Our Wonderful Staff

Debbie Keller returned to St. David’s to assume the role of Director in 2017.  Prior to teaching Kindergarten in Chicago, she taught the morning and afternoon 4 Year Old classes at St. David’s from 2000-2012. She earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Master's in Elementary Education from DePaul University.  

Amy Wattley began teaching 3 year olds at St. David’s in the fall of 2004, and in 2012 started co-teaching the 3-4 Combination class. In 2017 she began serving as our Assistant Director. She did her undergraduate work at Ohio University and graduated with a degree in Recreational Studies with a concentration in therapy. Later, she returned to school and received a Masters in Education from DePaul University.

Sara Barron joined St. David’s in the fall of 2018 to teach the 4 year olds in the 5 day class. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. She taught fifth grade for 11 years and has run a home day care.

Mary Barry joined our staff in 2019 as an Early Childhood Assistant working on Wednesdays and Fridays. Mary has extensive childcare experience and holds a degree from the Limerick Institute of Technology in graphic design.

Rosie Johnson started teaching at St. David’s in 2003 as an Early Childhood Assistant. In 2004 she began co-teaching in a 4-year-old classroom. She has taught 4-year-olds outside of St. David’s since 2015. We welcomed her back to the St. David’s staff in 2019 where she is co-teaching in the 3/4 combination classroom with Mrs. Wattley. Rosie is also our Super Science enrichment class teacher for 4 year olds. Rose holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Education from DePaul University.

Molly Koek first joined St. David’s in the fall of 2010 to teach the Turning-3 class. Molly also served as Head Lunch Bunch Supervisor. In 2015 she began co-teaching the 5-Day 4 Year Old class. She earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from North Park University. She taught Pre-K through second grade in the Libertyville Public School system for nine years.

Linda Lathrop joined St. David’s in the fall of 2018 as our Early Childhood assistant. She is also our Lunch Bunch supervisor. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BA in Communications.

Clare Martin joined the staff of St.David's in the fall of 2017 as the 2+ teacher. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her M.Ed from the University of Notre Dame. Clare previously taught both second and third grade in Savannah, Georgia, Santa Monica, California and Winnetka, Illinois.

Coleen Michols has taught three year olds at St. David's since 1997. She earned a degree in Special Education from Illinois State University, and taught third and fourth grade students with special needs in Libertyville for six years. She has also tutored extensively for District 34. 

Carole Stephens has taught music at St David’s since the fall of 2006. She earned a BS in Musical Theater/Communications from Northwestern University and has been teaching music to young children, giving seminars and key-note addresses for teachers, parents and librarians nationally since 1989. She is the founder and CEO of Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids LLC and has recorded nine award-winning albums.  

Jen Wiesman came to St. David’s for the 2017/2018 academic year to teach the Turning-3 class. She holes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. While living in Colorado, Jen spent five years as Co-Director and Head Teacher of Eagle Montessori. Prior to that role, she taught kindergarten and first grade at Vail Mountain School.