Department Staff

Department Chair:
Jaclyn Wargo


Jaclyn has been teaching at H-F since 2003. She has her B.S. in Art Education from Illinois State University and her master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in School Improvement & Leadership. She is currently teaching AP Art History and Drawing & Painting 2 Honors. She has also previously taught IB Visual Art SL, Art ConcentrationDrawing & Painting 1 CP and Honors, Art Fundamentals, and Graphic Design 1. Jaclyn serves on the board of directors for the Illinois High School Art Exhibition as the General Exhibition Coordinator. She has been named as a Prismacolor Scholar in the Classroom, Illinois Art Education Association Early Professional Award and a Golden Apple nominee. She also has experience as H-F's Visual Arts Club sponsor and National Art Honor Society advisor.



Secretary: Ann Lawrence, 708-335-5054




Rebecca Healy (708-799-3000, ext. 5678)
 taught at H-F from 1999-2005, and returned to H-F in 2017 after teaching visual arts courses for adults for 12 years. She has her B.F.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in Education from Concordia University. She is currently teaching Fundamentals of Art & Design, as well as Drawing & Painting I. Rebecca previously taught AP Art History, Yearbook, as well as a variety of studio classes within the H-F Fine Arts Department, and Digital Photography for adults at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. She is currently the staff photographer for the Beverly Area Planning Association in addition to teaching at H-F. Rebecca was a Golden Apple nominee in 2004.  


Candi Helsel
(708-799-3000, ext. 5675) has been teaching at H-F since 2005. She has a B.A. in Art Education from Saint Xavier University and a master's degree in School Leadership from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing a M.F.A. at Governors State University. Candi teaches Photography 1, Photography 2, Digital Concentration, Yearbook and IB Art. Other classes she has taught include AP Studio Art and Art Concentration. She sponsors the H-F Odin Yearbook, as well as the H-F Photography Club. Candi was recognized as a Prismacolor Scholar in the classroom.



Julie Mikuzis (708-799-3000, ext. 5676) has been teaching at H-F since 2017. She graduated Cume Laude from St. Xavier University in 2004 with B.A. in Art Education, and later received a master's degree in Education - Organization & Leadership - from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Most recently, Julie completed her certification in Grades 9-12 English through Govenors State University. Julie has taught various courses throughout her teaching career that began in 2004. Currently, Julie teaches Fundamentals of Art & Design, Graphic Design 1 and Graphic Design II. Other classes that Julie has taught include Photography I and 2D1. Julie is also the sponsor for the school's National Art Honor Society. 



Gregory Petecki (708-799-3000, ext. 5674) has a B.S. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois. He began teaching at H-F in 2000 and currently teaches Art Concentration, 2D Studio 2, 3D Studio I, A.P. Studio Art, as well as Fundamentals of Art and Design. He currently serves on the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Education Advisory Committee and was named the Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year in 2011.



Kristine Weidenhoefer (708-799-3000, ext. 5804) has been teaching at H-F since 2013. She has her B.S. in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University, graduating Cum Laude, and is pursuing her M.F.A. in Digital Film and Imaging from Governors State University. Kristine teaches Graphic Design, Graphic Design 2, Interactive Web Design, Photography and, occasionally, a studio class. Kristine has coached softball at H-F for four years and is a member of the School Improvement Committee. Kristine was recognized for the Top Shelf Teacher award and Education Scholars award.