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School of Education

Meet the Staff

Jorge Arevalo

Jorge Arevalo

Data Manager

Jorge Arevalo joined SXU in 2008 as the data manager and assessment coordinator for the School of Education. He oversees the Unit Assessment System that supports, through its data collection, Program Continuous Improvement and Accreditation. He is also the assessment coordinator, where he provides instructional assistance to both students and faculty in the use of LiveText, our electronic portfolio and assessment system. Jorge received his computer science engineer degree from the University of El Salvador and a MBA from Southern Illinois University. 

Margaret Cashman

Margaret Cashman

Director of School Partnerships and Recruiter

Marge joined Saint Xavier University in 2012 and loves interacting with people and organizations to help them attain their professional goals. Prior to joining SXU, Marge directed her own Children's Art School and has held various relationship management positions within Corporate and Higher Ed entities. Her many community involvements include Marist High School Parent Board member, DePaul's ASK mentoring team and Donate Life Illinois. She believes that life is too short to be anything but happy.

Cathie Christ

Cathie Christ

Administrative Assistant

Cathie works with the associate dean of accreditation, coordinating administrative activities pertaining to state and national reporting statistics and semester course scheduling. She joined the School of Education at Saint Xavier University in 1999.

 Wendy Connolly

Wendy Connolly

Director of Clinical Practice

Wendy is responsible for arranging the placements of student teachers and practicum candidates for the Saint Xavier teacher education programs. Before coming to SXU, Wendy retired as an elementary school principal. She mentors first year principals for the Illinois State Board of Education. Her goal is to create professional relationships with local schools to promote mentorship and collaboration between the schools and the university.

Michelle Keller

Michelle Keller

Certification Advisor/Evaluator

Michelle joined Saint Xavier University as a staff member in 2002. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2011 and is currently working on a graduate degree in community counseling. Prior to rejoining the Education Department in 2012, Michelle worked in the Records and Advising Office as the testing coordinator. Providing students with excellent service has always been very important to her, and she continues to do so in her current role as certification advisor and evaluator.

Jane Lundin

Jane Lundin

.75 Coordinator of Field Experience/.25 Faculty

Jane has been a member of Saint Xavier University faculty/staff since August 2007. Prior to joining SXU, she served as an administrator, teacher and curriculum facilitator in Orland School District 135.

As coordinator of field experience, Jane assists faculty and teacher candidates by working as the liaison with local partner schools to secure placements for required clinical field work. In addition, she teaches courses in the Elementary Education Program and participates on School of Education committees.

Joan Motisi

Joan Motisi

Secretary

Since joining the School of Education in 2011, Joan works with students in the Graduate Counseling Program, providing assistance beginning with the admission process through course registrations to graduation. She also supports faculty with offices in Driehaus East and the N Wing, and she assists in maintaining the graduate student database for the School of Education. She is currently pursuing a MS in instructional design and technology.

Lydia O'Grady

Lydia O’Grady

Secretary

Lydia joined Saint Xavier University as a secretary in the SOE/ Office of Teacher Education and Certification in 2006. She enjoys working with CPS and area schools to secure field experience placements for teacher candidates.

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan

Secretary

Mary joined Saint Xavier University as a secretary in the School of Education (now Office of Teacher Education and Certification) in 1998. She enjoys working with the director of Clinical Practice to secure student teaching placements for teacher candidates in suburban and CPS schools.

Shirley Smiley

Shirley Smiley

Coordinator

Shirley joined Saint Xavier University in 1985. She is a coordinator in the School of Education at the Driehaus Center. Her years of service include ten years as office manager in the Science Department. Shirley has worked at the Chicago, Tinley Park and Orland Park Campuses. She currently is serving on Staff Council; her second term over the years.

Larry Sondler

Larry Sondler

Director of Teacher Education and Certification, and Licensure Officer

Larry joined the SXU School of Education in 2006 following a 28 year career as faculty and administrator preparing teachers and reading specialists. He is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools. Currently, he oversees admission to the SOE, compliance with licensure regulations, and the licensure of undergraduate and graduate students completing education programs. Larry also serves as liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Debbie Strubin

Debbie Strubin

Secretary

Debbie started with the School of Education in July of 2004. Currently, she works with the associate dean of graduate studies in facilitating the education of graduate students in the School of Education. Once a graduate student is admitted to a graduate program (except counseling), she completes the admission process and appropriate coding for financial and academic data processing. She also assists the associate dean in overseeing the progression of graduate students through licensure and the master degree requirements.

Ann Touhy

Ann Touhy

Secretary to the Dean, School of Education

Ann joined Saint Xavier University in the School of Education in December 2011. Ann is charged with providing administrative support to the dean and faculty in the School of Education. Currently, she is an MBA candidate for human resources from Saint Xavier's Graham School of Management.