Linda Kelly

Principal Linda KellyMrs. Kelly spent her early years on the southwest side of Chicago where she attended St. Symphorosa Catholic School. At the age of eight, her family moved to St. Linus Parish in Oak Lawn. Mrs. Kelly graduated from Mother McAuley High School and attended The University of Illinois where she earned a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Mrs. Kelly taught in Long Island New York, the Chicago Public Schools, and Evanston, before she married Mr. Kelly. When their first son, Daniel, was born the family moved to the suburb of Clarendon Hills. Daniel’s brother John arrived a few years later.

As a stay at home mom, Mrs. Kelly held various volunteer positions in her children's school district, including member of the Board of Education. When she returned to teaching, she became the Lead Teacher in the preschool of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Westmont. At HTCS Mrs. Kelly's dedication to Catholic education was ignited. During her tenure she taught kindergarten and 4th grade, was a New Teacher Mentor, and served on the Leadership Team. She also joined the Curriculum Advisory Council in the Diocese of Joliet.

In 2013, Mrs. Kelly earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership along with Administrative Certification through Lewis University. She left Holy Trinity in 2015 to become the Director of Teacher Development and Professional Learning at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton. In 2016 she began serving as the principal of Holy Family Catholic School.

Mrs. Kelly feels right at home at HFCS and loves how small Catholic schools are like a family, a faith family where all are able to know and care for one another. Mrs. Kelly says, "With Christ at the center of all we do, all good things will come."

HFCS Administrative Assistants

Mrs. Maria Vieyra (Chief Administrative Assistant) and Ms. Zoraida Santiago

Mrs. Maria Vieyra Mrs. Vieyra is our Chief Administrative Assistant, now with HFCS for her third year. She has a background in Early Childhood Education, and received her CDA in Bilingual Preschool Education. She also has worked at a daycare center and home day care as the Spanish preschool teacher for 5 years. Mrs. Vieyra has been an administrative assistant at St. Joseph's in Addison for the past 10 years, and this is her second year as one of the secretaries at Holy Family. Mrs. Vieyra currently has a child attending HFCS, and she loves the chance of being part of this multicultural family. She loves to see the children grow academically and especially to see families grow in their spiritual lives. Mrs. Vieyra and her husband have been parishioners of St. Joseph Parish for the past 13 years and they love to serve their parish, community, and especially God.

Ms. Zoraida SantiagoZoraida Santiago has joined our office staff as a Part time Administrative Assistant. Ms. Santiago is bilingual (English and Spanish) and comes to Holy Family with nine years of administrative experience, including as Assistant Director of a Chicago Head Start Program. Ms. Santiago's communication, technical, organizational, and problem solving skills will be an asset to Mrs. Vieyra and the staff of Holy Family Catholic School.

HFCS Business Manager

Mr. Matt Novak

Mr. Matt Novak Mr. Novak comes to Holy Family Catholic School after working for 20 years as the comptroller of a medium sized family run business. After 3 generations, and 95 years, the ownership sold their interest in the company. He is still working for the individual family members, as needed. While their chief financial officer, Novak supervised a small staff, and coordinated all of the financial and insurance activities of the business.
For 16 years prior to that, Novak was working as a public accountant (CPA). The accounts ranged from wholesale to manufacturing; service companies and offices, and not-for-profits. He was, mainly, assigned to prepare and review tax returns, for individuals and companies; but also did some of the monthly accounting and audits.
Novak has been married 36 years (to Sandie); and has two grown girls, who both live in the area. He also started the formation process, in the Joliet Diocese, of becoming a Permanent Deacon. If all goes well, Novak will be ordained in August, 2018.