But, at the end of this month they will be retiring, opening the door for newcomers to fill their shoes, but it won’t be easy.
This year’s retirees include:
- Jim Williams, a combined 13 years teaching math and computer science
- Vicki Giusti, 14 years teaching science
- JoAnne Francis, 18 years as student activities director and in recruiting
- Ruth Stonecipher, 22 years as an aid in Scanlan Center and helped staff Dean’s Office
- Mary Lee DeBelina, 24 years in administration and as math teacher and department head
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” says Mrs. Francis, simply.
In her role as Director of Student Activities, Mrs. Francis has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the school that engages students. From the LINK Crew in the beginning of the school year to working with the Student Council to plan the homecoming dance, the Halloween fun fair and Easter Egg Hunt; to planning the pep rallies and activities presentations; she’s done it all.
Mr. Williams taught at Saint Viator from 1984-1989 and then returned again in 2010 to teach math and early computer science classes. His most recent load had him teaching students how to construct mobile apps as well as learn accounting, personal business computing, and AP computer science. For many students, it has been their first experience in business classes.
Mrs. Giusti has taught all levels of science students and even this year has taught environmental science and accelerated honors biology as well as AP biology. Her field trips to the Volo bog and testing the sustainability of the Chicago River will be missed!
Mrs. Ruth Stonecipher has provided a warm, comforting presence to students, whether they’re called down to the Dean’s Office or working to master skills in the Scanlan Center. Her commitment to Saint Viator students has been evident in all of the concerts, plays, and musicals she attended over the years.
Mrs. Mary Lee DeBelina has worn many hats during her 24 years at the school: She taught high levels of math and eventually chaired the department, which has earned a strong reputation for its competitive math team. At the same time, she was a parent, watching as her three children attended the school. For the last three years, Mrs. DeBelina has served as assistant principal, extending her strong teaching skills and curriculum building onto the faculty. Her steady hand and open door will be missed by fellow administration members, faculty, and students.