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Pastor Fr. Daniel Gifford (309) 944-5393
School Main Number (309) 944-3230
Principal Heather Francque (309) 944-3230


Secretary Tamara Moser (309) 944-3230
 Office Assistant Mary-Margaret Herstedt  
     
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
     
 Kindergarten Aide Lori Turpin  
 1st Grade Aide Alisande Rapps  
 2nd/3rd Grade Aide Marcia Swanson  
     
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.
Julie Boone

Kindergarten




Mrs. Julie Boone has been teaching since 2004. She taught first grade at St. Malachy's for 4 years. After taking a brief time to be at home with her young children: she is overjoyed to be back teaching at St. Malachy.

Mrs. Boone and her husband Josh grew up in Geneseo and have been married for 16 years. They have four children, 3 of which are school age and attend St. Malachy School. Payton is in 6th grade, Ashton is in 1st grade, Everly is in Kindergarten, and Chloe (a soon to be St. Malachy student) is turning 3.

Home Sweet Classroom! Teaching is such a huge joy to Mrs. Boone and her favorite hobby, but when she is not in the classroom I love crafting, drawing, writing, reading, and taking walks with my family. We enjoy coming to church and hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite bible verse:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and and with all your soul and with all your mind", Matthew 22:37. 

Favorite quote:
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Saint Mother Theresa

   
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!"
   
Ms. Corey Panicucci
Second Grade




Miss Corey Panicucci is new to the St. Malachy staff.  This is her first year teaching.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on Early Childhood.

Miss Panicucci's family consists of her Mom (Cindy) and Dad (Joe), and her three brothers (Anthony, Nathan, and Cameron).  She and her brothers all attended St. Malachy School.

Miss Panicucci enjoys organizing, baking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Favorite quote: 
"Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." -Alice Morse Earle
   

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

Kindergarten
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. Alisande Rapps 1st Grade Aide Mrs. Alisande Rapps serves as teachers's aide in first grade. Mrs. Rapps has a Masters of Speech and Hearing from Washington University, and a certificate in Oral Deaf Education. She taught at the Central Institute for the Deaf and The Moog Oral School, both in St. Louis, MO. Most of her teaching years were with children 5-7 years olds focusing on fundamentals in reading, writing, math along with language development. She become a stay at home mother when they moved to Canada. Mrs. Rapps returned to the area 14 years ago and has though VBS for 8 years and now teaches 8th grade Confirmation in parish for the past 11 years. She has been blessed by all of these opportunities and has enjoyed her time teaching in these rolls over the years.

Mrs. Rapps has been married to Paul for 26 years, and are blessed with six children. Becca 23, Drew 21, Colby 19, Ali 17, Jake 14, and Lizzie 13.  They all attended St. Malachy and the Rapps are thankful for the wonderful education they have been given.

Mrs Rapps loves sports, reading, and the family really enjoys games of all sorts. She also enjoys working with children and has a deep love for volleyball.

Favorite Quote:
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come without leaving happier". -Mother Theresa
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." -Mother Theresa
   


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

5th Grade & Spanish
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.