My name is Kathy Winters.  I was born and raised on the Southwest Side of Chicago where I benefited from a wonderful education at St. Richards Elementary School and Lourdes High School.  I attended Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I earned a Bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences.  I worked for 15 years in the hospitals' clinical laboratories.  I then returned to school at the University of St. Francis where I earned a Masters of Education degree.  I am currently completing a doctorate degree in Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.

I have served as a teacher for the Diocese of Joliet for over 15 years, most of that time at St. Mary School.  I started out as a first grade teacher's aide, then as the first grade teacher.  I then moved up to the junior high where I taught 6th grade religion, math, social studies, reading and 6th, 7th and 8th grade science.  When junior high departmentalized, I taught junior high science for 10 years.  I am also a local, regional and state science fair coordinator.

I live in Mokena with my  husband, Patrick.  We have three grown children, sons, Kevin and Jack  (married to our daughter-in-law, Jen) and a daughter, Erin, who graduated from St. Mary School and Providence Catholic High School.  We have been parishioners of St. Mary's and residents of this area since 1989.

I am a lifelong learner and have a passionate commitment to Catholic education.  I firmly believe that Catholic schools work in partnership with parents and community to provide a nurturing environment that promotes the spiritual and academic growth of our children.  It is truly a blessing to be able to live my faith each day and in each classroom.  I am honored and blessed to be appointed the new principal at St. Jude.  I am excited to begin this journey with the students and families and to continue to strengthen the tradition of strong academic and spiritual excellence at St. Jude.