Science Department Teaching Practices

  • NGSS and STEM designed and modeled lessons
  • Guided inquiry, project based curriculum using a hands-on approach with integrated technology based applications
  • Adaptive and flexible lessons that use various means of learning strategies with real world science outcomes
  • Lessons that provide multiple means of differentiation to all students based on their needs

Meet Our 2016-2017 Secondary School Science Department!


Dan Gallup received his bachelor degree in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University,  a Masters in Teaching (MAT) from National Louis University. He holds state endorsements in middle school science and social studies for grades 6-12. As a lifelong Chicagoan, he enjoys all things Chicago, is a self proclaimed history and politics buff, and is a Die-Hard Cubs fan - down to his dogs: Wrigley and Ivy. He and his family enjoy taking history-themed summer road trips. He is extremely excited to begin his teaching career at St. Benedict Prep.


Chris Kustusch earned his Bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Physics and Theater, before earning his MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University. He moved back to Chicago, and took a position at the Museum of Science and Industry, where he helped to develop the Science Storms exhibit. Following that, he opened Big Sci Communications, which works to help organizations communicate science. After teaching Physics at DePaul University and North Park University, he transitioned to teaching Science and Drama at St. Ben’s.


Janelle Stolz completed her bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences at Illinois State University in 2014.   She is now the Science Department Chair and teaches middle and high school at St. Benedict Preparatory School.  She looks forward to a fun filled school year with St. Benedict Prep staff and students.