The Administration, Faculty and Staff at St. Gabriel Catholic School are dedicated to serving the needs of the students and their families and would be happy to assist you in any way we can! You may contact staff members directly or by contacting the school office by email or at 773-268-6636.
Father James Hurlbert is the oldest of seven children and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and Chicago. He attended Catholic grade schools and Catholic High Schools (Loyola Academy in Wilmette and Brother Rice in Birmingham, MI). He graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1985 with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. He studied for the priesthood at the University of St. Mary of the Lake- Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1990. He concluded his studies in 1991, receiving a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He served as associate pastor at St. Pascal in Chicago (1991-1996) and St. Anne in Barrington (1996-1999). He has served as pastor at St. Alphonsus in Chicago (2000-2012), Ascension in Oak Park (2015-202-), and Nativity of Our Lord and Saint Gabriel (2020-present). From 2013-2015 he served as chaplain at a home for orphans and at-risk children in Guatemala.
Mr. Flaherty begins his third year as Principal for Nativity of Our Lord & Saint Gabriel Parish's Education Ministry. Previously he was an administrator/principal at Sacred Heart Schools on Chicago's north side for 18 years and principal at St. Pius X in Lombard for 12 years. Mr. Flaherty is a strong advocate for Catholic education. He and his wife have four grown children, all products of Catholic schooling and all finding success in their chosen fields. He continues to be very excited about by the unique opportunity of growing and strengthening our two excellent schools..
Julie Jurisic is the Assistant Principal of St. Gabriel Catholic School. Mrs. Jurisic taught 3rd grade in the Archdiocese for 18 years and had a dual role as Assistant Principal for 12 years before coming to St. Gabriel in 2019. Mrs. Jurisic received her BA in elementary education from DePaul University and is currently pursuing her MA in Educational Leadership with Principal Licensure from DePaul University.
Julissa Carmona is the kindergarten teacher. Ms. Carmona has taught kindergarten in the Archdiocese of Chicago for three years. She has experience in both urban and suburban settings. Ms. Carmona grew up in Bridgeport and attended Trinity Christian College.
Mary Kate Byrnes is the 1st grade teacher. Ms. Byrnes has been teaching at St. Gabriel Elementary School for 2 years. She graduated from Roosevelt University with her bachelor in biology. She is currently getting her masters in education at National Louis University. In her free time she loves to coach volleyball at De La Salle High School and 1st Alliance Volleyball Club. Ms. Byrnes lives in the Bridgeport area and is an alumni of Bridgeport Catholic Academy.
Angela Tremore is the 2nd grade teacher. Mrs. Tremore worked as a paraprofessional with Chicago Public Schools for five years before returning back to St. Gabriel where she was once a student! She grew up in Canaryville and is excited to continue tradition by sending her children to St. Gabriel too. Mrs. Tremore attended Lewis University and is currently completing the Masters program at St. Xavier University.
Carol (Dolly) Falk is the 3rd Grade home room and 4th Grade Math teacher. Mrs. Falk has been teaching 3rd Grade at St. Gabriel School for 22 years. She is an alumni of St. Gabriel and her 3 children are alumni as well. Mrs. Falk attended Illinois Benedictine College earning her bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She also attended Benedictine University earning a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy.
Sara Radejewski is the 4th Grade teacher and 3rd grade Social Studies teacher. She received her Bachelors in Education at St. Norbert College and hr Masters in Education from Dominican University. During her 21 years at St. Gabriel she has taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grades. She really loves being a part of the St. Gabriel family. Sara has 2 sons: one is a 2022 St. Gabriel graduate and the other is currently a St. Gabriel 7th grader.
Monica Lozano (Budzak) is the Middle School Math and 5th grade Homeroom teacher. This is her 9th year at St. Gabriel School. Mrs. Lozano attended Dominican University where she got her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Education. At St. Gabe's Mrs. Lozano has been a 6 time chaperone to Brush Creek Science Camp sponsored by Big Shoulders Fund in Wyoming and also has been a part of the Girls on the Run program.
Mary Kay Nicholson is the sixth grade homeroom teacher and teaches science to middle school. She has taught in the Archdiocese of Chicago for forty-three years. Miss Nicholson taught at Saint Cornelius for thirty-six years before being hired at Saint Gabriel’s seven years ago. Since being at St. Gabe’s she has taught fifth, first, seventh, and sixth grades. Miss Nicholson has always lived on the north side and attended college at St. Norbert’s in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Kelly Archambault is the middle school Reading teacher. Ms. "A" has taught at St. Gabriel since 2018. Before joining the St. Gabriel staff, Ms. A taught at the high school level in both Denver and Chicago. She received her BA in English Writing and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. A has coached high school soccer and swimming. Pre-CoVID, Ms. A was the site coordinator and coach for Girls on the Run here at St. Gabriel, and she's looking to bring it back in 2023!
John Pigott is the 8th grade Homeroom Teacher and Middle School Social Studies teacher.He has taught at St. Gabriel since 2013 and has continued to develop a new Social Studies curriculum that is engaging to all students and prepares them for the future.He is a graduate of St Joseph’s of Calumet with a Bachelor Of Science and pursuing a Masters in the Art of Education.Mr. Pigott is a lifelong resident of St. Gabriel Parish as well as a Graduate of St. Gabriel and St. Rita High School.
Mrs. Mary Bell currently teaches Humanities at both St.Gabriel Catholic School and BCA. She is a DePaul University graduate with a B.Mus in Music Therapy. She worked for a few years as a Music Therapist in Special Ed. She picked up remaining education courses at Chicago State and St. Xavier Universities and began teaching Kindergarten at Queen of Martyrs. She taught Kindergarten and music for 16 years at Qof M, Most Holy Redeemer and St.Christophers. After a long break, she returned to teaching six years ago as the music teacher at BCA. This is her second year at St.Gabes teaching Humanities; music, art and what makes us human!
Paola Bordon has been teaching Spanish at BCA and Saint Gabriel Catholic School for two years. She studied in Argentina where she is from. Maestra de Escuela Primaria y Maestra de Danzas Folklore y Tango. She has been teaching tango for 20 years and has experience in performances and acting.
Mr. Salvadore Noceda is the Physical Education teacher at St. Gabriel School. He grew up surrounded by athletics which he how he decided to pursue a career out of his passion.. He attended Eastern Illinois University and studied Recreation Administration. He has 8 years experience coaching and mentoring youth with the Chicago Park District.
Mr. Noceda's goal as your child's physical education teacher is to provide them with the knowledge and skills to live an active and healthy life as well as instill confidence in them so that they are not frightened or intimidated to try out new activities. He wants the students to learn to have fun and work hard to be both healthy and happy.
Preparing athletics for their future, not just the next competition.
Kim Osowiec is the Operations Director for Nativity of Our Lord & St. Gabriel Parish, St. Gabriel Catholic School and Bridgeport Catholic Academy. She has 20+ years of experience in Operations Management within the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Schools specifically. Prior to joining the Archdiocese she held positions in administrative management in a national Human Resource Consulting company as well as a retail operation in the Chicago Suburbs. Kim was born and raised in Chicago area and has raised her family here.
Jennifer Simental handles Marketing & Communications for both the parish and our 2 parish schools (SGCS & BCA). She is a graduate of St. Gabriel and Mother McAuley. She has a BFA in Advertising and Design. Jenni really loves being part of the Nativity of Our Lord & St. Gabriel Parish staff and enjoys working with the students, staff and faculty of both the parish schools.