ALTON - Shelia Beiermann is in her 17th year of working as a secretary at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton and she is one of the most recognized and beloved individuals in the entire athletic department.
Beiermann is also the backup secretary for the main Marquette Catholic High School office at lunchtime each day and after school.
Michelle and Kelly, her two daughters, both played sports at Marquette. Today, she is a grandmother and she said much of her weekend time is spent with her grand kids. She has been married for 42 years to her husband, Don.
Beiermann has been praised for years for her work in the athletic department and main office.
“I have people tell me at banquets they are thankful I am here and that means a lot,” she said. “I take my job very seriously and I am very dedicated. I think my dedication shows in my work.”
Beiermann and athletic director Jack Holmes work hand in hand to direct the athletic department at Marquette. She said Holmes is a great man to work under.
“Jack is a great guy,” she said. “I do think the two of us work together in a fantastic way and he tells me I have been a tremendous help to him. I love what I do.
“I do phone calls, the rosters and help Jack with scheduling and eligibility and more,” she said. “I do a lot of things on the computer. We have three sports banquets a year. I also help out with tournaments. I also work directly with the coaches on things they need.”
Beiermann describes Marquette as “a wonderful school and a great group of people.”
“I work with wonderful teachers and we have a great principal in Mr. Mike Slaughter, she said. “I loved the school when my daughters were in school and believe it is still just an all-around great school. People care about each other. Mr. Slaughter devotes his heart and soul to the school and does anything and everything he can to help anyone out who needs help.”
Beiermann said she has had cancer twice and during that time, Marquette was great working with her.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” she said of working at Marquette Catholic. “I am very fortunate to still be alive and working at school. It is a team effort and it is a family at Marquette.”