Prince of Peace Catholic School third grade teacher receives recognition

Rooney named #SchoolHero by the Archdiocese of Chicago

LAKE VILLA – Prince of Peace Catholic School, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school, announced third grade teacher and assistant principal Mary Rooney has been chosen as a #SchoolHero by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Rooney has been at Prince of Peace for more than 45 years and is considered indispensable by students and staff. She is a strong advocate for children and believes in encouraging students to increase their confidence both inside and outside the classroom.

Rooney is adored by her students. Her earliest students have brought their children back to be taught by Rooney. She is a 2000 Golden Apple recipient and a 2010 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Colleagues listen to her wisdom and insights. Her smile, laugh and infallible energy make everyone’s day brighter.

“Ms. Rooney helped me through both academic and social challenges while I was a student at Prince of Peace, and she’s one of the reasons I became a teacher. I am lucky to have kept in touch with Ms. Rooney over the years and, although it has been almost 20 years since I sat in her classroom, she has impacted my life forever,” a former student wrote.

Principal Stephanie Stoneberg said, “Mary is a living example of love the children first, then teach them, and this is evident in the way she not only teaches but lives her life. She encourages joyful learners and is a mentor and friend to faculty, staff, students and families. She just knows what each student needs to succeed and ensures that they receive that and more. We truly are blessed to have her as part of our community.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago introduced the #SchoolHero program at the beginning of the academic year to recognize school employees who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring quality education, safety and care to in-person and remote learning students and families. These employees consistently go above and beyond to ensure a safe, productive learning environment.

To find out more about Prince of Peace Catholic School’s top-rated education, as well as its mission of faith, excellence and service, call Stoneberg at 847-356-6111 or visit

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