Alumni Spotlight: Timothy “Tim” Costello ’68

Each month we will feature a member of our alumni (the League of Knights) to highlight their accomplishments after graduating from IC Catholic Prep. This month, we caught up with Timothy “Tim” Costello, ’68. Tim is married to his high school sweetheart, Jacquelyn (Pittner ’68) Costello and is a retired elementary school teacher. He received his bachelors in education from Quincy College and his masters in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois.

ICCP: What was your favorite subject in school?

Tim: Social Studies, Sister Joseph Marie was a good teacher as she made the class fun and interesting. She cared for her students and it was one subject that I was took a real interest. In addition to the textbook, my source of information was the three newspapers my dad bought each day. The Chicago Tribune in the morning, the Chicago American in the afternoon and the Chicago Daily News at night. The cost of a paper was about a nickel. So I would read the newspapers and kept up to date on current affairs.

ICCP: What is your best memory from your time at IC?

Tim: There were a lot of good memories I can look back upon now fifty-one years later. Some that I could mention and some I would rather not. Of course, graduation is an event that one can always look back upon with a sense of achievement. I can even remember our commencement speaker—Judge William Bauer, a graduate of ICHS class of 1944. But best of all was meeting new people over the course of four years. 

Last year, our class celebrated our 50th Reunion. We had a great turn-out and it was a night I will always remember, it brought back a lot of memories. Father O’Shea and Mr. Dalpiaz, two teachers who had a great impact on our class were also in attendance. I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Sisters of Saint Agnes. Looking back, we were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from some wonderful Sisters. So for me, the teachers, staff, students, and fellow classmates are my best memory.       

ICCP: What are some highlights from your career?

Tim: I taught elementary physical education for 34 years in Salt Creek School District #48 with schools in Elmhurst, Oak Brook Terrace and Villa Park. I was very active in the Salt Creek Education Association in various leadership positions and served on the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education for 12 years.

As a teacher, I tried to have all children involved in physical activity which they could enjoy. I de-emphasized winning and losing so that the children could feel free to enjoy themselves without being blamed-“we all make mistakes, don’t blame each other, help each other out”.               

ICCP: What is one other thing you would like to share with IC alumni?

Tim: Some 50 years later, I am still proud to say, “I am an alumnus of Immaculate Conception High School”.