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Teachers & Staff


Mr. Harry Cavanaugh

Principal

Harry Cavanaugh joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a principal/teacher in July 2011.  He primarily teaches English/Spelling to upper grade students.  His experience includes 20 years as a teacher, 9 years as a Guidance Counselor and one year as a principal of Bunker Hill High School.  In the fall of 1999, he became principal of Gillespie High School, where he remained for 5 years.  After that, he became Superintendent of Schools in Lebanon, IL, a position he held until his retirement in 2010.  After a year of retirement, he came to Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Mr. Cavanaugh attended Eastern Illinois University and received a degree in Business Education in 1969.  He received his Masters of Education in Counselor Education from SIU-E in 1978, a Specialist in Educational Education Administration from SIU-E in 1997 and his Superintendent’s Endorsement from SIU-E in 2009.

Mr. Cavanaugh lives in Gillespie, IL with his wife Patricia.  He has three grown children, Gregg, Erin, and Whitney and seven grandchildren.  He enjoys reading and traveling.                                                                                    


Mrs. Andrea Staub

PreSchool

 Mrs. Staub joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic school as a PreSchool teacher in 2016.  She has an Early Childhood Teaching Degree from Greenville College.  She was employed at St. Francis Daycare Center in Alton for ten years and has taught preschool in the Carrollton School District and at St. Mary's in Alton.  Her hobbies include spending time with her children and spending time outdoors.


Mrs. Teri Lyons

Kindergarten

Teresa Lyons joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a Kindergarten/second grade teacher in 1978 and primarily focuses on teaching all elementary subjects.  Teresa’s experience includes teaching Kindergarten, second third and sixth grade.

She attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and received a degree in Elementary Education.

Mrs. Lyons lives in Godfrey with her husband and enjoys cooking, sewing and gardening.


Mrs. Barbara Von Almen

Second Grade

Barb von Almen joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a 4th grade teacher in 1984 and primarily focuses on Elementary Education.  Experience includes teaching 3rd and 4th grades.

Barb attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earned a degree in Elementary Education.

Mrs. Von Almen lives in Alton with husband Bob and 2 cats and enjoys cooking, baking, exercising and crafts.


Mrs. Cathy Rose

Third Grade

Cathy Rose joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a 3 rd grade teacher in 1978 and primarily focuses on Elementary Education.  Cathy is experienced in teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.

Mrs. Rose attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and received a degree in Elementary Education.

Cathy lives in Alton with her husband Chris and beagle Molly and enjoys cooking and playing with her grandchildren.


Dr. Deborah Smith

Music

Dr Deborah Smith, is a Music Professor at SIUE. She received her Doctorate from The university of Michigan.


Erin Griffin

4th Grade

Erin Griffin joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a 4th grade teacher in 2017 and primarily focuses on teaching mathematics to grades 4-8. Experience includes student teaching in 2nd and 3rd grade in Iowa.  

She attended Drake University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and mathematics.  

Erin lives in Godfrey and enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her family.


Angela Ferris

My name is Angela Ferris. This is my first year teaching and I am so proud to be at St. Peter and Paul School. I was born in Belleville, IL. but grew up in southeast Missouri. I moved to Alton 2 years ago and fell in love with the area. I went to school at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO. and transferred to Central Methodist University. After spending 2 years at Mineral Area College with an art scholarship, I decided I really wanted to be in an elementary classroom. Most of my time is spent putting lesson plans together, taking care of my niece, and grandmother.


Ms. Katie Lyons

7th/8th Grades

 

Katie Lyons joined the faculty of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School as a 7/8 grade teacher in 2010 and primarily focuses on teaching science to grades 4-8. Experience includes  student teaching and subbing in schools around Alton.                                

She attended Eastern Illinois University and received a degree in  Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement.

Katie lives in Godfrey and enjoys reading and pinning things on Pinterest.