Prince of Peace Catholic School Third Grade Teacher Receives Recognition

Prince of Peace Teacher Mary Rooney won the #SchoolHero award for all her work over the years, especially including her preparation and constant care during the pandemic.

Prince of Peace Catholic School, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school, announces that 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 over 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, inside and outside the classroom.

Adored by all, many alumni have even brought their own 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, and her smile, ready laugh and infallible energy make everyone’s day brighter.

“Ms. Rooney helped me through academic and social challenges while I was a student at Prince of Peace, and she’s one of the reasons I became a teacher. She has impacted my life forever,” wrote a former student. Principal Dr. Stephanie Stoneberg added, “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 are blessed to have her as part of our community.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago introduced the #SchoolHero program to recognize school employees who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to continue bringing quality education, safety and care to in-person and remote learning students and families. These employees consistently ensure a safe, productive learning environment. To find out more about Prince of Peace Catholic School, call 847-356-6111 or visit