Mother McAuley High School recently announced staffing changes and additions.
Science faculty member Kim Turnbull will serve as director of curriculum and instruction, and current dean, Meg Griffin Gardner, will become assistant principal.
The school also welcomes five new faculty and staff members.
Turnbull will work closely with faculty in areas related to curriculum development, instruction and school improvement goals. She will continue in her role as chair of the science department, in a non-teaching role. Turnbull will also chair the Academic Council, consisting of department chairs, with Principal Eileen O’Reilly.
Turnbull joined the McAuley faculty in 2001. She was instrumental in earning the school the distinction as an Amazon Future Engineer School in 2019.
Dean of Upperclasswomen Meg Griffin Gardner will add the title of assistant principal to her role. Gardner will serve as acting principal when O’Reilly is unavailable.
She also will serve in various leadership capacities for school improvement planning and strategic endeavors. As dean of upperclasswomen, Gardner has played a significant role in increasing student connectedness while continuing to foster a culture of high expectation and engagement through the creation of the Upperclasswomen Advisory Board and other school activities.
Gardner joined McAuley in 2005. She also serves as assistant coach for the varsity volleyball team.
Mary Kate Duffy joins the English faculty, teaching general English classes and broadcast journalism.
Duffy earned a degree in education from Illinois State University. She most recently taught English at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. She also taught a literacy workshop for students who required additional reading assistance.
Joshua Meyer is new to the science department, teaching general, honors and advanced-placement and honors chemistry. Meyer joins McAuley from St. Benedict School, in Blue Island, where he taught junior high science and math.
Meyer received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Chicago State University and a master’s degree in chemistry from Loyola University Chicago. He also has a master’s of arts in teaching from St. Xavier University.
New to the business and social science department is Hallie Fahey, who will be teaching psychology and American criminal justice courses, in addition to personal finance classes.
Fahey recently taught history, politics, economics and business at Morgan Park Academy. She is a graduate of Butler University where she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also earned a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and worked as a commercial litigator in Chicago law firms for 25 years.
Upon making the transition to education, Fahey earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Illinois State University and is working towards a master’s degree in education in global studies from the University of Illinois.
Ozana Paraga joins McAuley’s world languages department as a Spanish instructor. She recently spent three years as a Spanish teacher at St. Laurence High School.
Paraga graduated magna cum laude from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in Spanish and secondary education. She will be teaching freshmen through juniors.
Ann Powers Gruber is the new school nurse. Gruber earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Xavier University. She recently worked in the emergency department at Advocate Christ Medical Center. She also has experience working in the medical surgery unit there.