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”.
Ljiljana Burza is the 2nd – 8th grade Serbian language subjects teacher. Ljiljana received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Mrs. Burza has over 25 years of teaching experience and has been a teacher at St. Sava academy since 2005. Along with exhibiting expertise in her subject matter, Mrs. Burza grounds her teaching philosophy on positive reinforcement and the belief that everyone can learn.
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.
Jennifer Bilodeau is the kindergarten and first grade English language subjects teacher. Jennifer has been a teacher for over six years, all with St. Sava Academy. Mrs. Bilodeau attended Bradley University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in English. One of her greatest passions in life is to help children grow and expand their overall education. Mrs. Bilodeau says: “I want children to portray a ‘can do’ attitude, and express a love of learning. Observing student progress is one of the many reasons why I love teaching. ‘To teach is to touch a life forever.’ I hold this quote dear to my heart. I want nothing more than to touch my students’ lives forever!”
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
Kindergarten and 3rd grade English language subjects
4th-8th grade English language subjects
4th-8th grade Reading and Language arts
4th-8th grade Science
Preschool & Kindergarten Serbian Language Subjects
4th-8th grade Mathematics
Popadija Katya Kostur
Preschool Head Teacher & English Teacher
2nd Grade English Language Subjects and Art Teacher