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Mrs. Reis, Art

Mrs. Reis




 “Art is the collaboration between God and the Artist” ― Andre Gide  
Art has played an important part of society since the very beginning of mankind. It is an expression of the artist but also of God. It is my goal to awaken the creative God given talents in every student.  
This will be my 9th year teaching art at St. Thomas School. (Previously I taught art at a Catholic school in Chicago) The St. Thomas Art Program combines art history, cultural studies and art projects. Each year students learn about four to five artists, as well as different art styles and art techniques in hopes to inspire each student’s creative expression.  E-mail is the best way to contact me ( I check it at 7:30 am and 2:15 pm.    
I reside in Woodstock with my architect husband Steve and our anti-social cat Salem.  Our oldest daughter Stephanie is studying in Spain at the University of Barcelona this year. Our youngest daughter Samantha is a freshman at the University of Illinois.  When not creating artwork I’m usually gardening or watching the Blackhawks.           
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt



Mrs. Sugrue


Music K-8


A native of Springfield, IL.  I graduated from Quincy University with a degree in Music Education as a vocal major and piano minor.  I started my career in Springfield in the Catholic schools.  After getting married and moving to the Chicago area, I taught at St. Vincent Ferrer and in Addison, IL.  We moved out to Crystal Lake 19 years ago and I taught in District 47.  I am thrilled to be a part of St. Thomas and the community here.  I continue taking courses to keep current on my certification and new information in Music Education. 


On a personal note, I am married and have 3 children.  My oldest, Brendan, is a Junior at St. Ambrose University.  My second son Ian is a Freshman at Eastern Kentucky University and my youngest, Christina is in 6th grade this year at Lundahl.  Our family is very musical and my husband and children continue to play.  I love music and am very passionate about it and look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of music with the students of St. Thomas School.



Ms. Sharp


Physical Education: K, 1, 4 & 8

Hello! My name is Katie Sharp. I was born and raised in McHenry, Illinois living with my mom, dad, brother Tim (17), and sister Ellen (11) and have always wanted to be a teacher. I am a 2012 graduate from Loras College with a BA degree in Physical Education and a 2008 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School. Growing up I had many influences in my life, both as teachers and coaches, and I want to give back to children, hoping that I can have an impact on their lives the same way my teachers and coaches did. I have always had a passion for sports and created a life out of it. I participated in basketball and softball in both high school and college and will be assisting girls sophomore basketball at Marian Central.   Physical education, health, wellness, and an overall active lifesyle is very important to me. It is important for students to find enjoyment in physical activity and want to participate in various activities, not only in the school setting, but in their own community as well. As a physical educator, I am a role model and must be committed to providing knowledge, skill, and an opportunity for student growth. Teachers who implement these three items will help students improve their understanding of health and wellness. I must create a safe environment that promotes cooperation, teamwork, and competition among students. These qualities are important as they can be applied over the course of a lifetime. I must also be committed to creating a positive and supportive learning environment that allows students to express who they are and the skills they each have to offer.   If there are any questions or concerns the best way to contact me would be though email. I am looking forward to a great school year!


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Mrs. Lamoutte





My name is Carmen A. Lamoutte (a.k.a. Carmina).  I grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States when I married in 1992.  My husband, Humberto, and I have three children:  Anamarta, who is a student at the University of Illinois  in Champaign, Eric, who is attending Marian Central , and Mariana, who is here at St. Thomas School. 


I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Science, in Secondary Education with a minor in Math, from the Sacred Heart University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.

 During the last fifteen years I have been teaching Spanish at different levels. In 2010 I started teaching Spanish at St. Thomas, from Kindergarten thru 8th grade.  My goal is to help students understand the importance of learning Spanish, by introducing the cultures and traditions of the different Hispanic communities present in our Country, and teaching new vocabulary and grammar that will help our students understand how to communicate in Spanish.  

 Looking forward to meet all of you!!!  

¡Qué Dios los bendiga! (God bless you!)


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Mrs. Houston, Technology



I am happy to be starting my 20th year with St. Thomas School. I began in the library and  moved into the lab back in 2000. I completed my Masters in Education from Boise State in Educational Technology and a second Masters in School Administration from St. Xaviers. Both my children have graduated from St. Thomas. Amanda graduated from St. Norbert's in DePere, WI , where she met her husband Jim Krzyzak, and is teaching music at Legee Elementary. Our first grandchild, Victor James, will be a big brother in February. Anthony graduated from University of Dayton in December 2010 also with a music education degree. He is a member of the Crystal Lake Strikers, Pots and Pans Steel Band in Woodstock, and a marimba quartet. He will be finishing his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at Roosevelt University this year.

In addition to teaching technology, I maintain the school network and support the teachers with integration. This year, I will also begin a Reader's Theatre club which will enhance the curriculum through dramatic readings.

I believe that technology should not be a substitute for traditional education but should be used to compliment and expand upon what is being taught in the classroom. Technology should be used to take education further into the future.

Best method of contact is email as I am rarely near my phone. :)