Meet Our 2016-2017 Secondary School English Department!

Julie Fox attended the University of Illinois at Chicago on a Division I softball scholarship and completed her Bachelor's Degree in English in 2001. She has worked at St. Benedict Prep for thirteen years and currently serves as Secondary School Librarian, English Teacher, House System Director, and Yearbook Moderator. She is looking forward to deepening student’s love of literature in this role.  Ms. Fox is a member of Loyola Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame (2007), the University of Illinois at Chicago's Athletic Hall of Fame Special Mention (2007), and the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2010).  She was awarded St. Benedict Prep Teacher of the Year (2008-09) and Bengal Award (2012).

Carrie Mocarski is the Chair of the English Department and teaches 7th grade Language Arts and senior English classes.  She has 13 years of experience teaching at the secondary school level, five of those years at St. Benedict Preparatory School.  She earned her BA in English at Elmhurst College and her MA in English at DePaul University.

Paulina Pietras completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education: Teaching of English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the past few years, she has served as both a high school and middle school teacher all while embracing her passion for dance as a hip-hop and Elite Team instructor with Yvonne’s Dance Academy. This will be Ms. Pietras’ second year teaching Language Arts with St. Benedict Prep Secondary School, and she is looking forward to growing in this exciting role within the St. Bens community.

Amy Roberts earned a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a M. Ed from DePaul University in Curriculum Studies with a reading concentration.  She currently teaches World Literature and creative writing for secondary school students. For the past three summers, Amy has taught an intensive creative writing course at the Center for Talent Development through Northwestern University. Last November, she presented at the National Council for Teachers of English on how to incorporate primary sources into creative and non-fiction writing.  In addition to her teaching duties, Amy coordinates the Study Center and the National Honors Society for the secondary school.