|  
You are here : Faculty
Faculty Directory
Class page
Pastor Fr. James Pallardy (309) 944-5393
School Main Number (309) 944-3230
Principal Heather Francque (309) 944-3230


Secretary Tamara Moser (309) 944-3230
     
Kindergarten Julie Boone
1st Grade Carol Roemer
2nd Grade Corey Panicucci
3rd Grade Devon Schaaf
4th Grade Carrie Schlindwein
5th Grade Kristin Wilson
6th Grade Janel Vandemore
     
Art Mary Heiar
Spanish Kristin Wilson  
Health & Library Styphanie Palmer  
Music Elizabeth Hulsbrink   

 

Jesus said, "Let the 

little children come to me, 

and do not hinder them, 

for the kingdom of heaven

 belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:14

 

 

 

 

Faculty & Staff Bios
Mrs. Heather Francque
Principal

Mrs. Heather Francque became principal of St. Malachy School in 2015. Her previous experience includes teaching two years of High School English, two years as a Classroom Aide, and eight years as a stay at home mom. Mrs. Francque taught 6th Grade for eight years here at St. Malachy and served as Assistant Principal for two years. 

Mrs. Fancque's family includes her husband, Joel, her son, Nathan, and her daughter, Lindsey. Mrs. Francque's husband and children attended St. Malachy and she considers the faculty and staff to be her second family.

In her free time away from school Mrs. Francque enjoys reading, watching movies, walking and jogging with friends, going to Jazzercise, and has throughly enjoyed watching her children participate in sports. The Giving Tree is her favorite children's book, and To Kill a Mockingbird is her favorite novel.

Favorite Bible verse:
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13
   
Mrs.
Bev Goethals

Kindergarten




Mrs. Bev Goethals is in her 29th year of teaching at St. Malachy. Before joining the faculty at St. Malachy she substitute taught.

Mrs. Goethals' family includes her husband, Mike, who is deceased, three daughters-Michelle, Mary and Kathleen, and three sons-Michael, Kevin and Mark. Mrs. Goethals is Grandma to 15 grandchildren and one great grandson. She loves spending time with her family, but also enjoys reading and gardening and is an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  

Mrs. Goethals considers teaching to be her ministry and believes it to be a privilege, honor and a joy to share her love of God and the Catholic faith with her students. She is very passionate about Catholic education and loves St. Malachy School and the wonderful families that make it even more special. 

Favorite prayer:
"God grant me the Serenity to appreciate the unique gift of my students, courage to challenge them to do their best, and wisdom to help them become all that You created them to be."  (author unknown) 
   
Mrs.
Carol Roemer

First Grade



Mrs. Carol Roemer teaches first grade at St. Malachy School. Mrs. Roemer taught First Grade for four years at St. Malachy before staying home with her young children. She returned to teaching in a Catholic school and taught for two years in the Quad Cities. Mrs. Roemer was welcomed back to the St. Malachy faculty in 2016.

A former St. Malachy student herself, Mrs. Roemer's favorite aspect of teaching at St. Malachy School is the warm, family-like atmosphere.

Her own family is very important to her and includes her husband, Mike, daughters Miranda and Leah, and sons Colin and Justin. All of her children currently attend or attended St. Malachy School.

When she is not busy teaching, Mrs. Roemer keeps busy with family life and her kids' activities. 

Favorite quote:
"Always think positive!"
   
Mrs.
Jessi
Haars

Second Grade




Mrs. Jessi Haars began teaching second grade at St. Malachy School in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Malachy she taught middle school for eight years in Chicago, Arizona and at Seton Catholic School in Moline.

Mrs. Haars loves the family atmosphere of St. Malachy School, and she herself is a former student. She appreciates the constant love and support of both faculty and staff as well as the school families. One of the highlights of teaching second grade is the opportunity to teach the Sacraments and watch her students experience First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. She helps form her students in the faith by sharing prayer requests each day as a class.

Mrs. Haars and her husband, Brian, have two young children. Everett and Adelia.

When she is not busy with school, Mrs. Haars enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids in after school activities, going to Jazzercise, watching Chicago Bears football games, reading, sharing Color Street Nails and journaling.

Favorite saying:
Be the Light you want to see in others.
   

Mrs. 
Devon
Schaaf
Third Grade




Mrs. Devon Schaaf joined St. Malachy faculty as third grade teacher in 2019 and has had much experience at the school as a substitute teacher.

Devon and her husband Dan have 3 kids at St. Malachy School. Hayden, Reese, and Connor.  They also have two very special babies in Heaven, Drew and Owen, Reese’s twin.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Devon received her first teaching position in Kewanee as a 2nd grade teacher.  She went on to teach 2nd grade and 4th grade for the Geneseo School District.  She has been blessed with the opportunity to be at home with her kids as they were growing up, but after spending 11 years out of the classroom, she is ready to be back.  

A few of Devon’s passions include traveling with her family, boating at Oak Run, and spending quiet time time with God.  
   

Mrs.
Carrie
Schlindwein
Fourth Grade





Mrs. Schlindwein joined St. Malachy faculty in 2018, having taught Special Education for 20 years in public education. 

Mrs. Schlindwein loves when students have an "aha" moment and when they get excited about something and want to learn more.

She and her husband, Jack, have five children: Nathan who is married to Karen and has three children, Jackson, Sloane & Nora, Abbey who is married to Sean, Jacob who is married to Lexi, Maggie and Charlie.

Mrs. Schlindwein enjoys gardening, antiques, auctions, bike riding and cooking.

Favorite Quote:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou
   
Mrs.
Ellen
Nelson

Fifth Grade





Mrs. Ellen Nelson joined the faculty of St. Malachy School in 2014 after 34 years of teaching First and Second Grades in the Geneseo Unit 228 Schools. 

Mrs. Nelson's favorite aspect of teaching at St. Malachy is what a wonderful family everyone is and how the faculty and staff work together so well. She loves the faith based teaching and the opportunity to share her faith throughout the day.

Mrs. Nelson and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Krista and Katie, and a granddaughter, Cora Rose. She also has one furry family member, a cute dog named Finnley! When she has free time, Mrs. Nelson enjoys digging in the dirt and playing in her garden among the flowers. She also loves to read and spend time with her family.

Favorite Bible verse:
"Be still and know that I am God."

   

Ms.
Janel
Vandemore

Sixth Grade 




Ms. Janel Vandemore began teaching sixth grade at St. Malachy School in 2015 and has 15 years teaching experience at Bettendorf High School in the Social Studies Department where she taught 10th grade World History and A.P. European History. Ms. Vandemore has been a part of the St. Malachy School family for years as a parent as both of her daughters, Emma and Mia attended St. Malachy through sixth grade.

Ms. Vandemore appreciates the sense of family and love shared by the students and staff at St. Malachy School and recognizes that it is a positive environment that encourages everyone to learn and grow in Christ's love.

In her free time Ms. Vandemore enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, reading and cooking.

Favorite quote:
"Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
-Mahatma Ghandi
   


Mrs.
Lori
Turpin

K & 1st Grade Aide





Mrs. Lori Turpin serves as the Teacher's Aide for both kindergarten and first grade. She joined St. Malachy staff in 2014 and especially enjoys the feeling of accomplishment as she watches students grow in confidence and skills. Mrs. Turpin appreciates the family atmosphere of St. Malachy and she encourages students and staff with her sense of humor and cheerful disposition.

Mrs. Turpin and her husband, Tim, have been a part of the St. Malachy family for many years; and both of their children, Patrick and Annie, attended St. Malachy. 

Mrs. Turpin's hobbies include golfing, watching her children play sports and shopping.

Mrs. Turpin's favorite quote:
Let all that you do be done in love.
   


Mrs.
Marcia Swanson
2nd & 3rd Grade Aide





Mrs. Marcia Swanson serves as teacher's aide in second and third grades. Before coming to St. Malachy School, she taught for 5 years at Growth Preschool and served 7 years as Supervisor at Growth Daycare. 

The students, staff and sense of community found at St. Malachy School are what make her experience on the staff so meaningful. 


Mrs. Swanson and her husband, Gregg, have two adult children who both attended St. Malachy School, Eric, their son, and their daughter, Claire, whose daughter Ava is their first grandchild.

Mrs. Swanson enjoys many outdoor activities including walking, kayaking and fishing.
   

Mrs.
Vicky
Wyffels 

5th & 6th Grade Aide


Mrs. Vicky Wyffels has been a teacher's aide at St. Malachy School since 2001. She most enjoys working with the kids and seeing how much they grow in their faith and academics. For Mrs. Wyffels the staff at St. Malachy School is like a family.

Mrs. Wyffels and her husband, Bob, have two adult children.  Their daughter, Rachel, and son, Jacob, both attended St. Malachy School.

In her free time Mrs. Wyffels enjoys running 5k's with her husband. The Wyffels also enjoy hiking in National Parks.

Mrs. Wyffels favorite quote:
"Be flexible!"
   
Mrs.
Mary
Heiar
Art



Mrs. Mary Heiar shares her talent and passion for Art with St. Malachy students twice each week. Mrs. Heiar taught 1st-4th grades for three years prior to joining St. Malachy's faculty in 1999.

She feels blessed by the incredible support the teaching staff receives from Father Pakula, the administration, her fellow teachers and support staff as well as the parents, volunteers and parish community. In her own words, "(St. Malachy) is an amazingly warm, supportive, encouraging and positive place to come to 'work'. It is a model school others should strive for-I love this job!"

Mrs. Heiar and her husband, Dale, have three children-Nick, Rachel and Mitch; and a granddaughter, Marlie, & grandson, Waide.

Besides her love of Art which extends beyond the classroom, Mrs. Heair enjoys outdoor activities, in particular flower gardening, tennis, camping, biking and bee-keeping. She also has a full service business specializing in fresh, locally grown flowers for weddings.

Mrs. Heiar's favorite quote:
"Live in the open-mindedness of not knowing enough about anything."
   
Mrs.
Elizabeth
Hulsbrink

Music




Mrs. Elizabeth Hulsbrink, former St. Malachy student, joined the faculty as Music teacher in 2015. Her previous teaching experience includes 8 years of high school ELA, 2 years teaching humanities at Blackhawk College, and six years teaching 6th grade CCD.

Watching and directing the students at weekly Mass is the highlight of Mrs. Hulsbrink's teaching at St. Malachy; and she feels it is a powerful opportunity to witness to her faith.

Mrs. Hulsbrink and her husband, Jeff, have three daughters, Clare, Elouise, and Delilah. 

Outside of school, Mrs. Hulsbrink enjoys singing, makeup artistry and Crossfit.

Mrs. Hulsbrink's favorite quote:
"This above all: to thine own self be true."
--Shakespeare 'Hamlet"
   
Mrs.
Styphanie
Palmer

P.E. & Library
 





Mrs. Styphanie Palmer has began teaching at St. Malachy School in 2010.  She teaches P.E. and Library. Previously, she taught P.E. to Kindergarten through sixth graders for nine years. 

Mrs. Palmer appreciates seeing Jesus in everything we do here as a school along with the sense of family and love at St. Malachy School. 

Mrs. Palmer and her husband, Dan, have two sons, Logan and Eli, who attends St. Malachy School. 

When she is not busy working, Mrs. Palmer is very active coaching high school softball, playing sports, and watching her boys play sports and participate in other activities. She is a huge sports fan and loves watching and attending sporting events, especially the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

Favorite line from a song:
"Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place. I'm on the throne. Stop holding on and just be held."

Mrs.
Kristin
Wilson

Spanish & Computer
Mrs. Wilson joined St. Malachy faculty in 2009 to start the Spanish program. She also teaches Computers, and is the 9th grade Confirmation teacher for the parish. She has one year of experience teaching high school Spanish and was a stay-at-home mom until she began working at St. Malachy.

Mrs. Wilson loves being a specials teacher because it gives her the chance to get to know the students throughout their years at St. Malachy. She loves meeting them as kindergarteners and seeing the growth and progress over their time in the school.

Mrs. Wilson and her husband, Ryan, have three daughters, Evie, Emily and Katy who all attended St. Malachy School. 

Her interests include watching her girls' music and sporting events, playing golf and tennis, and vacationing at the beach.

Favorite saying:
Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God will come to know God because they know you.