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Welcome to the Library website! My name is Melissa Draniczarek, and this is my first year here at St. Thecla as the Library/Book Fair teacher. Prior to coming to St. Thecla, I worked with Special Needs Preschoolers as a classroom aide, and taught in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 8 years - 3 years in Second Grade, and 5 years in Kindergarten.

The students at St. Thecla know that I talk a lot about my Yorkie, Daisy and love sitting outside with her and taking her for walks. Over the past year however, Daisy and I have had a new walking partner, as my husband and I welcomed our first child last August. It has been a wonderful adventure so far and I am looking forward to everything that is still to come our way.

I could not be happier to be joining you here at St. Thecla. The warm welcome I have received from families, students, and staff here has been such a blessing as I make the transition to St. Thecla. I am very excited to be able to help nurture a love of reading for the students in Library throughout this year. I truly believe that all students CAN do anything if they try, and I strive to always help every student reach their full potential. I know we will have a very fun and exciting year together!

- Mrs. Draniczarek