Mrs. Marga Engelhardt
Mrs. Engelhardt joins us from the corporate world. She earned her A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Westwood College and was previously employed as a Director of Marketing for a small business. She continues to work as a freelance graphic designer and enjoys exploring her own creativity through functional art during her free time. Mrs. Engelhardt lives in Villa Park with her husband, son, and cat, Lela. She is very excited to encourage our students to experience the various mediums within the art world and explore their limitless creativity.
Mr. Paul Velat
Mr. Velat ("Mr. V") has been at St. Pius since 2004, and he is proud to be a part of this great community of teachers, parents and students. Mr. Velat received his M.A. in music theory and composition from Roosevelt University in 2004. In addition to teaching at St. Pius, Mr. Velat owns and operates his own private lesson studio in Lombard. Mr. Velat is also a working musician and performance artist who performs nationally and internationally. He resides in Chicago with his wife and cat. Mr. Velat also teaches technology to our students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Mrs. Erin Tuttle
Ms. Kopec grew up attending St. John the Baptist School in Winfield and St. Francis High School in Wheaton. She graduated from the University of South Carolina-Upstate with a degree in Corporate Fitness and Women's Studies in 2004 where she was a student athlete on the volleyball team. After graduation, while working in St. Louis, she realized she missed working with the young and pursued a degree in Physical Education. Ms. Kopec also coaches high school and club volleyball and is thrilled to begin her teaching career at St. Pius X.
Mrs. Malu Popernik
Mrs. Popernik has taught at St. Pius since 2002. She is a graduate of Anahuac University, A Legionaries of Christ College in Mexico City, Mexico. Mrs. Popernik is a parishioner at St. Pius and lives in Lombard with her husband Ron and their three children all three of whom graduated from St. Pius. As both parent and teacher, Mrs. Popernik firmly believes that the children's faith and self esteem must be nurtured along with their academic efforts. She is very proud to be part of a wonderful community that puts God first.
Mrs. Toni Miller
Mrs. Miller has taught at St. Pius X Parish School since 2004. She attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and graduated with a B.S. in elementary education. In 2012, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis University. Before teaching at St. Pius, Mrs. Miller was a Computer Trainer for more than ten years. She is a parishioner of St. Pius and lives in Lombard with her husband, Jim, and their four children. Jack (’03), Bobby (’06), Jimmy (’08) and Mary Kate ('11). Mrs. Miller attended Catholic grade and high school, and finds St. Pius to be a very welcoming community and a wonderful place to teach. Mrs. Miller teaches technology to students in sixth through eighth grade.