serves as the school’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Mr. Young is the chairman of the Northwest Suburban Lutheran Athletic Conference and the chairman of the Lutheran Sports Association Boys’ Basketball State Tournament.
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Director & Director of Admissions – Amy Cimarusti
Amy Cimarusti has been at Saint Paul since 2002. Mrs. Cimarusti has a BA and MA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University in Chicago, IL. Recently she graduated with a MA in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. Mrs. Cimarusti was the recipient of the Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher award in 2009. She has worked with future teachers as a college instructor and student teacher supervisor. Mrs. Cimarusti is the Early Childhood Coordinator for our Northern Illinois District of Lutheran schools and early childhood programs.
Mrs. Cimarusti’s experiences include teaching toddlers through third graders as well as administrative experience at the early childhood level. Mrs. Cimarusti is both a teacher and administrator in pre-kindergarten, and is the admissions director for the school.
Mrs. Cimarusti loves singing and dancing with her students and takes every opportunity to have fun while she works.
Pre-Kindergarten – Angela Young
Pre-Kindergarten – Sarah Schroeder
Mrs. Schroeder began teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Saint Paul in 2020. She previously taught Kindergarten at Saint Paul since 2012. She is an alumna of Saint Paul and is overjoyed to be a Comet once again. She received her BA in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University Chicago, in River Forest, IL. Before coming to Saint Paul, she was a Pre-K teacher at Early Days Preschool and Childcare. Some of Mrs. Schroeder’s favorite things are singing, dancing, Disney, and traveling with her husband! In addition to teaching, she also coaches the 7/8 cheerleading squad and is co-coordinator of Vacation Bible School.
Kindergarten – Sue Buchanan
Mrs. Buchanan is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago and has been a member of Saint Paul church for 30 years, where she is currently involved in Bible studies and altar guild. She has been on staff for almost as long! She has taught music in the upper grades, and taught littles in pre-k. She has been an instructional aide for both 5th grade and kindergarten. She has aided in pre-k classrooms and has been the pre-k office “girl”. She has taught 1st and 2nd grade summer school and worked the SPECK and Fun Days programs. She is currently teaching kindergarten. She has two grown, married daughters, both of whom went to school at Saint Paul from pre-k through 8th grade. She has a passion for Jesus, kids, and all things four-footed and furry. She is currently owned by two dogs, two bunnies, and one very adorable kitten. She adores spending time with her granddaughter, and is looking forward to the birth of her second grandchild.
Kindergarten – Taylar Kamp
Miss Kamp started working at Saint Paul in 2020. She recently graduated from Elmhurst College in May of 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s in Educating Young Children with English as a Second Language Endorsement and a Letter of Approval for Special Education. Before Saint Paul, she worked at Immanuel Lutheran in Dundee, IL as a teacher aide, church nursery caregiver, and extended care caregiver. She loves to babysit and dog sit in her free time. Some of her hobbies and interests include; her family, dogs, all sports, shoes, movies and shopping.
1st Grade – Kelly Lonergan
Mrs. Lonergan joined the staff at Saint Paul in the winter of 2015. She graduated, in December 2015, from Concordia University Chicago with a BA in Early Childhood. Her degree also includes an ESL endorsement and Special Education minor. She loves volleyball, animals, and coffee! Mrs. Lonergan is excited at the opportunity to grow in God’s love and learn with her first graders this year.
2nd Grade – Karla Menze
Mrs. Karla Menze received her Bachelor of Arts degree with an Early Childhood Teaching License from Illinois State University. After graduating in December, 1993, God led her to fill a maternity leave in kindergarten and preschool at St. Paul Lutheran School, Norwood Park, now recognized as Lutheran Unity West. This evolved into a first grade teaching position where she was blessed to serve for ten years. During this time, Mrs. Menze completed the Colloquy program at Concordia University, Chicago and also received a Master’s degree in Reading Instruction through the University. After enjoying five years as an instructional aide here at Saint Paul, Mrs. Menze is thrilled to be back in the classroom full time as our second grade teacher. Karla, her husband, and two daughters feel very blessed to be part of the Saint Paul family.
3rd Grade – Deb Rittle
Deb Rittle, third grade teacher, received her BS in Education from Valparaiso University and completed her graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction to earn the designation MS Ed from Northern Illinois University. Deb began teaching at Saint Paul in 1995. She previously taught preschool in Roselle. She coaches cheerleading and assists with track and is the Intermediate Level Coordinator.
In 2005, she was honored with the Middle Grades Teacher of the Year Award by the Northern Illinois District. She’s been nominated for several other awards, including the Golden Apple and Disney Awards. She’s been a presenter at the NID Conferences and LEA National Convocations. She has worked on the District’s curriculum writing project and has also been involved with CLEF (Chicago Lutheran Education Foundation) as a presenter and facilitator. Deb is on the Board of Directors of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, currently serving as its secretary, and a member of local and National writing organizations.
4th Grade – Jessica Dill
Miss Dill started teaching 4th grade at Saint Paul in the fall of 2016, after moving from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a 2015 graduate of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. There, she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She is an assistant coach of the 7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball team, as well as head coach of the 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball team. Miss Dill loves being a part of the church and school family here at Saint Paul!
6th Grade Homeroom, 6-8 Math, 6-8 Social Studies – Michelle Linke
Mrs. Linke graduated from Valparaiso University in 1999 with a BS in Elementary Education and endorsements for Middle School. She spent her first two years teaching at St. Paul’s San Diego before returning to the Midwest.
In the spring of 2001 Mrs. Linke accepted a job here at Saint Paul, Mt. Prospect and has been here ever since! “I love my job and my students!” At Saint Paul she teaches Religion, 6th grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Ancient Civilizations, Geography, and U.S. History to 6th-8th grade students. Her focus is on preparing each student for high school. She also has over 15 years coaching experience in both basketball and volleyball for boys and girls.
Mrs. Linke received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 2007 where she spent most of her studies on the moral development of children and adolescents. In the past, Mrs. Linke has presented at the LEA convention, CLEF, and the NID yearly conference. Recently, she received an award for “Outstanding Teacher of American History from the Daughters of the American Revolution.”
7th Grade Homeroom and 6-8 Language Arts – Katie Stiek
Mrs. Stiek is excited to join the staff at Saint Paul this year! Prior to taking this position, she taught at Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University Wisconsin and is mere credits away from finishing her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UW Madison.
Mrs. Stiek is passionate about teaching and learning. She has presented at a number regional and national conferences over the last few years on subjects ranging from effective learning in digital environments to brain based instruction for middle schoolers. Notable conferences include the Concordia Chicago Unconference, the national NCEA conference, and EdCamp Madison. In addition to teaching middle school language arts this year, Mrs. Stiek also teaches the middle school STEM elective. In her spare time, Mrs. Stiek enjoys reading, going for walks with her husband, and playing the flute and piano. She runs a small flute studio out of her home, though now all of her lessons are online.
8th Grade Homeroom, 5-8 Science – Alexis Herrmann
Alexis Herrmann is a 2017 Graduate of Carthage College. Besides a love of science, Mrs. Herrmann is also an accomplished sportswoman, having played basketball at the college level. Mrs. Herrmann grew up in the Chicago area. She attended St. Luke, Itasca, IL for her elementary years.
P.E. Teacher K – 8
Mr. Matt Gutzler has a B.A. degree in Education from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. At his first job he was the 7th grade teacher and Athletic Director at St. John’s Lutheran School in Portage, Wisconsin. Starting in the fall of 1998, he began teaching at Saint Paul as 4th grade teacher and Tournament director. In those years he has also coached the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams, girls’ basketball, and coached 3-8 track. Mr. Gutzler will help out daily in morning SPOT as well as lead gym classes for Kindergarten – 8th Grades.
Teacher, Technology Coordinator – Michael Heinze
Mr. Heinze graduated with a BA in Education in 1982 from Concordia University in Chicago, IL. He received his Masters in Education from Concordia in 1998. His first teaching position was at St. Paul Norwood Park, IL where he spent 25 years as a teacher and principal. He began working at Saint Paul in 2009. Mr. Heinze is in charge of the technology in the school and church, teaches pre-algebra, supervises MAP testing, teaches enrichment class in 1st – 8th grades. He coaches 5-6 girls basketball as well as 7-8 boys volleyball. Mr. Heinze is also one of the high school youth leaders in our church and plans and leads the youth summer mission trips and National Youth Gatherings.
Spanish – Aaron Boyer
Mr. Aaron Boyer grew up in Marengo, Illinois. He graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2016 with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Education Studies. He moved to Mount Prospect in 2017 and now lives in Arlington Heights. This will be his second year working at Saint helping in classrooms and in SPECK at Saint Paul. He also works as a writer/photographer at the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS. He enjoys reading, running, ultimate frisbee, making music (piano, singing, and bells), and theology. Fun fact: Mr. Boyer has five siblings: one in Luxembourg, one in Virginia, one in Texas, one in Illinois, and one in Nebraska, and his parents live in Tennessee, so getting the family together is quite a challenge.
Music – Lisa Janisch
Mrs. Janisch began teaching at Saint Paul in 2016. Mrs Janisch teaches classroom music in grades 1-5 as well as Strings, a FAB Ukulele class, and many other music experiences.
Art Education – Mirjana Dejkovic
Resource — Cheryl Tyrcha
Mrs. Tyrcha earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Northern Illinois University, and her Master’s Degree in special education from Eastern Illinois University. She was awarded National Board Certification in Special Education in 2009, and is also a certified Wilson Reading Instructor. Mrs. Tyrcha taught in the public school system for 28 years, working with students in grades PreK – 5. She has also privately tutored students in grades 6-8 in reading and math.
When not teaching or devising new curriculum and supports for her students, Mrs. Tyrcha enjoys visiting her twin grandsons and traveling with her husband and family. She feels blessed to join the team at Saint Paul, and looks forward to helping students learn, and be excited about learning!
Resource Room and Instructional Aide – Tara Stone
I serve Saint Paul in two capacities — part time Resource Support, and part time classroom Aide.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the students of Saint Paul. I am enjoying watching my own kids grow in God’s love at Saint Paul and am excited to be a part of the education of all students. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education at Loyola University in 2002 and my Special Education endorsement in 2015. My interests include spending time with my family. We enjoy the outdoors. During the summer we often camp, fish, and swim at the beach or pool. I look forward to each new year, working with Saint Paul students!
Student Services Coordinator – Jennifer Heinze
Mrs. Heinze joined the Saint Paul staff in 1990, first serving as Middle School teacher, then as principal, before beginning work in the fall of 2019 as Student Services Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Concordia University in River Forest, and her Master’s in School Administration from Concordia as well. Mrs. Heinze has enjoyed working with amazingly gifted teachers who excel at their craft, have a love for the Lord, and a love for His children! Both Heinze daughters are Saint Paul graduates, and the whole family has been blessed by the wonderful relationships they’ve forged with families in the Saint Paul community.
Kindergarten Aide – Lisa Makris
Mrs. Lisa Makris started at Saint Paul in 2016 coaching JV Volleyball and teaching Tot Time. She joined the school staff in 2018 as an aide and substitute. Mrs. Makris is an alumna of Saint Paul Class of 1993 and proud to be a Comet again. She attended Concordia University, River Forest and received a degree in Liberal Arts, then headed to National-Louis University and received a Master degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Makris has also taught at Immanuel, Des Plaines and the Mount Prospect Park District. She is married and has three children, Avery, Devin, and Skylar, who attend Saint Paul. She is very excited to be back where her education began.
Kindergarten Aide/SPOT Caregiver – Rick Reeve
Mr. Rick Reeve has been working at Saint Paul for 15 years now as both SPECK caregiver and kindergarten aide. Both of his children graduated from Saint Paul. His son, Ricky is currently attending Northern Michigan University studying Biology. His daughter is teaching in Wildwood, NJ. His children have both been swimmers, so Mr. Reeve has been a swim coach and a swim official over the years, and has enthusiastically followed his kids in whatever sports and after-school activities they have participated in. Mr. Reeve will work as a morning and afternoon lead SPOT caregiver as well as aide in kindergarten.
Other SPECK and Pre-K Kindergarten Aides
Mrs. Riedl – I grew up in Peoria, IL and spent my college years at Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Ceramic Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I moved to the Chicago area for work, after college. My husband, Jordan, and I have 3 kids – Jessica (14th grade), Jacob (12th grade), and Jaclyn (9th grade). We first came to Saint Paul, in 2004, when Jessica started pre-kindergarten. All 3 of our kids have since graduated from Saint Paul. I have been an aide at Saint Paul for over 8 years. In my free time, I like to work out, bake, sing in the church choir, and attend our children’s various sports and school activities.
Mrs. Jennifer Moeller- I started aiding in pre-k, kindergarten and helping in speck in 2018. My husband Eric graduated from Saint Paul. We were married at Saint Paul and have two kids. Brady will be in 5th grade this year and Hailey will be in 3nd. In our free time we love to go to the zoo, fish and spend a lot of time outdoors! We are blessed to be a part of the Saint Paul Family and are looking forward to another awesome school year!
High School Staff-
Hello! My name is Katie Beyer and this will be my second year as a SPECK helper. I am a senior at Prospect High school and participate in ultimate frisbee. The best part of my day is walking into St. Paul and being greeted with nothing but smiles from all my little friends!