Ruairi Fennessy
Tenure at SFDS: 3 Years
Current Position: Academic Dean/ College Advisor
Total Years Teaching/Other: 11 years

Mr. Fennessy was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. He received his degrees in University of Iowa, Rhode Island College, and DePaul University. He has spent 11 years teaching high school English in both Rhode Island and Illinois. Something Mr. Fennessy enjoys doing is catching big trout and then letting them go. 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Rommel Garcia
Tenure at SFDS: 2 years
Current Position: Dean of Students/Athletic Director
Total Years Teaching: 7 years

Mr. Garcia is from Griffith, Indiana. He graduated from Chicago State University with his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and most recently graduated from Concordia University-Irvine with his Master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration. He has taught Physical Education and Health in Calumet City and Burnham for the past six years. In addition to teaching, Mr. Garcia has coached high school baseball for 16 years (in addition to being the Head Baseball Coat at SFDS in 2016) and girls basketball for 3 years. During his down time, Mr. Garcia loves to travel and has visited every state in the U.S. as well as all 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums. He is a self professed sport-nut who is a fan of the Chicago Bears, Cubs & Blackhawks. 

 

Eli Jenkinson
Tenure at SFDS: First Year
Current Position: Latin and History Teacher
Total Years Teaching/Other: 1 Year

Mr. Jenkinson was born and raised in a small town in the middle of Michigan until he moved off to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan, Go Blue! While in college he was lucky enough to spend 3 summers working on an archaeological excavation in Rome, Italy. Besides his love for archaeology Mr. Jenkinson is a big book nerd, enjoys both playing and watching basketball and stays active through running and cycling.

Ms. Landey Marasas
Tenure at SFDS: First year
Current Position: Science
Total Years Teaching: 13 years

Mrs. Marasas lives in Lansing, Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education at University of St. Augustine. For eight years, she taught Science and Math at Seton Academy in South Holland. Mrs. Marasas is a proud mom of her 7-month old son, Augustus! Her interests include traveling and playing badminton. She is a fan of magic shows! 

 

 

 

 

Gina Prokop
Tenure at SFDS: First Year
Current Position: Counselor & Extended Program Director
Total Years Teaching/Other: 6 Years

Gina Prokop is in her sixth year of education after serving as a counselor in various Chicago schools and therapeutic day schools. She is from the south side of Chicago and she is a graduate from Saint Xavier University in Chicago where she earned her Master’s in Counseling, with a specialization in School and Community Counseling, and obtained her Pupil Personnel Services credential. Gina also received her BA from Saint Xavier University in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Gina Prokop has experience working with students at the high school and middle school levels that have been at risk. Gina believes in empowering individuals and students to overcome personal obstacles to improve any academic or social/emotional weakness and build on the strengths that she sees within all students. Gina Prokop provides individual counseling, group counseling, academic support and behavior interventions in and outside of the classroom. Gina Prokop is also a yoga instructor. She brings the experience of encouragement to live authentically. She combines her counseling experience with her yoga knowledge to create an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand emotionally, mentally and physically. She enjoys traveling frequently and spending time with family. Huge football fan as well.

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Mary Kay Ramirez
Tenure at SFDS: 34 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: 6 years
Current Position: Registrar/Student Records
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."

 

 

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Jessica Rodriguez
Tenure at SFDS: 11 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: 5 years
Current Position at SFDS: Social Studies/ Recruiter/ Senior Moderator

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: 18 years
Current Position: English
Totally Years Teaching/Other: 16 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.

 

Andy Stowe
Tenure at SFDS: 3 years
Curren Position: Art Studio/Computer Apps/ Soccer Coach

Mr. Stowe is from St. Louis, MO. He Graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Shortly after graduating college, Mr. Stowe moved to Chicago where he worked for 13 years in the Advertising/Marketing field as a creative writer (copywriter) and marketing specialist. Once his marketing goals and aspirations were reached, he set his sights on his new career goal of teaching. Mr. Stowe taught at Montessori Children’s Academy for 4 years before coming to St. Francis De Sales. Mr. Stowe is also a Soccer Player and Coach. Mr. Stowe has played soccer for 35 years (currently playing on two teams from out of the Oak Park area). Mr. Stowe has coached soccer for the past 10 years. Mr. Stowe is an IHSA Certified Licensed High School Soccer Coach. Mr. Stowe enjoys creating sculptures, painting, writing short stories/poems and playing sports, however his greatest love of all is his 12-year old son Lucas. 

Mike Strus
Tenure at SFDS: 17 years
Current Postion: Math
Total Years Teaching/Other: 17 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.

 

 

Brenda Tapi
Tenure at SFDS: First Year
Current Position at SFDS: Spanish Teacher
Total Years Teaching/Other: 3 years

Ms. Tapi is from the beautiful country of Honduras in Central America. She has a Major in Spanish Literature and a Minor in Linguistics from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. After teaching Spanish for three years in a military high school, Ms. Tapi moved to the United States and has been here for two years. She also has experience in teaching English as a second language and has written short stories regarding the social reality of Honduras. In addition, Ms. Tapi has also written academic researches and essays about Literature from Honduras, Central America and Latin America. She has interests in all type of arts: painting, theater, music, dance, etc. She also enjoys interacting with different cultural groups, since it is a very enriching and learning experience. Ms. Tapi is also a big sports fan enjoying sports in all forms, however, her favorites are soccer, mixed martial arts and yoga. As a child, Ms. Tapi recalls sitting next to a fireplace, reading The Wanderer, from Khalil Gibran; it was then that she knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

Joshua Benn Warner
Tenure at SFDS: 3 years
Current Position: Theology
Total Years Teaching/Other: 2 years teaching, 1 year as youth minister, and 7 years as a Trappist Mark

Mr. Warner is from South Bend, IN. He attended University of Notre Dame and studied Theology and Catholic Social Teaching. Mr. Warner worked one year as a Catholic Worker and one year as a youth minister before joining the monastery for seven years. Recently, he taught Theology at Loyola for two years. He enjoys creative writing and poetry.