Our Junior High Staff
Mr. Bill Cherwin, Advanced Math
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I graduated from St. Francis Borgia in 1961. My four sisters, brother, wife, and four children also graduated from Borgia. I graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and began teaching here in Sept. of 1970.
I have spent most of my time teaching Middle School age students. I, also, was the Athletic Director for 38 years and coached various teams. I currently teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math classes.
I have been a parishioner since 1954 and am currently a Lector and Eucharistic Minister for SFB.
Mrs. Kelly Love, 8th Grade
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I teach social studies to grades 5-8 in the junior high here at St. Francis Borgia School. Additionally, I am the 8th grade homeroom teacher, and my classroom is home to the Spirit House. This is my second year at SFB and sixth year as an educator. I began my teaching career working in a charter school in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, spent time teaching in the River Forest public school system, and finally have come to spend the past four years with the Archdiocese.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from Northern Illinois University as well as a Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a middle school language arts and social studies endorsement from Northeastern Illinois University. Early on I found my niche working with junior high students, and that passion for this age group has only grown since becoming a member of the St. Francis Borgia family. This school and the surrounding community are extremely caring and supportive; it’s places like SFB that have made me truly thankful for having chosen the teaching profession.
I have been married to my husband, Patrick, for four years, and together we enjoy treasure hunting at local thrift shops and flea markets as well as spending time with our fur kids, Rizzo and Fozzie. I am also a voracious reader and enjoy writing for pleasure with hopes of one day becoming a published author.
Mrs. Chris Gallagher, 7th Grade
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This is my thirtieth year at St. Francis Borgia School. I am currently the Junior High, English teacher for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I truly am excited when I see young minds writing to express their creativity. I am a firm believer that children need to write and speak well. On any given day you will find my students reviewing grammar concepts and creating various writing pieces. My students know that detail and proofreading are important to the writing process.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Psychology and Corrective Reading, from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.
My husband Brian and I were married twenty-one years ago, here at St. Francis Borgia Church by Monsignor Dan Mayall. Brian has worked for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department for over twenty-five years. We are both avid sports fans and love to watch football, hockey, basketball, or baseball, at any given moment. Teaching is a rewarding profession, and I am privileged to be part of the St. Francis Borgia School community.
Susan Testa, 6th Grade
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In August 1999, my eldest son walked through the doors of S.F.B. entering four year old preschool. My younger son and daughter followed his path in 2001 and 2004. I joined the staff of St. Francis Borgia School in 2005 as the 6th grade Religion, English, and Geography teacher. Currently, I teach 6th grade Religion, 8th grade Pre-Algebra, and 5th – 8th grade Science. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve at such a wonderful school and parish.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education in 1989 from DePaul University. While attending DePaul, I did volunteer work with young mothers and their children. I worked for awhile in the banking industry, and was given an opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement where I was able to teach consumer education classes to various schools in the nearby suburbs.
In addition to my responsibilities as a teacher, I am very active in the parish and with extra-curricular activities at school. I serve the church as a Eucharistic Minister and have also been part of serving in the To Teach Who Christ is Campaign. Along with Ms. Laura Gryfinski, I serve as a co-moderator for the Junior Beta Club. This club promotes serving others. I am also part of the school’s Response to Intervention committee.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing Zumba, watching movies, and spending time with my family.