Pastor

 Father Thomas May

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Father Thomas May

Principal

Mrs. Barbara Rasinski

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Mrs. Barbara Rasinski

I am truly blessed to be a Catholic School Principal.  I love the fact that I am able to share my faith with our families, every day. I have an elementary certification and middle school endorsement in Mathematics.  I also have an MEd in administration and supervision.

I am a born and raised Chicago girl.  My husband went home to the Lord seven years ago.  I have a daughter, who was educated at a Catholic elementary, high school and college.  As you can see, I believe in the value of a Catholic education. I began my teaching career at my elementary school alma mater, St. Edward, in the city.  I taught there for eleven years. We bought a home in Jefferson Park, and I moved to Our Lady of Victory, where I taught for several years.

The Lord called me to St. Luke in River Forest where I was the junior high math teacher, curriculum coordinator, junior high coordinator, assistant principal and finally principal.  I was at St. Luke for a total of twenty three years. When my husband died, I felt I needed a new challenge. That brought me to St. Mary in Riverside. I am beginning my fifth year as principal and enjoy coming to school every day.  St. Mary is the true definition of a community. All of us work together for the success of our children.

Vice Principal

Mrs. Mary Kennedy

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Mrs. Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy is thrilled to be part of the St. Mary Faculty. Mary has 23 years of experience in Catholic schools. She taught for 17 years and was also an Assistant Principal at St. Bede the Venerable School in Chicago. She graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor’s Degree and certification in Elementary Education and St. Xavier University with a Master’s in Educational Administration and Type 75 certificate. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the School is Education at St. Xavier University. She is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. She and her husband Dennis have two children, their wonderful twins Ryan and Jackie. Mary enjoys working with Mrs. Rasinski, Fr. Tom and the amazing children, faculty, staff and families of St. Mary!

  • School Advisory Board Members (2018 - 2019)

    • Nancy DeFauw (Chair)
    • Cheryl Jessogne (Fundraising and Development)
    • Richard Robledo (Technology)
    • Nicole Hayes (Marketing)
    • Rudy Robledo (Finance)
    • Jennifer Fangmann (Continuous Improvement)