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Alumni of the Year

Alumnus of the Year 2017

 

On behalf of St. Joseph Catholic School, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted nominees for the St. Joseph Catholic School Alumnus of the Year.  The committee had a difficult decision as they received many letters about Catholics who attended St. Joseph Catholic School and went on to be successful in blending their life with their faith.  The 2017 Alumnus of the Year is Mrs. Ramie Ladendorf Nauman.

Ramie Nauman was born and raised in Pekin.  She married Brad Nauman and has four beautiful children:  Alec, a freshman at Pekin Community High School, Mason, a 7th grader, Malley, a 6th grader and Brianna, a 1st grader at St. Joseph Catholic School.  Brad and Ramie extended their family by becoming legal guardians for a special needs child named Brittany.  

Ramie attended St. Joseph Catholic School from 1979 – 1988, which was the launching pad for a career filled with many outstanding achievements and much satisfaction. Ramie went to Pekin Community High School and graduated in 1992.  She furthered her education by completing two years at ICC and then transferring to Bradley University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in 1996.  She is currently teaching 3-6 year olds at Schramm School.   

One of Ramie’s fondest memories was the summer before her 6th grade year. Ramie and another classmate discovered Schramm School. They volunteered together in the summer program and she fell in love with this special school and the students that were there.  When she returned to SJS in the fall, Ramie’s teacher discovered the two girls volunteered all summer with these special students and encouraged them to continue volunteering.  The school even let the girls leave early from school on multiple occasions throughout their 6th – 8th grade years to help with special activities at Schramm School. Because of the support St. Joseph teachers showed Ramie and her classmate, they both continued with their passion and became special education teachers.  Ramie continues today to work at Schramm School and loves her job.  Each year Ramie opens her classroom to give the St. Joseph 8th grade students an opportunity to volunteer at Schramm and to open their hearts as her teachers did for her. Because of Ramie’s amazing experience growing up at Saint Joseph Catholic School, she has chosen to give her four children this same opportunity. She began enrolling each of her children at the age of three into the preschool program. Ramie stated she couldn’t ask for a better school for her and her family.  

When looking for someone to exemplify the person we hope to become at St. Joseph Catholic School, we cannot think of a more deserving individual to receive this award.

Again, please help us in congratulating our 2017 Alumnus of the Year: Mrs. Ramie Ladendorf Nauman.