Faculty & Staff

Svetlana Aleksic

Svetlana Aleksic received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the Dusan Jerkovic Teacher’s Academy in Serbia. Svetlana has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been teaching at St. Sava Academy since 2001. Mrs. Aleksic is the Kindergarten and 1st grade Serbian language subjects teacher. Svetlana loves to dance and teaches folklore. She says: “Nothing is too difficult that it cannot be learned. Optimism is the way that leads to achievement”.

Petra Milosavljevic

Petra Milosavljevic is the Academy Chef. Teta Petra has been with St. Sava Academy since 2001 when the school was originally founded as Socrates-St. Sava Academy. The students of St. Sava Academy love all of Teta Petra’s food, however their favorite is her macaroni. Teta Petra is also an active parishioner of Holy Resurrection Cathedral where she has devoted countless hours of service.

Elena Sayed

Elena Sayed graduated from the University of St. Petersburg in 1982 with a degree in Russian Language and Literature and eventually received a Master’s Degree as well. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching Russian language in public schools and colleges. Elena Sayed began working at St. Sava Academy in 2013. Elena currently teaches students in grades Kindergarten – 8th grade. Elena says: “I expect my students to be organized because it will help them to achieve success in their studies. I love my profession and my students, and I enjoy teaching. To know the traditions, culture, and history of your native country is very important in the education of children and their future. I would like to see my students interested in learning Russian language and different aspects of life of Russia.”

Protopresbyter Fr. Dr. Darko Spasojevic

2nd & 3rd Grade Religion Teacher
Fr. Dr. Darko Spasojevic completed his post-secondary education at St. Sava Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, in 2001. Fr. Darko earned a Master of Arts and Master of Theology degree at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. He earned his PhD in Theology and Ethics at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Fr. Darko currently serves as the Academy Rector, Cathedral Dean and parish priest of the western parish of Holy Resurrection Cathedral.

Fr. Darko says: “Having the opportunity to teach someone, or someone’s child, is a great privilege and responsibility. Having the opportunity to teach and engage with the students and staff of St. Sava Academy is my greatest privilege. I consider the Academy to be one of the greatest historical accomplishments of our community and the Serbian Orthodox Church on this continent. It is a great honor and benefit to be a part of educating new generations within the context of the Orthodox faith and tradition, along with the Serbian cultural and religious heritage.”

Protopresbyter Fr. Dobrivoje Milunovic

4th-8th Grade Religion Teacher
Parish priest of the Southern parish of Holy Resurrection Cathedral

Rev. Fr. Nikolaj Kostur

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Religion Teacher
Parish priest of the Northern parish of Holy Resurrection Cathedral

Mirjana Pavichevich

4th-8th grade English language subjects

Uros Kalicanin

Physical Education

Lidija Tosic

Preschool & Kindergarten Serbian Language Subjects

Judith Pones

4th-8th grade Mathematics

Popadija Katya Kostur

Preschool Head Teacher & English Teacher

Ljiljana Majstorovic

Preschool Assistant

Velinka Stevanovic

Preschool Assistant

Olga Garklavs

 Art Teacher