Hello! Please introduce yourself.
Hello! I am Debbie Eppel, a Libertyville resident and proud mom of four adult children who my husband and I were happy to raise in this wonderful town. I also have three amazing grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 3 years. I have worked for Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein for the last eight years, serving as the Director of Admissions. I especially like working with 7th and 8th graders, helping them make the transition to high school.
Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Libertyville since I was in middle school in 1976. After I was married, I couldn’t think of a better place to raise a family. I was thrilled to provide my children with such an outstanding community to grow up.
Do you have child(ren)? Age(s)? Names
Yes, I have four children: Alex (31), Ted (29), Ben (27) and Delia (25). They attended St. Joseph Catholic School from preschool through 8th grade. My three oldest attended Carmel Catholic High School and youngest attended Libertyville High School.
What are your favorite things to do in the area with and without your kids? Family friendly restaurant? Date night?
I love nothing more than to grab dinner and drinks in downtown Libertyville with my husband. We are fortunate to have so many incredible options at our doorstep. You can often find me strolling through Butler Park, reminiscing about when my children used to play baseball and football there.
Tell us about your business/organization.
I am fortunate to work for Carmel Catholic High School, a top-notch school in Mundelein that has earned five National Blue Ribbon Awards for academic excellence. After sending three of my children to Carmel Catholic, I have seen first hand the impact that the Carmel Catholic experience has on its students. This truly is a special place that welcomes all to experience the values that inspire our students to cultivate kindness, honor one another and live with purpose.
What do you do in your position?
As the Director of Admissions I assist incoming families as they work through their high school discernment process and transition into high school. Another aspect of my position is serving as a Financial Aid Consultant, helping to make a Carmel Catholic education a reality for hundreds of families each year.
Why do you love your job?
I truly love my job, with the main reasons being the connection I’m able to make with families and seeing the impact a Carmel Catholic education can have on student’s lives. Every day, I get the chance to positively influence the educational paths of students. I enjoy helping students gain access to quality education and shaping their academic futures. I am able to build strong relationships with students and their families. This is personally fulfilling, and perfectly illustrates the outstanding community that is Carmel Catholic High School.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another Mom?
There are many paths to raising successful children. Explore all opportunities and support your children as they may choose a unique adventure.
Are you involved in any volunteering or philanthropy? Do you have a favorite local non-profit or charity?
My almost 2-year-old grandson and my best friend’s daughter both have Cystic Fibrosis. I am involved in with Liv For a Cure, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for rare forms of Cystic Fibrosis by investing in research to buy back life.
Anything else you would like to share?
If your family is interested in learning more about Carmel Catholic High School, I would be more than happy to answer any questions. Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or 847-388-3418.