Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama), B.A. in Secondary Education and English
Louisiana State University Shreveport, Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading and Literature
Ms. Kosteck joined the St. Barnabas junior high faculty in 2019. This will be her fifth year teaching, with three of those years spent in New Orleans’ public schools and the previous spent in Colorado.
"As a McAuley graduate, I look forward to bringing my unique multicultural perspective into the classroom while providing an explorative curriculum for my students. My teaching philosophy begins with getting to know my students’ needs on an individual level in order to provide an engaging and interactive learning experience, while promoting a classroom alive with the joy of learning. My hope is that each student not only recognizes their potential, but also utilizes the tools of reading and writing to become a lifelong learner."
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Kosteck loves to travel and be surrounded by friends and family whenever possible. She has two Corgi/Red Heeler puppies (named Gumbo and Roux) that keep her active, and they love exploring new hikes and dog parks together. She also enjoys music, art, writing and literature. So far, she has traveled to 10 countries, and she is grateful for the opportunity to explore new cultures. She says the most important thing she learned from her time at Spring Hill College is the Jesuit philosophy of giving back to others through service, and she hopes to share this perspective with the St. Barnabas community.
"I so look forward to being a Buckeye and continuing my teaching experience with a wonderful parish. I can’t wait to bring my education, faith, and professional experience back to Chicago for my students. I am so excited to get to know this 'new' place to call home."