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Business Office:  (618)463-2375

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Aery, Pam


Math Department Chair

Honors Geometry I & II

Geometry I & II

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Baird, Robert


Assistant Principal                   

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Hometown:  Alton, IL 1999 graduate of Marquette Catholic High School

College:  Millikin University (2 years), Illinois State University (2 years BS), Southern Illinois University (2 years Master's Degree in Educational Administration)

Professional:  Taught 1 year at Jerseyville Community High School, Taught 6 years at St. John Neumann Catholic School (Maryville, IL), Principal for 3 years of Little Flower Catholic School (Richmond Heights, MO), 5 years as Assistant Principal MCHS

Role at MCHS:  Assistant Principal – Discipline, Director of Transportation, Student Affairs, World History Teacher, Director of Buildings and Grounds

Brooks, Michael




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Cohan, Nick



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Crafton, Sharon

Main Office Secretary

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Crotty, John

Business Education Department Chair

Personal Finance, 


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Mr. John Crotty teaches Personal Finance and Introduction to Business at Marquette.  He also owns his own real estate company through Keller Williams in St. Louis.  Recently, John was the tech coordinator for a Catholic School in St. Louis and a technology and preschool teacher at a Montessori school.  John has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Webster University and a Bachelor of Business Administration.  He is married to Patty Crotty, the Freshman/Sophomore Academic Advisor at Marquette, and they reside in St. Louis.  The Crotty’s have 2 children and 1 grandchild.

Crotty, Patty

patty crotty

Fr.-So. Academic Adviser,


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Instructor:  Career Development – dual credit course through Lewis and Clark Community College; Introduction to Psychology

Hometown:  Town and Country, Missouri

Graduated from the Academy of the Visitation

College:  Saint Louis University: Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Certified in Montessori – Maryville University

Years at Marquette: 15

Years in Education: 23


Activities over the years: Prom Coordinator, SADD, Student Assistance Program

DeCourcey, Elizabeth

elizabeth decourcey

AP Government,

Radio Broadcasting

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Marquette Catholic High School Class of 1993

From Alton Illinois

Teaching since 1999

2 years at Waterloo Gibault

Teaching at Marquette since 2001 - 16th year here

Bachelor of Science in History from SIU Edwardsville, Minor in Speech Communication

Masters of Science in Education Administration from SIU Edwardsville

Currently teach Advanced Placement Government, American Government, and Radio Broadcasting

Student Council Moderator

Selected by the College Board to write the new curriculum for AP Government in 2014

Selected by the College Board to be an AP Test Reader in Salt Lake City in 2016

Published in Teaching Lincoln: Legacies and Classroom Strategies, 2013

Announced at Old Busch Stadium and New Busch Stadium

Chosen as an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Scholar in 2012 and participated in the Landmarks of American History and Culture Program

Eddy, Michael


Biology, Chemistry,

Physical Science



Elik, Ruth Ann

ruth elik


Physical Science

Extension: 605


Ruth Ann Elik began teaching a Marquette Catholic High School in 1991, freshly graduated from SIU-Edwardsville.  She loves every day in the classroom sharing her love for science through real-life experiences; cooking, gardening, and canning.  She makes science come alive through labs and demonstrations.  Her students have the experience of watching monarch butterflies form chrysalis and hatch, or tadpoles hatch and grow legs.

Gittemeier, Shannon

shannon gittemeier

Intro to Catholicism/ Sacraments,

Extension: 606


Hometown- Raised in Glasgow Village, MO- North County and currently resides in Glen Carbon, IL

Degrees held:                                                                                

Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute- 1994                                                                                                          

Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology- St. Louis University- 2010

Past classes taught at MCHS: Introduction to Sacraments, Church History, and Social Justice

Current classes taught at MCHS: Introduction to Catholicism and Introduction to Sacraments

Years at MCHS: Two

Extracurriculars: Lends a hand with Scholar Bowl Team and moderates the V.I.P. (Volunteer Impact Program) a club that is new this year

Fun Facts:                                                                                                                                                                      

An alumna of Rosati- Kain High School in St. Louis, Mo                                                                                                                            Treasures being a part of the MCHS family and absolutely loves her job working with all the Freshmen!

Harmon, Tim

tim harmon

U.S History,

Middle East History,

Assistant Athletic Director

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My name is Timothy Harmon, I grew up in and still live in Jerseyville, Illinois. I graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science degree in History Secondary Education with a teaching degree as well in 2009.  Furthermore, I returned to SIUE and completed a Master of Arts degree in History, graduating in 2011.  I currently teach three different dual credit courses at the school, including US History, Middle East History, and Latin American History, all accredited by Lewis and Clark Community College. I was also the assistant coach for the Boys Soccer Team that won state in 2012 and assistant coach for the Girls Soccer Team that took third in the state in 2013.

At Marquette, I currently teach dual credit U.S History, dual credit Middle East History, and dual credit Latin American History.  This will be my fifth year teaching at Marquette Catholic High School and my fifth year in secondary education, with two years teaching in post-secondary education at SIUE while I was working on my Master's degree.

Hertz, Robert

Criminal Justice

Extension: 609


Holmes, Jack

tim harmon Athletic Director

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I graduated from Villa Grove (Illinois) High School.  I have a BS in physical educations from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, a BS in physical education from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an Educational Specialists Degree from S.I.U.E. with a Superintendent Endorsement.  I am the Athletic Director, in my 2nd year now, at Marquette.  I retired from the public schools in Jerseyville in 2004 after serving as the Middle School principal for 15 years.  I then served as the principal at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Maryville, IL for 11 years before coming to Marquette.  I was twice nominated for National “Principal of the Year” – once in Jerseyville and once by the Diocese of Springfield while at St. John Neumann.  I am a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville.

Hough, Mary

Development Office

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Mary Hough is a 1997 graduate of MCHS and works in the Development Office. She assists in coordinating several fundraising events throughout the year as well as helping to maintain an updated alumni database, coordinating and tracking parent volunteer hours, assisting in outreach efforts to the Marquette community and helping to coordinate the Annual Appeal and Mega Raffle fundraisers. Mary graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2002. She is a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Alton and is a huge Notre Dame fan. Go Irish!

Hutchens, JoEllen


English Composition

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I live in Jerseyville, IL with my husband and three children.  I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s of Science in English and secondary teaching certification.  In addition, I recently graduated from Greenville College with a Master’s of Arts in Education - Reading Specialist.  This is my first year teaching at Marquette Catholic High School, and my eighth year teaching language arts. I currently teach English III honors and English III college prep.   I am excited and honored to be a part of this faith-filled institution

Jones, Jon

Honors English I,

English IV,


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  • Longtime resident of Madison County (over 25 yrs)
  • Married with two children
  • Graduate of SIUE Bachelor of Science
  • Been teaching for 17 years
  • Also a Real Estate Broker for Landmark Realty Godfrey
  • Classes I teach: Humanities, Composition, Freshman English
  • Loves: writing, singing, playing guitar, and hiking in the mountains
  • Climbed my first mountain when I was seven
  • Worked as a layout artist for the St. Louis Countian/Daily Record
  • Childhood dream: be a famous Hollywood actor
  • I love teaching because I get to share my knowledge and faith with my students who help keep me young in return.

Kallal, Rachel

English Department Chair

AP Composition



Kessler, Fr. Bill




I grew up in Godfrey, IL. I attended Saint Ambrose Grade School, Marquette Catholic High School (Class of 1989), Saint Louis University and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. I was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on May 29th of 1999. I have served as Chaplain at MCHS since April of 2013. I am the Parochial Administrator of Saint Alphonsus Parish in Brighton, IL and Saint John the Evangelist in Medora, IL. I have traveled with our Athletic Teams across the state in my position as Moderator of Catholic Athletes for Christ. I was once known the early days of the Internet as the “cyber-seminarian” for setting up the website for the Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois, and more recently as the “Technopriest” publishing a Podcast from 2005 to 2010 and now live streaming the Mass from Brighton.

Lammert, Lori

Spanish II & III

Extension: 607


Marth, Blake

Geography, World History

Extension: 620


Mattix-Wand, Paula

Campus Ministry,

Discipleship I & II

Extension: 233


McBee, Katie

Personal Finance,

Intro to Business





Extension: 617


Piazza, Jenna

AP Physics,

Physics I & II,

Intro to Biology,

Honors Biology

Extension: 618


Remis-Gill, Teresa

Spanish I & II

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Degrees earned from SIUE:  1. Master of Science Secondary Ed (specializing in Spanish)
                                          2. Bachelor of Arts (specializing in Spanish)
                                          3. Bachelor of Music Ed. 
Hometown: Dellwood, Mo
Courses taught at Marquette: Spanish 1, Spanish 2
Years at Marquette: 4 
Years teaching Spanish: 25
Awards received: 2011 Teacher Innovator Award
Professional Organizations: 1. FLAM (Foreign Language Association of Missouri) 
                                        2. FLTA (Foreign Language Teachers Association)

Rivera, Mary

Jr./Sr. Academic Advisor

Psychology, P.E.

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Root, Diana

Diana Root Athletic Secretary



Sands, Michele

Dual Credit College Algebra,

Dual Credit Trigonometry,

AP Calculus (dual credit),

Intro to Engineering 



Michele Sands is in her 20th year of teaching at MCHS.
I have a Masters in Math Education and a Bachelors in Math with a minor in Chemistry
Both degrees are from Eastern Illinois University
I live in Highland, IL
I teach Dual Credit College Algebra, Dual credit Trigonometry, AP Calculus ( which is also dual credit), and Intro to Engineering
The Intro to Engineering is involved in a hack-a-thon with World Wide Technology and an engineering challenge with Boeing.
I also manage the Sacred Brother Sacred Sister Prayer program.

Schulz, Becky

French I, II, III & IV

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Serio, Carmen

Carmen Serio

Theology Department Chair


Old & New Testament 

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Shade, Jessica

English II,

Honors English II



Slaughter, Michael

Michael E. Slaughter


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Mr. Slaughter is a 1974 graduate of Marquette High School who began teaching at the school in 1979 and has been the Principal since October 2005. 
He is a 1978 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he earned a B.A. in History. He also holds an M. S. in Educational Administration from SIUE (1987). His hometown is Alton, Illinois where he resides today with his wife Cindy, who is also a Marquette graduate.  
Prior to becoming Principal at MCHS Mr. Slaughter taught courses in American Gov't.; U.S. History; Colonial History; World History;  American Problems; Sociology; Humanities; English; Health and P.E. He was a guidance counselor at Marquette for 8 years and Principal at St. Boniface (Edwardsville, IL) for three years in the early 1990's. 
Principal Slaughter was a Marquette football coach for 24 years, 9 of them as head coach. He also coached varsity tennis for 3 years; freshman baseball for 5 years and ice hockey for 3 years. He has been named Alton Telegraph Football Coach of the Year, Alton Telegraph Ice Hockey Coach of the Year and NFL National teacher of the month.

Smith, Janet

Algebra I & II,

Honors Algebra I

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I am currently teaching Algebra 1 College Prep and Honors, and Honors Algebra 2 for freshmen. This is my 6th year of teaching at MCHS. Prior to that, I taught for 14 years at St. Ambrose in Godfrey. My husband graduated from MCHS in 1979. I am an Alton High graduate. Graduated with Bachelor in Science from Fontbonne University. My husband and I  live in Godfrey, Il. We have 5 children, 3 grandchildren

Snyders, Barbara

Barb Snyders

Academic Dean

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Velikis, Molly

Art Appreciation,




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Walsh, Deb

Director of Finance

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Walters, John

Science Department Chair

Honors Biology I & II

AP Chemistry

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Woodiel, Loftin





Dr. Loftin C. Woodiel is a dynamic fine arts performance professional with a successful track record of delivering with excellence.

Dr. Woodiel is a nationally recognized researcher and communicator with a demonstrated ability to achieve global understanding and compliance through quality discovery and presentation. He is a prolific writer with over 140 publications to his credit, and he has provided strategic leadership to a number of international and national initiatives and conferences.

His courses at MCHS are Choir I, Choir II and Music Performance.  Musically, responsible for all music concerts, community concerts, and mass music, he sponsors the Music Club and the Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter.  Woodiel is also the MCHS Theatre Director responsible for all theatrical productions and is the sponsor of the MCHS Drama Club and International Thespian Troup #602.

Over the last 5 years as the MCHS Theatre Director, the numbers of student participants has increased significantly as the quality of performance has been enhanced and recognized at the state level and, most significantly, in the seats of the theatres where his productions appear.  Most recent productions:  "Annie - The Musical" (2017), "From the Mind of Aaron Shepard" (2017), "A Murder is Announced" (2016), "Legally Blonde - The Musical" (2016), "The Cry of the Crows" (2016), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (2015),  "Footloose - The Musical" (2015), etc. This school year's productions:  fall, "You Can't Take It With You"; winter," What Do You Say To A Naked Spotlight"; and spring, "The Addams Family Musical".

Over the last 4 years as the MCHS Music Teacher, Dr. Woodiel has demonstrated the instructional acumen to influence and drive change.  Student participation in the program has again increased significantly with expectations and quality surpassing anticipated goals.   During the last vocal music season, the choir and music performance team delivered 4 recitals/concerts, 12 solo grant performances, provides vocal music support for the Alton Mayor's Prayer Service, choir support at 6 church masses and one funeral, and circa 20 national anthem performances at various sporting events.  At the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Solo and Ensemble Music Competition, MCHS earned 50 state medals:  38 first superior ratings and 12-second excellent ratings.  The largest and highest qualifications in MCHS history.

Dr. Woodiel was inducted into the International Thespian Honor Society in 1974.

Last year, Dr. Woodiel led a high school tour of students on a summer field trip entitled "Curtain Time in London" where they studied British Culture and Theatre.  This year, he will be leading a summer field trip to Austria, Germany and Switzerland to study European Musical Roots and Culture.

Degreed in multiple disciplines, Dr. Woodiel earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma; a graduate certificate in University of Saint Andrews (Scotland); bachelors’ degrees from both Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University; and an A.A.S. from the Community College of the Air Force.

This is Dr. Woodiel's fifth year at MCHS and in secondary education.  He has over 25 years of college and university teaching experience as an adjunct instructor and full-time professor.  Woodiel is currently an Associate Professor at Missouri Baptist University (MBU) and is the Director of MBU's Regional Learning Center on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College.

Wilson, Kay

Purchasing Assistant

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