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New Faculty and Staff Come on Board for the New School Year!
We are excited to welcome several new faculty and staff members for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Alumna Megan McCauley ‘12 joins the school as a physical education teacher and coach for junior varsity (JV) tennis and assistant coach for JV basketball. She will continue her role as assistant coach for varsity soccer. Most recently, McCauley worked as a recreation supervisor for athletics at the City of Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department. She earned a B.S. in leisure studies, with a concentration in sports and recreation business, from the University of Iowa.
The English department welcomes Lauren Prunckle and alumna Gena Lanuti O’Malley ’97. Most recently, Prunckle worked as a tutor at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, and as an ACT and SAT coach at ExcelEdge, Inc. She also taught English at St. Laurence High School and has several years of public school teaching experience. Prunckle earned her B.A. in English and secondary education from Saint Xavier University and has her learning behavior specialist endorsement from the University of Phoenix online.
Gena O’Malley taught for seven years at Lyons Township High School, where her class load included AP Language and Composition. She previously worked for the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor where she wrote official correspondences. She plans to apply this experience and skills while teaching honors English courses, as well as public speaking courses. O’Malley holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has an M.Ed. in teaching learning and secondary education from DePaul University.
The music department welcomes Sergio Flores as faculty member and band director. Sergio joins McAuley from Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago, where he was an interim director of bands and related music classes. He also is a private music instructor, assisting students of any age with their playing ability. Sergio graduated from Saint Xavier University with a B.A. in music education.
Carli Weiler ’08 joins the Recruitment and Admissions team, working alongside Cassie Mayer and Kathryn Swenson ‘10. Weiler received her B.A. in communication sciences and disorders from Michigan State University and her master’s in speech-language pathology from St. Ambrose University. As a former Mighty Mac volleyball player, Weiler has stayed connected to one of her biggest passions through a variety of coaching roles, from assistant coach at Michigan State University, St. Ambrose University and Mother McAuley, to becoming head volleyball coach at The Latin School of Chicago. Most recently, Weiler announced she will be coaching the new Lions Cityside team along with McAuley head volleyball coach, Jen Rees DeJarld ‘87.
Keisha Newell joined the school in June as its new head basketball coach and assistant athletic director. She previously served as the head basketball coach at Roosevelt University. Roosevelt, Newell set a record for the school with the most wins by a women’s basketball team since 2013-2014. Prior to joining the Roosevelt athletic department, Newell worked as the student athletic recruiter in undergraduate admissions at North Park University. During undergrad at Loyola University Chicago, Newell played point guard for the Ramblers. Following her 2010 graduation, she worked as director of operations for the Loyola women’s basketball program. One year later, she became the assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. Newell has a master’s degree in organization development from Roosevelt University.
William Magnuson (not pictured) will coach varsity swim for the Mighty Macs. He has coached and taught swimming for more than 50 years at schools and swim programs across the Chicagoland area, in addition to the University of Illinois. Magnuson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where he swam for two years. He recently began working out with a U.S. Masters Swimming group. Magnuson is the father of Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson.
Mother McAuley Welcomes New Vice Principal
Mother McAuley is pleased to announce that Dan Turney has been named vice principal. Turney joined the school in early June, in anticipation of assuming the role from Sister Lois Bromark, SSJ, TOSF who retired July 1.
In his new role, Turney will oversee the continued integration of instructional technology across the curriculum and within classroom instruction, in addition to directing the curriculum review and professional development plan for the school and faculty. He also will be responsible for developing and directing the implementation of the school’s long range academic plan and ensuring progress toward its goals.
Turney will co-chair the Academic Council, which is comprised of department chairpersons, and serve as a member of the Administrative Leadership Team with the principal, vice principal, dean of student support, and deans of upperclasswomen and underclasswomen, president, chief financial officer and vice president of institutional advancement.
“Dan is a proven educator and leader with a strong understanding of the Catholic secondary educational climate,” said Eileen Boyce O’Reilly ’03, Mother McAuley principal. “He has a demonstrated track record of leading instructional teams and building successful action plans. I’m excited and confident in the fresh perspective and ideas he will bring to inspire our faculty and engage and empower our young women.”
“Instructing today’s dynamic learners requires innovative and creative techniques which complement the curriculum and motivate students to take greater ownership of their education,” said Turney.
“Mother McAuley, as a pioneer in celebrating the differences and strengths in the way girls learn, is leading the way in promoting a collaborative, project-based learning environment. I look forward to becoming part of a celebrated institution and culture that continues to challenge traditional methods of learning."
Turney joins McAuley from St. Laurence High School in Chicago, where he served as the director of leadership and mission integration. In his role he coordinated partnerships and programs to support students and faculty. He previously served as the school’s assistant principal for curriculum from 2013 to 2018, during which time he built the school’s S.T.E.M. curriculum and implemented the school's 1:1 technology program. Turney graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in English and secondary education and began his career as a language arts teacher and mathematics teacher at St. Laurence High School, followed by teaching positions at Mount Carmel and Plainfield East High School, respectively. In 2013, Turney earned a M.A. in educational leadership from the American College of Education in Indianapolis. He is an alumnus of Mount Carmel High School and resides in Oak Lawn with his wife and two daughters.
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