Meet Our Teachers
St. Sava Orthodox School's teachers are dedicated to providing students with an exemplary academic and extracurricular experience. All teachers support the St. Sava Orthodox School mission of educating students and developing them spiritually, morally and intellectually to their fullest potential, within a safe and caring Orthodox Christian environment.
Mrs. Jevtic's personal philosophy is that all children can learn math. Mrs. Jevtic graduated from the University of Belgrade in the school of Electrical Engineering where she specialized in telecommunication. Her work experience is twenty plus years in Belgrade as the Lead Engineer in Telecommunications. She is a certified educator in the State of Wisconsin. She holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked in education in Milwaukee for twenty-three years as an Algebra Specialist at Project Seed and in MPS as a middle and high school math educator. Currently, she is working for St. Sava Orthodox School as a mathematics and social studies teacher and principal for the last twelve years.
My name is Karen Grabner, and I have had the privilege of being a part of the St. Sava Orthodox School since 2000. I pride myself on nurturing a strong classroom culture through building relationships with my students and creating hands-on learning opportunities. I graduated from Mount Mary College with a Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and a Minor in Social Studies. My education has been continued by attending several classes and workshops on literature circles, writing, technology, and science. Outside of school, I enjoy reading , gardening and spending time with family and friends. My husband, Gilbert and I have been blessed with two children and three wonderful grandchildren.
My Name is Nicole Hearold and I teach K5 at St Sava Orthodox School. I graduated in 2014 with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I began my career teaching first grade in Nashville at St Clement Coptic Orthodox Christian Academy, and I am certified in Unified English Braille. In 2019, I moved to Franklin, WI with my husband and three children. During the summer I enjoy reading, traveling and camping with my family and friends.
Calli Spheeris has been the science teacher at St. Sava Middle School since 2014.
Whether guiding students to gather protists in a puddle, pour concrete, or visit science and technology workshops at local universities, her philosophy of education is to nurture creativity and knowledge of the real world. At Northwestern University, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and at UW-Milwaukee she earned a Master of Arts degree in English and a Master of Architecture degree. She has lived and worked in Chicago, Greece and Milwaukee. After 25 years and 4 design awards in architecture, she eventually returned to her love of teaching.
Chelsea Clark graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent Education in 2009. Before being welcomed onto the wonderful staff here at St. Sava Orthodox School in 2014, she spent time serving as an AmeriCorps Service Member working with at-risk students in Wisconsin Rapids, as a substitute teacher in many public school districts in central and southeastern Wisconsin, and as a Title 1 Reading and Math intervention teacher in Milwaukee. Mrs. Clark has taught various combinations of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade during her time at St. Sava, and hopes she has taught her students as many memorable things as she has learned from them. Beyond providing a standards-based education, she endeavors to instill in her students a love of reading, science projects, real-world connections, and spreading kindness and God’s love to others. Outside of school, she loves spending time with her husband and family, and is also an avid reader, runner, musician, hiker, soccer fan, and crossword lover.
Nina Rudic has been the Serbian language teacher at St. Sava Orthodox School since 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Belgrade, where her field of study was International Business, Trade and Commerce. She worked as an import specialist in Belgrade before living in the US, where she and her husband raised 2 children who graduated from St. Sava School. Ms. Rudic enjoys reading, real estate, home improvement, investments, and everything to do with new technologies.
Jennifer Sweetland is in her 15th year of teaching music and K3/K4 at St. Sava Orthodox School. These dual positions give her the wonderful opportunity to work with children from their very first days of school all the way through to graduation preparation. Her students have performed for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Link Up program, St. Sava Cathedral’s annual Savindan celebration, Sv. Mardarije slava services in Libertyville, IL, and concerts with Sumadija Folklore Ensemble, Stevan Sijacki Choir, and the Serbian Singing Federation. She has also sent students to the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble competitions at both the district and state level. Biggest of all, though, she directs the annual school musicals, which typically involve nearly all students in grades 1st through 8th She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she has spent plenty of time on the stage herself in various choral performances, operas and musicals. She also enjoys reading, writing, learning foreign languages, and going to concerts.
After competing elementary and middle school she went to Zenica where she attended music high school and graduated from it in 1991. She enrolled in University of Sarajevo, School of Education in Bjeljina, Republika Srpska and graduated as Professor/Classroom Teacher in April of 2000. From 1991 to 2005 Mira worked in few elementary schools in Maglaj, Zvornik and Bjeljina as music teacher and choir director. During that time she joined famous Srbadija choir from Bjeljina and toured through Serbia and Europe. Srbadija took part in many international choir festivals which were held
throughout Europe winning top prizes. In 2005 Mira came to Milwaukee to visit with one of her brothers. Soon after she arrived she met Vojislav at St Sava Church and by the end of the year they married. Mira is now proud mother of three teenaged boys. As the boys were growing and getting to the school age they were enrolled to St Sava School. In 2014 Mira joined St Sava School teaching staff as K-3 teacher and Teacher assistant and is still proud member of the school’s faculty.