Sr. Bernadette Nabaggaia,
Tenure at SFDS: 1st Year
Current Position: Theology

Sister. Bernadette Nabaggala is a religious Sister who belongs to the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.  She was born and raised in Uganda in East Africa.  She has been teaching for seven years; places include Uganda, Kenya and USA.  She holds a BA in Education from Uganda and a BA in psychology and Theology from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Wisconsin.  Sr. Bernadette holds two graduate degrees-one in Religious Education and another in Theological Studies from Boston College in Massachusetts. Sister Bernadette has had several opportunities of helping out as a teacher assistant. The one thing Sr. Bernadette enjoys in life is spending time with nature, writing nature poetry, taking walks woods and tending to flowers and other plants.  


Sr. Jane Frances Nabakkawa
Tenure at SFDS: 2nd Year
Current Position: Counselor, Choir Director

Sr. Jane Frances Nabakkawa holds a BA in Education and one in Teaching Religious Studies and Theology. She also holds an MA in Divinity/Theology and a Doctorate in Spiritual Theology. She has taught in High Schools for 18 years and at the College level for five years. She has eight years experience as a Spiritual Director and Counselor


Sr.Maddy Takyala
Tenure at SFDS: 2nd Year
Current Position: Theology, English & Computers

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Carol Hahn
Tenure at SFDS: 1st Year
Current Position: Math

Ms. Hahn has been teaching for 39 years! She grew up in northern Indiana and graduated from Valparaiso University. She has three brothers, two of whom are electrical engineers. Math was always her favorite subject in school. She has taught at St. Luke Academy and at St. Philip Lutheran School. She is married with two adult children and enjoys reading and being with her family in her spare time.

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Paul Hunt
Tenure at SFDS: 1st Year
Current Position: English

Paul Hunt received his Bachelor's in English Rhetoric from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, a Master's in Music from Northwestern University, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Loyola University-Chicago. He has taught English for eleven years and served in administrative positions -- in Illinois, California, and the United Arab Emirates -- for seventeen years. He is married with three children at home and one already grown. When he's not teaching, preparing to teach, or grading student work, he can be found playing guitar, lifting weights, or adding to his growing fictional narrative of the years 1982 through 1991.


Ms. Jane Healy
Tenure at SFDS: First Year
Current Position: Science
Total Years Teaching: Many Years

Ms. Jane Healy has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is finishing her MA at St. Xavier. She has been teaching for many years. Before taking time to raise her children, she taught Biology at Mother McAuley and Bremen High School. She came back to teaching five years ago starting back as a long term sub first and then teaching at a charter school in Chicago. Ms. Healy is an avid biker! For the past 18 years she has biked to work and for errands. She also grows orchids, has an array of pets and loves Harry Potter, Star Wars and anime.



Mary Kay Ramirez
Tenure at SFDS: 35 years
Current Position: Director of Community Relations
Total Years Teaching/Other: 25 years teaching + 6 years Principal

Mrs. Ramirez is originally from Merrillville, IN. and attended both Catholic grade school and high school. She received her B.A. in Art Education, M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, and went through a two year Administrative License Program at Purdue University. Besides teaching, she has held the positions of Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Art Club Moderator, Parents Club Moderator, Pom Pom Coach and Golf Coach. Mrs. Ramirez seriously loves walks on the beach. She also likes to read, watch movies, play golf, and spend time with family and friends. 


Arlene Ramos
Tenure at SFDS: 7 years
Current Position: Athletic Director
Total Years Teaching/Other: 12 years Head Volleyball Coach at SFDS

Mrs. Ramos was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is an Alum of SFDS class of '78. She is married with two daughters and a grandmother to one. Mrs. Ramos is a big time Chicago sports fan. She also loves spending time with family and friends. Like many other proud SFDS Alumni, she is "known to bleed blue and gold."




Jessica Rodriguez
Tenure at SFDS: 12 years
Current Position: Administrative Secretary

Ms. Rodriguez was born and raised on the East Side of Chicago and attended Sawyer College. To her, family is everything. She loves to spend as much time as possible with both them and her friends. She is a proud soccer mom and if she had it her way she would never miss a game. Ms. Rodriguez enjoys going to concerts, plays, movies, comic shows, and sport events. Whenever she has down time, she likes to be crafty (making fleece blankets, crochet, etc.) and would also snuggle with a good novel.

Stephen Sanchez
Tenure at SFDS: 6 years
Current Position at SFDS: Social Studies/ Recruiter/ Associate Dean of Students 

Mr. Sanchez is an East Side native. He received his undergrad from Eastern Illinois University and his graduate degree from University of Illinois in Champaign. For six years he was a mental health counselor at Rush University Medical Center. Three interesting facts about Mr. Sanchez are he won a fifth grade basketball championship in 1995, his favorite song is Wonderwall (not to be confused with Ms. Ramirez's favorite song Wonderland [1961], and he is one of the many people who believe Jon Snow is alive.

Diana Serrano
Tenure at SFDS: 19 years
Current Position: English/ Dean of Students
Totally Years Teaching/Other: 17 years

Ms. Serrano is from East Chicago, Indiana and currently lives in Hammond, Indiana. She received her degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph. Ms. Serrano served as Student Council and Freshman Class Moderator and worked with the Book Club and Newspaper. She loves reading, traveling, and photography. Her favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story. Ms. Serrano is also a White Sox and Blackhawks fan.

Mike Strus
Tenure at SFDS: 18 years
Current Postion: Math
Total Years Teaching/Other: 18 years

Mr. Strus grew up on the East Side of Chicago just blocks away from SFDS and attended Northern Illinois University. In addition to teaching at SFDS, he has coached girls basketball and softball. He has also been a member of the discipline board and assisted in the Athletic Department. Mr. Strus is a Blackhawks and Cubs fan and he is also married with two children. He loves to travel and play golf.



Rich Pinewski
Tenure at SFDS: 4th Year
Current Position at SFDS: History Teacher
Total Years Teaching/Other: Many

Steve Harman
Tenure at SFDS: 8 Years
Current Position: Business Manager

Mr. Harman has 16 years of experience teaching and 33 years of administrative roles. He lives with his wife in Kankakee IL and has two grown children. He has been in education in one way or another his whole life. He is certified in IL as teacher, principal, and superintendent. He is a retired public school teacher and superintendent. Go Pioneers!

Veronica Reyes
Tenure at SFDS: 2 Years
Current Position: Registrar, Head of Transportation

Alberto Diaz,
Tenure at SFDS: 2 Years
Current Position: Head of Maintenance