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.