In keeping with the tradition of providing students experts in their various academic fields to foster their educational growth, Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce the newest additions to the faculty and staff for the 2015-2016 school year.
JCA President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz stated, “We are so excited to have the following teachers be a part of our JCA family. We know that our curriculum is in good hands with these dedicated experts in their fields, and it keeps with our tradition of family as two alumni, a parent, and a Carmelite brother are all a part of this group.”
New Staff Additions:
Mr. Steve Bowe – Mr. Bowe graduated from Champaign Central High School and with a B.A. in History and Spanish from St. Louis University. He also holds an M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will teach Spanish at JCA. He likes to cook, read, and travel. While visiting his mother-in-law in Washington state this past summer, he went on his first deep sea fishing trip and caught a massive Alaskan king salmon, half of which is still in his freezer.
Mr. Tyler Eakle – Mr. Eakle will teach in the Math Department and is a JCA graduate (’10). He spent the past year as a 6th and 7th grade math teacher, as well as a K-8 computer teacher. The University of St. Francis graduate is also entering his 5th year as the junior varsity boys and girls tennis coach at JCA. This summer he participated in the Spartan Race Super event.
Mrs. Jenny Jasper – Mrs. Jasper graduated from Carl Sandburg High School, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Governors State University. She also holds an M.A. in School Counseling from Lewis University. She will work as an academic aid in the Academic Resource Center. Mrs. Jasper spent nine years in banking before switching to education. She loves theater, and is a graduate of the Conservatory Program at the Second City of Chicago. She also runs the Drama Club at St. Paul Elementary School. She has four children with her husband, and they currently live in and are restoring a 120 year-old home in Joliet.
Mrs. Julie Jones – Mrs. Jones graduated from Colorado State University where she studied Outdoor Recreation and interned with USFS in Southeast Alaska. She is currently one class away from her masters through the University of Illinois in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. Mrs. Jones will teach Math and Science. She spent the past eight years as an elementary school teacher’s aide, and spent two Austral Summers in Antarctica for Antarctic Support Associates.
Br. Jeff Lima – Brother Jeff graduated from the University of Guelph with honors with a B.A. and M.A., both in history. He is currently working on his Masters in Divinity and will teach Freshman Religion. He formerly worked in the IT Security Industry, and is from Toronto originally, but is still a Blackhawks fan.
Mr. Ryan Quigley – Mr. Quigley is the new Director of Communications at JCA. A JCA graduate (’03), Quigley earned a B.A. in English/Secondary Education from St. Xavier University, while also earning an M.B.A. in Financial Analysis and Investments from SXU. Mr. Quigley will coach sophomore girls basketball and has previously worked as a baseball scout, collegiate baseball coach and a high school English teacher.
Ms. Rachel Reyes – Ms. Reyes graduated from Providence High School and from the University of St. Francis with a B.A. in Math. She recently completed her M.S .in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She previously worked at Joliet West High School. She teaches clogging and also competes in obstacle course racing.