Dear SJF Families,
I am so excited to share with you the new leadership structure for the 2019-2020 school year.
During my experience as principal at SJF, I have reflected daily on how I can best serve the faculty, staff and our students. Every single decision that I make is with this priority and goal in mind. Our students’ needs are diverse and ever-changing and our teachers must continue to evolve and adapt to support those needs. In order to best serve our students and staff, Fr. Ken and I, have appointed two assistant principals to the leadership team that will help me do just that: Mrs. Claire Larmon, Assistant Principal of Instructional Support and Mrs. Nichole Carey, Assistant Principal of Student Support. I am so excited and grateful to have these incredibly talented and impressive women join our beloved school in this capacity.
Claire Larmon lives in Oak Lawn with her husband and five children. Her oldest daughter will be a sophomore at Saint Ignatius College Prep and her other four children attend St. Catherine of Alexandria. Mrs. Larmon is a proud alumna of St. John Fisher and Saint Ignatius and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago and was also the recipient of the Cecil Coleman Award for Conference Student Athlete of the Year. She began teaching English and also served as the head sophomore and varsity assistant girls' basketball coach at Saint Ignatius. While working at Saint Ignatius, Mrs. Larmon went on to earn her Master's degree in Education as well as her Administrative Certification, Type 75 from Loyola University. After a number of years in the classroom, Mrs. Larmon assumed an administrative role as Director of Admissions and Recruiting at Saint Ignatius and also served as the Program Director for Redwood Prep, a high school entrance exam prep course.
Mrs. Larmon began her professional career at SJF last year teaching 8th grade English Language Arts and we are thrilled to announce that in her new role at SJF, she will now serve as the Assistant Principal of Instructional Support. Mrs. Larmon will assist in all areas related to instruction including, but not limited to, the development and facilitating of faculty and staff professional development related to school culture, teacher improvement and curriculum development as well as consistent enforcement of student conduct. She is completing her Danielson Model Evaluation Academy training at the end of this month. Mrs. Larmon is thrilled to be back at her alma mater and feels privileged to serve and work beside such a dedicated and innovative faculty and staff.
Nichole Carey is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Professional School Counselor (Administrative Certificate, Type 73) and certified Danielson Model Evaluator with ten years of counseling experience. Mrs. Carey is a graduate of Mother McAuley High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies from Loyola University of Chicago, followed by administrative graduate work at Boston College and Loyola University of Chicago, earning a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago in 2009. She began her career as a counselor at the University of Chicago Orthogenic School, a residential facility serving children with severe mental health challenges. Following the University of Chicago, Mrs. Carey began employment at Mother McAuley High School in 2011 serving as a counselor, college counselor and most recently in administration as the Director of Counseling.
In her new role at St. John Fisher, Mrs. Carey will serve as the Assistant Principal of Student Support and Counselor for students Pre-K-8. Her focus will be the academic and social-emotional support of all students as it relates to classroom success, peer relationships and social-emotional intelligence through the implementation of counseling curriculum, individualized counseling services and behavior plans, family outreach and teacher support. Mrs. Carey is a proud SJF parent of four Fisher Falcons - one kindergartener and three preschool students (one four-year-old and three-year-old twins!). She is very excited to join the incredibly talented and passionate SJF faculty and hopes to serve as a resource to students and teachers alike.
I am so looking forward to this upcoming school year and strengthening our school community and partnership together.
Mrs. Maura Nash