Meet the Experienced Staff
Grace David and Kyle Kmiecik are both full time, certified, special education teachers.
Grace David ‘08
Learning Resource Coordinator
(708) 386-0127 ext. 129
I grew up in LaGrange Park, attended St. Francis Xavier and then Fenwick. My educational and spiritual experiences at Fenwick encouraged me to pursue a career in education. I graduated from Fenwick in 2008 and went on to pursue History and Education degrees at Marquette University. I was always interested in working with individuals with special needs. I volunteered, for many years, with my uncle who was active with Special Olympics Illinois. At Marquette, I joined the Best Buddies Chapter. I was first a college buddy, then became a board member, and eventually became the Special Events chairperson for our chapter. After graduating from Marquette, history teaching positions in the Chicagoland area were few and far between. I began to interview at area schools for a slightly different role, and therefore, my first year teaching was spent in special education.
I worked at a school for children on the autism spectrum in Hoffman Estates, IL: The Chicago Education Project, later renamed The Bancroft School. This experience led me to pursue my masters degree in special education. When the opportunity to teach part time at Fenwick came up, I knew I had to jump on it. After my first year at Fenwick, Mr. Groom moved me to my current position in the Learning Resource Program, alongside Kyle Kmiecik. I spent my entire educational career in Catholic schools; I value, and believe in, this unique mission. I also believe support services for students with special needs are important, and currently lacking, within Catholic schools. By allowing the Learning Resource Program to grow, Fenwick has yet again solidified its role as a trailblazing school. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program and work with so many wonderful students and their families.
Kyle Kmiecik ‘00
Learning Resource Coordinator
(708) 386-0127 ext. 118
My family moved to Elmwood Park when I was 6 years old. My brother Kellen and I attended St. Vincent’s in River Forest, and then Fenwick. I graduated from Fenwick in 2000, and I received a degree in Sports Management from Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. However, it was through baseball that I found and developed my passion for teaching and coaching. After college I continued my baseball career and lived in South Carolina, South Dakota, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey and in Utah for two years working for Zinger Bat Company. However, it was my experiences while volunteering at a juvenile home and at Challenger Little League in Michigan, as well as, working as a truancy officer at a high school in Utah that led me to pursue a career in education.
Soon after my baseball career had ended, I attended National-Louis University, where I met my wife Brittney. We earned our Master’s degrees in Special Education, along with an LBS 1 (Learning Behavior Specialist) certification. After graduate school, I learned about a student support program at Fenwick that was started by Rena McMahon (class of 2000). In 2012, I was hired as a Learning Resource Coordinator, as well as, to coach baseball and soccer. One of our goals was to provide more support for our freshmen in regards to their transition to high school. We believe that it is important for our students to learn specific skills and strategies that they will use throughout high school and after they graduate. In 2017 Grace David joined our student services team as a Learning Resource Coordinator. Grace and I work together with our Student Services team to support our students in and out of the classroom. I’m very thankful to work with the Student Services Department, our incredible teachers, administrators, our students and their families.